Melbourne forward Jake Melksham says his side are eager to break the club’s long-standing losing streak against North Melbourne this weekend.
The Kangaroos have long been a stumbling block for the Demons, having defeated Melbourne in their last 17 encounters dating back to Round 20, 2006.
The streak is the longest in the last 27 years of the AFL, ranking eighth in the all-time losing streaks of VFL/AFL history.
Despite Melksham only joining the club in 2016 and not able to play until last year due to his 12 month suspension for his involvement in Essendon’s supplements saga, he quickly found out just what the 12-year losing streak meant to his teammates after taking part in both of their defeats to the Roos in 2017.
“The North Melbourne boys were giving us a fair bit of stick about it (last year),” the 26-year-old told SEN’s Time On with Sam McClure.
“I certainly know about it now. I think there is a fair bit of bitterness towards North in that sense that they have got the wood over the boys for most of their career.
“It’s a pretty big stat and we’re pretty keen to get rid of it.”
Melbourne were strong victors when the two teams met during the JLT Community Series, winning by 53 points.
The two clubs do battle at the MCG this Saturday afternoon at 2:10 PM.
Listen to the best bits of today's Time On with Sam McClure below: