Monday, 13 November 2017
Courtesy of dedicated
holiday training regime and disciplined diet, Demon Max Gawn has returned to the club a trimmed-down version of the ruckman who managed just 13 games this season.
Commentator Tim Watson ran into Gawn in New York last week, and said the 2016 All Australian was a picture of fitness.
"I have never seen a big fella, a ruckman, who looked as fit as what he looked," Watson said of Gawn.
"He had a singlet on and had just come back from a training session and he has been training the house down."
Friday, 27 October 2017
Max Gawn signs a three-year contract
extension to remain at the Demons until the end of 2021.
"I love this club, and for the first time in a long time, we are heading in the right direction and I want to be a part of that and bring our supporters the success they are craving," Gawn said.
"I will be a Melbourne player for life, which means a lot to me, so there was no point dancing around and trying to string out my contract negotiations."
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Max Gawn trials wearing
a sling-like device at training in a bid to prevent him from using his off-arm to keep opponents at bay in ruck contests, which, under AFL guidelines, is considered an illegal tactic.
Gawn was mystified after being penalised four times for using straight-arm blocks against St Kilda's Billy Longer in round 21, with Melbourne seeking an explanation from the AFL's umpiring department about why the free kicks were paid.
"I sort of had a rough idea (that it was in the rule book), but they'd just never been paid, so it was a bit of a surprise to me when I was out there," Gawn told SEN radio.
"I have been doing it for a long time. It's a straight-arm rule that is there, so the umpires are just paying what is in the law book, so it is something that I have been training on in the last two weeks keeping my arm a little bit more bent."
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Melbourne has received an explanation from the AFL's umpiring department about the five free kicks paid against Max Gawn for ruck infringements against St Kilda.
Gawn was left mystified after conceding the free kicks to Saints opponent Billy Longer and even cheekily tweeted a picture of the AFL's Laws of the Game booklet, with the caption "some light reading this week".
"If there is a straight arm by one of the players, when the other player is contesting the footy, that's when it becomes a free kick," AFL umpires coach Hayden Kennedy said.
"There hasn't been any particular focus on it. It just so happened that in this particular game there was a little bit more evidence for the umpire."
Sunday, 13 August 2017
Max Gawn says he was perplexed at the number of free kicks he was giving away to Billy Longer in the Bulldogs' clash against the Saints.
"I gave away free kicks that I've never given away in my life. I don't know why they were free kicks but they kept on blowing the whistle, so I was getting a bit frustrated," Gawn told ABC radio after the game.
"I ended up having to let Billy Longer just win them in the end, because I didn't know what to do."
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Max Gawn says he is on track for an early return from a hamstring injury.
"I've had a pretty good week on the track (and I am) probably about four weeks away at the moment," Gawn said on Triple M.
"I'm actually looking good for the Collingwood game (in round 12) or the Bulldogs game (in round 13)."
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Max Gawn is selling his beard for charity.
Gawn had his famous facial hair shaved off and it is being sold on eBay to raise money for the Reach Foundation.
It comes in a zip-lock bag signed by the All Australian, along with a presentation box.
Monday, 10 April 2017
Max Gawn is set to miss three months after undergoing hamstring surgery.
Sunday, 9 April 2017
Max Gawn suffers a serious hamstring injury in the second quarter of Melbourne's round 3 match against Geelong.
"The scans today showed that Max's hamstring strain had some tendon involvement and as a result he will see a surgeon tomorrow to determine whether he requires surgery," Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney said.
"At this stage, it's too early to determine the exact length of time that Max will miss, however with the tendon involvement, we expect his recovery to be longer than your traditional hamstring injury."
Friday, 10 February 2017
Melbourne has elevates Jack Viney to co-captain alongside Nathan Jones for the 2017 season.
Former Hawk Jordan Lewis has been voted straight into the Demons' six-man leadership group.
Veteran Colin Garland has made way, while Tom McDonald, Max Gawn and Bernie Vince make up the rest of the group.
Saturday, 3 December 2016
A glowing endorsement from All Australian ruckman Max Gawn played a part in Melbourne selecting young big man Lachlan Filipovic in the 2016 AFL Rookie Draft.
Gawn worked closely with Filipovic, pick No.8 overall, in his role as a part-time ruck coach at the Sandringham Dragons during the 2016 season.
Although recruiting manager Jason Taylor was all but set on which player he wanted to recruit with the club's first pick, Gawn's character assessment helped confirm Filipovic's selection.
"There were a couple of times that I'd come in to the club on a Monday morning and ask ĎJaseí whether he had seen him (Filipovic) play on the weekend," Gawn said.
"I was always in his ear about this Lachie Filipovic fella."
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Jack Viney has claimed his first Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Memorial Trophy, taking out the prestigious award ahead of senior teammates Nathan Jones and Max Gawn at Crown Palladium.
Viney's win comes 18 years after his father Todd Viney, a former Demons skipper, won the second of his Melbourne best and fairest awards in 1998. Viney senior also won the award in 1993.
"This award might mean a little bit more to me than it does to others, due to family history," Viney said in his acceptance speech.
"The old man constantly reminds me that he's won a couple of these (trophies) and I'm sure he'll be the first to remind me when I sit down at my table that he's still got one more on me."
Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Max Gawn began this season ranked as the 295th player in the Schick AFL Player Ratings.
After the weekend's game against Gold Coast, the Melbourne big man sits at No.19 in the competition Ė a rise of 276 places.
Gawn amassed 60 hit-outs against Gold Coast, three shy of his personal-best, to continue his outstanding season and further bolster his All Australian claims.
Although Gawn's ruck dominance was absolute against the Suns, the big man's influence has extended into his work around the ground this season.
Ever since he challenged himself to be one of the best ruckman in the AFL in a pre-season media conference, Gawn's improvement has been stark.
The ruckman is averaging 14.8 Player Ratings points per game this season, ranked 16th in the competition.
The big man is also leading the AFL in hit-outs per game (42.6) and is averaging career-highs in disposals (14.2), clearances (3.1) and contested possessions (8.1).
"My first three or four years were very unsuccessful in a way, I got injured a lot and I watched a lot of football," Gawn told SEN radio.
"I knew I had to get out of what I was doing to be able to play AFL so I trained harder, got my diet better and put on a bit of 'good' weight.
"Through two or three years of good consistent pre-seasons I was able to get where I am today but there's still a long way to go for me.
"I need to get a little bit fitter and stronger as well."
Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Melbourne has overhauled its leadership group with captain Nathan Jones the only survivor from last year.
Vice-captain Lynden Dunn, former co-captain Jack Grimes, key forward Chris Dawes and Heritier Lumumba have all been axed from the 2015 group, while Daniel Cross has already retired.
The new group features reigning best and fairest winner Bernie Vince, veteran Colin Garland, defender Tom McDonald and emerging stars Jack Viney and Max Gawn.
Friday, 6 November 2015
Max Gawn says he is ready to build on his breakout season to become one of the AFLís best ruckmen.
The 208cm, 111kg man mountain was one of Melbourne's genuine success stories in 2015, despite after taking until round 10 to break into the senior team.
The 23-year-old eventually played 13 senior matches in 2015, averaging 37 hit-outs, 14 disposals and almost five marks per game.
"Iíd like to get inside that top four. I know Iíve got a lot to improve on but at least Iíve made a couple of good stepping-stones this season," Gawn said.
Gawn has endured two knee reconstructions and again injured his knee in the final game of the 2014 season. Despite missing half of Melbourneís summer program leading into 2015, he said he was starting to trust his body.
"I was able to get my knee to exactly where I wanted it to be. Iíd had a lot of problems and had had eight operations in six seasons, so itís been through a lot," he said.
"To get through the whole year with no swelling, not even a hiccup with my knee, itís a credit to the rehab I did do.Ē
Friday, 14 August 2015
Melbourne locks away Max Gawn until the end of 2018, with the form ruckman agreeing to a three-year contract extension.
Gawn said future coach Simon Goodwin and ruck coach Greg Stafford had played key roles in his impressive recent run after being left out of the team in the first nine rounds due to poor pre-season form.
"I wasn't picked in the round one side and I took that pretty poorly Ö but once I cracked in I've started to enjoy my footy," he said.
"With my last few contracts I've been doing them around the same time as this is now, so the timing has worked out."
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Max Gawn has avoided a third knee reconstruction.
The 22-year-old had surgery on Tuesday after suffering a knee injury in Melbourne's final-round clash against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Gawn, who has had two knee reconstructions on his right knee, revealed on social media that he hadn't torn his anterior cruciate ligament.
"Somehow i have dodged an acl! Only a scare! Surgery went well, 10 weeks and im back training #betterthen12months #finallysomeluckonmyside," he said.
Sunday, 31 August 2014
Max Gawn and Melbourne are hopeful that the ruckman has avoided another ACL injury, instead damaging a meniscus.
"Max has injured the same knee which was medically repaired when he ruptured his ACL in 2011," Demons manager of football Josh Mahoney said.
"He is likely to require surgery to repair his damaged meniscus.
"A further review of his ACL graft will need to be undertaken during surgery to confirm this diagnosis."
Monday, 14 July 2014
Max Gawn sets a VFL record with 80 hit-outs for the Casey Scorpions in a two-point win over Bendigo.
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Max Gawn signs a new two-year deal with Melbourne.
"I didn't want to go anywhere and when [acting general manager of football operations] Josh Mahoney called me last night, he said 'We managed to get a deal' it put a bit of a smile on my face, so I'm rapt," Gawn said.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Max Gawn has again relegated to Dees' long-term injury list after sustaining a hamstring injury during Melbourne's pre-season training.
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Exciting Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn will aim to build his strength in 2012 after a second knee reconstruction.
"It's slow progress from here but then in six to eight weeks I think I'll be OK to run, and then I have the long progress at the end where you have to build up your muscles and the strength in the knee as well," he said.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn has undergone his second knee reconstruction in just over two years and is ruled out for the 2012 season.
"This is obviously a disappointing result for Max and the club," Demons football manager Josh Mahoney said.
"We see Max as a long-term player for the Melbourne Football Club. He will be fit and healthy to complete a full preseason in preparation for the 2013 season."
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Max Gawn will undergo surgery on his right knee but appears to have avoided a second knee reconstruction.
"The full extent of the injury, including how much football Max will miss, will be determined after he has been operated on and further investigation has been completed by the surgeon in the operating theatre," a statement released by the club said.
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Melbourne draftee Max Gawn, at 208cm, will be the second tallest player in the league behind Fremantle's Aaron Sandilands.
"Back in year nine and year 10, I wasn't always the tallest bloke in the side," he said.
"Running, moving around and agility are among my strengths. I've maintained that as I've kept growing."