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Thursday, September 18

l Seaford set to be new home of St Kilda
Sixteen months after they made the emotional call to leave Moorabbin, St Kilda are set to announce their new home will be built in Seaford.

Agreement with Frankston City Council is believed to have been reached to establish a training facility at Belvedere Park.

Damien Barrett reported in the Herald Sun on Wednesday that Frankston Oval, the venue the Saints initially identified as a new home, was overlooked when cost estimations blew out by more than $5 million.

St Kilda will effectively have a blank canvas with which to work at Belvedere Park, with more than $11 million to be pumped in to the site.

An oval built to MCG configurations, an indoor sports stadium, a pool and gym will be included in the development, which will be funded by the State Government, local council, the AFL and the Saints.

The club hopes the new facilities, most of which will be open to the public, will be operational by the start of the 2010 season.

The Herald Sun has learnt that after months of negotiations, Frankston City Council on Monday night decided to approve the Belvedere Park option.

St Kilda announced in May last year it would be leaving Moorabbin, its home of 43 years, after lengthy discussions with Kingston Council broke down irreparably.

In dealing with Kingston Council, the Saints had made it clear they would not be staying at Moorabbin unless they could transfer 83 poker machines about 200 metres, from their Linton St headquarters to South Rd.

St Kilda has 32 years of a lease to run at Moorabbin.

It is understood Frankston Council has committed about $3.8 million to the Belvedere Park project.


Darren O'Shaughnessy
Highest average margin
Well-known stats guru Darren O'Shaughnessy makes a welcome return to our Footystats pages.

Darren notes the Cats must attempt to lose narrowly at some point in the next fortnight to avoid an ignominious record. As it stands right now, here are the highest average losing margins for an entire season:

2008: 86.0 Geelong (one loss, 22 wins @ 53.0)
1996: 72.1 Fitzroy (21 losses, 1 win @ 31.0)
1992: 66.0 Brisbane (17 losses, 4 wins @ 37.5)
1995: 64.0 Carlton (two losses, 23 wins @ 39.6)
2000: 63.9 Fremantle (14 losses, 8 wins @ 20.3)

Geelong would need to lose by 58 points or less for Fitzroy's disastrous 1996 effort to retain the title. The first obvious parallel is Carlton's premiership of 1995: two incomprehensibly awful losses to Sydney (finished 12th) and St. Kilda (14th) were followed by 15 straight wins.

The other parallel is the remarkable Collingwood team of 1929, which won all 18 home & away matches, was eliminated in the semi-final by Richmond 123-61 (therefore 62.0 average losing margin), challenged under the Argus system and won the premiership. Its average winning margin was 43.7 in 19 victories.

The Cats are also on track to become just the third team ever to have an average winning margin of more than 50 points and an average losing margin of more than 50 points in the same year. Brisbane fans in 1993 didn't need to pack the heart medication in fear of a cliffhanger, with four wins at an average of 52.5 and 16 losses by 51.8 apiece. The next year the Hawks made the finals with a 13-10 record and a lot of blowouts, winning by an average of 50.9 but losing by 50.2. Ironically their season was finished in the first ever extra time period following a 91-all tie with North Melbourne.

For completeness, here are the best average winning margins over a season. Just like the losing margins, there is a diverse mix of win-loss records here.

1992: 69.7 Geelong (18 wins, 8 losses @ 29.8)
1985: 67.3 Sydney (6 wins, 16 losses @ 33.4)
1989: 64.7 Geelong (18 wins, 8 losses @ 20.1)
1996: 63.6 Adelaide (8 wins, 14 losses @ 43.1)
1986: 63.5 St. Kilda (two wins, 20 losses @ 42.4)


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l Crows appoint Mark Bickley to assistant role
Former Adelaide Crows captain Mark Bickley has been appointed an assistant coach at the club for the next two seasons.

ABC Online reported Bickley played 272 league games for the Crows and captained the club to both its premierships. He also played 31 pre-season cup games and seven state of origin matches.

Coach Neil Craig says Bickley's responsibilities will be announced when all coaching appointments are finalised.

Club champion – Richmond
l Brett Deledio wins Jack Dyer Medal
Brett Deledio last night won Richmond's club champion award, with Tiger veteran Matthew Richardson – named in the All-Australian team on Monday – placing third after leading at the count's halfway mark.

The youngest winner of the Jack Dyer medal since Matthew Knights won it in 1990, 21-year-old Deledio polled 250 votes ahead of Shane Tuck (223) and Richardson (203).

Samantha Lane reports in The Age: Tuck's strong finish to the season was reflected in his late charge up the leader board. At the season's mid-point Richardson led Deledio narrowly but Tuck was in 15th place. By round 15, Deledio had moved into the lead and Tuck was ranked ninth.

Deledio didn't miss a game and gathered more than 25 disposals in 10 of his outings this season – his fourth since being taken first pick of the 2004 national draft – more ...

n 2008 Club Champions, Best & Fairest Award – more

Australian Football Media Awards
l AFL names the Mike Sheahan Media Centre
l Caroline Wilson praised for her news sense
l Clinton Grybas honoured by naming of Rising Star
AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou announced last night the new media centre to be built at AFL house at Docklands would be named in honour of Mike Sheahan as a tribute to his standing in the football media.

The league approached the Australian Football Media Association for its advice on whom the new media centre should be named after and Sheahan was the popular choice.

Demetriou said at last night's AFMA awards the naming of the Mike Sheahan Media Centre was a "great recognition of a great journalist".

Sheahan began his career in newspapers in Werribee and started covering VFL for Newsday in 1969. He has been the Herald Sun's chief football writer for 13 years and also had previous stints as the media director for the AFL and at The Age.

Sheahan has won 16 major media awards across all categories – newsbreaking, features, columns and the prestigious Alf Brown Award.

He also won the AFLPA's Grant Hattam award this year for his story on Simon Goodwin's battle with gambling addiction.

At last night's AFL media awards, Sheahan also received the best television show award for Fox Sport's On the Couch.

3AW Football Director Graeme Bond judged the success of the evening was heightened further with the acknowledgement of the contribution of Clinton Grybas who passed away suddenly on January 5th. The Rising Star award in Clinton's name to those under 27 years of age was presented to Tom Rehn of Seven News.

Caroline Wilson was awarded the 2008 Alf Brown Trophy as the most outstanding media performer in football over the past 12 months. "Caro" was highly praised by the judging panel for her news sense that set the agenda and led debate for much of the season. She was also named the Most Outstanding News Reporter and was also highly commended in the Deadline Report category.

Full details of the awards – more ...

l New York Jets cut Ben Graham
The New York Jets have axed former Geelong captain Ben Graham on Tuesday, two days after a poor outing in a National Football League loss to the New England Patriots.

The Age reports: The 34-year-old Graham signed with the Jets in 2005 and won the job in training camp with his booming left leg and unorthodox end-over-end kicks.

At 31, he also was the oldest rookie to make an opening-day roster. The Jets signed him to a six-year deal in 2006 and he was selected as a special teams captain.

He struggled last season with a career-low 43.3 average and 36.6 net average, and was also benched for a game.

Graham didn't help his cause in the season opener at Miami when New York was left without a place-kicker after Mike Nugent was injured.

Graham appeared in 49 career games for the Jets, averaging 43.7 yards with 24 touchbacks and 67 inside the 20-yard line.

"I would like to thank the Jets for the opportunity they have given me and my family, and the privilege of playing for the organisation," Graham said. "Today's events are disappointing but I'm confident I will continue my career elsewhere."


Stab Kicks ...

n Essendon has lured Collingwood development manager Alan Richardson to Windy Hill as an assistant coach. He'll start in his new role next month.

n Victorian-born team-mates David Mundy and Ryan Murphy have signed with Fremantle for another two seasons. Murphy has struggled at the Dockers, playing just 40 games since 2004. Mundy has played every game since his debut in 2005.

n Financial arrangements, or the lack of understanding, is the reason the North (Launceston) v South (Glenorchy) premiership match on Sunday at North Hobart Oval has been cancelled. The Mercury on Wednesday reported the Launceston club on Monday requested the Southern Football League cover all costs of travel and player payments and prize money for a win, was a bit too much for the SFL and the NTFL to bear.

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Wednesday, September 17

Preliminary finals
Injury maintenance the key in three camps

Hawthorn onballer Chance Bateman is the latest key midfielder under a fitness cloud heading into this weekend's AFL preliminary finals, after a training mishap on Tuesday.

The Age reports Bateman joins St Kilda dynamo Luke Ball, Western Bulldogs midfield gun Adam Cooney and teammate Trent Croad with question marks over their availability.

Bateman rolled his ankle at the start of the Hawks' training session on Tuesday and was unable to complete any drills.

Forced from the track, he will now be assessed later in the week as the Hawks prepare for the MCG clash.

Key defender Croad, who was likely to get the key defensive role on St Kilda's star forward Nick Riewoldt, also failed to take part in training as he battles a bruised foot.

St Kilda have their own injury concerns with key midfielder Luke Ball struggling to overcome a hamstring injury.

Ball has missed the club's past six games, although encouragingly he completed Tuesday's light training session.

But Saints coach Ross Lyon said there was no guarantee Ball would return this weekend, even if he made it through training for the rest of the week.

"If he keeps ticking the boxes, the medical team will make a call and the player will make a call and then, ultimately, the match committee will make a call, so we've got a little bit to get through," Lyon said.

Fellow Saints midfielder Lenny Hayes, who experienced back spasms during the warm-up for last weekend's match against Collingwood, failed to join Tuesday's training session.

But Hayes said before the session he did not have any doubt that he would be able to play against the Hawks.

"It's just one of those things that is just a maintenance issue a little bit," Hayes said.

"As I said, I got through the game really well and I'll train this week and I'll be available on the weekend."

The Western Bulldogs have tried to allay fears Cooney will miss their clash with Geelong on Friday night.

Cooney has picked up a virus and is also suffering from knee tendonitis. He missed Monday night's All Australian awards and Tuesday's training session.

The Bulldogs have ordered their No.1 on-baller to rest up at home and stay away from his team-mates, admitting his head cold is contagious. But they claim he is a definite starter.

l Return of Ben Cousins moves ahead
The prospect of Ben Cousins returning to the football landscape looms larger with him due in Melbourne to attend the Brownlow Medal count on Monday and also meet with the AFL Commission who suspended him from football last November.

Jon Ralph in the Herald Sun details the process which appears before Cousins – more ...


Michael Rogers
Greatest combined margins in a season

The tables below shows each teams' greatest combined margins against a single opponent in a season. The greatest combined margin occurred in 1899 when what ever Geelong had as a football combination, St Kilda didn't.


  Opponent Margin Year Matches
Adelaide Richmond 233 1993 2
Brisbane Fitzroy 196 1996 2
Carlton Melbourne 202 1986 2
Collingwood St Kilda 229 1901 3
Essendon West B'dogs 255 1982 2
Fitzroy Melbourne 213 1979 2
Fremantle West B'dogs 139 2003 2
Geelong St Kilda 325 1899 3
Hawthorn Fitzroy 283 1991 2
Melbourne Richmond 214 1993 2
North Melb West B'dogs 208 1983 2
Port Adelaide West Coast 183 2001 2
Richmond Fitzroy 243 1996 2
St. Kilda Brisbane 189 1991 2
Sydney St Kilda 207 1919 2
University Geelong 75 1909 2
West Coast Melbourne 179 1996 2
Western B'dogs Hawthorn 155 1942 2


  Opponent Margin Year Matches
Adelaide St Kilda 182 1991 2
Brisbane Geelong 257 1992 2
Carlton Essendon 208 1901 3
Collingwood Essendon 230 1984 3
Essendon Fitzroy 190 1979 3
Fitzroy Hawthorn 283 1991 2
Fremantle Brisbane 169 1999 2
Geelong Hawthorn 191 1975 2
Hawthorn Carlton 197 1969 2
Melbourne Fitzroy 213 1979 2
North Melb Richmond 207 1931 2
Port Adelaide Geelong 170 2007 3
Richmond Adelaide 233 1993 2
St. Kilda Geelong 325 1899 3
Sydney Essendon 197 1950 2
University Fitzroy 173 1914 2
West Coast Geelong 234 2008 2
Western B'dogs Essendon 255 1982 2

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Stab Kicks ...

What would have been the first north v south Tasmanian State premiership clash in 30 years would have pitched the NTFL premiers Launceston against the SFL flag winners Glenorchy at the weekend. However, as happens in the best of families, money matters has caused cancellation of the planned Sunday match at North Hobart Oval. If anyone ever works out the reason why, we'll tell you.

n  As the season ends updates of the many Footystats files are proceeding. Continue to regularly check the files that interest you – the history files have the main focus at present – they'll all be finished in due course, ready for 2009. Remembering, there's never a final siren at Footystats, where the proof is in the detail. 


Tuesday, September 16

All-Australian team
Geelong dominate with seven selections

Geelong again dominated the AFL All-Australian team, but fell two short of last year's record contingent.

The Cats, who have lost only once this season and are strong premiership favourites, had seven selections in the team named at Docklands on Monday night.

Yahoo! Sport reports: Geelong captain Tom Harley and fellow defender Corey Enright were among nine players who received their first All-Australian selections.

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich is easily the most-picked player in the team, receiving the honour for the sixth time.

Among those who could consider themselves unlucky not to make the team are Brisbane key forward Jonathan Brown, Cats defender Andrew Mackie, team-mate Joel Selwood and Hawthorn captain Sam Mitchell.

Western Bulldogs midfielder Adam Cooney made the team for the first time, but did not attend the function because of illness and also a sore knee, but the Bulldogs are confident Cooney, one of their most important players, will be fit for Friday night's preliminary final against the Cats.

Geelong had an astonishing nine players named in last year's team and this time they had 10 in the initial squad of 40.

Full-back Matthew Scarlett received his fourth selection, while midfielders Gary Ablett, Joel Corey and Jimmy Bartel and forward Steve Johnson also backed up from last season.

The Geelong players named last year who did not make the team were Cameron Mooney, Cameron Ling and Darren Milburn.

Harley was named vice-captain of the All-Australian team under Carlton star Chris Judd, who received his third selection and was made captain of the side for the first time.

The team:

B: Dale Morris
Matthew Scarlett
Tom Harley
HB: Luke Hodge
Nathan Bock
Sam Fisher
St Kilda
C: Jimmy Bartel
Joel Corey
Adam Cooney
HF: Steve Johnson
Nick Riewoldt
St Kilda
Brent Harvey
F: Brendan Fevola
Lance Franklin
Paul Medhurst
Foll: Dean Cox
West Coast
Chris Judd (Capt)
Gary Ablett
IC: Corey Enright
Matthew Pavlich
Matthew Richardson
Aaron Sandilands

The other first-time All-Australians are Adelaide key defender Nathan Bock, St Kilda defender Sam Fisher, Hawthorn full-forward and Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin, Collingwood small forward Paul Medhurst, Western Bulldogs backman Dale Morris and giant Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands.

West Coast ruckman Dean Cox, North Melbourne forward Brent Harvey and Pavlich joined the five Geelong players in making the team for the second-successive year.

Arguably the most popular choice was Richmond utility Matthew Richardson, who has reinvented himself this season as a tall wingman. One of the most liked players in the competition, Richardson was named for the third time - and his first since 1999.

Richardson will be the sentimental favourite for next Monday night's Brownlow Medal.

The other members of the All-Australian team are Carlton key forward Brendan Fevola, St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt and Hawthorn half-back Luke Hodge.

Franklin was also presented with his Coleman Medal as the league's leading goalkicker.


Bruce Kennedy
St Kilda has something going for it
Our veteran analyst rates St Kilda, statistically, "has something going for it" for the weekend – more ...


Match Review Panel – Finals, Week 2
Koschitzke and Barry escape charges
St Kilda key forward Justin Koschitzke is free to play in Saturday's AFL preliminary final against Hawthorn after he had a rough conduct charge dropped by the match review panel.

Koschitzke was reported during Saturday's semi-final for slinging Collingwood defender Shane Wakelin to the ground in a heavy tackle.

Because of a previous poor record at the tribunal, Koschitzke faced a suspension if he was charged and found guilty. But the panel ruled that the big Saint's action was not unreasonable, as his tackle was all in the one motion.

"The player (Koschitzke) would not have been aware the ball was out of bounds, nor that Wakelin had disposed of the ball during the tackle," the panel said in a statement.

Sydney defender Leo Barry also had a charge of striking Western Bulldogs forward Shaun Higgins in Friday's game dropped.

The panel ruled that Barry used an open hand in an attempt to intercept a handball from Higgins, rather than to strike him.

Incidents involving Ryan Hargrave and Scott Welsh were also examined before the panel decided there was no wrongdoing by the Bulldogs pair.

The Tribunal will not be required this week.


Martin Windsor-Black
Saints swap in September
MWB in his trawls has just noticed an interesting twist with St Kilda that since the First Semi-Final in 1998, their fortunes have alternated – more ...


l Voss adds Wayne Brittain to Lions' coaching panel
Michael Voss has added senior coaching experience to the Brisbane Lions' match committee with the recruitment of former Carlton boss Wayne Brittain.

His key responsibility will be Brisbane's midfield.

Andrew Hamilton of The Courier-Mail details: Brittain began his coaching career at Brisbane under Robert Walls and served an apprenticeship as senior assistant to David Parkin at Carlton before taking over the reins as head coach for 2001-2002.

After he took the Blues into the finals in 2001, the side slumped in 2002.

He was replaced for 2003 when dual premiership-winning Kangaroos coach Denis Pagan switched camp after a decade at the Roos.

Brittain then joined Richmond, where he worked under Danny Frawley until he returned to Brisbane at the end of 2004.

For the past two seasons he has helped the Lions identify their first selection in the national draft, and coaching the Zillmere Eagles in the AFL Queensland competition..

Brittain was considered a brilliant tactician, and it was widely known that he ran the Blues on match day even when he served under Parkin.

Brittain joins former Voss teammates Justin Leppitsch, Craig Lambert and Adrian Fletcher as assistant coaches.


WAFL Sandover Medal
Peel's Ballantyne wins honour by two votes
Peel Thunder goal sneak, Hayden Ballantyne, has topped off a 75-goal breakout season to be named the 2008 Sandover Medalist announced in Perth on Monday night.

Footygoss reported the 21-year-old, who is the second Peel player to receive the honour after Alistair Pickett in 2002, received 41 votes just ahead of West Perth’s Callum Chambers who got 39.

Perth centreman Ross Young, who only played 12 matches before breaking his collarbone, was third with 28 votes, one ahead of Subiaco full forward and Sandover favourite, Brad Smith.

The WAFL website noted Ballantyne is the 100th recipient of the medal and had his name etched in history along some of the most recent winners when an engraved paver was laid in his honour along Haydn Bunton Drive on Sandover Medal Walk.


Monday, September 15

All-Australian team
Geelong expected to dominate selection

Geelong will go close to the record they set a year ago when the AFL All-Australian team is announced on Monday night.

Fox News report: The Cats had nine representatives in the season they won their historic premiership and have been even more dominating than last year, losing just one match.

They had 10 players named in the initial All-Australian squad of 40, from which the final team of 22 is picked.

Cats midfielder Cameron Ling was among several notable omissions from the initial group, along with Collingwood onballer Leon Davis and Essendon ruckman David Hille.

Ling is one of three Geelong All-Australians from last year who did not make the squad.

Forward Cameron Mooney also missed out and key defender Matthew Egan has not played this season because of injury.

But captain Tom Harley, fellow defenders Corey Enright and Andrew Mackie and second-year midfielder Joel Selwood are in line for their first All-Australian honours.

Geelong's Brownlow Medal favourites Gary Ablett and Jimmy Bartel, full-back Matthew Scarlett and forward Steve Johnson are all certain to earn selection again.

The other Cats named last year, midfielder Joel Corey and defender Darren Milburn, also have strong claims.

Several other players pick themselves, particularly Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin (Hawthorn), Carlton spearhead Brendan Fevola, North Melbourne small forward Brent Harvey, St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt, his team-mate Sam Fisher, Hawks backman Luke Hodge, Western Bulldogs onballer Adam Cooney, Carlton captain Chris Judd, Adelaide key defender Nathan Bock and Hawks clearance specialist Sam Mitchell.

Richmond star Matthew Richardson, who has re-invented himself this year as a tall wingman, will be a popular choice for his third All-Australian selection.


Stab Kicks ...

n What an interesting pair of semi-finals –
both winners kicked 106pts, 16.10-106 and 17.4-106,
closely related losing scores, 9.15-69 and 9.18-72,
and winning margins of 37pts and 34pts – there's always a parallel.

n Appropriately, the preliminary combatants on Friday and Saturday (Gee-WB and Haw-StK) most recently met in Round 16, nine weeks back, which followed their meetings in Round 16 in 2007 – doesn't the AFL computer come up with some marvellously inventive combinations?
And, to top it off, both pairs have met on 144 occasions.

n Following Sydney's defeat at the hands of the Bulldogs on Friday night, 34-year-old Peter Everitt announcement his retirement from League footy after 290 games with Sydney (38, 2007-08), Hawthorn (72, 2003-06) and St Kilda (180, 1993-2002).

n You'd have to be 'blind Freddy' not to recognise a less than subtle thin edge of the wedge push for a night grand final with both Preliminary Finals booked for after dark on Friday and Saturday. Someone keeps stealing MY bloody game. Of course I could be wrong and the TV stations are really doing the right thing to all the football supporters on Saturday to make is "easier" for them to see their local footy in the afternoon.

n There's always another story ...

They said it ... Rohan Connolly
Lack of thrills aside, top four's ascent shows finals system is in good shape
Rohan Connolly writes in The Age: For the seventh time in the nine Septembers since the second version of the final eight was introduced, the four teams on the ladder after 22 rounds will fight it out for a spot in the grand final. And isn't that the way it should be? Surely there has to be some sort of decent reward for the work completed over the previous five-and-a-bit months, and the double chance, the opportunity of a week's break, and, at the very least, guaranteed hosting rights has ensured there is – more ...


Michael Rogers
Club summary files
n As Collingwood and Sydney bow out for the season, they are added to the Club Summary Pages.
n Club summary files await your attention ...
16 – Melbourne  8 – North Melbourne
15 – West Coast  7 – Adelaide
14 – Fremantle  6 – Collingwood
13 – Port Adelaide  5 – Sydney
12 – Essendon  
11 – Carlton  
10 – Brisbane  
  9 – Richmond  


Sunday, September 14

Finals, Week 2
St Kilda crush the Magpies

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

St Kilda 17.4-106
Collingwood 9.18-72

Nick Riewoldt's superb individual performance of five goals and 15 marks provided his side a passage to next Saturday's preliminary final against Hawthorn when St Kilda comfortably defeated Collingwood in the semi-final played in top conditions of Saturday night at the MCG.

Yahoo! Sport reported: In one of the great performances of Riewoldt's eight-year career, he imposed himself on the game with three goals in the first quarter.

He sent a scare through the St Kilda camp late in the game when he looked to have twinged his ankle but spent the last few minutes on the bench resting as St Kilda won by 34 points.

The forward's game typified his side's dramatic turnaround from last Sunday when St Kilda were smashed by Geelong and Riewoldt was well beaten, by young Cat Harry Taylor.

St Kilda's win, before a crowd of 76,707, gave them a chance to atone defeat in preliminary finals in 2004-05 and ensured the top four sides of the home and away campaign will play off on the penultimate weekend of the season.

It also kept alive the dream for Saints veteran Robert Harvey, who set up his side's first three goals with pinpoint passes, knowing defeat would have meant the end of his 21-year career.


Worth your attention
Patrick Smith writes in The Australian – AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou considers the plan to license a side in western Sydney in 2012 to be on target and remains optimistic it will prove both timely and successful – more ...


Fraser Gehrig calls it a day
St Kilda full-forward Fraser Gehrig announced his retirement at a club function before Saturday's semi-final win over Collingwood at the MCG.

Gehrig retired at the end of last season, but changed his mind and was re-drafted by the Saints with the No. 57 pick in the NAB AFL Draft.

He played five games in 2008 and kicked just nine goals after suffering chronic arthritis in his hand at the age of 32.

Gehrig played 260 AFL games with St Kilda (2001-08) and West Coast (1995-2000), kicking 549 goals. He kicked 103 goals in 2004 to win the Coleman Medal, which he also took out the following season – AFL webpage


Saturday, September 13

Finals, Week 2
Bulldogs too good; Sydney run out of steam

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

Western Bulldogs 16.10-106
Sydney 9.15-69

The Western Bulldogs returned to form with a vengeance, to burn off Sydney in their knockout AFL Second Semi-Final played in fine conditions at the MCG on Friday night to advance to their first preliminary final in a decade – the crowd was 42,731.

Having limped into the finals on the back of five losses in the final seven home and away rounds, then been belted by 51 points by Hawthorn in a qualifying final last weekend, the 'Dogs entered the match under enormous pressure.

But they responded superbly, displaying their best form in months to turn what had been a tight contest in the first half into a thumping win.

From late in the first half until early in the last quarter, the Bulldogs kicked 10 goals to one to turn a nine-point deficit into a 43-point lead, ensuring Sydney's season would end.

Significantly, the 'Dogs rediscovered the intensity in the physical contests missing in recent weeks, outpointing the Swans in the packs and tackling with enormous ferocity.

Having beaten the Swans in those elements of the game – normally Sydney's hallmark – they destroyed them with their ability to move the ball with speed and skill from one end to the other.

The Bulldogs had plenty of good players, but midfielders Matthew Boyd and Ryan Griffen were as good as any.

Boyd led the way in the midfield packs and tackled strongly, while Griffen cut the Swans up with his run and long kicking.

The Bulldogs now challenge Geelong in the Preliminary Final next week.


They said it ... Sydney Morning Herald

Indeed, if the (NRL) game's suits were chuckling about the crowd of 19,127 who attended the Swans' elimination final last weekend, they should've stopped last night. There was no time to laugh, anyway. You were too busy wincing.

Andrew Webster, Sydney Morning Herald, September 13, 2008

The crowd reported at the Sydney Football Stadium numbered 18,343.


l Hall of Fame member Bob Quinn passes away
Australian Football hall of famer, Bob Quinn, died on Friday in an Adelaide nursing home aged 93.

Quinn, a Rat of Tobruk, played for Port Adelaide in the SANFL from 1933 to 1947 and also captained and coached the club.

He twice won the SANFL's Magarey Medal, and was the state's captain and coach from 1945-47, and is also a member of the Port Adelaide and South Australian Football halls of fame.

Quinn, inducted into the Australian Football hall of fame in 1996, was also a war hero, earning a military medal for his actions in Tobruk in World War II.

Port Adelaide president Greg Boulton said in a statement, "his never-say-die attitude is typical of a man whose bravery and determination as a footballer and soldier enabled him to win a Magarey Medal in 1938, earn a military medal in 1941, and then come back to win a second Magarey Medal in 1945 after being wounded at war."

Stab Kicks ...

The Western Bulldogs earned the dubious honour of becoming the first team to incur an interchange penalty in an AFL final. Ten minutes into the second quarter Tim Callan's urgency in getting on to the ground caused him to run outside the interchange gate – two thick yellow painted lines. The infringement resulted in the Doggies being stripped of possession, just as Shaun Higgins was lining up for goal from about 45 metres.

Under the league's interchange laws – Sydney were awarded possession from the centre of the ground and given a 50-metre penalty to boot. So instead of Higgins aiming to kick a goal that would have put the Bulldogs 11 points up, Tadhg Kennelly had the chance to put Sydney in front – however, he hit the post with his shot.

n North Melbourne has received a $50,000 suspended fine from the AFL after it found a Kangaroos director placed bets on a game involving the club.
ABC Online reported: Ron Joseph placed two losing bets of $300 on last year's qualifying final between the Kangaroos and Geelong.
The club has accepted the penalty but admitted Mr Joseph was unaware of the AFL's gambling policy.
North Melbourne directors and staff will also have to undergo gambling education.

n Sydney TV viewers have been duded again – though program guides earlier in the week said it would a *live* match on Channel 10, tonight's St Kilda-Collingwood semi-final has been shunted and will be on a near 90-minute delay – meaning a TV replay will start around 8.50pm. ABC radio is much more reliable as the match is played. Tune over to News Radio at 7.30pm on 630AM in Sydney.

n The Swans ended their season with seven defeats from their last 10 games. When Sydney won six-straight in the middle of the season they did so against teams which were ranked on the ladder at, 13th (Essendon), 10th (Port), 11th (Richmond), 13th (West Coast), 9th (St Kilda) and 16th (Melbourne).

n There's always another story ...


Friday, September 12

Finals, Week 2
Scott Burns and Luke Ball both selected
Sydney have doubts on Luke Ablett
Bulldogs make only one change
Magpies dump Rhyce Shaw

Collingwood skipper Scott Burns and courageous St Kilda midfielder Luke Ball have both been named to return from injury for Saturday night's AFL 2nd semi-final at the MCG.

Yahoo! Sport reported: Burns has missed the Magpies' past two games with a calf strain, while Ball has been out for five games with a hamstring injury.

Collingwood dropped Rhyce Shaw from the side that beat the Crows in Adelaide last weekend, in their only change.

The Saints made two changes, with youngster David Armitage the other inclusion, breaking into the team for the first time since round 17. Xavier Clarke and Charlie Gardiner were dropped from the side that lost badly to Geelong last weekend.

The Western Bulldogs added some defensive cover ahead of Friday night's clash with Sydney, with young tall Stephen Tiller replacing midfielder Farren Ray in their only change.

Tiller, 21, has played only nine games this year and 14 in his career, but the Bulldogs are wary of the danger posed by Swans forwards Barry Hall, Adam Goodes and Ryan O'Keefe. Ray was dropped after a poor performance in last weekend's big qualifying final loss to Hawthorn.

The Swans named the same 22 that beat North Melbourne last weekend, but coach Paul Roos said there might yet be a change ahead of Friday night's match. He said midfielder Luke Ablett was "a little bit sore", with Craig Bird the likely replacement should Ablett fail to take his place.

l Lions take Olympian as high-performance manager
The Brisbane Lions have turned to quadruple Olympian and dual medallist Daniel Collins as the man to help new coach Michael Voss mould his players into the fittest unit in the AFL next season.

Collins – who represented Australia in kayaking in Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004 – has been appointed the Lions' high-performance manager. Voss said Collins would be a valuable asset to the Lions because his Olympic experiences always had him on the cutting edge of advancements in sport – The Australian

l Carlton: Judd wins John Nicholls Medal
Carlton skipper Chris Judd has taken out the club's best and fairest award, the John Nicholls Medal, at a gala ceremony at Crown Palladium on Thursday night.

Judd, 25, played 21 games in his first season with the Blues and polled 472 votes to take the award ahead of rising star Marc Murphy (417) and full-forward Brendan Fevola (373).

The AFL webpage reports the John Nicholls Medal is the latest in a long line of prestigious accolades the former West Coast captain has gathered over his 155-game career.

n 2008 Club Champions, Best & Fairest awards – more


They said it ...
"AFL are a class act"
On the back of reports of a drop of more than 5% in the average number of TV viewers for AFL telecasts in 2008 was due to "soft markets" in Sydney and Brisbane ...

Melbourne-based media buyer Harold Mitchell said the ratings dip was no threat to expansion. "The AFL is the premier winter sport in Australia by far," he said. "It has enormous attraction for advertisers. Ratings variations occur from time to time but they are not of concern. Advertisers will still queue up to get involved. The AFL is a class act."

The Age, September 12, 2008


Martin Windsor-Black
I was intrigued by Michael Rogers analysis of the goalkickers which appeared yesterday in the Diary.

With players like Buddy who averages about 9 shots on goal a game and Roughead, is it any wonder that these two kick half the teams goals?
– more ...


Michael Rogers
Rambling, just rambling ...
The "Premiership" Quarter
The Qualifying Final v St Kilda was the 13th time this season that Geelong has kicked 6 or more goals in the third quarter. Their previous best was 12 in 1992.  Geelong now equals Carlton in 1980 and Sydney in 1987 with most 6 plus goal 3rd quarters in a season.

The 3rd quarter of Qualifying Final was also the 19th third quarter won by Geelong this season, equalling their record for a season set in 1991 and 2007.  The most third quarters won in a season is 21, set by Richmond in 1980 and matched by Essendon in 2001.

Remaining finalists opponents ladder rounds 2-22
The table below how many matches each of the remaining finalists played against teams positioned either 1st to 4th, 5th to 8th, 9th to 12th or 13th to 16th at the time of the match. (Round 1 is not taken into account.)
The "W" column shows how many of those matches were won.
  1 – 4 W 5 – 8 W 9–12 W 13–16 W
Geelong 6 6 5 4 4 4 6 6
Hawthorn 4 2 5 4 7 5 5 5
St Kilda 4 1 6 2 4 4 7 5
Collingwood 5 2 6 5 5 1 5 3
West.B'dogs 4 3 8 4* 5 3 4 4
Sydney 5 0 3 0* 8 7 5 5
  Least Most * Draw Prepared using TMRdb ©

This year Sydney never defeated an opponent who was in the top 8 at the time of the match.
St Kilda only won 3 out 10 matches against opponents placed in the top 8 when played. Of the six only Collingwood and St. Kilda were defeated by teams in the bottom 4.
Vagaries of the draw are also highlighted.
Geelong only out of the top 4 for R1 had the most top four encounters with 6. (If the draw was more regular you would think that being one of the top 4 for all but one round would decrease their chances of playing a top 4 side significantly.)
Sydney had 13 matches with teams placed in the bottom 8 at time of playing, whereas the Bulldogs had only 9.


Leonard Colquhoun

l 2008 attendances, Rounds 16-22
Footystats devotee Leonard Colquhoun has completed his annual observation of crowd attendances over the concluding seven rounds ... more


Stab Kicks ...

n Carlton has announced the re-signing of key defender Jarrad Waite (for three seasons) as well as youngsters Jordan Russell and Joe Anderson (for two more years).

n The Statewide League in Tasmania is certain to go ahead next year as Clarence joined North Launceston, South Launceston and Launceston, Burnie, North Hobart and Hobart to be part of it. And last night, Devonport voted to climb aboard. Glenorchy and Lauderdale are expected to add their names in the coming days – Mercury, Hobart

n There's always another story ...


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
St Kilda v Collingwood
Loser 2QF v Winner 2EF
West.B'dogs v Sydney
Week 3 – Preliminary Finals
Winner 1QF v Winner 2SF
Geelong v West.B'dogs
Winner 2QF v Winner 1SF
Hawthorn v St Kilda
Week 4 – Grand Final

Winner 1PF v Winner 2PF

Thursday, September 18, 2008

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NAB Cup 2008 Match Review
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September 18
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)
Peter Everitt (Sydney)
Jeff Farmer (Fre)
Shannon Grant (NM)
Robert Harvey (StK)
Ben Holland (Mel)
Danny Jacobs (Haw)
Mark Johnson (Fre)
Nigel Lappin (Bri)
Andrew Lee (Ess)
Ryan Lonie (Col)
Ben Mathews (Syd)
Beau McDonald (Bri)
Andrew McDougall (WB)
Shaun McManus (Fre)
Mal Michael (Ess)
Hugh Minson (WB)

David Neitz (Mel)
Adam Ramanauskas (Ess)
Jess Sinclair (NM)
Greg Tivendale (Rch)
Shane Wakelin (Col)
Luke Webster (Fre)

Michael Wilson (PA)

2008 delistings noted:

Steven Armstrong (WCE)
Jace Bode (Mel)
Ryley Dunn (Fre)
Courtney Johns (Ess)
Chad Jones (WCE)
Damien Peverill (Ess)
James Thomson (WCE)
Issac Weetra (Mel)
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

after finals

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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

Finals, Week 1
2nd Qualifying Final
Haw 18.19-127
v WB 11.10-76
1st Elimination Final
Ade 14.10-94 v Col 19.11-125
2nd Elimination Final
Syd 17.8-110
v NM 11.9-75
1st Qualifying Final
Gee 17.17-119
v StK 8.13-61

Finals, Week 2
Friday, September 12
2nd Semi-Final
WB 16.10-106
v Syd 9.15-69
Saturday, September 13
1st Semi-Final
StK 17.4-106
v Col 9.18-72

Finals, Week 3
Friday, September 19
1st Preliminary Final

Geelong v West.B'dogs, MCG, 7.50pm
Saturday, September 20
2nd Preliminary Final

Hawthorn v St Kilda, MCG, 7pm

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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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Martin Windsor-Black

Sneaking to the top; last hurdle woes
MWB in his trawls has just noticed an interesting twist that St Kilda since the First Semi-Final in 1998, their fortunes have alternated.

12/09 1998-1SF-MCG – Mel 15.17-107 v StK 7.14-56 by 51pts
01/09 2001-R22-MCG(n) – Haw 13.9-87 v StK 13.11-89 by 2pts
03/09 2004-2QF-BCG(n) – Bri 23.11-149 v StK 10.9-69 by 80pts
10/09 2004-2SF-MCG(n) – StK 16.11-107 v Syd 8.8-56 by 51pts
17/09 2004-1PF-FP(n) – PA 14.10-94 v StK 13.10-88 by 6pts
03/09 2005-1QF-FP(n) – Ade 8.9-57 v StK 10.5-65 by 8pts
16/09 2005-1PF-MCG(n) – StK 9.11-65 v Syd 15.6-96 by 31pts
02/09 2006-R22-BCG(n) – Bri 7.15-57 v StK 16.12-108 by 51pts
10/09 2006-2EF-MCG(n) – StK 10.12-72 v Mel 13.12-90 by 18pts
01/09 2007-R22-MCG – Rch 13.14-92 v StK 14.18-102 by 10pts
07/09 2008-1QF-MCG(n) – Gee 17.17-119 v StK 8.13-61 by 58pts
13/09 2008-1SF-MCG(n) – StK 17.4-106 v Col 9.18-72 by 34pts
20/09 2008-1PF-MCG(n) – Haw v StK ??

This 12 game alternating streak beats the previous September record of 10 games held by Collingwood from 1975-EF to 1979-1SF.

A loss to the Hawks will increase this streak to 13.

Hard to imagine that just 2 years ago, the Demons defeated the Saints in a final!

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

2008 Australian Football Media Awards
Here is the full list of 2008 AFMA Award winners and commendations:

ALF BROWN TROPHY – Caroline Wilson, The Age

Commended: Matt Thompson, SEN; Nick Smart, Gold Coast Bulletin; Shane McInnes, 3AW

– Caroline Wilson, The Age
Commended: Damian Barrett, Herald Sun

Commended: Patrick Smith, The Australian

Commended: Caroline Wilson, The Age

Commended: Glenn McFarlane, Sunday Herald Sun, Jake Niall, The Age

– Wayne Ludbey, Sunday Herald Sun
Commended: John Donegan, The Age; George Salpigtidis, Herald Sun; David Callow, Slattery Media; Vince Caligiuri, The Age; Sebastian Costanzo, The Age
Commended: Sebastian Costanzo, The Age; Darren Tindale, Sunday Herald Sun; George Salpigtidis, Herald Sun; Aaron Francis, The Australian

On the Couch, Fox Sports
Commended: Before the Game, Network Ten

– ABC Grandstand, ABC Radio
Highly Commended: The Rub, Triple M

– TELEVISION – Nathan Buckley, Channel Seven
Commended: Robert Walls, Network Ten

Commended: Mark Maclure, ABC Radio

Commended: Stephen Quartermain, Network Ted

Commended: Dennis Cometti, 3AW
MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS REPORTER – Craig Hutchison, Nine Network

Katherine Firkin,
Bruce Howard, Darren Tindale and Jessica O'Donnell, Sunday Herald Sun
John Donegan, The Age


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