Teams of the Century
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Sydney on May 2, 2003 released a list of nominees for their South Melbourne-Sydney team of the century.
The team to be announced at a dinner in Sydney on August 8, 2003 will comprise 22 players and four emergencies.
The 63 nominees include Brownlow winners Bob Skilton, Gerard Healy, Greg Williams and Paul Kelly, champion forwards Roy Cazaly, Bob Pratt and Tony Lockett, premiership star Herb Matthews and games record-holder John Rantall.
Coach Paul Roos and current-day players Stuart Maxfield, Michael O'Loughlin and Daryn Cresswell were also nominated.
Roos' predecessor Rodney Eade and Vic Belcher, Jack Bissett and Charlie Pannam were nominated as the club's best coach.
Defenders David Ackerley, Jack Austin, Mark Bayes, Vic Belcher, Mark Browning, Dennis Carroll, Rod Carter, Jim Cleary, Ron Clegg, Jim Dorgan, Andrew Dunkley, Bill Faul, Fred Goldsmith, John Heriot, Ron Hillis, Arthur Hiskins, Hugh McLaughlin Snr, John Rantall, Ian Roberts, Paul Roos, Joe Scanlan, Jim Taylor, Bernard Toohey.
Midfielders Terry Brain, Jim Caldwell, Harry Clarke, Daryn Cresswell, Gerard Healy, Paul Kelly, Herb Matthews, Stuart Maxfield, David McLeish, David Murphy, Rick Quade, Keith Schaefer, Wayne Schwass, Bruce Sloss, Bob Skilton, Mark Tandy, Len Thomas, Billy Williams, Greg Williams, Steve Wright.
Forwards Peter Bedford, Gary Brice, Warwick Capper, Roy Cazaly, Bernie Evans, Bill Gunn, Graeme John, Tony Lockett, Barry Mitchell, Len Mortimer, Tony Morwood, Laurie Nash, Michael O'Loughlin, Bob Pratt Snr, Peter Reville, Austin Robertson Snr, Graham Teasdale.
Rucks Jack Bissett, Jack Graham, Barry Round.
Coach Vic Belcher, Jack Bissett, Rodney Eade, Charlie Pannam.
Team of the Century selectors
Team of the Century Chairman of Selectors. Played 164 games for the Swans between 1970-1980 kicking 111 goals, Best and Fairest winner in 1976, captain 1977-1979 and coach from 1982-1984.
Former Sports journalist for 3AW and one of the selectors for the AFL Team of the Century. Former Manager of Australian Cricket team and Sports journalist for 3AW.
Former player and President of the Swans Past Players in Melbourne. Played 153 games between 1958-1968 kicking 39 goals. Selected in the 1961 interstate carnival. Vice-captain to Bob Skilton and runner-up Best and Fairest in 1964.
Former player and captain of the Swans from 1986-1992. Played 219 games for the Club between 1981-1993 and kicked 117 goals. Was also selected to play representative football for both NSW and Victoria.
Co-author of "The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers" (with Russell Holmesby).
TEAM OF THE CENTURY
ACKERLEY, DAVID 1979-85, 138 games, 12 goals. Safe and dependable back pocket who won club best and fairest in 1980 and 1982.
AUSTIN, JACK 1930-38, 140 games, 19 goals. Reliable back pocket who was rated one of the Swans' best in the 1933 grand final win over Richmond.
BAYES, MARK 1985-98, 246 games, 174 goals. Versatile player who excelled at centre half-back. Played in 1996 grand final and won best and fairest in 1989.
BELCHER, VIC 1907-20, 226 games, 62 goals. Powerful defender-ruckman who is the only man to have played in two red and white premiership sides (1909 and 1918). Club captain in 1913 and 1920 and captain-coach from 1914-17.
BROWNING, MARK 1975-87, 251 games, 138 goals. Dashing defender or centreman. Club captain from halfway through 1984 through 1985 and 1983 B&F.
CARROLL, DENNIS 1981-93, 219 games, 117 goals. Superbly dependable across half-back line. Club captain from 1986-92 and represented both Victoria and NSW.
CARTER, ROD 1980-90, 217 games, 1 goal. Ultra-tough full-back who hated any opposition goal. Stuck leach-like to opponents and was utterly reliable.
CLEARY, JIM 1934-48, 222 games, 6 goals. Wonderfully reliable full-back known as "Gentleman Jim". Swan best and fairest in 1941 and '44 and a regular Victorian representative.
CLEGG, RON 1945-54 and 1956-60, 231 games, 156 games. Champion centre half-back or centre half-forward who won a Brownlow Medal in 1949. Club captain in 1953-54 and 1957 and captain-coach from 1957-60. Best and fairest in 1948-49 and 1951.
DUNKLEY, ANDREW 1992-2002, 217 games, 11 goals. Super-courageous full-back who was acting captain when Paul Kelly was restricted by injuries from 1999-2001. Wonderfully reliable.
FAUL, BILL 1932-38, 117 games, 2 goals. Part of the Swans' Foreign Legion of the 1930s, West Australian Faul was runner-up in the 1932 Brownlow Medal count and won club best and fairest that year. A dashing but safe half-back flanker, he coached the Swans from 1960-61.
GOLDSMITH, FRED 1951-59, 119 games, 107 goals. The first specialist full-back to win a Brownlow Medal (1955), Goldsmith was a magnificent mark and kick. He represented Victoria 10 times. He also could star at full-forward and topped the club goalkicking with 43 goals in 1957.
HERIOT, JOHN 1958-68, 153 games, 39 goals. The finest full-back of his era, Heriot was a superb mark and a long kick. Served as Bob Skilton's vice-captain and represented Victoria at the 1961 Carnival.
HILLIS, RON 1929-37, 137 games, 16 goals. A tall, elegant full-back who often had the better of Collingwood goalkicking legend Gordon Coventry. Club best and fairest in 1930 and 1935. Missed the 1933 premiership through injury.
HISKINS, ARTHUR 1908-15 and 1919-23, 185 games, 56 goals. One of South's early stars, "Poddy" Hiskins was famous for his long-kicking and dashes downfield. He was one of South's best from a half-back flank in the 1909 grand final win over Carlton.
McLAUGHLIN, HUGH Snr 1929-34, 96 games, 0 goals. A tough, but dashing half-back who played in the Swans' 1933 premiership side and in the losing 1934 grand final side.
RANTALL, JOHN 1963-72 and 1976-79, 260 games, 8 goals. A superb defender with every skill, Rantall captained the Swans in 1969 when Bob Skilton was sidelined through injury and in his own right in 1972. Still holds the record for the most games (260) with the Swans.
ROBERTS, IAN 1979-91, 157 games, 33 goals. A superbly-reliable and courageous back pocket specialist who grew up barracking for the Swans. Rarely made a mistake.
ROOS, PAUL 1995-98, 87 games, 19 goals. Former Fitzroy legend who gave the Swans wonderful service across the half-back line in the twilight of his career. One of the Swans' best in the 1996 grand final loss to North Melbourne. Appointed Swan coach late in 2002.
SCANLAN, JOE 1923-31, 148 games, 12 goals. A solid and reliable defender, Scanlan captained the club during 1928 and from 1930-31. He represented Victoria six times.
TAYLOR, JIM 1949-61, 153 games, 35 goals. Tough, dashing defender-ruckman who protected smaller teammates. Swans best and fairest in 1953 and 1957 and a regular Victorian representative.
TOOHEY, BERNARD 1986-91, 129 games, 76 goals. Tough-as-teak half-back who could pinch-hit up forward. Regular Victorian representative who topped the club goalkicking in 1989 when shifted to full-forward late in the season.
CALDWELL, JIM 1909-19, 155 games, 34 goals. One of the great centreline players of his era, Caldwell had pace, skill and judgement. He captained South to victory in the 1918 grand final and was a regular Victorian representative.
CLARKE, HARRY 1926-35, 147 games, 34 goals. A classical centreline player with exceptional skills, Clarke was one of the Swans' best in the 1933 grand final win over Richmond. He won the best and fairest that year and represented Victoria 11 times.
MATTHEWS, HERB Snr 1932-45, 191 games, 17 goals. A truly gifted footballer, Matthews excelled across the centreline and had exceptional pace. One of the Swans' best in the 1933 grand final win and won a Brownlow Medal in 1940. Best and fairest in 1936-37, 1939-40 and 1943. Club captain from 1938-45, including a stint as captain-coach in 1939. Non-playing coach from 1954-57.
MAXFIELD, STUART 1996-2003, 153 games, 71 goals (to Round 5, 2003). A dashing winger with great pace, skills and a magnificent long left-foot kick, Maxfield was appointed club captain on the retirement of Paul Kelly at the end of the 2002 season.
McLEISH, DAVID 1969-80, 213 games, 22 goals. Reliable and steady winger who also could play at half-back. Gave the Swans wonderfully durable service.
MURPHY, DAVID 1984-93, 156 games, 92 goals. Brilliant, free-flowing wing specialist whose kicking to position was pin-point perfect. Represented Victoria and was named All-Australian in 1988.
SCHAEFER, KEITH 1947-53, 102 games, 22 goals. A graceful and consistent centreman, Schaefer won the club best and fairest in 1952 and was regarded as one of the elite players of his era.
THOMAS, LEN 1927-38, 187 games, 56 goals. Champion centreman who was blessed with great speed and natural skills. Was named among Swans' best in 1933 grand final win. Club best and fairest in 1931 and 1938.
WILLIAMS, GREG 1986-91, 107 games, 118 goals. Prolific possession-winning centreman famous for his ball-reading and ability to bring others into the play. Won a Brownlow Medal in 1986 and a regular Victorian representative.
BEDFORD, PETER 1968-76, 178 games, 325 goals. Highly-skilled utility with superb ball-winning ability. Won a Brownlow Medal in 1970 and won club best and fairest awards from 1969-71 and in 1973 and 1975. Captain from 1973-76 and leading goalkicker from 1971-73.
BRICE, GARY 1970-79, 171 games, 101 goals. Tough, reliable half-forward or winger who had the strength to crash through packs.
CAPPER, WARWICK 1983-87 and 1991, 90 games, 317 goals. High-flying, flamboyant full-forward who topped the club goalkicking each season from 1984-87, with a season's best of 103 goals in 1987.
CAZALY, ROY 1921-24 and 1926-27, 99 games, 39 goals. A follower who often rested up forward, Cazaly's name was used as a catchcry "Up There Cazaly" by Diggers in World War II. Club captain during 1927, inaugural club best and fairest in 1926 and coach from 1937-38. Topped the goalkicking in 1921-22.
EVANS, BERNIE 1978-85, 148 games, 212. Cheeky rover with great goal sense. Evans won the club's best and fairest in 1984
GUNN, BILL 1952-59, 104 games, 101 goals. Dangerous and clever half-forward flanker with great goal sense. A regular Victorian representative, he captained the Swans in 1955 and topped the goalkicking in 1956.
JOHN, GRAEME 1964-69, 77 games, 97 goals. Superbly-talented and courageous centre half-forward who took spectacular marks and brought teammates into play. Non-playing coach from 1973-75 and also served as the club as president.
LOCKETT, TONY 1995-99 and 2002, 98 games, 462 goals. The most prolific goalkicker in AFL history, with 1360 goals. Lifted the Swans immediately on his move from St Kilda and his post-siren behind against Essendon put the Swans into the 1996 grand final. Topped the club goalkicking each season from 1995-1999, with a best of 121 goals in 1996. He won the John Coleman Medal as a Swan player in that season and again in 1998 (109 goals).
MITCHELL, BARRY 1984-92, 170 games, 214 goals. Hard-working, dedicated rover-forward whose work around the packs was invaluable. Best and fairest in 1991.
MORTIMER, LEN 1906-15, 153 games, 289 goals. Known as "Mother", Mortimer was South's first goalkicking hero. He was considered the most accurate shot for goal in his era and played in the 1909 South premiership side. Mortimer topped the club goalkicking in each season from 1906-1912, with a best tally of 50 goals in 1909.
MORWOOD, TONY 1978-89, 229 games, 397 goals. Marvellously-skilled half-forward whose courage was inspirational. Topped the club's goalkicking with 56 goals in 1979 and with 45 goals in 1982.
NASH, LAURIE 1933-37 and 1945, 99 games, 246 goals. A truly great player at either centre half-forward or centre half-back, Nash was a star in the 1933 grand final win over Richmond. He won the best and fairest in 1937 and topped the goalkicking with 37 goals that year. Nash also topped the goalkicking in 1945 with 56 goals. He once kicked 18 goals for Victoria in a match against South Australia and coached the Swans in 1953.
O'LOUGHLIN, MICHAEL 1995-2003, 167 games, 247 goals (to Round 5, 2003). Gifted forward with silky skills and deft goalkicking ability. Swan best and fairest in 1998 and All-Australian in 1997 and 2000. Topped club goalkicking in 2000 (53 goals) and 2001 (35).
PRATT, BOB Snr 1930-39 and 1946, 158 games, 681 goals. One of the game's great full-forwards, Pratt was a freakish mark and a wonderful ground player. He topped the Swan goalkicking each season from 1932-36 and again in 1939. His best season's tally was 150 goals in 1934, an AFL record shared with Hawthorn's Peter Hudson (1971). Pratt topped the "ton" of goals in consecutive years from 1933-35.
REVILLE, PETER 1925-34, 156 games, 207 goals. One of the finest forwards of his era, Reville excelled on a half-forward flank with his high marking and long kicking. He was one of South's best in the 1933 flag win over Richmond.
ROBERTSON, AUSTIN Snr 1927-37, 154 games, 250 goals. Arguably the fastest man to play League football, Robertson was world professional sprint champion and his pace made him a formidable forward to counter. Topped the club's goalkicking from 1929-31.
TEASDALE, GRAHAM 1975-81, 125 games, 138 goals. A truly magnificent high mark, Teasdale dominated the air during his 1977 Brownlow Medal season. He also won the club best and fairest that season, as well as the goalkicking. He also topped the club goalkicking in 1975 as a full-forward.
JACK BISSETT 1932-36, 90 games, 9 goals. A big, strong ruckman, Bissett used his weight freely to break open packs for smaller teammates. A Victorian representative, he was South captain-coach from 1933-36, his tenure including the 1933 flag win over Richmond.
GRAHAM, JACK 1935-49, 227 games, 233 goals. A superb ruckman with great aerial skills and the knack of palming the ball to his rovers. Graham also could play in a key position. He captained the Swans from 1946-58 and was best and fairest in 1945.
BARRY ROUND 1976-85, 193 games, 157 goals. Started with the Swans as a centre half-forward but developed into a magnificent ruckman. The big-hearted Round won a Brownlow Medal in 1981 and captained the Swans from 1980-84. Club best and fairest in 1979 and 1981.
CRESSWELL, DARYN 1992-2003, 227 games, 188 goals (to Round 5, 2003). Hard-working midfielder with unquestioned courage and limitless team commitment. Club best and fairest in 1994 and All-Australian in 1997.
HEALY, GERARD 1986-90, 81 games, 87 goals. Highly-skilled ruck-rover with great leadership qualities and prolific ball-winning ability. Won Brownlow Medal in 1988 and club best and fairest each season from 1986-88.
QUADE, RICK 1970-80, 164 games, 111 goals. Wonderfully loyal club servant, he was a tireless ruck-rover who excelled in body contact. He once was credited with 40 possessions in a match against Fitzroy. Best and fairest in 1976, captain from 1977-79 and non-playing coach from 1982-84. Also served the club as chairman of selectors and as a director.
SCHWASS, WAYNE 1998-2002, 98 games, 57 goals. Gave the club invaluable service after moving from the Roos. A huge-possession winner, Schwass delivered the ball to perfection. He won the club best and fairest in 1999.
SLOSS, BRUCE 1910-14, 81 games, 44 goals. One of the greatest players of his era, Sloss was named Champion of the Colony in 1912. A follower (ruck-rover) with great skills, he was best on the ground in South's 1914 grand final loss to Carlton and this solo performance was rated as one of unparalleled excellence.
BRAIN, TERRY 1928-37, 141 games, 198 goals. One of South's finest players in its golden era, Brain was an important member of the 1933 premiership side. A brilliant rover with great goalkicking skills, he was best and fairest in 1934
KELLY, PAUL 1990-2002, 234 games, 200 goals. Known as "Captain Courageous", Kelly led by example. A truly inspirational leader who won the hardest of balls, he won a Brownlow Medal in 1995 and captained the Swans from 1993 to his retirement at the end of the 2002 season. He won the club best and fairest in 1992-93 and in 1996-97.
SKILTON, BOB 1956-71, 237 games, 412 goals. A legendary rover who won three Brownlow Medals, in 1959, 1963 and 1968. Super-courageous, Skilton had exceptional skills and could never be tagged out of a match. He won the club best and fairest a record nine times and topped the goalkicking three times (with a best of 60 goals in 1959). Skilton was captain from 1961-71, although he missed the entire 1969 season with an achilles injury. He also was captain-coach from 1965-66.
TANDY, MARK 1911-15 and 1917-26, 207 games, 47 goals. A brilliant rover who dazzled around the packs, Tandy played in the 1918 premiership side. He captained the club during the 1922 season. Represented Victoria 13 times.
WILLIAMS, BILLY 1945-51, 124 games, 180 goals. A brilliant rover with tremendous ball-winning ability, Williams was club best and fairest in 1946-47 and again in 1950. He topped the Swans' goalkicking in 1947 and 1951.
WRIGHT, STEVE 1979-92, 246 games, 247 goals. Tough, gritty rover with great goal sense. Wright won the Swans' best and fairest in 1985 and 1990.
BELCHER, VIC Belcher was club captain in 1912 under the coaching of Harvey Kelly, and was captain-coach from 1914-17, taking the red and white to the 1914 grand final (losing to Carlton) and making the finals again in 1917 (fourth). He had played in the 1909 premiership and, after relinquishing the position as captain-coach at the end of 1917, played in the Southerners' 1918 flag side.
BISSETT, JACK From Stawell, Bissett originally played in the League with Richmond, but was appointed South captain-coach in 1933 to replace Johnny Leonard, who had returned to Western Australia. Bissett, who played in the ruck, guided the Swans to the 1933 premiership and to three more grand finals, from 1934-36, in his four-season tenure.
EADE, RODNEY A former champion Hawthorn and Brisbane winger, Eade was appointed Swans coach in 1996 and immediately guided the Club to their first grand final since 1945. He also guided the Swans to finals appearances from 1997-99 and in 2002. He coached the Swans for a club record 152 games to his departure in 2002.
PANNAM, CHARLIE A Collingwood champion, Pannam angered the Magpies when he was appointed South captain-coach in 1923 at just 25 years of age, but although he was able to coach the Southerners from the start, he had to stand out as a player for three years. He took the club to third position in his first season in charge and then to fourth in 1924 and fifth in 1925. Pannam started playing again in 1926 and spent two years with the club as captain-coach. He coached the club in 108 matches, third only to Rodney Eade's 152 games and Ian Stewart's 111.
The Swans Team of the Century will be be announced on Friday, August 8th
Venue: The Bayside Banquet Hall, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
Time: 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Dress: Black Tie
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HAWKS NAME THEIR BEST
The Hawthorn Football Club Social Club recently conducted a poll to name the 10 Best Hawks of All Time.
On the occasion of the club's 125th anniversary, a panel of four past presidents, three ex-chairmen of selectors, two former coaches and a past captain (all of whom were not identified) looked back on almost 800 players who have represented Hawthorn in their 74 seasons of League football since 1925.The selection resulted in the following listing
1 - LEIGH MATTHEWS, 332 games, 915 goals, 1969-1985
RECOGNISED WITH MEMORIAL
MARTIN FLANAGAN recorded an important event in The Age.
On Thursday (17th) a monument to THOMAS WENTWORTH WILLS, now commonly described as the Father of Australian Football, was unveiled outside Moyston oval only a kilometre or so from the grand homestead his father Horatio constructed at Mount Ararat, three years following John Batman's founding of Melbourne.
There is every reason to believe that Tom Wills playing with Djabwurrung children observed a team game played at tribal gatherings and described as Aboriginal football by a Scottish settler, James Dawson.
The Tom Wills memorial, which was built from Harcourt granite by the Stawell firm of Cray Brothers, was the idea of Moyston identity, FRED HOMBURG (otherwise known as "Barry from the Bush"), and was jointly funded by the Westpac bank and its staff in the region.
In attendance at the ceremony was Uncle Jack Kennedy, a direct descendant of Dick-a-Dick, one of the Aboriginal players coached by Tom Wills which became the first Australian cricket team to tour England in 1868 where they recorded victory in 14 of their games. Kennedy unveiled the Tom Wills memorial with AFL historian Col Hutchinson.
As Flanagan noted: "It is a handsome tribute to a proud, solitary man whose unique contribution to the cultural and sporting life of this nation was overlooked for so long".
Herald Sun RATES MATTHEWS THE BEST
The Herald Sun for six days from July 12 to 17 presented an
attractive series of daily liftouts covering the Top 200 Footballers of the Century and
the Top 20 Coaches of the Century.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Italian Team of the Century named
The 18-man team was announced at a gala charity function in Melbourne last night after being selected from a list of 148 footballers known to be of Italian origin.
Some of the well-known players also selected in the team included Stephen Silvagni, Peter and Phillip Matera, Brendan Fevola and Robert Dipierdominico.
AFL legend Ron Barassi was named coach.
VFL-AFL Italian Team of the Century:
Neos Kosmos report continued: The Richards-Pannam dynasty, which
boasts the greatest family record in VFL/AFL history, had an astounding five
representatives in the team, including Ron Richards
KET Update: January 8, 2008
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