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July 3, 2003

Week 373


ROUND 14, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, July 4-5-6
Friday (n)
Docklands
7.40pm EST
Saturday
MCG
2.10pm EST
Saturday
Subiaco
3.40pm EST
Saturday (n)
Docklands
7.10pm EST
Saturday (n)
Football Park
7.40pm EST
Sunday
SCG
1.10pm EST
Sunday
Princes Park
2.10pm EST
Sunday
Kardinia Park
2.10pm EST
St Kilda
Essendon
Hawthorn
West.B'dogs
Fremantle
Brisbane
Kangaroos
Collingwood
Adelaide
Richmond
Sydney
West Coast
Carlton
Melbourne
Geelong
Port Adelaide

Draw 2003 ... more

2003
PREMIERSHIP SEASON

ALL TIMES EASTERN

Round 1
Friday, March 28

Col 13.16-94 v Rch 8.18-66
MCG (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, March 29
Kan 14.12-96 v StK 10.10-70
MCG, 2.10pm
WC 17.20-122 v PA 11.8-74
S, 4.10pm
Syd 22.14-146 v Car 10.12-72
Hom (N) 7.20pm
Bri 14.20-104 v Ess 8.13-61
BCG (N) 8.10pm
Sunday, March 30
22.13-145 v Fre 13.11-89
FP, 1.10pm
Mel 16.10-106 v Haw 15.10-100
MCG, 2.10pm
WB 19.16-130 v Gee 13.13-91
Dok, 2.10pm

Round 2
Friday, April 4
Car 13.13-91 v Col 16.11-107
MCG (N)  7.40pm
Saturday, April 5
Ess 17.10-112
v Mel 10.15-75
MCG, 2.10pm
StK 15.9-99 v Ade 13.13-91
Dok, 2.10pm
Fre 12.14-86 v Syd 8.12-60
S (N) 7.40pm
PA 10.16-76 v Bri 13.8-86
FP (N) 7.40pm
Sunday, April 6
Haw 13.13-91
v WC 14.5-89
YPL, 1.10pm
Gee 9.17-71 v Kan 13.16-94
KP, 2.10pm
Rch 16.15-111 v WB 13.11-89
Dok, 2.10pm

Round 3
Friday, April 11
Ess 13.16-94 v Car 15.15-105
MCG (N) 7.40pm
Sat, April 12
Col 18.8-116
v Gee 10.9-69
MCG, 2.10pm
WC 21.18-144 v StK 11.8-74
S, 3.40pm
Kan 16.13-109 v Bri 16.13-109
Dok (N) 7.10pm
PA 19.14-128 v Haw 11.5-71
FP (N) 7.40pm
Sunday, April 13
Syd 11.10-76 v Ade 15.13-103
SCG, 1.10pm
Mel 20.7-127 v WB 14.11-95
Dok, 2.10pm
Rch 14.10-94 v Fre 6.10-46
MCG, 2.10pm


Round 4 (Easter)
Thursday, April 17
Bri 14.11-95
v Col 11.15-81
BCG (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, April 19
Gee 13.12-90
v Mel 6.8-44
KP, 2.10pm
Haw 17.8-110 v Syd 10.8-68
MCG (N) 7.10pm
WB 16.14-110 v Ess 20.9-129
Dok (N) 7.10pm
Sunday, April 20
Ade 15.16-106
v WC 10.13-73
FP, 1.10pm
Car 12.12-84 v PA 17.12-114
PP, 2.10pm
Fre 25.17-167 v Kan 19.8-122
S, 3.40pm
Monday, April 21
StK 11.15-81 v Rch 17.5-107
Dok, 2.10pm

Round 5 (Anzac Day)
Friday, April 25
Ess 23.9-147
v Col 12.9-81
MCG, 2.45pm
Syd 17.7-109 v Mel 13.7-85
SCG (N) 6.45pm
Saturday, April 26
Haw 14.11-95 v Rch 18.7-115
MCG, 2.10pm
Kan 16.17-113 v Car 18.14-122
Dok (N) 7.10pm
Ade 9.12- 66 v PA 12.6-78
FP (N) 7.40pm
Sunday, April 27
Bri 15.16-106
v WB 12.7-79
BCG, 1.10pm
StK 18.11-119 v Gee 11.8-74
Dok, 2.10pm
Fre 10.13-73 v WC 16.12-108
S, 3.40pm

Round 6
Friday, May 2
Kan 9.16-70 v Ade 19.10-124
Dok (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, May 3
Car 9.9-63 v Haw 11.8-74
PP, 2.10pm
Mel 14.10-94 v WC 19.13-127
MCG, 2.10pm
Col 13.11- 89 v Syd 17.7-109
Dok (N), 7.10pm
PA 12.12-84 v Rch 8.9-57
FP (N), 7.40pm
Sunday, May 4
Gee 12.6-78 v Bri 13.14-92
KP, 12.40pm
WB 12.13-85 v StK 15.10-100
Dok, 2.10pm
Fre 20.11-131 v Ess 15.10-100
S, 3.20pm

Round 7
Friday, May 9
Haw 13.11-89 v Kan 18.9-117
Dok (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, May 10
Rch 11.18-84
v Ess 5.12-42
MCG, 2.10pm
WC 17.11-113 v Gee 14.13-97
S, 3.40pm
StK 16.17-113 v Car 15.11-101
Dok (N) 7.10pm
Ade 16.13-109 v Col 18.6-114
FP (N), 7.40pm
Sunday, May 11
Syd 15.9-98
v Bri 11.13-79
SCG, 1.10pm
Mel 16.15-111 v PA 12.12-84
MCG, 2.10pm
WB 10.12-72v Fre 23.17-155
Dok, 2.10pm

Round 8
Friday, May 16
Haw 8.5-53 v Ess 15.16-106
MCG (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, May 17
Col 15.13-103 v WC 18.11-119
Dok, 2.10pm
PA 15.13-103 v Kan 7.7-49
FP, 2.40pm
Rch 16.11-107 v Mel 165.7-103
MCG (N) 7.10pm
Bri 16.11-107 v Ade 12.17-89
BCG (N) 7.10pm
Sunday, May 18
Syd 17.10-112
v Gee 11.7-73
SCG, 1.10pm
Car 15.17-107 v WB 14.16-100
PP, 2.10pm
Fre 18.15-123 v StK 11.16-82
S, 3.40pm

Round 9
Friday, May 23
Ess 14.12-96 v PA 23.8-146
Dok (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, May 24
Car 11.10-76 v Bri 23.15-153
PP, 2.10pm
Mel 10.11-71 v Fre 16.5-101
MCG, 2.10pm
WC 18.16-124 v Rch 11.6-72
S (N) 7.40pm
Col 22.17-149 v StK 12.12-84
Dok (N), 7.10pm
Sunday, May 25
Kan 12.12-84
v Syd 8.11-59
Man, 12.30pm
Ade 16.13-109 v WB 14.9-93
FP, 3.10pm
Gee 16.13-109 v Haw 11.9-75
Dok, 2.10pm

Round 10
Friday, May 30
PA 14.14-98
v Col 10.13-73
FP (N) 8.10pm
Saturday, May 31
WB 22.13-145 v Kan 24.12-156
Dok, 2.10pm
Fre 19.13-127 v Car 15.9-99
S, 3.40pm
Rch 10.12-72 v Syd 16.8-104
MCG (N) 7.10pm
Mel 9.9-63 v Bri 18.15-123
BCG, (N) 7.10pm
Sunday, June 1
Gee 8.11-59 v 11.10-76
KP, 1.10pm
Ess 19.14-128 v WC 16.10-106
Dok, 2.10pm
StK 17.16-118 v Haw 14.6-90
MCG, 2.10pm

Round 11
(Queen's Birthday)
Friday, June 6
Kan 13.14-92
v Rch 13.11-89
Dok (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, June 7
Haw 11.9-75
v Ade 10.10-70
MCG, 2.10pm
StK 13.12-90 v Bri 13.7-85
Dok (N) 7.10pm
Syd 21.7-133 v Ess 12.7-79
Hom (N) 7.20pm
Sunday, June 8
PA 16.16-112
v Fre 9.9-63
FP, 1.10pm
Gee 17.13-115 v Car 12.3-75
Dok, 2.10pm
WC 19.10-124 v WB 19.10-124
S, 3.40pm
Monday, June 9
Mel 10.17-77 v Col 20.13-133
MCG, 2.10pm

Round 12
Friday, June 13
Ess 13.10-88 v Kan 14.12-96
Dok (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, June 14
Rch 12.14-86 v Car 14.9-93
MCG, 2.10pm
StK 7.15-57 v PA 15.9-99
YPL, 1.10pm
WB 9.9-63 v Syd 19.13-127
SCG (N) 7.10pm
Fre 13.10-88 v Gee 10.12-72
S (N) 7.40pm
Sunday, June 15
Bri 13.13-91 v WC 24.16-160
BCG, 1,10pm
Col 6.15-51 v Haw 12.12-84
MCG, 2.10pm
Ade 21.12-138 v Mel 10.5-65
FP, 2.40pm

June 20-21-22
No matches

Round 13
Friday, June 27
Ess 20.9-129
v Gee 15.3-93
Dok (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, June 28
PA 14.15-99
v Syd 8.12-60
FP, 2.40pm
Mel 21.10-136 v StK 14.10-94
MCG, 2.10pm
WB 12.13-85 v Col 18.20-128
Dok (N) 7.10pm
Bri 15.14-104 v Rch 9.7-61
BCG (N) 7.10pm
Sunday, June 29
Haw 15.8-98
v Fre 10.8-68
YPL, 1.10pm
Car 7.8-50 v Ade 13.14-92
PP, 2.10pm
WC 11.10-76 v Kan 10.7-67
S, 3.40pm

Round 14
Friday, July 4
StK v Ess, Dok (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, July 5
Haw v WB, MCG, 2.10pm
Fre v Bri, S, 3.40pm
Kan v Col, Dok (N) 7.10pm
Ade v Rch, FP (N) 7.40pm
Sunday, July 6
Syd v WC, SCG, 1.10pm
Car v Mel, PP, 2.10pm
Gee v PA, KP, 2.10pm

Round 15
Friday, July 11
Ade v Ess, FP (N) 8.40pm
Saturday, July 12
Col v Fre, MCG, 2.10pm
Rch v Gee, Dok, 2.10pm
Syd v StK, SCG (N) 7.10pm
WC v Car, S (N) 7.40pm
Sunday, July 13
Bri v Haw, BCG, 1.10pm
Kan v Mel, MCG, 2.10pm
WB v PA, Dok, 2.10pm

Round 16
Friday, July 18
Rch v Col, MCG (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, July 19
Car v Syd, PP, 2.10pm
Haw v Mel, MCG, 2.10pm
Ess, v Bri, Dok (N) 7.10pm
PA v WC, FP (N) 7.40pm
Sunday, July 20
Gee v WB, KP, 1.10pm
StK v Kan, Dok, 2.10pm
Fre v Ade, S, 3.40pm

Round 17
Friday, July 25
WC v Haw, S (N) 8.40pm
Saturday, July 26
Kan v Gee, Man, 1.40pm
Mel v Ess, MCG, 2.10pm
WB v Rch, Dok (N) 7.10pm
Bri v PA, BCG (N) 7.10pm
Sunday, July 27
Syd v Fre, SCG, 1.10pm
Col v Car, MCG, 2.10pm
Ade v StK, FP, 2.40pm

Round 18
Friday, August 1
WB v Mel, Dok (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, August 2
Car v Ess, MCG, 2.10pm
Fre v Rch, S, 3.40pm
Gee v Col, Dok (N) 7.10pm
Bri v Kan, BCG (N) 7.10pm
Sunday, August 3
Ade v Syd, FP, 1.10pm
Haw v PA, MCG, 2.10pm
StK v WC, Dok, 2.10pm

Round 19
Friday, August 8
Mel v Gee, MCG (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, August 9
Col v Bri, MCG, 2.10pm
WC v Ade, S, 3.40pm
Rch v St, Dok (N) 7.10pm
Syd v Haw, SCG (N) 7.10pm
Sunday, August 10
PA v Car, FP, 1.10pm
Ess v WB, Dok, 2.10pm
Kan v Fre, MCG, 2.10pm

Round 20
Friday, August 15
Col v Ade, Dok (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, August 16
Car v StK, PP, 2.10pm
Gee v WC, KP, 2.10pm
Kan v Haw, Dok (N) 7.10pm
PA v Mel, FP (N) 7.40pm
Sunday, August 17
Bri v Syd, BCG, 1.10pm
Ess v Rch, MCG, 2.10pm
Fre v WB, S, 3.40pm

Round 21
Friday, August 22
Haw v Car, MCG (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, August 23
Ess v Fre, Dok, 2.10pm
Ade v Kan, FP, 2.40pm
Bri v Gee, BCG (N) 7.10pm
Syd v Col, Hom (N) 7.10pm
Sunday, August 24
StK v WB, YPL, 1.10pm
Rch v PA, Dok, 2.10pm
WC v Mel, S, 3.40pm

Round 22
Friday, August 29
Col v Ess, MCG (N) 7.40pm
Saturday, August 30
Gee v StK, KP, 2.10pm
Mel v Syd, MCG, 2.10pm
WB v Bri, Dok (N) 7.10pm
WC v Fre, S (N) 7.40pm
Sunday, August 31
PA v Ade, FP, 1.10pm
Car v Kan, PP, 2.10pm
Rch v Haw, MCG, 2.10pm

2003 Finals
Elimination
& Qualifying

September 5–6–7
Semi–Finals
September 12–13–14
Preliminary Finals
September 19–20
Grand Final
September 27

 

2002 SEASON
LADDER
after Round 22

W L D % Pts
PA 18 4 132 72
Bri 17 5 137 68
Ade 15 7 115 60
Col 13 9 110 52
Ess 12 9 1 105 50
Mel 12 10 100 48
Kan 12 10 99 48
WCE 11 11 98 44

Gee 11 11 95 44
Haw 11 11 92 44
Syd 9 12 1 107 38
WB 9 12 1 104 38
Fre 9 13 88 36
Rch 7 15 83 28
StK 5 16 1 79 22
Car 3 19 73 12


2002 SEASON
after finals

Premiers Brisbane
2nd Collingwood
3rd Port Adel
4th Adelaide
5th Essendon
6th Melbourne
7th Kangaroos
8th West Coast



2001 SEASON
LADDER
after Round 22
W L % Pts
Ess 17 5 134 68
Bri 17 5 128 68
PA 16 6 129 64
Rch 15 7 108 60
Car 14 8 129 56
Haw 13 9 105 52
Syd 12 10 116 48
Ade 12 10 103 48

Col 11 11 107 44
WB 10 12 94 44
Mel 10 12 90 40
Gee 9 13 94 36
Kan 9 13 91 36
WCE 5 17 66 20
StK 4 18 73 16
Fre 2 20 72 8

2001 SEASON
after finals

Premiers Brisbane
2nd Essendon
3rd Richmond
4th Hawthorn
5th Port Adel
6th Carlton
7th Sydney
8th Adelaide


2000 SEASON
LADDER
after Round 22

W L D % Pts
Ess 21 1 159 84
Car 16 6 135 64
Mel 14 8 118 56
Kan 14 8 196 56
Gee 12 9 1 97 50
Bri 12 10 117 48
WB 12 10 104 48
Haw 12 10 98 48

Rch 11 11 93 44
Syd 10 12 102 40
Ade 9 13 96 36
Fre 8 14 72 32
WCE 7 14 1 92 30
PA 7 14 1 84 30
Col 7 15 86 28
StK 2 19 1 70 10

2000 SEASON
after finals

Premiers Essendon
2nd Melbourne
3rd Carlton
4th Kangaroos
5th Brisbane
6th Hawthorn
7th Geelong
8th West.B'dogs



1999 SEASON
LADDER
after Round 22

W L D % Pts
Ess 18 4 126 72
Kan 17 5 116 68
Bri 16 6 145 64
WB 15 6 1 119 62
WCE 12 10 107 48
Car 12 10 103 48
PA 12 10 90 48
Syd 11 11 103 44

Haw 10 11 1 96 42
StK 10 12 98 40
Gee 10 12 95 40
Rch 9 13 91 36
Ade 8 14 85 32
Mel 6 16 81 24
Fre 5 17 82 20
Col 4 18 85 16

1999 SEASON
after finals

Premiers Kangaroos
2nd Carlton
3rd Essendon
4th Brisbane
5th West Coast
6th West.B'dogs
7th Port Adelaide
8th Sydney



1998 SEASON
LADDER
after Round 22

W L D % Pts
NM 16 6 117 64
WB 15 7 116 60
Syd 14 8 106 56
Mel 14 8 103 56
Ade 13 9 123 52
StK 13 9 102 52
WCE 12 10 109 48
Ess 12 10 109 48

Rch 12 10 105 48
PA 9 12 1 96 38
Car 9 13 96 36
Gee 9 13 90 36
Haw 8 14 96 32
Col 7 15 91 28
Fre 7 15 76 28
Bri 5 16 1 76 22

1998 SEASON
after finals

Premiers Adelaide
2nd North Melb
3rd West.B'dogs
4th Melbourne
5th Sydney
6th St Kilda
7th West Coast
8th Essendon



1997 SEASON
LADDER
after Round 22
W L D % Pts
StK 15 7 120 60
Gee 15 7 118 60
WB 14 8 102 56
Ade 13 9 122 52
WCE 13 9 111 52
Syd 12 10 116 48
NM 12 10 112 48
Bri 10 11 1 105 42

PA 10 11 1 92 42
Col 10 12 111 40
Car 10 12 97 40
Fre 10 12 92 40
Rch 10 12 84 40
Ess 9 13 92 36
Haw 8 14 87 32
Mel 4 18 61 16

1997 SEASON
after finals

Premiers Adelaide
2nd St Kilda
3rd West.B'dogs
4th North Melb
5th Geelong
6th West Coast
7th Sydney
8th Brisbane


Thursday, July 3

SUBI-CRAZY: COUNCIL VOTES AGAINST CHANGE
Subiaco Council on Tuesday unanimously voted against the WAFC proposal to change the name of Subiaco Oval.

The $5.5 million deal has also hit another snag – West Coast's existing sponsorship deal with rival telecommunications company Optus, believed to be worth $250,000 and $300,000 a year.

The WA Football Commission is scheduled to meet the council today to discuss the naming rights issue but holds little hope of changing the council's mind – The West Australian.

FIELD NARROWS FOR JACKSON REPLACEMENT
The list of replacements to fill the shoes of the retiring AFL chief executive WAYNE JACKSON has narrowed by the withdrawal of former St Kilda president ANDREW PLYMPTON on Wednesday, while PETER JACKSON, Essendon's chief executive has chosen not to apply.

The Age reports that ANDREW DEMETRIOU remains the frontrunner. Former CUB managing director JIM KING and Geelong chief executive BRIAN COOK will be interviewed by the AFL sub-committee of RON EVANS, COLIN CARTER and BOB HAMMOND in the next few days.

It is understood that Jackson will retire at the end of this month.

MERCURI COPS VFL SUSPENSION
The comeback of Essendon vice-captain MARK MERCURI has received a setback. The out of form Mercuri while playing in the VFL last Saturday with the Bendigo Bombers was cited on video evidence and charged with striking Geelong's BRENT MOLONEY in the second quarter. The VFL Tribunal on Wednesday found Mercuri guilty of the charge – he was suspended for two matches.

MAGPIES RE-SIGN TARRANT AND CLEMENT
The Collingwood FC has announced it has recontracted CHRIS TARRANT for the next four years on a deal estimated at between $1.6 and $1.8 million, an average of $400,00-$450,000. Defender JAMES CLEMENT has also been inked by the Magpies for a further three seasons.

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FOOTYSTATS – SEASON 2003
Match Review, details of every game, every round
Stats Update from every round
Taylor's Terrible Tipping for Round 14
includes background information of all weekend matches


Martin Windsor-Black
Prognostications for Round 14 and 15

MWB delivers the much-awaited chart ... more ...

July 3


THEY SAID IT ...

Dockers deny Croad trade
SCOT COUGHLAN and GREG DENHAM,
The Australian, July 3, 2003

The Fremantle Dockers yesterday vehemently denied suggestions that they would use highly paid forward Trent Croad as trade bait.

But three club officials involved in recruiting last season confirmed to The Australian yesterday that Croad was offered, by Fremantle, as a trade last year to two Victorian clubs.

Responding to a report in The Australian yesterday, which said the out-of-form Croad would be offered to Geelong at the end of the season, Dockers chief executive Cameron Schwab dismissed the story.

The story also said Croad was offered to Geelong and Carlton during the trade period last year, something which Schwab denied.

July 3


MATCH DAY WEATHER FORECASTS ...
check your local weather guides

MELBOURNE
Friday Fine 5-14
Saturday Fine 7-16
Sunday Fine 8-15
PERTH
Friday Showers 10-19
Saturday Showers, windy 10-18
ADELAIDE
Friday Fine, partly cloudy 7-16
Saturday Fine, mostly sunny 7-17
SYDNEY
Friday Showers 10-16
Saturday Chance of early shower 9-17
Sunday Fine 9-18

 


Approaching Milestones –
2003, Round 14
(subject to selection, injury or suspension)
CAREER MATCHES

300 – ROBERT HARVEY
269 premiership games (St Kilda 1988-2003)
21 pre-season, 8 State, 2 Internationals

200 – JUSTIN PECKETT (St Kilda) 1992-2003
150 – SCOTT BURNS (Collingwood) 1995-2003
150 – SCOTT LUCAS (Essendon) 1996-2003
100 – CLIVE WATERHOUSE (Fremantle) 1996-2003
100 – HEATH BLACK, 31 StK 2002-03, also 69 Fre 1997-2001
100 – MARK JOHNSON (Essendon) 1999-2003
50 — STEPHEN MILNE (St Kilda) 2001-03
50 — IAN PERRIE (Adelaide) 1998-2003

300 — DARREN GOLDSPINK will umpire his 300th match (1989-2003)
276 premiership games, 19 pre-season, 5 State

200 — GARY AYRES will coach his 200th match
84 Adelaide 2000-03, 116 Geelong 1995-99

original prepared by COL HUTCHINSON


NATIONAL AFL RISING STAR AWARD
Nominations for season 2003 —

R1 – Sam MITCHELL (Hawthorn)

R2 – Luke BALL (St Kilda)

R3 – Trent SPORN (Carlton)

R4 – Jared BRENNAN (Brisbane)

R5 – Adam SCHNEIDER (Sydney)

R6 – Michael OSBORNE (Hawthorn)

R7 – Brendon GODDARD (St Kilda)

R8 – Ashley SAMPI (West Coast)

R9 – Graham POLAK (Fremantle)

R10 – Jarrad WAITE (Carlton)

R11 – Daniel WELLS (Kangaroos)

R12 – Brad FISHER (Carlton)

R14 – Byron SCHAMMER (Fremantle)

check the Rising Star page and history of the award

Wednesday, July 2

Round 13 – Tribunal
Troy Simmonds out one week

Fremantle's number one ruckman TROY SIMMONDS was suspended by the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.

Simmonds will be absent from Fremantle's important game against Brisbane at Subiaco on Saturday.

HAWTHORN v FREMANTLE
TROY SIMMONDS (Fre) for allegedly striking SAM MITCHELL (Haw) in third quarter. The AFL Tribunal sustained the charge and suspended Simmonds for one match.

This was the only case from Round 13.

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Subiaco Oval sponsorship wrangle
WAFC to meet with council

The WA Football Commission will meet with the Subiaco Council as it fights to keep the $5.5 million Crazy John's naming rights proposal for Subiaco Oval alive.

On Tuesday, the proposal was in danger of floundering after Crazy John's executive director Brendan Fleiter maintained there would be no deal unless the council relaxed its stance over signage at and around the ground.

Subiaco mayor Tony Costa has stressed that while the council can't stop the naming rights deal, it can stop Crazy John's putting signs and logos on the outside of grandstands and can prevent street signs being erected to point the way to Crazy John's Stadium – The West Australian.

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2004 draw
Collingwood plan for two games in Sydney

CAROLINE WILSON reports in The Age: The AFL has joined forces with Collingwood in a bold new bid to take on the Sydney market next season that will give the Magpies two games in Sydney in 2004 – one a Collingwood home game – and seize a monopoly on next year's proposed split round.

The league's football operations manger ANDREW DEMETRIOU, a frontrunner in the search to replace WAYNE JACKSON, will talk to the NSW Government this month in a bid to underwrite a Collingwood-Sydney game at Homebush.

The match, which would be televised on Channel Ten on a Saturday night, would be the only AFL game over the second weekend of a split round. The Magpies' asking price for the game in Sydney is estimated at more than $500,000, with the figure being split between the Carr Government and Telstra Stadium.

The other Collingwood match against the Swans would be a Sydney home game at the SCG.

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BYRON SCHAMMER – RISING STAR OF ROUND 13
Fremantle's BYRON SCHAMMER attracted the eye of selectors across last weekend and gained the nomination for the National AFL Rising Star award.

Recruited from SANFL club West Adelaide, he has made a strong mark in his debut year playing nine matches for the Dockers.

Taken by Fremantle as the 13th selection in the national draft, he enjoyed an outstanding record in junior footy, winning the Larke Medal in 2002 as best player in the National Under 18 championships. Byron also captained Australia in one of the Under 17 Tests against Ireland under International Rules.

TRENT CROAD ON OFFER TO GEELONG
The Australian reported: To relieve pressure on their salary cap, Fremantle have again sounded out Geelong to arrange a suitable exchange for TRENT CROAD. It is believed that Croad, who has been with Freo for 18 months, wants to return to Victoria despite being under contract until the end of 2005. Fremantle were unsuccessful in attracting an exchange last year from the Cats and Carlton.

GEELONG RE-SIGNS EIGHT TOP PLAYERS
Eight front-line players have been re-signed by Geelong. CAMERON LING and PAUL CHAPMAN agreed to new deals this week, joining recent new deals with COREY ENRIGHT, JOEL COREY, JAMES RAHILLY, DAVID JOHNSON, STEVE JOHNSON and JAMES KELLY. Other important players to the line-up STEVEN KING, MATTHEW SCARLETT, GARY ABLETT and DAVID SPRIGGS are secured to the end of 2004.

UMPIRE HUMPHREY-SMITH RETIRES
After 83 games since 1996, including one final, field umpire DEREK HUMPHREY-SMITH announced his retirement on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Humphery-Smith, who works as a lawyer, was keen to point out that pressures at work, rather than his recent spate of bouncing 'yips' made his decision to retire an easy one. His last match was a Subiaco Oval on Sunday, when because of wet weather, umpires threw the ball up, rather than use the bounce.

ESSENDON RUNNER UNDER SCRUTINY
JOHN BARNES, the runner for Essendon has fallen under the eye of the AFL for the third time this season. Football operations manager ANDREW DEMETRIOU has written to Barnes after umpires complained about his constant badgering of Geelong players on Friday night at Docklands.

The Age reports after the Bombers' Round 5 clash with Collingwood, Barnes was fined $7500 for staying on the field too long, an incident the AFL believed was his second offence. The league had fined him $2000 the previous week, after the Western Bulldogs match, but Essendon did not receive official notification. Because of the oversight, the league suspended the fines, which could now be incurred.

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Tuesday, July 1

AFL Hall of Fame
Bill Hutchison named a Legend
Five new members added


The AFL's Hall of Fame has five more distinguished members, with Essendon champion BILL HUTCHISON elevated to Legend status.

The announcements were made on Monday evening at a black tie dinner in Melbourne.

Hutchison, the Bomber star of 290 matches (1942-57) was the Brownlow Medallist in 1953. He also finished third twice and was runner-up in 1955. Though Bill passed away in 1982 at just 59, his contribution was acknowledged when he was retrospectively awarded the Brownlow in 1989. Hutchinson won the Essendon best and fairest award seven times between 1946 and 1956 and together with Dick Reynolds and John Coleman is part of the game's "super elite".

Four players and one coach have been inducted to the Hall of Fame –

ARTHUR OLLIVER
One of Footscray's greats, a dedicated servant to the club he played for, captained and also coached during 16 seasons, 1935-50. He began his career as a full-forward but quickly became a long-kicking onballer. In 1941, he shared the club's best-and-fairest award with Brownlow medallist Norman Ware, and won again in 1944.

JOHN TODD
A football luminary in Western Australia, having been involved in the game for almost 50 years. A brilliant WAFL player, he won the Sandover Medal as a 16-year-old, in his debut season with South Fremantle. He coached South, as well as East Fremantle and Swan Districts to WAFL premierships and took West Coast to their first finals appearance in 1988.

JIM STYNES
Recruited from Ireland by Melbourne in the mid-1980s. He established himself as a champion ruckman winning the Brownlow in 1991. Of his 264 matches, he played 244 consecutively, surpassing a record that had stood for 50 years.

WAYNE RICHARDSON
The skilful rover from Western Australia played 277 game for Collingwood (1966-78) and captained the Magpies in 117 matches. He twice won the Copeland Trophy and his services extended beyond the field, returning to the club in 1986 as a director.

JOHN PLATTEN
One of Hawthorn's most decorated players – Brownlow medallist in 1987, four-time premiership player, five-time All-Australian and two-time club best-and-fairest winner. Originally from SANFL club Central District, Platten across 17 seasons played 258 matches for the Hawks (1986-97).

Committee members selecting the Hall of Fame are Ron Evans (chairman), Brian Atkinson (WAFL), Kevin Bartlett, Brendon Gale, Harry Gordon, Tim Lane, Jim Stynes, Tom Reynolds, Lou Richards, Mike Sheahan, Patrick Smith, Leigh Wicker and Caroline Wilson.

The AFL Hall of Fame committee considers candidates on the basis of record, ability, integrity, sportmanship and character.

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PETER HUDSON, has been awarded life membership of the AFL. The former Hawthorn champion who booted 727 goals in 129 VFL games with the Hawks, was twice the club's best-and-fairest winner and a member of the 1971 premiership side. He also coached Glenorchy and held the same post at fellow TFL club Hobart before returning to Victoria to assume key administrative positions at Hawthorn and St Kilda.

Now 57, Hudson is a member of the AFL Tasmania taskforce – a committee established to attract AFL matches to the state.


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Brisbane and Sydney: win some, lose sum
AFL scales back concessions

The AFL announced on Tuesday new salary cap concessions to the northern clubs, with the AFL pressured into watering down the allowances by threats of legal action by some Victorian clubs.

The system, to be phased in over three years, will see the Lions get only about half the concessions they now get in dollar terms.

The Sydney Swans will be about as well off as under the existing system.

The cap concessions are designed to allow Brisbane and Sydney to retain interstate players being wooed by clubs in their home States, but had been attacked by rivals which claimed the Lions and Swans were getting too much help.

Under the system, any club will be eligible for a location allowance if it has less than 40 per cent of its senior players sourced from its home State.

Eligible clubs would then be able to pay $30,000 to each interstate player who had been on their lists for less than five years, up to a maximum of 12 players and $360,000. Those payments would not be considered under the salary cap.

While Brisbane and Sydney would be the only clubs that qualified based on 2003 player lists, other clubs had significant numbers of interstate players and could become eligible from next year.

On top of the location allowance, Sydney's salary cap will be lifted 7 per cent under a housing allowance - an advantage of $420,000 on current cap figures.

The Lions and Swans will no longer receive AFL grants to pay their concessions, and instead must generate the money themselves.

Under the new concessions to be phased in over the next three years: Brisbane's allowance will be cut to 9 per cent in 2004 and 7.5 per cent in 2005.

Sydney's allowance will drop from 15 per cent to 14 per cent in 2004 and 13 per cent in 2005, which will include a 7 per cent housing allowance.

In 2006, both clubs will revert to a formula that will provide an allowance of $30,000 per player for a maximum of 12 players recruited from other states.

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KANGAROO COACH ASKED TO EXPLAIN
DEAN LAIDLEY, coach of the Kangaroos will be asked by the AFL to explain his on-field actions toward umpires at three-quarter time and after the game at Subiaco Oval on Sunday. At a later press conference that day, Laidley said he felt the crucial 50m penalty awarded to Roo player JOHN BAIRD just before three-quarter time was marked short and far from the full 50 metres. Laidley said he was stating a fact, not making a comment.

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Strictly for statophiles
As Kay Tee noted, Round 13 at the weekend contained four games decided by 43, 43, 42 and 42 points.

Quick research finds 6 rounds (1909-R1, 1938-R13, 1968-R10, 1974-R19, 1988-R13, 1998-R14) where at least 4 matches were decided by margins within 2 points of each other. The selected matches are highlighted below ...

1909-R1-PP – Car 3.14 (32) v Uni 6.11 (47) - 15 pts
1909-R1-CO – Gee 6.8 (44) v SM 8.5 (53) - 9 pts
1909-R1-EM – Ess 6.18 (54) v StK 6.8 (44) - 10 pts
1909-R1-PR – Rch 9.9 (63) v Mel 11.8 (74) - 11 pts
1909-R1-VP – Col 9.7 (61) v Fit 10.12 (72) - 11 pts

1938-R13-AP – SM 14.11 (95) v NM 13.18 (96) - 1 pt
1938-R13-CO – Gee 14.20 (104) v StK 15.13 (103) - 1 pt
1938-R13-PR – Rch 20.12 (132) v Car 12.19 (91) - 41 pts
1938-R13-GO – Haw 10.9 (69) v Mel 9.16 (70) - 1 pt
1938-R13-BS – Fit 13.8 (86) v Fsc 18.21 (129) - 43 pts
1938-R13-WH – Ess 17.17 (119) v Col 17.16 (118) - 1 pt

1968-R10-KP – Gee 13.15 (93) v SM 8.15 (63) - 30 pts
1968-R10-M – StK 3.10 (28) v Car 8.8 (56) - 28 pts
1968-R10-PP – Fit 12.12 (84) v Rch 15.15 (105) - 21 pts
1968-R10-AS – NM 8.14 (62) v Haw 15.16 (106) - 44 pts
1968-R10-MCG – Mel 9.14 (68) v Ess 15.6 (96) - 28 pts
1968-R10-WO – Fsc 5.7 (37) v Col 9.11 (65) - 28 pts


1974-R19-M – StK 9.13 (67) v SM 13.15 (93) - 26 pts
1974-R19-P – Rch 15.12 (102) v NM 11.11 (77) - 25 pts
1974-R19-PP – Haw 17.20 (122) v Mel 14.13 (97) - 25 pts
1974-R19-KP – Gee 8.8 (56) v Col 10.19 (79) - 23 pts
1974-R19-WO – Fsc 10.8 (68) v Car 4.20 (44) - 24 pts
1974-R19-WH – Ess 24.15 (159) v Fit 8.13 (61) - 98 pts

1988-R13-S – WCE 17.19 (121) v Fit 13.9 (87) H by 34 pts
1988-R13-VP – Col 9.14 (68) v Syd 2.11 (23) H by 45 pts
1988-R13-M – StK 8.18 (66) v Rch 5.11 (41) H by 25 pts
1988-R13-MCG – NM 22.19 (151) v Bri 13.7 (85) H by 66 pts
1988-R13-P – Mel 10.6 (66) v Car 5.13 (43) H by 23 pts
1988-R13-PP – Haw 17.10 (112) v Gee 12.15 (87) H by 25 pts
1988-R13-WH – Ess 10.15 (75) v Fsc 15.9 (99) A by 24 pts


1998-R14-S – WCE 11.13 (79) v Mel 14.12 (96) - 17 pts
1998-R14-SCG – Syd 12.15 (87) v Ade 18.16 (124) - 37 pts
1998-R14-P – StK 12.15 (87) v WB 10.12 (72) - 15 pts
1998-R14-MCG – Rch 23.7 (145) v Fre 8.7 (55) - 90 pts
1998-R14-FP(n) – PA 13.13 (91) v Gee 10.13 (73) - 18 pts
1998-R14-MCG(n) – Kan 19.13 (127) v Ess 16.13 (109) - 18 pts
1998-R14-PP – Car 13.14 (92) v Haw 11.10 (76) - 16 pts
1998-R14-BCG – Bri 19.21 (135) v Col 12.11 (83) - 52 pts

July 1


Tuesday – from the e-mail bag ...
Morning KT,

I've been poring through the rules in regard to the Akermanis non-goal in the Brisbane-Richmond game on Saturday night.

I attended the game and was sitting practically right behind the path of the ball. At the time I was positive that it was a goal in that the ball had cleared the goal line, although at the time I wasn't aware that it had, as reported, hit the goal umpires flags, thus counting as hitting the post.

It begs the question, which law applies first. Law 12.1.1 states that:

a Goal is scored when the football is Kicked completely over the Goal Line by a Player of the attacking Team without being touched by any other Player, even if the football first touches the ground;

while Law 12.1.2 states:

a Behind is scored when the football touches or passes over the goal post.

So, what happens when both occurs as was the case at the 'Gabba? The ball, with its long axis on the vertical completely passes over the goal line then glances the back of the post tangentially. Does the latter overrule the former? A case of the chicken or the egg.

Back when posts weren't padded, it probably wouldn't have made too much difference, but now we have what is practically a mattress wrapped around all posts. And the back of this padding would probably be almost the thickness of another post behind the goal line

Interestingly, I couldn't find any reference to the goal umpires flags being considered part of the goal posts in the rules, but it could be in there somewhere.

Again, yours in footy,

Matthew Smith

July 1

Monday, June 30

Martin Windsor-Black

Strictly for statophiles ...

MWB has produced a vast array of statistical updates for every dedicated statophile.

His efforts following Round 13 deserve your attention ... more ...

  • Quarters Ladder
    Last Round in each ladder position
    Number of times in each ladder position
    Current Form Table
    Identical Streaks
    Most Consecutive Matches Conceding 100+ points

Richmond are in 10th place for the first time since 1999-R19 and Essendon are in 9th place for the first time since 1998-R16

West Coast are still yet to lose a *home* game and the Western Bulldogs, Geelong and Melbourne are yet to win an *away* game.

Finally –
With 9 rounds to go, there are 4,722,366,482,869,645,213,696 different possible results.

Whilst any team can still finish on the bottom and win the wooden spoon (including Port Adelaide), Western Bulldogs are the only team which cannot finish on top. They highest the Bulldogs can finish is 3rd.

And, so far there have been 19,973 points scored this season (192 per game).

June 30


Essendon stay in touch
Powerful Port swamp the Swans
Demons break the drought
Magpies consign Dogs to the spoon
Lions roar back to whip Tigers
Hawks reign over Freo in Launceston
Crows too solid at Carlton
Eagles win epic struggle over Kangaroos

THE STATS THAT MATTER ...
> Brisbane's ALASTAIR LYNCH in game 174 passed 550 goals ...
> Richmond's MATTHEW RICHARDSON in game 167 reached 500 goals ...
> Melbourne's DAVID NEITZ in game 217 passed 400 goals ...
> BRAD JOHNSON (Western Bulldogs) in game 202 passed 250 goals ...

MILESTONES OF ROUND 13 —

200th career game DARRYL WAKELIN, 170 premiership matches, (55 PA 2001-03, 115 StK 1995-2000), 27 pre-season, 3 State ... 200th career game JUSTIN LEPPITSCH, 176 premiership matches (Bri 1993-2003), 19 pre-season, 3 State ... 100th ADAM GOODES (Syd) 1999-2003 ... 100th BEN MATHEWS (Syd) 1997-2003 ... SAVERIO ROCCA, 50th for Kangaroos 2001-03; also 156 Collingwood 1992-2000 ...

Highest Score:

21.10-136, MELBOURNE v St Kilda
Biggest Margin: 43pts, COLLINGWOOD v West.B'dogs
43pts, BRISBANE v Richmond
42pts, MELBOURNE v St Kilda
42pts, ADELAIDE v Carlton
Best in Goals: 7.1 – David NEITZ (Mel) v St Kilda
Lowest Score: 7.8-50, CARLTON v Adelaide
Best Quarters: 1st 8.3-51 ESSENDON v Geelong
2nd 7.2-44 HAWTHORN v Fremantle
3rd 9.1-55 MELBOURNE v St Kilda
4th 5.1-31 PORT ADEL v Sydney

Official AFL crowds for Round 13 —

48,374 Essendon v Geelong
24,272 Port Adelaide v Sydney
29,339 Melbourne v St Kilda
42,952 West.B'dogs v Collingwood
32,623 Brisbane v Richmond
17,212 Hawthorn v Fremantle
19,242 Carlton v Adelaide
36,641 West Coast v Kangaroos
250,655 Total for Round 13 — (2002: 253,086)
3,425,624 Progressive 2003 — (2002, 3,329,005)

FROM THE ROUND

ESSENDON v GEELONG
<> the crowd of 48,374 was the fourth-highest AFL attendance at Docklands –

50,701 — Round 9 — Saturday(n), May 26, 2001
Essendon 18.14-122 v Hawthorn 8.9-57
50,160 — Round 14 — Sunday, July 8, 2001
Geelong 16.15-111 v Collingwood 14.9-93
48,728 — Round 14 — Friday(n), July 6, 2001
West.B'dogs 11.10-76 v Essendon 24.10-154
48,374 — Round 13 — Friday(n), June 27, 2003
Essendon 20.9-129 v Geelong 15.3-93

... no other new match records were noted ... (umpires wore gold tops, navy shorts) ...

PORT ADELAIDE v SYDNEY
<> Port established a new high winning margin of 39 points and a new high 3rd quarter score against Sydney ... the Swans were held to 60pts or less for the third time in 13 matches of 2003 ... 200th career game DARRYL WAKELIN, 170 premiership matches, (55 PA 2001-03, 115 StK 1995-2000), 27 pre-season, 3 State ... 100th ADAM GOODES (Syd) 1999-2003 ... 100th BEN MATHEWS (Syd) 1997-2003 ... (umpires wore orange tops and socks, navy shorts – though goodness knows why) ...

MELBOURNE v ST KILDA
<> the Demons ended a five-match losing streak by winning its sixth successive game against St Kilda – the best run since 9 games in 1982-86 ... Melbourne's DAVID NEITZ in game 217 passed 400 goals ... the absence of injured St Kilda captain AARON HAMILL was noted – the Saints have not won a game in 2003 without him ... (umpires wore gold tops and socks, navy shorts) ...

WEST.B'DOGS v COLLINGWOOD
<> BRAD JOHNSON (WB) in game 202 passed 250 goals ... no new match records were noted ... (umpires wore orange tops and socks, navy shorts) ...

BRISBANE v RICHMOND
<> Brisbane's ALASTAIR LYNCH in game 174 passed 550 goals ... MATTHEW RICHARDSON (Rch) in game 167 reached 500 career goals ... 200th career game JUSTIN LEPPITSCH, 176 premiership matches (Bri 1993-2003), 19 pre-season, 3 State ... MARK DRAGICEVIC (Rch) returned for his first game since 2001 Round 6 after two knee reconstructions ... (umpires wore the traditional white uniform) ...

HAWTHORN v FREMANTLE
<> no new match records were noted ... (umpires wore the traditional white uniform) ...

CARLTON v ADELAIDE
<> no new match records were noted ... (umpires wore the traditional white uniform) ...

WEST COAST v KANGAROOS
<> no new match records were noted ... SAVERIO ROCCA, 50th for Kangaroos 2001-03; also 156 Collingwood 1992-2000 ... (umpires wore red tops and socks, navy shorts) ...

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All-day cliffhangers
The first half of the Melbourne-St Kilda game in Round 13 had the statisticians rushing to their files.

The same score of 4.3-27 by both clubs in the first and second quarters, and nil margins.

Time to look back on those matches that have held spectators enthralled down the years in *All Day Cliffhangers* ...

June 29


Monday – from the e-mail bag ...
Two Footystats subscribers, DANIEL LAIDLAW and LEONARD COLQUHOUN have responded to KEN BOOTH's view in Saturday's Diary –

Kevin,

I would go even further than Ken Booth re: the Subiaco naming rights controversy. Advertising only gets more excessive, not just in football but everywhere, and the constantly changing stadia names is ludicrous – it is inevitably short-term, will become historically confusing or at least irksome, and frankly is both morally and aesthetically offensive.

It seems that some people are only opposed to the mooted "Crazy John's" moniker because, as Booth said, it is not "emotionally neutral" due to the word crazy. I would suggest the only reason for that is because the brand name is not yet as well imprinted on the cultural consciousness as some others. "Optus", "AAMI" etc should be equally galling, but they're not. I don't think the "crazy" epithet is any more defamatory than, say, Telstra, it's just crass.

Not to put footy on a pedestal, but in a small way the sale of naming rights prostitutes our cultural values. Does anyone doubt that if it weren't for logistics, cities and not just sports grounds would be named after sponsors? I feel the principle is the same.

What I don't understand, though, is why people feel powerless to resist it. You can stop the trend by simply refusing to participate in it - i.e., call the grounds by their original names. Mainstream media is influential, but footy fans, like Footystats, can make a conscious decision to call the grounds by their original names if they want.

In an interview with The Weekend Australian on June 28, Crazy John's proprietor John Ilhan said "loyalty is important". Sure, along with things like the integrity of names.

Daniel

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Kevin,

I'm right with Ken Booth on the matter of naming rights and wrongs.

I understand the money motive – it's hard for a body responsible for a sport to knock back five (or whatever) million, or even five thousand.

But it still has a "thirty pieces of silver" odour about it.

It still has an air of some people being willing to sell their li'l ol' grandmothers for the right price.

And we who have an independent voice don't have to accept these very temporary and continually changing names – we have the right to simply ignore them in our everyday references to the time-honoured fields of football battle: Subiaco, Kardinia Park, the 'Gabba, Princes Park, Football Park, and so on.

One more thing.

Don't start me on the Pura Cup - that went way beyond a simple application of a commercial name: it was an indignity to, a desecration of, the oldest and most potent domestic competition in the cricketing world.

It's good that "our" ABC generally ignore the re-names. Why can't more journos, both in print and on the airwaves, follow suit ? Do bodies like the AFL or the ACB have some sort of durance vile over them ? Where is the famed journalistic irreverence towards authority figures and pompous suits ?

So far, my local at York Park is untainted, but I'm not initiating any breath-holding exercise.

Some school or other in Victoria has a motto of "Tenete traditionem" - Hold on to [your] tradition: Kevin, keep on doing the same.

Leonard Colquhoun

June 30


Sunday, June 29

from the e-mail bag ...

Regular Footystats contributor KEN BOOTH has delivered his spin at *dockerland.com* on what is a very hot topic in Perth –

A quick quiz.

What is the name of the award given to the best AFL player of the year – yes, you know, the Rising Star? Was your first answer "Norwich", or "Ansett", or maybe "National Bank"?

Lets not give up discussion on the Naming Rights topic.

The stadiums around Australia have single title descriptions – Skilled Stadium, Telstra Dome, etc. Even 'AAMI' is pronounced like the girls' name 'Amy'. They're all single word prefixes.

So if we now turn to the proposal for Subi. The first thing is that it is two words - Crazy John's, unlike all the others.

The second thing is that the name is not in any way emotionally neutral, unlike all the others. Surely the 'crazy' part of the title is at the heart of the problem.

Would the WAFC have been better to take a smaller amount from a more acceptably named (single worded) sponsor?

Now let me return to the Rising Star question. We should remember that Paul Hasleby was the AFL Rising Star of 2000. The sponsorship is now irrelevant.

No matter what the sponsorship deal, we should still (like my Footystats friend Kevin Taylor) refer to the grounds by their traditional names – Subiaco, Princes Park, Kardinia Park, Football Park, Docklands, etc. Then, for the statophiles, there is no confusion across the generations.

I liked the talkback comment the other day that pointed to "The Davis Cup by NEC". No loss of identity for the tennis championship and no indignity caused by adding the sponsor's name. "Subiaco Oval, proudly sponsored by Crazy John's", I could tolerate.

I'll always go to Subi and I guess most of the rest of you will too. Tony Costa (local mayor) should not change a single road sign.

A test question. Let Crazy John offer his $5.5M to the Melbourne Cricket Club and see if they'll talk for more than a minute about renaming the hallowed ground. The WACA? How else could we know it?

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What say you? ...

June 29


Saturday, June 28

Subiaco Oval
$5.5 million naming deal in jeopardy

THE $5.5 million proposal to rename Subiaco Oval as Crazy John's Stadium is in jeopardy because of a Subiaco Council threat not to allow signage advertising the name change. Subiaco mayor Tony Costa confirmed yesterday the council would block moves to put the name of the Melbourne-based mobile phone dealer on the outside of grandstands at the ground.

He said council would also oppose any moves to change street signs around the ground advertising the oval as Crazy John's Stadium.

Asked if Crazy John's could put its logo on the outside of the ground, he replied that it could not be done without council approval. "It is a signage and it is under the council's signage by-laws," he said.

Crazy John's officials claim they have told the WA Football Commission at meetings this week that if the council follows through with its threat, the deal is off.

The final decision on the stadium's name has been deferred twice in the past eight days, with the WAFC now claiming a decision would be made early next week.

Crazy John's, which is backed by Telstra, has offered the WAFC $1 million a year for five years, with a one-off injection of $500,000 into the WA junior football system for the naming rights to WA football's most historic stadium – The West Australian.

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2003 Grand Final: Rose, Sutton, Baldock, Templeton
Four greats to present awards

Four football greats - Bob Rose, Charlie Sutton, Darrel Baldock and Kelvin Templeton - will present awards at this year's grand final.

The AFL announced yesterday that Rose, Collingwood's best and fairest and Brownlow Medal runner-up in the 1953 premiership season, will present the premiership cup to the winning captain and coach.

Sutton, captain-coach of Footscray's one and only premiership team in 1954, will present the winning coach with the Jock McHale Medal, named after the man who coached the Magpies to eight flags over 38 years from 1912 to 1949.

Baldock, captain of St Kilda's only premiership team in 1966, will present the Norm Smith Medal to the player judged best-afield and Templeton, the leading goalkicker in 1978-79, will present the John Coleman Medal to the leading goalkicker of the 2003 home-and-away season – The Age.

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CHANGES EXPECTED TO FATHER-SON RULE
The AFL on Thursday moved a step closer to revising their father-son rule.

The push to afford clubs the right to more than one father-son selection a year is likely to be altered – one father-son selection for a third-round pick, two father-sons at the cost of a third and second-round pick and so on in descending order.

The minimum is age for the draft is expected to increase from 17-and-a-half years to 18 years. The Richmond club is the only club which appears to disagree.

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Martin Windsor-Black
A new look at the Rising Star award
MWB takes a different look at the National AFL Rising Star Award, going right back to the start in 1993. A dissection of every nomination by every club makes an interesting and compelling study ... more ...

June 28


Friday, June 27

Sydney to play future finals at Homebush

The Sydney Swans will play their next AFL final at the Olympic Stadium at Homebush and not the Sydney Cricket Ground.

TIM MORRISSEY in Sydney's Daily Telegraph notes that such a move has the potential to be a million-dollar windfall for the AFL.

However, for the Swans this year to leave their spiritual home of the SCG, a whole lot of moves would have to happen in the complicated mess the AFL have found themselves in, over the contractual arrangements they must meet to provide finals every week for the MCG.

The teams that finish first, second, fifth and sixth at the end of the home and away series are the nominal *home* teams in the first week of the finals.

The best crowd to see an AFL final in Sydney was the memorable 1996 preliminary when Tony Lockett's behind after the siren put the Swans into their first grand final since 1945. On that Saturday night 41,731 watched Essendon go down.

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Countdown is on
THE ROAD TO THE FINALS ...

Who plays who between now and when the *big stuff* starts ... more ... THE ROAD TO THE FINALS.

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TEAMS OF THE CENTURY
The Footystats *Team of the Century* file has been updated to include the teams selected by AFL Queensland and the Williamstown FC ... more ...

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Is there life after Subi? ...

This season, no side living east of the Nullarbor has won the following round after a game at Subiaco –

R1 WC 17.20-122 v PA 11.8-74 R2-FP(n) PA 10.16-76 v Bri 13.8-86
R2(n) Fre 12.14-86 v Syd 8.12-60 R3-SCG Syd 11.10-76 v Ade 15.13-103
R3 WC 21.18-144 v StK 11.8-74 R4-Dok StK 11.15-81 v Rch 17.5-107
R4 Fre 25.17-167 v Kan 19.8-122 R5(n)-Dok Kan 16.17-113 v Car 18.14-122
R5 Fre 10.13-73 v WC 16.12-108    
R6 Fre 20.11-131 v Ess 15.10-100 R7-MCG Rch 11.18-84 v Ess 5.12-42
R7 WC 17.11-113 v Gee 14.13-97 R8-SCG Syd 17.10-112 v Gee 11.7-73
R8 Fre 18.15-123 v StK 11.16-82 R9(n)-Dok Col 22.17-149 v StK 12.12-84
R9(n) WC 18.16-124 v Rch 11.6-72 R10(n)-MCG

Rch 10.12-72 v Syd 16.8-104

R10-S Fre 19.13-127 v Car 15.9-99 R11-Dok Gee 17.13-115 v Car 12.3-75
R11-S WC 19.10-124 v WB 19.10-124 R12(n) WB 9.9-63 v Syd 19.13-127
R12(n) Fre 13.10-88 v Gee 10.12-72 R13(n)-Dok Ess 20.9-129 v Gee 15.3-93
R13 WCE 11.10-76 v Kan 10.7-67 R14 Kan v Col

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Footystats Diary, June 27-July 3, 2003 — Week 373
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2003 – ROUND 13, Friday-Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28-29
Friday (n)
Docklands
7.40pm EST
Saturday
Football Park
2.40pm EST
Saturday
MCG
2.10pm EST
Saturday (n)
Docklands
7.10pm EST
Saturday (n)
BCG (Gabba)
7.10pm EST
Sunday
York Park
1.10pm EST
Sunday
Princes Park
2.10pm EST
Sunday
Subiaco
3.40pm
Essendon
20.9-129

Geelong
15.3-93
Port Adel
14.15-99

Sydney
8.12-60
Melbourne
21.10-136

St Kilda
14.10-94
West.B'dogs
12.13-85
Collingwood
18.20-128
Brisbane
15.14-104

Richmond
9.7-61
Hawthorn
15.8-98

Fremantle
10.8-68
Carlton
7.8-50
Adelaide
13.14-92
West Coast
11.10-76

Kangaroos
10.7-67