It’s strange times for Demons fans. We find ourselves coming off a year in which we not only skedaddled out of the bottom half of the AFL ladder to make a preliminary final but also one in which an Academy Award-winning actress comes to one of our training sessions.

Natalie Portman, of Black Swan, Star Wars and Dior perfume-ad fame, attended the AFL team’s training session at Gosch’s Paddock this morning.

It makes absolutely no sense, but it’s absolutely wonderful. (Portman is in town for the NGV Gala on Saturday night.)

With her baby in tow, she was at the training session with a pal who’s a mad Dees supporter, reports.

She wore a personalised number-six AFLW jumper, posed for pics with Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin and appears to have had a fab time. Then she went to the MCG and kicked a footy around.

So if we’re to believe the rule of threes, surely the third link in this preliminary-final-Natalie-Portman-endorsement chain is a premiership. Good.