Deeply upset at being dumped by Essendon for the Grand Final, DEREK KICKETT after 23
successive games and 38 goals in the lead up, failed to appear on the big day, nor for any
of the following celebrations ...
<||> anything between 10-15,000 supporters (at $5 a throw) turned out to Windy Hill
on Sunday to cheer their winning stars ...
<||> BRETT CHALMERS fined $30,000 in June for hindering last year's draft setting
himself for the Crows ...
<||> new Hawk president GEOFF LORD refused to comment on report his club which lost
$430,925 last year is tipped for a further $500,000 deficit ...
<||> Tribunal video scrutiny from the Grand Final brought citings against
SEAN DENHAM (Ess) (guilty, two matches plus Foster's Cup series) and STEPHEN SILVAGNI
(Car) cleared, adding to MARK ATHORN (Car) charge not sustained and STEPHEN KERNAHAN (Car)
guilty of striking Chris Daniher (Ess) received one match plus Foster's Cup and a private
reprimand from tribunal chairman NEIL BUSSE ...
<||> at MELBOURNE, two retire, DARREN BENNETT and ANDY GOODWIN as doubts are raised
on GREG HEALY; GRAEME YEATS was told he is no longer required ...
<||> Footscray full-back TONY CAMPBELL (the man with the gloves) quits the Bulldogs
to make a tilt to America's NFL ...
<||> cash-strapped FITZROY still owing the League $250,000 (overdue 5-months and now
guaranteed by Footscray) were refused a continuing bank guarantee on a further needed
$200,000; hours after, the story was leaked to the press causing a furious Fitzroy
chairman DYSON HORE-LACY to accuse AFL personnel in a strongly worded letter to ROSS
returns on Hawks three-man panel
rumors of player dissent over pay cuts were raised at Glenferrie it was possible the new
team of PETER KNIGHTS (full-time coach), JOHN KENNEDY JNR (assistant) and BARRY ROWLINGS
(Reserves) may need all of their 600-odd senior game experience; Knights a former Brisbane
coach was more recently at Devonport where the NTFL wooden spooners failed to renew his
<||> North sign coach DENIS PAGAN thru 1997 ...
<||> the Saints expected to finish $280,000 in the red ...
<||> 42,719 saw WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS win their first SANFL flag when they crushed
Norwood, 17.20-122 to 7.7-49 ...
<||> TOOHEYS, rival brewer to the AFL's long-term benefactor and major sponsor CUB,
signs on the MELBOURNE club in a five-year, $2m deal ...
<||> KEN SHELDON joins SOUTH ADELAIDE as coach ...
<||> the Nine Network ink Rugby League telecasts until 2000 for an estimated $70m
<||> AFL sues Tooheys Brewing for publishing and distributing posters of AFL players
in Inside Football ...
<||> GEELONG clinch two-year sponsor deal with Telecom worth $100,000 ...
<||> AFL agree to set up non-smoking areas at Waverley after threat of legal action
<||> COLLINGWOOD seeks support of its members to schedule seven 'home' matches each
year to the MCG ...
<||> West Coast gm BRIAN COOK revealed the Eagles did not receive a cent in gate
receipts from five 1993 away games Melbourne (MCG), Sydney (SCG), Richmond (PP),
Brisbane (BCG) and Footscray (WO) ...
<||> TONY HALL, DERMOTT BRERETON, GREG DEAR and JAMES MORRISSEY refuse new contracts
with Hawthorn ...
<||> Brereton on the eve of his marriage to TV hostess Antonia Player had long but
inconclusive talks in Sydney as well as being courted by Footscray ...
<||> after 16 years (269 games) with the Hawks, former captain and dual Norm Smith
medalist GARY AYRES quits as the Glenferrie walkout continues ...
<||> Just 20 days after the Grand Final, the rumor-mill was an active pastime
mid-October. For posterity, we record the following published predictions
Gary Ayres (Haw) to VFA
David Bain (Bri) to St Kilda
Andrew Bews (Gee) to Sydney
Dermott Brereton (Haw) to Sydney
Greg Dear (Haw) to Richmond
Jon Dorotich (Car) to Richmond
Brett Chalmers (Col) to Adelaide
Darren Cuthbertson (Mel) to Richmond
Andrew Gowers (Haw) to Richmond
Tony Hall (Haw) to Adelaide
Scott Hodges (Ade) to Brisbane
Dean Irving (WCE) to North Melbourne
Craig Lambert (Rch) to Geelong
Troy Lehman (Col) to Brisbane
Dale Lewis (Syd) to Carlton
Alastair Lynch (Fit) to Bri or Syd or Car
Barry Mitchell (Col) to North Melbourne
Craig Starcevich (Col) to Brisbane
Steven Stretch (Mel) to Richmond
David Strooper (Syd) to anywhere
Craig Turley (WCE) to Hawthorn
Nicky Winmar (StK) to Carlton
<||> Activity aplenty as Friday October 29 draft date nears, which HSV-7 will
<||> Glenferrie deficit blowout may reach $800,000 as Hawk president GEOFF LORD
frankly admits - there's been some overspending and I guess that's resulted in the
financial situation you see ...
<||> ALASTAIR LYNCH confirms a huge deal, transferring to Brisbane, landing a
body-blow to the troubled Maroons who threaten legal action ...
<||> Essendon's TIM WATSON on 298 games to play on into '94 ...
<||> Hawks wingman ANDREW GOWERS signs a one-year deal ...
<||> list trimming before the draft cut 220 players, 87 who played senior football
last year; Sydney was the busiest, cutting 22; the Bombers chopped the disgruntled Derek
<||> further pre-draft trading in exchange for picks, RICHARD OSBORNE after 15 games
with Sydney signs with FOOTSCRAY; BARRY MITCHELL (Col) to Carlton; TROY LEHMANN and CRAIG
STARCEVICH from the Magpies to the Bears (in exchange for Buckley); ROBERT WEST (WCE) to
Footscray; PAUL RIDLEY (Col) to Melbourne ...
<||> in one of the surprise trading deals Richmond captain JEFF HOGG was traded to
Fitzroy in exchange for MATTHEW DUNDAS, MICHAEL GALE and PAUL BRODERICK moving to Punt
<||> GARY AYRES joined Geelong as Assistant Coach bringing to five Hawthorn
premiership players in support roles - Terry Wallace (Fsc), Peter Russo (Mel), Rodney Eade
(NM), Peter Schwab (Rch) and John Kennedy (Haw) ...
<||> RAY YOUNG, who earned the nickname Mr Statsman as head of APB
Sports Consultants died of a massive heart attack on October 28 aged 58 ...
Balmain set to play three Rugby League games at Princes Park on April 23, May 21 and July 9. NSWRL announce NSW v Queensland
State-of-Origin will be played at the MCG on Wednesday June 8.
The AFL sprang a major surprise naming IAN COLLINS its GM of football operations beginning
November 29; the 51 year-old Collins as Carlton's CEO the past 12 years was often a harsh
critic of the Commission ... one scribe dubbed the National Draft footy's
Young Talent Time when from 1106 nominations, 66 players were chosen
with the VSFL providing 31 players, SA 13, Vic Country 5, WA 6, VFA 2, NSW 2, Vic schools
2, Tas. 1 with only four recycled AFL players. Number one choice was 17-year-old DARREN
GASPER from South Fremantle who starred in the WAFL finals. Gasper was chosen by the
Swans. In their 10-pick luxury of priority and exchange, Sydney gathered seven
17-year-olds drafted from three states, two aged 18 and the 25-year-old MARK HEPBURN the
former ruckman from the Eagles and North. Sydney were expected to eye-ball DERMOTT
BRERETON as their first choice in March ...
Optus & Telecom book their AFL numbers
<||> Magpie social club
support for move of major matches to the MCG running at 80% ...
<||> FITZROY collect $124,000 from SCHWEPPES COTTEE's in unique 8-week sponsorship
deal on product sale of SOLO soft-drink ...
<||> CARLTON promoted football manager (since 1982) STEPHEN GOUGH to CEO replacing
new AFL gm IAN COLLINS ...
<||> one of footy's hottest properties NATHAN BUCKLEY arrived at Vic Park ...
<||> Princes Park officially became OPTUS OVAL as CARLTON plugged into a deal
reported to be for $3.5m over five years with the communications company who only 24-hours
later linked themselves for another $250,000 per annum over three years with WEST COAST as
second-level Eagle sponsors behind the SGIO and Hungry Jack's meanwhile TELECOM
lined-up their long-term connection with the ADELAIDE CROWS ...
<||> The Eagles telegraphed
news which will squeeze visiting clubs to bag a profit from Subiaco in 1994 as a 12-month
$11m upgrade will reduce capacity at best to 31,000 ...
<||> former League players head for the bush as PETER FOSTER (Fsc) is named coach at
Yarrawonga; ALAN EZARD (Ess) to North Ballarat; PETER BANFIELD (Ess-Bri) at Ainslie and
SIMON EISHOLD (Mel-Rch) for Echuca ...
<||> the long-running feud over Vic Park land was finally(?) won by the COLLINGWOOD
club when the full Victorian Supreme Court ruled in favour of forcing the Council to sell
the land to the Magpies; the council were ordered to pay costs running into tens of
thousands, clubs costs were said to be $40,000; the disputed land at the corner of Lulie
and Abbott streets makes up 6% of Vic Park ...
<||> the TRANSPORT ACCIDENT COMMISSION replaced Nubrick as the major sponsor of
<||> TONY ELSHAUG (Mel-Ess-Col) is named full-time development coach at NORTH ...
<||> standard AFL admission charges may become a thing of the past as a $2.00
surcharge is suggested for all MCG matches to meet spiralling costs at the premier venue
<||> the VCA agrees for the League Grand Final to be held on October 1st in 1994 ...
<||> DERMOTT BRERETON signals he will move to Sydney in January ...
<||> Fitzroy were left in limbo when its banker, WESTPAC refused the club credit
unless the AFL would guarantee their overdraft, payable on demand. The League declined,
instead promising to meet the obligation to Westpac (not including interest) in October
1994 as part of its yearly distribution to all clubs. The Lions had 10 days to find funds
otherwise it would have either folded or been forced into a merger.
A Melbourne-based businessman emerged who told Fitzroy and AFL officials he wished to
remain anonymous, who agreed to lend the embattled Lions $750,000. On Monday November 22
the AFL accepted the arrangement ...
<||> early odds for the flag, 4-1 Essendon; 5-1 Adelaide, West Coast; 6-1 Geelong;
7-1 Collingwood; 12-1 Carlton, North Melb, St Kilda, Hawthorn; 16-1 Footscray, Melbourne;
66-1 Fitzroy; 200-1 Richmond; 500-1 Brisbane, Sydney ...
<||> RAY STEELE, 76, remembered to everyone as a gentleman died from cancer. Steele
who was a cricket luminary also played 43 games with Richmond (1940-43) ...
<||> DAVID CLOKE former Tiger and Magpie ruckman (1974-89) was appointed coach of
Port Melb ...
<||> the new season salary cap for each club was lifted $100,000 to $1.85m ... BRIAN
ROYAL (Fsc) to coach Leongatha ...
<||> significantly, in its publication of the new League draw The Age
listed the Royal Parade matches for Princes Park ...
<||> BERNIE AHERN described as 58, shy and mega-rich was revealed as
Fitzroy's 11th-hour benefactor ...
20-minute quarters three interchange
Almost four weeks later than usual, the
much-delayed draw for 1994 was released on Friday November 26th. Delays had been due to
the uncertainty of Fitzroy's future, and other factors included the curious repositioning
of North Melbourne as finishing in sixth place, below Hawthorn an important point
as the 15-club draw had been weighted in three groups of 1-5, 6-10 and 11-15
with bottom placed clubs mostly meeting the leaders of 1993 only once in the new season.
The most dramatic change was the reduction of quarters to 20-minutes plus added time thus
ending the traditional 100 minutes of football (trimming the length of a game
between five and seven minutes) and the introduction of a third interchange player.
The duration of playing time at 25 minutes of four quarters had been a 107-year-old
tradition decided upon at the Inter-Colonial Football Conference held in Melbourne on
November 4-5, 1885.
1993 research had discovered about 12 minutes playing time each match was lost at boundary
throw-ins and scores; average time lost per score was 5.84 seconds and the average number
of scoring shots per game was 56; more than six minutes playing time was lost at boundary
throw-ins and five-and-a-half minutes after a score had been made; the average length of
time-on per game in 1993 was 21 minutes.
Other highlights of the draw included - the opening on Sat-Sun March 26-27 for 24 rounds
with two byes each; Foster's Cup pre-season (including Monday night games) shortened by
two weeks; four Sunday matches for Princes Park; a significant reduction in the number of
times teams have only a five-day break; Collingwood listed for seven home matches at the
MCG; other MCG tenants to play two home games at Princes Park (the exception being the
Melbourne club); Adelaide drawn for no MCG games; no State-of-Origin in Melbourne;
Carlton, Collingwood and Essendon to meet each other twice.
Critics as usual focussed on the fact Fitzroy would travel widely again with Lions pres
DYSON HORE-LACY quoted Nothing's changed very much. Since 1987 we have played
27 out of a possible 28 interstate matches.
Seven Network sign AFL rights until 1998
<||> The League confirmed the agreement reached with the Channel
Seven Network for television rights to all AFL matches and special events until the end of
the 1998 season for an estimated $80m. AFL CEO Ross Oakley when announcing the arrangement
expressed the commitment both the League and network would work toward in building viewing
audiences in Queensland and NSW - we regard those two areas as fundamental to our
new contract and continuing long-term partnership. Channel 7 devoted 384 hours in
1993 to telecasting 145 matches including the Grand Final which attracted 1.3m viewers in
<||> the Eagles CHRIS MAINWARING was fined $500 for possessing a dangerous drug
(cannabis) and $30 for hindering police after a footy trip incident outside a Gold Coast
<||> continuing a 50-year tradition, FORD signed a new five-year sponsorship deal
with GEELONG believed worth $3m (maybe $4m) ...
<||> RICHMOND posts an $5973 profit the fifth year in the black for the Tigers;
COLLINGWOOD will list a $63,321 profit but FOOTSCRAY will come in with a $384,455 loss ...
<||> ALAN JOYCE to join ABC Radio for comments ...
<||> Magpie cricketers depart Victoria Park for Yarra Bend ...
<||> following his widely-publicised appearance in Sydney the AFL banned DERMOTT
BRERETON from further training with the Swans. A hiccup developed when it was realised
Brereton was delisted by the Hawks prior to the October draft thereby eliminating
him as a pre-draft choice in March. IAN COLLINS in one of his first major AFL
pronouncements said the ban would be lifted if Sydney gave a written guarantee they would
draft Brereton with their first choice; raising the serious question whether Brereton
indeed would be able to regain fitness to the required standard after his lengthy absence
from the game ...
<||> Newly returned CARLTON pres JOHN ELLIOTT announced a $45,103 profit after a
$212,000 loss on the Princes Park stand bearing his name ...
<||> the Queensland Government announced a $25.5m grant to redevelop the BCG
increasing capacity to 24,000 by the start of the 1996 season ...
<||> DOUG HAWKINS signed a one-year deal with the Bulldogs ...
<||> ROGER MERRETT nearing 34 will be the oldest AFL player going around in 1994
confirming he will play his 17th League season with Brisbane just as soon as he serves an
outstanding 4-week suspension ...
<||> ST KILDA believe their move of home-base from Moorabbin to Waverley has been a
financial fizzer bringing a $259,893 loss for an accumulated debt of $954,536 and the
football club operating on an overdraft of more than $158,000. To further accentuate the
Saints woes their social club will make a loss of another $150,000 ...
<||> Waverley co-tenants HAWTHORN revealed a $640,000 loss; the Hawks CEO JOHN
LAURITZ said Hawthorn in the past four years had outlayed $3.2m over and above its normal
expenditure, including $409,000 to service debt on its 42.5% ownership of the John Elliott
Princes Park stand, $1.25m on improvements to the social club and $1.5m on refurbishment
of the Michael Tuck Stand at Glenferrie, leaving an excess of assets over liabilities of
$2.4m, but facing a severe shortage of cash ...
<||> following two years of losses MELBOURNE announced an operating profit of
$29,492; an extension confirmed NEIL BALME will coach the Demons until the end of 1997
while skipper GARRY LYON signed a new four-year deal ...
<||> at GEELONG, the annual trading profit was $238,717 with the Cats reducing by
$300,000 the debt on the recent Brownlow Stand ...
<||> ESSENDON reaping rewards from their 93 Premiership posted a $388,107 profit and
now have assets of almost $2m. Their nine MCG home matches averaged 50,000 and following
the Grand Final the Bomber merchandising sales have been booming with a turnover of more
than $500,000. The interest in the Premiership Cup required six photo sessions with
supporters paying $20 for the privilege of having their picture taken with the cup. The
Windy Hill gaming operations are the most successful in the League and response to
news-ads were so strong a new deal for added dining facilities at the MCG was necessary to
accommodate associate sponsors.
to be admitted in 1995
<||> In Perth on December 14, the 16th
club was added when it was finally announced EAST FREMANTLE (formed 1898) and SOUTH
FREMANTLE (formed 1900) would combine as FREMANTLE for a 1995 entry as the AFL
Sharks . The license awarded to the WAFC carried a $4m fee payable over 10 years.
Predictions included the introduction of a "final-8", two division system, with
regular Monday night matches.
the FREMANTLE announcement by AFL CEO Ross Oakley and WAFC Chairman Dr Peter Tannock, the
League indicated the Commission had set a 16-team ceiling and plans for another team from
Adelaide would only go ahead if a Melbourne-based club fell by the wayside. The $4m
licence fee (payable over 10 years) would not be distributed to clubs but will be used
toward reduction of the existing AFL debt last season revealed as $21.4m.
The licence for the new club was granted to the WEST AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL COMMISSION which
also owns the licence for West Coast. The new licence will be sub-let to a new company
established to operate the FREMANTLE club.
COLLINGWOOD members voted overwhelmingly in favour of switching the majority of Vic Park
games to the MCG. The resolution (including proxies) was 1142-442 ...
<||> STEPHEN KERNAHAN is CARLTON captain for his 8th season ...
<||> as RON JOSEPH is named a Commissioner of NSW football, 44-year old DAVID LEVENS
director of NSW umpires for the past five years is appointed the AFLs first full-time
coach of umpires ...
<||> admission prices lifted by 50 cents making it $11.00 for the new season
home-and-away games ...
<||> ADELAIDE announce a big $1.13m profit, 80% of which will be distributed back to
SANFL clubs; the Crows enjoyed a 30% improvement with 47,000 being the average of their 10
games at Football Park ...
<||> COLLINGWOOD revealed the "New Magpies" regime had loaned FITZROY
$400,000 in 1985, a year before the Woods themselves were a day away from being wound up
<||> North's ROBERT PYMAN ordered to settle the $10,000 fine imposed last May for
breaching draft rules ...
<||> The AFL Commission promised Club presidents a new season dividend of $1.372m
and a guaranteed $12,500 for future games at Football Park ...
<||> As Australians bought 131-million Christmas cards and Melbourne experienced its
wettest December on record the NICKY WINMAR turmoil resurfaced at St Kilda with The Age reporting an altercation between
Winmar KAIN TAYLOR and STEWART LOEWE at the Saints end-of-season dinner ...
<||> Carlton Pres JOHN ELLIOTT is sued for $66.5m by Foster's, the AFL Blues major
<||> SANFL Premiers
WOODVILLE-WEST TORRENS will join the Foster's Cup series as the 16th team ...
<||> the AFL and AFLPA form a
joint-committee to hear contact disputes between players and clubs; it may be soon called
upon as year-end negotiations continue for four high-profile players PETER DAICOS
(Col), STEPHEN SILVAGNI (Car), ANDREW JARMAN (Haw) and ANDREW BEWS (Gee) ...
THE 1993 AFL FINANCIAL CUP
Footy Record to go for pre-match sales
<||> In a
further break from tradition expending back to 1912 the weekly "Football
Record is to be upgraded to editions similar to each final series and go to
sale on several Friday's coinciding with big matches; an expected cover price is $2 ...
<||> SYDNEY announced they had re-signed DALE LEWIS for a further three years; Lewis
had been widely tipped to leave. The Harbour City powers now have their eyes set on
disgruntled Tiger CRAIG LAMBERT in the March draft ...
<||> VicHealth (from their $22m) with $410,000 already committed to the Development
Foundation for junior football are to sponsor FITZROY for an eighth season with a boost in
funding to $250,000 ...
<||> Sports presenter EDDIE McGUIRE after 11 years quits TEN to head up the footy
team at GTV-9 ...
<||> after seven years, BILL GOGGIN steps down as Victorian State coach ...
<||> Brisbane offer vexed Hawk DARREN JARMAN a two-year deal ...
<||> AFL applies licence fees ranging from $5000 to $20,000 on all League practice
<||> early betting for 1994 Essendon 7/2 flag, 1/6 six; West Coast 9/2, 2/9;
Geelong 6/1, 1/2; Adelaide 6/1, 1/4; Carlton 11/1, 4/5; Collingwood 9/1, 4/6; Hawthorn
16/1, 6/4; North Melb 12/1, 1/1; St Kilda 12/1, 4/6; Melbourne 16/1, 5/4; Footscray 25/1,
2/1; Fitzroy 150/1, 14/1; Richmond 200/1, 33/1; Swans 700/1, 40/1.
<||> NEIL KERLEY joins Seven for on-ground reports from Football Park ...
<||> Monday January 10th saw training begin in earnest as ESSENDON announced their
practice match schedule starting in Darwin on January 29 and within a month the Bombers
would also play in Perth, Hobart and Adelaide ...
<||> despite charges against him by the National Crime Authority, Carlton Pres JOHN
ELLIOTT scoffs at suggestions he will be replaced as the League's longest-serving (10
years) current president ...
8 finds support
<||> A mid-January meeting between the Commission and club presidents found 13 clubs
endorsing a Hawthorn proposal for a trial of an eight-team finals series this season, a
year in advance of its expected introduction when Fremantle will be admitted in 1995; the system would be the
equivalent to playing two divisions under the old final-four system and the winners of
each division meeting in a SuperBowl style grand final ...
<||> A working party involving the SA Government and local football authorities are
investigating a $15m plan to increase seating of Football Park in Adelaide by 15,000 to a
capacity of 61,000 ...
<||> SHANE O'SULLIVAN after 15 years working with Footscray and Brisbane returns to
CARLTON as recruiting manager; last year Shane coached Oakleigh in the VFA ...
<||> logos on the football itself along with guernsey sponsorship are certainties
for the new season . only the price remains to be set ...
<||> A veteran of 207 games (1982-1993) ANDREW BEWS, a former Geelong captain at 29
signed a two-year deal with BRISBANE who will make him their first choice in the March
<||> DARREN GASPAR from South Fremantle, the 17-year old No. 1 draft pick signed a
two-year deal with SYDNEY and started training ...
<||> already one of the wealthiest ADELAIDE
($6.3m income in 1993) announced possibly the biggest-ever sponsorship deal
three-years with TOYOTA believed to be worth $3m ...
<||> Tiger marketing manager MAL BROWN joins the WAFC think-tank panel of Ross
Glendinning, John Todd, Ron Alexander and WAFC chairman Trevor Sprigg on plans for new
Fremantle side ...
<||> the Perth-based CHALLENGE BANK logo will appear for the next two years as
advertising on all League match balls in a deal worth about $300,000 each season
the revenue going toward alleviating AFL debt ...
<||> DEREK KICKETT, dumped from Essendons grand final side announced he was
quitting the AFL and was considering several offers in the country ...
<||> OZRAY PARKING, a Sydney firm were awarded a five year contract to provide
parking and cleaning services at Waverley Park ...
<||> after weeks of indecision DARREN JARMAN signed a two-year deal with HAWTHORN
<||> the AFL will closely monitor a 25-metre penalty to be trialled by the WAFL; the
50-metre penalty will be retained ...
<||> former Saints wingman GILBERT McADAM struck a three-year deal with BRISBANE adding to other recent high-profile
recruitments of Alastair Lynch, Craig Starcevich, Troy Lehman and Andrew Bews ...
<||> FITZROYS controversial forward DARREN WHEILDON stops training with the
Lions but days later signed for another-year ...
<||> GAVIN BROWN (125 games 1987-93) is appointed the 15th post-war skipper of
COLLINGWOOD and clouds the future prospects of TONY SHAW...
Age estimates top money earners
players of the 1930s were governed by the Coulter Law the average player received Three
Pounds ($6.00) a game, with this dropping to a mere Thirty Bob ($3.00) a week during World
War 2. Proving the players of today were light years away, ROHAN CONNOLLY in the columns
of the Sunday Age on January 9 estimated the earnings of some of the current
breed, indicated many were enjoying rich off-field rewards.
The AFL's top earners were understood to be Carlton players GREG WILLIAMS and STEPHEN
KERNAHAN. It was estimated Geelong's GARY ABLETT gathered an added $80,000 from recent
video sales of One Special Season which sold 20,000 copies. These players will
soon be joined by ALASTAIR LYNCH who will be playing with Brisbane for a reported $1.2m
over five years.
For the record, The Sunday Age estimates were
Practice matches and the silly season begins
Essendon opened its 1994 campaign with their first win against a combined Northern
Territory side in four visits to the Top End. Fielding almost an Under-23 side,
high-priced Sydney recruit BEN DOOLAN was a solid contributor in the 18.8-116 to 14.10-94
<||> at Subiaco a West Coast Eagles U23 side accounted for the Brisbane Bears
15-17-107 to 13.6-84 ...
<||> decidedly short of a gallop DERMOTT BRERETON turned out in a SYDNEY intra-club
<||> CHRIS LANGFORD is named captain at HAWTHORN with JASON DUNSTALL his deputy ...
<||> IAN MAJOR and ALLAN JEANS to lead a six-man team as 693AM confirm their welcome
addition to radio's footy roster ...
<||> former Carlton premiership defender and Fitzroy coach ROD AUSTIN was appointed
Victoria's state-of-origin coach ...
<||> WESTERN OVAL before the March 26 start will get a $500,000 facelift jointly
financed by the Bulldogs and the AFL. The major upgrade will include new change
rooms for Fitzroy; new Cross Street toilet block; new interchange dugout; undercover
standing room; disabled toilet facilities and asphalting of gates and entrances.
8 finds support
<||> FITZROY is once again under threat after the Lions were told by the League it
will not accept loan deals with private benefactors once the arrangement with trucking
magnate BERNIE AHERN expires.
The Lions will be forced to seek financial funding through a recognised financial
institution by the end of the year or begin merger talks.
<||> Club disenchantment with the AFLs new $5000 practice match levy brought threats
to boycott pre-season games. West Coast had already been charged with a $10,000 match levy
and had spent $38,000 to host a Brisbane U23 team on January 29 with further $32,000 costs
for the Essendon Feb 5 game at Subiaco which includes the Bombers travel and accommodation
expenses; the Bombers Norm Smith Medalist MICHAEL LONG crashed in the first quarter
injuring the cruciate ligament of his right knee resulting in surgery which may sideline
the Grand Final star for all of 1994. ESSENDON without 12 of their premiership team found
WEST COAST 15.23-113 too good for their 12.8-80 ...
<||> The three umpire system was trialled in other practice matches DERMOTT
BRERETON kicked four second-half goals as SYDNEY 11.6-72 were pipped by a steadier GEELONG
11.13-79 in front of 7000 fans at Barooga ... an on-going knee injury kept GREG WILLIAMS
out of the bruising CARLTON intra-club at Skinner Reserve; former Swans and Magpie rover
BARRY MITCHELL appeared in his third set of AFL colours picking up 20 possessions ...
ADELAIDE 11.7-73 downed a new-look BRISBANE 8.12-60 in quagmire conditions at
Coolum ... in other intra-club matches, JOHN LONGMIRE five months after a knee
reconstruction came thru a NORTH MELBOURNE hit-out at Rosebud; the TIGERS senior side was flogged by 19-goals by the
others at Traralgon, while the
FOOTSCRAY game at Waverley used 12 umpires in three-man shifts, and FITZROY at Glenferrie
were happy as former Bomber KIERON SPORN picked up 30 possessions and kicked six goals ...
pumped up by a 7-goal opening, ST KILDA 16.12-108 downed COLLINGWOOD 13.9-87 in a Monday
twilight charity encounter at Vic Park to 15,000 fans ...
insight investigation sparks finance review
<||> The financial affairs of the AFL were brought into the public arena by an
'Insight' report in The Age newspaper on February 7-8-9 which said, the League
debt was greater than previously stated and stood at $299 million in 1992; Waverley Park
in 1993 lost almost $100,000 and needed $2 million spent in repairs; promotional support
for Sydney and Brisbane was $1.8 million in 1993; $4m was spent of relocating League
offices to the Great Southern Stand and it costs $400,000 more in annual rent; AFL books
in 1991 showed the SANFL had paid $4 million in licence fees for Adelaide's admission but
in reality, the fee was being paid over 10 years.
The 'Insight' team revealed the AFL made $12.9m from radio and TV rights; $3.1m
from the Record; $3.9m from sponsorships; $1.2m from catering rights and $400,000
from car parking.
Amongst costs were $3.2m on salaries; $500,000 on legal fees; $180,000 on
consulting fees; $100,000 on entertainment; $100,000 on uniforms and equipment; $95,000 on
airfares and accommodation.
<||> PAUL KELLY is reappointed captain of SYDNEY ...
<||> BARRY CAPUANO quits after eight months as CEO of FITZROY becoming gm of the
Melbourne Tigers basketball club ...
<||> NORTH 7.13-55 clipped FITZROY 5.10-40 in a Friday twilight trial at
Sunbury amid an ultimatum from 12 players and their solicitors requiring the Fitzroy club
within 7 days to provide details of the club's financial position as certified by
auditors, copies of the 1993 accounts and the Maroons business plan and budget for 1994
<||> the highly-publicised Darwin exhibition saw PM Keating toss the coin in front
of 15,000 as the Aboriginal All-Stars combined smoothly to raise 13.10-88 and down a
strong COLLINGWOOD side 10.8-68 ... the All-Stars were coached by former St Marys, South
Fremantle and Richmond great MAURICE RIOLI ...
<||> an enthusiastic crowd at Skinner saw GEELONG 15.11-101 easily overcome
FOOTSCRAY 8.11-59 ... at North Hobart Oval, the Blues gained some revenge when they
whipped the Bombers, 19.18-132 to 11.5-71 to an estimated 15,000 ... at Waverley Park,
HAWTHORN 16.7-103 (Dunstall 6) overran ST KILDA 8.8-56 in the final term ... in a Saturday
night outing at Football Park, 26,395 saw ADELAIDE 16.10-106 win over WEST COAST 11.12-78
... in a Brisbane intra-club game with less than two minutes left, ALASTAIR LYNCH
fractured his left collarbone likely to sideline him for six weeks ... at Randwick in a
Swans intra-club outing SIMON MINTON-CONNELL kicked 7 goals as Sydney unveiled a new-look
<||> GEOFF SLATTERY in The Sunday Age gave the thumbs-up the
Final Eight is positive in every way that you look at sport in the 90s. It works for
the fans; it works for the players; it works for the backroom boys; in a strange way, it
returns the game to cut throat routines we treated as the norm in the days of the old,
traditional final four; and, perhaps more importantly, it works in a business sense not
only for today, but for the future of this marvellous game. ... a week later, KEN
McINTYRE the architect of all League finals systems since 1931 in a letter to the editor
congratulating Slattery's perception said The article assures me that the
purpose has been achieved, at least for those who have the brains to grasp it ...
<||> TONY SHAW (293 games) and PETER DAICOS (250) signed one-year deals with the
Magpies however COLLINGWOOD did not guarantee the veteran pair senior listing until
performances were measured ...
<||> FITZROY declared an audited profit of $29,939 as speculation continued with the
promise when the Lions paid an outstanding $250,000 debt, the AFL would release their
mortgage hold over the Lions North Fitzroy hotel ...
<||> SCRAY overcame a scoreless first term to runover FITZROY by 22pts in a
Wednesday practice session at Skinner ...
Income $48.8m; $29.467m distributed to clubs
<||> The AFL ANNUAL MEETING was held on Tuesday February 15 when three were elevated
to Life Membership KEVIN SHEEDY (Ess), DOUG HAWKINS (Fsc) and umpire PETER CAMERON
who retired after 306 senior matches ... on an income of $48.8m, and distribution of
$21.467m to the clubs, League debt was $17.3m after an operating profit of $28,920,
significantly better than the $423,500 loss last year ... in tribute, a portrait of the
late ALAN SCHWAB was unveiled ... the Jack Titus Award for his outstanding contribution to
football over several decades was made to BILL McMASTER (Gee) ... retiring Commissioners
GRAEME SAMUEL and RON EVANS were reappointed ...
<||> Supreme Court writs by FITZROY were served on player JAMIE ELLIOTT and the
Richmond club. Elliott who has been out of contract was signed by the Tigers but the Lions
claim Elliott had made a verbal commitment to them ...
opening FOSTER'S CUP games were both thrillers. On Saturday night at Waverley, 25,708 saw
BRAD PLAIN goal with two seconds left to clinch it for COLLINGWOOD 13.14-92 over NORTH
<||> on Monday night 18,662 at the Park watched RICHMOND 17.14-116 down ST KILDA
14.12-96 in extra time ...
<||> in practice, BRISBANE 18.13-121 lashed SYDNEY 10.13-73 at Campbelltown and in
two Waverley outings, CARLTON 13.14-92 beat MELBOURNE 12.15-87 and HAWTHORN 17.19-121 were
too good for ESSENDON 6.15-51 ...
VFA briefly flirted with a concept to move dwindling Association support to summer
<||> FITZROY gathered valuable sponsor support with a NIKE deal to provide footwear
and clothing to the Lions players worth some $5075,000 ...
<||> after many complaints new Waverley Park operators OZRAY PARKING dropped a
$3-entry surcharge on taxis ...
<||> talented Lions half-forward PETER CAVEN (23, and 39 games) quit FITZROY to sign
with SYDNEY for three years under the special assistance concession the Swans enjoy ...
Wednesday night just as GEELONG looked set for the kill, a resilient FITZROY 12.13-85 held
out the Cats 10.11-71 in a Fosters Cup tie at the Park to 9080 fans ... at Football
Park, 28,776 saw ADELAIDE 16.17-113 (Modra 7) down WEST COAST 14.10-94 in extra time ...
DEREK KICKETT set to play with GVFL club Tatura ...
<||> HAWTHORN after a $640,000 loss gathered about $350,000 by signing the
Sydney-based MEDICAL BENEFITS FUND (MBF) as joint sponsors with OZ CHILD ...
<||> FOOTSCRAY and COLLINGWOOD announced their partnership in Bulldog/Magpie Radio,
a joint commercial venture to broadcast all games involving the two clubs on FM community
stations 3WRB (Western Suburbs) and 3INR (Heidelberg). The commentary team will include
HARRY BEITZEL, GRAHAM DAWSON, TOMMY LAHIFF and former players LAURIE SANDILANDS and BRIAN
TAYLOR. The $238,000 venture includes a $20,000 rights fee to the League ...
HAWTHORN advanced in the Fosters Cup when they powered away from CARLTON in the last
term to win at Waverley on Saturday night to 26,117 fans, 14.15-99 (Dunstall 6) to
11.18-84; on Sunday at the improved BCG now boasting a 20,000 capacity, BRISBANE 18.18-126
gave promise of better things to come with a classy 32pt Fosters win over MELBOURNE
14.10-94 watched by 4728 ... in practice, Saints coach STAN ALVES blasted his charges as
ESSENDON 16.9-105 blitzed ST KILDA 6.7-43 at Koroit ... Monday night footy drew strongly
again as 26,913 attended Waverley where after a string of tight encounters, COLLINGWOOD
15.15-105 pitched RICHMOND 7.14-56 from the Cup series in a one-sided affair ...
<||> Tribunal West Coast's KARL LANGDON (who missed all but a quarter of
footy in 1993) underwent knee surgery and was suspended for three weeks on tripping;
RODNEY MAYNARD (Ade) also received a one-week holiday both from the Feb 23
Fosters game at Football Park ...
<||> On Wednesday night at Waverley in a sometimes spiteful second half, ADELAIDE
15.18-108 (Modra 4) pulled away from FITZROY 13.8-86 to only 5494 Fosters Cup fans;
the Lions lacked forwards and the difference was the precision of TONY McGUINNESS (Ade)
who gathered 40 possessions ... FITZROY discharged their $250,000 AFL debt with a $200,000
advance from SCRAY on new season earnings from their Western Oval tenancy ...
TribunalRICHARD CHAMPION (Bri) for one week on striking; DALE LEWIS (Syd) and STEVEN
KRETIUK (Fsc) were both cleared of striking charges ... several clubs pull out as former
Richmond pivot CRAIG LAMBERT nominated his salary package for the draft at $194,000
stay tuned ...
<||> At 32, after
250 games, 549 goals and two Copeland Trophy wins over 15 seasons, PETER DAICOS was dumped
by Collingwood and looked headed for the March draft; The Age editorialised
... the fat lady has been singing for some time. But it was hard to hear her
above the roar of the crowd.
14.10-94 turned a certain massacre into a respectable defeat as HAWTHORN 20.13-133
(Dunstall 8) took the Fosters Cup Saturday night outing at Waverley to 11,785 fans
... on Sunday at the Park, despite a League ruling and the prospect of a $10,000 fine
GILBERT McADAM featured as BRISBANE 6.11-47 suffered a 62pt whipping in the Cup from
ESSENDON 15.19-109 watched by 11,383 ... in practice, on a rock-hard Eaglehawk surface,
SCRAY 15.15-105 downed CARLTON 14.5-89 but good news for the Blues was, GREG
WILLIAMS came thru two quarters ... at Subiaco in oppressive 35deg heat, GEELONG 19.10-124
clipped WEST COAST 17.14-116 in the first half, GARY ABLETT (Gee) kicked 5.4 then
was rested while PETER MATERA sparkled for the Eagles ... at Moe, MELBOURNE 23.18-156
(Jakovich 7) were ruthless over RICHMOND 6.8-44 ... at York Park in Launceston, ST KILDA
15.16-106 looked better downing NORTH MELB 11.15-81 who were relieved as Roo captain WAYNE
CAREY escaped serious rib injury after a heavy fall ... without playing a match RICHARD
OSBORNE departed the Bulldogs to aim for American football in the NFL ... PETER DAICOS
retires gracefully from his 11 operations over 15 seasons by accepting an administrative
role with Collingwood and is engaged by 3AW as a commentator ...Fitzroy coach ROBERT SHAW
is fined $1000 for an outburst to umpires in the Lions Cup tie with Adelaide ... WEST
COAST, one of the AFLs wealthier clubs announced a 17% increase in its sponsorship
income adding Optus, Marlows and Quality Pacific Hotels. It takes to 25 the companies
injecting $50,000 or more into the club this season with revenue going to $2.8m ... clubs
pruned lists in advance of the pre-season draftat Collingwood apart from Peter
Daicos, MICHAEL GAYFER was omitted; also DEAN RICE (StK), SCOTT HODGES (Ade) and JAMIE
ELLIOTT (Fit) ...
On Saturday March 5 at Glenferrie a seemingly innocuous reserve grade practice match
attracted heavy media attention as DERMOTT BRERETON under the Michael Tuck Stand appeared
in Sydney colours. At half-time, in the words of Swans coach Ron BarassiI
would say its his worst performance so far.
By Monday press photos appeared resulting in AFL honcho Ian Collins calling for film of
the match with Brereton being cited. On Wednesday the player was found guilty of serious
misconduct in that he stood on the head of Hawthorns RAYDEN TALLIS in a VSFL
practice match. Brereton was suspended for seven matches, taking the 29-year-olds career
total of 189 games to 30 matches of suspension.
ADELAIDE 13.11-89 thoroughly beat COLLINGWOOD 7.10-52 to 12,222 fans at Waverley as the
Crows advanced to the Cup grand final ...
<||> BRIAN TAYLOR resigns as Prahran coach as VFA gm ADRIAN TWOMEY steps down just
five weeks off their new season ...
<||> GTV-9 expands AFL coverage introducing an hour-long 9.30pm Thursday Footy
Show on League teams anchored by EDDIE McGUIRE ... HSV-7 counters Channel
9s Sunday lunchtime Footy Show with Im Rex
Hunt, and Youre Not ...
<||> ESSENDON 15.12-102 on Saturday (without eight of their premiership team) won
thru for their sixth night Fosters Grand Final under Sheedy when they proved too
good for HAWTHORN 13.9-87 (Dunstall 7) to 21,418 fans at Waverley...
<||> in practice, SYDNEY 15.17-107 (Minton-Connell 6) powered away from SANFL
premiers TORRENS-WOODVILLE 8.6-54 in front of a lean 5762 at Football Park ... at West
Park Burnie, MELBOURNE 21.14-140 (Jakovich 7) slammed CARLTON 10.11-71 to 5000 supporters
... about 3800 were at Lavington where NORTH MELB 16.16-112 downed FOOTSCRAY 10.17-77 ...
at Sebastapol, 7000 paid $21,630 to watch BRISBANE 16.9-105 resist GEELONG 14.8-92 (Ablett
7.4) and where Cats coach MALCOLM BLIGHT called for a reduction to a hard pre-season
schedule of AFL rostered practice matches ...
<||> the Bombers press long-serving coach KEVIN SHEEDY for a contract extension to
the end of 1997 ...
<||> Highlights of the pre-season draft held on Wednesday March 16 CRAIG
LAMBERT with his expected $194,000 price tag became a Bear adding icing to a remarkable
series of off-season recruiting pick-ups by Brisbane; DEREK KICKETT (for a reported
$30,000 base and between $1500 and $2000 a game) after stints with North and Essendon
gained another League life moving to the Sydney Swans; DAVID STROOPER ex-Fitzroy and
Sydney was picked-up by St Kilda; DEAN IRVING (WCE) became a Demon as former Melbourne
player STEVEN STRETCH will play for Fitzroy ...
<||> Tribunal Essendon ruckman STEPHEN ALESSIO on a video citing from the Cup
semi, was found guilty of standing on the back of Hawthorns JOHN PLATTEN and
suspended for five matches ...
<||> PETER MATERA the 1992 Norm Smith Medalist signed a two-year deal with the
<||> In the final practice matches, over five quarters of play at the Geelong West
Oval, GEELONG 19.17-131 (Ablett 5) downed HAWTHORN 15.16-106 ... in a high-scoring affair
at Princes Park, CARLTON 20.19-139 defeated ST KILDA 21.5-131, with the Saints resigned to
losing crack forward STEWART LOEWE for the opening rounds after aggravating an old groin
injury ... at Skinner Reserve, NORTH 24.19-163 demolished SYDNEY 6.8-44 ... while at Vic
Park, MELBOURNE 5.17-47 were found wanting against a positive COLLINGWOOD 16.10-106.
Bombers barn-storm into 1994
On Saturday March 19 at Waverley 43,925 paid $232,237.30 to watch Essendon complete
back-to-back Fosters Cup premierships and illustrate they are a genuine chance to
take out successive day flags. The Bombers took another $104,500 in prize money, taking
control in the second half, showing they were always going to win.
Who knows what would have happened had the Crows forward Tony Modra kicked accurately in
the opening term and given Adelaide the sort of quarter-time lead they deserved.
Gary ODonnell (Ess) was awarded the Michael Tuck Medal for his best on-ground
performance and teammate Darren Bewick led the onslaught.
The Crows left too much to too few under the Waverley lights.
|Goals ESSENDON: Salmon 3, Bewick 3, Manton 3, Mercuri, Hird,
ODonnell, Dale Kickett, Olarenshaw, Somerville. ADELAIDE: Modra 3, Brown 2, Lee,
Tregenza, Ricciuto, Jarman. Best ESSENDON: ODonnell, Bewick, Manton, Misiti,
Calthorpe, Olarenshaw. ADELAIDE: Ricciuto, Smart, Pittman, Brown, McDermott, Lee. Umpires
G. Dore, B. Sheehan, G. Caulfield.
approves three umpires
AFL umpires sacrificed a pay rise to subsidise the introduction of the third man in
white reported Tony de Bolfo in the Herald Sun. The AFL Commission
endorsed the introduction of the three-umpire system five days before the start of
the home-and-away series.
According to AFL chief executive Ross Oakley, the umpires had agreed to forfeit 50% of a
pay increase they were to receive this year to help fund the extra umpire.
Without the full increase, the third umpire will cost clubs $840 per game with overall
cost for the season being approximately $9000 each. The $840 is calculated on the average
cost of umpires who are paid on a sliding scale.
The introduction ends the two-umpire system introduced in 1976.
preliminary is forecast by Sheahan
Leading Herald Sun journalist Mike Sheahan noting the success of the
Fosters Cup final at Waverley when nearly 44,000 saw Essendon defend its title
against Adelaide said coupled with the determination of senior AFL officials
to minimise any differences in the preparation for all four teams in the two Preliminary
Finals in the new final-eight format, a night match looks certain.
Sheahan speculated further Even if an interstate team is involved, if that
team is Adelaide, the two Preliminary Finals would be played at the MCG (afternoon) and
Football Park (under lights). The only certainty on Preliminary Final day is that the MCG
will host one of the games in accordance with the contract between the AFL: and the
Melbourne Cricket Club.
Mike concluded The idea of a night Preliminary Final will be sold on the
desire to give all possible grand finalists seven days to prepare for the climax to the
IAN COLLINS head of AFL football operations confirmed he will be addressing examples of
collusion and apparent player amnesia at recent Tribunal hearings, thus threatening to end
an age-old footy tradition ...
<||> BRISBANE were fined $7000 for breaching rules by playing the ineligible GILBERT
McADAM in the March 6 Cup match against Essendon ...
<||> League gain CUB sponsorship for an October 15 exhibition between CARLTON and
RICHMOND at The Oval in London ...
<||> two community radio stations 3WRB and 3INR won the first round of a legal
action by 3AW who tried to stop them covering Collingwood and Footscray matches. The
Federal Court ordered costs against 3AW ...
Tony Modra kicks 13.3
205,746 attend first round
playing twenty minute quarters for a place in the Final Eight; three on the inter-change
bench; three central umpires bouncing the Challenge Bank ball -- our game of old, was a
game of the new as the 98th season of the competition formed in 1897 embraced the nation
anew on Saturday, March 26th.
The district cricket finals were still on, as was the Sheffield Shield final in Sydney,
and our Australian batsmen were 6/241 overnight in the Third Test at Durban in South
Bright sunny conditions greeted first round Melbourne fans with temperatures in the high
20s, enough for goal umpires to shed their familiar long white coats for
short-sleeve shirts, alongside boundary umpires who were wearing fluorescent pink
wrist-bands. Among further changes, teams wore guernseys with sponsor names on the back
for the first time.
At the MCG on Saturday to 39,741 fans, when the Eagles PETER SUMICH steered thru his fifth
goal 15 minutes into the third term, West Coast had a 33pt lead over Essendon and it
looked as though the 1992 AFL giant had
re-awakened. The Bombers seemed dead-and-buried then with elements of last years
preliminary performance broke thru with a goal from first-gamer Che Cockatoo Collins, and
a quarter later after the lead had changed four times in the term, the out-of-touch Don
PAUL SALMON just as he did in round 16 last year kicked his only goal of the day to give
his club a narrow three-point success, 12.10-82 to 11.13-79 ... to 19,100 at the Western
Oval, Richmond almost broke a 12-year first-round losing sequence when it came back from a
6-goal half-time deficit to fall just two points short against Footscray, 17.11-113 to
17.9-111 ... it took Collingwood until the last term to head the unfancied Fitzroy at Vic
Park for the Magpies to eventually scratch out an 11pt win, 17.12-114 to 16.7-103 in front
of 25,602 ... the days only blow-out came at Waverley where Hawthorn 23.15-153
thrashed co-tenants St Kilda 15.7-97 before 29,582 who saw JASON DUNSTALL (Haw) kick 9.3
before departing at three-quarter time with a thigh injury ...
The three Sunday games were full of interest at the BCG (crowd 7901), the Swans
stunned the Bears with a wasteful 6.8-44 in the first quarter and only in the dying
minutes did a much-relieved Brisbane break back to snatch a 10pt win, 13.21-99 to 12.17-89
an already wounded Brisbane suffered further as prized-recruit GILBERT McADAM had
his jaw broken in two places and former Geelong ruck-rover ANDREW BEWS had his nose broken
in two places ... leading throughout, the Demons with a potent forward line (Jakovich 8.8,
Lyon 5.1) demolished the Cats by 65pts at the MCG before 39,741 with MELBOURNE 26.18-174
break a 37-year old record in club-to-club contests with the Corio Bay boys; GEELONG with
16.13-109 continued their run of disappointing openings; ROD GRINTER (Mel) was booked by
two umpires for a career 11th time ... from a 5.45pm kick-off, 44,953 at Football Park saw
ADELAIDE 22.18-150 blitz CARLTON 13.6-84 with the Blues held to a scoreless second term.
The Crows full-forward TONY MODRA created a new League first round record kicking 13.3 ...
<||> ROUND ONE FOCUSthe Demons score topped their 57-R9-MCG of 23.16-154
against Geelong ... Carltons second term without a score was their first since
68-R16-WO against Scray ... Modras 13.3 topped five previous tallies of 12 dating
back to TED FREYER (Ess) in 1935; earlier paper-talk said Tony Modra considered retirement
due to personal pressures placed on him ... with time added when the ball went
out-of-bounds, reduction in the length of matches went unnoticed ... new Swan DEREK
KICKETT in his opener found himself playing in VSFL (Reserve Grade), against his old club,
Essendon ... ALAN JOYCE (3LO) and PETER DAICOS (3AW) made their debuts as commentators ...
the racism issue returned when insensitive comments were made by Ted Whitten (GTV-9) and
Rex Hunt (HSV-7) ... Melbournes ROD GRINTER the most suspended player of the
post-war era was cleared for only the third time in eight years when two charges from
Sunday were withdrawn ...
<||> Sydney lodge a bond of $2000 claiming new evidence is available to re-open
DERMOTT BRERETON suspension case ...
<||> from video, MICHAEL WERNER (Syd) is cited over BCG clash on Sunday with GILBERT
McADAM (Bri) ...
<||> glandular fever lays stylish ruck-rover SCOTT RUSSELL (Col) low after 91
consecutive matches ...
<||> the Springvale v Prahran night game will open the Association season on Friday
April 15 the first VFA match for
premiership points under lights since games at Albert Park in 1958 ...
for Tim Watson
high for Easter
& Blues slump
Sat-Sun-Mon, April 2-3-4: The fans rolled out for the Easter split round played in
near-perfect conditions with 234,097 attending the seven matches, topping 1990s
second round of 188,396 and the Easter split of 1992 when the record of 206,990 was
established. The highlight was the Monday MCG clash of traditional rivals Carlton and
Collingwood which drew 85,063 where League supporters farewelled the Magpies PETER DAICOS
who ran a lap-of-honour before the match.
On Saturday at Waverley, the Demons confirmed their emergence as a potent force under Neil
Balme when they blitzed Hawthorn with a 9.1 opening. The Hawks without the injured Jason
Dunstall lost captain Chris Langford early and never troubled the smoothly coordinated
Demons who dominated the packs with captain GARRY LYON playing his 150th, MELBOURNE
17.16-118 (Jakovich 4.10), HAWTHORN 8.16-64 in front of 29,581 ... at Princes Park to
24,872 fans, FITZROY produced a David-and-Goliath effort coming from 11pts down to kick
six goals to two in the third then hung on gallantly to down the premiers ESSENDON,
17.10-112 to 14.15-99 putting a dampener on Tim Watsons 300th senior game with him
tearing a hamstring early ... the Kangas at the MCG (27,195) thrashed ST KILDA giving the
Saints a horror start for new coach Stan Alves, NORTH 21.16-142 to 10.13-73. Tony Lockett
kicked three in the first then retired with a calf strain and RUSSELL MORRIS (StK) was
booked for striking ...
On Sunday a warm Perth day at Subiaco where construction of a new stand is under way saw
28,034 pack the reduced facilities. The Eagles and Crows fought out a tight affair until
the last 15 minutes when WEST COAST took control to double their score and ran out 19pt
winners, 14.13-97 (Heady 5) to ADELAIDE 11.12-78 ... at the MCG, 15,333 fans watched a
procession as RICHMOND 20.14-134 (Richardson 7.2) ran up a 62pt win over BRISBANE 11.6-72
who were strongly criticised for their failure by coach Robert Walls ...
The first half of the always-awaited Carlton-Collingwood clash was tense with scores level
(6.8-44) at half-time. The Magpies then romped away and put-to-question the Blues
prospects as COLLINGWOOD 14.16-100 were 34pt victors over CARLTON 9.12-66 ... to a packed
24,019 at Kardinia Park, the Bulldogs (who had only won four times at Geelong since the
Second World War) were pummelled by the Cats who opened with 7.5 and steadily went further
ahead, winning 22.20-152 (Ablett 7.6) to FOOTSCRAY 8.16-64 Garry Hocking (Gee) was
<||> ROUND TWO FOCUSthree unbeaten sides, North, Melbourne and Collingwood ...
the Demons win was their first over Hawthorn at Waverley after 11 previous failures ... it
was Collingwoods 100th win of the 208 contests with Carlton ... Geelongs 88pt
win was their best against Footscray ... Nicky Winmar returned to the Saints line-up and
was best against North ... Barry Mitchells Carlton and AFL career under a cloud,
being dropped to the VSFL ... the troubled Hawks have Jason Dunstall nursing a torn thigh
muscle and will miss at least the next two matches ... Tony Modra (Ade), from 13 goals in
the first round, held to a single goal and a bruised chest at Subi ...
<||> 22 minutes into the second term of Mondays game at the MCG, playing his
115th match MICK McGUANE (Collingwood) wrote his name into footy folklore. Recalling
legendary feats by past MagpiesRay Gabelich in the 1964 grand final and Phil
Manassas run in the 1977 replay, McGuane accepted a Damien Monkhorst handpass out of
a centre ballup, bounced the ball a record seven times along the Members wing, baulked
twice, waited, darted, dared, escaped planned shepherds and on entering the last 50m had a
ping at the Punt Road goals raising two flags and bringing the house down for one of the
more sensational moments of the Game7s Peter Landy rightly called the play,
goal of the year.
dump Terry Wheeler
Joyce takes over
Footscray swung the axe on TERRY WHEELER coach of 91 (50-40-1) matches (1990-94). The
newcomer on April 6th was former Hawthorn coach ALAN JOYCE, the man with a 72% strike rate
dumped last year at Glenferrie who will be a big plus at Western Oval but a big loss to
ABC Radio where he made an auspicious start to a commentary career. Joyce was signed to a
three-year deal by Footscray president PETER GORDON.
The Joyce decision put paid to the prospect he would be the inaugural coach of the new
<||> TRIBUNAL the Hawks DARREN PRITCHARD was found not guilty of striking Jim
Stynes (Mel) ... the charge against GARRY HOCKING (Gee) was withdrawn ... MICHAEL WERNER
(Syd) was suspended five matches for the BCG March 27 incident involving GILBERT McADAM;
it was the third occasion Werner had been outed for striking in four appearances over four
seasons ... RUSSELL MORRIS (StK) was cleared of striking Adrian McAdam (NM) ...
The AFL launched a new TV campaign in Sydney featuring a host of overseas sporting
personalitiesJohn McEnroe (tennis), Carl Lewis (athletics), Evander Holyfield
(boxing), Hakeem Olajuwon (basketball), Ian Wright (soccer), Dean Richards (rugby union)
and Sharron Davies (swimming). Developed by Campaign Palace under the theme Id
like to see that the 30 and 60 second ads were aimed to represent the games
credentials chiefly in the Sydney and Brisbane Rugby League markets.
<||> PORT ADELAIDE lodged an application to join with the SANFL to form a company
and enter the AFL in 1996, the earliest a second SA side would be permitted to join ...
<||> the League Tribunal chairman NEIL BUSSE rejected a Sydney submission to reopen
the suspension of DERMOTT BRERETON ...
<||> In team changes for the second round the Magpies failed to re-instate
TONY SHAW; Carlton after two defeats axed six players bringing back BARRY MITCHELL; the
Bulldogs dumped SIMON ATKINS to the VSFL as veteran DOUG HAWKINS headed for the
interchange bench; the Kangas added JOHN LONGMIRE; the Saints made four changes and lost
TONY LOCKETT thru injury, while the Hawks added teenagers NICK HOLLAND and RAYDEN TALLIS
who was the player offended by the Sydneys Dermie on March 19th ... RICHARD OSBORNE
returns to the Bulldogs after trying out as a kicker in Americas NFL ...
<||> deposed Scray coach TERRY WHEELER to guest as 3LO specialist commentator for
Magpie-Bulldog clash ...
<||> Blues pres JOHN ELLIOTT (later supported by Footscrays PETER GORDON)
sparks call to bulldoze Waverley Park, the land and buildings with a League
book value of $35.9m. MIKE SHEAHAN in the Herald Sun quoting the AFL on April
9in terms of the straight operation of Waverley Park between 1970 (first year)
and 1992, the stadium contributed a net $42,382,521 to the VFL/AFL. Sheahan
warnedclubs have a less than stunning record of astute use of extraordinary
dividends from the AFL.
blitz the Hawks
Saints surprise the Dons
1000th defeat for Swans
ROUND THREE Fri-Sat-Sun, April 8-9-10: North Melbourne put paid to a 14-game long
bogey when they blitzed Hawthorn to 36,726 Friday night MCG fans. The Kangas controlled
every facet of play gaining a 127pt victory against a Hawk combination who were
insignificant in the words of their coach PETER KNIGHTS, NORTH 25.23-173,
HAWTHORN 6.10-46 ... the Saints with newly found endeavour surprised the normally slick
Bombers with a 14pt win at Waverley to 30,454 fans. The Saints were often sloppy but were
able to restrict the Dons forwards, ST KILDA 16.12-108, ESSENDON 14.10-94 ... for a game
quite un-remarkable but to it was attached great significance as 8829 fans saw the Lions
play their first home at the Western Oval. The match marked PAUL ROOS 250th
senior appearance over 13 seasons, six as captain of the Lions. He sparkled with 25
possessions as FITZROY 17.9-111 downed BRISBANE 12.6-78 ... at the MCG to 19,609, the
Eagles were too ruthless for a disappointing RICHMOND 5.9-39 to 20.15-135 (Sumich 5) for
what was the Tigers worst effort since their dark days of late 1989 ... on Sunday, 28,496
knew it was a much-relieved David Parkin as an intense CARLTON 14.15-99 posted their first
win from a GEELONG 10.10-70 who gained undeserved consolation to finish within 29pts after
being 9-goals down ... at the MCG, the Scraggers almost pulled-it-off, just failing to
deliver Alan Joyce his dream as COLLINGWOOD 14.11-95 clipped SCRAY 12.22-94 before a
disappointing 38,307 ... the Swans at the SCG to 11,068 had the spit but not the polish
coming from six goals down to within a point but couldnt go on with it as ADELAIDE
24.10-154 downed a spirited SYDNEY 21.9-135 who again received a standing ovation for of
all things, another defeat! showing just what a curious set of fans follow our code
in the northern outpost ...
<||> ROUND THREE FOCUSit was League loss number 1000 for the Swans and their
10th on the trot ... North kicked their highest score of the 133 contests with the Hawks
since 1925; the Kangas hadnt beaten Hawthorn since 1984 ... former Footscray forward
SIMON BEASLEY entered notable ranks, making his debut call of the North-Hawthorn match for
3LO and ABC Regionals ... the Maggies and Dogs gave the League its 238th one-pointer ...
TOM ALVIN (Car) played his 200th ... in an unusual VSFL sidelight, during the third term
of the Sydney-Melbourne curtain-raiser at the SCG, ADRIAN CAMPBELL (Mel) kicked, whereupon
it was marked and the ball awarded to the Swans DARREN HOLMES, who had been standing the
<||> TRIBUNAL DEAN GREIG (StK) was outed two matches for striking David
Calthorpe (Ess); ANDREW CAVEDON (Car) suspended three games for striking Peter Riccardi
(Gee); a report against LAZAR VIDOVIC (StK) was withdrawn ... (Geelong captain MARK
BAIRSTOW expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks following surgery to his right knee
<||> no stranger to hospitals, the Magpies GRAHAM WRIGHT had ankle surgery to remove
chipped bone but could be back in fortnight ...
<||> Richmond players were over-looked when Victorian selectors named a squad of 35
(to be culled to 22) for the May 3rd game versus S.A. at Football Park ...
<||> CRAIG LAMBERT ties himself to the Bears until the end of 1997; Lamberts
initial 94 deal called for a $40,000 sign-on fee, $100,000 as a base salary, $2,000
a game and $10,000 extra if he plays 16 or more games, or is in the top eight of
Brisbanes best-and-fairest ...
<||> a knee injury to sideline SCOTT LEE (Ade) for eight weeks ...
second win in 38 games
Hawks to the bottom
Surprise packet Demons
ROUND FOUR Fri-Sat-Sun, April 15-16-17: The Friday SCG encounter was a close
scrappy contest between fellow-cellar-dwellers. A game riddled with basic skill errors the
saving grace was a 14pt win for Barassis SYDNEY 11.20-86 (Minton-Connell 6) to
RICHMOND 10.12-72. The 9727 fans at last saw the Swans heading in the right direction ...
lacking leadership with the critical absence of both Dunstall and Langford, the Hawks were
but a shadow of their former selves at the Park on Saturday as the Bluebaggers with 11.3
in the third (including five goals by MIL HANNA) in front of 30,944 were 87pt victors,
CARLTON 24.16-160, HAWTHORN 11.7-73 ... 61,193 were at the MCG to watch the AFLs
early surprise packet Melbourne put the chocker on the creative talents of an
injury-sapped Bomber outfit who were starved of forward opportunities, MELBOURNE 12.12-84,
ESSEN-DON 9.12-66 ... at the Western Oval the Kangas retained their unbeaten record
holding off a spirited last term effort from the Scraggers, NORTH 17.10-112, FOOTSCRAY
14.15-99 21,630 saw a 22-year -old WAYNE CAREY (NM) play an outstanding
forwards game with 6.2 and his report by the emergency umpire ... on Saturday night
32,000 packed the WACA where the Eagles scored their first win in the Perth night since
1992 as they barnstormed to a 12-goal victory over the Lions who were beyond the pace
after the first break, WEST COAST 18.21-129, FITZROY 8.5-53 ... on Sunday, the expensive
ALASTAIR LYNCH kicked 8.3 in his debut game (first match for nine weeks) for the Bears as
they stormed home after an even first half to demolish the Saints by 53pts who were still
without both Loewe and Lockett, BRISBANE 22.19-151, ST KILDA 15.8-98 to 11.640 fans ...
the Crows left the Cats standing in a gung-ho final dash to 45,639 at Football Park when
ADELAIDE 15.14-104 downed GEELONG 11.11-77 ...
<||> ROUND FOUR FOCUSThree unbeaten sides reign, the Kangas, Demons and
Magpies ... it was an AFL first, all four interstate-based played at home in the same
round and all sides won ... 209,733 supporters provided a new record for the round,
topping the 201,790 of 1992 ... Hawthorn on the bottom of the ladder for the first time
since 1979s second round; before that, it was 1970 when the Hawks held the bottom (12th)
rung for seven weeks from round three to nine ... Carltons 11.3-69 third quarter
against the Hawks was equal to the Blues best in 115 outings at Waverley Park ... Adelaide
ruckman BRETT CHALMERS fined $30,000 for prejudicing the 1992 draft played his debut game
for the Crows ... the charge against WAYNE CAREY (NM) was withdrawn by the umpire before a
<||> the round was a three-day television feast with 15-hours from five capitals for
southern states viewers ...
<||> Carlton president JOHN ELLIOTT revealed, in company with the Melbourne City
Council and the University of Melbourne, plans to build another oval in nearby Royal Park
to provide another venue for cricket and thus free Princes Park earlier each year for
<||> high-profile business manager MAL BROWN launched a scathing attack calling the
RICHMOND board (which he works for) negative, cliquey and
Collingwood president ALLAN McALISTER named seven AFL clubs he thinks should
mergeHawthorn to join St Kilda, Fitzroy with Footscray and North with Richmond and
Melbourne. It recalled events of 100 years ago when the Magpies proposed mergers and
inclusion of Ballarat and Bendigo to the then governing VFA body, a move rejected which
led to the breakaway and formation of the VFL in 1896 ...
<||> a new statewide comp involving country centres and some VFA clubs is mooted for
1996, possibly called the Victorian Football League ...
<||> Collingwoods MICK McGUANE at Vic Park training collided with team-mate
Glenn Sandford straining the lateral ligament in his right knee to sideline the star for
at least a month ...
<||> the $6m giant colour video screen to sit on top of the Northern Stand will be
ready in time for the MCG finals ...
<||> ABC Radio adds former Essendon great SIMON MADDEN to their expert commentary
<||> TRIBUNALDEAN WALLIS (Ess) was suspended for three games on the misconduct
of kneeing David Schwarz (Mel) in the stomach; a rugged Bomber defender, it was the third
time in three years Wallis had been suspended for three matches ... ANDREW JARMAN (Ade)
from video was outed two games for striking Adrian Hickmott (Gee) ...
<||> ALLAN JEANS, former St Kilda, Hawthorn and Richmond coach who has long held
concern for the future of junior and grassroots football calls for the expansion of
existing VSFL comp to the whole of eastern Australia embracing Tasmania and Canberra,
rather than create a new statewide football league ...
<||> former captain LAURIE SANDILANDS joins the Footscray board as football
development director ...
<||> In the days following the Sunday comments of MAL BROWN on Channel 9s Footy
Show on Thursday, Tiger gm CAMERON SCHWAB resigned for personal reasons;
that night the Richmond board sat for 4¾ hours; on Friday, four board members
resignedCLAUDE ULLIN, ERIC LEECH, MICHAEL HUMPRIS and TREVOR McGINLEY; Richmond
president LEON DAPHNE while chiding Brown for using a public forum to express his
criticisms of the Board, I wanted him to stay as business manager of the club and as a
consultant to the Board...
million fans as the leaders crash
ROUND FIVE Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, April 22-23-24-25: With a half-time tally of 0.3 to 9.5
the Bears extended their losing run at Melbourne grounds to 14 (their last win was
92-R18-PP v Fit) when the Demons winning their fourth on-the trot performed a Friday night
MCG demolition to 20,946, MELBOURNE 17.15-117, BRISBANE 4.6-30 ... despite a 7.3 effort by
the Magpies SAVERIO ROCCA, the Bombers fell over the line to clip the Maggies by four
points in a tight affair to a great 74,330 ($329,328) in perfect weather at the MCG on
Saturday, ESSENDON 14.14-98, COLLINGWOOD 14.10-94 ... at Kardinia Park the Cats shut down
Norths shining stars to inflict the Kangas first loss with TIM McGRATH handing Wayne
Carey (NM capt) a hiding and GARY ABLETT kicking 7.6 from 14 shots as GEELONG 17.18-120
downed NORTH 15.15-105 to 23,580 fans ... at the Western Oval, the Swans, 44pts down at
the last break produced a landslide 8-goals to one finish for the 10,515 fans but failed
to bridge the Lions well-earned lead, FITZROY 20.17-137, SYDNEY 20.9-129 (Minton-Connell
9.2) ... at Football Park, the Bulldogs 9.2 to nil second term silenced the 44,426
parochial Crow fans and set up a worthy victory, SCRAY 19.15-129, ADELAIDE 13.15-93
... coming off successive 54, 127 and 87 point defeats, the Hawks with the returning
Dunstall and Langford carved up the Eagles to 27,385 stunned Subiaco fans by a 71pt
margin. It was the Coasters heaviest League defeat in 83 Indian Pacific outings (Subi 52,
WACA 31), HAWTHORN 19.15-129, WEST COAST 8.10-58 ... the single ANZAC Day fixture at the
Park drew 37,870 where after a traumatic week off the field, the Tigers broke back to
convincingly defeat the Saints who dropped to last place, RICHMOND 15.22-112, ST KILDA
<||> ROUND FIVE FOCUS 239,052 gave the 5th round a new crowd record, easily
topping the 206,990 Easter split round of 1992 but just under the 240,630 Anzac split of
92; the first 1,000,000 of 1994 passed thru the turnstiles ... the Demons with 4+0
now lead as the Kangas, Maggies, Crows and Eagles all suffered weekend war wounds ... the
Doggies second term thumping left Adelaide with their first scoreless League quarter;
Footscray became the first club to win two at Football Park, while the Hawks made it four
wins in Perth, an AFL best ... Brisbanes 0.3 at ½-time was the 16th recorded
instance since 1925 of a ½-time score of three points or less ... departing from the
normal radio roster arrangements, 3AW gave extended coverage thru REX HUNT of the
Essendon-Collingwood MCG match which had been drawn by Magic 693 ... Rugby League on the
Saturday drew 14,672 fans to Princes Park where Brisbane downed Balmain 36-14 ...
Footscray banner at Crow Park You can have your Grand Prix back as long as
you take Kennett, too...
CARLTON & UNITED BREWERIES the AFLs major sponsor since 1986 at a price tag
believed to be $3m a year, fired a broadside at the League of its handling of
sponsorships, describing the AFL as lacking in integrity and professionalism. The CUB deal
will last until 1996 but the brewer is angry by the infiltration of its other competitor
Lion-Nathan who under the Tooheys label already backs St Kilda and Melbourne and is
ready to sign with the new Fremantle club.
<||> Merger rumors surrounding RICHMOND resurface ...
<||> Freo start interviews with prospective coaches believed to include Gerard
Neesham, Robert Shaw and Ken Sheldon ... ...
<||> the Kangas top 9500 members, their best since their 1925 League entry ...
<||> for the second time in 12 months, the MCG goalposts were shifted eight metres
anti-clockwise to reduce goal-square wear-and-tear ...
<||> TRIBUNAL PAUL BULLUSS (Rch) pleaded guilty and suspended for two games
(including Tuesdays State-of-Origin) for striking Stewart Loewe (StK) on Anzac Day
<||> 3AW avoided censure of their rival broadcasters over extended special
comments being told, the present agreement is to be honoured ...
pipped again by less than a goal
ROUND SIX Saturday April 30: To reduce the impact on players for Tuesdays
State-of-Origin, seven clubs enjoyed a bye. Princes Park welcomed 22,335 for what was
tipped as a close tussle, Blues rookies JAMES COOK (6.2) and TROY BOND (5.2) aided by a
mistake-riddled Swans defence kicked Carlton to a 10-goal victory; Cook took 10 marks,
CARLTON 20.14-134, SYDNEY 11.8-74 ... 47,211 were at the Park to watch a low-scoring hard
slog between the Demons and Pies. A disallowed GAVIN BROWN goal micro-seconds after the
¼-time siren sounded and a cruel free against TONY SHAW in the last minute stemmed the
Woods final quarter fight back from 25pts down as the Redlegs posted their fifth
straight, MELBOURNE 9.6-60, COLLINGWOOD 8.7-55; the Maggies second loss by less than a
goal in successive weeks ... at the MCG for 27,022, the Eagles were too fast and strong
recording a 37pt win, a margin which probably flattered the Kangas, WEST COAST 18.15-123,
NORTH 13.8-86 (Carey 5.3) ... the Bears still leading into time-on fell away to a terrific
Crow last quarter team-effort of 8.3 highlighted by a miraculous mark and goal by TONY
MODRA (6.2) as ADELAIDE 18.13-121 beat BRISBANE 17.8-110 to 9457 fans at the BCG ...
<||> ROUND SIX FOCUS Melbourne to top place on 5+0 ahead of Crows, Eagles,
Kangas, Blues and Magpies ... only 17 goals were kicked at the Park, the lowest aggregate
in Melbourne-Collingwood clashes since 1965 when in the same round at the MCG, the Woods
won 6.13-49 to 7.5-47 ... Magpies full-back JOHN BALLANTYNE out for the season after
damaging his right knee cruciate ... high-profile full-forward TONY MODRA (Ade) in five
games (he was injured R3) leads with 32.9 ... a rare stat, Carlton captain STEPHEN
KERNAHAN did not kick a point in the Blues 10-goal win ... Richmond on the bye played a
TFL side led by former captain DALE WEIGHTMAN at NHO to 4108 fans with the Tigers pressed
to win 17.13-115 to 14.7-91 ... in Canberra, an under-strength FOOTSCRAY with only 11
senior players were swamped by a 7-goal last term burst and defeated by an ACTAFL side,
19.8-122 to 12.15-87 ...
<||> on a rare footy-free day of May 1st, HSV-7 appropriately programmed three hours
of archive footage titled The No Football Sunday ...
home by two points
Tuesday night at Football Park had 44,598 fans to witness a classic State-of-Origin
encounter as South Australia held on to win by two points 11.9-75 to 10.13-73. Only
seconds before the siren GARY ABLETT (Vic) from the square snapped truly at goal but was
ruled to have interfered with SA defender Nigel Smart. TONY MODRA kicked 6.2 for the
Croweaters who gave their coach GRAHAM CORNES six wins from six against the Big V. The Fos
Williams Medal was won by ANDREW JARMAN (SA) while the Whitten Medal was gathered by DAVID
CALTHORPE (Vic) ... Richmond appoint three new board membersCHARLES MACEK, JAMIE
BARTELS and TERRY GRIGG as former Tiger champions MICHAEL ROACH joins as kicking skills
coach and KEVIN MORRIS returned from Essendon VSFL coaching, as the Tigers full-time
development officer ... politician PHIL CLEARY quits the Association board as talks point
to VFA clubs forming a large part of the planned restructure of Victorian footy ...
efforts by the Saints and Ablett
ROUND SEVEN Sat-Sun, May 7-8: The Hawks continued to defy their critics as they
carved the Bombers up in fair weather at the Park on Saturday to 33,927. With Essendon
struggling up-forward and lacking the passion which brought them last years flag,
Hawthorn were dogged and wore black armbands in tribute to training stalwart BOB YEOMAN
who died after 30 years of service, HAWTHORN 12.16-88, ESSENDON 11.9-75 ... at the G,
34,601 watched a game of terrific pressure as the Demons suffered their first loss to a
committed bunch of Kangas who were always prepared to run and tackle fiercely; Melbourne
already without the injured Jakovich, lost captain GARRY LYON with an ankle and
after-effects of Tuesdays S-o-O before half-time and were well down, NORTH 13.12-90,
MELBOURNE 8.10-58 ... the Tigers cut loose with a great second half at Princes Park to
dent the Lions hopes; JEFF HOGG (Fit) played his 150th game, against his old teammates,
RICHMOND 20.13-133, FITZROY 13.14-92, crowd 14,537 ... on Sunday, 52,342 saw the magic of
GARY ABLETT with a last term effort which will rank as one of the great marks in footy.
The Cats burst away with a 7.3 to 0.1 opening but Collingwood came back strongly in the
third (8.3) to have a big chance then Geelong steadied in defence to take it by 28 points,
18.16-124 to 13.18-96 ... at the Western Oval, it was a scrappy first half for 12,181 fans
which only briefly came to life for a generally lack-lustre effort, FOOTSCRAY 12.14-86,
BRISBANE 7.7-49 ... at the SCG, the Swans squandered a 51pt third term lead as an
aggressive TONY LOCKETT kicked 11.2 to spearhead the Leagues greatest comeback; the
Saints were 48pts down six minutes into the final quarter and won inside the last minute,
17.7-110 to SYDNEY 16.14-110 (Lewis 7.1), crowd 9295 ... at Subiaco, 26,651 saw the Eagles
destroy the Blues by 11-goals, the result (without the injured Sumich) marred only by
inaccurate kicking, WEST COAST 16.19-115, CARLTON 6.13-49 ...
<||> ROUND 7 FOCUSit was Carltons lowest score in 58 outings since their
6.12-48, 91-R17-PP v Adelaide ... the Saints miraculous comeback drove the dagger even
deeper into the Swans club as the Sydney-based inheritor of South Melbournes record
with game 1203, becoming the longest span a club has played without premiership success
... reflecting on the Bombers 2+4, their two wins were by three against the Eagles and
four versus the Magpies ... Tony Locketts 11.2 was his 15th double-digit effort, a
outed for eight games
No senior reports were received from the 56 officiating umpires but the 7th round gathered
subsequent media coverage rarely witnessed. One of the highlights came from the SCG match
which produced the greatest single last quarter League comeback by a team, as St Kilda
recovered from a 48-point deficit at the 6m10s mark to win their contest against Sydney by
one point, 16.14-110 to 17.7-109.
In the first quarter of this match TONY LOCKETT (StK) at 12 minutes clashed with defender
PETER CAVEN (Syd) resulting in Caven being knocked unconscious for some six minutes and
being stretchered from the ground. Caven was hospitalised with a compound fracture of the
nose and underwent surgery.
On Tuesday, Lockett along with three other players from the round were cited by the League
on offences following video scrutiny. The resulting Tribunal hearings on Wednesday May
11th drew (as The Age reported) 47 media scribes and 11 cameramen.
TONY LOCKETT was found guilty of misconduct in that he struck Caven with a right
forearm to the head Lockett was suspended for eight weeks on the Caven
offence but was found to be not guilty of a second charge that he kneeded
Sydneys Daryn Cresswell with a right knee to the head in the third quarter.
Locketts eighth time before the Tribunal since his debut in 1983 and the sixth time
suspended for a total of 21 matches. Peter Caven who attended the Melbourne hearing and to
whom Lockett apologised requires plastic surgery and may miss as many as 10 matches.
(NM) was cleared of a charge of misconduct in that he attempted to gouge the eyes of
Melbourne defender Sean Wight ... DAVID KING (NM) was suspended for two matches for
striking Steven Febey (Mel) ... ANDREW OBST (Mel) was suspended for one match for striking
Dean Laidley (NM)
<||> RINO PRETTO in his 205th VFA game (1980-94) kicked four goals, becoming only
the second player in Association history to pass a career 1000 goals, behind FRED COOK who
kicked 1366 goals with Yarraville and Port Melbourne (1970-82) Pretto who played with
Camberwell, Coburg, Oakleigh and now the Dandenong Redlegs spent his first four VFA years
at full-back. In 1985 with Oakleigh, Pretto kicked 170 goals which is topped only by BOB
PRATT (Coburg 183 in 1941) and RON TODD (Williamstown 188 in 1945).
<||> Showing a rapid 19-day recovery during which he was treated up to five times a
day, MICK McGUANE returned to the Collingwood line-up gaining 22 possessions in round 7
and missing only the Essendon and Melbourne matches ...
<||> two field umpires, ROWAN SAWERS and ADRIAN PANOZZO who officiated last Sunday
at the SCG were among four changes to the senior panel; two others, Murray Bird and Andrew
Coates were also replaced ...
14.5 lifts Cats to fourth place
Carey reported a third time
ROUND 8 Fri-Sat-Sun, May 13-14-15: The Blues in their third club game in 13 days
withstood a strong second-half comeback by the Tigers to 50,227 at the MCG on Friday
night. The Blues virtually wrapped it up in the first when they kicked 7 goals to one and
were 56pts up at half-time but the Tigers went on to make a real game of it, CARLTON
20.15-135, RICHMOND 16.11-107 ... fair weather continued on Saturday as the Pies won
easily over the Saints to 35,851 at the MCG in a sometimes spiteful encounter which
brought three reports including Magpie captain GAVIN BROWN. The Woods also lost GARY PERT
who seriously injured a knee falling awkwardly after taking a towering 2nd term mark,
COLLINGWOOD 19.13-127, ST KILDA 11.12-78 ... after a good first quarter the Bears were not
in the race (yielding their 60th defeat in 68 Melbourne outings) as Hawthorn powered away
to a 99pt win with JASON DUNSTALL kicking 10.2, giving him 377 Waverley goals in 73
matches, HAWTHORN 25.16-166, BRISBANE 10.7-67, for a modest 12,233 at the Park ... with
only four points in it at the last change, the class of the Kangas was telling as the
Arden Street brigade won by 29pts to 11,334 at the Western Oval where there was a classic
contest between PAUL ROOS (Fit) and North captain WAYNE CAREY who was booked by two
umpires (one for charging, the other for striking) following a fourth quarter clash, NORTH
17.17-119, ROYS 13.12-90 ... on Sunday at Princes Park a big expectant crowd of 27,254 saw
the Crows lead early in the second term but the Bombers thru MICHAEL SYMONS off
inter-change lifted and were never seriously challenged gaining their third victory of the
year, ESSENDON 20.11-131, ADELAIDE 13.10-88 ... at the MCG to 28,559 the Bulldogs after
half-time regrouped with ILIJA GRGIC booting four goals in the 3rd to take out a tight one
by three points, FOOTSCRAY 14.10-94, MELBOURNE 13.13-91, the Demons second loss ...
Coathanger Oval proved a full-forwards heaven for the second week as GARY ABLETT
kicked 14.5 (a new SCG record) for a 94pt trouncing of the Swans who were always found
wanting; the win lifted the Cats to fourth place, GEELONG 25.15-165, SYDNEY 9.17-71, crowd
<||> ROUND 8 FOCUS West Coast with the bye took over top place for the first
time since R24 of 1991, the year the Eagles led all season but lost the grand final ... it
was League game 1400 for Hawthorn who produced a new high score, and new biggest margin
against the Bears ... the Friday night defeat brought loss number 800 for the Tigers ...
Gary Abletts 14.5 in Sydney gained Geelongs 950th League victory but it fell
short of his personal best of 14.7 kicked in a losing side 93-R6-MCG versus Essendon ...
<||> TRIBUNALat a busy hearing, Brownlow favourite, WAYNE CAREY (NM) was
suspended for two matches for striking Peter Satori (Fit); Carey was cleared of a second
offence, of charging. From the MCG dust-up on striking charges, GAVIN BROWN (Col) was
outed for two games DEAN GRIEG (StK) for four weeks but LAZAR VIDOVIC (StK) was cleared,
revealing he had struck team-mate Kain Taylor, breaking his nose ... better news for
Magpie fansGARY PERT did not suffer cruciate ligament damage in his knee and the
207-game veteran may return in 4-6 weeks ... STAN Bunny WITTMAN the last
surviving member of Melbournes 1926 premiership died aged 92; he played 113 games,
1926-31 ... the AFL Code of Conduct is imminent as Essendons new young Aboriginal
star CHE COCKATOO-COLLINS admits he has been a victim of on-field racial taunts.
Collingwood FC obtained a rare reprieve when the two week suspension of Magpie captain for
striking against GAVIN BROWN was erased. Tribunal chairman NEIL BUSSE accepted new
evidence in the form of video supplied by the St Kilda club and Channel Seven. Busse
underlined the importance in future cases that clubs leave no stone unturned on all
relevant evidence brought before this Tribunal. Its important that clubs realise the
onus is on them to be well prepared professionally and adequately to defend on the day in
respect of any charge.
It was only the second time a player has successfully appealed a suspension. In the 1989
Second Semi, PAUL VAN DER HAAR (Ess) was suspended for three matches for striking Greg
Dear (Haw) but the case was re-opened on medical evidence and the suspension struck out.
Three previous appeals all failed in August 1988, Warren Jones (StK) for striking
David OConnell (WCE), in March 1991, Dermott Brereton (Haw) for striking Chris
McDermott (Ade) and May 1993, Mark Bairstow (Gee) for striking Glen Jakovich (WCE).
still be eligible for the Brownlow and immediately was named in the weekend team.
At a separate hearing DAVID CALTHORPE (Ess) from a video charge was suspended two games
for striking MARK RICCIUTO (Ade) who from the same incident was judged not guilty of
Melbourne's 125th birthday
Tony Shaw 300 games
ROUND 9 Fri-Sat-Sun, May 20-21-22: Joint celebrations for the 125th anniversary of
North Melbournes (nee Hotham FC) foundation and the arrival of the 300th senior game
for Collingwoods TONY SHAW drew 72,216 to Fridays MCG clash. Fireworks and a
cavalcade of former North greats set the scene for LEO DWYER to toss the coin. Dwyer in
1925 was a member of the first North sides in VFL competition and head of the family which
produced three generations for the Arden Street colours.
Without suspended captain Wayne Carey, North stole the show coming from 33pts down in the
second to steam away with a thorough victory over the Maggies who sorely lacked key
position height, NORTH 17.19-121, COLLINGWOOD 13.10-88 ... some scribes said The Blues had
the better of the play but the worst of the umpiring when they met the Bombers at the Park
to 40,080 on Saturday; with both sides desperate to improve their win-loss ratio, it was a
thriller as ESSENDON 9.9-63 downed CARLTON 7.20-62 ... with a gale-force wind blowing to
the Geelong Road end, it was a tough slog for both at the Western Oval to 15,043 where
PETER MATERA (WCE) was at his damaging best as the Eagles ran in their sixth win, WEST
COAST 12.11-83, FOOT-SCRAY 7.10-52 ... at Kardinia Park Ablett with 8.3 cruised to 104
goals in games against the Tigers as the Cats poured on a 64pt win to 22,205 fans, GEELONG
21.16-142, RICHMOND 11.12-78 ... surprise of the day (? the year) was the Swans MCG
comeback from 28pts behind early in the last to inflict their second successive win over
the embarrassed Demons, SYDNEY 16.10-106, MELBOURNE 14.13-97, crowd 19,333 ... Sunday at
the Park gathered just 15,249 for another tight, low-scoring affair as the Saints lifted
to clinch a 13pt win over the Lions, ST KILDA 11.9-75, FITZROY 8.14-62 ... the Hawks were
back to their booming best as they inflicted a devastating 97pt victory on the Crows who
were scoreless in both the first and third quarters stunning the 44,405 Football Park
fans, HAWTHORN 22.13-145 (Dunstall 9.5), ADELAIDE 7.6-48 ...
<||> ROUND 9 FOCUS 228,531 for the round topped 1964s Queens
Birthday split ... The Eagles stay on top with the shuffle taking place to other positions
... Melbourne after five-straight wins have lost their last three ... winning-streaks
the Hawks, their last four games, the Cats and Kangas their last three ... of the
four Essendon wins three have been by less than a goal ... the Hawks within a month have
inflicted the heaviest home ground defeats to both the Eagles and the Crows at Subiaco and
Football Park ... the Crows with zip on the board in the first and third quarters were the
equal of the Eagles 92-R22-WO against Footscray, ... the Hawks 8.1-49 was the best opener
yet at Footy Park ... DERMOTT BRERETON for Sydney, played his first senior match since
1992 and proved an inspiration to the Swans victory over Melbourne at the MCG ...
<||> Bulldog great ALLAN HOPKINS journeyed down from Cobram to receive a birthday
cake for his 90th ...
<||> STEWART LOEWE (StK) had surgery by two doctors on his lower abdominal region
expected to sideline him for up to two months ... x-rays to MARK HARVEY (Ess) confirmed a
left knee torn posterior ligament likely to keep him out for 6-8 weeks ...
<||> the AFL Commission in saying players must be accountable for their behaviour,
strongly reprimanded TONY LOCKETT (StK) for gesturing to Swans fans after the SCG match on
May 8. The League also indicated concern and disapproval of actions taken by PETER CAVEN
(Syd) during a TV program where Caven used a baseball bat to attack a dummy dressed in a
St Kilda jumper the Swans sent an apology to St Kilda ...
<||> League statistician Col Hutchinson revealed the remarkable record attained by
GARY ABLETT (Gee) who in his past 25 matches has kicked 175 goals at an average of seven
per game ...
<||> TRIBUNALNorth Melbourne full-back MICK MARTYN was cleared of striking
Saverio Rocca (Col) on a technicality but got a dressing down from chairman NEIL BUSSE ...
<||> Opposition mounts to anticipated elimination of Reserves (VSFL) with Victorian
threats against the AFL Commission that the ultimate could happen the power
to dismiss the lot of them Fitzroy pres DYSON HORE-LACY, The Age May
<||> TFL Commission in Hobart gave the thumbs-down to inclusion of a Tassy side in
any restructured Reserves comp ...
<||> the lobby received a boost when Carlton pres JOHN ELLIOTT said two
commissioners had told him they favoured retaining the Seconds (Age 26-05) ...
<||> after a 24-year association Sydney gm BARRY ROGERS resigned to head for
<||> first radio ratings of the year (for April 10 thru May 14) of the match call
showed 3AW polled 16.7% (91,000) over 3LO 12.5% (60,000) and newcomer Magic 693 on 3%...
<||> a Melbourne suburban player was suspended until 2000 for striking a field
Bombers & Cats in great MCG clash
ROUND 10 Fri-Sat-Sun, May 27-28-29: On a warm Friday Perth night the Swans produced
a gutsy first-half effort to 27,666 fans but the Eagles class was too great at the end,
WEST COAST 14.17-101, SYDNEY 10.15-75; Peter Sumich and Brett Heady (WCE) were lost with
hamstrings midway thru the second term ... Carlton at home on Saturday to 24,332 Princes
Park fans were given a tough time by a committed though off-target Bulldog outfit with
STEPHEN KERNAHAN the obvious difference booting 7.5 of CARLTON 16.13-109 to FOOTSCRAY
13.19-97, ... it was a crowd-pleasing affair for 75,129 at the MCG where there was a touch
of first-half magic as Ablett kicked six and the Cats led by as much as 33pts then the
Bombers (still without nine of their grand final side) turned disaster into glory; the
Dons kicked seven without answer and held on grimly to win by 11pts, ESSENDON 16.16-112,
GEELONG 15.11-101 (Ablett 7.1) ... a scoreless opening doomed a woeful Saints to a Demon
thrashing at the Park to 19,914; that the margin wasnt greater was a worry to Redleg
coach Neil Balme, MELBOURNE 15.16-106, ST KILDA 4.8-32 ... the Maggies were pumped-up at
Vic Park kicking 8.6 in the first to always have the Hawks (after four-straight) playing
catch-up, COLLINGWOOD 16.14-110, HAWTHORN 10.14-74, crowd 26,718 ... on Sunday at the BCG,
the Kangas were 4/11 and had 14 shots in the first to appear solid winners, but the 27
degrees and a big spread of over-confidence allowed the Bears in to take over and the 27pt
margin flattered the Roos, BRISBANE 17.18-120, NTH MELB 12.21-93, crowd 10,953 ... under
lights at Football Park, 42,915 saw the Crows break-away from the Lions for seven goals in
the third to put the game beyond the plucky visitors, ADELAIDE 15.13-103 Modra 5.1, Wigney
5.2), FITZROY 9.10-64 ...
<||> ROUND 10 FOCUSanother crowd record, 227,717 beating 1991s R10 of
191,445 ... St Kildas scoreless opener, their first zip first quarter since 1976 ...
big 9th round winners, Hawthorn, Geelong and North all got done in R10 ... his five goals
against North made ROGER MERRETT leading Brisbane goalkicker with 193, topping Brad
Hardies 192 ... interstate footyat the BCG, QUEENSLAND 18.18-126 had a
thorough win over TASMANIA 10.10-70 while in Canberra the ACTAFL 23.23-161 were sound
victors over the Sydney FL 15.11-101 ...
<||> GERARD NEESHAM whose entire VFL-AFL experience is nine 1982 games with Sydney
was named inaugural coach of FREMANTLE. Neesham enjoys an impressive WAFL record with
Claremont, six grand finals in seven years with four premierships and played 247 matches
with East Fremantle, Swan Districts and Claremont ...
<||> CAMERON SCHWAB (the recent Richmond gm) was appointed as a full-time consultant
to assist Fremantles 1995 establishment in the League ... Carlton were fined $50,000
for salary cap breaches ...
<||> Lakeside Oval at Albert Park, home of South Melbourne until 1981 and the scene
of 704 League games will disappear in preparations for the 1996 Grand Prix in Melbourne
<||> The tip FREMANTLE will wear a green guernsey and will be known as the
<||> AFL Commission to consider Federal Government plan to fund a $1m traineeship
plan for players, umpires and officials ...
<||> a cartel of four SANFL clubs, North Adelaide, Centrals, West Adelaide and
Woodville-West Torrens preparing a plan to form the second SA team in the AFL expected to
be known at the end of August ...
TRIBUNAL from video, PAUL COOPER (Haw) suspended one game for misconduct on the
rare charge of tripping by hand against Bradley Plain (Col); TIM HARGREAVES (Haw) was
cleared of a similar charge ...
<||> Herald-Sun on reader response rated the most popular TV and radio
commentators as TIM LANE (ABC), followed by Sam Newman (GTV), Kevin Bartlett, Rex
Hunt, Dennis Commetti, Eddie McGuire, Harry Beitzel, Bruce McAvaney, Gerard Healy and
Sandy Roberts ...
<||> VFA to propose amalgamation of four clubs should the new State League proceed
Coburg with Preston, Springvale and Dandenong, Port Melbourne and Sandringham with
Another 10.1 for Dunstall
ROUND 11— Sat-Sun, June 4-5: A booming second term of 8.4 and with
captain STEPHEN KERNAHAN in sparkling form, the Blues were 77pts up and
only a late charge by the Lions brought any excitement for the 19,090
fans at the Park on Saturday, CARLTON 20.15-135 (Kernahan 9.6), FITZROY
12.8-80 ... the Magpies for their last Vic Park appearance of the year
gave their 27,390 fans plenty as they came away from a locked-up 40pts
all at half-time to run out 23pt winners from the Crows who have yet to
win at Abbotsford, COLLINGWOOD 13,12-90, ADELAIDE 8.19-67 (Modra 2.7)
... the Bombers 46pt win at Princes Park (22,783) was not indicative of
the Tigers early commitment but the Dons sparked by a miraculous last
term goal from the boundary by GAVIN WANGANEEN were clear winners with
9.1 in the last, ESSENDON 24.10-154, RICHMOND 17.6-108 ... one of the
year’s major upsets occurred at Kardinia Park (18,507) when the Bears
won their first on-the-road since 92-R18-PP v Fit, as the BCG boys took
over midway thru the second and were never headed, BRISBANE 19.12-126,
GEELONG 15.11-101 (Ablett 6.2) ... on Sunday at the MCG (31,324), WEST
COAST were always in control and maintained their leader status with a
convincing 44pt victory over a troubled MELBOURNE, 18.10-118 to 11.8-74
... at the Park (22,895) the Hawks were amazingly accurate with
pin-point delivery to JASON DUNSTALL who kicked 10 straight before his
only behind as HAW-THORN 20.5-125 downed FOOTSCRAY 8.13-61 ... in Sydney,
(11,182) the Kangas booming second term of 9.3 was the contrast to the otherwise
competitive but wasteful Swans who enjoyed 53 more kicks and 32 more handpasses but still
lost by 20pts, NORTH 19.12-126 (Long-mire 6), SYDNEY 16.10-106 (Minton-Connell 7.2) ...
<||> ROUND 11 FOCUS The Tigers played their 1700th League game ... Jason
Dunstall (Haw) now just 37 off the magic 1000 goals ... JUSTIN MURPHY enjoys a 5-goal
debut with Richmond ... North in the 125th meeting won their 8th straight against Sydney;
the Swans havent won in the 90s against the Kangas ... 153,171 attend the
round ... JIM STYNES (Mel) on 159 successive matches suffers knee injury; Stynes still
made it for his 160th ...
The previous Rugby League match at the MCG was on August 14, 1914 when England beat
Australia 21-15 to a crowd of 12,900.
Wednesday June 8, 1994 saw 87,161 pack the
ground for the State of Origin clash when NSW downed Queensland 14-0.
<||> tickets for the Grand Final rise to $53 ...
<||> 3AW and 3MP thru the Australian Broadcasting Authority failed in their court
bid to halt community station 3NIR covering Collingwood matches ...
<||> TribunalGLEN ARCHER (NM) from video was suspended two matches for kneeing
Simon Minton-Connell (Syd) ...
<||> Herald-Sun speculation of AFL 5-year plan is strongly denied 24-hours
later by CEO Ross Oakley but a day after a Commissioner is quoted as saying weaker clubs
will be placed under pressure by new criteria ...
<||> a three-times club best & fairest, former captain and life member, MATTHEW
LARKIN at 29 retires after 172 senior games with North ...
<||> TERRY WHEELER former Bulldog coach is chosen to oversee the AFLs
traineeship course funded by $1m from the Federal Government ...
Tigers cage the Magpies
Ablett saves Geelong
ROUND 12 Sat-Sun-Mon, June 11-12-13: In a crucial Saturday battle the Blues were
stronger and more reliable when it counted at the MCG (crowd 52,199) taking out a 27pt win
over the Demons who have now lost five of the last six games, CARLTON 18.13-121, MELBOURNE
13.16-94 ... at Kardinia Park (23,518) Cats coach Blight was booed at ¾ time as his side
trailed the injury-riddled Saints by 26pts; five last term goals by the magical Gary
Ablett saved his team from a dunking in Corio Bay, GEELONG 17.11-113 (Ablett 7.3), ST
KILDA 16.14-110 ... at Princes Park (16,497) the Crows were blown away as a powerful Kanga
attack registered a whopping 80pt victory which with greater accuracy should have been
greater, NORTH 21.23-149, ADELAIDE 10.9-69 ... on Sunday, at the SCG (12,251) the Swans
were competitive only for the first half as the Hawks with ease pin-pointed Dunstall who
with 11.3 booted his 14th career double-digit tally, HAWTHORN 21.15-141, SYDNEY 13.5-83
... on a heavy Subiaco Oval, the Eagles ran in their sixth successive win as the improving
Bears only a goal down at the last break squandered opportunities with 1.6 in the final
term, WEST COAST 11.12-78, BRISBANE 10.9-69 to 23,450 fans ... on the Queens
Birthday Monday, 61,983 were at the MCG to witness a Tiger humiliation of the Maggies
reminiscent of Richmonds glory days; the Woods were goalless for almost an hour,
kicking their lowest against the Tigers since 61-R2-VP, RICHMOND 14.18-102, COLLINGWOOD
4.12-36 ... at the Park a keen struggle was watched by 39,181; after a close first half
where the Dons lost two thru injury, four goals to Chris Grant gave the Doggies a big show
and though the Bombers clawed back to within a goal, the Tricolours found a bit extra to
go away by 28pts and keep their hopes alive, FOOTSCRAY 13.14-92, ESSENDON 9.10-64 ...
<||> ROUND 12 FOCUS at the half-way mark the top eight, WCE 36pts, NM 32, Haw
28, Car 28, Mel 24, Gee 24, Ess 24, Col 24 ... 229,079 just under the 1992 figure of
234,819 ... Collingwoods 4.12-36 at the MCG against Richmond was the Maggies lowest
score away from Victoria Park (other than finals) since 1897 ... NATHAN BURKE (StK) and
ADRIAN GLEESON (Car) played their 150th ... Dunstall kicked his 14th double-digit ...
Collingwoods lack of strike reflected in 1005pts for a 91pts av in 11 games ...
Magpies injury woes continued as BRAD ROWE will be out for the season after surgery to a
dislocated right shoulder suffered three minutes into Mondays game ...
<||> TRIBUNAL in hearings over two nights, TIM WATSON (Ess) preserved his
unblemished record when cleared of striking Tony Liberatore (Fsc); Tims other
appearance of his 303 games was in 1988 when found not guilty on a strike charge ...
MATTHEW CROFT (Fsc) one game for tripping Ben Doolan (Ess) ... WAYNE CAREY (NM) from
video, suspended three matches for striking Ben Hart (Ade); it was Careys fourth
appearance this year for two suspensions ... DAMIAN HOULIHAN (Col) three matches for
striking Chris Naish (Rch) ... PAUL KELLY (Syd) two weeks for striking Darren Pritchard
(Haw) ... DARREN JARMAN (Haw) one match for tripping Derek Kickett (Syd) ... MICHAEL
MANSFIELD (Gee) cleared of charging David Strooper (StK) ...
<||> After 18-months research, a 200-page SANFL report recommending two clubs should
merge to form Adelaides second AFL side was reportedly greeted by the AFL's gm IAN
COLLINS disclosure that the Leagues preference was for a single, established club to
On the boil, as well was the Norwood-Sturt merge proposal to gain the franchise. The
speculation was, if the AFL rejected SANFL recommendations it would almost certainly
favour Port Adelaide winning the second license in its own right. The club in 1991 came
within an ace of winning a spot before legal challenge and a SANFL backflip thwarted the
bold attempt (Age, June 16).
<||> Former headquarters, AFL House in Jolimont goes to the market with an ask of
<||> Essendon coach KEVIN SHEEDY reveals a plan for an annual $10 levy on all
Victorian rate-producing properties to safe-guard the states 11 AFL clubs; a Herald
Sun readers poll gave it the thumbs down, 58% to 42% ...
<||> on June 30, tobacco giant ROTHMANS will cease sponsorships worth almost $2m a
year for Australian sports and the arts, blaming federal laws banning tobacco advertising.
The ROTHMANS SPORTS FOUNDATION was not involved in tobacco advertising and had paid for
coaching in cricket, rugby league, rugby union, athletics and AFL football, as well as a
full-time golf professional ...
and Magpies score important victories
18,097 squeeze in the BCG
ROUND 13 Sat-Sun, June 18-19: The three Saturday matches were played in blustery
conditions and a temp of 15. At Princes Park the Saints got to within 21pts in the 3rd but
the Blues took over to kick 10 of the last 11 goals to win their fourth on-the-trot,
CARLTON 22.13-145, ST KILDA 10.5-65, crowd 22,843 ... without a win since R5, the Lions
surprised their critics as they blew away the Hawks at Waverley with MARK ZANOTTI (Fit)
holding JASON DUNSTALL (Haw) goalless for only a career 9th time, (last 92-R19-P) FITZROY
10.6-66, HAWTHORN 7.11-53 (17,599) ... at the MCG (26,917) a concerted effort to stop the
Kanga midfielders succeeded as the Tigers ran in their second win against a top side just
five days after knocking off the Magpies; gritty, desperate footy was rewarded, RICHMOND
9.18-72, NORTH 10.7-67 ... four Sunday games, at the G the Magpies struggling thru injury
opened well and stopped the Eagles run of six matches with a confidence boosting success,
COLLINGWOOD 18.13-121, WEST COAST 12.12-84, crowd 27,699 ... at the Western Oval (13,070),
the Doggies crushed an under-manned Swans outfit and it was difficult to access the worth
of Scrays big 80pt win and going to 6+6, FOOTSCRAY 20.14-134, SYDNEY 9.6-60 ... in
Brisbane the gates were closed by two oclock as 18,097 squeezed into a BCG still
undergoing expansion. The Bears scored one of their most important AFL wins as they
defeated an injury-riddled Bomber line-up with ALASTAIR LYNCH and PAUL PEOS dominating the
Bears attack with 5 goals apiece, BRISBANE 17.12-114, ESSENDON 11.15-81 ... the vital
twilight game at Football Park produced a nail-biter for 41,189 with the fast-finishing
Demons failing by 5pts, a relief for the Crows, ADELAIDE 11.17-83, MELBOURNE 12.6-78 ...
<||> ROUND 13 FOCUS Carlton, their 4th in a row and the Blues 150th win
against the Saints ... Dunstalls last zip in a game was in 1992 v St Kilda when the
Hawks also kicked 7.11.53; the last three occasions Jason has been held goalless have all
be at Waverley ... the Tigers broke a 7-game win-streak by North ... the previous goalless
first term (Rch-NM had one on Saturday) was 88-R1-C, Bri 0.3 v Col 0.3; its happened
14 times in the past 50 years ...
<||> TRIBUNAL GREG WILLIAMS (Car) after admitting striking Robert Harvey
(StK) was cleared. In dismissing the charge chairman NEIL BUSSE reminded Williams on his
15th trip to the Tribunal to be a little careful in the way he tackles players in
future; ANG CHRISTOU (Car) was cleared of a tripping charge; RICHARD CHAMPION (Bri)
suspended three matches for striking Chris Daniher (Ess); DAMIEN HARDWICK (Ess) cleared of
tripping; JOHN HOWAT (Rch) cleared of striking ...
<||> An expo called AFL Sensation modelled on a similar US promotion leading to
their Super Bowl will be held during grand final week at the National Tennis Centre where
the Commission expects up to 100,000 will attend ...
<||> at Football Park on Tuesday night, 17,561 watched the WAFL 10.14-74 defeat
SANFL 7.18-60 ...
<||> a telephone poll on Adelaides Channel 7 found 74% of 6000 respondents
favoured Port Adelaides bid to win SAs second AFL licence ...
ROUND 14 Fri-Sat-Sun, June 24-25-26: As the chill and wet weather arrived, the
Blues won their fifth in a row and replaced North in second spot in Friday nights MCG
clash (45,171) where the Kangas always threatened but Carlton were always steadier,
15.16-106 to 13.10-88 ... the four Saturday matches were in competition with, a March for
Jesus which drew 15,000 to Bourke Street, Rugby Leagues Balmain v Illawarra at
Princes Park to a slim 6118 and the Australia-Italy Rugby Union Test for 15,539 at Olympic
Park at the bleak Western Oval (16,050) where the game ended in darkness, it was
all gloom for co-tenants Fitzroy who were humiliated as Footscray posted their biggest
victory of 104pts and eight successive wins over the Lions in 123 meetings, SCRAY
21.18-144, FITZROY 6.4-40 ... at the MCG (32,528) Richmond gained their first hat-trick of
wins since 1986 in impressive manner over Melbourne who squandered 70-more possessions but
failed to realise their advantage as the Tigers went away to a 16pt victory, RICHMOND
11.12-78, MELBOURNE 9.7-61 ... the first draw of the season came at Waverley (13,913)
where the Saints collapsed for a zip last term to allow the Crows to claw back and share
the points in a game giving neither joy, ST KILDA 12.7-79, ADELAIDE 11.13-79 ... the
Eagles reinforced top position with an 18pt win at Kardinia Park (21,660). West were in
firm control then relaxed in the last but withstood a comeback by the Cats who boasted
their best line-up all season, WEST COAST 14.9-93, GEELONG 10.15-75 ... on Sunday, the BCG
was stacked again with 18,881 fans in great weather. The Bears after recent wins over
North, Geelong and Essendon finally arrived when they posted an emphatic first-time
victory over Collingwood allowing the Magpies a two-minute period when the black-and
whites led, BRISBANE 17.19-121, COLLINGWOOD 11.11-77 ... a chilly MCG had 27,094 to see a
comfortable Bomber success over the Swans; the Dons were always in control with
first-gamer SCOTT CUMMINGS (after 55 goals in the Twos) kicking 8.1 for ESSENDON
19.15-129, SYDNEY 14.11-95 ...
<||> ROUND 14 FOCUS Carlton to second, Footscray to fifth as the Demons who
were the opening pacesetters, with only one win in eight weeks plummeted to 11th ... the
StK-Ade tie at Waverley was the first R14 draw since 1959; the Saints were scoreless in a
last quarter for the 61st time since 1897 ... CHRIS MAINWARING played his 150th for the
Eagles ... DAVID PARKIN coached the Blues for the 200th time for 125 wins, 73 losses and
two draws; it was Parkins 362nd as a League coach ... PETER CAVEN (Syd) injured in a
R8 clash with TONY LOCKETT (StK) returned in the Twos ...
<||> NSW Rugby League calls off its third Melbourne Princes Park match scheduled for
July 23 ...
<||> TRIBUNAL WARREN CAMPBELL (NM) outed two weeks for striking Andrew McKay
(Car) ... DEREK KICKETT (Syd) from video, pleaded guilty to striking Damien Hardwick (Ess)
with a right forearm to the head and was suspended two matches; JASON MOONEY (Syd) was
cleared of striking ...
At an estimated cost of some $5m, CARLTON revealed its plans to increase capacity to
43-45,000 with the construction of a new open-area stand on the south-eastern side of
Princes Park, the expansion of its playing area, electronic scoreboard, plus long-term
plans for the installation of lights; this increased speculation on the nearing prospect
of Monday night football. The Blues are understood to be renegotiating a lease with the
City of Melbourne in seeking a 40-year term.
<||> in a late Tribunal hearing on Friday, DAMIEN MONKHORST (Col) from a video
citing was cleared of a misconduct charge ...
<||> the League and AFL Players Association reached agreement to share proceeds from
the sale of various player-oriented merchandise expected to boost the AFLPA coffers by
<||> Sunday Age reported Carlton as promoters of Rugby League games at
Princes Park had its fingers badly burnt after their guarantee of $100,000 for each of the
three scheduled Balmain matches, the July 29 game being cancelled after only 6118 turned
out for the June 25 event ...
<||> Blues prez JOHN ELLIOTT on 3AW again calls for sale of Waverley Park ...
Blues blitz Bears
Cats on the skids; four-in-a-row for Tigers
ROUND 15 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 1-2-3: Four of the seven matches were marked by closely
fought first halves then a disastrous collapse, plus two seven-point margins ... in Perth
under lights at the WACA on Friday night the under-manned Saints were no match for the
Eagles who romped in by 79pts, WEST COAST 19.14-128, ST KILDA 7.7-49 (24,352) ... the
Bears were accorded Match of the Day status for the first time but suffered a crushing
reverse at Princes Park when the Blues with 11.2 to 1.1 in the last term won by 98pts in a
cakewalk (their 6th on-the-trot), CARLTON 22.12-144, BRISBANE 6.10-46 (21,043) ... even
though Longmire bagged 7.6, the Kangas lamentable kicking for goal cost it dearly as the
Bombers took an anybodys game at the G (50,141) by just 7pts, ESSENDON
14.8-92, NORTH 11.19-85 ... to the long break it was a terrific goal-for-goal contest at
Waverley for 35,267 fans; the Hawks reorganised and the Cats without muscle were exposed
again and tumbled to 11th, HAWTHORN 16.19-115, GEELONG 11.13-79 ... it was an ill-wind at
Western Oval which the Demons used to the fullest (kicking seven goals twice) as the Lions
turned a 21pt lead into a 46pt loss for the slim 8484 fans, MELBOURNE 16.15-111, FITZROY
9.11-65 ... the SCG on Sunday (13,083) had a half-time one-point Magpie lead; the Swans
then predictably fell apart but the widest margin of 32pts was trimmed back in a
low-standard outing, COLLINGWOOD 13.15-93, SYDNEY 10.13-73 ... the Tigers (on-a-roll) and
the Crows in the late game at Football Park (43,052) was a cliffhanger with the Tigers
terrific 6.3 third term the clincher, RICHMOND 13.12-90, ADELAIDE 12.11-83 ...
<||> ROUND 15 FOCUS Richmond scored their first win over Adelaide; the Crows
third loss at home this year; the Tigers first string of four wins for 10 years, since
85-R3-4-5-6 ... at first subtle, now a positive, as the old Notre Dame March
club-song greets each Swans SCG entry ... Eagles 44, Blues 40, Hawks, Kangas, Magpies and
Bombers on 32, the Doggies and Tigers on 28 in the top eight with Richmond in sight of
their first finals since 1982 ...
<||> The VFA may merge with the VSFL and move its headquarters to the MCG. The
Association however seem certain to continue into 1995 as the AFL club push for retention
of the Reserves appears to have succeeded, and a VFA facelift reducing to 10 clubs is
<||> the Junction Oval set to receive a $500,000 facelift by the MCC to ensure the
Demons stay as its long-term winter tenant ... MAL BROWN to serve out his two-year
contract at Richmond but resigns his marketing position ...
Tony Shaw 306 games
Doug Hawkins 321st; Dunstall 200th
Double-digit Ablett, again!
note: This is the last occasion where all matches were of the round were played
in day light.
ROUND 16 Sat-Sun, July 9-10: With Melbourne experiencing one of its mildest winters
since records were started in 1855 (before footy!) plenty of history was packed into three
hours on Saturday as two players equalled long-standing club-match records, TONY SHAW
(Col), the 306 games of Gordon Coventry and DOUG HAWKINS (Fsc), the 321 of Ted Whitten. At
Waverley Park, the Hawks JASON DUNSTALL played his 200th and by kicking another five was
on-track with 984 for another historic milestone. Down on Corio Bay, the amazing GARY
ABLETT with 10.3 reached 797 goals with his 12th double-figure performance of his 198
At the Western Oval, the Magpies were never led and always in control as they disposed of
the Lions by 49pts to 15,394 fans, COLLINGWOOD 19.15-129, FITZROY 11.14-80 ... in a
terrific all-day MCG contest the Tigers looked safe (once up by 29) but had to withstand a
Bulldog fight-back to 49,878 fans, RICHMOND 14.13-97, FOOTSCRAY 12.22-94, the Tigers fifth
in a row, their best in more than a decade the irony is Scray kicked the same score
losing by a point to the Maggies, same place in R3 ... the Cats at home had seemingly
again turned certain victory toward defeat being 16pts down to the Demons 15 minutes into
the last, then stormed home kicking 7.5 goals to one behind in the next 18 to win by
30pts, GEELONG 22.13-145, MELBOURNE 17.13-115, amazing stuff for the 23,468 fans, a
disaster for the Demons whove lost eight of the past 10 games, three by less than a
goal ... the Saints at Waverley had a spirited second term but that was all as the Hawks
controlled the rest to be easy 64pt victors, HAWTHORN 21.16-142, ST KILDA 11.12-78 to
25,037 ... on Sunday, the Blues with two eight-goal quarters at Princes Park savaged the
Crows to virtually end their 1994 hopes, CARLTON 20.16-136, ADELAIDE 10.16-76 (29,669) ...
at the SCG there was a miserable 5,728 fans (the worst is 5,272, 90-R20 v Bri) to watch
the Bears lead most of the day winning their seventh with ROGER MERRETT six goals
straight, BRISBANE 21.9-135, SYDNEY 15.20-110 ... in the heavy Subiaco (29,351) conditions
the Bombers received a flogging at the hands of the Eagles who kicked 11 goals with a
noticeable absence of any scores by their recognised forwards of Sumich, Lewis and Heady,
WEST COAST 11.14-80, ESSENDON 5.14-44; the Dons twice kicked 6.7-43 in 1991 and before
that 5.11-41 in the 1990 Grand Final, their most recent drubbings ...
<||> TRIBUNAL SCOTT LEE (Ade) was cleared on a kneeing charge; from video,
NICKY WINMAR (StK) was suspended for three matches on striking Darren Pritchard (Haw);
LAZAR VIDOVIC (StK) outed for one match on misconduct his foot had made contact
with Andrew Gowers (Haw) backside ...
<||> following the indication FREMANTLE will wear two strips, for home and away
matches, WEST COAST reported to be looking at changes to their colours.
The 1970 premiership cup was stolen Sunday from a glass cabinet at the Carlton Social
In a bizarre twist on Tuesday, a TV station was contacted by a person describing himself
as a Magpie supporter who admitted a previously unreported 1977 heist when the famed
original had been taken and stashed away. The anonymous Collingwood fan made good an offer
and left the trophy in a Princes Park toilet block. It was later returned to Blues prez
In the following days it was revealed thru other thefts, not all trophies in the Carlton
cabinet were originals.
<||> Melbourne-based AFL presidents gave the green light to a proposal to increase
the number of VSFL teams to 12 next season and lift the age limited to Under 19; the
proposal will be presented to the Commission by Hawks prez GEOFF LORD ...
<||> AFL CEO Ross Oakley conceded there is a possibility football could
be moved from Waverley Park. Its future would be decided after a review of the ground
later this year ...
<||> the Lions hierarchy admitted it was dangerously exposed as 22 of its 42 listed
players were either out of contract and entering option years; though Fitzroy
attendances at Western Oval this year showed a 25% drop compared to Princes Park last
year, the vulnerable club believed it was on track for a $250,000 profit, beside the fact
they have debts of almost $1.75m with a further $750,000 loan due to Bernie Ahern on
October 31 ...
& Tigers maintain their winning ways
Injury toll quells Magpies
ROUND 17 Sat-Sun, July 16-17: On Saturday to a whopping 85,381 at the G, the Blues
reinforced their standing as they posted their 12th for the season and made it eight
in-a-row when they posted their 105th win over the injury ruptured Magpies who suffered
again as ALAN RICHARDSON sustained a knee injury; when the first half heat was on GREG
WILLIAMS and FRASER BROWN ran hard at the ball setting up the win as the Woods always
struggled up forward with STEPHEN SILVAGNI in sparkling form for the Blues, CARLTON
14.13-97, COLLINGWOOD 7.12-54 ... following a mid-week four-hour crisis meeting, the
Demons played havoc with the Hawks at Princes Park (14,271) as a full-on ALLEN JAKOVICH
returned from injury to kick 8.1, was booked for swearing at central umpire MURRAY BIRD
and dragged by coach Balme; dominating the midfield and the Hawks down everywhere, the
Demons looked as good as they were in their first five wins of the year, MELBOURNE
17.10-112, HAWTHORN 11.8-74 ... it was an emotional day as DOUG HAWKINS entered his 322nd
game for the Bulldogs embraced by TED WHITTEN, the old player overtaken. 23,953 at the
Western Oval saw Hawkins with 23 possessions as one of the best afield lift Scray back
into the eight, and to their first win after 11 drubbings by the Cats, FOOTSCRAY
17.11-113, GEELONG 13.7-85 ... at the Park (21,097) the Kangas with WAYNE CAREY back after
suspension gathered 21 possessions in a terrific return to wallop the Saints for
Norths first win in four; TONY LOCKETT after his eight-week suspension got two
kicks, NORTH 17.14-116, ST KILDA 8.7-55 ... nothing was easy for the Roys at the MCG
(33,265) on Sunday, close early in the third term, the Bombers with a couple of good
tap-outs from PAUL SALMON broke away and ending kicking nine-straight in the last to be
64pt winners, ESSENDON 24.9-153, FITZROY 12.17-89 ... at the BCG (15,436), the Tigers on a
roll gave the Bears some of their own medicine and with ferocity from the first bounce
carried off their sixth on-the-trot; MATTHEW RICHARD-SON was terrific up forward, taking
eight marks, kicking 5.4, RICHMOND 15.8-98, BRISBANE 12.12-84 ... the Crows kept their
fragile hopes alive to 42,860 at Football Park in the twilight match it was a
dramatic 4pt result over the Eagles as SHAUN REHN shouldered the load, well-supported by
CHRIS McDERMOTT and TONY McGUINNESS ADELAIDE 12.10-82, WEST COAST 11.12-78 ...
<||> ROUND 17 FOCUS the Blues gathered their 8th straight (best since
1987-88), the Tigers their sixth ... Geelongs GARY ABLETT with 3.2 against Scray
passed 800 career goals ... the Eagles MICK MALTHOUSE attained 250 games in League
coaching ranks ... 236,261 fans brought a new 17th round record ... Bombers lose TIM
WATSON with an ankle and, JAMES HIRD, when a teammate crashed into him in a marking duel
on Sunday was hospitalised with a collapsed lung ... Collingwood may have only 26 of their
42-man squad for next weekend ... ALASTAIR LYNCH (Bri) cracks his collarbone again, no
surgery, just rest, for maybe a month ...
<||> TRIBUNAL a contrite ALLEN JAKOVICH (Mel) was found guilty and fined
$2000 for abusive language ... DAVID NEITZ (Mel) found guilty of striking Jason Taylor
(Haw) and suspended one match ... a charge of intentionally tripping against ANDREW GOWERS
(Haw) was thrown out, despite Umpire Birds reluctance to withdraw ... a charge of
eye-gouging against TIM HARGREAVES (Haw) was dismissed ... GRAHAM WRIGHT (Col) found
guilty of striking James Cook (Car) with an arm to the head and suspended two matches ...
CHRIS JOHNSON (Fit) cleared of striking ...
<||> the retired 250-gamer PETER DAICOS was back in training but Collingwood coach
LEIGH MATTHEWS rules out his return to Vic Park ...
<||> Magpies with a big injury list only able to get 24 of their 42 seniors on the
<||> the Crows fined and suspended for one match its crack forward TONY MODRA for
failing to report to a compulsory training session; hell miss the Friday night game
against Sydney ...
Dockers set sail
in red, green and purple
The AFLs newest club honoured its century-old heritage by naming itself the
Dockers. The team will wear red, green and purple jumpers, emblazoned with a
large white anchor. Their logo is a beanied wharfie in a singlet, clutching an anchor.
At the July 21 launch of the Dockers in Perth, Freo chairman ROSS KELLY summed up the
obvious in launching a new club and attracting players and supporters ...
where I live, theres more basketball hoops than chimneys on houses ...
defeats the order
Blues, Tigers and Bombers hit a brick wall
Tony Shaw plays his 307th
Swans sizzle the Crows
ROUND 18 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 22-23-24: Swans captain PAUL KELLY with 37 possessions
provided the inspiration at Football Park on Friday night to 43,788 and he had brilliant
support from a flying JAMIE LAWSON and DEREK KICKETT who played his 100th League match, as
the Swans buried the Crows finals chances; the Crows had enough of the ball but the Swans
were more desperate, SYDNEY 13.9-87, ADELAIDE 10.15-75 ... Saturday in Melbourne was crisp
and sunny. At the Western Oval (26,340) TONY SHAW on his 34th birthday passed the
six-decades-long Gordon Coventry record when he played his 307th for the Maggies. It was
the only highlight as the under-manned, misfiring Woods were held to a seven-goal total
for the second week. The Bulldogs won every quarter and a team packed with fine
contributors were easy victors, FOOTSCRAY 13.9-87, COLLINGWOOD 7.13-55 ... five last
quarter goals in eight minutes briefly grabbed the lead for the Bombers at the MCG
(38,858) but the charge was too late after the Saints with both Lockett and Loewe back had
produced an extraordinary display of accuracy, ST KILDA 18.2-110 (Lockett 6.1), ESSENDON
15.10-100 ... at the Park (26,936) the match was evenly poised at the last break with a
4pt margin, but the Kangas bounded away with 6.1 to a point to come out emphatic victors
over the Hawks, NORTH 15.9-99, HAWTHORN 9.5-59 ... on Sunday at Waverley (42,580), GARY
ABLETT played his 200th as the Cats produced a full four-term effort to halt the Blues
eight-match streak. The menacing attack of Ablett (5.2) BARRY STONEHAM and BILL BROWNLESS (3.2) and the Cats 7.2 opening
proved too much for the Blues, GEELONG 13.12-90, CARLTON 8.6-54 ... in Brisbane, it was a very ordinary game for
8,236 fans as the Bears and Lions showing poor skills both desperately tried to lose the
match, BRISBANE 8.17-65, FITZROY 7.16-58 ... at Subiaco, only in the early stages did the
six-on-the-trot Tigers have a show. Beyond quarter-time, it was all too easy for the
Eagles who ran away as their teamwork came together an ominous sign as the
Sandgropers took a one game lead, WEST COAST 14.17-101 (Sumich 6.5), RICHMOND 7.11-53 to
<||> ROUND 18 FOCUS six rounds left, Eagles 52, Blues 48, Kangas 40, then
Hawks-Dogs-Tigers-Dons-Woods on 36 making up the eight, outside on 32 are Demons, Cats and
Brisbane, with the Crows 12th on 30pts ... a parallel, it was the first time since 1980
that both St Kilda and North had won two games in a season over Essendon and Hawthorn
respectively ... titleholders Bombers, four
losses in seven weeks ... Tony Shaw in his 307th suffered a corked thigh in the 2nd term
after only three possessions ... both the Woods and Bombers already reeling from injuries
and now for the Dons, CHE COCKATOO COLLINS in a brace after damaging a medial ligament and
PAUL HILLS a hamstring ...
<||> TRIBUNAL MARK MERCURI (Ess) suspended one match for striking Damien Shaw
<||> North Melbourne CEO KEN MONTGOMERY will stand down. The Kanga board have
appointed football director GREG MILLER as replacement ...
<||> AFL coaches firmly rejected a move to increase the interchange bench from three
to six ...
<||> the Commission relaxed their demand for a $700,000 guarantee for a Perth final
<||> nine clubs seeking jumper design
alternatives for possible use in 95 Fosters Cup matches ...
Bears win in Melbourne
5,423 at Footscray is lowest since 1967
ROUND 19 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 29-30-31: With clubs battling for places in the
finals, major injuries were keynotes as all interstate clubs played in Victoria. The
season ended early for three players sustaining severe injuries broken legs were
suffered by BRENT HEAVER (Car) and JAMIE LAWSON (Syd), and a knee injury to STEVE KOLYNIUK
(Fsc). The round opened Friday night at the MCG (32,845) where the Bulldogs had a 9pt
half-time break but the Kangas slowly got on top and landed a killer blow with three goals
in the opening 10 minutes of the final term. Longmire, Carey and McKernan were constant
worries for the smaller Dog defence, NORTH 15.12-102, FOOTSCRAY 12.10-82 ... in blustery
conditions on Saturday at Princes Park (25,080) injuries descended on the Blues who
finished with only 16 fit men yet they were always in command with a strong defence
forcing the Hawk forwards into errors. Every time the Hawks threatened Kernahan (5.0) did
something special, CARLTON 15.14-104, HAWTHORN 9.18-72 ... MATTHEW FEBEY with three goals
in the first 13 minutes gave the Demons a lightning start over the Bombers at the G
(43,132). Going in without the injured Jakovich, capt GARRY LYON (8.1) at full-forward and
DAVID SCHWARZ (5.2) at CHF controlled proceedings (8-goals straight in the 3rd) as
Melbourne gave an injury-struck Essendon a savage beating, the Demons biggest win over the
Dons since a 1937 victory at Windy Hill, MELBOURNE 21.9-135, ESSENDON 8.10-58 ... at the
Park 12,927 fans saw both sides struggle to score, indeed the Bears though scoreless in
the last won by 10pts from the Saints who managed only one goal after half-time matching
the Bears first two quarters. McADAM and LAMBERT stood out for the Bears who posted their
first win in Melbourne since 92-R18-PP v Fit, to become another contender for the eight,
BRISBANE 8.7-55, ST KILDA 5.15-45 ... rain, a biting wind and a direct telecast of the
Kardinia Park match kept fans down on Sunday as the Cats buried the Crows who had just two
goals to ¾-time at Corio Bay. 14,763 saw GEELONG 13.13-91, ADELAIDE 5.8-38 the
Crows third lowest in the AFL; Ablett was restricted to 3.4 to reach 98 goals and crucial
injuries were suffered by the Cats ... the Eagles who have never found the Western Oval a
friendly place were superior in every department to monumentally thrash the Lions who
after a scoreless third, managed but 0.2 in the last. To say the Eagles handled the wet
conditions well would be the understatement of the season, WEST COAST 13.14-92, FITZROY
3.8-26 (the lowest score of the year). The 5,423 fans who braved the Western Oval chill
was the lowest Melbourne crowd since 67-R17-AS of 4,846 for NM v Haw, and below the 5,759
for 87-R17-PP, Fit v Bri ... early setbacks for the Swans at the MCG (23,906) when Lawson
suffered a broken leg and two players were booked did not alter the fact the Tigers with
greater skills were too accomplished for the Coathanger City boys. The Swans ended the day
badly with three reported, capt PAUL KELLY, ruck GAVIN ROSE and DERMOTT BRERETON for his
16th career booking, RICHMOND 14.11-95, SYDNEY 9.8-62 ...
<||> ROUND 19 FOCUS in the Bombers 1900th League game, the Demons posted
their first triple against the Dons since 1971-72 ... CHRIS LANGFORD (Haw) played his
250th, PAUL COUCH (Gee) his 200th ... Hawthorns injury-plagued star-forward JASON
DUNSTALL (so near to 1000 goals) adds a strained calf muscle to a sore back and a dinky
knee ... Richmond lose captain TONY FREE for the rest of their season as a metal plate is
inserted to the broken jaw suffered in an incident which resulted in the Sunday clash with
DERMOTT BRERETON ... speedy Sydney rover JAMIE LAWSON had a 15cm rod inserted in the left
leg broken in the first 60 seconds against the Tigers ...
<||> TRIBUNAL DERMOTT BRERETON (Syd) was found guilty of two striking charges
against Tony Free (Rch) and suspended seven matches at a hearing lasting two hours. With
five Swans games left, the sentence ends Breretons season after only playing seven
games (7 goals, 50 possessions) with his new club. Within two weeks of his 30th birthday,
it was Breretons 8th suspension (two in 1994) totalling 37 games of his 196-match
career ... Swans captain PAUL KELLY was found guilty and suspended two games for striking
Chris Bond (Rch) ... a striking charge against GAVIN ROSE (Syd) was withdrawn ...
<||> to lessen the impact of low crowds and reduce costs for matches against
interstate clubs, St Kilda called for double-headers (they were tried in 1986) however the
request is rejected by the AFL ...
<||> JEFF CROUCH at 59 lost his battle with cancer on August 5th. Crouch umpired 182
VFL matches (1959-70) including 15 finals and five Grand Finals and for 21 years was the
appeal director of Melbournes Royal Childrens Hospital ...
Demons & Lions to merge?
ROUND 20 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 5-6-7: Two free kicks brought two goals as a subdued
GARY ABLETT reached the ton on Saturday against North. But, the action started Friday
night at the MCG when 76,301 turned out in the chill to see the pumped-up Maggies
devastate the already weakened Bombers and dump the reigning premiers from finals
expectations. The heat was on even before the game as Collingwood tearing thru their
banner ran into a circling Essendon group sparking an ugly two-minute all-player brawl. A
mid-game burst of 13 goals failed to lift the Magpies from 9th place with the Dons one
below on 10th, COLLINGWOOD 19.20-134, ESSENDON 17.4-106 ... an intense Saturday struggle
at Princes Park resulted in a significant one-point win for the Cats. The Kangas were kept
alive by a terrific forward effort by WAYNE CAREY (5.1), GEELONG 10.18-78, NORTH 11.11-77
(24,712) ... down early, the Tigers at the G (33,503) scored their ninth win from 10 games
as they proved too resourceful for the struggling Saints who were kept in it after losing
the inspiring NICKY WINMAR with concussion from the solo effort of TONY LOCKETT (who
bagged 6.2). RICHMOND 12.21-93, ST KILDA 9.7-61 ... the Hawks, at the Park (16,328)
written off by many after three successive losses, (and without the injured Dunstall) for
the second time in four months were the masters over an Eagles side who were found
wanting, HAWTHORN 15.10-100, WEST COAST 7.12-54 ... the Crows at the Western Oval (17,591)
continued their downward slide and played without confidence as the Bulldogs did as they pleased to climb two more rungs to 6th,
FOOTSCRAY 17.16-118, ADEL-AIDE 4.10-34 ... despite the BCG heat (12,341) and injuries the
Demons with five unanswered goals in the second had enough to score a brave win over the
Bears who can kiss their finals dreams goodbyethe Redlegs have a tough run but
appear set for the eight, MELBOURNE 14.15-99, BRISBANE 12.12-84 ... a low-crowd, late
match, (6,513) brought a low-standard fight for bottom place. A 28pt win by the Lions
assures the Swans of the wooden spoon for the third season, the clubs worst-ever
achievement since 1897, FITZROY 13.16-94, SYDNEY 9.12-66 ...
<||> ROUND 20 FOCUS merger talk rumors between Melbourne and Fitzroy curbed
attention over the effects of the round which saw 187,289 attend ... the Crows 4.10 was
the second lowest since joining the AFL ... after 63 goals for the year, a groin injury
takes its toll on SIMON MINTON-CONNELL (Syd).
<||> TRIBUNAL Essendon utility GLENN MANTON was suspended two matches for
striking Mark Fraser (Col) ...
<||> ROBERT SHAW resigned as coach of FITZROY. With four matches remaining his
decision is effective October 1st ...
<||> Bomber woes continue as the season ends for capt MARK THOMPSON with a broken
arm; PAUL SALMON has damaged an A/C joint in shoulder and RICK OLARENSHAW has hurt his
<||> daily media speculation continued on the prospective Demons-Fitzroy merger
which revealed registration of the name MELBOURNE LIONS was lodged with OFTBA on August
<||> Brisbane Bears make another offer to Fitzroy for merger yet, despite the
obvious, Lions chairman DYSON HORE-LACY vows Fitzroy will go it alone and
going to Brisbane would be like taking the last chair on the Titanic ...
<||> the Bears ALASTAIR LYNCH ruled out for rest of season ...
<||> the Friday night all-in, 42-player ruckus results in a single player DAMIEN
MONKHORST (Col) being fined $5000 for conduct unbecoming, in that he incited an all-in
on the Demons
Blood rule under fire
ROUND 21 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 12-13-14: The AFLs recently introduced ruling
that players showing blood from any injury are required to immediately leave the field
when instructed by an umpire (or face a $1000 fine) came under criticism when Melbourne
lost two players within five minutes of Saturdays first quarter. Umpires are
required to wait until replacement players have arrived and taken up their position. The
enforcement may require review.
A big house of 31,948 at the WACA on Friday night saw the Eagles pumped-up and blow out to
a 40pt lead at the last change. The Roos came back doggedly
and the Coasters fade out after early dominance and following their Hawk humiliation, may
be a worry. Highlight of the night was the Jakovich-Carey contest which had everything;
Jako won on points cast, WEST COAST 10.13-73, NORTH MELB 9.10-64 ... at the MCG to only
49,872, the Maggies charged into the eight on Saturday when they easily accounted for a
tired-looking Demon outfit who failed to goal past the 3-minute mark of the second half,
COLLINGWOOD 13.14-92, MELBOURNE 9.10-64 ... the Cats accounted for the Lions at Princes
Park (11,399) despite the shattering loss of BARRY STONEHAM with a broken leg and the
continued patchy form of GARY ABLETT who has bagged just 10 goals in three games, GEELONG
13.22-100, FITZROY 8.11-59 ... at the Park (14,653), the flu-hit Dogs had few problems
disposing of the Saints; both LOCKETT (5.5) and OSBORNE (5.0) sparked at both ends,
SCRAY 17.15-117, ST KILDA 10.12-72 ... Sunday at the MCG to 52,562 saw a good scrap
between 4th and 7th but even though the polished Hawks won by 28pts, the Tigers
didnt lose any fans in a spirited but woefully inaccurate showing. Hawk captain
CHRIS LANGFORD had a magnificent game with 15 marks and 21 possessions, HAWTHORN 18.9-117,
RICHMOND 11.23-89 ... in beautiful SCG conditions (9622) the lowly Swans scored one of the
major upsets of the year handing what may be a costly loss to the 2nd-placed Blues, who
were put under pressure all day by a taunting
Harbour City crew who were not headed from early in the last half, SYDNEY 9.16-70, CARLTON
8.14-62 ... in the twilight game at Football Park (36,609) it was cold and windy where the
under-manned Bears turned around a first term failure to lead deep into the last quarter
but the Crows rallied to clinch a nail-biter, ADELAIDE 13.11-89, BRISBANE 12.14-86 ...
<||> ROUND 21 FOCUS: Sydney announce extended sponsorship deal with QBE and 10-year
winter agreement with SCG Trust. $6m plans include a new Swans social club to open October
in the M.A. Noble Stand and establishment of new player facilities in Brewongle Stand ...
Hawthorn extended their winning run over the Tigers to 16 ... the Cats posted their 100th
win over the Roys ... the Bulldogs with five on the trot against St Kilda is their best
since 1925 ... the Crows made it six straight over the Bears but it was Adelaides
lowest versus Brisbane ... 206,512 for the round ...
<||> As merger plans with Melbourne falter, a meeting of 300 FITZROY supporters plan
an audacious scheme to raise $2m and wipe the clubs debt, based on a $10 a week
contribution for two years ...
<||> TRIBUNALbefore hearings, a charge against DARREN JARMAN (Haw) of
disputing a decision was withdrawn by the umpire ... in three charges from the Friday
night Perth match, COREY McKERNAN (NM) suspended one match on a tripping charge against
Jason Ball (WCE); BRETT ALLISON (NM) cleared of tripping; the charge of disputing the
umpires decision was dismissed ... GREG DEAR (Rch) was cleared of striking ... CRAIG
OBRIEN (StK) was cleared on striking ... AFLPA president JUSTIN MADDEN is cited from
video, becoming the 12th player reported for tripping (five suspensions). Madden is
cleared but publicly supports League stance ...
<||> the Bears call for a halt to the spectacular increase on the use of gloves by
<||> Melbourne spearhead ALLEN JAKOVICH to miss the rest of the year with a back
<||> Swans coach RON BARASSI fined $1000 for half-time comments towards umpires in
R19 v Rch at the MCG ...
<||> $450,000 will give lights and baseball to the Saints home base at Moorabbin by
<||> AFL gm IAN COLLINS is appointed to the Sydney FC board ...
<||> A Grade Amateur teams Old Xaverians and North Old Boys played the last game of
football at Albert Park's Lakeside Oval on Saturday August 20th ...
8 shuffle continues
Kangas and Hawks slide
<||> ROUND 22 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 19-20-21: The football is a
funny game cliche well described the round as teams supposedly dead-and-buried
re-bounded to thicken the finals plot. With five goals from the pocket, Demon rover ANDY
LOVELL put the skids under the Kangas on Friday night (32,951) at the G. The Redlegs led
at every change and were rarely challenged by a flat opposition and the Kangas tumbled
down and seem certain to miss the double chance, MELBOURNE 15.13-103. NORTH 12.11-83 ... a
fine Saturday brought 66,555 to the MCG for what was a terrific game of footy with the
lead changing regularly. The Magpies goaled two minutes from the end thru NATHAN BUCKLEY
to run out 3pt winners over the injury struck Cats who fell from 5th to 8th, COLLINGWOOD
15.17-107, GEELONG 16.8-104 ... at the Park (13,454) the Saints comfortable win over the
Swans was marred as spearhead TONY LOCKETT (who kicked 9.4) and utility NICKY WINMAR
returning from a 3-game suspension) were booked, both in incidents with TROY GRAY (Syd),
as the Swans are assured of the spoon, ST KILDA 17.12-114, SYDNEY 11.15-81 ... the Lions
were committed with a 7.3 opening at the Western Oval (12,099) but only kicked three more
as the Tigers took control for a 10-goal win despite a very shortened second term of 21m
32s due to a timepiece malfunction, RICHMOND 19.15-129, FITZROY 10.9-69 ... from losing to
the bottom side one week, the Blues with poise and aggression were ruthless and scored
with ridiculous ease to demolish the top-placed Eagles by 64pts at Princes Park (28,057),
Williams (Car) gathered 45 possessions, CARLTON 19.12-126, WEST COAST 8.14-62 ... the
Bombers written-off by most, trailed by four goals early in the second then sparked to
kick seven unanswered goals and never look back to destroy the very ordinary Hawks to
49,354 at the MCG. Dunstall managed just 3.2, taking him to 999, ESSENDON 20.16-136,
HAWTHORN 12.12-84 ... at the BCG (10.572) Scray gained a hard-fought 10pt win with the
Bears hitting the lead for the first time with just four minutes left but goals to LEON
CAMERON and the Bull-dogs greatest son DOUG HAWKINS clinched the win and an almost certain
finals berth, FOOTSCRAY 14.14-98, BRISBANE 13.10-88 ...
ROUND 22 FOCUSwith only two rounds remaining the finals shuffle continues WCE
60, Car 56, Fsc 48, Col 48, Rch 48, NM 44, Mel 44, Gee 44 in the eight, with Haw 44 and
Ess 40 the smokies ... North look shaky while the Cats suffered added injury woes ...
The long-awaited AFLs Five-Year Plan was released on Monday August 22nd, all 208-pages,
weighing almost one kilo and on tight distribution, not including the public.
All 11 Victorian clubs are unlikely to survive in their present form and the AFL CEO Ross
Oakley said the Commission could act immediately to have a club deleted from the
The Plan at a glanceeffective immediately, AFL clubs will need to satisfy the
Commission they are able to pay all debts as soon as they are due.
Failure to meet this criterion will result in the expulsion of that club from the
Effectively, Fitzroy, labouring under debts of $2.2m would be incapable of satisfying a
critical evaluation and St Kilda, who have debts of about $1m may also struggle to meet
the Leagues new requirements.
In a nutshell, the 5-Year Plan calls for
<> A 16 team competition.
<> Each club to meet a solvency criteria seven months before the start of a season.
<> Victoria cannot sustain 11 teams one likely to go. 100 years of history
does not automatically qualify a club for AFL participation.
<> Mergers of Victorian clubs a preferred option with debt assistance and
concessions on draft and player lists, salary cap and underwriting and promotional
<> A second South Australian team should be admitted as soon as possible after 1996.
<> The AFL seeks sponsorships rather than higher admission prices.
<||> TRIBUNALSaints forward TONY LOCKETT was cleared of charging Troy Gray
(Syd). Charges against NICKY WINMAR (StK) were withdrawn by umpires ... CRAIG TURLEY (WCE)
pleading guilty (under severe provocation) was suspended two matches for striking Greg
Williams (Car). Turley broke the players unwritten code of honour, claiming that
Williams had struck him three times, provoking his reaction. A later AFL review judged
Williams did not have a case to answer; Turley from a video citing was cleared of a
kneeing charge ...
<||> on the eve of the finals, the Commission announces clubs could be fined up to
$50,000 if their players are involved in on-field brawls ...
<||> the nomadic Lions select Coburg as their new training ground, their eighth base
in 27 years; the League withholds gate monies to Fitzroy after the clubs failure to
repay a debt to the AFL ...
<||> lowly Sydney facing their third successive wooden spoon are granted access to
two uncontracted players in addition to their two priority choices in the November draft
<||> Demon forward ALLEN JAKOVICH is booked for surgery to fix a back injury ...
take top place
1000 goals to Dunstall
Bombers to miss finals
ROUND 23 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 26-27-28: The Kangas on Friday night at the G (17,895)
rebounded from three losses to record an emphatic 86pt win over what seemed to be a morale
shattered Lions, NORTH 25.10-160 (Carey 5, Longmire 5), FITZROY 10.14-74 ... a Saturday
lock-out 32,486 packed Princes Park in fine and warm (22) conditions. The Blues won their
ninth successive PP game when they devastated the Tigers by 113pts for Carlton to take top
place for the first time since the opening round of 1992. After their defeat of West Coast
the previous week as a class act, the Blues go to premiership favouritism, CARLTON
25.11-161 (Fraser Brown 7.0), RICHMOND 6.12-48 ... at the Park (40.154) the Magpies blew a
golden opportunity to cement their finals berth when a Lockett-led Saints won by 2pts.
Lockett with trademark strength led confidentially to kick 8.4 and send the Woods from 4th
to 7th, ST KILDA 14.6-90, COLLINGWOOD 13.10-88 ... Scray recovered from a sluggish start
to outscore the Demons 9-goals to two in the second half as the hard-working Doggies
gripped a finals spot. The Western Oval had 23,611 to see FOOTSCRAY 16.15-111, MELBOURNE
13.10-88 ... the Cats at home (22,130) had their worries when the Swans with 7.3 in the
second, led by 21pts at half-time. The Corio Bay boys slammed back with 8.5 in the third
but to the end, the Swans were always uncomfortably close, GEELONG 16.15-111 (Ablett 6.4),
SYDNEY 15.9-99 ... at the BCG on Sunday (13,718), Hawthorns JASON DUNSTALL
three-minutes into the first quarter became the third player in League history to pass the
1000-goal mark. He kicked 6.3 for the day to reach a career 1005. The Hawks had to
withstand a spirited Bear attack who led in the third and they almost stole the game,
coming back in the last, but the brown-and-gold steadied, HAWKS 15.12-102, BRISBANE
13.13-91 ... in the twilight game at Football Park (41,669) after quarter time the Crows
dominated and savagely dealt with the Bombers. Modra and Hall returned to great form as
the Dons a mere shadow of their premier status after an injury-racked year, bowed out of
the finals race, ADELAIDE 17.13-115 (Hall 6, Modra 5), ESSENDON 8.10-58 ...
<||> ROUND 23 FOCUSthe Blues 113pt drubbing was only 2pts short of their
84-R14-PP record and handed the Tigers their seventh worst loss in 1712 League outings ...
Norths 86pt win was their best over the Roys topping the 73pts of 66-R11-BS ...
<||> TRIBUNALGREG DEAR (Rch) is cleared of a striking charge, for the second
time in a fortnight ... ANDREW McKAY (Car) was found guilty of disputing an umpires
decision and fined $1000 ...
<||> 1981 Brownlow medalist and Channel Seven commentator BERNIE QUINLAN firms as
new Fitzroy coach ...
<||> Collingwoods GRAHAM WRIGHT suffers a recurrence of a debilitating virus
<||> COCA-COLA set to replace CUB as AFLs corporate sponsor in seven-year deal,
until 2001, worth a reported $30m ...
<||> TIM WATSON (Ess) after 307 games, 337 goals (1977-94) confirmed his second
<||> JAMIE LAWSON (Syd) who broke his leg on July 31 is told by doctors after three
operations, he may not walk for 12-18 months ...
crumble to miss
Magpies and Demons in
Wild Subiaco brawl
Hawks in 13th finals series
Crowds reach 4,721,411
ROUND 24 Fri-Sat-Sun, September 2-3-4: With finals chances hinging on most games,
another 228,347 turned out starting with a wonderful 72,932 at the G on Friday night when
the Kangas hammered a deficient Magpie outfit by 64pts. North captain WAYNE CAREY though
off with a corked calf midway into the second, his side sparkled with key forward JOHN
LONGMIRE ending with 8.2 as the Woods chances went cloudy, NORTH 19.12-126, COLLINGWOOD
8.14-62 ... it was cold early then wet for the Saturday meeting of the 1994 grand
finalists. With the Bombers out of this years finals, this failed to even draw
tele-coverage but gathered 61,231 to the MCG. Brownlow favourite GREG WILLIAMS was a late
Blues withdrawal and FRASER BROWN was out with the Blues (maybe playing it safe) suffering
accordingly as the Dons were much easier winners than the 18pt margin, ESSENDON 12.8-80,
CARLTON 9.8-62 ... the Cats (even without the injured Ablett) with 10 consecutive mid-game
goals, relished their Princes Park meeting (25,112) against the Tigers who got their
second successive thumping at the same venue, GEELONG 27.9-171 Brownless 8.0), RICHMOND
13.17-95 ... the Saints (Lockett injured) ended their commitments with their third win in
as many weeks chiefly thru their mid-field dominance by NATHAN BURKE and ROBERT HARVEY at
Western Oval (10,809) in Robert Shaws final game as coach of the Lions, ST KILDA
21.14-140, FITZROY 15.12-102 ... at the Park (22,973) neither the Crows (without the
injured Modra) nor the Hawks were flash for the 22,973 fans in the dry first half. One
journo said the second half was a bore and the Hawks uninspiring, but they still won,
HAWTHORN 9.12-66, ADELAIDE 6.11-47 ... both the Tigers and the Woods were dwelling on the
Sunday results. At the SCG (8336), with three players kicking an unblemished 19 goals
(DAVID SCHWARZ 9, SEAN CHARLES 5, MARTIN PIKE 5) the Demons confirmed their finals berth
with one the Leagues more accurate scores, as the Swans finished with the wooden
spoon for a third season, MELBOURNE 27.5-167, SYDNEY 18.13-121 ... in Perth, the Bulldogs
were on the receiving end of a 71pt thrashing as the Eagles went back to top and finished
minor premiers. The second quarter ended when BRETT HEADY (WCE) was stretchered
unconscious and as players were leaving for the Subiaco Oval half-time break, a scuffle
exploded into one of the most savage brawls footy has suffered leaving West forward PETER
SUMICH also stretchered unconscious, requiring oxygen. There were no reports from
officialdom, but a right-royal League investigation was promised, WEST COAST 17.15-117,
FOOTSCRAY 6.10-46 ...
<||> THE FINAL EIGHTEagles 64, Blues 60, Kangas, Cats, Bulldogs and Hawks on
52, then the Demons, Woods and Tigers on 48 with Richmond in 9th shy on percentage.
Essendon were 10th, then Adelaide, Brisbane, St Kilda, Fitzroy and Sydney.
<||> ROUND 24 FOCUSRobert Shaw exited from the Lions after 86 matches as coach
with a 28+58 record ... John Coleman Medal goes to GARY ABLETT (Gee) with 113 goals for
the home-and-away ... the Demons 27.5 against Sydney matches closely matches two Essendon
tallies, 29.7 versus South Melbourne, 50-R2-WH and their 28.6 against the Magpies, 84-PF-P
... the Hawks into their history-making 13th finals series ... GREG WILLIAMS (Car) with 88
votes wins The Age award from Glen Jakovich (WCE) on 83 and Gary Hocking (Gee) on
75. In the Herald Sun award placings were identical with voting as 23 to Williams
and Jakovich and Hocking tieing on 19 each ... Fitzroy rover DAVID BAIN (the 1988 Sandover
winner) topped the VSFL's GARDINER MEDAL with 17 votes, from GLEN NUGENT (Haw) and TROY
POLAK (NM) both on 14; ...
A new home-and-away attendance record of 4,721,411 was set, beating the 1992 season of
4,332,925. The MCG attracted over two million, with an average of 44,112 attending the 46
fixtures. Waverley Park drew 711,082 for a 27-game average of 26,336. The 164-match series
had an average attendance of 28,615 compared with 27,903 of last year.
video citings, JAMES MANSON (Fit) was suspended one week and fined $1000 on a misconduct
charge in that he assaulted NATHAN BURKE (StK); Burke and JASON BALDWIN (Fit) escaped
penalty on similar charges ... MARK VISKA (Ade) was found guilty of striking Paul Hudson
(Haw) and suspended two matches ... PAUL BRODERICK (Rch) was cleared of intentionally
tripping John Barnes (Gee) ...
<||> BERNIE QUINLAN who played for both Footscray (1969-77, 177 games, 239 goals)
then Fitzroy (1978-86, 189 and 576) for a career tally of 366 matches and 815 goals was
appointed the 1995 coach of Fitzroy.
of Subiaco dustup
Following the Sunday September 4th half-time brawl at Subiaco Oval, the AFLs
resident investigation officer MAX CROXFORD interviewed upwards of 20 players and
officials. The recently determined rule of $50,000 fines against clubs in similar brawls
was still days away from being proclaimed into footy law.
On Wednesday, AFL football manager IAN COLLINS
arranged a deal with both West Coast and Footscray where, for fines of $20,000 each, no
charges against players would be made, letters of the arrangements being obtained from
both clubs. Croxford is understood to have recommended no charges be laid. However, the
Commission proceeded to cite eight players, five from West Coast GLEN JAKOVICH,
CHRIS LEWIS, PETER SUMICH, JASON BALL, TONY EVANS, and three from Footscray, DANNY
SOUTHERN, CHRIS GRANT and STEPHEN MACPHERSON for hearings scheduled at 1pm Friday.
Footscray took the matter into the Victorian Supreme Court on Thursday where facts of the
$20,000 deal were exposed with an injunction being obtained for a delay of charges against
Bulldog players until the following Monday after their Saturday final. The Eagles
proceeded with the hearings against their players who, after a four hour hearing were all
cleared of any misdemeanour. Footscray withdrew their Supreme Court action against the
League and the Tribunal hearings on three Bulldogs players were heard on Tuesday September
DANNY SOUTHERN was found guilty of misconduct in that he assaulted Peter
Sumich, and fined $10,000 for his part in the Subiaco brawl.
opening to four Qualifying finals
Hawks, Magpies bow out
QUALIFYING FINALS Sat-Sun, September 10-11: Cloudless skies following mid-week
rains greeted the first series of the Final Eight system, amid the continuing controversy
of the Subiaco dustup.
Only 38,223 were at the Park on Saturday afternoon to witness the 2nd QF in which the
Kangas and the Hawks were the first to experience the extra-time rule. With scores tied at
91pts all at full-time, five minutes plus time-on was played to each end to break the
deadlock. Earlier, Hawthorn with JOHN PLATTEN in his 200th as a shining light threatened
to go away. The strength of WAYNE CAREY (NM) emerged to bring the Kangas back and an
all-day challenging fight resulted. It was Carey with a 50-metre goal at 26m22s of the
last quarter which tied the scores. In extra-time however, North surged constantly with
eight-scoring shots. holding the Hawks pointless as the Kangas ran in for a 23pt victory
and their first finals win since 1985, NORTH MELBOURNE 15.24-114, HAWTHORN 13.13-91 ...
At the MCG (61,182) on Saturday night, the Cats after an 8.3 (Ablett 5) to 3.3 opening led
by 36pts at one stage. Geelong with JOHN BARNES dominating the ruck, appeared to be
winning everywhere then injuries hit as Scray rallied and a great contest developed.
Footscray hit the front by a point with a snap goal from RICHARD OSBORNE with just 26
seconds left. GARRY HOCKING cleared the ball for Geelong from the bounce for a DAVID
MENSCH mark who delivered it to the leading BILL BROWNLESS, only three seconds remained.
After the siren, Brownless kicked truly from 35m to snatch an incredible 1st QF five-point
win, GEELONG 15.16-106, FOOTSCRAY 15.11-101 ...
Sunday remained fine but the 3rd QF drew just 56,111 to the MCG. The Blues missed the
injured CRAIG BRADLEY but enjoyed early superiority when they led by 25pts. This
disintegrated instantly as the Demons took the psychological edge with four quick goals.
Melbourne alternated ANDREW OBST and BRETT LOVETT who shut-down the Blues powerhouse GREG
WILLIAMS confining him to a meagre gamelong eight kicks, one mark and eight handpasses.
The premiership favourites of one week were found wanting as the Demons were emphatic
winners, 18.15-129 to 14.12-96 ...
In Perth, the WACA oval (31,824) dried out well from rains and gave good conditions for
the 4th QF. Even though West Coast were ahead all day, it never broke free as the Magpies
hard, defensive style upset the Eagles constantly. It was tight relentless stuff with the
Woods fighting back with a gallant six-goals straight in the last to fail by just two
points. It couldve been different had a certain mark 35m out not bounced off the
chest of Maggie champion MICK McGUANE, five seconds from the siren. It was TONY
SHAWs 313th game (22 finals) and his obvious farewell on an emotionally losing note,
WEST COAST 11.16-82, COLLINGWOOD 12.8-80 ...
<||> QUALIFYING FINALS FOCUS JASON DUNSTALL (Haw) gathered his 5th century
with 4.1, ending with 101.47 for the season ... confusion on two occasions in Perth with a
hard-to-hear siren, could have led to protests had the margin been closer ... a review is
called of rule banning coaches from addressing players when extra-time is played ...
<||> TRIBUNALJUSTIN MADDEN (Car) cited from video on a charge of unduly rough
play was found not guilty ... The League rules in favour of one Preliminary Final
Melbourne, one in Perth both on Sat Sept 24 ...
<||> GARRY McINTOSH (Norwood) with 22 votes won the SANFL Magarey Medal ...
<||> CHRIS SCOTT (Bri) won the NORWICH RISING STAR $10,000 AWARD, a second for the
Bears, following NATHAN BUCKLEYs 1993 win ...
<||> GRAHAM CORNES foundation coach of the ADELAIDE Crows is dismissed after
finishing below expectations at 11th place and player unrest. Cornes record
for his 89 games in command was 43+45, with one draw ...
<||> SIMON MINTON-CONNELL quits Sydney after three seasons netted him 168 goals in
41 matches ...
<||> tins were rattled at Western Oval training to help pay the $10,000 fine imposed
on DANNY SOUTHERN ...
<||> Essendons Brownlow medalist GAVIN WANGANEEN broke a leg in an Adelaide
motorcycle accident ...
<||> GARY BUCKENARA tipped for Subiaco coaching spot ...
is nigh for VFA
reports were conflicting, the 118 years of the VICTORIAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION were close
to ending. Four clubs were tipped to merge or disappear as a new competition is raised,
bringing it in line with VSFL Under 18 zones. The new comp may still be named the VFA but
administrations of the VSFL and VFA will be merged and based at AFL House.
PRAHRAN who joined the VFA with Port Melbourne in 1886 announced they would not field a
senior team in 1995. The Two Blues name, guernsey and base at Toorak Park would be
retained with the intention to enter an Under 18 team in the VSFL.
<||> After the Saints were believed to have offered him $10,000 a game, TONY LOCKETT
quits St Kilda and begins talks with Richmond. Sydney offered him $1m for three years,
with Collingwood also pursuing the 183 game, 898 goal, 28 year-old veteran ...
<||< DERMOTT BRERETON now 30, waiting the chop from Sydneys list after only
seven games with the Swans ...
there were four
Blues & Bulldogs dispatched
SEMI-FINALS, Sat-Sun, September 17-18: The finals race was reduced to four after Melbourne
and Geelong scored comfortable wins in both cut-throat semis. After three
nail-biting finishes in the first weekend, both the Cats and the Demons scored
surprisingly easy victories.
Just 53,160 were at Waverley on Saturday for the 2nd Semi where the Cats suffered late
withdrawals by MARK BAIRSTOW, GARRY HOCKING and PAUL COUCH plus the injured MICHAEL
MANSFIELD, but Geelong were inspired and powered to an early lead over Carlton and were
never headed. Ablett who captained the Cats finished with 6.3 and JOHN BARNES was
formidable in the ruck, but it was their unsung heroes, AARON LORD (after only one
previous quarter in AFL footy) who roved to the winning Barnes, LIAM PICKERING, forward
LEIGH TUDOR and defenders STEVEN HOCKING, STEVEN HANDLEY and PAUL BROWN who set the Cats
From favourites only two weeks prior, Carlton were out in straight sets as coach DAVID
PARKIN raised questions to his own future, GEELONG 15.15-105, CARLTON 10.12-72.
On Sunday under threatening skies 65,577 were at the MCG for the 1st Semi in which the
Demons had little trouble in recording the easiest of wins. Their 79pt victory was chiefly
thru the sensational efforts of captain GARRY LYON who kicked a personal-best of 10.4 in
three quarters before leaving early in the last with a bruised thigh. The other Melbourne
star forward DAVID SCHWARZ was stretchered late in the match after being accidentally
kneed in the head. He received mild concussion and six stitches to his wound but was
expected to be available Saturday for the Demons date in Perth with the Eagles,
Melbournes first trip across the Nullarbor since 92-R16 ...
The match proved the Bulldogs to be ill-equipped against Melbourne, and not helped by the
absence of key ruckman ILIA GRGIC and an injury toll of a further seven including the 329
game veteran DOUG HAWKINS. The Doggies had spirit in the first half, but were throttled as
the game lengthened, MELBOURNE 21.18-144, FOOTSCRAY 9.11-65 ...
<||> Recent coach of Fitzroy, 39 year-old ROBERT SHAW is named the new coach of
<||> TRIBUNALBrownlow Medal favourite GREG WILLIAMS (Car) was found guilty of
disputing the umpires decision during Saturdays 2nd Semi and fined $1000 ...
<||> BEN ALLEN (Haw) at 25 and 98 games with the Hawks, signs with FREMANTLE and is
named inaugural captain of the Dockers. The Age speculated the Allen deal was
$650,000 over three years ...
<||> IAN COLLINS AFL football manager enters Tony Lockett controversy revealing on
radio, the St Kilda contract does not expire until next March ...
<||> DERMOTT BRERETON quits Sydney and will return to Melbourne ...
<||> Magpie pres ALLAN McALISTER announces his club has withdrawn from the bidding
for TONY LOCKETT to remain faithful to its youth program ...
Eagles devastate Demons
PRELIMINARY FINALS: Saturday, September 24: For the first time there were two Preliminary
Finals on the same day, one in Melbourne, one in Perth.
At the MCG, 80,121 saw the Kangas burst away in the first quarter and threatened to turn
the contest into a one-sided affair with a somewhat wasteful 5.9 opener to lead by 18pts.
Then against the flow, the Cats with their tails up kicked seven unanswered goals to go in
at half-time up by 24pts. North fought hard to get back into the game, edging to within
two-goals but the Cats still had a three-goal buffer at the last change. North came again
at the tiring Cats and with three goals regained the lead at the 19-minute mark of the
last. Geelong levelled with a behind then, almost at 27 minutes, a hurried kick from deep
in the forward pocket by LEIGH TUDOR (G) carried over the head of North fullback MICHAEL
MARTYN and landed in the arms of GARY ABLETT who marked 20m out directly in front as the
siren sounded. Ablett coolly went back and converted to give Geelong their second
extraordinary finals win and their third grand final in six years under coach MALCOLM
BLIGHT, GEELONG 16.13-109, NORTH MELB 14.19-103. It was a cruel end for the Roos who were
aiming for their first playoff since 1978. WAYNE CAREY was Norths superstar of the
match with 18 kicks, 14 marks, six handballs and 6.4. His duel with TIM McGRATH (G) was
one of the best of the season.
At the WACA, 34,317 were packed in to see an awesome West Coast devastate Melbourne by
65pts. Apart from a 10-minute burst of action by the Demons in the second quarter the
Eagles were never in trouble. West shut down the dangerous Melbourne mid-field and had no
answer to a rampaging Eagles blitzkrieg who continually crashed out of the middle and
drove downfield. The Demons could only be thankful the Coasters were off target, WEST
COAST 16.21-117, MELBOURNE 8.4-52.
A sober reflection on the command West Coast had over the Demons. The well-respected
Melbourne forward-trio of Lyon, Schwartz and Pike had before this matching, contributed 83
goals from eight games. Captain GARRY LYON with 3.1 from seven kicks was the only scorer
of the trio in this outing.
<||> A slim crowd of 13,168 on Sunday were at Victoria Park to witness possibly the
final premiership of the VICTORIAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (founded in 1877). Box Hill had
its hands on its first-ever VFA title in its 43-year history but Sandringham with a
ruthless final quarter burst captured its fifth senior flag by nine points, 11.12-78 to
The Beach Road Zebras triumphed on the day winning all three VFA premierships, a feat only
previously won by Williamstown.
<||> TRIBUNAL The citing of Geelongs GARY ABLETT from the Preliminary
Final video gathered vast press coverage. The charge was striking on North
Melbournes MICHAEL MARTYN during a torrid third quarter passage when Ablett was seen
to throw a straight left arm across the face of the pursuing Martyn. A 25-minute Tuesday
night hearing found the charge was not sustained ...
Greg Williams sweeps awards pool
Greg Diesel Williams stamped himself as one of the all-time greats when he
captured his second Brownlow Medal at the count conducted at Melbournes Radison
Hotel on Monday night September 26th.
Williams who had shared the 1986 medal (as a Sydney player) with Hawthorns Robert
DiPierdomenico, scored a massive 30 votes to finish ahead of West Coasts PETER
MATERA (28) and Geelong ruck-rover Garry Hocking on 20. Williams polled nine firsts, one
second and one third vote.
It capped off a remarkable season for Williams on the eve of his 31st birthday, making him
the third oldest player to win the AFLs highest individual award.
Williams who was also a runner-up in the 1993 count, became only the third player in
Brownlow history to poll 30 votes, behind the 32 recorded when Collingwoods Des
Fothergill and South Melbournes Herbie Matthew tied for the Medal in 1940.
The Brownlow was a clean-sweep for Greg Williams who won every major Melbourne media award
Sunday Herald Sun (worth $15,000)
The Herald Sun
The Age ($3000)
The Sunday Age ($5000)
Inside Football (7-day island holiday)
Radio 3AW ($10,000)
Channel Seven ($20,000)
ABC Radio 3LO ($1000 trophy)
Football Media Association (Gold Coast trip)
West Coast murder Geelong to take second flag
GRAND FINAL Saturday October 1: Rohan Connolly of The Sunday Age wrote on
the game It was meticulous, it was methodical, and, in the end, it was a
massacre. West Coast thumped Geelong by 80 points to win the second AFL premiership of its
eight-year history, consigning the Cats to their third grand final loss in the past six
The Eagles won by a margin even greater than many had feared, with an awesome display of
defensive and later, attacking power.
West Coast, largely through its own inaccuracy, led by only 18 points as late as halfway
through the third quarter.
But when the Eagles kicked the final three goals of the term to increase the gap to six
goals by the last break, the dam wall Geelong had been holding back all afternoon finally
collapsed. West Coast piled on eight goals to one in the final quarter to record the
fourth-largest grand final win in league history.
The win, before a crowd of 93,860 the lowest attendance at an MCG grand final since
1988 extended the Eagles historical dominance over the Cats. West Coast has
now won 14 of the clubs 18 meetings, including two grand finals and a preliminary
It gave Eagles coach Mick Malthouse a third premiership he won one as a player with
Richmond in 1980 confirming West Coasts place as the most successful club of
the 1990s. In five seasons as coach, Malthouse has never taken the side to lower than
West Coast seized the initiative with three goals in the first 10 minutes and maintained
it thereafter, save for a burst of four goals in eight minutes late in the opening term
that gave the Cats the lead for the only time in the match.
Geelong looked a dispirited bunch midway through the last quarter, a term played in almost
eerie quiet as the fiercely pro-Geelong crowd digested a truly awesome display by the
The Eagles backline was as impregnable as ever, Michael Brennan holding Gary Ablett
to one goal, Glen Jakovich a wall at centre half-back, and Guy McKenna a constant source
of attack. But West Coasts biggest trump was Norm Smith medalist DEAN KEMP, who was
superb with 23 possessions and two goals in a ruck-roving role on Geelong captain Mark Bairstow.
Bairstow had a game he would prefer to forget, the second grand final in a row he has
played on the eventual Norm Smith medalist, and there are likely to be rumblings at
Kardinia Park over summer about his role as captain.
There are doubts, too, over the future of coach Malcolm Blight, who said after the match
he would sit down and weigh up his future soon. The question for him, is whether he can
rebound again from a third grand final defeat.
The last club to suffer losses in three grand finals, Collingwood in 1979-80-81, plummeted
to 10th the next season, and did not appear again in a grand final again until 1990 ...
The Eagles dominance yesterday underlines just how much catching up the rest of the
competition has to do if it is to match one of the modern games great sides.
WEST COAST 4.3, 8.12, 12.18, 20.23-143 d GEELONG 4.4, 5.7, 7.12, 8.15-63.
The three bigger grand final victories than yesterday were in 1988, when Hawthorn beat
Melbourne by 96 points; 1983, when Hawthorn beat Essendon by 83 points, and 1980 when
Richmond beat Collingwood by 81 points.
Final Stabs The towering second quarter grab by Geelongs BILL BROWNLESS will
rank as one of the all-time great marks ... almost 15,000 fans from Perth are estimated to
have crossed the Nullarbor ... Gary Ablett (Gee) was 33 on the day ... The Seekers made
their farewell professional appearance in the pre-game entertainment ... David Howlett,
voted Umpire of the Year, controlled his first Grand Final with Bryan Sheehan (his 4th)
and Denis Rich (3rd) ... some 5000 Geelong fans had camped up to nine days for tickets at
Kardinia Park, and a lot missed out ...
<||> Channel Seven used 25 cameras, 35 microphones and 8 kilometres of cable for
their telecast expected to reach 47 million households in 60 countries; 1,464,000 (a 57
rating) watched the Grand Final in Melbourne ...
<||> an estimated 80,000 attended the Friday Grand Final parade ... the Victorian
economy was boosted by more than $56-million from footy spending ...
<||> odds for the 1995 flag West Coast 4/1, Essendon 6/1, Adelaide 7/1,
Geelong 7/1, Melbourne, Collingwood, North 8/1, Carlton & Footscray 12/1, Hawthorn
16/1, Richmond 25/1, Brisbane 33/1, St Kilda 33/1, Sydney 100/1, Fitzroy 200/1, Fremantle