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HEADLINES: THURSDAY -- Freo's Rhys Palmer is Rising Star ... Let's start the finals in March ... Brisbane appoint Michael Voss as coach for three years ...

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Bruce Kennedy – Game *Stats* & *Facts* 

The Best of Elimination Finals, 1972-1993, 2000-2007

The Best of Qualifying Finals, 1972-2007

Coaches, Head-to-head, Elimination & Qualifying

*Match Review*– The Stats that Matter

Stats Update from every round of 2008

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MORNING EDITION – check for late updates

Thursday, September 4

NAB Rising Star – Ron Evans Medal
Fremantle's Rhys Palmer a worthy winner

Fremantle's 19-year-old young gun Rhys Palmer has been named the 2008 AFL Rising Star at a gala function held at Crown Casino in Melbourne on Wednesday.. He beat out Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli for the Ron Evans Medal which recognises the AFL's best young player.

The Herald Sun reported the young Docker topped the poll with 44 votes, one off the maximum, ahead of Rioli on 37. Richmond's Trent Cotchin was third with 21 votes.

Eight of the nine Rising Star judges gave Palmer the maximum five votes and Rioli four. The only judge to disagree with the order of the top two was AFL operations manager Adrian Anderson who gave Rioli five votes and Palmer four.

Other players to get votes included Blue Matthew Kreuzer (11), Freo's Garrick Ibbotson (7), Eagle Ben McKinley (6) and Magpie Nathan Brown (3).

Palmer is the second Docker to win the award, following Paul Hasleby in 2000.

Taken with the seventh overall selection in the 2007 draft, Palmer played 20 games this year, averaging 13.5 kicks, 5 marks and 9.5 handballs a game.

Final voting –
44 – Rhys Palmer (Fremantle)
37 – Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
21 – Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
11 – Matthew Kreuzer (Carlton)
  7 – Garrick Ibbotson (Fremantle)
  6 – Ben McKinley (West Coast)
  3 – Nathan Brown (Collingwood)
  3 – Cale Morton (Melbourne)
  2 – Alipate Carlile (Port Adelaide)
  1 – Austin Wonaeamirri (Melbourne)

The NAB AFL Rising Star was voted by: Andrew Demetriou (chairman), Adrian Anderson, Rod Austin, Gerard Healy, Mark Bickley, Kevin Bartlett, Robert Walls and Kevin Sheehan.

u Full details and history of the AFL-NAB Rising Star award ... more


Let's start the finals in March
I almost fell about in stiches when I read two days ago that by the time the competition reaches 18 clubs, after the addition of the Gold Coast and West Sydney takes place – the League will consider expanding the finals system to nine, even 10.

What a marvellous idea, we will be able to have up to six lame ducks make what wondrously are called *finalists*. We'll be able to start the finals in mid-March and play them out for six months until the first Saturday in October – that's what we're aiming for, isn't it?

There is a revolutionary idea – why not follow a Final Four,
and not another money-making, money-grabbing enterprise to (in the short-term) make *winners* out of losers – when each season is led by the four best sides to realistically fight it out for the premiership. That's what we seem to do every year but it takes a lot of wasted time to reach reality.

Four finals in 1970 drew a total of 446,988 to the MCG when footy was just a young 112-year old pup – the average for the four games was 111,747.

Have our finals crowds sky-rocketed since 1970? – I think the nays have it ...

Now with five additional finals, last season nine finals totalled 574,424, at an average of 63,824.

The point driving itself home to everyone not deaf, dumb, blind or stupid is, football has cheapened itself in the four decades after 1970. It may make more money now but it has cheapened itself.

I know the Final Four will never return, just as suburban footy will never be seen again, but when are going to set the bar realistically, so we will not have to become over-excited on the prospect when teams seven and eight participate in what are called finals – that's why they finished seventh and eighth – they were not good enough to finish higher.

Are we all really that stupid?

Anyway, I do not agree with a Final 10 – it should be a Final 14.


l All Australian squad of 40 named
Geelong's magnificent season is set to result in them dominating the All Australian AFL side for the second year running, with the Cats filling a quarter of the 40-man squad.

A record nine Geelong players made the final 22 last year, with the 10 in the running this year including four players who have not been All Australians before – skipper Tom Harley, fellow defenders Andrew Mackie and Corey Enright and second-year midfielder Joel Selwood.

As expected, Gary Ablett, Jimmy Bartel and Joel Corey were all nominated in the midfield, while defenders Matthew Scarlett and Darren Milburn and forward Steve Johnson were also included.

Apart from Geelong, no team has more than four nominees, the number earned by fellow top four sides St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs, with Essendon and Melbourne the only clubs not represented.

Yahoo! Sport reports the final side will comprise six of the 12 forwards named, six of the 12 defenders and six of the 16 midfielders/ruckman, with another four players to be named on the bench to fit team balance as if playing a match.


Defenders: Nathan Bock (Ade), Corey Enright (Gee), Sam Fisher (StK), Tom Harley (Gee), Luke Hodge (Haw), Max Hudghton (StK), Luke McPharlin (Fre), Andrew Mackie (Gee), Darren Milburn (Gee), Dale Morris (WB), Daniel Pratt (NM), Matthew Scarlett (Geelong).

Forwards: Jonathan Brown (Bri), Daniel Bradshaw (Bri), Brendan Fevola (Car), Lance Franklin (Haw), Brent Harvey (NM), Steve Johnson (Gee), Paul Medhurst (Col), Daniel Motlop (PA), Robert Murphy (WB), Ryan O'Keefe (Syd), Matthew Pavlich (Fre), Nick Riewoldt (StK).

Midfielders-ruckmen: Gary Ablett (Gee), Jimmy Bartel (Gee), Simon Black (Bri), Adam Cooney (WB), Joel Corey (Gee), Dean Cox (WC), Daniel Cross (WB), Brett Deledio (Rch), Lenny Hayes (StK), Chris Judd (Car), Brett Kirk (Syd), Sam Mitchell (Haw), Drew Petrie (NM), Matthew Richardson (Rch), Aaron Sandilands (Fre), Joel Selwood (Gee).


Stab Kicks ...
n Longtime Port Adelaide match committee member Phil Walsh, once the most influential figure in the Power coaches box has resigned, and joins president Greg Boulton, chief executive John James, media manager Hitaf Rasheed, finance manager David Bartlett and commercial operations manager Steve Olech as senior figures to have left Alberton this year – The Age

n There's always another story ...


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Approaching Milestones
2008, Elimination & Qualifying Finals
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(subject to selection, injury or suspension)
300 – BRENT HARVEY (North Melbourne, 1996-2008)
     263 premiership games, 27 pre-season, 2 State, 7 International
200 – JOEL COREY (Geelong, 2000-2008)
     173 premiership games, 23 pre-season, I State, 2 International
200 – NATHAN THOMPSON, 59 NMK 2005-08, 119 Haw 1998-2004
     178 premiership games, 21 pre-season
100 – ROBERT CAMPBELL (Hawthorn, 2002-08)
  50 – CHRIS KNIGHTS (Adelaide, 2005-08)
  50 – MATHEW STOKES (Geelong, 2006-08)
150 – BARRY HALL, Sydney 2002-08; also 88 St Kilda 1995-2001
500 – MICHAEL O'LOUGHLIN (Syd 1995-2008) 497 goals, 286 games
150 – TYSON EDWARDS (Ade) has played 149 career games at Football Park
150 – SCOTT JEFFREY has umpired 149 premiership matches

Worth noting ...
n Martin Windsor-Black's *Full Picture* – more
Tribunal 2008 – more
n NAB Cup 2008 Match Review and details – more
Traded, Retired, Delisted, Acquired – more
n 2007 financial forecasts and results – more
n Footystats Classifieds – more

Wednesday, September 3

MRP, Tribunal – Round 22
Tribunal clears Charman of striking charge
Carlton's Nick Stevens out for one game

Brisbane ruckman Jamie Charman was cleared of a striking charge at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night, freeing him to play in the Lions' opening game of next season.

Charman was charged over contact made with his left forearm to the back of Sydney co-captain Brett Kirk, which caused the Swans midfielder to fall to the ground during the second quarter of Saturday night's match at the SCG.

But Lions football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft, speaking on behalf of Charman, successfully argued that the hit was not of sufficient force to constitute a strike.

He will now be able to play in the Lions' first game under newly appointed coach Michael Voss in 2009.

Charman's escape means the only suspension stemming from the final round of the home and away season was a one-game penalty for Carlton's Nick Stevens.

Stevens will miss the Blues' 2009 season-opener, after pleading guilty to striking Hawthorn's Rick Ladson during Saturday night's game at Docklands.

Wider detail of Round 22 charges in our Mid-Morning Edition.

l Nick Stevens (Car) was charged with a Level Three striking offence against Rick Ladson (Haw) in Q2.
In summary, he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.
The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Three offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the penalty by 10 per cent to 168.75 points and a one-match sanction.
Stevens accepted guilt and the MRP penalty of a one match suspension.
l Chance Bateman (Haw) was charged with a first offence for wrestling Nick Stevens (Car) in Q2.
In summary, he can accept a $900 sanction with an early plea.
A first offence for wrestling is a $1200 sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a $900 sanction.
Bateman accepted guilt and the MRP penalty of a $900 fine.
l Nick Stevens (Car) was charged with a first offence for wrestling Chance Bateman (Haw) in Q2.
In summary, he can accept a $900 sanction with an early plea.
A first offence for wrestling is a $1200 sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a $900 sanction.
Stevens accepted guilt and the MRP penalty of a $900 fine.

l Jamie Charman (Bri) charged with a Level Two striking offence against Brett Kirk (Syd) in Q2.
In summary, his previous poor record means that his one-match sanction cannot be reduced, even with an early plea.
The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Two offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of one match suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 10 per cent to 137.50 points. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 103.13 points and a one-match sanction.
Brisbane sought the adjudication of the Tribunal which sat to consider the charge on Tuesday night. Brisbane football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft, successfully argued that the hit was not of sufficient force to constitute a strike.
The Tribunal struck out the charge.
l Jude Bolton (Syd) was charged with a Level One engaging in rough conduct offence against Albert Proud (Bri) in Q4.
In summary, his previous five-year good record means that he can accept a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record with an early plea.
The incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of four activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level One offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing five-year good record, reducing the penalty by 25 per cent to 93.75 points and a reprimand. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record.
Bolton admitted guilt and accepted the MRP penalty of a reprimand.

l Mitch Morton (Rch) was charged with a first offence for wrestling Brad Miller (Mel) in Q2.
In summary, he can accept a $900 sanction with an early plea.
A first offence for wrestling is a $1200 sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a $900 sanction.
Morton accepted guilt and the MRP penalty of a $900 fine.
l Brad Miller (Mel) has been charged with a second offence for wrestling Mitch Morton (Rch) in Q2.
In summary, he can accept an $1800 sanction with an early plea.
A second offence for wrestling is a $2400 sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a $1800 sanction.
Miller accepted guilt and the MRP penalty of an $1800 fine.

Other Incidents Assessed:
l The match day report against Matthew Stokes (Gee) for striking Chad Fletcher (WCE) was assessed. It was the view of the panel that Stokes had his eyes on the ball for the entire time in the lead-up to the contact. His action was deemed a legitimate attempt to spoil. No further action was taken.
l The match day report against the Brian Lake (WB) for striking Scott Stevens (Ade) was assessed. Lake's right arm came into contact with Stevens' left shoulder, before slipping up to make high contact with the Adelaide player. Lake's movement was not a striking action and the high contact was deemed to be accidental. No further action was required.
l Contact between Barry Hall (Syd) and Daniel Merrett (Bri) in Q1. The impact was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.
l Contact between Amon Buchanan (Syd) and Michael Rischitelli (Bri) in Q3. Buchanan ran into the contest with his eyes on the ball. At the last moment, he turned to see Rischitelli approaching from the other direction. At that stage, he realised contact was unavoidable and Buchanan jumped into the air and raised his arms to protect himself and to try and influence the contest. The action was not considered reportable and no further action was taken.
l Contact between Barry Hall (Syd) and Daniel Merrett (Bri) in Q3. Hall made contact to Merrett's arm and slight contact to the body. The impact was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

l Brisbane appoint Michael Voss as coach
The Brisbane Lions on Tuesday appointed triple premiership winning captain Michael Voss as the AFL club's new senior coach.

Voss met with Lions officials yesterday after Leigh Matthews confirmed he would be resigning his post after a 10-year tenure which was, of course, highlighted by the clubs premiership three-peat from 2001-2004.

Don Koch reports in The Australian: The 33-year-old Voss, who has signed a three-year deal, will begin with the Lions, after completing his current job as a match commentator with the Ten Network for the upcoming finals series.

A board meeting on Monday evening ratified Voss as the clubs unanimous selection to replace Matthews at the helm of the club.

The news comes as a disappointment for the rebuilding West Coast Eagles, who had secured Voss services as an assistant to John Worsfold for the next two years after he had rejected overtures from Essendon, Carlton and the new GC17 (Gold Coast) franchise.

Voss' appointment will be the start of a significant overhaul of the Lions football department, with the club likely to search for at least one new assistant to help groom the former Brownlow medallist in his formative coaching years.

The Lions highly-respected and long serving football manager Graeme Allan will assume a far broader role and there has been speculation the club may even look at appointing a director of football to assist Voss.

However, one thing that does appear certain is star forward Jonathan Brown's ascension into the role as the clubs sole leader in 2009.

The gun centre-half forward, who is in contention to secure All-Australian selection for the second year in succession, agreed to terms with the Lions over the weekend after a protracted contract negotiation process.

Along with the new four-year deal, reportedly worth around $3.5million, Brown will assume the captaincy of the club next year a role he has shared with several team-mates for the past two seasons.

l Jeff Farmer retires
Fremantle forward Jeff Farmer announced his retirement on Tuesday after holding discussions with coach Mark Harvey and football operations manager Chris Bond, where it was decided it was in the club's best interest to part ways.

Farmer, an All-Australian in 2000, played 249 League games and booted 483 goals during his decorated career, which started with Melbourne in 1995.

The 31-year-old moved to the Dockers at the end of 2001 but his career in the west has been tainted by numerous on and off-field controversies.

l Nathan Ablett quits footy
Reluctant Geelong forward Nathan Ablett is over, with the 2007 premiership player quitting football to pursue a career in the building industry.

Ablett, the youngest son of Geelong legend Gary Ablett senior, was considering a return to football after resuming training with the club's VFL side in early July.

The Geelong club explained an ankle injury sustained playing basketball thwarted his attempt at a comeback and he told the team's leadership group a fortnight ago that he was not interested in adding to his 32 game career.


Michael Rogers
Rambling ... just rambling
n Collingwood has won 20 out of 22 second quarters in premiership matches this year.
This is the highest number of winning second quarter since 22 rounds were introduced in 1970.
It is equal with the highest number of individual quarter wins in a 22 round season.
Essendon won 20 first quarters in 1985 and 20 third quarters in 2001.
It should be noted that in 2008 the Magpies share the third-lowest number of last quarter wins with Fremantle (8).

n Top 10 defeats of the premiership season were shared by
West Coast 3, Melbourne 3, Essendon 3 and Geelong 1.
n Club summary files await your attention and comments are welcome ...
16 – Melbourne  
15 – West Coast  
14 – Fremantle  
13 – Port Adelaide  
12 – Essendon  
11 – Carlton  
10 – Brisbane  
  9 – Richmond  
n The three highest scores of the premiership season were all kicked against West Coast –
Geelong 28.14-182 West Coast 5.17-47 R13 Subiaco
Coll'wood 27.11-173 West Coast 10.13-73 R10 MCG
Geelong 24.20-164 West Coast 10.5-65 R22 Kardinia Park

n All the Week 1 finalists have previously met only once this year.

n Four finalists have never defeated their opponents in a final – Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Sydney and St Kilda.

l Season of two halves – an update
This ladder shows each team's performance for the second half of the season (R12-22) compared with their performance in the first half. Each teams' ladder position, percentage points are marked in black if they are an improvement over the first half of the season, red if they are a decline – green if no change – more ...

l Attack and defence standings at Round 22
Geelong leads in all categories with most century plus scores, least centuries against, least scores under 80 points and most opponents kept to under 80 points.
The week 1 finalists have been paired for easy comparison – more ...


Stab Kicks ...
n Added today are the *Stats and Facts* that Bruce Kennedy has found, which surround the Elimination and Qualifying Finals – the link is at the top of today's issue.

n To all those who cheered him so wildly on Sunday night as he neared a century of goals. Page 7 of Tuesday's print edition of Melbourne's Herald Sun against a photograph carried the text ...
Blues star Brendan Fevola shocked patrons at a city bar after parading in a nightie with a sex toy protruding from his pants during Mad Monday celebrations yesterday ... even the Victorian Premier John Brumby lashed out at the drunken disgrace.
The Herald Sun reported Wednesday: The AFL had no comment last night but police have not ruled out laying a charge of offensive behaviour against Fevola.


Tuesday, September 2

Dramatic days for Brisbane Lions
Leigh Matthews walks – with a year left to go
Jonathan Brown remains a Lion with new deal
Lions seek out Michael Voss as likely coach

AFL legend Leigh Matthews' shock resignation on Monday has set the scene for the Brisbane Lions to usher home favourite son Michael Voss.

Yahoo! Sport reports that within hours of Matthews stunning the football world by stepping down with one year to run on his coaching contract, his triple premiership-winning skipper emerged the strong favourite to succeed him in charge at the Gabba.

Voss, contracted to West Coast as an assistant coach under John Worsfold in 2009-10, will be interviewed by the Lions in the coming days after being granted permission by the Eagles to speak with his former club.

The 1996 Brownlow medallist refused to comment about his coaching aspirations, preferring to highlight the "enormous" contribution Matthews made to the Lions and football in Queensland.

"That's where the focus should be, it's not about Michael Voss today, it's about the contribution that Leigh Matthews actually made to the football club," Voss told current employer Channel 10.

Less than 24 hours after Matthews revealed to Lions chairman Tony Kelly he wouldn't see out the last year of his contract, the club privately sounded out Voss.

The club's board met on Monday night to discuss options and set in track their process for an appointment well before players return from their post-season holiday in late October.

Neither Brisbane officials nor Matthews would comment about the likelihood of a Voss return but it would be a perfect fit for the one-city club in the highly-competitive Brisbane football market.

Other former Lions being touted as potential successors to Matthews are current Brisbane assistants Craig Lambert and Justin Leppitsch.

Matthews said the timing was right for himself to resign after 10 straight years, ending with a disappointing 10th-placed finish following just two victories in the last nine rounds of the season.

Jonathan Brown had no idea that friend, mentor and coach Leigh Matthews would quit his Brisbane post, but denied it would have changed his mind to become a Lion for life.

The major silver lining on a momentous day for Brisbane was spearhead Brown's decision to re-sign with the club that helped him become a triple premiership player before he turned 22.

The power forward revealed he agreed to terms on Saturday to a new multi-season deal, just a day before Matthews told the Lions he was cutting short his 10-year tenure.

Although disappointed Matthews won't finish the last year of his three-year contract, Brown denied he was fazed at being given no indication of the stunning resignation.

Match Review Panel – Round 22
Players in finals get good news from MRP
The Match Review Panel had good news on Monday for several AFL finalists, with no players in action this weekend facing suspension.

The Age reports the MRP charged Sydney onballer Jude Bolton with rough conduct against Brisbane's Albert Proud, but he can accept a reprimand with an early plea.

Striking charges against Western Bulldogs key defender Brian Lake and speedy Geelong forward Mathew Stokes were overturned.

The report against Lake was particularly important as the Bulldogs defence prepares to take on goal-kicking centurion Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead in Friday night's qualifying final against Hawthorn.

Apart from Bolton, the panel also decided to take no action against Swans team-mates Barry Hall and Amon Buchanan after they make contact with opponents during Saturday night's win over the Lions.

Brisbane ruckman Jamie Charman faces a one-game ban at the start of next season for striking Sydney captain Brett Kirk. Charman's poor record means that he receives the suspension even if he accepts an early plea.

Carlton vice-captain Nick Stevens was also charged with striking Hawthorn utility Rick Ladson on Saturday night. He faces a two-match ban, but can reduce it to one with an early plea.

Hawks midfielder Chance Bateman and Stevens were fined $1200 apiece for wrestling each other, although that will drop to $900 if they accept the penalty.

Melbourne forward Brad Miller and Richmond's Mitch Morton were also penalised for their wrestling incident. Miller is up for $2400 because it is his second offence, although that will drop to $1800 with the early plea.

Morton can take the $900 punishment.

l Grand final presenters named
The League on Monday announced the four-time premiership coach Ron Barassi will present the Jock McHale Medal to the winning coach of the Grand Final on September 27, while 1990 premiership captain of Collingwood, Tony Shaw, will present the Norm Smith Medal to the player judged best afield.

Former North Melbourne champion Glenn Archer will be the Premiership Cup Ambassador.

Stars of the successful musical production WIcked, now playing to packed houses at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne – Amanda Harrison and Lucy Durak – will sing the national anthem prior to the Grand Final.

l Worthy of your attention ...
Stephen Rielly has a great piece on Leigh Matthews today in The Australian – more ...


l NAB Rising Star
Round 22 – Alipate Carlile (Port Adelaide)
Port Adelaide's Fijian-born defender Alipate Carlile has earned the final 2008 nomination for the AFL Rising Star Award.

Carlile, 21, played all 22 games for the Power this year, proving to be the ideal replacement for retired premiership player Darryl Wakelin.

Carlile was recruited by the Power from Wangaratta Rovers and the Murray Bushrangers in country Victoria with pick No.44 in the 2005 national draft.

Born in Lautoka, Fiji, Carlile is the second cousin of teammate David Rodan, who was also a Rising Star nominee with his previous club Richmond.

"Alipate has been an absolute shining light for us this season," said Port coach Mark Williams.

"He is a great story, having been born in Fiji, and coming from country Victoria to us and developing so quickly into a reliable defender that the coaching staff now completely trusts with all the big jobs."

The 2008 Rising Star winner will be named on Wednesday (tomorrow).

u Full details and history of the AFL-NAB Rising Star award ... more


Stab Kicks ...

n Tomorrow in the Diary – Bruce Kennedy delivers the *Stats and Facts* covering the Elimination and Qualifying finals on the weekend – while Michael Rogers starts a series which will provide a unique compilation of club-by-club stats analysis for each of the 16 teams.

n Brisbane's Simon Black has won the ABC Footballer of the Year award. He polled 24 votes, ahead of Gary Ablett (Gee) on 21, with three on 19 votes – Lance Franklin (Haw), Matthew Richardson (Rch) and Brent Harvey (NM).

n Bruce Kennedy notes: Carlton's Brendan Fevola is the only player to have finished a season on 99, one short of three figures. The closest prior to this season is 98, the most recent to have stopped on that total is John Longmire (NM) in 1990.

n Crowds for Round 22 totalled 272,885 – a total of 6,511,255 for 176-game premiership minor round.


Monday, September 1

Facts and trivia from Round 5 in ...
The Stats that Matter* – *Match Review* ... more
u The season in scores and results – Stats Update 2008


Michael Rogers
Last 6 rounds ladder (rounds 17-22)
Last 6 Rounds Ladder ( Rounds 17-22)
  W L D F A % Pts
1 Geelong 6 0 0 791 430 183.95 24
2 Adelaide 5 1 0 531 419 126.73 20
3 Hawthorn 4 2 0 671 439 152.85 16
4 St Kilda 4 2 0 618 448 137.95 16
5 North Melb 4 2 0 621 623 99.68 16
6 Richmond 4 2 0 564 571 98.77 16
7 Fremantle 3 3 0 600 569 105.45 12
8 Carlton 3 3 0 630 667 94.45 12
9 Collingwood 3 3 0 519 555 93.51 12
10 Port Adelaide 2 4 0 612 591 103.55 8
11 West.B'dogs 2 4 0 624 630 99.05 8
12 Sydney 2 4 0 543 602 90.20 8
13 Essendon 2 4 0 572 728 78.57 8
14 West Coast 2 4 0 471 681 69.16 8
15 Brisbane 1 5 0 491 627 78.31 4
16 Melbourne 1 5 0 390 674 57.86 4

Prepared using TMRdb ©

Adelaide, Hawthorn and St Kilda begin to look like credible challengers to Geelong.
Also note worthy is  the continuing mediocre performance of three of this year's finalists, Collingwood, Western Bulldogs and Sydney in the second half of the season.


Bruce Kennedy
Stats summary 2008, every club
Bruce Kennedy continues his annual summary of the statistical performances of every AFL club.

It is a mighty presentation of great depth for every statophile – more ...


Stab Kicks ...
It's true, you should only use a "good idea" once – which is why, I suppose, *Septopia* has been shelved for this season – perhaps, for another day?

n Hawthorn's Lance Franklin now has 102.84 and is within 10 behinds of that kicked by South Melbourne's Bob Pratt who in 1934 booted the record 150 goals 94 behinds – which followed Pratt's 109.93 in 1933.

n St Kilda beat Essendon by 108 points on Sunday night at Docklands – it's the fourth 100+ point victory the Saints have posted at the venue in the past five seasons.

n St Kilda's Stephen Milne kicked seven goals at Docklands for the second time this year – his best at the Dome is the memorable 11-straight in 2005.


Sunday, August 31

Port hammer North; Cats demolish Eagles
Adelaide nearly lock up 4th spot; Dogs fail again
Hawks too good for Blues; Franklin gets his 100
Sydney get a new life with solid win over Lions
Richmond humiliate Melbourne
Slick Saints rip 4th place off the Crows
Record 6,511,265 attend 176 games of minor round

Facts and trivia from Round 5 in ...
The Stats that Matter* – *Match Review* ... more
u The season in scores and results – Stats Update 2008

l Josh Carr hopeful for a return to Port
Fremantle midfielder Josh Carr has advised the club that he wishes to be traded back to Port Adelaide in the off-season.

Sportal reports the 28-year-old told coach Mark Harvey and General Manager of Football Operations Chris Bond of his decision on Saturday.

Bond and the club was disappointed by Carr's decision, saying that he was a member of the leadership group and was a required player and a key element of Fremantle's plans for 2009.

"The club made a significant investment four years ago to bring Josh back to Perth, so obviously we are disappointed," Bond said.

But Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams has played down the prospect of a second stint at Alberton for Carr.

"He's been a wonderful player for us and went back for family reasons to Perth, but he's 28 now and ... I really doubt that he's in our age group to be a viable option," Williams said after Port's victory over the Kangaroos.


Saturday, August 30

Round 22
Dockers blow away Pies' chance to top four

Facts and trivia from Round 5 in ...
The Stats that Matter* – *Match Review* ... more
u The season in scores and results – Stats Update 2008

Fremantle 12.8-80
Collingwood 8.8-56

With a double finals chance to the top four on the line, Collingwood went back to their bad old ways, surrendering meekly to Fremantle by 24 points on Friday night at Subiaco Oval in front of 35,106 fans.

Yahoo! Sport identified that if the 24-point loss wasn't a worry for Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse, the nature of it certainly should be.

The Pies were devoid of passion throughout the night and if it wasn't for the first-half heroics of Leon Davis, the 14-point deficit at the long break would have been even greater.

Time and again Collingwood butchered the ball while their finishing in front of goal was nothing short of painful, although the Dockers weren't completely innocent either.

After the Pies conceded five straight goals to end the first quarter, Davis sparked the visitors into life in the second term with a contender for goal of the year.

After putting two tackles on Des Headland, Davis scooped up the ball one-handed, did a 360-degree spin to shake off Andrew Browne's tackle and then kicked truly from 48m out tucked on the boundary line.

That goal, along with superb marks from Luke McPharlin and Roger Hayden, were rare highlights in a scrappy and at times comical first half.

Hopes of a more skilful second half were dashed within three minutes when Rhys Shaw, John McCarthy and Davis all sent balls out on the full.

Travis Cloke's goal in the dying stages of the third quarter closed the margin to 19 points at the final break.

But the game was effectively over seven minutes into the final term following a trademark Farmer goal from the boundary line and Adam Campbell's first goal of the match, which stretched the lead to 31 points.

For the Pies, there was no way back as Fremantle convincingly posted their sixth win of the year.


l Yes Cynthia, there really IS a parallel
Further to a Stab Kick on Thursday, I extend an apology for making a mistake to something that I didn't know was wrong, when it wasn't in the first place.

The uniqueness of tonight's clash at Docklands is without parallel when two star full-forwards are pitted against each other with the crown of the John Coleman Medal beckoning Hawthorn's Lance Franklin (currently 98 goals) and his key Carlton rival Brendan Fevola at the other end starting on 92 goals.

A near-parallel DID occur in 1933, which is detailed in our file 100th Goal ...

In 1933-R17, Collingwood's Gordon Coventry kicked 9.6 versus North at Victoria Park, which took him to 98 goals.

The following week in R18, also at Vic Park, against Melbourne, Coventry kicked 10.6 which took him to 108 goals for the season. Without further finals that season, 108 remained his total.

Also in Round 18 at the Lake Oval against Geelong, Bob Pratt kicked 7.7 for South Melbourne taking him past his century to 102 goals. He had a further seven goals from two finals, which finished him on 109 goals, one goal higher than Coventry.

So, same round at different grounds, two players have recorded their centuries – but never in the same round at the same ground has this event occurred.

For wider detail also refer to –
Leading Goalkickers, since 1897


Friday, August 29

Round 22 selections
Prestigiacomo back for Collingwood
Crows regain Porplyzia, Tippet and Vince
Hawks rest Crawford

Veteran Collingwood defender Simon Prestigiacomo will play his first AFL game in more than a year as one of four changes for tonight's clash with Fremantle.

Yahoo! Sport reports: The 30-year-old last played at the top level in round 19 last season, before being sidelined by a nagging foot injury and twice undergoing surgery.

He has since played six games for Collingwood's VFL side to regain match fitness ahead of what will be his 194th AFL game, at Subiaco.

He adds a vital dose of experience to a Collingwood backline missing Shane Wakelin due to a groin injury.

Also back in the side is midfielder Rhyce Shaw, for the first time since his two-match club-imposed suspension, after he was overlooked for last weekend's clash with Sydney.

Nathan Brown, back from a week out with soreness, and Danny Stanley were the other inclusions.

But, as expected, skipper Scott Burns was forced out with a calf injury, while Dale Thomas (calf) will again miss and Sharrod Wellingham (groin) and Alan Toovey (foot) are also out injured.

The Dockers made two changes, Clayton Hinkley and Andrew Browne replacing Steven Dodd and Brett Peake.

The Western Bulldogs surprised by naming 18-year-old Queensland midfielder Sam Reid for his AFL debut for Saturday's Football Park clash with Adelaide.

Classy defender Lindsay Gilbee returned to the side, with youngster Callan Ward and backman Andrejs Everitt making way.

The Crows made three changes, welcoming back forward Jason Porplyzia, who had been out with brain bruising for the past three games.

The talented goalkicker returned despite dislocating his shoulder again at training on Wednesday, in what has become a constant occurrence.

Fellow forward Kurt Tippett and midfielder Bernie Vince also returned, with Brent Reilly, Brad Moran and Patrick Dangerfield the players to make way.

Hawthorn will rest veteran Shane Crawford, who has played just 11 games this season as he battles knee soreness, for Saturday night's clash with Carlton at Docklands.

The Hawks also left out ruckman Simon Taylor (general soreness), but fellow big man Robert Campbell returned from injury to replace him, while star Luke Hodge is back from suspension.

The Blues were unchanged.

Sydney left out superstar Adam Goodes, who has been struggling with a groin injury, for Saturday night's meeting with Brisbane at the SCG.

Youngster Adam Veszpremi was dropped, with Luke Ablett and Nick Malceski the inclusions.

The Lions made six changes after last weekend's fadeout loss to Carlton, with Ashley McGrath (quad) and Matthew Moody (groin) out injured, but Travis Johnstone, Robert Copeland, Rhan Hooper and James Hawksley all dropped.

North Melbourne regained forwards Matt Campbell and Aaron Edwards for their match against Port Adelaide at the MCG on Saturday, with Jess Sinclair and Scott Thompson the players omitted.

The Power's only change was the inclusion of Robbie Gray at the expense of Troy Chaplin (knee).

Speedy Geelong forward Mathew Stokes is back from a groin injury, while Ryan Gamble was recalled for the top-placed Cats' encounter with West Coast at Kardinia Park on Saturday.

Shannon Byrnes was dropped, while Max Rooke is serving a one-game suspension.

The Eagles included Mark LeCras and Will Schofield, in place of the retired Michael Braun and youngster Tony Notte.

Melbourne included Jack Grimes in their squad for what will be his AFL debut, when the Demons farewell Jeff White and Adem Yze against Richmond at the MCG on Sunday.

The Tigers recalled veteran Greg Tivendale for a farewell game, and named Alex Rance on an extended bench for what would be his debut.

Essendon have lost Adam McPhee (ankle) and Andrew Welsh (hamstring) for Sunday's clash with St Kilda at Docklands, with the Saints yet to make any cuts from their squad.

l Gold Coast will get cream of draft concessions
The AFL will reveal the draft concessions for the new Gold Coast club within the next week, with nine first round picks in 2010 – including the top three selections – the most likely scenario.

The Age reports: AFL boss Andrew Demetriou said the league was likely to make plans for the 2010 draft public within a week.

It's understood Gold Coast will have first call on most of the best 17 and 18-year-olds in two years' time, with picks 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15 in the national draft.

Gold Coast would also get access to a maximum of one out-of-contract player from the other 16 clubs.

Demetriou refused to confirm or deny the speculation, saying the matter had been discussed for several hours at an AFL Commission meeting.

If the plan is adopted, the bottom team in 2010 would receive pick No.4 at best – more ...

l Pie players nominate Didak for AFLPA MVP award
Despite his much-publicised off-field misdemeanour early this month, Alan Didak has been chosen by his Collingwood teammates for the AFL Players Association most valuable player award. Presently under a club-imposed suspension, he finds himself one of three Magpie contenders for one of the game's most respected awards.

Forward Paul Medhurst has also been nominated, demonstrating he has well and truly earned the respect of his fellow Magpies after crossing from Fremantle last year.

Geelong have overlooked reigning Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel and the game's undisputed premier fullback Matthew Scarlett.

Gary Ablett, Joel Corey and second year player Joel Selwood were favoured for the Cats' three nominations.

Among the chances to vie for the award with Ablett are Hawthorn forward Lance Franklin, Bulldogs midfielder Adam Cooney and North Melbourne's Brent Harvey.

Sydney captain Brett Kirk was his side's nominee for the Robert Rose award for the most courageous player.

He will battle it out with others including Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown, Hawthorn's Luke Hodge and Richmond's Matthew Richardson.

Fremantle's Rhys Palmer, Richmond's Trent Cotchin, Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer, Geelong's Harry Taylor and Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli are among the nominees for the best first year player award – Yahoo! Sport

Bruce Kennedy
Last round dramas continued, day four
While the final eight has been decided, a lot can happen between now and when the first final starts next week.

The most recent occasion there was a change to top place in the final round was in 2005. In the last 50 seasons there have been six minor premiers which have grabbed the honour in the last home and away round. All of those have occurred since 1980. Prior to that one has to go back to 1949 for a similar instance.

Sneaking to the top; last hurdle woes

Bruce Kennedy turns his focus on this today – more ...

l Tougher drug tests to be trialled; three-strikes stay
The AFL is introducing a trial of hair tests and tougher sanctions as part of changes to its illicit drug policy.

ABC Sport reported the League is sticking with its three-strike policy after the number of failed drug tests dropped from 4 per cent in 2005 to 1.2 per cent last year. Under the changes, players will be subjected to hair tests over the holiday period.

There will also be an increase in the sanctions which will see players suspended for 18 matches after a third strike. That is up from 12 matches under the previous policy. There will also be more tests ensuring that all 1,500 players are examined.

Club medial officers will be notified of all positive tests.

The AFL will keep the three-strikes component of its policy, pointing to a reduced percentage of players who tested positive last year as proof the policy works.

Fourteen AFL players failed recreational drug tests in 2007, with three of those testing positive for the second time.


Stab Kicks ...
Updated file added – Leading Goalkickers, since 1897 ...

Greg Tivendale will play his last game for Richmond against Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday. He's struggled for opportunities this year, spending most of the time in the VFL – playing only two senior games. He leaves Punt Road as the fifth most experienced Tiger with his current tally of 187 games (and 19 pre-season) behind only Joel Bowden, Matthew Richardson, Nathan Brown and Kane Johnson. Tivendale was a key member of Richmond's last finals campaign in 2001 and enjoyed his best season in 2003 when he finished third in the Jack Dyer Medal award.


How the Final Eight works

Week 1 – Elimination & Qualifying
1st Qualifying — 1 v 4
Geelong v St Kilda
1st Elimination — 5 v 8
Adelaide v Collingwood
2nd Qualifying — 2 v 3
Hawthorn v West.B'dogs
2nd Elimination — 6 v 7
Sydney v North Melbourne

All have double chance

Losers eliminated

Week 2 – Semi Finals
Loser 1QF v Winner 1EF Loser 2QF v Winner 2EF
Week 3 – Preliminary Finals
Winner 1QF v Winner 2SF Winner 2QF v Winner 1SF
Week 4 – Grand Final

Winner 1PF v Winner 2PF

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September 3
2008 retirees noted:

Nathan Ablett (Gee)
Nathan Bassett (Ade)
Peter Bell (Fre)
Rhett Biglands (Ade)

Heath Black (Fre)

Michael Braun (WCE)
Matthew Carr (Fre)
Danny Chartres (R-Ess)
Dean Dick (R-Ess)
Jeff Farmer (Fre)
Shannon Grant (NM)
Robert Harvey (StK)
Ben Holland (Mel)
Danny Jacobs (Haw)
Mark Johnson (Fre)
Nigel Lappin (Bri)
Andrew Lee (Ess)
Beau McDonald (Bri)
Andrew McDougall (WB)
Shaun McManus (Fre)
Mal Michael (Ess)
Hugh Minson (WB)

David Neitz (Mel)
Adam Ramanauskas (Ess)
Greg Tivendale (Rch)
Luke Webster (Fre)

Michael Wilson (PA)

2008 delistings noted:

Ryley Dunn (Fre)
Courtney Johns (Ess)
Damien Peverill (Ess)
Jeff White (Mel)
Adem Yze (Mel)

more to come ...



after Round 22

W L D F A % Pts
Gee 21 1 – 2672 1651 161.8 84
Haw 17 5 – 2434 1846 131.9 68
WB 15 6 1 2506 2112 118.7 62
StK 13 9 – 2126 1923 110.6 52
Ade 13 9 – 2017 1838 109.7 52
Syd 12 9 1 2095 1863 112.5 50
NM 12 9 1 2121 2187 97.0 50
Col 12 10 – 2267 2038 111.2 48

Rch 11 10 1 2228 2288 97.4 46
Bri 10 12 – 2156 2200 98.0 40
Car 10 12 – 2217 2354 94.2 40
Ess 8 14 – 2130 2608 81.7 32
PA 7 15 – 2118 2208 95.9 28
Fre 6 16 – 1988 2121 93.7 24
WCE 4 18 – 1670 2535 65.9 16
Mel 3 19 – 1629 2602 62.6 12

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Round 1
Thursday, March 20

Car 11.13-79 v Rch 17.7-109
PA 14.12-96 v Gee 15.15-105
Saturday, March 22
Col 16.15-111 v Fre 13.7-85
StK 6.15-51 v Syd 6.13-49
WCE 14.8-92 v Bri 11.10-76
Sunday, March 23
WB 19.12-126 v Ade 18.15-123
Haw 23.16-154 v Mel 6.14-50
Monday, March 24
NM 9.13-67 v Ess 19.8-122

Round 2
Friday, March 28

Bri 13.18-96 v Col 13.16-94
Saturday, March 29
Mel 9.12-66 v WB 24.17-161
Ade 21.7-133 v WCE 8.9-57
StK 19.11-125 v Car 12.13-85
Fre 14.13-97 v Haw 16.16-112
Sunday, March 30
Syd 22.14-146 v PA 11.12-78
Gee 22.18-150 v Ess 6.15-51
Rch 13.8-86 v NM 20.7-127

Round 3
Friday, April 4

WB 19.11-125 v StK 13.9-87
Saturday, April 5
NM 13.8-86 v Haw 15.12-102
WCE 10.13-73 v Fre 12.15-87
Bri 10.11-71 v Syd 13.10-88
Ess 23.12-150 v Car 21.8-134
Sunday, April 6
Gee 16.16-112 v Mel 12.10-82
Rch 11.12-78 v Col 18.14-122
Ade 12.13-85 v PA 11.13-79

Round 4
Friday, April 11

Ess 14.14-98 v WB 19.14-128
Saturday, April 12
StK 13.16-94 v Gee 21.10-136
NM 18.19-127 v Mel 11.13-79
Syd 16.11-107 v WCE 5.15-45
PA 16.8-104 v Bri 18.16-124
Sunday, April 13
Haw 17.12-114 v Ade 10.10-70
Car 17.9-111 v Col 13.10-88
Fre 10.13-73 v Rch 20.17-137

Round 5
Friday, April 18

StK 18.15-123 v Ess 14.3-87
Saturday, April 19
Gee 16.18-114 v Syd 10.12-72
Ade 12.16-88 v Fre 10.11-71
Bri 17.16-118 v Haw 19.16-130
Col 15.15-105 v NM 16.16-112
Sunday, April 20
Mel 9.14-68 v Car 15.11-101
WB 19.16-130 v Rch 20.10-130
WCE 16.8-104 v PA 19.14-128

Round 6
Friday, April 25

Col 23.16-154 v Ess 12.9-81
Fre 13.10-88 v Gee 13.11-89
Saturday, April 26
Car 11.15-81 v Ade 16.15-111
WB 20.14-134 v WCE 11.8-74
PA 12.10-82 v StK 9.7-61
Sunday, April 27
Bri 19.23-137 v Mel 13.7-85
NM 9.10-64 v Syd 8.16-64
Haw 14.22-106 v Rch 15.4-94

Round 7
Friday, May 2

WCE 10.14-74 v Car 17.9-111
Saturday, May 3
Gee 15.15-105 v Bri 11.12-78
Haw 24.10-154 v Col 13.11-89
Rch 16.11-107 v StK 17.8-110
Ade 15.17-107 v NM 11.8-74
Sunday, May 4
Syd 14.10-94 v WB 18.4-112
Mel 17.17-119 v Fre 15.23-113
Essendon v Port Adelaide, Dok, 4:40pm

150th Anniversary Match
Saturday, May 10
Victoria 21.11-137
v All-Stars 18.12-120

Round 8
Friday, May 16

StK 14.10-94 v Col 16.7-103
Saturday, May 17
Haw 17.15-117 v PA 15.12-102
Rch 10.9-69 v Gee 14.15-99
Car 12.20-92 v Bri 18.17-125
NM 13.11-89 v WCE 12.11-83
Sunday, May 18
Ade 22.18-150 v Mel 11.8-74
Syd 21.17-143 v Ess 7.10-52
Fre 17.9-111 v WB 17.12-114

Round 9
Friday, May 23

Col 20.14-134 v Gee 7.6-48
Saturday, May 24
Car 14.13-97 v Fre 14.4-88
PA 14.10-94 v Syd 16.9-105
Ess 10.12-72 v Rch 16.14-110
WCE 14.13-97 v Ade 5.17-47
Sunday, May 25
Bri 21.15-141 v StK 14.11-95
Mel 12.6-78 v Haw 14.13-97
WB 16.14-110 v NM 16.17-113

Round 10
Friday, May 30

Ade 9.20-74 v Ess 10.9-69
Saturday, May 31
Col 27.11-173 v WCE 10.13-73
Haw 12.2-74 v WB 15.16-106
Bri 18.21-129 v NM 15.8-98
Gee 19.19-133 v Car 12.5-77
Sunday, June 1
Syd 21.13-139 v Rch 8.9-57
StK 19.15-129 v Mel 7.8-50
Fre 10.15-75 v PA 16.17-105

Round 11
Friday, June 6

NM 17.12-114 v Gee 19.13-127
Saturday, June 7
Rch 14.12-96 v Ade 22.14-146
Ess 12.7-79 v Haw 19.16-130
WCE 11.12-78 v Syd 12.11-83
Sunday, June 8
Bri 14.12-96 v Fre 10.14-74
StK 11.13-79 v WB 15.16-106
PA 8.15-63 v Car 10.15-75
Monday, June 9
Mel 13.17-95 v Col 17.14-116

Round 12
Friday, June 13

Ess 16.17-113 v WCE 13.13-91
Saturday, June 14
WB 19.17-131 v Bri 10.8-68
Fre 18.12-120 v NM 9.13-67
Syd 14.18-102 v StK 9.13-67
Ade 10.12-72 v Haw 11.10-76
Sunday, June 15
Gee 15.18-108 v PA 7.7-49
Col 12.17-89 v Car 17.17-119
Rch 16.20-116 v Mel 14.10-94

Round 13
Friday, June 20

StK 10.5-65 v Fre 8.9-57
Saturday, June 21
Haw 10.16-76 v NM 15.13-103
PA 19.9-123 v Rch 20.7-127
Bri 11.17-83 v Ade 10.10-70
WCE 5.17-47 v Gee 28.14-182
Sunday, June 22
Mel 11.8-74 v Syd 17.12-114
Car 15.11-101 v Ess 20.16-136
Col 13.11-89 v WB 15.9-99

Round 14
Friday, June 27

Haw 18.18-126 v WCE 9.15-69
Saturday, June 28
Rch 12.16-88 v Car 17.16-118
NM 9.15-69 v StK 12.12-84
WB 20.15-135 v PA 11.15-81
Sunday, June 29
Mel 14.9-93 v Bri 13.14-92
Fre 13.13-91 v Ess 14.11-95

Friday, July 4
Ade 8.8-56 v Gee 18.16-124
Saturday, July 5
Syd 6.14-50 v Col 11.13-79

Round 15
Friday, July 11

Car 12.15-87 v StK 18.11-119
Saturday, July 12
Col 15.16-106 v Ade 11.8-74
Gee 18.10-118 v Fre 6.8-44
Ess 24.11-155 v Bri 18.10-118
PA 10.14-74 v NM 10.16-76
Sunday, July 13
Haw 15.16-106 v Syd 10.15-75
WB 14.11-95 v Mel 9.10-64
WCE 11.9-75 v Rch 24.8-152

Round 16
Friday, July 18

NM 17.12-114 v Col 14.12-96
Saturday, July 19
Gee 19.17-131 v WB 10.10-70
Rch 16.12-108 v Ess 15.14-104
Bri 17.11-113 v WCE 9.13-67
StK 18.11-119 v Haw 13.11-89
Sunday, July 20
Car 18.11-119 v Syd 18.13-121
PA 13.14-92 v Ade 11.14-80
Fre 16.18-114 v Mel 10.8-68

Round 17
Friday, July 25

Haw 11.11-77 v Gee 12.16-88
Saturday, July 26
Ess 19.14-128 v Col 11.14-80
WCE 15.13-103 v StK 12.14-86
Rch 18.9-117 v Bri 16.18-114
Syd 6.17-53 v Ade 11.11-77
Sunday, July 27
PA 15.11-101 v Fre 20.9-129
Mel 10.10-70 v NM 14.14-98
WB 15.8-98 v Car 18.18-126

Round 18
Friday, August 1

Col 8.14-62 v Haw 17.14-116
Saturday, August 2
Ess 19.10-124 v Mel 17.6-108
Ade 13.16-94 v Car 12.14-86
Gee 20.14-134 v Rch 10.11-71
NM 13.14-92 v Bri 11.18-84
Sunday, August 3
WB 17.11-113 v Syd 14.13-97
StK 14.17-101 v PA 14.9-93
Fre 17.14-116 v WCE 12.11-83

Round 19
Friday, August 8

Mel 5.11-41 v Gee 24.13-157
Saturday, August 9
Car 18.24-132 v PA 9.12-66
Haw 16.14-110 v Bri 5.11-41
Col 14.13-97 v StK 12.11-83
Syd 17.10-112 v Fre 15.18-108
Sunday, August 10
NM 21.10-136 v WB 18.8-116
Ade 16.12-108 v Rch 6.9-45
WCE 17.11-113 v Ess 16.7-103

Round 20
Friday, August 15

PA 10.15-75 v Col 16.10-106
Saturday, August 16
Ess 10.13-73 v Ade 19.15-129
Mel 11.13-79 v WCE 5.15-45
Bri 13.12-90 v WB 10.19-79
Syd 14.10-94 v Gee 20.13-133
Sunday, August 17
Rch 16.9-105 v Haw 10.16-76
Car 14.6-90 v NM 22.9-141
Fre 9.15-69 v StK 17.10-112

Round 21
Friday, August 22

WB 23.13-151 v Ess 15.15-105
Saturday, August 23
Rch 15.15-105 v Fre 15.8-98
PA 18.21-129 v Mel 7.9-51
Bri 16.13-109 v Car 18.7-115
Col 18.10-118 v Syd 10.13-73
Sunday, August 24
Gee 17.13-115 v NM 13.4-82
StK 13.17-95 v Ade 6.11-47
WCE 9.8-62 v Haw 19.19-133

Round 22
Friday, August 29

Fre 12.8-80 v Col 8.8-56
Saturday, August 30
NM 10.12-72 v PA 23.10-148
Gee 24.20-164 v WCE 10.5-65
Ade 10.16-76 v WB 9.13-67
Car 12.9-81 v Haw 24.15-159
Syd 17.12-114 v Bri 6.17-53
Sunday, August 31
Mel 6.5-41 v Rch 18.13-121
Ess 5.9-39 v StK 21.21-147

Week 1, Sept 5-6-7
Week 2, Sept 12-13-14
Week 3, Sept 19-20
Week 4, September 27



Saturday, Feb 9
Col v Ade
Fri(N), Feb 15
StK v Rch
Sat, Feb 16
Gee v Mel
PA v Car
Ess v Bri
Sun, Feb 17
Haw v Syd
Fre v WCE 1..7.0.9-60

Fri(N), Feb 22
WB v Ess
Sat, Feb 23
StK v Gee
Haw 4.9.0-13–103 v Car–69
Sun, Feb 24
Ade v Fre

Fri(N), Feb 29
Ess v StK
Sat, March 1
Ade v Haw

Sat(N), March 8
Ade v StK



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Michael Rogers

l Season of two halves – an update
This ladder shows each team's performance for the second half of the season (R12-22) compared with their performance in the first half. Each teams' ladder position, percentage points are marked in black if they are an improvement over the first half of the season, red if they are a decline – green if no change.
R1-11   W L D F A R1-11 % R1-11 Pts
2 1 Geelong 11 0 0 1454 696 127.5 208.9 40 44
9 2 St Kilda 8 3 0 1072 852 97.9 125.8 20 32
12 3 Richmond 8 3 0 1155 1085 89.2 106.5 14 32
1 4 Hawthorn 7 4 0 1144 877 133.1 130.4 40 28
8 5 North Melb 7 4 0 1050 1073 96.1 97.9 22 28
3 6 West B'dogs 6 5 0 1154 1063 128.9 108.6 38 24
14 7 Essendon 6 5 0 1175 1237 69.7 95.0 8 24
15 8 Fremantle 5 6 0 1026 982 84.5 104.5 4 20
4 9 Adelaide 5 6 0 883 900 121.0 98.1 32 20
6 10 Collingwood 5 6 0 978 1011 125.5 96.7 28 20
10 11 Carlton 5 6 0 1174 1220 92.0 96.2 20 20
5 12 Sydney 5 6 0 1005 1047 133.6 96.0 30 20
11 13 Port Adelaide 3 8 0 1031 1117 99.6 92.3 16 12
7 14 Brisbane 3 8 0 965 1143 112.7 84.4 24 12
16 15 Melbourne 2 9 0 783 1205 60.6 65.0 4 8
13 16 West Coast 2 9 0 820 1367 72.8 60.0 8 8

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Michael Rogers

Attack and defence standings at Round 22
Geelong leads in all categories with most century plus scores, least centuries against, least scores under 80 points and most opponents kept to under 80 points.
The week 1 finalists have been paired for easy comparison.

100 plus

Less than 80

  For Agst For Agst
Adelaide 8 4 10 11
Collingwood 11 7 3* 7
Geelong 18 2 1 14
St Kilda 9 8 5* 7
Hawthorn 14 6 5* 9
West B'dogs 16 8 3* 7
Sydney 10 8 7 13
Nth Melbourne 9 11 7 5
Brisbane 10 8 5* 4
Carlton 10 12 3* 3
Essendon 10 17* 7 2
Fremantle 7 11 7 5
Melbourne 2 17* 15 1
Port Adelaide 9 12 6 6
Richmond 13 13 5* 6
West Coast 3 15 14 3

* Equal










  Gold Silver Bronze Last
Geelong 4      
West B'dogs   2    
Adelaide   1 1  
Carlton   1    
Collingwood   1    
Sydney   1    
Hawthorn     3  
Brisbane     1  
Richmond     1  
St Kilda     1  
Essendon       1
Melbourne       4

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