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Published Time: 10.06.2024 - 18:16:06 Modified Time: 10.06.2024 - 18:16:06

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With Melbourne taking on Collingwood on Monday afternoon, many expected the Demons players to go after Maynard and send a message what happened. But it was the complete opposite, with Christian Petracca shaking hands with Maynard before the first bounce and the Demons failing to apply any extra pressure to him.


Monday's display was particularly disappointing considering fans wanted to see some sort of response after the embarrassing performance against Fremantle. And for Cornes, it should have started with making a point to target Maynard early.

"They were shaking his hand," Cornes said Maynard. "I couldn't believe it. Let's shake hands with the opposition before this game. There was no statement, no response after what happened. They should have given him a harder time.

"They shouldn't be shaking hands with the player that has essentially ended someone's career. In the first game that you get the opportunity to do it. There had to be an emotional response."

Speaking before the game, AFL legend Leigh Matthews said the only way Melbourne were going to stop Maynard running riot was to go after him. The Collingwood player was widely booed around the MCG by Demons fans, but he used it to spur him to a brilliant performance.

In his post-match press conference, Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin said the team hadn't discussed Maynard before the game or made it a tactic to target him. The club's GM of football Alan Richardson also said pre-game that they wouldn't focus on him, but Demons fans felt their response on Monday was 'embarrassing' and 'pathetic'.

Spot on @kanecornes I couldn’t believe it either.

— Tommie Gunn (@showup_getup) June 10, 2024

I'm embarrassed. My club is so incredibly soft. Goodwin needs to go.

— Rock City Records (@positive__pants) June 10, 2024

The very rare occasion I agree with Kane! It was very disappointing to see, especially when Maynard ends Gus’s career and that’s how they treat him…..

— Kelly #24 ???????????? (@kellsprivate3) June 10, 2024

Agreed Kane. Disgusting by Melbourne players.

— Chris⚓️ (@mr_chitafa) June 10, 2024

???? @kanecornes absolutely right

— CrippsSzn (@crippsszn) June 10, 2024

Pathetic excuse of a club. Collingwood went hunting Langdon after the all duck and no dinner comment. Rightfully so. We did nothing. The boys should be off to the snow with us. Season done.