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November 3, 2005
Week 495

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Round 1
Thursday, March 30
WC v StK, Subi(N), 8.40
Friday, March 31
WB v Rch, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, April 1
Gee v Bri, KP, 2.10
Ess v Syd, Dok(N), 7.10
PA v Kan, FP(N), 7.40
Sunday, April 2
Haw v Fre, YPL, 1.10
Mel v Car, Dok(N), 5.10
Monday, April 3
Col v Ade, Dok(N), 7.10

Round 2
Friday, April 7
Rch v StK, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, April 8
Gee v Kan, KP, 2.10
WB v Mel, Dok, 2.10
Bri v Ess, Gabba(N), 7.10
Fre v Car, Subi(N), 7.40
Sunday, April 9
Syd v PA, SCG, 1.10
Haw v Col, Dok, 2.10
Ade v WC, FP, 3.10

Round 3 (Easter)
Thursday, April 13
StK v Bri, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, April 15
Gee v Haw, KP, 2.10
Car v Syd, Dok(N), 7.10
WC v Rch, Subi(N), 7.40
Sunday, April 16
Mel v Ade, Carrara, 1.10
Ess v WB, Dok, 2.10
PA v Fre, FP(N), 4.40
Monday, April 17
Kan v Col, Dok, 2.10

Round 4 (Anzac Day)
Friday, April 21
Car v Haw, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, April 22
WB v Gee, Dok, 2.10
Bri v Rch, Gabba(N), 7.10
Fre v Ade, Subi(N), 7.40
Sunday, April 23
Kan v WC, Manuka, 1.10
Syd v Mel, SCG, 1.10
Monday, April 24
PA v StK, FP(N), 7.40
Tuesday, April 25
Col v Ess, MCG, 2.40

Round 5
Friday, April 28
Rch v Car, MCG (N), 7.40
Saturday, April 29
Mel v Kan, MCG, 2.10
Ade v WB, FP, 3.10
Syd v Gee, Hom(N), 7.10
WC v Bri, Subi(N), 7.40
Sunday, April 30
StK v Fre, YPL, 1.10
Col v PA, Dok, 2.10
Haw v Ess, MCG, 2.10

Round 6 (Rivalry Round)
Friday, May 5
Mel v Gee, MCG(N), 7.40
Saturday, May 6
StK v WB, Dok, 2.10
Fre v WC, Subi, 4.10
Ess v Rch, MCG(N), 7.10
Ade v PA, FP(N), 7.40
Sunday, May 7
Bri v Syd, Gabba, 1.10
Car v Col, MCG, 2.10
Kan v Haw, Dok, 2.10

Round 7 (Mother's Day)
Friday, May 12
StK v Gee, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, May 13
Mel v Fre, MCG, 2.10
Rch v Syd, Dok, 2.10
Haw v Bri, Carrara(N), 7.10
WC v Col, Subi(N), 7.40
Sunday, May 14
PA v WB, FP, 1.10
Car v Ess, MCG, 2.10
Kan v Ade, Dok, 3.10

Round 8
Friday, May 19
Haw v Mel, MCG(N), 7.40
Saturday, May 20
Rch v Ade, Dok, 2.10
Fre v Kan, Subi, 4.10
Col v Gee, MCG(N), 7.10
WB v Syd, SCG(N), 7.10
Sunday, May 21
PA v Bri, FP, 1.10
Car v StK, MCG, 2.10
Ess v WC, Dok, 2.10

Round 9
Friday, May 26
Col v WB, MCG(N), 7.40
Saturday, May 27
Gee v Rch, KP, 2.10
Ade v Car, FP, 3.10
Ess v PA, Dok(N), 7.10
Haw v Syd, MCG(N), 7.10
Sunday, May 28
Bri v Fre, Gabba, 1.10
StK v Kan, Dok, 2.10
WC v Mel, Subi, 4.40

Round 10
Friday, June 2
Ade v Ess, FP(N), 8.40
Saturday, June 3
Gee v WC, KP, 2.10
WB v Haw, Dok, 2.10
Col v Bri, MCG(N), 7.10
Fre v Rch, Subi(N), 7.40
Sunday, June 4
Kan v Syd, Manuka, 1.10
Car v PA, Dok, 2.10
Mel v StK, MCG, 2.10

Round 11
(Queen's Birthday)
Friday, June 9
Gee v Ess, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, June 10
Rch v Kan, MCG, 2.10
Bri v Ade, Gabba(N), 7.10
Syd v StK, SCG(N), 7.10
Sunday, June 11
PA v Haw, FP, 1.10
WB v Fre, Dok, 2.10
WC v Car, Subi, 4.40
Monday, June 12
Mel v Col, MCG, 2.10

Round 12 (Split Round)
Friday, June 16
StK v Ade, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, June 17
Fre v Gee, Subi, 4.10
Bri v WB, Gabba(N), 7.10
PA v WC, FP(N), 7.40
Sunday, June 18
Haw v Rch, YPL, 1.10
Ess v Mel, Dok, 2.10

Friday, June 23
Kan v Car, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, June 24
Syd v Col, Hom(N), 7.10

Round 13
Friday, June 30
Kan v Ess, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, July 1
Mel v PA, MCG, 2.10
StK v Haw, Dok, 2.10
Bri v Car, Gabba(N), 7.10
Syd v Fre, SCG(N), 7.10
Sunday, July 2
Ade v Gee, FP, 1.10
Rch v Col, MCG, 2.10
WC v WB, Subi, 4.40

Round 14
Friday, July 7
Fre v Ess, Subi(N), 8.40
Saturday, July 8
Car v Gee, Dok, 2.10
Haw v WC, MCG, 2.10
Mel v Bri, Gabba(N), 7.10
PA v Rch, FP(N), 7.40
Sunday, July 9
Syd v Ade, SCG, 1.10
StK v Col, Dok, 2.10
WB v Kan, MCG, 2.10

Round 15
Friday, July 14
Rch v Mel, MCG(N), 7.40
Saturday, July 15
Ess v StK, MCG, 2.10
Ade v Haw, FP, 3.10
Kan v Bri, Dok(N), 7.10
WC v Syd, Subi(N), 7.40
Sunday, July 16
Gee v PA, KP, 1.10
Car v WB, Dok, 2.10
Col v Fre. MCG, 2.10

Round 16
Friday, July 21
Ade v Kan, FP(N), 8.40
Saturday, July 22
Col v WC, Dok, 2.10
Ess v Car, MCG, 2.10
Bri v Haw, Gabba(N), 7.10
Syd v Rch, SCG(N), 7.10
Sunday, July 23
StK v PA, YPL, 1.10
Gee v WB, Dok, 2.10
Fre v Mel, Subi, 4.40

Round 17
Friday, July 28
Col v Haw, MCG(N), 7.40
Saturday, July 29
StK v Rch, MCG, 2.10
WC v Ade, Subi, 4.10
Ess v Bri, Dok(N), 7.10
PA v Syd, FP(N), 7.40
Sunday, July 30
Kan v Gee, Manuka, 1.10
Car v Fre, Dok, 2.10
Mel v WB, MCG, 2.10

Round 18
Friday, August 4
StK v WC, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, August 5
Car v Mel, Dok, 2.10
Rch v WB, MCG, 2.10
Syd v Ess, SCG(N), 7.10
Ade v Col, FP(N), 7.40
Sunday, August 6
Bri v Gee, Gabba, 1.10
Kan v PA, Dok, 2.10
Fre v Haw, Subi, 4.40

Round 19
Friday, August 11
Ess v Col, MCG(N), 7.40
Saturday August 12
Mel v Syd, MCG, 2.10
WC v Kan, Subi, 4.10
Rch v Bri, Dok(N), 7.10
WB v PA, Marrara(N), 7.40
Sunday, August 13
Ade v Fre, FP, 1.10
Gee v StK, Dok, 2.10
Haw v Car, MCG, 2.10

Round 20
Friday, August 18
PA v Col, FP(N), 8.40
Saturday, August 19
Gee v Syd, KP, 2.10
WB v Ade, MCG, 2.10
Ess v Haw, Dok(N), 7.10
Fre v StK, Subi(N), 7.40
Sunday, August 20
Bri v WC, Gabba, 1.10
Car v Rch, Dok, 2.10
Kan v Mel, MCG, 2.10

Round 21
Friday, August 25
WB v StK, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, August 26
Gee v Mel, KP, 2.10
Haw v Kan, YPL, 2.10
Rch v Ess, MCG(N), 7.10
Syd v Bri, Hom(N), 7.10
Sunday, August 27
PA v Ade, FP, 1.10
Col v Car, MCG, 2.10
WC v Fre, Subi, 4.40

Round 22
Friday, September 1
WB v Ess, Dok(N), 7.40
Saturday, September 2
Rch v WC, MCG, 2.10
Ade v Mel, FP, 3.10
Bri v StK, Gabba(N), 7.10
Fre v PA, Subi(N), 7.40
Sunday, September 3
Syd v Car, SCG, 1.10
Col v Kan, MCG, 2.10
Haw v Gee, Dok, 2.10

after Round 22

W L D % Pts
Ade 17 5 - 136 68
WCE 17 5 - 124 68
Syd 15 7 - 116 60
StK 14 8 - 133 56
Kan 13 9 - 99 52
Gee 12 10 112 48
Mel 12 10 - 96 48
PA 11 10 1 98 46

WB 11 11 101 44
Fre 11 11 100 44
Bri 10 12 99 40
Rch 10 12 92 40
Ess 8 14 92 32
Haw 5 17 82 20
Col 5 17 78 20
Car 4 17 1 76 18

after finals

Premiers Sydney
2nd West Coast
3rd St Kilda
4th Adelaide
5th Geelong
6th Port Adel
7th Kangaroos
8th Melbourne


after Round 22

W L D % Pts
PA 17 5 132 68
Bri 16 6 137 64
StK 16 6 128 64
Gee 15 7 120 60
Mel 14 8 112 56
Syd 13 9 107 52
WCE 13 9 104 52
Ess 12 10 102 48

Fre 11 11 101 44
Kan 10 12 100 40
Car 10 12 82 40
Adel 8 14 95 32
Col 8 14 91 32
WB 5 17 80 20
Haw 4 18 70 16
Rch 4 18 69 14

after finals

Premiers Port Adel
2nd Brisbane
3rd St Kilda
4th Geelong
5th Sydney
6th Essendon
7th Melbourne
8th West Coast


after Round 22

W L D % Pts
PA 18 4 127 72
Col 15 7 122 60
Bri 14 7 1 122 58
Syd 14 8 115 56
Fre 14 8 103 56
Ade 13 9 120 52
WCE 12 8 2 117 52
Ess 13 9 112 52

Haw 12 10 101 48
Kan 11 10 1 98 46
StK 11 11 96 44
Gee 7 14 1 90 30
Rch 7 15 81 20
Mel 5 17 81 20
Car 4 18 67 16
WB 3 18 1 75 14

after finals

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


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

after finals

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

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

after finals

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


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

after finals

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

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

after finals

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

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

after finals

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

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

after finals

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

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Thursday, November 3

Victorian Government questions AFL on Betfair

Farrah Tomazin reports in The Age: The State Government has demanded that the AFL explain how football will be protected from potential corruption under its contentious new sports gambling venture with British-based betting exchange Betfair.

Days after the league announced it would cash in on the sports betting boom by allowing Betfair and Tabcorp to run separate AFL-endorsed football gambling operations from next year, the Government has written to AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou raising some concerns.

It also has warned punters may risk breaking the law because Betfair – which allows people to bet on favourites to lose – is not licensed to operate in Australia, unlike Tabcorp.

Under the deal, both agencies will be allowed to market and brand themselves with the AFL trademark so long as they are licensed. In return, the AFL will get at least $1 million in licence fees each year, unprecedented access to football betting data, and have full control of its intellectual property.

Betfair spokesman Andrew Twaits could not understand the Government's concerns.

He said the deal "lifted the bar on integrity" by giving the AFL unprecedented access to information, such as audit trails of wagers, should it ever need to investigate betting activity on a game.


Movements ...
On the move – former Sydney Swan Ben Fixter has been invited by Brisbane to train with the Lions ahead of the national and pre-season drafts ... the Western Bulldogs have invited Brett Montgomery (delisted by Port) and David Haynes (from Geelong) together with Werribee full-forward James Podsiadly to train at Whitten Oval ... among 17 players, mostly from the VFL, invited to train at Hawthorn are Luke Peel, formerly of Port Adelaide, and Cameron Hunter, recently delisted by Melbourne.



CARLTON has re-signed MATTHEW LAPPIN to a new two year deal ...
BRISBANE and BRAD SCOTT have agreed to a one-year deal for 2006 ...

u 2005 Traded, Retired, Delisted, Acquired ... more


DRAW 2006, RESULTS – 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002
u 2005 CLUB BEST & FAIREST AWARDS ... more
u TRIBUNAL – 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
u NEWS DIARY – 2006, 2005, 2004
u ARCHIVES ... more
*Worth Repeating* – key articles, considered of interest ... more
*From the e-mail bag* – letters, we get letters ... more
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Wednesday, November 2


The highlights when lists were lodged by clubs on Monday ...
CARLTON promoted Irish recruit Setanta O'hAilpin to the senior list ...
MELBOURNE delisted Steven Armstrong, Chris Heffernan and Cameron Hunter ...
delisted Dylan McLaren ...

u 2005 Traded, Retired, Delisted, Acquired ... more


Sydney premiership cup tour in November
The premiership trophy won by Sydney on September 24th will get the grand tour of key cities and regions of New South Wales in conjunction with the NSW State Government.

Playing members will accompany the AFL cup on a seven town tour of NSW over three days starting on November 14th, from Coffs Harbour to Wagga Wagga.

The tour which will include free AFL clinics for kids and numerous activities at each location.

The tour by the Sydney Swans will add another chapter to ...


Makybe Diva adds another page to our sporting history
Champion mare Makybe Diva made sporting history on Tuesday by becoming the first horse to win three Melbourne Cups with a stunning victory at Flemington racecourse before an adoring crowd of 106,479.

Carrying equal top weight of 58 kilograms – the most carried by a Cup winner since Think Big 30 years ago, the huge crowd erupted when the seven-year-old mare emerged from the pack to take the lead 300 metres from the winning post to win her third Cup in as many years.

Australians bet a record $144 million on the Cup through the nation's betting agencies.

The Lee Freedman-trained mare was retired by its South Australian tuna baron owner Tony Santic, from Port Lincoln, after the running of the 144th Melbourne Cup. Makybe Diva's prize winning's were $14,536,685.

Our resident punter Martin Windsor-Black noted the name MAKYBE DIVA came from the first two initials of five employees of owner Tony Santic – the five women were MAureen Dellar, KYlie Bascomb, BElinda Grocke, DIanne Tonkin and VAnessa Parthenis whose names are now part of Australian racing history. MWB also noted the third-placed New Zealander Xcellent became the first horse with a name starting with "X" to run in the famous race.


They said it ...

She joins Phar Lap, Bradman
ROLLO ROYLANCE, The Australian, November 2, 2005

Yesterday's win by Makybe Diva will remain in my memory as one of the great moments in sport.

You can't compare horses from different generations but you can compare achievements. Makybe Diva wins a Sydney Cup, short weight-for-age events, breaks the 2000m record in the Australian Cup, wins a Cox Plate and three Melbourne Cups. Match that if you can; I cannot.

I think it was a tremendous decision to retire her. She is at her peak, she can't get any better and has nothing left to prove. She has done everything.

I was at school when the news came through that Phar Lap had died in America. It was as if a member of the family had died. That sadness was as profound as the joy of watching Makybe Diva's historic win yesterday.

Three horses stand out in Melbourne Cup history. The 19th century belonged to Carbine, the 20th century was Phar Lap's and the 21st Century has to belong to Makybe Diva. What she did yesterday, completing a hat-trick, will never be equalled.

Rollo Roylance began covering racing in 1940 and joined The Sun News Pictorial in 1949. He was the racing editor of the Sporting Globe from 1956 to 1983.

Tuesday, November 1


The highlights when lists were lodged by clubs on Monday ...
CARLTON promoted Irish recruit Setanta O'hAilpin to the senior list ...
MELBOURNE delisted Steven Armstrong, Chris Heffernan and Cameron Hunter ...
delisted Dylan McLaren ...

u 2005 Traded, Retired, Delisted, Acquired ... more


Rex Hunt and family attacked and beaten in Byron Bay
Melbourne football identity and 3AW broadcaster Rex Hunt and his 28-year-old son Matthew were brutally attacked and beaten by 15 teenage thugs at the north coast NSW town of Byron Bay on Friday night. The visit was to attend a wedding with his wife Lynne, and Matthew's girlfriend Jodie Petrusov.

The Herald Sun reported that as the gang attacked, Hunt was told visitors are not welcome. Hunt said police told him there was nothing they could do because of the offenders' age, and no complaint has been filed.

Hunt said he would visit his solicitor on Wednesday to take legal action against the boys' parents.


109 VFL-AFL seasons – at a glance
Footystats regular Leonard Colquhoun has produced a compilation embracing all 109 seasons to interest many statophiles ... more


They said it ...

High-flyer guilty of fraud, corruption
KIM ARLINGTON, The Age, November 1, 2005

He used to drive a Ferrari, but Brad Cooper was taken to jail in a prison van yesterday after a jury convicted him of 13 fraud and corruption charges relating to the collapse of insurer HIH.

Cooper, a former vice-president of the Collingwood Football Club, cut a brash and confident figure at the 2002 royal commission into HIH's $5.3 billion collapse, which heard that "rivers of money" had flowed into his pockets as the insurer slid towards financial ruin.

But he was more subdued yesterday as a NSW Supreme Court jury convicted him on six counts of bribing former HIH general manager of finance Bill Howard and forging or doctoring seven documents during their transactions.

Monday, October 31

International Rules
Jim Stynes supports harsher penalties

The Age
reports Australia's assistant coach Jim Stynes has scoffed at suggestions in Ireland that the International Rules series be scrapped, but admitted the punishment for rough play of the kind on display last Friday night had to be harsher.

Stynes said he had not formed concrete ideas about how the system could be tweaked but suggested, for instance, that if a player were sent off, his side should go into the next game with one fewer player in its squad.

He ruled out carrying suspensions into the home-and-away AFL season on the basis that it would dissuade players from representing Australia.

"Maybe they need to look at a different system that might hurt the team more," Stynes said. "It might be that if you lose a player, then you lose one person off your list ... instead of having eight on the bench you might have only seven until that person's suspension is done. That might just make people think."

The Irish-born Melbourne legend, who represented Australia in the sport, also backed Kevin Sheedy's claims that the violence in the second Test was sparked by low blows by Irish.

Stynes said that with the Australians leading by 36 points from the first Test and fielding a small, fast team, they had no reason to go the knuckle on the Irish ... more


Tredrea may have wish granted soon
Andrew Capel reports in The Advertiser: Port Adelaide could break with tradition and appoint Warren Tredrea as captain within two weeks.

The Power yesterday claimed Tredrea's evolution to club captain following the retirement of Matthew Primus, who was skipper for five years, was "probably a fait accompli".


Tipstar losses climb to $10.7 million
The Sunday Herald Sun reported that Tipstar, the Victorian State Government football tipping competition, has failed again to lure punters and for the year to June 2005 lost $1.71 million.

Only 21,807 of the millions of footy fans around Australia participated last year. Since its inception in 2001 the competition has lost $10.7 million.


Update: Full Points Footy
John Devaney has made further additions to his informative website. The main additions have been to the Biographies section, which now features a total of 1,699 player and coach profiles.

In his most recent newsletter John tells that Ross Smith informs he's been undertaking research into the career of another past champion in Roy Cazaly, who played for no fewer than seven different clubs during the course of his illustrious, 31-season career. You can view the results of Ross' research, which, without in any way devaluing or denigrating Cazaly's contribution to the game, scotches a number of widely accepted myths about him, at



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They said it ...

"GAA has little option ..."
DAN OAKES, The Age, October 31, 2005

Pictures of Australian hard man Chris Johnson standing over two prone Irishmen at Telstra Dome have sparked loud calls in Ireland for the Gaelic Athletic Association to pull the pin on the hybrid game.

"On the evidence of what appeared to me to be a cleverly premeditated plan by the Australians to smash up the Irish team in the third quarter of the game, I believe the GAA has little option but to cancel next year's proposed series," former coach Eugene McGee wrote in the Irish Independent.


In the Letters page of The Age, October 31, one said –

Aussie thuggery was just not footy
I WAS appalled at the carry on of what could hardly be described as a football game between Australia and Ireland in the international rules series on Friday night. This fighting would have been broken up by police if it had occurred anywhere else in Melbourne on the same evening.

The first match a week earlier was fine, Ireland lost on footballing terms. Friday night's second match was different: it was unfriendly and was an absolute disgrace, mainly for Australians as your players lost the plot completely, starting fights, fouling late all over the field. The "sport" was reduced to just fighting at times, and as the Irish players were outsized because they were picked for their footballing skills, the Aussies, being poorly reffed and controlled, were allowed to run riot.

Do we – Australia and Ireland – want a football match, do we want to see skills, or do we want to see fighting? If all we want is a fight, Ireland can send over our kick-boxing and boxing teams and let's just have a fight. No one will say this series will be remembered for any of the footy, or for creating links. How can we show this to the kids of today and expect them to benefit?

I think all those involved in the Gaelic Athletic Association should now halt this series for the moment and review it seriously. This was not a celebration of football; this was a complete and utter disgrace. Shame.
Martin Kelly, Dublin, Ireland


Three letters which appeared in The Irish Times on November 2 –

Madam, – I'm an Aussie with dual Irish/Oz citizenship. I am ashamed and disgusted at the thuggish criminal behaviour of a couple of the Australian International Rules players recently. This sort of violence has crept into Australian Rules football and is not checked. In fact, it is highlighted and encouraged by the Aussie media. It is alienating a whole generation of parents who will now not let their children play the sport, a very sad outcome.

The majority of Australians are appalled by this violence in sport. Yours, etc,
MIKE FENTON, Bunbury, West Australia

Madam, – I am embarrassed and ashamed about the disgraceful display of violence against your country's football players last Friday night. I could not believe what I was watching and I urge the Irish to cancel all further matches against Australia immediately.

In our media today there has been an outcry against the dreadful behaviour in the game, and I want your readers to know that many Australians abhor what took place.

I hope that the stupidity of a few does not lessen your regard for the rest of us.
Sincere apologies, Yours, etc,
ELIZABETH JAMES, Clarinda, Victoria

Madam, – ... You have to ask the question: what was the Irish football association thinking of, to put their courageous amateur boys up against professionals like this? Of course it was going to expose them to injury. Every Australian watching the game was wincing, seeing within two minutes what was going to happen.

The Irish boys didn't deserve this treatment: it was just good luck that no one was seriously injured. As it was, they earned the admiration of Australian sports fans (not easy to come by) for their courage in standing up, whatever the personal cost. No one would have blamed them if they'd have walked away; but they didn't.
Yours, etc,
GEOFF WELLS, Adelaide, South Australia

Sunday, October 30

West Coast says premiership prize is inadequate
Sydney chairman supports the view

Steve Butler
reported in The West Australian on Saturday that West Coast will push the AFL to provide a $1 million winner's cheque to next year's premiers, claiming the current prize money is inadequate.

Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett said the $250,000 prize awarded to premiers Sydney this season would barely have paid for the Swans' after-party in a year when the AFL turned over a massive $200 million.

Sydney chairman Richard Colless said he would support the push for a $1 million prize and believed the AFL should go a step further and consider salary cap concessions for the premiers, as successful grand final players always pushed for significant pay increases.

Nisbett said he would make the premiership prize money increase an official agenda item at the next meeting of AFL chief executives.

"It's a multi-million dollar business and we play for prize money of $250,000 - put it in perspective and I think everyone agrees it's not right. It's quite absurd and bizarre, really. I feel a bit sorry for Sydney because if you win it you deserve to get a big windfall," Nisbett said.

Carlton's $220,000 prize for beating West Coast in the 2005 Wizard Cup grand final was just $30,000 less than Sydney's season-proper premiership prize and $45,000 more than the Eagles' runner-up prize.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou conceded the prize money was inadequate and hinted it would be upgraded for the 2007 season. He said it would remain the same in 2006 as the AFL's financial forecasts and budgets for next season had already been finalised.


Footy in the bush gets a boost
Sportal reported on The Victorian Government and the AFL will inject $4 million into a program to help improve the facilities of country football and netball clubs.

Former Kangaroos skipper Anthony Stevens was on hand when the announcement was made at the Stawell Football and Netball Club on Friday – one of the 14 clubs receiving the first round of grants worth more than $500,000 – which will help local communities with their sporting facilities.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said it was a great opportunity to help increase participation and foster the development of the game's future stars by improving the quality of the club environment through better facilities.

The AFL is contributing $2 million to the program from its Facilities Development Reserve.

u Clubs to receive the grants are –
Camperdown Football and Netball Club,
Colac Otway Shire (Apollo Bay Football and Netball Club),
Horsham Football and Netball Club,
Inglewood Football and Netball Club,
Inverleigh Sporting Complex,
Myrtleford Saints Netball Club,
Research Football Club,
Stratford Football and Netball Club,
Swan Hill Football and Netball Club,
Tallygaroopna Football and Netball Club,
Warracknabeal Eagles Football and Netball Club,
Wodonga City Council,
Yarrawonga Football and Netball Club.


Saturday, October 29
International Rules
Fights mar Aussie series win

Australia 0.18.9 – 63
Ireland 0.11.9 – 42

Ireland refused to be intimidated by Australia in the Second Test played at Docklands Stadium on Friday night in front of 45,428 fans. The Aussies made a clean sweep of the series with an aggregate margin of 57 points.

Paul Gough
noted for Sportal that the home side's victory was overshadowed by a series of running battles between the teams which was in complete contrast to the first Test when the Irish were crushed in Perth.

Right from the outset the Irish showed they weren't going to be intimated and the niggly affair exploded halfway through the second term.

Chip Le Grand for The Australian reported the night, and to some extent the series, will again be remembered for a single, savage act by an Australian player, justified neither by the context of the match nor the series.

This time it was Chris Johnson, a decorated and wonderfully combative player for Brisbane for the best part of a decade, who took out Philip Jordan with a right swinging arm as the Tyrone defender was turning upfield. The force of the blow, delivered in true "coat hanger" style, lifted Jordan off his feet and slammed his head into the turf.

Irish referee Michael Collins was already reaching for a red card when Johnson, Australia's captain for the night, swung at Irish forward Mattie Forde, who had come in to remonstrate. From there, Johnson turned his attention to Anthony Lynch and other, as a fierce melee ensured.

The ramification for Johnson, apart from having to sit out the rest of last night's game is a match review panel sitting to decide an appropriate penalty. At the very least, it should cost him a trip to Ireland.

The broader impact is the damage that Johnson and his Australian team-mates have done to this annual series of inter-code exhibition matches.

With Johnson looking on, the third quarter degenerated into a series of rolling brawls. It is always hard to know who starts what in these circumstances but, by the end of the match, Luke Hodge had let fly several right hands to the head of Ciaran McManus; Trent Croad had been yellow-carded; Darren Milburn had shoved his own team runner to the ground and Ryan O'Keefe had unintentionally poleaxed referee Collins.

The Irish remained loosely in the match until three-quarter time but, in the final 20 minutes, Australia's greater composure and superior fitness threatened to turn the game into a rout. By the final siren, the Irish were too tired to run and simply tired of fighting.


Australia v Ireland
Friday, October 28, 2005
Docklands Stadium, Melbourne,
Roof closed: 19:45, Crowd: 45,428
  1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
AUS 0.3.2–11 0.9.4–31 0.11.7–40 0.18.9–63
IRE 0.4.1–13 0.7.8–29 0.8-8–32 0.11.9–42
Australia: Goals (6 pts): nil. Overs (3pts): Ryan O'Keefe 4, Andrew Lovett 3, Matthew Lappin 3, Nick Davis 2, Shannon Grant 2, Troy Makepeace, Amon Buchanan, Aaron Davey, Daniel Giansiracusa. Ireland: Goals (6pts): nil. Overs: (3pts): Ross Munnelly 2, Sean Cavanagh 2, Ronan Clarke 2, Ciaran McManus 2, Dessie Dolan, Padraig Joyce, Ciaran McDonald.
SCORERS - Australia: Ryan O'Keeffe 0-4-2 (14pts), Andrew Lovett 0-3-0 (9 pts), Matthew Lappin 0-3-0 (9pts), Nick Davis 0-2-0 (6pts), Shannon Grant 0-2-0 (6pts), Amon Buchanan 0-1-1 (4pts), Aaron Davey 0-1-1 (4pts), Troy Makepeace 0-1-0 (3pts), Daniel Giansiracusa 0-1-0 (3pts), Lindsay Gilbee, Nathan Eagleton, Andrew McLeod, Jarred Waite, Darren Milburn 0-0-1 (1pt) each. Ireland: Ross Munnelly 0-2-1 (7pts), Sean Cavanagh 0-2-1 (7pts), Ciaran McManus 0-2-0 (6pts), Ronan Clarke 0-2-0 (6pts), Dessie Dolan 0-1-1 (4pts), Ciaran McDonald 0-1-0 (3pts), Padraig Joyce 0-1-0 (3pts), Graham Canty, Colm Cooper, Mattie Forde, Anthony Lynch, Stephen O'Neill, Brendan Coulter 0-0-1 (1pt) each.
Best: Australia: Matthew Lappin, Andrew McLeod, Dustin Fletcher, Andrew Lovett, Lindsay Gilbee, Daniel Giansiracusa, Ryan O'Keefe, Nathan Eagleton. Ireland: Tom Kelly, Michael McVeigh, Ross Munnelly, Sean Cavanagh, Graham Canty.
Umpires: Mathew James (Australia), Michael Collins (Ireland).
Report: Umpire Michael Collins issued a red card against Chris Johnson (Aus) during the second quarter for an incident involving Irish players Philip Jordon and Mattie Forde. At a joint AFL-GAA Tribunal hearing on November 10, Johnson pleaded guilty to striking Jordon and Forde. The Tribunal suspended Johnson for five International Rules matches.



ST KILDA has recontracted AARON FIOIRA, ANDREW THOMPSON, JUSTIN PECKETT and STEPHEN POWELL, with FRASER GEHRIG and veteran ROBERT HARVEY also staying on BRENT GUERRA has been delisted as has NICK STONE. DYLAN PFITZNER has been demoted to the Rookie list.

The WESTERN BULLDOGS have delisted ISZAC THOMPSON while DALE MORRIS has been elevated from Rookie to the senior list.


FREMANTLE has re-signed TROY COOK for another season.

HAWTHORN confirmed that TRAVIS TUCK will be taken under the father-son rule with its third pick in the Draft (selection 38).

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Martin Windsor-Black

It's taken 6 attempts, but finally Australia have won in Melbourne – in the first match of the hybrid series to be played under a roof.

Since Ireland's win in 1986 at Waverley, the margin has steadily moved in Australia's favour – it was only a matter of time.

u Ireland won by 16 points in the 2nd Test of 1986 at Waverley
Ireland won by 9 points in the 1st Test of 1990 at Waverley
Ireland won by 8 points in the 1st Test of 1999 at MCG
Ireland won by 6 points in the 1st Test of 2001 at MCG
Ireland won by 3 points in the 2nd Test of 2003 at MCG

u Australia have won by 21 points in the 2nd Test of 2005 at Docklands
u Australia's score of 0.18.9-63 is their highest score in Melbourne beating their 0.16.14-62 in the 1st Test of 1999 at MCG
u Ireland's score of 0.11.9-42 is their lowest score in Melbourne - beating their 0.12.11-47 in the 1st Test of 1990 at Waverley.
u Ireland's score of 0.11.9-42 equals their lowest ever score from the Drawn 2nd Test of 2002 at Croke Park when they scored 1.8.12-42 to Australia's 1.11.3-42.

u This was the 3rd goalless game  (no 'unders') between the two countries.

u The first was the 1st Test of 1990 at Waverley in which Ireland won 0.12.11-47 to Australia 0.10.8-38.

u The second was the 3rd Test of 1990 at the WACA in which Australia won 0.13.11-50 to Ireland's 0.12.8-44.

u The Overall Standings are now –
Series: Australia 6, Ireland 6
Tests: Australia 13, Ireland 13, Drawn 2
Scores: Australia 30.370.288-1578, Ireland 61.317.273-1590 

So, Australia have drawn level on Series and Tests won and just 12 points separates the two from 28 Tests.

Australia have now won two series 2-0, 2000 in Ireland (aggregate margin: 25pts) and 2005 in Australia (agg mgn: 57pts).

Ireland have also won two series 2-0, 2001 in Australia (agg mgn: 25pts) and 2004 in Ireland (agg mgn: 50pts).


Saturday, October 29, 2005

Martin Breheny, Irish Independent
Brutal Aussie triumph in Melbourne

u THE roof was closed in the Telstra Dome yesterday, but it didn't stop the sky falling in on Ireland's bid to salvage something from the second International Rules test.

The series was already lost when Ireland took a 36-point deficit to Melbourne, but the plan was to rescue something from the adventure by beating the Australians.

For a time, it looked as if might actually happen as Ireland led through much of the first quarter, but once the Australians accelerated in the second quarter, they quickly opened up a lead which they never surrendered.

Ireland played better than in the first test, but were still comprehensively beaten in a game where Australia's return to physical intimidation sickened the Irish team and their large band of supporters in the crowd of 45,488.

Philip Jordan was almost decapitated by a straight-arm tackle from Chris Johnson which earned the Aussie co-captain a red card. Anthony Lynch and Mattie Forde were among other Irish players who took nasty knocks as Australia set about bullying their way to victory. It left Irish manager Peter McGrath seething angrily, describing the Australians' behaviour as "utterly unacceptable".

"Some of the tackling that went on out there had nothing to do with sport," he said. "The truth is that we had amateur players in a high-risk situation. It's simply not good enough when a player's life and limb are put at serious risk," said McGrath.

However, it's important to separate the Australians' ghastly behaviour from their football skills. While Ireland have every right to be furious over the dangerous approach adopted by the Australians, it had absolutely nothing to do with their victories in either Perth or Melbourne.

The return of gratuitous violence is a matter for the GAA at boardroom level, but it shouldn't be allowed to totally overshadow the harsh reality that Ireland lost the series by a record margin of 57 points (163-106), having been given a lesson in the art of kicking the ball, an area where Gaelic footballers are supposed to have an advantage.

Over the two tests, Australia beat Ireland 45-22 in three-pointers (points in Gaelic football), a truly staggering statistic. And their foot-passing, ball retention and general movement were also light years ahead of the Irish.

Quite simply, Ireland travelled to Australia with the same game plan that proved so successful last year ... and you aren't going to fool the Aussies with the same trick twice.

But if McGrath has to take the blame for re-heating last year's dish while the Australians were going for a completely new recipe, many of the Irish players must take responsibility too, having came nowhere near their peak.

Pádraic Joyce, Ciaran McDonald, Graham Canty, Sean Marty Lockhart, Ciaran McManus, Mattie Forde, Brian McGuigan and Seán Óg Ó hÁilpín were way down on 2004, while it really didn't work out for newcomers Mickey McVeigh, Michael Meehan, Owen Mulligan, Stephen O'Neill and Colm Cooper. There was huge interest in the 'Gooch' in Australia on the basis of his reputation as a Gaelic footballer but, frankly, he looked totally unsuited to the mixed game.

It was left to Tom Kelly, Seán Cavanagh, Anthony Lynch, Benny Coulter, Brian Dooher and Ronan Clarke to provide most inspiration. Kelly, who was outstanding at full-back yesterday, was named as Ireland's best player, a richly deserved honour, while his Laois colleague Ross Munnelly also turned into a fine performance yesterday after being omitted from the squad for the first test.

Ireland worked hard at sorting out the problems which afflicted them in Perth and they duly led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter. They really should have been much further ahead, but, once again, they were betrayed by poor finishing.

Australia's best period was the second quarter which they won 20-5, which left them leading 31-18 at half-time. Ireland rallied in the third quarter and cut the lead to six points to trail 40-32 after an hour, but they had missed some good goal chances and also had one ruled out for reasons best known to an inconsistent Australian referee. Their poor scoring rate proved costly as Australia powered up again in the final quarter which they won 23-10.

McGrath – who insisted that he was delighted by the pride shown by the Irish team – will definitely be replaced as manager for next year, if there is a next year. It's also likely that at least half the squad have played their final game for Ireland. The 57-point series defeat has seen to that.


Friday, October 28
International Rules
Umpires cleared of First Test bias

Paul Gough reporting for Sportal on notes the AFL and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) on Thursday dismissed any concerns over biased decisions from Australian umpire Mathew James during last Friday's first Foster's International Rules Test in Perth.

After Ireland suffered a record 36 point loss, the Irish press accused James of unfairly favouring the Australian team during the match in which the home side became the first to ever score 100 points in a Test – leaving the Irish a huge task to win the series in Friday night's second Test in Melbourne.

However a review of the first Test by the AFL-GAA control committee led by the AFL's Kevin Sheehan and the GAA's Pat Daly has praised the performances of the two umpires, James and Ireland's David Coldrick.

Their review of the match revealed that just seven incorrect frees were paid in the match, compared to a total of 51 correct decisions, while only two free-kicks were incorrectly missed during the match.


TV beyond 2006

Caroline Wilson reports in The Age: Channel Nine approached the ABC in a bid to share the AFL television rights between 2007 and 2011 but was told by the public broadcaster that it could not afford to consider mounting a joint bid.

With the Nine Network preparing to launch an attack upon the AFL rights, should Channels Seven and Ten next week reject the league's first offer, it now appears that only a split between the two free-to-air media partners could enable Nine to satisfy the AFL's national broadcasting demands.

While Nine's James Packer has said his network would be trying to retain the AFL rights, the station's rugby league commitments and ratings demands would prevent it from standing alone as the competition's only free-to-air broadcaster.

Nine executive Lynton Taylor earlier this year suggested to ABC chiefs that Channel Two could televise AFL football in conjunction with Nine, with Foxtel taking at least three pay television games a week as it would under the Seven-Ten plan.

But ABC sport boss Ian Knight told The Age that the proposal would be impossible financially ... more


Brisbane Lions strike deal with Irish pair
Chip Le Grand reports in The Australian: Brisbane has agreed to terms with two Irish recruits for next season, with young County Laois pair Colm Begley and Brendan Quigley expected to join the Lions in training next month.

The Lions yesterday refused to confirm the arrangement as both players are yet to sign. But assuming there are no last-minute wrinkles in the deal, Begley and Quigley will be contracted as international rookies for two years.

Begley, a 19-year-old economics student and one of the brightest footballing talents in Laois, a rural county southwest of Dublin, confirmed to the Irish Independent that he and Quigley had decided to follow the path of Sydney's premiership Kerryman Tadhg Kennelly.


Melbourne: David Neitz re-signs for two more years
Guy Rigoni retires after lengthy back problems

u Melbourne's longest serving captain David Neitz has re-signed a new deal which will see him stay with the club until the end of season 2007.

Neitz has led the Demons in 134 matches, the longest span by a Melbourne player. In his 265 games since 1993 he has kicked 534 goals and is only 12 short of Norm Smith's club record of 546 kicked between 1935-48.

u In another announcement, after battling back injuries for several seasons Guy Rigoni has retired. The 31-year-old, who played 11 games this year, including the Demons' only final, said he would have struggled to play another season.

Rigoni spent eight seasons with Melbourne from the opening round of 1998, playing 107 games including the 2000 grand final. In total, he played eight finals with the Demons and won premierships with Melbourne's VFL affiliate, Sandringham, in 2004 and 2005.

On March 25 2002, Footystats Diary noted: The future of Melbourne on-baller GUY RIGONI continues to hang in the balance, with the club poised to place him on the long-term injury list as he struggles with a back injury.
Rigoni was restricted to 10 games last year, and missed the last nine weeks of the 2001 season because of a bulging disc in his back. His pre-season has been severely restricted ...


Port Adelaide sign Brenton Sanderson
Port Adelaide has appointed the recently retired Brenton Sanderson as development coach. Sanderson, 31, who retired from AFL football this year after 209 games, will be responsible for developing the Power's younger players.

Port will resume training after their break on November 7.


Fremantle: Daniel Gilmour re-signs for two years
The 22-year-old Fremantle defender Daniel Gilmour who was the subject of a likely trade to Port Adelaide has agreed to terms and will remain a Docker until the end of 2007.

A grandson of 1954 Footscray premiership player Brian Gilmour, Daniel has played 10 AFL games since his debut in 2004 and spent this year helping South Fremantle carry off the WAFL title.




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Friday, October 28

On the way to a premiership
Most defeats in home-and-away season

u Question: What's the most number of games the premiers-to-be have lost during the season ?

Answer: A club has lost nine matches and still became Premiers.

This has happened three times. Adelaide did it twice, first in 1997 and repeated it the next year.

Fitzroy in the unusual season of 1916 when during World War 1 only four teams competed in a minor season of 12 matches, won two, lost nine, drew one, took the wooden spoon and went on through the finals to win the flag

In more detail – the most losses by clubs (six or more) in the home-and-away series who went on to win the premiership.

Season & Club Losses suffered Ladder
1912 – Essendon lost 6 games of 18 3rd
1916 – Fitzroy lost 9, drew 1 of 12 4th
1945 – Carlton lost 7 of 19 4th
1948 – Melbourne lost 6 of 19 2nd
1949 – Essendon lost 6 of 19 4th
1954 – Footscray lost 6, drew 1, of 18 2nd
1965 – Essendon lost 6 of 18 4th
1969 – Richmond lost 7 of 20 4th
1970 – Carlton lost 6 of 22 2nd
1975 – North Melb. lost 8 of 22 3rd
1976 – Hawthorn lost 6 of 22 2nd
1977 – North Melb. lost 7 of 22 3rd
1978 – Hawthorn lost 6 of 22 2nd
1983 – Hawthorn lost 7 of 22 2nd
1990 – Collingwood lost 6 of 22 2nd
1991 – Hawthorn lost 6 of 22 2nd
1992 – West Coast lost 6, drew 1, of 22 4th
1993 – Essendon lost 6, drew 1, of 20 1st
1994 – West Coast lost 6 of 22 1st
1996 – North Melb. lost 6 of 22 2nd
1997 – Adelaide lost 9 of 22 4th
1998 – Adelaide lost 9 of 22 5th
2003 – Brisbane lost 7 of 22 3rd
2005 – Sydney lost 7 of 22 3rd


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