Saturday, September 26
End of an era
Final siren sounds for Footystats
Illness has brought an end to
I will begin radiotherapy next week on a cancerous tumour in my left lung.
At this time, Footystats has been brought up to date to the end of
the 2015 home-and-away series of 23 rounds and finals, drawing a clean line on the stats.
Thank you to the many who have helped me down the years since Footystats
evolved in 1987 to compile, present, publish and distribute a set of figures for
every game of the Victorian-based VFL (later the AFL) since 1897.
It was a simple concept but few have followed the passion and the question asked
by former Channel 7 commentator Peter Landy – "whatever did we do without
Footystats?" – may yet be answered.
Thank you to Col Hutchinson, Bruce Kennedy, Michael Rogers, Martin
Windsor-Black, Eric Sorenson and Leonard Colquhoun who are but a few of
the stalwarts who made Footystats live.
September 26, 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015
AFL Grand Final
Hawthorn wins third straight premiership
Hawthorn clinched its place in
history, winning a third straight AFL premiership with a 46-point victory over
West Coast in the grand final played on Saturday afternoon at the MCG before a
crowd of 98,633.
In the hottest grand final on record (30.8C), the Hawks dealt with the
conditions and the pressure and led for all but the first seven and a half
minutes of the game to run out winners by 16.11-107 to 8.13-61.
They also gained revenge for losing to the Eagles by 32 points in the qualifying
final at Subiaco Oval three weeks ago.
ABC Grandstand detailed Alastair Clarkson's men did what the great Hawks side of the 1980s failed
to do, sealing a hat-trick of titles following wins over Fremantle and Sydney in
2013 and 2014.
In doing so, the Hawks became the first side since the Brisbane Lions
(2001-2003) to successfully defend the title twice.
Clarkson now becomes a four-time premiership coach, joining Hawthorn playing
great Leigh Matthews, who won three straight flags with Brisbane after
winning the 1990 title with Collingwood.
West Coast was playing its first grand final since 2006 and the rust showed,
with the Eagles missing a host of chances in the first half as Hawthorn's
defence forced errors from their opponents.
The Hawks led 9.3-57 to 3.8-26 at half-time – West Coast kicked early goals in
the third quarter as the Eagles took it up to Hawthorn, but the champions
responded, booting four unanswered goals to take a match-winning 50-point break
into the final period.
It got even worse in the final term for West Coast, as Josh Hill ran into
what appeared an open goal, only for Brian Lake to smother his kick on
Hawthorn dominated across the ground, with 19 more inside 50s, 16 more contested
possessions, 115 more disposals and 14 more tackles.
For the Hawks, Jack Gunston – who was only cleared to play on Thursday
after missing two weeks of the finals with a calf injury – kicked four goals.
Norm Smith Medallist Cyril Rioli kicked two goals and set up a handful
more for the Hawks, while Sam Mitchell had 34 disposals for the winners.
It was a special win for Ryan Schoenmakers, who finally earned a winner's
medal after missing out on the Hawks' previous two grand final sides.
Match Review 2015
Saturday, September 26
What is was like 50 years
ago ... and 1955 and 1975 as well
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
always another story ...
Tuesday, August 25
Carlton appoints Brendon
Bolton as coach
Carlton coach Brendon Bolton has outlined his blueprint for
success at the AFL club but has refused to put a timeline on when that
will be achieved.
was announced as Mick Malthouse's permanent replacement on
Tuesday after the Hawthorn assistant coach's appointment was ratified
unanimously by the club's board on Monday night.
In a break from tradition, Bolton was appointed as a full-time member of
staff rather than signing a set-term contract.
"I want to try and establish a sustained platform and that's about
building relationships, it's about creating a learning environment and
it's about open and honest communication," Bolton said.
"I'm not going to sit here and put a time frame on it but we're all
going to be looking at trying to invest in people and with constant
development we'll see where that goes."
Bolton would not be drawn on his plans for the Blues' playing list or
the make-up of his coaching panel as the club still has two matches left
to play this season –
Worth attention ...
Key news web sites to follow ...
The Age, Real Footy