AFL Footystats Diary, December 3, 2016


Week 1046

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

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Dec 1: Vince Rugari reports on the AFL webpage that the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has announced the mark – one of Australian Football's most-distinctive features – will be officially introduced to Gaelic football as of January 1st.
    Gaelic footballers will be given five seconds to move the ball on unimpeded after taking a clean catch from an opponent or teammate's kick.
    A mark will only be awarded from a kick-out, and only if the player marks the ball on or beyond the 45m line.
    Presently, play does not stop in Gaelic football when a player takes what would be deemed a mark in AFL.
    The rule has been successfully trialled in lower divisions and is designed to encourage more aerial contests – or what the Irish call 'high fielding'.
    The AFL and GAA have agreed to play a two-Test series in Australia next year on November 11 and 18; venues are yet to be determined.


Nov 30:
St Kilda has finished in the black for the first time since 2010, announcing a $1,107,311 profit for the financial year.
    An additional 7,500 members were signed up bringing the final number to 38,101.


Nov 29: Geelong has posted its first financial profit in three years. The Herald Sun reported the Cats announced a net profit of $2.3 million for the 2016 financial year.
    With a record membership of 52,195, Geelong's spending in their football department rose to $23.2 million.
    The Costa brothers – Robert, Anthony, Kevin and long-serving president Frank – collectively stumped up $3 millions, continuing their legendary mark on the club.


Nov 26: ASADA has taken aim at disgraced sports scientist Stephen Dank after his appeal against a lifetime ban from sport was formally thrown out by the AFL Appeal Board on Monday, as Rohan Connolly reported in The Age.
    Dank, who failed to attend his own hearing at the AFL last Monday, citing a medical emergency, was given until last Friday to produce documented proof as to why he did not show up.
    After failing to respond to that demand, the League announced it had dismissed his appeal.
    ASADA was quick to weigh in after the announcement, releasing a statement in which it said Dank should "not be allowed near any athlete in the world, ever" – more ...


Nov 26: Essendon kept the suspense to the last minute, refusing to declare their hand even to the player they eventually chose, before finally calling out the name of 18-year-old Andrew McGrath with their first No.1 pick in an AFL draft held at Sydney's Horden Pavilion on Friday night and nationally televised on Fox Footy.
    Michael Gleeson noted in The Age that McGrath becomes the shortest of all No.1 picks in 30 years, the first player less than 180 centimetres tall, but he is a powerful, versatile player who plays tall, belying his height.
    A 400-metre hurdler who won multiple national championships as a schoolboy, he is an elite athlete who has played in midfield and defence as a rebounding runner but can also shut a player down or go forward and kick a goal – more ...


Nov 24: The Age reports Melbourne's financial position continues to mirror their onfield resurgence, the AFL club posting a profit for the third year running.
    The Demons reported a profit of $720,218 for the year ending 31 October 2016, but conceded they received $230,000 in AFL equalisation funding on top of the base league distribution received by all clubs.
    Membership grew to record levels, with 39,255 signing up for the 2016 season, and complemented strong home game attendances, which saw over 330,000 people attend home games – an increase of 72,000 compared to 2015 – more ...


Nov 24: Collingwood announced an operating profit before depreciation of $1,551,350 for the financial year ending 31 October 2016 – (2015 - $1,880,927).
    The result is the 16th consecutive operating profit Collingwood has recorded and one built upon a strong membership base of 74,819 members – more ...


Nov 22: Jon Pierik reported in The Age that law firm Slater and Gordon has revealed that an in-principle agreement has been reached between Essendon FC and 18 current and former players who suffered loss as result of the club's 2012 supplements program.
    The Bombers announced a $9.8 million loss last season, including $4.5 million in player compensation claims and legal fees – more ...


Nov 20: Brisbane's horror season ended with a loss of $1.78 million chiefly brought about the payout to sacked coach Justin Leppitsch, declining membership and poor attendances. The result follows the $700,000 loss Brisbane posted for 2015.


Nov 16: Richmond will report a deficit of $80,257 for the financial year ended 31 October.
    The Club generated an operating surplus of $1.2 million but after amortisation and depreciation, a small loss will be reported.
The Tigers generated revenue of $47.5 million, an increase of $825,000 year-on-year.
    On-field performance saw match day attendances drop 14.6% across the season and this had a significant impact on the final result, as did bad debts related to two club sponsors which totalled more than $300,000 – more ...


November 16: ABC Grandstand reported
Greater Western Sydney (GWS) midfielder and former number one draft pick Lachie Whitfield has been suspended for six months by the AFL for a breach of the anti-doping code.
    The League's investigation into accusations that Whitfield conspired to evade a drug test started last August but was first reported in September, before the Giants maiden finals campaign.
    Former Giants administrators Graeme Allan and Craig Lambert have received 12-month suspensions for their role in the incident.

November 16: Peter Rolfe in the Herald Sun noted the average weekly wage of $5800 per AFL player is weighed with the average salary of a Hawthorn listed player in 2015 who drew $332,808
or $6400 a week.
    West Coast ranked second on an average salary of $329,011, in front of Collingwood where the average is $327,421.
    The Western Bulldogs showed out as the League's lowest-paid with an average salary of $257,050 which is expected to soar on the back of this year's premiership.


November 15: The AFL Commission has retrospectively awarded the 2012 Brownlow Medal to midfielders Trent Cotchin (Rch) and Sam Mitchell (Haw) after Essendon's Jobe Watson ceded the game's highest individual honour in wake of his doping ban.
    The Age reported the Commission went into Tuesday's meeting split over whether to present the medal to Cotchin and Mitchell who finished equal second, or to leave that year blank in the history books.
    The pair would be awarded their medals in Melbourne next month at a date and place to be confirmed.

Nov 15: Essendon FC has recorded an operating loss of $9.8 million for the 2016 financial year.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport decision had a number of direct and indirect financial impacts on the Club’s bottom line, including;
The net additional cost of player compensation claims and legal fees – $4.5 million
The associated costs of the short-term contracted player program – $1.5 million
A reduction in consumer and commercial revenues, and match receipts – $3.1 million
    In addition, there was a non cash cost of $806,000 in writing off certain assets at Windy Hill, which are no longer in use, per accounting standards – more ...

November 14: The Age reported Collingwood football operations boss Graeme 'Gubby' Allan has agreed to a 12-month suspension as a result of the Lachie Whitfield drugs saga.
    And Brisbane Lions welfare manager Craig Lambert will also miss a year of football for his role in helping Whitfield avoid drug testers in 2015. Allan and Lambert were with Greater Western Sydney at the time.
    The charges relate to an incident in May last year when Whitfield stayed at Lambert's house for three days, on the advice of Allan, allegedly to avoid drug testers.
    Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik reported Whitfield's punishment has yet to be confirmed, but he was close to agreeing to a six-month suspension but remains hopeful he can return to training in mid March.
    Allan's absence will be a major blow for coach Nathan Buckley, who will be fighting to save his career next season after the Pies' poor recent seasons.
    It is understood the AFL is also looking to strip the club of two early draft picks, possibly a first- and second-round selection in national draft on November 25
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November 11: The Age reported Jobe Watson is handing back his 2012 Brownlow Medal, won in the year he was involved in Essendon's doping program.
    Essendon officials took responsibility for Watson's right to the medal being called into question and apologised to the 31-year-old and his family.

November 10: What is an annual headache for AFL clubs has raised its head again – Hawthorn heads a list of seven clubs for failing to keep the League posted about
the whereabouts of players in a breach of the anti-doping code.
    The Herald Sun reported the Hawks were fined $7500 for three breaches, West Coast and Geelong $5000 for two breaches while Collingwood, Essendon, the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda fined $2500 for one breach apiece.
    Clubs must keep the AFL updated on where their players are at all times so they can be subjected to random drug tests conducted by ASADA.


November 8: The AFL has confirmed to Fairfax Media that the pre-season competition will no longer be named the *NAB Pre-Season* following the decision of the bank on October 10 to become the official sponsor of the women's competition.
    The format of the pre-season competition won't change for 2017 – each club will play three games in four weeks – the name of "challenge" is likely to change at the discretion of the new sponsor.
    NAB has been the official naming rights sponsor of the pre-season competition since 2006, when what was the Wizard Cup became the NAB Cup. Before that it was the Ansett Cup, the Foster's Cup and originally the Panasonic Cup in 1988.

November 7:
Nine AFL clubs were due to return to training this day according for Fox News –
Adelaide: Monday November 21
Brisbane: Monday November 7
Carlton: Monday October 31
Collingwood: Monday November 7
Essendon: Monday November 7
Fremantle: Monday November 7
Geelong: Monday November 21
Gold Coast: Monday November 7
GWS Giants: Monday November 21
Hawthorn: Monday November 21
Melbourne: Monday November 7
North Melbourne: Monday November 14
Port Adelaide: Monday November 7
Richmond: Monday November 7
St Kilda: Monday November 7
Sydney: Monday November 21
West Coast: Monday November 14
West.B'dogs: Thursday November 24

November 2: The AFL formally completed its purchase of the 54,000-seat Docklands Stadium.
     Documents for the agreement understood to be worth $200 million were signed in October but the completion of financial transfers occurred on Wednesday.
     The AFL had been due to take ownership in 2025 for $30 but opted to buy it earlier.


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Reminiscing – Past seasons in review since 1950
Here’s some nostalgia, musing on past campaigns in a very different era.

Going to the footy in Melbourne in 1965 was still like it was pre-war, with run-down facilities at most grounds, and the most basic provision of comforts, frightful loos, a maelstrom of bodies and hands to buy food and drinks. Food = pie or hot dog (a burger was too hard for the provenders). Drink = beer. Most patrons got to venues by train or tram, although more and more were using their cars. Parking was often 20 minutes walk away from the ground
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Australian Football (official title of the code)

Whether it is called Australian Football, Australian Rules Football, "Aussie Rules", the VFL, the AFL, Australia's only indigenous football code is officially titled 'Australian football'.
   It has never been officially referred to as 'Australian rules football'. Such terminology has only ever appeared in the form of football journalism, coined by different writers.
   AFL refers to the elite Australian football competition known as the Australian Football League.
   The insult of "Aussie Rules" equates to an offence of the words "aerial ping–pong".


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