Definitive TV figures for the 1996 Grand Final showed almost nine out of ten Sydney sets
watched the Swans last Saturday (28th) pulling a peak audience of 1.279 million
Harboursiders of the four-million who saw the game nationally. On Sunday, the Rugby League
final across the nation peaked at 2.29 millionfigures released by the Seven and Nine
networks as published in The Age
HAWTHORN changes following the failed merger were announcedRON COOK will head an
interim board until the December AGM, comprising businessman IAN DICKER, former players
MICHAEL PORTER and DON SCOTT, former football manager IVAN MOORE, solicitor ROY WEISMAN
and accountant LEO SLATTERYOperation Payback raised some $900,000 banked as the old
board steps down further Hawk players retire, PAUL DEAR, PAUL COOPER, LEON HIGGINS
and GORDON FODE joining ANDY COLLINS and SCOTT MAGUINNESS
<||> official trading started with a talk-fest of all clubs meeting each other at
Optus OvalANTHONY ROCCA to quit Sydney, with his mother stating he wont
be coming back
<||> BILL TWOMEY the Collingwood star of 189 games (1945-58) passed away aged 69
|The ANDREW DUNKLEY saga continued with the AFL deferring its
Tribunal hearing until Monday (7th).
WAYNE SCHWASS (NM) was charged on video evidence for striking Troy Luff (Syd) in the Grand
ST KILDA set to announce its strongest trading result for five years
TOYOTA renewed its major sponsorship deal of ADELAIDE believed to be worth up to
TONY FREE stepped down as RICHMOND captain to undergo another
knee reconstruction keeping him out until 1998
Free will become a development coach
anti-merger heroes JOE GUTNICK and BRIAN DIXON split, with the new Demon prez refusing to
endorse Dixons bid to join the board Gutnick wants unanimous support when
four of the present board stand for re-election in December
fairest awards get under way PAUL KELLY (270 votes) won his second in Sydney from
Andrew Dunkley (236), Daryn Cresswell (211) and Tony Lockett (201)
STAN ALVES gets
another (his fourth) year as coach at ST KILDA, equalling the second-longest span for the
AFL chief executive
WAYNE JACKSON was named the new CEO of the AFL on October 2nd. The former head of SA
Brewing has been a part-time member of the Commission since June 1995. Jackson at 52 was a
First and Reserves player (160 games) with SANFL club West Torrens where he also coached
at senior and seconds level and was an original member in 1991 of the SANFL Commission.
His key AFL role follows the retirement of ROSS OAKLEY who will exit mid-November.
In a Herald Sun exclusive by Mike Sheahan on Friday (4th), the AFL under a new
approach in a four-page advertorial stated their revised agenda, telling Victorians the
fate of their football clubs rests in their hands and their pockets, and
<> the $6 million
merger incentive is withdrawn.
talks will only be held with clubs which have the backing of their members.
AFL will let clubs die rather than promote a merger without the support of the particular
funds will not be used to pay debts of failed clubs.
will be banned from running soccer or other sports, with banishment the ultimate penalty.
BOB PRATT the
South Melbourne champion of the 1930s at 84 suffered a stroke on October 3, five
days after presenting the Norm Smith Medal at the MCG Grand Final
league in turmoil
The full bench of the Federal Court (Justices Lockhart, von Doussa and Sackville) in
Sydney on October 4 overturned the March judgement of Justice Burchett clearing the way
for the News Limited-backed SuperLeague to start their 10-team Global League. Twelve ARL
establishment clubs voted for unity, paving the way for two opposing competitions in 1997
and a High Court challenge.
The Sydney Morning Herald said the big loser is Optus Vision which has
poured close to $60 million into the Australian Rugby Leagues fighting fund
It may cost Optus several million dollars more to fight SuperLeague into which News has
spent $121 million and committed another $152 million.
CARLTON admits it registered the nameCarlton Rugby League Club, earlier this
yearspeculation that 1996 runners-up ST GEORGE will defect the ARL and become
Melbourne-based, possibly at Optus
<||> Collingwood also indicated their interest to host SuperLeague matches at
<||> 152-game veteran MICK McGUANE, refused terms of a new two-year deal and severed
his ties with Collingwood
|Not dead yet
FITZROYs body is still warm as former club powerbrokers aim for an alliance
with North Melbourne
11.14-80 won their 34th SANFL flag from Central District 6.8-44, at Football Park to
46,120 on Sunday October 6th
DUNKLEY (Syd) was suspended two matches of the 1997 season when found guilty (Oct 7) of
striking James Hird (Ess) in the 2PF
WAYNE SCHWASS (NM) pleaded guilty to striking
TROY LUFF (Syd) in the GF and was outed for two matches
PETER HUDSON, CEO at Hawthorn is the latest to resign, effective October 31st.
<||> CAMERON SCHWAB former Demon recruiting manager and Richmond gm returned to
Melbourne FC as football manager, replacing RICHARD GRIFFITHS
<||> draft picks were bartered as trading zoomed for the Friday 11th
cut-offSCOTT CAMPOREALE (Car) rejected a lucrative Port offerbut MATTHEW
PRIMUS (Fit) was shunted by the Bears to Port Power who also netted BRENT HEAVER (Car)
SHAYNE BREUER (Gee) and SCOTT CUMMINGS (Ess); SIMON MINTON-CONNELL crossed to
Footscrayhis fourth League club, after Car-Syd-Haw; ADAM HEUSKES (Syd) defected to
Port; ILJA GRGIC (Fsc) went to the Eagles; RICHARD OSBORNE signed with the Woodshis
fourth club after Fit-Syd-Fsc; MICK McGUANE (Col) heads to Carlton; Port sign IAN
DOWNSBOROUGH (WCE) as their final uncontracted player and also got BRENDAN LYLE and SHANE
BONDthe Eagles grabbed the prized recruit, 17-year old Claremont ruckman MICHAEL
on the bell, ANTHONY ROCCA (Syd) was signed for Vic Parkwhile
sipping champagne, Roccas mum said Im ecstatic really
Sydney in return got the promising MARK ORCHARD and BEN WILSON.
attracts 12 rugby league loyalists
Of the 20 clubs in 1996, twelve remained loyal to the Rugby League establishment, sugared
by an estimated $120 million carrot from Optus Vision. The ARL announced a start for March
14, seemingly ensuring two parallel competitions. The remaining eight, plus the Adelaide
Rams and Hunter Mariners will play for Murdochs News Limited 10-team SuperLeague.
GEOFF MILES (former Col-WCE-Gee defender) was named coach of the Mandurah-based and 9th
WAFL club, the PEEL THUNDER
<||> the round-ball game (soccer) got an AFL boost when 12,561 watched the Warriors
at Collingwoods Vic Park on Sunday
<||> figures from the Australian Sports Drug Agency for 1995-95 revealed one AFL
player tested positive for the narcotic-analgesic Dextropoxyphene in July 1995, but the
ASDA ruled the doping was inadvertentthis compared with 12 rugby league players and
11 powerlifters who had positive tests for the same period
<||> MAC HOLTEN who played 82 games with Collingwood (1942-48) and district cricket
with Melbourne passed away at 74Holten was later a Federal MP and Minister for
Repatriation, holding the Country Party seat of Indi for 19 years
will extend to 48 players
A new AFL initiative starting from next Februarys pre-season draft will effectively
increase playing lists to 48six young players will be named, who will be exempt from
the salary cap but more importantly will be able to play senior football.
The bid to encourage the development of youngsters will include those from overseas; all
will be put through an intensive training program to try to bring them up to
speed said IAN COLLINS general manager of football operations.
JUSTIN MADDEN who wants another season survived delisting by Carltonhell be
given until February to prove his fitness as will GREG WILLIAMS
completed by the Crows on Oct 17th best for 1996
||Chris Grant, Jose Romero
closes its doors
The QAFL (founded 1879) under pressure of its many financially-strapped clubs dismissed
all staff and closed its doors on Thursday October 17th. It seems certain a new second
tier competition of Brisbane, Gold and Sunshine Coast clubs under the control of the AFL
Brisbane club will be formed for the 1997 season.
one State of Origin game to be played in Adelaide seems likely for 97
will profit near $8.7 million
The AFL at its quarterly information meeting (21st) with clubs, reported its greatest net
finals profit of some $8.74mabout $21,000 more than last year despite the number of
finals played at smaller interstate venues. The windfall came with lower costs compared
with the MCG.
Though budgets were yet to be finalised, after each club receiving $1.48m this year, the
League said in 1997 they could expect an increased distribution of near $1.63m to each
memberthe salary cap for 1997 will go up by $350,000 to $2.9m, with a further
$300,000 increase due in 1998
ADELAIDE started training at Alberton on the 22nd
AFL in determining the 1997 draw due mid-November, coming to terms with a State Government
request not to stage MCG games on the weekend of July 26the MCG that Saturday night
is required for a rugby union test against NZ.
the Western Bulldogs
The Footscray board on the 24th voted for a name change to the Western Bulldogs. They will
play most future home games at Optus Oval with an eventual home planned at the new
Docklands facility due for completion in 2000. The Doggies administrative base will remain
for the time at Whitten Oval.
High Court agreed (24th) to hear an appeal on November 15 by the ARL against the Federal
Courts decision in the SuperLeague case.
|The draft on
Friday October 25th raised no eyebrowsthe Eagles as tipped took young Claremont
ruckman MICHAEL GARDINER with the No.1 pick
after Brisbane had bagged the best nine
from the July merger, 11 other ex-Lions found new homes with MARTIN PIKE taken up by North
as selection 42, JOHN ROMBOTIS to Port and ROHAN WARFE to Sydney
youth was high on
the shopping list for most as the VSFL provided 28, with five coming from the Tassie
Mariners, and four from the NSW-ACT Rams
ANDREW JARMAN (Ade), BARRY MITCHELL and
ADRIAN GLEESON (Car) were left on the shelfuntil February at least.
past his 34th birthday DAVID CAMPESE played his 100th Rugby Test in Padua, Italy on the
<||> TONY LOCKETT (Syd) was recovering after three-hours surgery, during which two
hernias, one groin tendon, his left kneecap and cartilage were treated in a
Delayed on holidays in Bangkok, GARY ABLETT missed two flights and Geelongs first
training session (29th)a $10,000 fine was imposed despite apologies, adding to his
September $8000 pre-finals penalty
Stadium gets go-ahead
Victorian premier JEFF KENNETT on October 31 announced the $2 billion high-tech
super stadium development at Docklands, due for completion by August 1999.
The centrepiece will seat 52,000, with retractable roof and hydraulically-driven movable
seating catering to both AFL requirements and rectangular code facilities and is presently
tagged Victoria Stadium.
Twenty Australian and international consortiums are tenders for the 220ha sporting,
retail, residential, commercial and technology precincts. The winners of the short list
will be announced soon with construction expected to begin by the middle of 1997.
19-year old Rocca ANTHONY (now Im back with my mother) did inside rehab
work at the Vic Park Magpies first training on the 28th
<||> former player MORTON BROWNE was appointed CEO at Hawthornhe played in the
1961 flag winning team.
its 113-year history and was officially buriedthe Brisbane Lions AFC commenced
operations on the 1st
<||> anti-merger campaigner BRIAN DIXON abandoned his bid for election to the
Melbourne board next month
<||> former captain MARK THOMPSON (202 games 1983-95) accepts full-time assistant
coaching role at Essendon
<||> CARLTON registered a company and will field a soccer club in 1996-97 after
reaching a compromise with the AFL
<||> ROSS OAKLEY departed the AFL Chair on Friday November 8th.
|The ARL CEO
JOHN QUAYLE resigned in Sydneysaying after 13 years he had come to the end of his
tether with the job.
Three days later (15th) after 21 months of legal battles, it took only minutes for three
judges of the High Court to dismiss the ARL's application against last months
Federal Court victory by Rupert Murdochs SuperLeague.
Collingwood set to play Carlton at Optus Oval for first time since 1982in a one-off
February practice game
<||> Footscray takes Federal Court action (12th) to recover claimed debts of
$696,285 on the co-tenancy agreement with Fitzroy at Whitten Ovalcase was adjourned
until next month.
$455,000 ANSETT AUSTRALIA CUP draw releasedstarting Feb 21 with the opening nine
games over 11 days in Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Melbourne. The MCG grand final on
Saturday March 22 will carry a winners prize of $105,000.
McCONNELL the two-time caretaker Fitzroy coach was named by Geelong as its new development
delayed by Carlton ground agreement
A hiccup over leasing arrangements at Optus Oval delays the Nov 18 release of the
AFLs draw for 97an agreement signed last year between the Carlton Social
Club and the Melbourne City Council primarily allows for just three weekends of
Saturday-Sunday footy a seasonit was dumb to sign a lease like that said
the AFLs IAN COLLINS ops manager on Sport 927.
Former Essendon CEO ROGER HAMPSON is named new gm of the TFL in Hobart, replacing Barry
<||> with a projected annual income of $620,000, a 1998 VFL entry for BENDIGO is
<||> to provide a replacement for the now-defunct QAFL and a feeder for the Brisbane
Lions, the AFL will fundthe Queensland State Football League with former Melbourne
FC gm RICHARD GRIFFITHS as its head
<||> GARY ABLETT was in Geelong Hospital for several days (from 22nd) with a
severe bout of gastro-enteritison the 28th, Ablett faced a traffic
charge, having a suspension for driving reduced to two months
<||> JOHN ELLIOTT at Optus Oval launched the Carlton Soccer Club on Nov 25it
will start 1997 with a $2 million budget ...
clears Carlton oval but denies lights
Councillors of the City of Melbourne (26th) cleared the use of Optus Oval allowing five
Saturday-Sunday weekends of AFLbut the council ordered the club not to lift its
seating capacity from 35 to 55,000 or install permanent light towers.
Western Bulldogs board resigned en-masse (27th) for the DAVID SMORGON-led task
forcenew name, new jumper, new home ground and now a new president
Doggies expect a trading loss of $1.2 million which is slowing end of season match
lose members and post $477,000 deficit
will lose around $477,000 with a 2000-odd slump in support to just 20,752 members
<||> a Brisbane soccer club which has used the Lions moniker for 25 years set to
challenge the AFL club on naming rights.
for 1997; footy-free weekend in June
The 1997 draw was finally released on Nov 28the 16-team 22-rounds of 176
home-and-away matches starts Thursday night March 27. Only 21 for Friday night, 59 games
listed for Saturday, 61 on Sunday, with Monday night into the field with five.
Two quirks, Richmond will meet Geelong in the opening roundthe only other time the
two did, was back in 1913, and a Melbourne footy-free mid-winter weekend is listed for
Former AFL CEO Ross Oakley ruled out his joining the organising committee of the Sydney
<||> the Sydney club hot with membership enquires following release of the
drawthey could reach 18,000 members in 97
<||> peace-plans afoot in Rugby League between ARL and SuperLeague interests
<||> GILBERT McADAM quits Brisbane after 111 games (StK+Bri) to follow tribal life
The NSW Rugby League on the 6th announced a loss of $9.7 million on season 1996 ending
October 31cash reserves are $4.5m and non-cash assets of $38m. Optus Pay TV are
sponsors for $120m over five years and their recent injection of $24m was evenly
distributed to the 12 loyal clubsNeil Whittaker was named the ARL's new CEO
replacing John Quaylea rugby league team for Melbourne is aimed for 1998
HAWTHORN on the 9th reported a loss of $1.1mthe new board and president IAN DICKER
were elected unopposed
<||> a profit by MELBOURNE of $268,000 was announced (10th) despite failed merger
expenditure of some $250,000the Gutnick ticket of eight received overwhelming
support from members. The administration will soon move from Jolimont to join its football
department in a new complex to be built at the Junction Oval. President Joseph Gutnick
will contribute at least $500,000 to the development
bury "Maggieland" project
COLLINGWOOD loss of $477,000 on a turnover of $13,016,000 was revealed at the 111th AGM.
This will be offset when the $2m sale of the nearby Victoria Park State School is
completed where Maggieland once had been planned. Woods members
were also told captain GAVIN BROWN (after rejecting a strong offer from Melbourne) had
re-signed for a further three years
<||> RICHMOND on the 11th named a profit of $126,574, the Tigers ninth
consecutive profitthe club is on-target for 25,000 members next season
three Collingwood players over a late-night (6th) Russell Street incident. The Magpies
reacted by sacking the yet-to-play ex Crow JONATHON ROSS AARON JAMES and TRENT
HOTTON were fined by the club and will undergo counselling
and well-loved footy radio personality TOMMY LAHIFF passed away Sunday (8th) aged
86he first played with Port Melbourne in the VFA then Essendon (1935-37), South
(1942) and Hawthorn (1942-44) during which he captained-coached the Hawks for 18 games in
44overall 74 VFL games and 100 goals. From the mid 1960s he teamed with HARRY
BEITZEL on 3KZ then 3AW where his post-match interviews and comments were legendary.
AFL announced life memberships to former greats, ALEX JESAULENKO, ROD CARTER, GARY AYRES,
DALE WEIGHTMAN, together with PAUL ROOS, ROGER MERRETT, CHRIS LANGFORD, MICHAEL MALTHOUSE,
ROSS OAKLEY, PETER TANNOCK and JOHN WINNEKE. Former Fitzroy player BILL STEPHEN and later
coach of both the Bombers and the Roys is the 1996 recipient of the Jack Titus Award for
SCG Trust gm NOEL NEATE on the 10th announced the surface of the Sydney Cricket Ground
would undergo a two-year redevelopment upgrade, costing some $2-million
<||> the AFL Players Association asked the League to intervene on the matter of
unpaid moniesup to 60 players were still owed money from 1996, with a couple
of dozen in the $40 to $60,000 bracket
<||> after 17 years of admin League experience at head-quarters the 35 year-old MARK
PATTERSON was appointed (17th) the new CEO of the Western Bulldogs
Ross Oakley hello Ross Oakley
Retiring AFL Chief ROSS OAKLEY was farewelled by 300 guests including the Premier Jeff
Kennett and his wife at a black-tie function held in The Great Hall of the Arts Centre on
Monday the 16th.
The following day the AFL Commission announced Oakley would be retained as its consultant
on the $250 million Victoria Stadium (Docklands) project. Oakley will also represent the
AFL in the establishment of a football Hall of Fame as a labour of love.
Federal Government on the 16th pledged $1 million toward the establishment of an AFL Hall
of Fame. The Federal Minister of Sport WARWICK SMITH also announced a $300,000 grant for
each of the next three years to help establish an Australian Football Academy in
conjunction with the AFLs Talented Player Pathway initiative to which the League will
Sydney team possible after 2000
AFL chief WAYNE
JACKSON said a second team in Sydney after the 2000 Olympics was a strong possibility. The
$665 million Stadium at Homebush would be its aim
<||> GEELONG at its AGM (18th) announced a $579,125 profit and plans to invest $2.7m
to improve facilities at Kardinia Park
<||> CARLTON at its AGM revealed a healthy $773,107 profit with a list of more than
<||> ADELAIDE was up on last years profit with $1.85 million reported, but
fell short of the Crows record
revenue a record $70 million
The AFL for
the 1996 season lifted revenue by 13.8 per cent to a record $70.1 million which includes
tv rights, corporate sponsorship, receipts from finals and licensing revenue.
The operating surplus was $38.5m with $29.22m being equally distributed to its member
clubs. The League also spent $5.37m on junior development, which will be increased to
$6.23m in 1997.
High-profile Carlton recruit MICK McGUANE was fined some $10,000 after he turned-up for an
early-morning (18th) training session and became involved in a fight with teammate Matthew
Hogg. McGuane had been drinking at an AFL function at Crown Casino. On being asked what
state McGuane had been in when he arrived, Carlton CEO Stephen Gough said: There
were effects of alcohol there, yes, I think you could say that
and alcohol testing possible
<||> the AFL in a response suggested they may introduce drug and alcohol testing at
<||> ST KILDA on the 18th reported an $87,826 loss for the season but Saints prez
ANDREW PLYMPTON said: the club has moved forward in a significant
<||> BRISBANE announced ALASTAIR LYNCH and MICHAEL VOSS will share the 1997
<||> PAUL HUDSON walks out of Glenferrie to continue his career with the WESTERN
BULLDOGS, who confirmed all of their players had received full payment for 1996
<||> Bomber prez DAVID SHAW tipped to fill one of the vacancies on the AFL
<||> LEN MURPHY the last surviving member of Collingwoods record-breaking
1927-1930 premierships passed away Dec 20 aged 87he played 173 games for the Woods
(1928-37) and a further 25 with Footscray (1940-41)
forever" against name change
Opposition to recent announcements surface as a Footscray Forever Committee is set to
serve a petition calling for an extraordinary meetingit intends fielding candidates
at the February AGM, halting the planned change of name to Western Bulldogs.
TONY LOCKETT on the 23rd was charged with nine counts of deception and 18 counts of false
documentation by Victoria Police investigating alleged breeding irregularities involving
Locketts champion stud greyhound, Malawis Prince. On Thursday 19th, detectives
had charged a 27-year-old greyhound breeder and trainer over alleged irregularities at
Locketts Devon Meadows stud, south-east of Melbourne.
announced (24th) the SANFL with a $2.5m purchase, has fully acquired the land at West
Lakes on which Football Park is situated. It previously had held a 99-year lease on the
property since 1974.
training at all clubs resumed within days of the 1stGary Ablett even phoned making
certain of the start time at Kardinia Park
however in Sydney, neither Lockett,
Dunkley both after surgery, nor Stafford suffering a Coogee Beach accident, injuring a toe
and hospital, were in training
Port delivered ANDREW JARMAN a dont
JOHN LONGMIRE (NM) and MICHAEL LONG (Ess) back to major workouts,
though NICKY WINMAR (StK) suffering personal problems still to resume at Moorabbin.
St Marys FC 15.6-96 on the 12th won their Northern Territory FL match in Darwin over
Waratahs 13.8-86 at State League level it was a new record of 50-straight wins,
passing even, North Melbournes 49 VFA games between 1914-18.
<||> In Rugby League, the arrival of a (16th) peace deal between the Murdoch and
Packer camps dealt a body blow to the establishmentChannel Nine will telecast
Monday-night SuperLeague gamesdays later radio broadcast rights were granted to the
on Jan 22, chairman KEN ARTHURSON resigned from the ARL after 13 years in the
top job, effective February 28th; his departure follows the December bow-out by ARL GM
DAVID LECKIE Channel Nines CEO also resigned, the day after his
network went to SuperLeague
first indoor oval
ESSENDON at Windy Hill unveiled (23rd) Australias first indoor oval.
The $500,000 facility with Rebound Ace floor covers a 500-square metre training
areaa scaled-down oval. Since their 1992 shift of games to the MCG, the Bombers have
invested almost $5-million at their home base.
AUSTIN was appointed (23rd) AFL football administration manager
<||> PORT ADELAIDE was fined $50,000 for breaching salary cap rulesearlier in
the day (24th) Port chairman GREG BOLTON announced Power had posted an operating surplus
of $526,664; assets were $2.5m and unused borrowings of $3.8m
<||> MARK BICKLEY is named captain of Adelaide
<||> Hawks report knee injury to JASON DUNSTALL progressing wellhe may be back
in the first month of the season
<||> as many as six clubs may by-pass the February draft ...
Mac back with the ball
McDONALDs resumes its AFL sponsorship replacing Challenge Bank whose three-year
$900,000 deal has expired
<||> AFL toppers WAYNE JACKSON and IAN COLLINS visit Canberra (29th) and propose the
WAAllies June State of Origin may be played there
<||> NEIL BUSSE aiming for one of the four vacancies on the AFL Commissionthe
outgoing Graeme Samuel and Ron Evans are expected to contest, with Essendon prez DAVID
SHAW and CRAIG KIMBERLEY, the Just Jeans and Swans stalwart also interested
<||> North Melbourne $500,000 per year sponsorship deal with HYPERTEC in doubt as
company (31st) sacks 94 and withdrew from the PC market
shock loss of $731,665
ESSENDON on the 31st revealed a shock $731,665 loss in 1996, following their
headline-grabbing 1995 profit of $1,044,946.
The reality was a healthy 1996 profit of $494,335 recorded on a turnover of $10m, but
abnormal items amounted to $1.22mthese included an AFL fine of $112,000 for salary
cap breaches, $250,000 for ATO tax and penalties, $175,000 for 1995 fringe benefit tax,
$500,000 to the Dons Hall of Fame and $189,000 for a senior management restructure. Bomber
CEO Peter Jackson said the 1995 profit had been overstated by about $350,000
and there were some inappropriate procedures that year.
Pre-season games under way as Collingwood scraped home by 5pts, 12.7-79 to 11.8-74 under
lights at Darwins Marrara Oval on the 1stto beat the heat, the Pies used a
<||> Carltons ADRIAN HICKMOTT knee surgery will cull him for two months
GEELONG choose BARRY STONEHAM as captain
<||> LEIGH MATTHEWS named as Victorian coach for the June 21 versus SA game at
Legal threats by Footscray Forever group continue to bubble over name change
to WESTERN BULLDOGSthe AFL warned any legal challenge would seriously affect the
finances of the club and the League
<||> PORT ADELAIDE opener against Collingwood moved to the MCG, and Bulldogs-Dockers
to Princes Park.
Essendon coach KEVIN SHEEDY proposed a future home-and-away fixture be played in London,
possibly at The Oval.
Doubts surface on the planned DOCKLANDS Stadium facilitythe need for it, where
backing is being raised, and the eventual cost to the grass-roots supporter
<||> The Age on Feb 5 revealed several clubs felt it may be time for
AFL Commission chairman JOHN KENNEDY to retire
win in Supreme Court
Supreme Court ruled (5th) that MICHAEL BRENNAN the Fitzroy administrator was not entitled
to acquire the business at the Fitzroy Club Hotel valued during the case between $750,000
and $800,000former FFC chairman DYSON HORE-LACY said Brisbane Lions AFC would be
forced to pay costs of the action.
JUSTIN MADDEN at 35 and GREG WILLIAMS now 33 confirm they will play on at Carlton in 1997
<||> CHRIS LANGFORD agrees to his 15th season at Hawthorn
<||> GARY ABLETT under pressure at Geelong to improve his fitnessCats coach
GARY AYRES said: You have to remember he is 35
Adelaide stranded as Tigers grounded
PORT ADELAIDEs long-awaited AFL premiere on Friday the 8th at Alberton Oval was
cancelled when RICHMOND were stranded for seven-hours at Tullamarine. Two separate
electrical faults grounded their Ansett Airlines flight causing them to miss the 6pm
bounce down. The Tigers finally reached Adelaide at 10pm. The Friday practice game
expected to draw 18,000, was played at 11am on Saturday to 8158 fans, resulting in a win
for the Power 14.6-90, Tigers 6.1-37
DARYN CRESSWELL re-signs for another two years with Sydney
<||> former Ansett m.d. GRAEME McMAHON is appointed new vice-prez at Essendon
<||> at 23, GAVIN WANGANEEN is the youngest AFL skipperhe was named inaugural
captain of Port Adelaide, with former Eagles ruck BRAYDEN LYLE the deputy
<||> GAVIN BROWN continues as Collingwood captain for a fourth seasonNATHAN
BUCKLEY and DAMIEN MONKHORST are the deputies
<||> Richmond captain TONY FREE retired after three injury-plagued seasons
to fund earlier travel
The Herald Sun (11th) announced the AFL will provide almost $500,000 funding for
all clubs to travel one day earlier to interstate venues and avoid the embarrassment
caused last Friday by the cancellation of the Tiger-Power practice match. AFL clubs face a
$100,000 fine if they cannot be at a ground in time for a match.
NORTH MELBOURNE set to announce a $8425 loss from their premiership season
Kangas welcomed the Quit campaign as 97 sponsors at $150,000
SYDNEY reveals it posted a $74,000 profit on revenue of $9.3 million in 1996compared
to the 1995 $377.000 loss (on $6.97m) and 1994 $637,000 loss (on $4.88m). Sponsorships
were up by 44%, membership reached 10,600 and merchandising up 800%.
Comprise reached as Footscray Forever agree not to proceed with court
actionname will change to WESTERN BULLDOGS but will be put to a vote within 12
months. The Dogs accumulated debt of $3.2m, will soon show out at the AGM.
pre-season moved up a notch with major practice games starting in hot conditions in all
states. Carlton and Collingwood met at Optus late Friday (14th) afternoon for 15,000 fans,
Blues 9.13-67, Pies 9.11-65
on Saturday at Waverley, Geelong 12.6-78 to Bulldogs
9.13-67at night on Football Park for 13,436, Adelaide 12.24-96, Essendon 6.18-54
on Sunday, in 40 degrees in Wagga, almost 10,000 saw Sydney 16.6-102, Brisbane
8.8-56at Waverley, Melbourne 14.9-93, Richmond 8.7-55at Football Park, 18,733
saw John Longmire return for the full game when North 14.4-88 beat Port Adelaide
5.13-43at Fremantle Oval to 7000, the Dockers 16.14-110, Eagles 3.9-27 it was
still mid-February, and they were only hit-outs
revenue climbs to $84.84 million
$5.3 million spent on junior footy
The AFL 1996 Annual Report was released on Feb 17 confirming their Centenary revenue hit a
record $84.84 millionproducing a surplus of $38.7m, compared to $36.4m the previous
year. The report shows the AFL reduced its debt by $3.4m to $10m, compared to $16.22m in
highlights from the report Waverley was listed to be worth $38m, land at $27m, the
stadium and buildings at $11.2m
marketing exceeded a retail sales target of $75m
player payments by clubs rose to $47.96m (average salary $77,695m compared with
$47,940 in 1992)
legal fees were $612,000
travel for the 16 teams was
$2.49m, while accommodation was $318,000
umpire salaries were $2.19m but will rise
to $2.98m in 1997, $3.27m in 1998 and by 1999 will be $3.54m
$5,278,000 was spent
on junior football development
$23,680,000 was distributed to member clubs
DAVID SHAW and GRAEME SAMUEL were re-elected to the AFL Commission on the 17th. The two
vacancies were filled by CRAIG KIMBERLEY and DAVID SHAW.
Matter over the
name is settled out of court and it will be the BRISBANE LIONS
On the 18th, 20 players were chosen by clubs in the Pre-Season Draft Port Adelaide
drafted STEPHEN PAXMAN from Fitzroy; Western BulldogsPAUL HUDSON (Haw), STEVEN PITT
(Col); MelbourneLEIGH NEWTON (Albury), ROBERT PYMAN (Col-NM), SHANE WOEWODIN (East
Fremantle); CollingwoodJASON TAYLOR (Haw), ROBERT SCHAEFER (Sturt-Rch), MICHAEL
GARDNER (Subiaco); St KildaBRETT COOK (Fit), BRAD CAMPBELL (Port Melb);
RichmondBRETT EVANS (Springvale); HawthornJON HASSALL (Col), TODD RIDLEY
(Fre), NIGEL CREDLIN (Fit); CarltonDARREN HULME (supp list); EssendonMATTHEW
BANKS (Ess); SydneyJOHN STEVENS (Col supp list), North MelbourneBRETT CHANDLER
(Fit), ANTHONY MELLINGTON (Fit).
an aftermath to the draft, Sydney faces AFL investigation and threat of legal action by
TONY McGUINNESS over the failure of the Swans to draft him, as promisedshades of
LOCKETT appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on the 19th and was charged with a
further 19 counts, relating to the matter of greyhound breeding irregularities. The case
was adjourned until April 9.
money pays Fitzroy creditors
BRISBANE will report an operating surplus of $87,822, before they received $6m for the
merger with Fitzroymost of which has gone toward paying Fitzroys creditors
including $1.2m to Nauru Insurance. Unsecured creditors will divvy up about $950,000.
Another $450,000 went to administrators Ernst and Young, while another $1m went to pay out
Fitzroy player contracts. Brisbane included $1.2m from the merger as an abnormal item
bringing an accumulated surplus to $1.3m
the Brisbane club are confident the
Queensland Government will further redevelop the Gabba to a capacity of 30,000
ANSETT AUSTRALIA CUP games commencedon Friday night (21st), ADELAIDE 17.14-116
impressively downed COLLINGWOOD 9.8-62 to 20,617 at Football Park
in the Saturday
night wet at Waverley (7752), GEELONG 9.10-64 found WEST COAST 5.4-34 easy meat
Sunday night at VFL Park (18.129), RICHMOND 11.12-78 defeated HAWTHORN 9.12-66, with
Charles (Rch) and Shane Crawford (Haw) casualtiesa groin, and an ankle
Monday night at Waverley (8141), NORTH MELB 13.9-87 d BULLDOGS 11.8-74, with John Longmire
continuing his good comeback form
in practiceon Saturday at North Hobart Oval
for 15,632, ESSENDON 15.13-103 d SYDNEY 13.14-92Lockett was still absent with a
at Merimbula for 4500, BRISBANE 14.11-95 accounted for ST KILDA
1998, all officials including coaches, will be required to wear AFL approved
apparelgone, never-to-be-seen-again, the likes of John Kennedys raincoat or
Barassis wing-tip shirts, unless its got a logo.
Wednesday (27th) Waverley Ansett Cup, CARLTON 13.9-87 had an easy win from MELBOURNE
from the game, Blues captain STEPHEN KERNAHAN required surgery to torn
tendons in the ring finger of his left handsix weeks out at least
gave the Power a taste of the step-up in class as they easily accounted for the newcomers
in the Ansett Cup at Football Park for 21,770FREO 11.9-75, PORT 4.15-39
In a hot-afternoon conditions, on Saturday (1st) at Bruce Stadium, ST KILDA 9.14-68 pipped
SYDNEY 10.7-67 for 11,510the Swans were without nine of their squad, including
the Cats scored a rare win at Football Park when they cruised home on
Sunday night from the Crows to 22,425, GEELONG 11.14-80. ADELAIDE 7.10-52
night at the Gabba, the Dons excluded 10 regulars and were too inexperienced for the
Lions, BRISBANE 15.13-103, ESSENDON 8.7-55
Michael Prior (Ess) was cited from video
on a trip charge against Craig Lambert (Bri)
in practice, COLLINGWOOD 11.18-84
downed WEST COAST 10.8-68 at Victoria Park
night Sydney hotel incident severed a tendon to the left thumb requiring surgery for Swans
midfielder STUART MAXFIELD. Going to the aid of his brother-in-law a glass was thrust at
Maxfieldhe could miss up to six weeks
settles McGuinness and Swans wrangle
Following private mediation (4th) between Tony McGuinness and Sydney, a confidential
settlement over their draft dispute was settled. It was believed the settlement was
$100,000, which the AFL will monitor, as any figure paid must be included under their
new AFL Commission member CRAIG KIMBERLEY a South Melbourne and Sydney
stalwart from way backed spoke out in support for a future second AFL side in Sydney.
PETER MANN was
named captain of Fremantle, when it was revealed the Dockers inaugural leader BEN ALLEN at
28 is suffering chronic knee problems
may still be saved as a Melbourne company (The Breakaway Group) have
expressed interest to the AFL in developing the site into the worlds first sporting
theme part at a cost of $200 million.
PAUL KELLY will
captain Sydney for a fifth season; ANDREW DUNKLEY the vice-captain, with Tony Lockett,
Daryn Cresswell and Dale Lewis the deputies
out-going Bomber prez DAVID SHAW was
guilty of a major gaffe at the Essendon AGM (6th) when striving to define a $112,000 fine
from 1995. The recently-elected Commissioner revealed he had sighted documents showing
other clubs including Carlton had been well above the salary cap but were
protectedhe later apologised
rates better for Mardi Gras than rugby league
Is there a message in this? The Australian Rugby League opened its season on Friday night
March 7. Its first game drew a Sydney Channel Nine viewing peak of 358,000the rival
Channel Ten telecast of the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras drew 516,000.
In ANSETT CUP
games at Waverley, on Friday night (7th) the Kangas with 11 unanswered goals cruised to a
79pt win, NORTH 22.10-142 (Sholl 5) to RICHMOND 9.9-63crowd 20,747; Tiger captain
MATTHEW KNIGHTS suffered a left knee injury operated on Saturdayhe will be out at
least eight weeks
on Saturday under lights just 8135 at Waverley saw CARLTON
15.13-103 accounted for FREMANTLE 9.11-65
on Sunday night to 13,745, ST KILDA
11.10-76 had a stirring win over BRISBANE 11.7-73
in weekend practice
gamesMELBOURNE 13.10-88 beat COLLINGWOOD 6.11-47 for 9000 fans at Devonport
WEST COAST 19.12-126 were too good for PORT 10.6-66 to 4282 at Subiaco
17.9-111 beat HAWTHORN 9.9-63both Michael Long and Darren Bewick came back
Ballarat for 3500 fans, BULLDOGS 18.10-116 easily beat SYDNEY 10.8-68, when Swans coach
Rodney Eade admitted Tony Lockett is in doubt for the major opening and will see a
specialist in the coming week, about his groin strain.
The AFL moved
the ANSETT CUP MCG grand final to Friday the 21st
back problems sideline CRAIG
57-year-old GRAEME McMAHON the former Ansett chief was appointed
president at ESSENDON
exhaustive tests cleared TONY LOCKETT (Syd) of any serious
groin damage, but he is almost certain to miss round one in Perth
the AFL and
mining giant CRA will combine to spend $650,000 in developing footy in northern Australia
hands out new level of fines
The AFL Tribunal handed out a surpriseon March 12th to MICHAEL PRIOR (Ess) and SIMON
BEAUMONT (Car) by fining each 1/52nd of their base salaries and one week of match payments
after being found guilty of Ansett Cup misdemeanours.
Tribunal chairman NEIL BUSSE said such fines was an attempt to inject some equity
into the fines players receive. The fines are intended to apply only to relatively
minor incidents. Exact fines will be determined by the AFLs payments commissioner
RALPH LANE, after checking the players salary arrangements with his club.
Prior admitted attempting to trip Craig Lambert (Bri) and Beaumont pleaded guilty to a
video charge of wrestling Tony Delaney (Fre), both in Ansett Cup matches.
TRIBUNALGeelongs TIM HARGREAVES was suspended three matches for striking
Anthony Parkin (Car) in a practice game.
Chief Commissioner WAYNE JACKSON removed the mouthguard from other Commissionersthey
may speak on strategic issues, but not on day-to-day matters
Jackson in a 3AW radio
interview also said, that, if Docklands went ahead, Waverley would not be knocked
downothers see the matter in a different light
<||> GREG WILLIAMS finally signed a one-year deal with Carlton
colours go for the money
For the launch of M&Ms new blue chockie, Carltons most cherished symbol,
the navy blue jumper will be replacedfor one game, to coincide with their first
Optus Oval game on April 13 and the opening of their Legends stand, the Blues
expect to pick-up $200,000 for the promotion (and a lot of flak).
Footy gets closer as the lift-outs, tipping charts and fixture cards are added to The
Age and Herald Sun
<||> In a
tingling last term, GEELONG 14.13-97 snatched a one-point win over NORTH 14.12-96 in the
Friday (14th) Ansett semi at Waverley for 14,404
on Saturday evening at the Park,
25,940 saw the Saints drag back a 41pt deficit and get to within three points, but a
cooler-in-the-crisis CARLTON 12.11-83 held on against ST KILDA 10.13-73setting up a
Friday night Blues-Cats playoff.
weekend practice games, FREO 19.16-132 beat HAWTHORN 15.11-101 for 2454 at Subi
WEST COAST 19.8-132 downed BRISBANE 7.6-48 at Waverley
on Saturday night in Alice
Springs, ESSENDON 19.12-126 were too good for ADELAIDE 13.14-92 for 10,000 fansthe
Bombers lost DARREN BEWICK with another serious left knee injurya damaged medial
ligamentit will out him some 8-12 weeks
at Lavington, MELBOURNE 13.11-89
blitzed SYDNEY 5.14-44 to 5000
in Port Lincoln for about 7000, PORT ADELAIDE
17.10-112 downed RICHMOND 7.8-50Power captain GAVIN WANGANEEN was reported
while at Traralgon for about 7000, COLLINGWOOD 23.12-150 did it easy over the BULLDOGS
Sunday in a successful promotion at the old Brunswick Street Oval, the BRISBANE LIONS to
at least 2500 receptive fans launched their Melbourne campaign of attracting the Fitzroy
TRIBUNALSIMON BEAUMONT (Car) was suspended three matches on a charge of kicking
Austinn Jones (StK)
DAVID SIERAKOWSKI (StK) was suspended four matches on pleading
guilty to striking Anthony Koutoufides (Car).
an accidental knock in Saturdays Ansett Cup game, TONY BOURKE (Car) had surgery
Monday to repair a ruptured spleen
<||> in a surprise move, GREG DURHAM, Geelong CEO for six years resigned; he vacated
earlier than anticipated following a random breath test before reaching the Cats Friday
night game at Waverley Park
<||> AFL calls special Saturday (22nd) meeting for presidents and CEO's of all
clubsits expected to be announcement on the Docklands project
<||> the AFL officially closed the books on the Tony McGuinnessSydney draft
matteras no formal complaint was made by either, no action could be taken
Alternate designs to remove the clash of guernseys come on the agenda
<||> Brisbanes prize signing BRAD BOYD, the former Fitzroy captaina
groin tear will take him out of the first two months of the season
<||> JOHN WORSFOLD was named captain of West Coast for a seventh consecutive
season GUY McKENNA will be vice-captain, with GLEN JAKOVICH and CHRIS MAINWARING
Kerley added to Rising Star panel
NEIL KERLEY was added to the judging panel for the NORWICH RISING STAR award, replacing SA
and VFL-AFL legend MALCOLM BLIGHT, now coaching AdelaideKerley joins KEVIN BARTLETT,
ROSS GLENDINNING, LEIGH MATTHEWS, GERARD HEALY and IAN COLLINS
Power captain GAVIN WANGANEEN will not lead his side in their opening AFL gamehe was
suspended one match for striking Ashley Prescott (Rch) with an open hand
HARDWICK (Ess) was outed two games for charging Mark Graham (Haw)
(PA) and JOEL BOWDEN (Rch) were each fined 1/52nd of their base salary plus one match
payment for wrestling in the Port Lincoln practice match
towel Geelong in Ansett Cup grand final
lacklustre affair, the Blues with ruthless efficiency thrashed Geelong on Friday night
(22nd) for a near-record 74,786 in the 1996 Ansett Cup Grand Final at the MCG.
failed to kick their first goal until close to half-time when Carlton led by 31pts.
was the drive given the Blues by Justin Murphy who booted two memorable goals and Craig
Bradley who won the Tuck Medal as best afield.
Murphy 4, Clape 2, Whitnall 2, Hamill 2, Williams, Camporeale, Bradley, Koutoufides. Gee:
McKinnon 2, Burns, Roberts, Riccardi. BEST: Car: Christou, Bradley, Murphy, Clape, Sexton.
Gee: Mansfield, Sanderson, Graham, Hocking. Umpires: Nash, Dore, Sheehan.
Crowd at MCG: 74,786
JASON DUNSTALL made a surprise return in a Friday reserves practice game at Waverley
against the Western Bulldogs, only seven months after he had a knee reconstruction. The
Hawk captain played the first half, kicking three goals, with the Dogs narrowly winning
8.16-64 to 8.11-59
Richmond 14.8-92 beat Sydney 13.8-86 in a Saturday hit out, also
backs Docklands; secures freehold
Saturday March 22, the AFL announced it had secured an outstanding deal and will proceed
to acquire the freehold of the new Victoria (Docklands) Stadium by paying $30 million by
The League after 10 years will gain freehold and ownership of the stadium within 40-50
years. The Waverley Park area has a book value of $38 millionsome say a realistic
figure is some $27 million.
Docklands, the AFL will retain exclusive rights for the scheduling of matches on Fridays
and Saturdays and from 2000 expects to play 27 official league matches each season at the
new stadium and one qualifying final if the fixture allowsthe AFL will retain the
sole right to set admission prices, and will not incur maintenance expenses at the
TRENT HOTTON disciplined by Collingwood last month after a Court fine of $600 but no
conviction for urinating near a nightclub in Bourke Street Melbourne on New Years
Eve was sacked by the club when found to have arrived on Sunday morning (23) for a team
meetingin an unacceptable condition
<||> the Magpies look toward Waverley Park as an option, in light of recent interest
shown by the Breakaway Group in developing the area into a theme park ...
<||> with the go-ahead given for Docklands, both Hawthorn and St Kilda look to
compensation payoutseach have 30-year tenancy agreements with the AFL on Waverley
Sydney coach RODNEY EADE confirmed (24th) TONY LOCKETT will not play in the opening round
against West Coast in Perthgroin surgery recovery is still a problem
10 added three more players to its stableBrownlow winner MICHAEL VOSS (Bri), COREY
McKERNAN (NM) and ANTHONY KOUTOUFIDES (Car). At a season launch at Crown Casino (24th),
player-management guru RICKY NIXON predicted the next biggest issue for players will be
the cut they should receive from TV rights, based on the recent deal firmed by soccer
players in England
CARLTON seeking to broaden their membership base internationally, will sponsor radio
reports of sports journalist FRANK VARDENEGA, who travels the world to top profile events
as Wimbledon and the US Masters. Vardenga is heard throughout the US, Europe, Britain and
New Zealand, as well as Australia.
HEWLETT PACKARD, a US major player in the computer market became the key sponsor of NORTH
MELBOURNE for the next four years in a deal believed worth some $2 millionon the
same day (24th), Kanga captain WAYNE CAREY inked a four-year deal with the Roos, expected
to earn him close to $1.3m and will rank him amongst the AFLs highest paid stars.
|At the Sydney
Town Hall launch to the season, on Monday night (24th) attended by AFL CEO Wayne Jackson
and the NSW Premier Bob Carr, SYDNEY announced club membership for the 1997 season had
already passed 17,000 (a far cry from the days of barely 3000 in 1993).
At a Tuesday gathering in Double Bay, Jackson stated the AFL was confident the Olympic
Stadium at Homebush would become a regular League venue after the 2000 games. The AFL had
spent $50,000 in financial viability and technical studies to establish it was technically
feasible for football to be staged at Homebush.
Fridays night grand final, a video charge against GARRY HOCKING (Gee) resulted in
his suspension (24th) for two matches. Hocking pleaded guilty to striking Matthew Hogg
(Car) with an open hand to the face soon after the start of the game
NEWTON CHANDLER, the oldest League footballer and the first to turn 100, passed away in
his sleep in a Melbourne hospital on Monday (24th) aged 103. He played 69 games for
Carlton between 1919 and 1924 and maintained his long association with the Blues as a
committee-man, club secretary and treasurer from 1924 to 1958.
Geelong confirmed GARY ABLETT will play his 16th League seasonpresently 248 games
and 1030 goals
<||> ANSETT AUSTRALIA set to extend their sponsorship of the pre-season
competitiontheir three-year deal concluded with the Grand Final last Friday night.
<||> CARLTON get the worry beads out on the future of their venue in light of the
total commitment to the Docklands sitethey may seek the support of Essendon,
Richmond and Collingwood to play more games at Optus-Princes Park
<||> the Players Association plan a restructuremanagers RICKY NIXON and
PETER JESS will assist the revamp.
Overseas matches are back on the planning board with AFL Chief Exec WAYNE JACKSON
revealing that Essendon, Geelong, Carlton or North are likely to feature in another game
at The Oval in London, while its on the cards Fremantle and West Coast will play in
South Africa or NZ. In just one week first Docklands, then Homebush tomorrow
Carey, Paul Roos injured
Tough initiation for Port
329,369 sets new crowd record
ROUND ONE Thu, Sat-Sun-Mon, March 27 & 29-30-31.
Big crowds and injuries grabbed the headlines in the opening round. Crowds for
the eight games created a new record total of 329,369, topping the 313,444 set last
On Thursday night at the MCG despite steady rain, 35,802 showed up for the heart-starter
and the unfurling of the 1996 pennant. All quickly slipped into the memory box as by early
in the second quarter, the Kangas had lost WAYNE CAREY and key ruckman COREY McKERNAN with
a strained knee. Carey at the 9-minute mark of the second term was sandwiched in a marking
contest and fell heavily dislocating his left shoulder, while McKernan strained the right
knee he had surgery on after last years premiership. Surgery to Carey is likely to
sideline the star for 10 to 12 weeks.
Melbourne, caused the first blockbuster boilover when the Demons started well with their
first after only 24 seconds. Grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck and with both
Jeff Farmer and Sean Charles in fine form, the Redlegs earned a thoroughly deserved 15
point win, MELBOURNE 10.10-70 (Sean Charles 3, Jeff Farmer 3)best, Viney, Leoncelli,
Farmer, NORTH 7.13-55 (Brett Allison 2)best. Martyn, Anderson, Allison
football was played on Good Friday.
history-making occasion of Port Adelaides AFL debut on Saturday brought 51,883 to
the G. The Power boys put on a gusty effort but were no match for a spectacularly accurate
Collingwood who for the record books kicked their first 11 straight (they had 13-straight
in 1929s opening round v Richmond at Vic Park)then went to 13.1, 19.2 and 21.3
before blowing out to end with 26.10-166 (Saverio Rocca 6.1, Paul Williams 4, Stephen
Patterson 3)best, Williams, Buckley, Patterson, PORT 13.9-87best, Dickie,
Francis, PooleSHANE BREUER, former SA and Geelong player was Ports first
goalkicker. Magpie forward LEE WALKER was injured and faces his fourth career knee
For their first
home game at Optus Oval, hundreds of Western Bulldog fans were said to have
walked away when asked to pay up to $24.50 a seatthe crowd was given as 8664, ten
less than when the two played at Western Oval last July 14a big start and a lucky
last-minute bomb from 60 metres by WINSTON ABRAHAM got Freo their third competition win in
Melbourne, FREMANTLE 10.20-80 (Andrew Wills 3)best, Wills, White, Parker, BULLDOGS
11.10-76 (Simon Minton-Connell 3)best, Johnson, Hudson, WestRohan Connelly in
the Sunday Age reported, the Dogs recruit forward, Minton-Connell was treated for
slight concussion after throwing himself to the ground in despair after the final siren,
knocking his head on the turf.
Hawk outfit and the dogged Saints fought out a gritty battle at Waverley Park on Saturday
night for a good 35,732 (and they want to bulldoze it!). It was hard-nosed stuff with only
a goal in itHawk skipper Dunstall was back but held goalless, HAWTHORN 11.11-77
(Nick Holland 4, Daniel Harford 3)best, Salmon, Harford, Holland, ST KILDA 10.11-71
(Stewart Loewe 3)best, Harvey, Loewe, Gray.
at Subiaco on Saturday was the first AFL night game under the WAFL's $5m installation. It
failed to be ruined by hailstorms during the day and the 29,965 who turned out saw a lot
of magicthe brilliance of PETER MATERA who performed as great as he did in the
Eagles 1992 premiership win; his last term major, will be as close as you could possibly
get to the goal of the seasonthe class of youngster BEN COUSINS, and the
persistency of ILIA GRGIC who saw off everyone the Swans tried to challenge him with. It
was a thorough, professional win against and underdone and undermanned Sydney outfit.
Despite the dogged Sydney skipper PAUL KELLY, he ran out of teammates to back him up. Even
had Lockett and Dunkley et al been in the side, no way would the West Coast have lost this
one, WEST COAST 12.6-78 (Ben Cousins 3)best, Matera, Grgic, Cousins, SYDNEY
5.7-37best, Dyson, Kelly, Lewisboth MARK BAYES (hamstring) and PAUL ROOS (left
knee) were mid-game injuries, though surgery is unlikely for either.
Sunday weather, 36,602 were at Football Park where Adelaide were efficient in their 34pt
disposal of a lack-lustre Brisbane. TONY MODRA kicked six goals to half-time and the Crows
were never headed, giving new coach Malcolm Blight much to be pleased about. AARON KEATING
the new Crow ruckman suffered a broken pelvis, leaving Adelaide deficient in ruck
powerADELAIDE 20.12-132 (Tony Modra 7, Barry Standfield 5, Andrew McLeod
3)best, Recite, McLeod, Smart, BRISBANE 14.12-96 (Alastair Lynch 3, Michael Voss
3)best, Ashcroft, Lappin, Johnson.
at the MCG brought 48,358 on Sunday where the Tigers defence spent havoc on a weak Cat
forward set-up. A big opening was followed by a bounding third term and whilst Geelong
came back in the closing stages, their wasteful 2.8 couldnt bridge the gap giving
the Tigers a much-valued first win, RICHMOND 15.14-104 (Nick Daffy 5)best,
Richardson, Bowden, Daffy, GEELONG 13.17-95 (Ronnie Burns 3)best, Colbert, Burns,
Couchthe good news for Geelong was that GARY ABLETT kicked 7 goalsin the
Twosbut injured his right knee!
Monday MCG contest was played with the intensity and excitement not experienced in most
grand finalsit was as good as youll get! 82,363 in perfect conditions saw a
tooth-and-nail fight come down to a 7-point result. JAMES HIRD was quiet but his three
goals in the opening seven minutes of the third term, tilted the scales, ESSENDON
16.10-106 (Peter Berbakov 4, James Hird 4)best, Hird, Prior, Fletcher, CARLTON
15.9-99 (Lance Whitnall 4, Matthew Clape 3)best, Williams, Clape, McKay.
Williams' nine-match suspension
goes to the Victorian Supreme Court
conclusion to the Essendon-Carlton match resulted in a week of extraordinary happenings. A
verbal confrontation after the siren between GREG WILLIAMS (Car) and Sean Denham (Ess)
resulted in umpire ANDREW COATES moving in to restore peace. TV pictures however displayed
Williams pushing the umpire.
cited by the AFL on Tuesday and at a two-hour TRIBUNAL hearing on Wednesday night, he was
found guilty of unduly interfering with field umpire Coates and suspended for
From the same
match RICKY OLARENSHAW (Ess) from video, pleaded guilty to the charge of striking Scott
Camporeale (Car) and suspended for four matches.
speculation estimating Williams would lose some $80,000 as a result of the suspension, his
lawyers on Friday morning (4th) lodged a writ in the Victorian Supreme Court. That
afternoon Justice Howard Nathan awarded an injunction with a trial expected to be heard in
some eight or nine weeks.
Greg Williams to continue to play.
From the same
game, SEAN DENHAM (Ess) and PETER DEAN (Car) were asked to explain actions.
future confrontations the AFL decreed teams must immediately leave the field after the
final siren and clubs at all future MCG matches will be required to use dressing rooms on
opposite sides of the venue.
TRIBUNALDANNY HARGRAVES (WB) was found not guilty of elbowing Andrew Wills (Fre).
investigation, Craig OBrien (Syd) was cited for striking Daniel Metropolis
(WCE)the case will be heard next Wednesday (9th).
ABLETT (Gee) suffered damage to his right knee in the Sunday Reserves match against
Richmond and following medical advice on Tuesday underwent an arthroscope on Wednesday
(2nd). He is likely to be absent for 4 to 6 weeks, but the GEELONG club insists he will
continue to playwhat is expected is his final season
<||> LEE WALKER (Col) went under surgery for his fourth knee reconstruction
50 goals in first two games
250th game for Jason Dunstall
Blight Crows' "pathetic"
ROUND TWO Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, April 4567.
MILESTONESHawthorn captain JASON DUNSTALL reached game 250, and kicked 4.1
BARRY STANDFIELD his 100th senior outing, (Fsc 98, Ade 2).
opener drew 61,138 to the G and with the Rocca brothers receiving great support from SHANE
WATSON and JASON TAYLOR, the Magpies romped away with another huge victory, and brought up
50 goals in their first two games. The Demons who promised so much were swamped by a
barrage of scoring with the Maggies 107pt win falling only two points short of their 1919
best against the Redlegs. Revitalised Wood captain GAVIN BROWN, together with NATHAN
BUCKLEY and SCOTT RUSSELL were in dominating formCOLLINGWOOD 24.19-163 (Saverio
Rocca 10.2) best, Sav Rocca, Richardson (his 50th game) and Anthony Rocca, MELBOURNE
7.14-56 (David Neitz 3) best, Clarkson, Glenn Lovett, Neitz.
overcast as the Tigers brought 32,880 to the MCGthey were up by 40pts early in the
second term as BENNIE GALE controlled the centre bounces, to the degree his opponent DAVID
PITTMAN was dragged, never to return. The Crows were revved-up and got back into the
contest but Richmond were still in control at the last break by 21pts. Though Adelaide
monopolised play in the first half of the last quarter to draw within one point, they let
the Tigers surge back, chiefly through the efforts of Richardson who kicked three in the
last, and the margin blew out to 28pts at the final siren. The result drew a tirade of
criticism by coach Malcolm Blight against the Adelaide culture in a press
conference rated by several media representatives as the best in football
history JAKE NIALL Sunday Age. RICHMOND 19.14-128 (Matthew Richardson 6.3,
Nick Daffy 3, Trent Nichols 3) best, Campbell, Richardson, Charles, ADELAIDE 15.10-100
(Tony Modra 5, Nigel Smart 3) best, Smart, Williams, Edwards.
was the scene of a see-sawing struggle between the Cats and the Eagles watched by 17,988
fans. First it was West to take the ascendancy, then Geelongpositions were reversed,
then back again. A gritty contest came down to just a six point result with the mainstay
of the Cat attack being PETER RICCARDI who was coming off a shocker of a first game. His
6.2 was the difference in the points staying at Corio Bay, GEELONG 11.12-78 (Peter
Riccardi 6) best, Riccardi, Colbert, Robbins, WEST COAST 11.6-72best, Heady, Kemp,
Lewis. First quarter injuries saw CHRIS MAINWARING (WC) off with a left knee
injuryhe faces surgery, and a sickening collision of heads between ASHLEY McINTOSH
(WC) who received concussion and BRENTON SANDERSON (Gee) who had 30 stitches to a cut eye.
At Optus Oval,
the struggle was just as keen. Sydney with endeavour swept to lead by 25pts, then SCOTT
WYND went into the ruck for the Bulldogs. With CHRIS GRANT providing great defence and
creating a springboard for attack, the Dogs blasted 8.2 in the second. The last half was a
torrid contest, with goal-for-goal being swapped. One of the key match-ups for the day was
the TONY LIBERATORE and PAUL KELLY battle. Both ended with only two kicks eachLibber
got two goals with his, and the Doggies the points, WESTERN BULLDOGS 13.12-90 (Simon
Minton-Connell 3, Luke Darcy 3, Leon Cameron 3) best, Grant, Liberatore, Johnson, SYDNEY
12.11-83 (Craig OBrien 3) best, Cresswell, Chapman, Stafford, crowd, 12,604.
On Sunday, the
Gabba (17,123) was hot and steamy, as the Saints found outthe Brisbane Lions went in
without ALASTAIR LYNCH (hamstring), but far from being hamstrung, the Lions blitzed their
visitors. St Kilda were competitive for the first 10 minutes but thereafter Brisbane added
11 unanswered goals. sweeping to an unassailable lead. JUSTIN LEPPITSCH and CLARK KEATING
provided the focus as the Lions outclassed the Saints in every department to win by 97pts,
BRISBANE 23.16-154 (Clark Keating 5, Justin Leppitsch 4, Chris Johnson 4) best, Johnson,
Robbins, White, ST KILDA 7.15-57 (Stewart Loewe 2) best, Cripps. Burke, Brown.
backed by their home-town crowd of 32,747 at Football Park opened with ferocity, but
failed to translate it to the scoreboard. The Powers 16pt lead at the first break
was whittled back, with the Bombers taking the lead with a goal from JAMES HIRD 18-minutes
in the second. From there the Dons went away to post the true hard-fought win
by 33pts, ESSENDON 14.9-93 (Steve Alessio 3, Mark Mercuri 3) best, Mercuri, Misiti,
Alessio, PORT ADELAIDE 8.12-60best, Brown, Lyle, Breuer.
Adelaides first home AFL game was preceded by a cavalcade of former
champions. Sods of earth from the Alberton Oval were flown in by helicopter and placed
into the ground at Football Park at the point of each 50 metre arc.
The final game
of the Sunday triple-header played in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth resulted at Subiaco
Oval (19,057) with a 14pt win to Fremantle. For the second week, the Dockers displayed
character as they fought back from tight situations to record consecutive victories. In
Dunstalls 250th, Freo had to withstand a terrific third quarter comeback which took
the Hawks from a 23pt half-time deficit to a 5pt lead. The Dockers however proved stronger
in the closing stages, holding the spent Hawks to a single goal in the last, FREMANTLE
13.9-87 (Daniel Bandy 3) best, Harding, Callaghan, Bandy, HAWTHORN 10.13-73 (Jason
Dunstall 4) best, Harford (37 possessions), Salmon, Platten.
football at the MCG was played in wintry, rainy conditions, when 38,170 witnessed North deliver an unexpected blow-outa
confident Kanga outfit carved up a forward-less Carlton. It was a game-long,
full-of-running effort by North with PETER BELL, ROBERT SCOTT, GLEN ARCHER and BRETT
ALLISON leading the charge. In contrast, for most of the game the Blues noticeably lacked
spark and spirit until the closing stagesNORTH 12.14-86 (Brett Allison) best, Bell,
Archer, Rock, CARLTON 8.12-60 (Glenn Manton 2) best, Sexton, Allan, Hamill.
Round 2 SYDNEY failed to goal in the last quarter for the second week
ROCCA kicked 10.2 at the MCG the last three bags of 10 goals or more at the MCG
have all been against, Melbourne
the 9.7-61 by the Pies was their best finish of
208 games versus the Demons
Saturdays MCG loss by Adelaide was their 44th
Victorian defeatof 55 games, the Crows have won 10, lost 44, and drawn one.
Wednesday (9th) sitting was a marathon. GREG WILLIAMS (Car) was cited from video of having
kneed Dean Laidley (NM) to the leg during the first term of the Monday night
MCG game. Williams was granted his request for a panel other than those who had suspended
him for 9 matches the previous week, and on which he won a Supreme Court injunction
enabling him to continue to play until the Court hears the case on May 13th.
33-year-old Williams was found guilty of the charge against Laidley and suspended for
three matcheshis second suspension in eight days. It was his 19th appearance
covering 14 seasons of 239 games with Gee, Syd and Car. The dual Brownlow winner of 1986
and 1994 has now been found guilty on 12 occasions; suspended 34 weeks, together with one
severe reprimand and a fine of $3000
in other cases, CRAIG OBRIEN (Syd) was
found not guilty of striking Daniel Metropolis (WCE)
DARREN JARMAN (Ade) pleaded
guilty to the charge of striking Matthew Rogers (Rch) and outed two games
McINTOSH (WCE)not guilty of striking Brenton Sanderson (Gee)
(Haw)found guilty of striking JASON NORRISH (Fre) and is out for two games
three players, DALE KICKETT (Fre), BRENDAN KRUMMEL (Haw) and SHANNON GIBSON (Haw) were
found guilty of wrestling and each fined one weeks pay and one match payment.
are only side unbeaten
Saints rise to clip Pies yet again
Port Adelaide notch first AFL win
ROUND THREE Fri-Sat-Sun, April 111213.
MILESTONESPort Adelaide tipped by many to remain winless and certain
wooden-spooners in their first AFL season, emerged from Round 3 as the biggest winners
with their first AFL victory over Geelong. Not far behind the Power, were St Kilda, rising
from their 97pt thrashing at the hands of Brisbane the previous week, and proving to STAN
ALVES their coacha week is certainly a long time in football
captain GARRY LYON played his 250th
SCOTT WYND (WB) his 150th
(Mel) kicked his 100th goal for the Demons in his 175th.
weather across all venues brought crowds of 296,994.
Friday night at
the SCG proved a nail-biter for the 23,598 fans who battled with an equal next-door number
at a SuperLeague State game. Sydney posted their first win for the season. The Coathangers
led by as much as 41pts early in the second term, then let the Redlegs back, conceding
five unanswered goals. In the second half it looked at though the Demons would take the
points as GARRY LYON gave his side the desperate drive they needed, but a down-to-the-wire
fight saw the Swans narrowly come away with their first points of the year. The game was
marked by good debuts for the Harboursiders by TROY COOK and JOHN STEVENSSYDNEY
15.9-99 (Paul Kelly 2, John Stevens 2) best, Kelly, Seymour, Stevens, MELBOURNE 14.7-91
(David Neitz 3) best, G.Lovett, Stynes, B.Lovett.
following 16 successive losses at the MCG since early 1994, the Doggies stormed home with
a burst of 7.1 in one of the upsets of the round. The Tigers in an always tight contest
(for 35,438), seemed to have the measure of the Dogs, but Richmond in the last term,
started to lose centre bounces at the critical time and an accurate Bulldog forward line,
sent the Tigers looking for answers despite the early contribution by MATTHEW RICHARDSON
WESTERN BULLDOGS 16.9-105 (Luke Darcy 4, Simon Minton-Connell 3) best, Smith,
Johnson, Darcy, RICHMOND 12.14-86 (Matthew Richardson 6.5) best, Richardson, Campbell,
clash was tipped as a cakewalk for the undefeated Collingwood over the wounded Saints.
Played in a fierce manner, with many head-high hitsSHANE WATSON (Col) then STEWART
LOEWE each left the field bloodied, yet both returned for the second half. Moments of
brilliance by NICKY WINMAR (StK) and PAUL WILLIAMS (Col) thrilled the 54,699 (the biggest
minor series Waverley crowd since 1993). The match was further notable by the forward
efforts of two Sainters, PETER EVERITT and the former Eagle JASON HEATLEY. The
ebb-and-flow went the way of the Saints in a damn good game of tight footy, ST KILDA
19.11-125 (Peter Everitt 6.1, Jason Heatley 5.3) best, Everitt, Winmar, Young, COLLINGWOOD
17.16-118 (Paul Williams 3, Saverio Rocca 3) best, Burns, Williams, Curran.
The boilover of
the round came on Saturday night at Football Park for 32,074 parochial Power fans. It was
almost a game-long procession as Port Adelaide despite their lack of height, showed team
spirit and commitment typical of what had given 34
premierships to their long SANFL history. It brought Port their first AFL win after only
three games at the highest level. Geelong were ragged and Power-less for most
of the contest, and only when Port eased off did the Cats gain respectability on the
scoreboard. PORT ADELAIDE 18.21-129 (Scott Cummings 5, Bowen Lockwood 4) best, Dickie,
Brown, Lyle, GEELONG 14.6-90 (Michael Mansfield 4, Robbie Burns 3) best, Couch, Burns,
weather continued on Sunday in both Perth and Melbourne with 39,294 packing into Subiaco
for the local derby. But the fans saw yet another easy win for the Eagles, as the Dockers
failed to match their early expectations gathered from two opening game victories with
their forward weakness exposedthe win carried the Coasters back to third spot, WEST
COAST 16.15-111 (Phillip Matera 4) best, Lewis, Phillip Matera, Banfield, FREMANTLE
9.17-71, best, Wills, Harding, Norrish.
At the MCG, in
the sunny mid 20s, the Bombers never looked like being beaten by Norththey
were too swift and too strong for a Kangas side desperately seeking big-man strength other
than just COREY McKERNAN who did a two-man job, but was overwhelmed. The 57,978 crowd
watched as the Dons went to a lead by as much as 54pts in the last. The final quarter drew
13.1 from the two, but the 42pt margin equated the difference between the two sides on the
day, ESSENDON 18.14-122 (Che Cockatoo-Collins 4, Matthew Lloyd 4) best, Fletcher, Denham,
Symons, NORTH 12.8-80 (Mark Roberts 3) best, McKernan, Roberts, A.Stevens.
The Navy Blues
in their 1,995th League game, became the Pale Blues and received $250,000 for the trouble
in sponsorship for a new M&M blue-coloured sweetthe white logo on a mid-blue
background was unchanged but the familiar white numbers were replaced by black ones. The
Crows after being blasted by coach MALCOLM BLIGHT for their efforts the previous week were
competitive for the first half, but fell away badly in the last half, but were saved from
another debacle as the Blues finished with a woeful 4.10 in the last to be just 28pt
winners, CARLTON 15.18-108 (Aaron Hamill 3, Anthony Koutoufides 3) best, Bradley, Allan,
Murphy, ADELAIDE 12.8-80 (Nigel Smart 3, Barry Standfield 3) best, Smart, Koster, Tregenza
at Optus Oval to 25,966.
Park (27,947), the Lions and Hawks both played in patches, but chiefly it was Hawthorn who
led the charge. In a gritty finish, the Hawks held on to win by 12pts against a side who
rarely win away from the Gabba, HAWTHORN 12.15-87 (Jason Dunstall 5) best, Treleven,
Lekkas, Harford, BRISBANE 11.9-75 (Jarrod Molloy 3) best, Lambert, Molloy, Hart. Major
injuries in the round included MICK McGUANE (Car) who tore a groin, and will be absent
some two to four weeks
SCOTT WYND (WB) a fractured bone in his right handhe
had screws inserted
SHAUN McMANUS (Fre) tore the ACL in the left knee, ending his
in a second term collision with teammate JIM STYNES, SHAUN SMITH (Mel)
injured his left knee and was concussed
JARROD MOLLOY (Bri) suffered a broken
DARRYL WHITE (Bri) a dislocated kneecap12 weeks
long-running co-tenancy dis-agreement over Western Oval with FITZROY was concluded out of
court. The Bulldogs settled for $70,000 of their $696,285 claim.
Friday (11th) final bids for the $2 billion-plus Docklands project were awaited.
Construction is expect to begin early next year.
POOLE (PA) pleaded guilty and was suspended two matches for striking Leigh Colbert (Gee)
with an open hand
MARK MERENDA (Rch) was found guilty of a video charge for
striking Scott West (WB) and given a two-match suspension
a striking charge against
NICK DAFFY (Rch) was not heard as the League were unable to produce video evidence to
sustain the case
however, NICK DAFFY (Rch), JUSTIN CHARLES (Rch), JOSE ROMERO (WB)
and CRAIG ELLIS (WB) were found guilty of wrestling and each fined one match payment
SCOTT BURNS (Col) was found guilty of striking Stewart Loewe (StK) and suspended
STEVEN SZILLER (StK) found guilty of striking Scott Russell (Col) and
suspended two matches
DARRIN PRITCHARD (Haw) was found guilty of tripping Chris
Johnson (Bri) and given one matchthe first suspension Pritchard has received in 202
Nine Footy Show on Thursday (17th) celebrated its 100th airingand they said
it wouldnt last!
shoot down the Bombers
Port Adelaide take "Showdown 1"
The Kangas tumble to 14th place
ROUND FOUR Fri-Sat-Sun, April 181920.
Adelaide in only their fourth AFL game took the much-publicised first clash against bitter
Essendon with a loss to Geelong suffered their 800th League defeat
the Carlton win over Collingwood took the Blues to six consecutive victories over
the Pies, the equal of 1985-87, but short of their nine-straight across 1905-1909
100 games were achieved by ANG CHRISTOU (Car), GLEN ARCHER (NM) and MITCHELL WHITE (WCE).
The 4th round
was attended by 315,244, with 161,669 at the three MCG matches. Across all venues, most
results were tight, with margins of 2, 5, 7, 11, 24 and 26ptsthe biggest being the
46pt win by Sydney over the Saints on Saturday night.
night MCG clash when 28,043 saw a rugged opening with plenty of bumps being traded between
the Demons and Bulldogs. Melbourne had the bulk of the play and in the third quarter went
ahead by five goals, but the Dogs came back to trail by only six points at the last
change. The last term ended kick-for-kick with the Dogs narrowly taking their third win.
DAVID NEITZ and JIM STYNES were honest toilers for the Demons, while JOSE ROMERO and CRAIG
ELLIS had terrific games for the DogsWESTERN BULLDOGS 13.11-89 (Simon Minton-Connell
3) best, Ellis, Darcy, West, MELBOURNE 13.9-87 (David Neitz 7.2) best, Neitz, Stynes,
The sun shone
brightly on Saturday at the G for 78,704 for the always-classic confrontation between
Carlton and Collingwood. The lead changed six times, and the match had passion. The Blues
won by 17pts, when maybe a goal or a point would have reflected the difference between the
two. ANG CHRISTOU played his 100th and was one of the better Blues, STEPHEN KERNAHAN
returned after injury, but Carlton can be thankful for an inspiring 55 metre kick from
CRAIG BRADLEY which resulted in a goal to GLEN MANTON starting the last term offit
was the Blues again for the sixth-straight time, CARLTON 15.11-101 (Stephen Kernahan 3)
best, Bradley, Christou, Koutoufides, COLLINGWOOD 12.12-84 (Saverio Rocca 4, Anthony Rocca
3) best, Russell, Buckley, Crosisca.
With only two
late behinds in the third term, Richmond fans let both the team and coach ROBERT WALLS
know their feelings with loud booing at the last break. With a limp 15,461 at Princes
Park, the game til then seemed as though the Dockers were going to break through for
another win in Melbourne. However, a last quarter revival denied Freo, who were held
scoreless as the Tigers ground out an unconvincing 5pt win, without the suspended MARK
MERENDA and injured BRENDAN GALE, JUSTIN CHARLES and MATTHEW ROGERSRICHMOND 10.12-72
(2 to Daffy, Bowden, Richardson) best, Gaspar, Kellaway, Campbell, FREMANTLE 10.7-67 (2 to
D.Parker, Waterhouse, Leach) best, S.Parker, OReilly, Leach.
The fans on
Saturday night voted with their feet again as 35,061 turned out at Waverley. St Kilda
opened in grand style, carrying on from their win over the Pies of the previous week. But,
their effort lasted all but 20 minutes as Sydney found touch and lifted by PAUL KELLY,
MICHAEL OLOUGHLIN and CRAIG OBRIEN, the Coathangers had a valuable training
run and were easy victors. The Swans had the luxury of adding TONY LOCKETT, 11 minutes
into the third when they already led by 32pts. Big Tony with just eight kicks and seven
marks added 3.2 to his career tally, and fully tested his surgery and recovery with two
goals from the 50 metre arc, SYDNEY 18.19-127 (Craig OBrien 5, Michael
OLoughlin 4, Tony Lockett 3) best, OLoughlin, Cresswell, Stafford, ST KILDA
12.9-81 (2-Winmar, Loewe, Heatley, Smith, Traianidis) best, Loewe, Harvey, Cripps.
At Subiaco, the
night brought out 38,222 as the Eagles with PETER SUMICH back in touch with seven
well-earned goals were only marginally challenged. Leading by 49pts, the Coasters were
well placed to withstand a late six-goal surge from the Hawks who closed the end margin to
24pts. The win took the Eagles back to top place and if its any indication of his
worth, Suma may get more than the 12 games he was restricted to across 1995-96at the
other end, we saw the rare occurrence of Hawk captain JASON DUNSTALL held goalless for the
second time in four weeks, WEST COAST 17.10-112 (Peter Sumich 7.0, Phillip Matera 4) best,
Symmons, Sumich, Grgic, HAWTHORN 13.11-89 (Aaron Lord 4) best, Lord, Treleven, Harford.
great in Melbourne and Adelaide, but early rain made starting conditions slippery at the
Gabba. In a contest which never reached great heights, the Lions powered away from a
disorganised North to lead by six goals at half time. How far, was the question, but the
Kangas with DAVID KING playing a top defenders role, and the always dangerous JOHN BLAKEY
plus good efforts from JOHN LONGMIRE and COREY McKERNAN kicked seven goals in the third
and drew within a point. The Lions however again took charge and were comfortable 26pt
winners, BRISBANE 15.19-109 (Justin Leppitsch 5) best, Lappin, Lambert, Leppitsch, NORTH
12.11-83 (John Blakey 3) best, Blakey, King, Longmire, crowd18,575. The flag holders
dropped to 14th place.
47,256 packed Football Park for Showdown 1 as the Port-Crows clash was billed.
In only their fourth AFL game, the Port fanatics were joyous as their 127-year SA
tradition made their upstart opponents bow to their presence. Port enjoyed a
game-long control with a 40pt lead early in the last. The Crows displayed a strong desire,
with a flurry of goals for a final margin of just 11pts, but the Power had turned it on
and re-established themselves as the kings of Adelaide footy, PORT ADELAIDE
11.17-83 (Scott Cummings 4), best, S.Bond, Wilson, Lyle, ADELAIDE 11.6-72 (Tony Modra
7.2), best, Ricciuto, Tregenza, Modra.
The MCG was
well-attended by 54,922 for the game which everyone (but the faithful) said Geelong
couldnt win. The undefeated Dons seemed certain winners after the Cats had sprayed
0.7 in the second to trail 2.11 to Essendon 5.8-38 at the half. With losses mounting
following the injuries to JAMES HIRD, then MICHAEL LONG, MICHAEL SYMONS, and DUSTIN
FLETCHER, the Bombers while running out of options could not contain the fierce desire of
the Cats. The solo ruck effort by JOHN BARNES was an outstanding contribution to Geelong,
while GARRY HOCKING, DAVID MENSCH and first-gamer ADAM HOULIHAN carried the Cats over the
line in a game worthy of a final, GEELONG 11.19-85 (Marty McKinnon 4) best, Barnes,
Mensch, Hocking, ESSENDON 11.12-78 (Matthew Lloyd 3) best, Misiti, Fletcher, Chris
Park to be renamed?
The media spotlight over the weekend fell on the Collingwood club, with speculation
extending to the possibility on a change to the name of Victoria Park.
The FAI Insurance group have offered $1 million to buy naming rights to Victoria Park for
a period of five years, and there is the further possibility there will be a new design
for an away strip. However the famous black-and-white colours are sacrosanct,
according to Magpie prez KEVIN ROSE.
A weekend poll published in The Sunday Age found most Pie supporters are
providing sensible insight toward the changes, in light of the commercial reasonsas
long as the traditional guernsey is retained for home games.
TRIBUNALJEFF FARMER (Mel) was found guilty of striking Brad Wira (WB) and suspended
ANDREW OBST (Mel) guilty of striking Matthew Croft (WB)one match
TONY FRANCIS (Col) guilty of striking Brett Ratten (Car)one match
STEVEN ALESSIO (Ess) guilty of kneeing John Barnes (Gee)three games
charge against GLEN ARCHER (NM) for striking Richard Champion (Bri) was thrown out
for players to be named in racial abuse
Racial abuse again was brought to the forefront as STEVE KOLYNUIK, the Western Bulldogs
defender, publicly apologised to young Demon forward JEFF FARMER on calling him a
black bastard in last Fridays MCG game.
Leading Aboriginal players including MICHAEL LONG and CHE COCKATOO-COLLINS called for the
scraping of the confidential mediation process presently in force under the AFLs
Racial and Religious Vilification rules, and for players who offended, to be publicly
named for racial abuse.
AFLs Grievance Tribunal met for the first time (21st). Former Crow ANDREW JARMAN was
fined $10,000 by the Adelaide club for refusing to play against Carlton on July 13 last
season. The League found Jarman in breach of his contract, but reduced the fine to
$6000the Crows will refund $4000.
TRIBUNAL 2GARRY HOCKING (Gee) though found not to have committed any offence after a
video review, was cited on Tuesday after an Optus Vision tape emerged. Hocking was charged
with striking Matthew Lloyd (Ess)however, at Wednesday nights hearing, Hocking
was found not guilty of the charge
ROD JAMESON (Ade) was suspended three matches,
being found guilty of an amended charge of attempting to strike Scott Cummings (PA), with
whom Jameson broadcasts on Adelaide radio in a weekly spot
TRIBUNAL 3Western Bulldogs defender TODD CURLEY became the first player to be cited
under the AFLs Racial rules. After four hours of intense negotiations on Wednesday
broke down, Curley was charged with having racially vilified DAVID COCKATOO-COLLINS (Mel)
last Friday night. The case was heard by the League Tribunal on Thursday, when Todd Curley
was cleared of the charge. The AFL bench found the case unsustained on the grounds of
Brisbanes co-captain ALASTAIR LYNCH has suffered a recurrence of chronic fatigue
syndrome, and is expected will be restricted in 1997.
abuse flares again
Pies get the Anzac Day medal
Port claim their third AFL scalp
ROUND FIVE Fri-Sat-Sun, April 252627.
MILESTONESCRAIG BRADLEY (Car) reached game 250
SCOTT RUSSELL (Col)
while, the 50th for their club was gained by KYM KOSTER (Ade) and JASON
DANIELS (StK, also 58 with Syd)
DENIS PAGAN coached the Kangas for the 100th
enjoyed another great patch of weather for the 5th round, with a total of 278,707
now-traditional Anzac Day clash drew 83,271 to the G and was telecast direct into
Melbourne. It was an absorbing game, with Essendon clearly below strength by the absence
of key players. However their endeavour and depth was confirmed when the Bombers got to
within 5pts of the Pies, 10 minutes into the last term. Collingwood despite their early
off-target effortthey were 3.11 early in the 2ndwere clearly the better side
on the day and were comfortable winners. One of the match highlights was the ANTHONY
ROCCAs first term goal. Stranded 70 metres from the northern goal, the younger Rocca
lay-back with a magnificent old-fashioned torp and banged it straight
throughCOLLINGWOOD 14.15-99 (2 to Patterson, Ahmat, A.Rocca, S.Rocca, Williams)
best, Monkhorst, Brown, Buckley, ESSENDON 10.10-70 (Peter Cransberg 3) best, Calthorpe,
Under lights at
Subiaco (23,504) on Anzac Day, Freo defied the critics and denied the Saints with a
hard-fought six-point win. Previously the Dockers had been suspect under pressure, yet in
this one, they may just have proved, theyve turned a corner. STEWART LOEWE gave a
great performance for the Saints with 14 marks, and CLIVE WATERHOUSE for Freo finally
emerged to live up to his expected reputation with four goals. Each played in waves of
domination, and a close result was a worthy outcome, FREMANTLE 16.11-107 (Clive Waterhouse
4) best, Waterhouse, Toia, Callaghan, ST KILDA 15.11-101 (Joel Smith 2, Stewart Loewe 2)
best, Harvey, Burke, Smith.
record books will show the Demons on Saturday at the MCG (19,655) outscored the Eagles in
both the first and last quarters, it was the middle two terms which brought a 48pt
thrashing from West Coast. The Eagles mid-game produced winners in every department and
led by as much as 75pts. With too many running players and with big contributions from
PETER MATERA, BEN COUSINS and CHRIS LEWIS, the Sandgropers showed the disparity of talent
the Redlegs have on hand, WEST COAST 19.12-126 (Ben Cousins 5, Peter Sumich 3) best, Peter
Matera, Cousins, Lewis, MELBOURNE 12.6-78 (David Neitz 6) best, Neitz, Clarkson, Stynes
it was the Eagles seventh consecutive win versus Melbourne.
The Crows after
a week-long needle following their defeat by Port, effectively responded with their first
victory at the Carlton ground since 1992. Adelaide with TONY MODRA starring launched a
first term shock wave, and while the Bulldogs staged an expected comeback in the 2nd,
their 1.8 for the term destroyed their chances. But, it was the way in which the Crows
took over after half-time which commanded the greatest attention, with them recording a
rare win in Melbourne, by a blowout 50pt margin, ADELAIDE 19.7-121 (Tony Modra 8.1, Barry
Standfield 5, Darren Jarman 3) best, Recite, Bickley, Modra, WESTERN BULLDOGS 9.17-71
(Rohan Smith 3) best, Johnson, Romero, Cameroncrowd 12,694. The match brought the
return of Crow ruckman SHAUN REHN following his second right knee reconstruction.
at Waverley for another big 37,576, was a crucial contest for both the Hawks and the
Swans. In the end, it was Hawks who prevailed but only after some anxious moments. Sydney
opened with a dominating first 20 minutes and seemingly would strangle the gamebut
for all their efforts only led by 9pts. PAUL SALMON became one of the Hawk match-winners
outpointing GREG STAFFORD while in the centre CRAIG TRELEVEN emerged. TONY LOCKETT was
brought on for the second half, but top defence headed by BEN GRAHAM kept Plugger to two
goals and he hardly influenced the game. With Stafford forced out of the game with a groin
strain in the third, the Hawks thrusts to the forward line improved and they started to
dictate. The last term was full of pressure with backbreakers coming when they added three
goals in eight minutes, in spite of three from DALE LEWIS for Sydney, the Hawks went away
with it for a 25 point win, HAWTHORN 15.9-99 (Jason Dunstall 4, Aaron Lord 3) best,
Graham, Treleven, Harford, SYDNEY 11.8-74 (Paul Kelly 4, Dale Lewis 4) best, Kelly, Lewis,
Dunkley. (Paul Kelly 4, Dale Lewis 4) best, Kelly, Lewis, Dunkley.
Sunday was hot
in both Melbourne and Adelaide. At Football Park, a disappointing 31,757 got their moneys
worth when Ports early initiative paid off. Going in as hard as they could, the
Power put the Lions off balance with their tenacity. Brisbane recovered and the match
developed into a thrilling struggle for all of the last half, with eight points the
biggest margin. A late goal to PETER BURGOYNE snatched a thrilling two-point win for the
Power. It was Ports third successive victory and lifted them to 8th placing, on the
57th birthday of coach JOHN CAHILL who said: That was a gutsy effort over four
quarters. PORT ADELAIDE 10.13-73 (Cummings 5) best, Lade, Bond, Wanganeen,
BRISBANE 10.11-71 (Leppitsch 4) best, Ashcroft, Akermanis, M.Voss.
ravaged Richmond in a notable return to form at the MCG for 44,449, recording a 95pt win.
The Roos persistence and aggressive attack on the ball gave the Tigers no opportunity. A
highlight was the game by GLEN ARCHER at centre half-back who shut-down Richmonds
highly-rated MATTHEW RICHARDSON. MARTIN PIKE gave the Roos a top game, as did other former
Lions, JOHN BLAKEY and ANTHONY MELLINGTON who proved a good foil for JOHN LONGMIRE on the
forward and bagged five, NORTH 21.15-141 (Mellington 5, Longmire 4) best, Archer, Pike,
McKernan, RICHMOND 7.4-46best, Kellaway, Bowden, Broderick.
defeated Carlton at the Blues true home-venue for the first time since 1984. The Cats
early had more run in their legs, and kicked longer, then when the trend changed were
willing to experiment. It paid dividends against a sluggish Carlton who noticeably had
several short of game-fitness in, EARL SPALDING, STEPHEN KERNAHAN and BRAD PEARCE.
However, the late 3rd term injury to key Geelong ruckman JOHN BARNES who fell badly from a
mark, breaking his left arm forced the Cats to use the down-on-form BILLY BROWNLESS in the
ruck. He rose to the occasion and gave them the lift they needed at centre bounces. Barnes
will miss 6-8 weeks, and the turn of events may well have saved the career of Brownless.
The Blues were only a couple of kicks out of it, but the Cats to 25,801, deserved the
points,GEELONG 13.16-94 (Burns 3), best, Colbert, Pickering, Kilpatrick, CARLTON
12.14-86 (Bradley 2, Brown 2) best, Sexton, Ratten, Hogg.
abuse flares again
speedster ROBBIE AHMAT and Essendons MICHAEL PRIOR clashed verbally early in the
final term of the MCG game on Friday. The Collingwood club lodged a formal complaint.
alleged Prior had called Ahmat a dark c - - t with Prior insisting the words
he had used were dumb c - - t Ahmat at the time was clearly upset,
facing Prior with clenched fists, then pursued umpire JOHN HARVEY who noted the incident.
a long day in the efforts to bring the two parties together through conciliation and
mediation. These however broke down and the matter was referred to the AFL Tribunal. At
its sitting on Tuesday evening, Prior was judged not guilty. It was one of the more
difficult decisions for footballs judiciary to reach.
CEO PETER JACKSON following the decision of the Tribunal was quoted on ABC Radio as saying
there had to be a better way of handling such situations
we think mediation
and conciliation would be a far better process to go through. JOHN MAY, the
Collingwood chief executive expressed the view, the Tribunal is not the perfect forum for
resolving such issues, but his club were supportive of the process. The AFL Chief
Executive WAYNE JACKSON said, the League were open to suggestions on how the process can
TRIBUNAL #1on Monday night, JASON MOONEY (Syd) was found guilty on the charge of
head-butting Brendan Krummel (Haw) and was suspended for four matches. (Following a League
investigation, Mooney days later was further cited on the charge of poking the left eye of
Harvey told to back-date report
<||> TRIBUNAL #2an amazing sequence unfolded from the Wednesday hearings. The
case against DEAN WALLIS (Ess) of jumping into Andrew Schauble (Col) was thrown out, when
umpire JOHN HARVEY told the Tribunal he had been instructed to back-date the report.
Harvey had viewed video evidence and judged no offence had occurred, but was called back
to headquarters on Monday. AFL internal arrangements as a result were adjusted with
umpires coach DAVID LEVENS relieved of the process of reporting
cases, MATTHEW BANKS (Ess) was found not guilty of kneeing Anthony Rocca (Col)
ASHLEY PRESCOTT (Rch) was found guilty of striking Wayne Schwass (NM) and received a
brings pressure on coaches
Bulldogs down the Eagles in Perth
Carlton slip to 14th place
ROUND SIX Fri-Sat-Sun, May 234.
MILESTONESANTHONY LOVELL played his 150th (Mel 121, now WCE 29)
CHRIS GRANT (WB) his 150th senior game, while EARL SPALDING played his 100th for Carlton,
adding to his previous 109 with Melbourne.
upset of the round came on Friday night at the WACA when the Western Bulldogs confirmed
their worth. The Dogs who led at every quarter took over the game in the third with 6.7
and from thereon were worthy enough to hold-out the sustained comeback by the Eagles in
the last. CHRIS GRANT topped off his 150th game for the Dogs with many outstanding marks
at both ends of the ground. The Eagles GLEN JAKOVICH returned after a 45-week
absence and a knee reconstruction. WESTERN BULLDOGS 17.11-113 (Minton-Connell 5) best,
West, Smith Wynd, WEST COAST 14.15-99 (Phillip Matera 3) best, Peter Matera, Symmons,
Jakovich crowd 29,838.
in Melbourne made conditions slippery for the Saturday games. At the MCG (37,642), the
Bombers stepped up a notch in the second half to deliver the 19th consecutive loss for
Brisbane at head-quarters. Costly injuries for the Lions will apply additional pressure to
their rate of improvement. The Dons were heartened by big performances from Lucas and
Misiti, ESSENDON 15.12-102 (Lucas 3, Cransberg 3) best, Lucas, Misiti, Denham, BRISBANE
9.17-71 (Leppitsch 3) best, Clarke, T.Lynch, Lambertthe Lions Justin Leppitsch
was reported in the 3rd term for misconduct against Damien Hardwick.
At one of the
now infrequent games at Victoria Park, 24,633 enjoyed a return to suburban-style footy as
Adelaide made a determined bid to win their first at Abbotsfordand they only failed
by only a point, with a controversial goal kicked for the Pies by RICHARD OSBORNE after
the quarter-time siren. Rarely more than a few kicks in it, a spirited Adelaide outfit
took it right up to Collingwood. If anything, the Crows had plenty of opportunities, but
by adding 4.6 in the last they fell short by a point, from 28 shots to the Pies 19. The
Woods NATHAN BUCKLEY starred again, with 35 possessions and 10 marks off half-back,
while MODRA and JARMAN were prominent for the Crows, COLLINGWOOD 13.6-84 (Osborne 3),
best, Buckley, Burns, Russell, ADELAIDE 11.17-83 (Modra 5) best, Koster, Modra, McLeod.
Park (16,467), steady rain for the game failed to dampen the Cats who won most positions
all day, handing out a good old-fashioned thrashing to Fremantle who were lost. RONNIE
BURNS relished the conditions, kicking as many goals as the Dockers did. ADAM HOULIHAN
also did well and LIAM PICKERING was prominent in a great return to form. For Freo coach
Neesham, he branded it one of the worst defeats his club had suffered, GEELONG 14.13-97
(Burns 6) best, Houlihan, Burns, Pickering, FREMANTLE 6.7-43, bestWills, Allan,
night, 38,953 flocked to Waverley Park in spite of the rain, and they were well-rewarded
with one of the best of clashes. Both the Hawks and Kangas were desperatethe lead
changed 10 times, it was anyones right down to the final minutes. The Roos gained a
10pt win, but it was gritty stuff throughout. PAUL SALMON again dominated the ruck for the
Hawks, but COREY McKERNAN was a great influence around the field for the Kangas. Both
coaches agreed it was terrific and even the defeated Hawks were applauded off
by their ever-growing flock of fans, NORTH 16.7-103 (Schwass 4) best, McKernan, Archer,
Schwass, HAWTHORN 14.9-93 (Dunstall 4) best, Salmon, Chick, Pritchard.
conditions on Sunday in Sydney, 37,933 were at the SCGthe best-to see the Blues in
Sydney. The Swans swamped Carlton in emphatic style, leading by as much as 79pts at the
start of the last term. The Blues had many passengers but were well rewarded by the
persistent efforts of big-man MICHAEL SEXTON. The eventual 59pt victory by the Harbour
City boys came chiefly from the alternate forward achievements by CRAIG OBRIEN, DALE
LEWIS and DARYN CRESSWELLTONY LOCKETT rested on the bench in the last quarter,
having contributed just 1.3 for the game, SYDNEY 21.16-142 (OBrien 5, Lewis 4,
Cresswell 3) best, Kelly, OLoughlin, Lewis, CARLTON 11.17-83 (Kernahan 3) best,
Sexton, Silvagni, Manton it was the Swans fourth consecutive win over the Blues,
their best in 72 years, since 1924-25.
In the often
driving rain at Waverley, things looked better as STEWART LOEWE had kicked his five goals
before the Dees got their first. The Saints were terrific and the Demons were woeful as
the Saints recorded their biggest-ever win over Melbourne in 180 matches. Everything was
down-hill for the Redlegs with chairman JOSEPH GUTNICK telegraphing changes to come in a
half-time radio interview; when they only trailed by seven goals. The Saints shutdown the
influence of the Demon mainstay JIM STYNES, tagging him with ROBERT HARVEY who gained 25
possessions, ST KILDA 17.19-121 (Loewe 5, Everitt 4) best, Brown, Everitt, Harvey,
MELBOURNE 4.11-35 best, Neitz, Leoncelli, Stynescrowd 21,104.
swept back into the top Eight with a thorough 64pt defeat over Richmond at Football Park
for 36,090 fans. Exceeding all predictions, the Power with spirited attacks to the ball
have racked-up four-straight wins against Geelong, Adelaide, Brisbane and now Richmond,
but, all on their home turf. The big test will come in the weeks to come as Port
hit-the-road in Melbourne games, without their fanatical Adelaide supporters.
The Tigers performance was rated lowly by their devastated coach ROBERT WALLS. Richmond
suffered a further disaster when star forward MATTHEW RICHARDSON suffered a broken left
arm in the dying moments of the match in a collision with teammate MARK CHAFFEY and Port
defender ADAM HEUSKES PORT ADELAIDE 19.8-122 (Cummings 4, Wanganeen 3) best,
Wanganeen, Lade, Wilson, RICHMOND 8.10-58 (B.Gale 3) best, Tape, Kellaway, M.Gale.
hold crisis meeting
The Melbourne FC board conducted a two-hour crisis meeting on Monday night (5th) following
radio statements by Demon prez JOSEPH GUTNICK during the half-time interval of
Sundays game at Waverley.
Beating the gun, HASSA MANN severed 38 years with the club as a player and administrator
by resigning as CEO. His position will be taken by football operations manager CAMERON
SCHWAB, a former key admin at Richmond.
Coach NEIL BALME, was said to be under no threat after GARRY LYON and the players put
forward their case. Balme is expected to stay at least until the end of the season.
TRIBUNALIn a heavy night, nine cases were heard Monday (5th)JASON MOONEY (Syd)
was found not guilty of poking the eye of Brendan Krummel (Haw)
(Bri) was found not guilty of misconduct against Damien Hardwick (Ess)
DAMIEN HARDWICK was found guilty of striking Marcus Ashcroft (Bri) and suspended for two
of players charged with wrestling, MATTHEW YOUNG (StK) and ROBERT HARVEY
(StK) were clearedfour others however were each fined one match payment, DAVID NEITZ
(Mel), DAVID SIERAKOWSKI (StK), TODD VINEY (Mel) and JAMIE SHANAHAN (StK)
the even dozen reports for the week the TRIBUNAL sat again on WednesdayBRETT
MONTGOMERY (WB) was found guilty of striking Jarrad Schofield (WCE) and suspended two
FRASER BROWN (Car) was guilty of striking Dale Lewis (Syd) and outed two
ANDREW OBST (Mel) was found not guilty of striking Matthew Young (StK).
weekend for the record books
Bulldogs win hard-earned respect
Jason Dunstall passes 1200 goals
ROUND SEVEN Fri-Sat-Sun, May 91011.
MILESTONESHawthorn captain JASON DUNSTALL kicked five in a losing side to
become only the second player in League history to reach 1200 goals. Dunstall nearing his
33rd birth-day is closing on the 60 year old record of Collingwoods GORDON COVENTRY
who retired on 1299 goals in 1937.
STEPHEN KERNAHAN with two, became the greatest club goalkicker of Princes Park. He passed
the 722 goals kicked by HARRY VALLENCE between 1926 and 1938
Geelong played their
500th League game at Kardinia Park, while Sydney in their defeat registered the Swans
lowest score against the Cats for 33 years
100 senior games arrived for DARYN
CRESSWELL (Syd) how-ever he suffered a dislocated kneecap in the second term
games came for JUSTIN LEPPITSCH (Bri), RAYDEN TALLIS (Haw), SEAN WELLMAN (Ess, now Ade),
BRENTON SANDERSON (Gee, now Ade), and in his 240th AFL outing including those with Geelong
and Sydney, GREG WILLIAMS attained 100 games with Carlton.
opened to 54,901 at the G on Friday night when Collingwood swept aside any doubts to their
worth with a disciplined and thorough dispatch of North Melbourne. Even though several of
the Pies had quiet games, they controlled the midfield and used the central corridor to
effect against an often listless Roo outfitit was a solid Magpie performance,
COLLINGWOOD 17.9-111 (S.Rocca 4) best, Williams, Burns, Brown, NORTH 9.14-68 (Mellington
4) best, Mellington, Rock, Bell.
Carlton and Richmond both had something in common when they met on Saturday to 48,833 at
the MCG. It was a tense struggle between two badly out-of-form sides. The Blues went away
in the third but the Tigers proved tops in the desperation stakes when they came back
within two goals in the last, but the Blue boys steadied to win by 22pts, CARLTON
14.14-98best, Bradley, Sexton, Koutoufides, RICHMOND 10.16-76best, Kellaway
Following up on
their defeat of the Eagles the previous week, the Bulldogs had a sluggish opening and
found themselves behind the Hawks by five goals in the second term at Optus Oval. Finding
touch, the Dogs earned respect as they applied a 75pt turnaround through great efforts
from the talented CHRIS GRANT and forward SIMON MINTON-CONNELL who kicked five for the
second week in a rowthe important victory kept the Dogs in the top three, WESTERN
BULLDOGS 19.19-133 (Minton-Connell 5) best, Grant Wynd, Johnson, HAWTHORN 13.10-88
(Dunstall 5) best, Treleven, Taylor, Holland crowd 18,860.
The Cats at
Kardinia Park enjoyed a day of celebration with the appearance of many former greats.
Their on-field display was spearheaded by the rising talent of a newly committed and
harder Geelong who with two bursts of four goals at the start of the first and third
quarters pummelled the Swans who were never in the hunt. The heavy conditions had the
Sydney side floundering for answers to the hard-game-edge now found in the Cats, GEELONG
11.10-76 best, McGrath, Graham, Kilpatrick, SYDNEY 6.8-44 (Maxfield 3) best,
Maxfield, Kelly, Seymourcrowd 22,151.
night at Waverley (17,752), the Saints proved theyd done their homework, as they
shut down the new kids on the block. Port Adelaide were never really in the game from
mid-way into the second term when STEWART LOEWE, PETER EVERITT and ROBERT HARVEY produced
their bestHarvey had a sensational game with 38 possessions, closely followed by
AUSTINN JONES with 32. The Saints enjoyed a big finish with 7.2 to give a much-needed
percentage boost, ST KILDA 20.6-126 (Loewe 5, Smith 3) best, Harvey, Everitt, Brown, PORT
ADELAIDE 8.13-61 (Breuer 3) best, Lade, Wilson, Burgoyne.
At the WACA,
the gods of misfortune descended again on Melbourne who suffered their sixth defeat with a
55pt loss to Fremantle, and lost their leading goalkicker DAVID NEITZ, who suffered a
broken jaw on both sides of his face in a collision in the early minutes of the third
quarter. After surgery, it is possible the season will be over for Neitz, adding to the
long list of debilitating injuries in the Demon camp. Under-manned, the Melbourne side had
few answers to the home side, FREMANTLE 17.22-124 (D.Parker 3, Abraham 3) best, Toia,
Harding, Leach, MELBOURNE 10.9-69 (Charles 3) best, McDonald, Stynes, Vineycrowd
into their Sunday game at the Gabba with 19 of their 42-man squad on the injured list. The
Lions stayed with the Eagles until half-time when the difference was only 10pts, but then
the Eagles powered away, kicking 16 of the last 20 goals to win by 79ptsit was
heaviest defeat Brisbane has suffered since moving to the BCG. The percentage-booster
lifted the efficient Eagles back to top place, while the Lions plunged to 15th, WEST COAST
21.13-139 (Gehrig 5, Ball 3, Lewis 4) best, Peter Matera, Jakovich, McKenna, BRISBANE
8.12-60 (Leppitsch 3) best, Lambert, Fletcher, Lappincrowd 17,524.
Day crowd of 39,275 at Football Park saw an injury-ravaged Essendon suffer a big defeat
from a rampant Adelaide outfit. Striving to cover their deficiencies, the Bombers held the
Crows in check until the last term when they trailed by only a point. In a powerful surge,
Adelaide took control of the contest to burst away with 9.5 to 1.1 for a 53pt win, lifting
the Crows into the Eight. MATTHEW ROBRAN in his first game for the season was a
match-winner at centre forward for the home side while TONY MODRA held his leadership on
the goalkicking table, ADELAIDE 18.18-126 (Modra 5, Liptak 3) best, Jarman, Robran,
Recite, ESSENDON 11.7-73 (Lloyd 5) best, Misiti, Lucas, ODonnell.
TRIBUNALIn Mondays hearings, Carlton ruckman MICHAEL SEXTON was found not
guilty of striking Mark Chaffey (Rch)
PAUL DIMATTINA (WB) on pleading guilty to
striking Daniel Harford (Haw) and was outed one game.
(WB) late Monday was charged from video by football operations manager IAN COLLINS. At the
TRIBUNAL hearing on Tuesday, Grant was suspended one match for striking Nick Holland (Haw)
in the first quarter of the Saturday Optus Oval gamedespite evidence given by the
three central umpires who failed to find an offence had occurred.
awaited in Williams case
The Supreme Court in Melbourne heard evidence across three days (May 13-15) in the GREG
WILLIAMS case against his 9-game suspension for interfering with an umpire.
Justice JOHN HEDIGAN on Thursday concluded the hearing and reserved his decision, expected
to be handed down sometime in June.
ANTHONY KOUTOUFIDES and the Carlton club agreed to defer the disputation of arrangements
with different boot manufacturers until the end of the seasonthe player had recently
signed a deal until 2001 with adidasthe club has agreed to a four-year sponsor deal
with Nike worth some $2-million.
show clean heels to Bulldogs
Sydney and Brisbane in trouble
Racial spotlight lit again
ROUND EIGHT Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, May 16171819.
MILESTONESCarlton celebrated their 2000th League game, and the 900th match
played at Princes Park (Optus Oval) with a 25pt victory over Hawthorn
played his 200th becoming the first West Coast player to achieve this level
GALE (Rch) reached his 150th
while MATTHEW FEBEY (Mel) in his 100th for the Demons
created a unique record, joining STEVEN as the only twins to each play a century of
matches in 101 seasons of League footy
media commentator PETER LANDY at Subiaco on
Sunday called his 1000th game for the Channel Seven Network Peter joined HSV-7 in
crashed to the ground at the 7-minute mark of the 2nd term at Optus Oval on Sunday and
immediately clutched his left kneethe same one injured in the SCG Qualifying last
September, which required reconstruction. The week before Dunstall became only the second
player to reach 1200 goals.
started Friday night and in the early part was a ripper for the big MCG crowd of 61,014,
as both full-forwards, SIMON MINTON-CONNELL for the Bulldogs and SAVERIO ROCCA for the
Pies staged a first-half shoot-out. Beyond half time however, the mid-field dominance of
NATHAN BUCKLEY contributed to the Pies gradually over-whelming the Doggies. Buckley was
outstanding with 29 kicks, six marks and five handballs. The 46pt win by the Pies returned
them to top place, COLLINGWOOD 19.15-129 (S.Rocca 5, Williams 3) best, Buckley, Williams,
Curran, BULLDOGS 11.17-83 (Minton-Connell 6, Croft 3) best, Minton-Connell, Ellis, West.
Melbourne drew within one point of Geelong early
in the 3rd term, the Cats were always going to comfortably win the Saturday MCG game. The
Demons clearly were under-manned and to that stage had battled gamely. Thereafter it was
one-way traffic as Geelong kicked 12 un-answered goals, inflicting a huge 79pt thumping,
GEELONG 19.14-128 (Hargreaves 5) best, Sholl, Hargreaves, Colbert, MELBOURNE 7.7-49
(Farmer 3, Charles 3) best, Stynes, Pyman, Clarksoncrowd 28,989.
North set up
their Optus Oval win over Port with a seven-goal opening. Though still playing below their
premiership standard, it was the older RoosSCHOLL, STEVENS, ARCHER, PIKE, LONGMIRE
that rose to the occasion to hold back a bid by the Power. Port fell short, but are
growing by the week, so far as their on-road efforts are concerned, NORTH
19.14-128 (Craig Sholl 6.0, Kirzner 4) best, A.Stevens, Pike, Sholl, PORT 15.10-100 (Bond
4) best, Bond, Primus, Wilsoncrowd 13,056.
Injuries and a
virus were said to have depleted Sydney for their Saturday encounter with Adelaide at
Footy Park for 40,147. Clearly under-manned, the Swans were no match for the disciplined
Crows who are starting to look like finals prospects with recent performances. JARMAN,
BICKLEY, RICCIUTO, LIPTAK and TREGENZA from the midfield swept past the flagging
Harboursiders with ease, as the runners-up of last year were thrashed by 89pts, ADEL-AIDE
22.12-144 (Modra 4, Jarman 4, Standfield 4) best, Jarman, Ricciuto, Tregenza, SYDNEY
8.7-55 (Carey 3) best, Kelly, Lewis, Cresswell.
On Sunday in
great MCG conditions, the Saints against the Bombers had an explosive first term, with
TONY BROWN out of the centre prominent. Although guilty of wasteful finishing St Kilda
were in control 6.8 to 2.4 at the first break. Then the tables turned and with JAMES HIRD
(back from injury) and MATTHEW LLOYD providing twin avenues of attack, the Dons were equal
to the demands and slammed on 7.7 in the second and go to a 14pt lead at half-time. The
third quarter turned into a see-sawing battle with the Saints succeeding in niggling
tactics on Hird. As both applied final quarter pressure, it was Essendon who cracked as
the Saints won a contest by attrition, ST KILDA 18.16-124 (Everitt 4, Brown 3) best,
Young, Brown, Everitt, ESSENDON 14.16-100 (Hird 4) best, Fletcher, Lloyd,
suffered further injuries from the match, which was also marked by a heated third quarter
verbal skirmish between MICHAEL LONG (Ess) and PETER EVERITT (StK). Long referred the
matter to an umpire, which resulted in the incident being passed for action to the AFL.
Sunday at home on Optus gave 29,783 their best opening quarter for several weeks, racing
away from the Hawks, setting up a powerful grip on the contest. ANG CHRISTOU linked with a
dominating midfield of GREG WILLIAMS, CRAIG BRADLEY and BRETT RATTEN. Only in the closing
stages did Hawthorn recover to make a game of it, CARLTON 15.16-106 (Manton 3, Murphy 3)
best, Christou, Ratten, Bradley, HAWTHORN 12.9-81best, Treleven, Kappler, Krummel.
witnessed a cliff-hanger at Subiaco. Freo burst away early but after Brisbane drew them
back, the balance was one long battle. For both sides, the encounter was
importantfor Freo to build their hopes, and for the Lions to redeem themselves. The
contest was marred with the blood-rule being used 12 times, and several misplaced
decisions at crucial points. Brisbane were vocal in their condemnation, but no official
action was taken. The match result was gained only by an after siren 35 metre goal from
QUENTON LEACH FREMANTLE 14.14-98 (D.Parker 3, Bandy 3) best, Wills, Toia,
OReilly, BRISBANE 15.3-93 (Bradshaw 4, Lappin 3) best, Lappin, Lambert, Clarke.
On Monday night
at the MCG, the 14th-placed Tigers gaining value for their efforts, with BRENDON GALE (in
his 150th) doing well at the centre bounces, had West Coast on shaky ground from the
start. Almost anything the Tigers touched turned into yellow-and-black. Running the Eagles
defence ragged, and manning-up well with intensity. JOEL BOWDEN enjoyed a purple patch in
the 2nd term kicking four goals. with Richmond racing away to a commanding 10-goal lead by
half-timethe Eagles seemed powerless to stem the flow which yielded 8.2 in the
second for the Tigers. Little improved for the West, and though CHRIS LEWIS gathered three
majors in the 3rd, Richmond led by as much as 77pts into the last term. The Tigers however
eased, and blew the chance of improving their percentageRICHMOND 18.11-119 (Bowden
4, Daffy 3) best, Broderick, B.Gale, M.Gale, WEST COAST 9.13-67 (Lewis 3) best, Ball,
Lewis, Headycrowd 26,721.
GEHRIG (WCE) was cleared of charging Paul Bulluss (Rch)the only senior case.
surgery for Dunstall and Long
JASON DUNSTALL (Haw) and MICHAEL LONG (Ess) each went under further knee reconstructions
following weekend injuries. Dunstall a second to his left knee, the same operated on last
September, and Long, a third since 1993 to his right knee. Following rehabilitation, each
will review their likely return to the game.
confirms investment in Homebush
AFL chief WAYNE JACKSON on May 22 at Homebush in Sydney confirmed
the League were investing $1 million in the $600 million Olympic Games complex. The money
will go towards preliminary configuration work so the stadium can stage Australian
Football after the Games in 2000.
Stage two after
the Games will cost a further $30-40 million to make ready the facility for the playing of
Jackson was cautious in the Herald Sun on May 23 as quoted:
We have not given a commitment that AFL will definitely be played there
and Everitt issue far from resolved
The matter involving MICHAEL LONG (Ess) and PETER EVERITT (StK) was resolved via
confidential mediation on Tuesday (20th).
The incident however remained on the boil and was stirred by comments made by NICKY WINMAR
(StK) on May 23rd at a new Victoria Police initiative called Towards
Reconciliation when the St Kilda teammate of Everitt stated Long had been racially
abused last Sunday.
Winmar told Channel 10 he had spoken to Everitt Peters very sorry he
used those words.
& Cats 5-game streak ended
Adelaide on a roll Crows down Hawks
Lockett and Lewis reported
ROUND NINE Fri-Sat-Sun, May 232425.
MILESTONESPETER MATERA played his
150th for West Coast
50th games for DARREN GASPAR (Rch 29 and 21 Syd) and AUSTINN
MALCOLM BLIGHT in his 161st coaching game (NM, Gee, now Ade) obtained
his 100th win
Bulldog forward PAUL HUDSON kicked four goals, joining his
fathers 727, for Peter and Paul to enter the Hudson family name into the records
with 1000 goals
254,764 attended the round, bringing crowds to 2,454,328 for nine
weeksan average of 34,088 per game.
drew 32,658 for the Friday night openerthe Demons always struggled and didnt
kick their first goal until 8 minutes into the 3rd quarter(their previous goal had
been at 7 minutes of the 3rd term the previous week against Geelong). Port who won their
5th AFL game were little better in a terrible game, PORT ADELAIDE 10.18-78 (Cummings 4)
best, Brown, Wilson, Cummings, MELBOURNE 3.9-27best, Clarkson, Stynes, David
The Blues at
home on Saturday at Optus Oval (18,187) were generally in control but the Dockers
displayed a persistent ability to always press. Freo though down by as much as 38pts in
the third, came back in the last, to close the gap to just three points. Overall it was a
mixed bag, with CRAIG BRADLEY in his 253rd game playing like a youngster for the 17pt
winners, CARLTON 16.9-105 (Whitnall 3, Manton 3) best, Bradley, Williams, OSullivan,
FREMANTLE 14.4-88 (Wills 3) best, Wills, Bandy, OReilly.
The Crows on a
roll, jumped the Hawks at Waverley (23,463) and always found something extra when needed.
Gritty throughout, Hawthorn were dangerous right down to the concluding minutes when they
levelled. Adelaide went to 5+4 and up to 5th place. They may have reached the turning
point of their struggle to gain out-of-town respectthe Hawks on the other hand, lost
their 4th in-a-row and slipped to 15th, ADELAIDE 14.18-102 (Modra 5) best, Ricciuto,
Bickley, Tregenza, HAWTHORN 13.10-88 (Krummel 5) best, Salmon, Treleven, Holland.
in Sydney brought out another big 39,780 to see the Swans coming off an 89pt belting,
facing League leaders Collingwood. The Pies to quarter time looked like millionaires, but
beyond the first break, the Coathangers tightened their game and in spite of an earlier
Lockett booking, kicked 15 goals to four, to be thorough victors. While the Magpies
boasted a potent attack, the two Roccas were benched, and the Woods held to their
lowest score of the year, SYDNEY 16.15-111 (OLoughlin 3, Lockett 3) best, Carey,
OLoughlin, Stafford, COLLINGWOOD 11.8-74 (Osborne 3) best, Monkhorst, Wild, Buckley.
The four Sunday
matches had stacks of actionin Brisbane, the Lions after a bad run of outs took on
the Cats, on a 5-game winning streak. The Lions 10 minutes into the third were heading for
a record, 60pts up. The game took an astonishing turn-aroundGeelong swept back
kicking the next nine goals and pulled to within three points. The Lions however regained
control to boot the last four goals and win their first in five weeks, BRISBANE 19.12-126
(Bradshaw 6) best, Lappin, Bradshaw, Voss, GEELONG 15.8-98 (Burns 5) best, Burns,
Pickering, Shollcrowd, 19,828.
premiership hangover became a nightmare at the MCG for 29,307 fans as the Bulldog roadshow
motored on. The Dogs nullified the Roo standouts, and swept to their 6th victory, having
cleaned up both 1996 grand finalists, and the Eagles in Perthbring on the rest of
them, will now be their call, WESTERN BULLDOGS 16.7-103 (Hudson 4) best, Ellis, Smith,
Grant, NORTH MELB 10.11-71 (Mellington 3) best, Stevens, Rock, King.
The Saints to a big 52,257 at Waverley swept to a commanding 47pt win over the Tigers and
their 4th on-the-trot. Coming into half-time, it had been all Richmond in the second term,
and they seemed to have the game. The last half however was a thumping re-emergence by the
Saints who booted 15 goals to four, as their younger stars of JONES (his 50th), BROWN and
SMITH sparked with WINMAR, BURKE and SHANAHANit was a very thorough performance with
the Saints posting 9.2 in the last, ST KILDA 22.9-141 (Heatley 5, Loewe 4) best, Jones,
Burke, Everitt, RICHMOND 14.10-94 (Bourke 4) best, Campbell, Kellaway, Daffy.
The scarves and jackets were twirling as the Eagles recorded an emphatic 25pt victory over
the Bombers in front of a sellout 38,984 crowd at Subiaco. The lowlights of the West win
came when CHRIS LEWIS was reported on two separate occasions, and the after-siren
departure by stretcher then ambulance of young star BEN COUSINS with an ankle injury. The
Eagles from quarter-time ruled proceedings against a Bomber side struggling to stay in
touch with their big list of injuries. JAMES HIRD and STEVE ALESSIO were again the
standouts of the Dons gutsy effort, WEST COAST 16.14-110 (Fewster 4) best, Peter Matera
(his 150th), Grgic, Morrison, ESSENDON 13.7-85 (Hird 4) best, Hird, Alessio, Denham.
TRIBUNALTONY LOCKETT at his 11th Tribunal appearance with both St Kilda and Sydney
pleaded not guilty with striking Scott Burns (Col) with an elbow to the head, and was
(WCE) faced charges of striking two Essendon players BARRY YOUNG and DANNY MORGAN and
though pleading guilty to both, was suspended a total of seven matches
COCKATOO-COLLINS (Mel) was outed two matches for headbutting Nathan Eagleton (PA), while
DAMIEN GASPAR (Mel) escaped suspension for misconduct for charging David Brown (PA)
ANTHONY STEVENS (NM) was found not guilty of striking Jose Romero (WB)
CARROLL (Fre) in his debut game was suspended one match for striking Lance Whitnall (Car).
long power-struggle resulted in Port Adelaide coach JOHN CAHILL having his contract
extended, upped by $20,000 to the end of 1999, and the match-day influence of football
manager MICK MOYLAN reduced.
Court overturns 9-week suspension
Body-blow as AFL Tribunal rules questioned
The century-old process of Tribunal hearings were
brought into question by Justice John Hedigan on Thursday May 29 in the Supreme Court in
The Age in its editorial of May 30th headed A body-blow for sport
said: While the Carlton centreman Greg Williams, had every right to appeal to the
Supreme Court where Justice John Hedigan overturned his nine-match suspension by the AFL
Tribunal, the process and decision will cause dismay to football administrators and sports
organisations throughout Australia. Justice Hedigan appeared to anticipate this point in
delivering his decision on Williams appeal after the dual Brownlow
suspended for pushing a field umpire. The judge said such court proceedings in future
would not necessarily have a successful outcome for prospective plaintiffs and there were
particular circumstances prevailing in the case.
This was a case about interference with an umpire said to be undue,
Justice Hedigan said. The contact was slight, was inadvertent and was made without
appreciation that it was an umpire involved and with no knowledge or intention to
interfere with him. None the less, the courts overturning of the
tribunals decision, which had been partly intended to underline the fact that the
umpire is sacrosanct, will send shock waves through the sports world. The decision has the
potential to make the AFLs present disciplinary system inoperable.
Williams had been found guilty of unduly interfering with umpire (Andrew)
Coates at the conclusion of the round one game between Carlton and Essendon at the
MCG on Easter Monday, March 31st
The 61-page judgement prompted David Poulton, a lawyer
with the national law firm Minter Ellison to write in The Age saying in part
Justice Hedigans judgement contains many sensible recommendations for
reform, which the AFL Commission would do well to study closely ... (he) endorsed the
concept of an appeals system like the Racing Appeals Tribunal, but with the sensible
proviso that it be reserved only for the most serious cases ... it is also seen as a
turning point for the way disciplinary matters are handled by the Australian Football
the new glamour side
Geelong brings up 1000 wins
ROUND 10 Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, May 3031, June 12.
MILESTONESGEELONG with a 28pt win recorded their 1000th League victory
100 AFL senior matches arrived for KEVIN DYSON (70 Mel, now Syd 30), NIGEL KELLETT
(WB), SEAN SIMPSON (7 StK, now Gee 93) and CRAIG OBRIEN (21 Ess, 52 StK, now Syd 27)
50 games for SCOTT BURNS (Col), JOEL SMITH (StK), RICKY OLARENSHAW (Ess), FRASER
GEHRIG (WCE), BRAD SEYMOUR (Syd) and MATTHEW YOUNG (StK)
two coaches responded to
results from their chargesTONY SHAW (Col) and ROBERT WALLS (Rch) noted the Tigers
and Pies were both insipid
their six wins have all been posted at Football Park, the way Port Adelaide put away
Carlton on Friday night, shows the Power in only their first AFL season are potential
finalists. The Blues were humbled again as Port turned on the speed, with 10 contributing
their 14 goals, leaving behind the many older legsall the Power need is to start
picking up a couple of away fixtures to make itPORT ADELAIDE 14.9-93, best, Primus,
Heuskes, Brown, CARLTON 7.13-55, best, Bradley, Ratten, Sextoncrowd 40,116.
dropping acting captain WAYNE SCHWASS to the Reserves showed they wanted improvement to
recent patchy formand they got it with a dominating finish to towel the Eagles at
Optus on Saturday to a limp 13,614 fans. West have similar worries with a W-L-W-L-W-L
record from their past sixthen again, it is a very even season, NORTH 15.13-103
(Scott 4) best, Roberts, A.Stevens, McKernan, WEST COAST 9.4-58, best, Kemp, Peter Matera,
Collingwood off Waverley Park with a blistering opening of 7.6 to 0.1which was
rushed through by the Hawks. The Pies without any semblance of play which made them the
leaders caused coach TONY SHAW to say: The whole group were totally insipid
PAUL SALMON again was the power out of the ruck for the Hawks, with top
performances coming from MARK GRAHAM and STEVE LAWRENCE among a host of others. SAV ROCCA
down on form for the Magpies was dragged for a second week, HAWTHORN 16.12-108 (Holland 5,
Gibson 3) best, Salmon, Graham, Holland, COLLINGWOOD 8.7-55 (Osborne 3) best, Brown, Crow,
The Cats at
Kardinia Park shut down the in-form contributors of the Saints recent four-win surge,
BARRY STONEHAM cut out STEWART LOEWE, LEIGH COLBERT had a good game against ROBERT HARVEY,
while LIAM PICKERING nullified NATHAN BURKE. The break for Geelong came with three goals
in three minutes from RONNIE BURNS in the third, and the Saints never recovered, GEELONG
16.11-107 (Burns 4) best, Colbert, Pickering, Stoneham, ST KILDA 11.13-79 (Heatley 4)
best, Lappin, Cripps, Thompsoncrowd 22,731.
The Demons at
the MCG on Saturday night responded to the inner turmoil created by the sacking of coach
NEIL BALME, out-playing the Tigers in the last half, and sweeping to a 25pt upset. Led by
the inspiration of the tireless efforts of JIM STYNES, wizardry from JEFF
FARMER, and the presence of GARRY LYON, in for his 5th match of the year, and despite a
chronic back complaintit was the first Redleg win for nine weeks, and a
near-disaster for the Tigers sending them down to 15thMELBOURNE 14.8-92 (Farmer 4)
best, Viney, Stynes, Yze, RICHMOND 9.13-67 (Nichols 5) best, Nichols, Broderick,
the Western Bulldogs their most important win to date when they proved positive victors
over the Bombers on the MCG to a big 50,138. The Doggies blasted in 8.4-52 to open and
though the Dons came back, the Westerners answered every challenge. Essendon suffered
further injury with JAMES HIRD limping off, and he may be absent for 4-6 weeksin the
meantime, the Bombers losing five of their past six, tumbled to the desperation zone at
13th place. The Bulldogs climb to second place, and deserve their high-rank, WESTERN
BULLDOGS 20.16-136 (Minton-Connell 4, Kolynuik 3, Darcy 3) best, Romero, S.West, Kolynuik,
ESSENDON 17.12-114 (Lloyd 6, Alessio 3) best, Lloyd, Caracella, Daniher.
On the holiday
Monday in Perth, only 22,464 saw the Crows post their 6th with a comfortable win over the
Dockers, ADELAIDE 16.9-105 (Robran 5, Vardy 4) best, Ricciuto, Robran, McLeod, FREMANTLE
10.12-72 (Bandy 4) best, Wills, Chisholm, Callaghan.
A steamy Gabba
packed in a close to capacity 20,403the first half was mistake-ridden by two sides
desperate for the points. The Lions and Swans struggled in a match where the lead changed
15 times, with only three-points difference at the siren, granting the points to the
Lions. Lockett, a late withdrawal with a virus, may have just been the edge the Swans
lacked, BRISBANE 13.14-92 (Leppitsch 3) best, Lambert, Clarke, White, SYDNEY 13.11-89
(Lewis 4, Bayes 4) best, Lewis, Kelly, Bayes.
TRIBUNALat Monday's hearing, Carlton captain STEPHEN KERNAHAN was cleared of
striking MATTHEW PRIMUS (PA) it was a rare appearance for the 242-game veteran ...
PAUL HOPGOOD (Mel) had an early night following viewing of video evidence his
charge of striking WAYNE CAMPBELL (Rch) was withdrawn ... JUSTIN CHARLES (Rch) was found
guilty of headbutting ALASTAIR CLARKSON (Mel) and suspended for one match ... SEDAT SIR
(WB) was charged from video, for charging BARRY YOUNG (Ess) Sir was found guilty,
and suspended for one match ...
appeals Williams judgement
The AFL on
Thursday (5th) lodged an appeal to the Supreme Court judgement by Justice Hedigan of May
29, which overturned the nine-match suspension by the AFL Tribunal.
The court agreed to an early hearing on the basis of public interest.
A three-judge panel is expected to hear the appeal on Monday, June 16.
lead for first time since 1992
Adelaide jump to second spot
Saints triumph over Eagles in Perth
ROUND 11 Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, June 6-7-8-9.
MILESTONES100 games were achieved by SAVERIO ROCCA (Col)
STUART ANDERSON (NM), SCOTT CUMMINGS (40 Ess, now PA 10), GREG STAFFORD (Syd), PAUL
Queens Birthday split round kicked away Friday night with a big 70,350 at the MCG.
Both the Pies and Tigers coming off two losses turned on a thrillerthroughout,
Richmond appeared more solid with goals at a premium. The ball was attacked ferociously by
both sides, and only a strong defensive last term effort by BRENDAN GALE and a late goal
to MATTHEW RICHARDSON gained a 6pt win for the Tigers, RICHMOND 11.11-77 (Richardson 5)
best, Richardson, Kellaway, Prescott, COLLINGWOOD 10.11-71 (S.Rocca 4) best, Brown,
On Saturday at
the MCG, Essendons horror run continued as they suffered their 7th loss from the
past eight, going down to an inspired Hawthorn in front of 60.594. The Hawks after
half-time went away kicking 12 goals to six and were delivered a best on ground
performance by SHANE CRAWFORD in his second game after a lengthy period of injury. Only a
fortnight ago, the season looked to have passed the Hawks by, but two wins place them in
line for a possible finals berth. Injuries to the Dons have plummeted them from top place
after three opening wins, to second last, HAWTHORN 17.22-124 (Holland 3, Chick 3, Dixon 3)
best, S.Crawford, Holland, Platten, ESSENDON 13.13-91 (Lloyd 5) best, Lloyd, Morgan,
The clash of the two leaders drew
24,897 to Optus Oval, and the Dogs went to top place for the first time since 1992s R20.
To get there, the Tricolours had to overcome early inaccuracy and a last half fight back
which took the Cats to a 10pt lead early in the last. Yet the Dogs found the lift and were
21pt victors, going away at the end. The question ishow long can the Doggies
maintain their emotional high? WESTERN BULLDOGS 14.12-96 (M-Connell 4) best,
Dimattina, Johnson, Southern, GEELONG 11.9-75 (Hocking 3) best, Kilpatrick, Pickering,
Houlihan two Cats, GARRY HOCKING and TIM McGRATH were booked on striking charges.
At Footy Park
on Saturday night, Sydney well aware their season was slipping by, stunned Port in a
tear-away first half, with a fierce and physical performance. It was scrappy and far from
pretty, but effective as the Coathangers bottled up the Power. PAUL ROOS played a roaming
role for the Swans as they constantly frustrated Port, shattering their home ground myth
of superiority. Beyond the long break the Harboursiders put the cork in the bottle, and
just played out time to win by 35pts for 35,669 fans, SYDNEY 10.16-76 (Mooney 3) best,
Roos, Cook, Cresswell, PORT ADELAIDE 4.17-41 (Cummings 3) best, Wanganeen, Brown,
were against the Saints on their trip to Subiaco where they had never beaten the Eagles.
On Sunday, without NICKY WINMAR, dropped again on disciplinary reasons and threatening
skies spurred St Kilda to use the first advantagetheir 7.2 to 3.0 opening proved a
match-winner. Torrential rain fell across most of the second quarter with the Saints
adding the single goal kicked. Beyond half-time, sunshine broke through as West Coast
zipped through six goals to be right back in the contest. The Saints however regrouped and
though West were down on personnel through injury, the Saints thoroughly deserved their
comfortable 16pt win. ROBERT HARVEY sparkled for the visitors, gaining 35 possessions in a
b-o-g- outing, ST KILDA 13.11-89 (Heatley 4) best, Harvey, Hartley, Everitt, WEST COAST
11.7-73 (Heady 3) best, Kemp, Heady, Morrison crowd 29,390.
their third on-the-road and posted their 5th successive win in the MCG contest. The Crows,
set it up with a strong opening quarter and maintained control of the Demons for the rest
of the game. A notable inclusion for Melbourne was DAVID SCHWARZ, returning for his first
senior game in two years, after his third knee reconstruction. he gained only two
kicks, but both were goals. TONY MODRA (Ade) kicked three to become the first player to
reach 50 goals for the season, ADELAIDE 14.13-97 (Modra 3) best, Tregenza, Liptak,
Jameson, MELBOURNE 5.15-45, best, Stynes, Yze, S.Febey crowd 27,463.
Only a late
burst saved the Kangas from bowing to the persistent Dockers at the MCG (20,585) on
Monday. Though lacking many obvious skills, Fremantle applied pressure most of the day. On
many occasions the Dockers let themselves down with poor disposal, yet they led on eight
occasions, and drew level the same number of times. The Roos early showed a marked lack of
passion for the contest, but found their desire and hit the front 21 minutes into the last
term, kicking away to take the game by 26pts, to hold their place in the Eight, NORTH
15.15-105 (Sholl 4, Harvey 3) best, McKernan, Pike, Sholl, FREMANTLE 12.7-79 (Allan 3,
Callaghan 3) best, Black, Dhurrkay, McGovern. PETER MANN (Fre) was reported by for
charging David King (NM).
At Optus Oval
for 27,904, the Blues gained the first term break and held the Lions at arms length to win
comfortably making them 6+5. It was a disappointing display as many Lions struggled
after Carlton gained early control and from then were never seriously threatened in
truth is was a poor game but highlighted by CRAIG BRADLEYs 39 possessions and JUSTIN
MURPHY who was always dangerous for the Blues, CARLTON 12.12-84 best, Bradley,
Sexton, Ratten, BRISBANE 9.9-63 best, McRae, Lappin. Hart.
GERARD NEESHAM, the Freo coach was fined $2000 for comments made against umpiring in the
NM v Fre game at the MCG
<||> star forward GARY ABLETT (Gee) who is 36 in October may have played his last
match. Pre-season recovery from an arthroscope has been unsuccessful and he faces surgery
<||> Melbourne captain GARRY LYON will undergo back surgeryhe has been
restricted to only two games this season
<||> NICKY WINMAR and St Kilda determine he will return via the Reserves next
McGRATH (Gee) was found not guilty on Tuesday of striking Tony Liberatore (WB); facial
injuries to Libba were suffered when he fell on the back of the boot of
on Wednesday, BRAD WIRA (WB) became the first man charged with squeezing
(with the left hand) the testicles of Garry Hocking (Gee)found guilty Wira was
suspended two matches
HOCKING was outed one game for striking Wira
MANN (Fre) was suspended one game for charging David King (NM).
first win in Melbourne
Sydney kick 14 successive goals
Dockers crush Essendon by 97pts
ROUND 12 Fri-Sat-Sun, June 13-14-15.
MILESTONES100 games for SHANE WATSON (Col), ANDREW WILLS (Gee 59, now Fre
41), and game 50 for NICK HOLLAND (Haw) and STEPHEN PATTERSON (Col)
the 1000th loss
was suffered by MELBOURNE
game 100 was played at Subiaco in which Freo scored their
biggest AFL victory
Collingwood suffered its first defeat at Victoria Park since
Sydney became only the third club to kick 14-goals straight
disposal and accuracy were the hallmarks of Sydneys thorough 54pt victory over
Richmond at the SCG in Friday night. MATTHEW RICHARDSON was again at his brilliant best,
but the Tigers fell away in the midfield controlled by the Swans LEWIS, COOK,
CHAPMAN, MAXFIELD and GRANT. The Harboursiders booted 14 successive goals, joining Fitzroy
who did it in 1982 v Haw, and Carton v Scray in 1984Geelong still hold their 1979
record of 15-straight against St Kilda.
The match was
marred when two players DAVID BOURKE (Rch) in the first term, and MICHAEL OLOUGHLIN
(Syd) in the 3rd, failed to exit through the required inter-change gateneither took
further part in the match, SYDNEY 26.8-164 (Lewis 5, Grant 4) best, Lewis, Cook, Seymour,
RICHMOND 16.14-110 (Richardson 5) best, Richardson, Powell, Campbellcrowd 35,033.
at quarter-time on Saturday were dead-and-buried by the Bulldogs opener of 8.2 to 1.4.
Thereafter, the pride of Port burst thru in a remarkable turnaround. Kicking 13 goals to
four for the balance, the Power shut out all the prime-movers which had taken the
Tricolours to the topWYND, LIBERATORE, and MINTON-CONNELL who was held goalless.
Port took the lead in the last and gave back anything the Dogs could raiseit was
Ports first win in MelbournePORT ADELAIDE 14.10-94 (Cummings 5, Fiegert 3)
best, Fiegert, Lade, Lyle, BULLDOGS 12.10-82 (Cook 3) best, Dimattina, West,
Romeroat Optus Oval, 14,025.
In a now-rare
game at Victoria Park, West Coast handed Collingwood their first defeat (after 13 wins)
there since 1993. In a hard and physical contest, the Eagles overcame their long injury
list and from quarter-time controlled proceedings, with accuracy and a top midfield
attacking game from PETER MATERAthe Eagles were back in business, the Pies in
trouble, going down for the fourth successive week, WEST COAST 11.5-71 (Gehrig 4) best,
Peter Matera, Worsfold, Evans, COLLINGWOOD 7.13-55 (Russell 3) best, Buckley, Williams,
Best game of
the round came when Hawthorn maintained their Kardinia Park hold over the Cats with
another close contest. Both sides had periods where each looked the winner, but the Hawks
were always the most likelythey did so, by a goal, HAWTHORN 13.10-88 (Gibson 4,
Holland 3) best, Holland, Taylor, Salmon, GEELONG 12.10-82, best, Stoneham, Pickering,
Essendon at 15th place, made seven compulsory changes for their game against the Dockers
at Subiaco36 of their list of 42 have played this year. Freo broke away in the 2nd
term, and continued to run from the deficient Bombers to record their biggest AFL victory
of their 56 matches, FREMANTLE 24.13-157 (Hunter 5, Callaghan 4) best, OReilly,
Hunter, OCallaghan, ESSENDON 9.6-60 (Caracella 3) best, Caracella, Denham, Cransberg
St Kilda at
Waverley (44,883) for three quarters dominated their meeting with Carltonthe speed
and great disposal of the Saints found the Blues wanting, who trailed 57pts at the last
change-over. The last quarter however saw Carlton with 8.1 surge
back and get to
win three goals but the Saints rode out the rough weather to win by 31pts, ST KILDA
16.20-116 (Loewe 4) best, Burke, Everitt, Thompson, CARLTON 12.13-85 (Kernahan 3, Silvagni
3) best, McKay, Bradley, Ratten.
North at Football Park to 43,345 fans showed why they
are the premiers as they exposed several weaknesses of the Crows. The Kangas led for most
of the contest, steadily following a sound game-plan, without Carey who was held back for
another round. COREY McKERNAN failed to return after half-time, but JOHN LONGMIRE
stepped-up to strongly fill the breach. MODRA was a shining light for the Crows, producing
what may have been mark of the season, NORTH MELB 16.9-105 (Sholl 3, Allison
3) best, Rock, Schwass, King, ADELAIDE 12.11-83 (Modra 6) best, Modra, Vardy, McLeod.
After 19 MCG failures since 1988, Brisbane finally broke through for a win at headquarters
with a thorough 85pt win over a hapless Melbourne. As the game got longer, the Lions
margin and valuable percentage became greater with former Fitzroy player JARROD MOLLOY
kicking six goals to half-time, ending with seven, BRISBANE 21.9-135 (Molloy 7.1) best,
T.Lynch, Lambert, Hart, MELBOURNE 7.8-50 (Schwarz 3) best, Obst, Viney, Leoncelli, crowd,
TRIBUNALDARREN MEAD (PA) was cleared of tripping Nigel Kellett (WB)
CLARKSON (Mel) and CRAIG LAMBERT (Bri) were fined 1/52nd base plus one match payment for
wrestlingClarkson escape a charge of gouging the face of Lambert
(Col) pleaded guilty to striking PETER MATERA (WCE) in the back with a fist and was
suspended one match
MARK HARVEY (Ess) was cleared of a charge of striking DALE
<||> AFL Umpires Director BILL DELLER announced he would quit the at the end of the
seasonsaying I havent got any new ideas left and Ive run out of
he started umpiring in 1958, joining the VFL in 1963.
<||> The AFL readying a Tribunal appeals process, bearing a $5000 fee, to be
refunded if an appeal is upheldno new evidence would be presented
<||> the first 140 drug tests conducted this season have been negative288
tests will be taken
<||> a bulging disc at the base of his spine has hospitalised ANG CHRISTOU, one of
Carltons best defenders of 105 gameshe now has pain when walkingtests
will determine his future
<||> Melbourne captain GARRY LYON had surgery to his repair damage to a disc in
<||> mid-season radio ratings in Melbourne showed 3AW lifting on Saturday match
calls to 18.5%, with 3LO on 13.6, newcomers 3MMM-FM 9.5, and Magic 693 sliding to 5.2.
Queensland Government will proceed with a further $20 million redevelopment of the Gabba
to Stage 4, increasing capacity to 31,000.
AFL plans to play a 1998 Ansett Cup fixture in either Auckland or Wellington
on the overseas slate is a Collingwood v West Coast exhibition at The Oval in London on
& Capetown may open 1998
Providing grounds can be obtained the opening round of 1998 is likely to have two
internationals. One scenario is for Richmond-Essendon to play at The Oval, and the day
after, Collingwood and Fremantle at Capetown in South Africa.
Appeal to the judgement in the Greg Williams case was heard before Justices Clive Tadgell,
Ken Hayne and David Ashley in the Court of Appeal for three days of June 16-17-18. Mr Ray
Finkelstein, QC appeared for the AFL, Mr Neil Young, QC, for the Carlton FC.
Reprieve for State games?
STATE OF ORIGIN Fri-Sat, June 20-21.
MILESTONESCollingwood provided the captains of the two winning sides in the
State of Origin contests conducted in Perth and Adelaide. GAVIN BROWN gained the honour of
leading Victoria, while NATHAN BUCKLEY added a further gemstone to his career, captaining
the Allies to their second victory over Western Australia from their two matches played in
1995 and 1997.
were crowd-pleasing delights for the purists, with each providing exciting last quarters,
and only eight-points separating the final scores in each city. Television ratings in
Melbourne were pleasing to the sponsors, the AFL and Seven.
in Perth on Friday night was below expectations. The fans however were waylaid from the
direction of Subiaco Oval by heavy late afternoon rain which minimised the crowd to just
16,795. It was however another indication where the West continue to show apathy toward
night at Football Park however reinforced the passion South Australians still hold for
their State contests. The 40,595 who rolled up were treated to a very close game, and
provided the AFL Commission with sufficient reason to maintain the State of Origin
present scenario will be retained or the effect will be to direct attention and
competition to those states where Australian Football is still gaining recognition, brings
the likelihood that either Sydney or Brisbane will get their chance to see the Allies in
action in 1998. Whether it will be against South Australia or the Vics, remains the
question, as WA seems certain to be relegated against either the VFL, or maybe even NSW.
played a superb game with the slippery Subiaco ball and was awarded the Alex Jesaulenko
Medal as best player afield for the Allies in their eight-point victory over Western
particularly well-served by St Kildas Nicky Winmar, but the Graham Moss Medal as
best player for the Sandgropers went to Port Adelaide full-forward Scott Cummings who
booted 8.1 from nine kicks ALLIES 18.8-116 (Nathan Buckley 5, Paul Williams 4, Mark
Richardson 3) best, Buckley, Williams, Daryn
Cresswell, WA 16.12-108 (Cummings 8.1) best, Winmar, Cummings, Troy Cook Umpires:
Sawers, Rich, Coates at Subiaco Oval, 16,795.
rucked tirelessly for Victoria and gave his mid-field of Robert Harvey, Anthony Stevens,
Nathan Burke and Daniel Harford ample opportunities. The ebb-and-flow of the contest,
swayed one way, then the other, but all night the Vics held a margin of respect.
kept at it, with Tony Modra always dangerous at full-forward VICTORIA 13.15-93
(Stewart Loewe 4, Matthew Lloyd 3) best, Paul Salmon, Robert Harvey, Gavin Brown, SOUTH
AUSTRALIA 12.13-85 (Tony Modra 4, Nick Holland 3) best, Mark Ricciuto, Brayden Lyle, Nick
Holland E.J Whitten Medal (Victoria) Gavin Brown, Fos Williams Medal (SA) Brayden
Lyle Umpires: Nash, Goldspink, Scroop crowd at Football Park, 40,595.
Geelongs PAUL COUCH announced his retirement on Tuesday (24th) after 203 goals and
259 games played between 1985 and 1997. Couch at 32 fell to a long-standing knee injury on
which he had six operations, saying he had run out of surgeons Couch
was winner of the 1989 Brownlow Medal.
DANNY CORCORAN, Essendons most senior football administrator quit Friday (27th), to
become the football operations manager at MELBOURNE.
stay on top
Blues & Swans notch good wins
Brisbane's game record equalled
ROUND 13 Fri-Sat-Sun, June 27-28-29.
MILESTONES 150 games for PAUL KELLY (Syd), WAYNE CAREY (NM) and ANTHONY
DALE KICKETT achieved his 100 senior games, one of only three players in
League history to play with five clubsFit, WCE, StK, Ess, now Fre
MINTON-CONNELL with his century of games did so, at four clubsCar, Syd, Haw, now WB
MARCUS ASHCROFT became the second player to reach 164 matches with the Brisbane
club, equalling the record set by ROGER MERRETT.
37,854 fans was close to capacity on Friday night for a ripper of a contest between the
Eagles and Carlton. The Blues pulled a surprise switch opening with STEPHEN SILVAGNI at
full-forward and his four first term goals helped set up a victory. It was a tense
struggle throughout, with the Eagles within three points near the end, with the margin
just seven, CARLTON 12.14-86 (Silvagni 6.4) best, Bradley, Silvagni, Hickmott, WEST COAST
11.13-79best, Kemp, Jakovich, Peter Matera.
without a win since May 3rd, devastated a woeful Richmond by 93pts at the MCG. Essendon
and its coach Kevin Sheedy appeared to answer their recent critics in the most positive a
manner. The Tigers were so ordinary for 58,812, it was surprising the final margin
wasnt greater, ESSENDON 19.13-127 (Cransberg 3, Caracella 3) best, ODonnell,
Denham, Misiti, RICHMOND 4.10-34best, M.Gale, Gaspar, Knights.
by St Kilda during the first and third quarters, cost them the chance of downing the
Bulldogs, who maintained their leadership status. The contest for 32,370 at Waverley saw
the Dogs respond to all challenges from the Saints striving to find the critical
answer, the Bulldogs used the ball to much greater effect than the Saints, WESTERN
BULLDOGS 15.11-101 (Hudson 4, Smith 3) best, Grant, R.Smith, West, ST KILDA
11.18-84best, Winmar, Burke, Sziller.
returned to familiar territory at Kardinia Park with fans numbering 20,236. This time
however, Blight was in charge of the Crows who allowed Geelong to climb out to an eight
goal lead, then recover and be within two kicks in the third term. The catch-up phase
proved too demanding and the Cats showed little mercy as they ran in a 56pt victory
it was the Crows biggest defeat for the year, GEELONG 17.8-110 (Lynch 3) best, Kilpatrick,
Hocking, King, ADELAIDE 7.12-54best, Smart, Ricciuto, Bickley.
Port at home on
Saturday night proved persistent with the greasy ball, and found themselves assisted
greatly by many suicidal errors by Fremantle. It was a close-checking contest, but Port
always held the advantage and went to third place, with an 8+5 record, PORT ADELAIDE
10.9-69 (Cummings 3) best, Lyle, Primus, Brown, FREMANTLE 7.12-54 (Hunter 3) best,
OReilly, Callaghan, Wills crowd, 30,827.
were scoreless in the opening term of their Saturday night clash with Brisbane at the
Gabba. The Lions seem determined to prove the doom-seers wrong, as they withstood a good
fight-back from the Pies, but held on to win by 15pts, with an eye set firmly ahead on a
climb to the finals, BRISBANE 11.22-88 (Molloy 6.4) best, Molloy, Lambert, Dickfos,
COLLINGWOOD 11.7-73 best, Buckley, Williams, Crosisca crowd, 19,560.
regaining from injury both Neitz and Smith, their side took on a more familiar look, but
they were still deficient as the quality from Hawthorn clearly won the day at Waverley
(31,517) on Sunday. It was a cakewalk after quarter-time, as CHRIS LANGFORD stepped
straight-back into senior footy with 20 possessions, HAWTHORN 17.16-118 (Platten 4) best,
Taylor, Platten, Krummel, MELBOURNE 7.13-55 best, Ingerson, McDonald, Woewodin.
doesnt seem enough but the second term effort by Sydney on Sunday proved the
difference which gave them a 10pt win over North. The SCG was heavy after days of rain,
and an old-fashioned slog resulted kicks off the ground, ankle-deep in mud
only a tinge of desperation maintained the Swans record of 17 games without loss as the
SCG WAYNE CAREY after injury was back for the Roos, as SIMON ARNOTT emerged for the
Swans with four goals, SYDNEY 8.17-65 (Arnott 4) best, Arnott, Chapman, Seymour, NORTH
MELB 7.13-55 best, Blakey, King, Rock crowd 30,160.
TRIBUNALAt Mondays hearings, STEVE KOLYNUIK (WB) pleaded guilty to striking
Justin Peckett (StK) with a fist to the stomach and was suspended for one match
Melbourne defender MARCUS SEECAMP was found guilty of striking Aaron Lord (Haw) and outed
for one match
MICHAEL PRIOR (Ess) was cleared of a charge of striking Ashley
GARY MOORCROFT (Ess) had his charge of striking withdrawn by the
while FRASER GEHRIG (WCE) was found guilty of charging Matthew Hogg (Car)
and suspended for one match
wins lift Lions, Saints and Hawks
The Essendon club decided not to
proceed with legal action against former football manager DANNY CORCORAN. Though
contracted to the Bombers until February 1998, Corcoran on June 27th announced on only one
hours notice, he was joining the Melbourne club in a similar role. The Essendon club
extracted an apology from Corcoran, and the commitment he would not begin his Friday night
proved a welcome return home for the Adelaide side to Footy Park (39,221), where they
devastated the wounded Eagles by 75pts. The Crows had many winners compared to the
passengers they carried the week before at Geelong. In defeat, Coasters coach MICK
MALTHOUSE with a large swag of injuries was philosophical, ADELAIDE 16.10-106 (Modra 4)
best, Jarman, Ricciuto, Connell, WEST COAST 4.7-31best, Heady, Kemp, Morrison.
400th match for Rowan Sawers
ROUND 14 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 4-5-6.
MILESTONES Umpire ROWAN SAWERS officiated in his 400th senior AFL game at
the GeelongCollingwood match
Hawthorns JOHN PLATTEN achieved his 250th
DARRYL WHITE (Bri) his 100th.
Saturday for 65,228 at the MCG, never looked like booting an impressive tally, even though
they were up against an impotent Magpie attack; their 9.26 was another element to a game
where an eight point defeat flattered Collingwood. Neither side had a range of forwards
capable of kicking away, and the failure of the Pies, who slid away to their sixth
straight failure has become one of the great footy conundrums, GEELONG 9.26-80 (Lynch 3)
best, Lynch, Pickering, Hall, COLLINGWOOD 10.12-72 (Buckley 3) best, Buckley, Williams,
Carlton at home
were able to contain the Western Bulldogs for only a half, before the spirit broke away.
The Dogs put the issue beyond doubt with a rattling seven goal third term, as the careful
match-ups nullified the Blues usual power-makers. CHRIS GRANT was a hot item for the
Dogs, with 27 possessions while SCOTT WYND was the master at centre clearances. An
important and positive victory for the Dogs, WESTERN BULLDOGS 16.14-110 (Cook 4, Grant 4)
best, Grant, Johnson, Darcy, CARLTON 11.8-74 (Murphy 3) best, McKay, Ratten, Manton
at Optus, 32,183.
The Saints at
Waverley were simply too slick, too accomplished for a leg-weary North. The back-breaker
came from JASON HEATLEY who kicked 9.1, and a powerful brand of commitment from the
Waverley specialists, ST KILDA 20.13-133 (Heatley 9.1) best, Everitt, Heatley, D.Wakelin,
NORTH 11.13-79 best, King, Rock, Blakey crowd, 32,635.
night contest at the WACA was played in constant rain, and only 1.5 in the last half by
the Dockers was sufficient to hold the Swans at bay. Error-filled disposal, highlighted a
forgettable outing for 19,290 fans, FREMANTLE 6.12-48 best, Kickett, Toia, Leach,
SYDNEY 3.15-33 best, Cresswell, Kelly, Carey.
Sunday fans at
the MCG were treated to a marked difference in class as Essendon were day-long masters
over the Demons. JOE MISITI, MATT LLOYD and MICHAEL SYMONS regained hope that the finals
desire still burned bright for the Bombers, ESSENDON 18.12-120 (Matthew Lloyd 8.1) best,
Lloyd, Mercuri, Symons, MELBOURNE 8.9-57 best, G.Lovett, S.Febey, Stynes, crowd 44,803.
match proved the Hawks worthy victors in the 250th game for JOHN PLATTEN. The win however
was gained only after Port Adelaide displayed a fighting ability which continues to gather
respect. Trailing by 62pts, Port kicked eight unanswered goals and drew within 17 points.
It was unlikely they wouldve won but it confirmed their great qualities. The win
came at a cost to the Hawks losing NICK HOLLAND with a right knee injury which may keep
him out up to six weeks, HAWTHORN 18.16-124 (Aaron Lord 6, Platten 3) best, Lord, Platten,
Kappler, PORT ADELAIDE 13.14-92 (Cummings 4, Rombotis 3) best, Wanganeen, Lyle, Francou,
the Tigers a far more committed outfit than the one who had been flattened by the Dons,
the previous week. Contesting at every opportunity, the Lions almost kicked themselves out
of the game with surprising inaccuracy the Tigers had a real go, while the win
lifted the Lions up to 7th place, BRISBANE 7.26-68 best, Lappin, Lambert, Dickfos,
RICHMOND 7.8-50 (Richardson 4) best, Gaspar, B.Gale, Knights at the Gabba, 19,155.
With 14 rounds
played, the Bulldogs led the table 10+4, then Geelong 9+5. Four clubs followed on 8+6
Adelaide, Saints, Hawks and Port. Six more clubs marginally tailed the leaders on
7+7, Brisbane, West Coast, Sydney, North Melb, Fremantle and Carlton. Only one game
outside the Eight, but at 13th and 14th were the Pies and Dons on 6+8, with the Tigers at
15th on 5+9, and on the bottom, Melbourne with 2+12.
TRIBUNALAt Mondays hearing, CHRIS JOHNSON (Bri) on pleading guilty, was found
to have interfered with umpire TIM SHEARER at the Gabba on Sunday. Johnson was suspended
for three matches
GLEN ARCHER (NM) was found guilty of attempting to strike Jason
Heatley (StK) and suspended one match
CHRIS BOND (Rch) was cleared of dropping a
knee into Jason Akermanis (Bri)
striking charges against MATTHEW CROFT (WB) and TIM
McGRATH were withdrawnon Wednesday, following an AFL investigation, St Kilda
Reserves forward BARRY HALL was suspended for five matches following an incident which
resulted in young North wingman SAM McFARLANE having his jaw broken in two
placesHall apologised to the club and the player
BRAD SCOTT (Haw) was cleared
of a misconduct charge against Nathan Eagleton (PA).
Hawthorn coach KEN JUDGE had his contract extended until the year 2000
<||> the Norwich Rising Star nominee from Round 14 was MICHAEL BRAUN (WCE).
Geelongs GARY ABLETT to appear at a Wednesday promotion for Foxtel in Sydney
arranged by his management group FLYING START caused deep divisions. The reluctant but
fading superstar yielded and went under long-delayed surgery to his right knee, on Friday
blitz the Bulldogs
Three tight battles highlight the round
ROUND 15 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 11-12-13.
MILESTONES 100 games came for NATHAN BUCKLEY (Bri, now Col), TONY MODRA
(Ade), JOE MISITI (Ess) and ANTHONY KOUTOUFIDES (Car)
TONY MODRA (Ade) kicked his
400th AFL goal.
North and the
Cats staged a terrific Friday night MCG battle for 45,120. The Roos were in front by six
goals in the second term but Geelong in a great third term fightback scored one of their
most important wins of the season. The game was highlighted by a top performance by PAUL
LYNCH for the Cats. COREY McKERNAN suffered a heavy mid-game knock and did not complete
the contest. It was the third straight defeat for the Kangas, GEELONG 15.12-102
best, Lynch, Hocking, Graham, NORTH 14.8-92 (Carey 3, Roberts 3) best, Schwass, Allison,
The Demons on
Saturday caused one of the major upsets of the year when they were positive 19pt victors
over Carlton at the MCG for 27,992 fans. After the lead changed six times in the second
term, the major play-makers of the Blues were shut down after half-time as the Redlegs
cruised in for only their third win of the season, MELBOURNE 18.11-119 (Charles 3, Schwarz
3) best, G.Lovett, Hopgood, B.Lovett, CARLTON 15.10-100 (Silvagni 5), best, Silvagni,
continued their resurgence by posting their sixth win from the past seven outings with a
thorough defeat of the League leaders at Optus to 16,430. The Lions with CLARK KEATING
taking control over the Dogs SCOTT WYND in the ruck, opened the midfield floodgates
with a second quarter of 7.2 and the Lions were never headed. It brought the Bulldogs
fourth failure at Optus against an interstate sideFreo, the Crows, Port and now the
Lions, BRISBANE 21.11-137 (McRae 5, Leppitsch 3) best, Fletcher, Clarke, Keating, WESTERN
BULLDOGS 11.7-73 (Smith 3), best, West, Romero, Dentthe Lions climbed to 4th.
League game was mooted as one of the last to be played at Victoria Park following an AFL
report which roundly criticised the facilities. The day brought the Magpies 16th
century-plus victory at the famous venue as they flattened Fremantle in a great return to
form, following six successive failures. SAVERIO ROCCA, a late inclusion responded, while
NATHAN BUCKLEY in his 100th game turned on a Brownlow-blinder with 44 disposals,
COLLINGWOOD 25.10-160 (S.Rocca 9.3, A.Rocca 4) best, Buckley, Wright, S.Rocca), FREMANTLE
9.6-60 (Hunter 7.0) best, Hunter, Wills, McGovern.
The Crows and
Saints staged a close-checking contest on a slippery Footy Park surface on Saturday night
for 39,921. Never more than a couple of kicks in it, the 10pt home-town margin for the
Crows was a fitting result, ADELAIDE 10.16-76 (Bickley 2), best, Jarman, Vardy, Recite),
ST KILDA 9.12-66 (Heatley 2, Harvey 2) best, Harvey, Burke, Peckett.
In ordinary SCG
conditions, 36,077 of the faithful on Sunday watched the Dons whip out to a 20pt lead
early in the last termthe winning-home-streak of the Swans looked over. MARK BAYES
rose to the occasion in two crucial movements and a penalty against Bomber captain GARY
ODONNELL yielded a goal-square major to PAUL KELLY, playing his 100th game as Sydney
captain. The Swans turned it around for a one-point victory, and their 18th without loss
at the SCG. The game brought the return of TONY LOCKETT after groin surgery, SYDNEY
11.13-79 (Lockett 3) best, Lewis, Roos, Cresswell, ESSENDON 11.12-78 (Lloyd 4) best,
Mercuri, Lloyd, Wallis.
five-straight wins, the Hawks at the MCG were hammered by the Tigers, who kicked 10.5 in
the lastone of their best half-dozen finishes of the past 25 years, to be
comprehensive victors by 76pts. Richmond though 15th on the ladder are still a chance for
the finalsfor the Hawks, another blip. The much criticised Richmond coach ROBERT
WALLS gave a worthy quote to the dayHistory says shut your mouth, wait and
RICHMOND 22.13-145 (Powell 4, Harrison 4) best, Gaspar, Powell, Bulluss,
HAWTHORN 10.9-69 (Chick 3) best, Taylor, Platten, Lawrence.
In Perth after
heavy early rain, a critical error and three quick Eagles goals late in the third term
proved the difference in a tight tussle. Port were always close, but failed to gain
control. GLEN JAKOVICH (WCE) suffered a left knee injury, not the right one reconstructed
in 1996, WEST COAST 12.13-85 (Sumich 3, Gardiner 3) best, Kemp, Heady. Morrison, PORT
ADELAIDE 9.13-67 (Cummings 3, Wanganeen 3) best, Primus, Wanganeen, Francouat
TRIBUNALon Monday, from video, AARON HAMILL (Car) was reported for charging David
Neitz (Mel). Hamill pleading guilty, was cleared of the charge
a second Carlton
player MATTHEW ALLEN also from video was booked for charging Leigh Newton (Mel). From a
guilty plea, Allen was suspended for one match
a half-time confrontation between
Richmond and Hawthorn player at the MCG on Sunday had threatened to erupt on
viewing video, the AFL determined restraint had been evident, and ruled no further action
at 36 announced his retirement from League footy on the 16th. The giant ruckman had served
for 332 games (including 45 with Essendon) across 17 seasons from 1980 to the end of 1996.
He played in the Carlton premiership sides of 1987 and 1995, winning their best &
fairest in 1985 and 1991. Madden the president of the AFLPA is expected to enter the
Victorian State Parliament, when a safe Labor seat is found for him.
Australian Tax Office confirmed that 700 current and recently retired AFL players were the
subject of review
<||> idle since round 10 with a stress fracture of his right foot, doctors confirmed
JAMES HIRD (Ess) would not play again this year
<||> FRASER BROWN a key play-maker for Carlton has his season ended, with an
<||> Sydney signed coach RODNEY EADE on an extended contract to the end of the year
& Hawks suffer big defeats
5-straight wins for Brisbane
West Coast slide from top eight
ROUND 16 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 18-19-20.
MILESTONES 250 games for GREG WILLIAMS (Gee, Syd, now Car)
GARRY HOCKING (Gee), 100 to LIAM PICKERING (NM, now Gee)
PETER SUMICH (WCE) kicked
his 500th AFL goal.
Home at the
Gabba on Friday night, it was clear the Lions had well-survived their early season-injury
traumas and their settled line-up proved too strong for the Crows. Adelaide fought back
gamely, kicking the first three goals of the second half, drawing within one point, but
the Lions withstood the challenge and went away to be comfortable 31pt victors, to a big
BCG crowd of 21,348, BRISBANE 17.16-118 (Leppitsch 3) best, Voss, White, Lappin, ADELAIDE
13.9-87 (Modra 6) best, Pittman, Jarman, McLeod the Lions had now won
snuffed out the flickering hopes of the Bombers when on Saturday to a big 58,512 at the
MCG, CARLTON after half-time were superior in every department, hammering the Dons by
78pts, with a score only 10pts short of their 1975 best 25.15-165 (Silvagni 6,
Whitehead 4, Bradley 3) best, Ratten, Porter, Williams, ESSENDON 13.9-87 best,
Mercuri, Denham, Misiti.
another 43,181 flocked to see the Saints deliver a shattering 79pt thrashing to the Hawks,
which followed their 76pt drubbing by the Tigers. ROBERT HARVEY gave another stunning
performance for the Saints with 40 possessions, and if anything, the scoreboard flattered
the Hawks, ST KILDA 20.21-141 (Everitt 4, Heatley 4, Loewe 4) best, Harvey, Everitt,
Loewe, HAWTHORN 9.8-62 (Graham 3) best, Crawford, Scott, Treleven.
looked certain to post one of their rare wins at Kardinia Park leading by 23pts at the
first break. Beyond there, it was 13 goals to three, as the Cats kicked eight goals
straight and nine of the last 11. Key figures in the fightback were (in his 200th) GARRY
HOCKING, LIAM PICKERING (his 100th) and GLENN KILPATRICK as Geelong smashed the Tigers
hopes, GEELONG 16.14-110 (Hall 5.0) best, Kilpatrick, Hall, McGrath, RICHMOND 12.6-78
(Daffy 3, Richardson 3) best, Broderick, Kellaway, Bond crowd, 24,099.
night, 39,318 packed the SCG. An injury-struck West Coast without most of the top 10
players were comprehensively downed by 37pts. The 19th game without loss by the Swans in
Sydney had its downside as coach RODNEY EADE described the performance of both
goal-squares (Lockett and Dunkley) as terrible. The Coathangers were again
inaccurate, following their 8.17 versus North and 3.15 in Perth against the Dockers,
SYDNEY 15.22-112 (Carey 5) best, Cresswell, Carey, Orchard, WEST COAST 11.9-75 (Sumich 4)
best, Gehrig, Banfield, Symmons.
Park on Saturday night, most of the 37,790 cheered the Port Magpies to a
pay-back victory over the original Pies. Port were powerful winners, kicking
their first 10 goals straight, creating constant pressure on the Woods, with SHAYNE BREUER
holding down Collingwoods major playmaker NATHAN BUCKLEY it was the Pies
seventh loss from eight, PORT ADELAIDE 17.9-111 (Cummings 4) best, Breuer, Primus, Lyle,
COLLINGWOOD 8.10-58 best, Watson, Russell, Wright.
22-degree sunshine, only a small 18,392 at Subiaco saw Fremantle post one of their best
AFL wins. Using in contrast a longer-kicking game, the Dockers gained an early grip over
the Bulldogs, with the game of captain PETER MANN the highlight after a long form
slumphe took 13 marks plus four goals. It came down to a terrific last term as the
Dogs just failed, FREMANTLE 15.7-97 (Hunter 4, Mann 4) best, Mann, Burton, Waterhouse,
WESTERN BDOGS 13.13-91 (Hudson 3, Croft 3) best, Romero, Smith, Grant.
successive defeats, the Kangas powered back as 56pt winners over the Demons at the MCG for
23,309 fans. The Dees handed the game to the Roos on a platter with wasteful shooting
still, North would have been happy with any victory, as Carey from centre half-back
moved back into form in his first winning game since the Grand Final last September, NORTH
MELB 17.12-114 (Bell 3) best, Bell, King, Roberts, MELBOURNE 7.16-58 best, Yze,
In the first
re-matches, round one winners were reversed with one exceptionthe Dockers became the
first club to be dual winners over an opponent
the ladder Gee 44, WB 40, Ade
36, StK 36, Bri 36, Syd 36, PA 36, NM 32, WCE 32, Car 32, Haw 32, Fre 32, Col 28, Ess 24,
Rch 24, Mel 12.
TRIBUNALon Monday, Carltons RON DE IULIO on video evidence was found guilty of
the charge of kicking Darren Bewick (Ess) in the 2nd quarter of Saturdays MCG game.
Recently recalled, De Iulio was playing only his sixth game of the seasonfound
guilty, De Iulio was suspended for four matches.
three from Sydney, three from West Coast were all found guilty of wrestling
chargeseach were fined one weeks pay and one match payment. They were,
Sydneys TONY LOCKETT, JASON MOONEY and SHANNON GRANT, with FRASER GEHRIG, JASON BALL
and ASHLEY BLURTON of the Eagles
a charge against FRASER GEHRIG (WCE) of striking
Shannon Grant (Syd) was dismissed on a technicality.
#2on Wednesday, MATTHEW DENT (WB) was outed two matches for striking LUKE TOIA
(Fre)TOIA was cleared of a charge of tripping Matthew Croft (WB)
striking charge against QUENTON LEACH (Fre) was withdrawn.
brings new TV game
Murdoch v Packer
The battle for AFL rights beyond the year 2001 and the control of the new DOCKLANDS
stadium reached an interesting stage as bids were closed on the 24th.
One of the three original bidders, HUDSON CONWAY withdrew from the LEND LEASE bid, as
LACHLAN MURDOCH announced News Corp had joined with the Seven Network and
decision placed the BH bid for Docklands in direct competition with the recent marriage
with the JAMES PACKER-led TRANSFIELD-GROCON (Grollo
Free-to-air rights and pay TV to AFL games from the 2002 season are
believed to part of the prize to the winner of the Docklands biddingexpected within
Hawthorn prez IAN DICKER gained the support of 10 councils for the AFL to retain WAVERLEY
PARK. The League are destined to sell Waverley to fund its takeover of Docklands. The
AFLs WAYNE JACKSON will meet with the Hawthorn club and the 10 councils on August 6
PAUL PRYMKE suffering a degenerative back complaint and unlikely to play again was
delisted by MelbournePrymke who last appeared May 4 last season, played 49 games
overturns Supreme Court decision
Williams must serve nine-game suspension
The Victorian Court of Appeal (25th) in a split verdict, overturned a Supreme Court
decision by Justice Hedigan of May 29th and the three-man bench ordered GREG WILLIAMS
(Car) must serve his nine-match suspension for interfering with an umpire.
was applauded by the AFL as a terrific result for sport and the
principle that the court should not generally intervene in a tribunal decision.
costs of some $220,000 did not rule out a further appeal to the High Court.
CLIVE TADGELL, KEN HAYNE (who supported the AFL appeal) and Justice DAVID ASHLEY (who
found in Carltons favour) later rejected an application for a stay of the order, and
Williams was withdrawn from the team to play North Melbourne on Saturday.
Dogs & Tigers are thrashed
Stynes10 years of unbroken footy
A 'first' for Nicky Winmar
ROUND 17 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 25-26-27.
MILESTONES St Kildas NICKY WINMAR became the first Aboriginal player
to pass 200 games
150 for PAUL HUDSON (Haw, now WB), 100 to DAVID NEITZ (Mel) and
MARK RICCIUTO (Ade)
50 for MATTHEW ALLEN (Car) and DANIEL HARFORD (Haw).
ruckman JIM STYNES gained a remarkable record when he played his 235th consecutive match
on Sunday, completing 10 years of unbroken senior football since July 25th 1987. Overall,
Stynes has played 238 games.
No matches were
played at the MCG on Saturday, enabling the Rugby Union contest between Australia and New
Zealand for the Bledisloe Cup to take place that night. Australia lost 33-18 to a crowd of
The MCG drew 33,076 on Friday night to see Port Adelaide record
their first victory at headquarters with a three-quarter-long domination of Essendon.
Chief destroyers were two ex-Bombers, SCOTT CUMMINGS who kicked 7.6 and a Brownlow effort
by GAVIN WANGANEENhe however was reported for a 2nd term charge against BEN DOOLAN.
The final margin of 50pts boosted the percentage of the Power, however they relaxed in the
final term, PORT ADELAIDE 18.14-122 (Cummings 7.6, Wanganeen 4) best, Wanganeen, Cummings,
Primus, ESSENDON 10.12-72best, Lucas, Symons, Fletcher.
27,689 at Optus
Oval on Saturday saw an arm-wrestle for three-quarters between the Blues and Roos.
Suddenly the Kangas cut away with three goals in 90 seconds early in the last, then
extended it to a 38pt victory. The match proved North still have the capability of
defending their flag, with the steady improvement of WAYNE CAREY another bonusNORTH
14.12-96 (Allison 5) best, King, Scott, Allison, CARLTON 7.16-58best, McKay, Pearce,
Whitehead. North are well-placed with their last five games of the season at the MCG.
It was wild and
windy at Waverley as the Hawks at half-time were in full control by 29pts, 9.4 to 4.5. In
a remarkable comeback, the Hawks were held goalless for the balance of the match as the
Dockers swept to a surprising win by nine-points, extending Hawthorns horror stretch
to three games, FREMANTLE 10.11-71 (Mann 3) best, Kickett, Bandy, Parker, HAWTHORN 9.8-62
(Rawlings 5) best, Scott, Robran, Plattencrowd, 15,939.
Sydney met the
Bulldogs in a 4.40pm SCG start. The Harboursiders surged back to contention when they
annihilated the Dogs by 97pts. Western were goalless for 50 minutes between their first
and second majors as the Swans dominated every position. TONY LOCKETT responded to
criticism with his best return in goal since last August, SYDNEY 22.17-149 (Lockett 8.3)
best, Cook, Roos, Cresswell, WESTERN BULLDOGS 7.10-52best, Wynd, Smith,
Ellisto 32,534. The Sydney win was 12pts short of the 108pts versus Scray,
night game at Football Park drew 36,297. In a game-long procession, the Tigers were
humiliated by a dominant Crows outfit, with DARREN JARMAN in sparkling form. It was a
complete team-effort with 14 goalkickers, and in AFL game 150, their biggest score,
topping their 28.12-180 v NM, 91-R24-FP, ADELAIDE 29.11-195 (Jarman 7.0, Modra 4, Robran
4) best, Jarman, James, Bickley, RICHMOND 7.6-48best, Campbell. B.Gale, Daffy.
ARTHURSON, former chairman of the Australian Rugby League offered a warning on the
AFLs dealings with the Packer and Murdoch media empires They
(television networks) dont give a stuff whether its Australian rules, rugby
league or rugby union. All they care about is ratings
Age, July 27.
The Eagles and
Cats staged a mini-final for 34,565 fans at Subiaco on Sunday in good conditions. Geelong,
who had won the previous four contests had the measure of the Sandgropers who trailed by
28pts in the second term, but came back to make it only a point at the long break. Three
early goals from the Cats in the second half saw them regain the lead, then West Coast
became the dominant figure, kicking 12 of the last 13 goals to scamper away with a
thorough 47pt victory from the visitors who displayed many undisciplined errors. West were
steeled by the returning CHRIS LEWIS (after 7 weeks of suspension) and good outings from
both BRETT HEADY and DREW BANFIELDit was the Eagles first win over the Cats since
the 1984 Grand FinalWEST COAST 20.9-129 (Sumich 4, Lewis 3) best, Lewis, Gardiner,
Heady, GEELONG 12.10-82 (Burns 4, Hocking 3) best, Hocking, Pickering Sholl.
made an impact at Waverley despite the importance of the clash as the Saints held the
Lions to the lowest tally of their 17 meetings. The match confirmed the improving Saints
have much greater depth than previously considered. Crucial injuries were suffered by the
Lions to, Brownlow medalist MICHAEL VOSS (right knee), CRAIG LAMBERT (calf) and ANDREW
BEWS (ankle)the Saints however were not unscathed with full-back JAMIE SHANAHAN
booked for striking, ST KILDA 12.20-92 (Winmar 3, Heatley 3) best, Everitt, Jones,
Sziller, BRISBANE 5.14-44 (Bradshaw 3) best, Hart, Fletcher, Bradshawcrowd, 34,859.
The Demons at
the MCG (37,779) had the Pies down for the count, leading by five goals at half-time.
Collingwood retired to the break after a flare-up, which drew two reportsMATTHEW
FRANCIS (Col), ADAM YZE (Mel) and the prospect of others to follow. The second half saw a
hard and angry Magpie outfit kick nine unanswered goals and all-up 16 goals to three, to
score a resounding win by 52pts, COLLINGWOOD 20.14-134 (S.Rocca 6, T.Francis 4, A.Rocca 4)
best, Russell, T.Francis, Shauble, MELBOURNE 12.10-82 (Charles 3, Smith 3) best, B.Lovett,
brought the Bulldogs third straight defeat
Geelong suffered their third loss
interstate, with Freo at Subi and the Swans at the SCG still to come
injury to Brisbanes MICHAEL VOSS may end his year
CHRIS LEWIS returned to the
Eagles after seven weeks suspension and turned in a top game
9.4-58 was the best third term versus Melbourne of 209 contests
sack Robert Walls
ROBERT WALLS, the Richmond coach was sacked by his club on Monday (28th). JEFF GIESCHEN,
coach of Richmond Reserves was named in the caretaker role at Punt Road. Gieschen played
24 games as a defender with Footscray (1974-78) and more recently coached West Perth in
the WAFL and was assistant to GARY AYRES at Geelong in 1995-96
surfaced on several senior coaching positions, with NEIL BALME, recently dumped from the
Melbourne job, being spoken of at Richmond, while DAVID PARKIN who comes to the end of his
present contract with Carlton this year, was rumoured to be in serious talks for a
long-term deal with the Demons.
TRIBUNAL10 players were reported and an investigation begun on two MCG incidents of
the Col v Mel game on Sunday. Mondays hearingGAVIN WANGANEEN (PA) guilty of
charging Ben Doolan (Ess) one week
SCOTT CHISHOLM (Fre) cleared of charging Shane
MICHAEL BROWN (Fre) guilty of striking Shane Crawford (Haw) two
TONY WOODS (Haw) guilty under provocation to wrestling Michael Brown (Fre)
fined one weeks pay and one match payment
KINGSLEY HUNTER (Fre) cleared of
striking Mark Graham (Haw)
the AFL Ops Manager IAN COLLINS conducted a mediation
meeting on Tuesday between ADAM YZE (Mel) and SCOTT CROW (Col) when a matter was resolved
at Wednesdays Tribunal, SCOTT CAMPOREALE (Car) guilty of striking David King
(NM), suspended two weeks
DAVID KING (NM) guilty of tripping Stephen Silvagni
(Car), suspended two weeks
JAMIE SHANAHAN (StK) was cleared of striking Jarrod
on pleading guilty, ADAM YZE (Mel) for wrestling Scott Crow (Col) was
fined one weeks pay and one match payment
MATTHEW FRANCIS (Col) guilty of
striking Jim Stynes (Mel), suspended one week
battle costs Carlton more than $400,000
Carlton on Friday (August 1) failed in their four-month bid to reverse the decision in the
GREG WILLIAMS suspension the Court of Appeal rejected an application for a stay of
the July 25 ruling reinstating the nine-week sentence
the AFL Tribunal rejected an
application for the case to be re-opened on the basis on new evidence
and, JUSTICE DARYL DAWSON of the High Court rejected Carltons bid for a stay of the
ruling by the Court of Appeal.
understood to be in excess of $400,000 were awarded against Carlton.
slide out of the eight
Huge wins for Swans, Cats and Lions
Kernahan's new record as captain
ROUND 18 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 1-2-3.
MILESTONES Carltons STEPHEN KERNAHAN played his 250th League game
and became the longest-serving captain of a League side with his 225th appearance. This
eclipsed the 224 matches in which DICK REYNOLDS led Essendon from the 1930s to his
retirement in 1951
200 games by GAVIN BROWN (Col)
50 by TONY BROWN (StK),
AARON LORD (32 with Gee, now Haw), QUENTON LEACH (Fre) and JASON AKERMANIS (Bri)
The 14th placed
Essendon burst away with three early goals all by SCOTT LUCAS before North hit their
stride in the Friday MCG game for 38,614. As Carey moved back to centre half-forward,
McKernan and Schwass went up a gear, and the Roos were back with three late first quarter
goals from Sholl they were never headed from there to lead by 26pts in the third,
then the Dons mounted a determined challenge but a wayward 2.5. In a lack-lustre outing,
the Kangas form was at least starting to improve, NORTH 11.17-83 (Sholl 3), best Schwass,
Martyn, Pike, ESSENDON 8.16-54 (Lucas 3) best, Misiti, Caracella, Fletcher.
conditions, Sydney in their first appearance at the MCG since the grand final last
September had seven goals on the Saturday scoreboard before the Demons first. The Swans
(for 26,901) kicked a record 10.5 in the first and the Dees were never in the hunt, as the
red-and-white gave them a fierce belting by 116pts, SYDNEY 25.19-169 (Bayes 6, Lockett 6,
Grant 3, OLoughlin 3, Barry 3) best, Bayes, Carey, Roos, MELBOURNE 7.11-53 (Schwarz
3) best, Neitz, Hopgood, B.Lovett Dale Lewis (Syd) was booked for charging Glenn
Lovett (Mel) while an early 3rd term mark by Shaun Smith (Mel) when he was met
solidly by Tony Lockett (Syd) drew later scrutiny
responded in kind to the sacking of Robert Walls, as they atoned for their dreadful
display of the previous weekend and inflicted the Bulldogs fourth-straight loss in the
clash at Carlton for 18,373 fans. Richmond had pace and the prolific WAYNE CAMPBELL who
raked up 40 touches, with captain MATTHEW KNIGHTS equally as prominent. If only the
players could have been as ferocious as a ruthless Punt Road hierarchy that has turned
that has turned over 19 coaches in 17 years JUSTIN BRASIER, The
RICHMOND 17.13-115 (Harrison 4, Bowden 3) best, Campbell, Knights,
Bowden, WESTERN BULLDOGS 15.10-100 (Grant 4, Brown 3) best, Johnson, Smith, S.West
the loss tumbled the Dogs down to 9th place.
positive proof of their quality when they destroyed the new kids Port Adelaide
at Kardinia Park (21,867) the Cats were already in firm control by half-time, and
finished the Power off with 10.0 unanswered goals and an 85pt margin, GEELONG 25.9-159
(Snell 5, Lynch 4, Burns 4, Riccardi 3, Hocking 3) best, Hocking, Riccardi, Sholl, PORT
ADELAIDE 11.9-74 (Burgoyne 3) best, Heuskes, Eagleton, Paxman.
in Brisbane brought 19,635 to the Gabba, who saw forward JARROD MOLLOY, another of the
Lion pride carried off in the opening minutes. A serious knee injury to him will require a
reconstruction and follows recent surgery to Brownlow winner MICHAEL VOSS. The Hawks found
Brisbane too full of run in the last half, together with an on-target effort by
replacement forward DANNY BRADSHAW. Only the Lions inaccuracy of the first half kept the
scores close, but again the Hawks faded badly with Brisbane adding 12.5 to 3.3 in the run
home, BRISBANE 21.15-141 (Bradshaw 7.1, Leppitsch 4, Lawrence 4) best, Bradshaw, M.Clarke,
Fletcher, HAWTHORN 11.5-71 (Chick 3, Dixon 3) best, Taylor, B.Scott, S.Crawford.
Despite frequent skill errors, the
Crows at Football Park (42,548) only gained the upper-hand from the Blues in the closing
stages. Carlton were always close enough, but lacked the fire-and-manpower to punch it
home. The final margin blew out to 41pts, dampening the 250th game of STEPHEN KERNAHAN,
who left the game in the 2nd with a leg injury, ADELAIDE 18.19-127 (Modra 5, Vardy 4)
best, Koster, Caven, McLeod, CARLTON 13.8-86 (Pearce 3) best, Bradley, Hulme, Ratten
a first term clash put Blues ruckman MICHAEL SEXTON off with a dislocated left
shoulder, which may end his season.
In 13 degree
Sunday sunshine, the MCG tingled with the air of a final and 68,063 were delivered the
goods, as the Pies and Saints turned on another ripper. The Saints though spraying many
opportunities deserved their 22pt win, but the Magpies made certain they were buried with
honour. The Woods with 4.8 struck back in the third, but it was as equally wasteful as the
Saints 2nd quarter of 4.9. The Saints stood taller (particularly ROBERT HARVEY with 35
possessions) when it counted and defeated the Pies for the fourth successive time, ST
KILDA 15.21-111 (S.Wakelin 4, Everitt 3, Heatley 3) best, Harvey, Peckett, Everitt,
COLLINGWOOD 12.17-89 (Buckley 3) best, Buckley, Crosisca, Williams.
The Eagles and
Dockers met a sixth time in the local Westside Derby and the result was
repeated for the 39,711 at Subiaco. Freo with better recent showings and still with a
chance to make the Eight, were equal to the Eagles, particularly in the 2nd term, when the
lead changed frequently. Beyond half-time however when pelting rain descended, the tide
changed and West took a stranglehold with four goals in the last six-minutes of the 3rd.
It was played out with the Coasters gaining a 33pt victory, to regain a place in the
Eight, at 7th, WEST COAST 13.4-82 (Lewis 3) best, Peter Matera, Kemp, McIntosh, FREMANTLE
7.7-49 (Hunter 3) best, Harding, Callaghan, Kickett.
THE ROUNDNorth and the Saints posted their third-straight wins
Bombers and Hawks all lost their 4th successive games
JASON SNELL (Gee) kicked 5
goals from 5 kicks in the last quarter
Sydneys 10.5-65 first term was their
best opening of 177 contests against Melbourne
the Saints kicked six successive
behinds between their 6th and 7th goals
Stephen Kernahan in his 250th, limped off
15 minutes into the 2nd
the thrilling 3rd quarter in the ColStK clash at the
MCG went almost 35 minutes
Brisbane beat the Hawks, kicking the highest score of
their 18 games, winning by the widest margin, with Danny Bradshaw kicking 7.1, the best of
taking one of the MCG marks of the round, STEWART LOEWE went back only
15 metres out and missed indeed, after 0.4 he failed to goal until providing the
last quarter sealer
major knee injuries were suffered by JARROD MOLLOY (Bri) DAVID
HART (WCE) and JOEL SMITH (StK) destined to sideline them from the game for 12 months
at 33, the career of Hart after 183 games may be finished.
TRIBUNALIn another heavy schedule of hearings on Monday, the following findings were
handed down DALE LEWIS (Syd) guilty of charging Glenn Lovett (Mel) one match
TONY LOCKETT (Syd) guilty of charging Shaun Smith (Mel) two matches it was
Locketts 13th appearance (most papers got it wrong and reported it as the 14th
time), to which he has been found guilty eight times for a total of 23 matches, and one
JUSTIN CHARLES (Rch) was cleared of striking Jose Romero (WB)
CAMPBELL (Rch) guilty of tripping Matthew Croft (WB) one match
DARRYL WHITE (Bri)
cleared of charging Daniel Chick (Haw)
on Wednesday LUKE TOIA (Fre) guilty of
striking Paul Symmons (WCE) was outed two matches
on Thursday, following an
investigation initiated by the Adelaide club, LUKE OSULLIVAN (Car) was suspended
four weeks for striking Trent Ormond-Allen (Ade) with an elbow, resulting in Ormond-Allen
suffering a broken jaw in two places the hearing was notable by its evidence.
Ormond-Allen departed from the age-old adage of not dobbing in an opponent
clearly describing the incident. Each gave conflicting versions, and as no video of the
clash was available it rested with the decision of the Tribunal.
at Docklands may be 60,000
Battlelines for the Docklands Stadium which is now expected will seat some 60,000, were
clearly drawn when final bids were announced in Melbourne on Tuesday (5th).
With AFL television rights beyond the year 2001 destined to be the jewel in the crown, the
two media camps of Murdoch and Packer were in opposing corners, each backing one of the
two final bidders, as Lend Lease withdrew.
Triple M broadcasts in Melbourne have drawn big audiences in their first season of
calling. Ratings published still have REX HUNT and his team at 3AW leading the pack with
20.8 in the important Saturday call. The ABC 3LO team of PETER BOOTH and TIM LANE drew a
Saturday rating of 13.2, with MMM headed by EDDIE McGUIRE following closely on 12.9. Magic
693 also enjoyed a shift of listeners and improved from their previous survey of 5.5 to
<||> WAYNE JACKSON, the AFLs Chief Executive on Wednesday (6th) met with the
Hawthorn club and representatives of 10 Councils. A clearer picture on the future of
Waverley will emerge when the League meets with clubs on Friday to discuss Docklands.
WILLIAMS, the Collingwood dynamo re-signed for 1998-99 with the Pies on a deal reported at
$375,000, making him one of the 10 top-earners.
talks progressed between the two waring factions of Rugby League. The ARL and SuperLeague
(backed by News Ltd) moved closer to a combined competition for 1998, with the merging of
several clubs and the naming of the comp, the remaining obstacles.
and Dons produce boilovers
Swans' 20-game SCG streak ends
Adelaide to top position
ROUND 19 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 8-9-10.
MILESTONES CHRIS LANG-FORD became the fifth Hawthorn player to reach 300
League matches. He joins MICHAEL TUCK, LEIGH MATTHEWS, DON SCOTT and KELVIN MOORE as the
200 games were achieved by ROBERT SCOTT (132 Gee, now NM) and
SCOTT McIVOR (55 Fit, now Bri), 150 for CHRIS WATERMAN (WCE), DEAN RICE (116 StK, now Car), ANTHONY STEVENS (NM)
TONY EVANS (WCE)
50 games to DEREK HALL (2 WCE, now Gee), STEVEN SZILLER (StK),
DARRYL WAKELIN (StK), RICHARD TAYLOR (Haw), BRAD PEARCE (2 Bri, now Car)
NORTHEY coached his 300th League game, with service at Sydney 22, Melbourne 167, Richmond
67, now Brisbane 44.
On Friday night, Brisbane found the MCG a hoodoo venue again as North proved comfortable
57pt winners. The Roos held sway all night
the low-point came in the third term when the key Kanga ruckman COREY McKERNAN was carried
off with a suspected broken right leghe was cleared of this serious damage, how-ever
will miss at least a month from injury. As injuries continue to dog the Lions, the Roos
continued their climb up to 5th place, NORTH 17.14-116 (Sholl 3) best, Pike, Longmire,
Roberts, BRISBANE 9.5-59 best, Gowers, White, Dickfos 27,021.
drew 61,650 to the G on Saturday for the Blues and the Pies. Of the nine MCG crowds over
60,000 this season, seven games have featured Collingwood. The Pies bowed out of the
finals race as the Blues in a surprise moved Kouta forward and it worked. He kicked six
for the day, and provided the edge which took Carlton to a 16pt in an otherwise
down-on-skill contest. The result was still to be had by either deep into the last, the
Blues just happened to make the most of their mistakes, CARLTON
14.23-107 (Koutoufides 6) best, Ratten, Bradley, Koutoufides, COLLINGWOOD 13.13-91
(S.Rocca 4) best, Crosisca, S.Rocca, Williams.
Melbourne in the early stages looked world beaters as the Bulldogs, coming off four losses
struggled hard to contain the Demons who late in the third term with three successive
goals from JEFF FARMER brought the Dees within striking distance. Only 9pts up, the Dogs
gained control in the last going away to a 38pt win, but it was a far from convincing
victory, WESTERN BULLDOGS 14.18-102 best, S.West, Darcy, Johnson, MELBOURNE 9.10-64
(Farmer 4), best, Viney, Yze, Schwarz crowd, 13,058.
NICK HOLLAND as a late withdrawal and his absence for a fifth straight week, contributed
to their 5th successive loss. The Eagles opened well with Lewis and Heady showing out in
the midfield, with PAUL SALMON in the ruck and SHANE CRAWFORD prominent off the back
flank. West broke away with their four goals in seven minutes before half-time, and it was
in that passage where they won the game. Though Hawthorn on two occasions got to within
10pts, the Eagles experienced players responded, however, breakdowns in attack were a
worry, despite a stand-out effort by FRASER GEHRIG and who was a huge factor in the win
for WEST COAST 13.9-87 (Gehrig 5, Sumich 3) best, Gehrig, Gardiner, McKenna, HAWTHORN
10.6-66 best, Salmon, Harford, Lord crowd, 20,517.
Saturday night (15,757) ran Richmond ragged from midway in the first term. The Tigers
opened well and looked like world beaters yet got only four behinds for their efforts. The
Dockers thereafter even in driving WACA rain set a cracking pace, for which the Tigers had
little answer. Even though they were winners, Freo had several casualties and were not
enthused by many umpiring decisions, FREMANTLE 12.13-85 (Waterhouse 4, Abraham 3) best, Kickett, S.Parker, Harding, RICHMOND 5.12-42
best, B.Gale, Kellaway, Bulluss.
sustained pressure to the Swans defence brought unlikely skill errors as the Saints drove
home a quality victory, ending Sydneys 20-game without loss SCG record to an end for
39,287 on a warmish Sunday. Sydney with a 38pt lead mid-way in the 2nd term appeared as
though they had won control. In a fast-moving contest, the Saints on-baller ROBERT HARVEY
oozed clash and skill, while STEWART LOEWE was a tower of strength and AUSTINN JONES
capped off his great display with the goal put the Saints in the lead. The tireless PAUL
KELLY gave leader-ship but the Saints were too good on the day and recorded their 6th
successive win at the SCG, ST KILDA 18.20-128 (Loewe 3, Everitt 3) best, Harvey, Loewe,
Burke, SYDNEY 17.17-119 (Barry 4, Cresswell 3, OLoughlin 3) best, Kelly, Cresswell,
At the MCG, by
quarter-time the Dons seemed set for a huge hiding by Geelong. In a match from which the
Cats may suffer far-reaching consequences, the younger Bombers started to fire, with 5.1
to 1.5 and only one point down at the long break. The third term saw BLAKE CARACELLA in
his 16th game emerge as the prime mover for Essendon which resulted in their 5pt victory.
The Cats though leading deep into time-on of the final stanza paid dearly for their
shocking off-target efforts, as a final surge snatched a morale-booster for the Dons,
ESSENDON 11.7-73 (Caracella 3, Fletcher 3), best Caracella, Denham, Daniher, GEELONG
9.14-68 best, Sholl, Lynch, Riccardi at the MCG, 53,901 the loss
displaced Geelong from top spot, as they slid to third place.
<||> FROM THE
ROUNDthe Hawks have lost the past five, doing so with NICK HOLLAND absent in all
Carlton posted their seventh consecutive win over Collingwood their best run
over the Pies for 90 yearsCarlton won nine games against Collingwood from 1905 to
1909, when the Navy Blues enjoyed their triple premiership run
North had their
fourth-straight winthe past four losing scores against the Kangas have been, R16,
7.16 (Mel), R17, 7.16 (Car), R18, 8.16 (Ess) and R19, 9.5 (Bri)
though one of their
best players on the day, two costly late-game errors by PAUL ROOS was the turning point
for the Swans loss to the Saints
two of the five Hawks to play 300 League games are
KELVIN MOORE and CHRIS LANGFORD, both super full-backs
added to Hall of Fame
(StK & Rch), WAYNE SCHIMMELBUSCH (NM), BARRY DAVIS (Ess & NM), HERB MATTHEWS (SM),
NEIL KERLEY (SANFL) and the legendary CHARLES BROWNLOW were added to the AFLs Hall
of Fame at a dinner held in the Plaza Ballroom of the Regent Theatre on Saturday (9th).
TRIBUNALMondays verdictsWAYNE CAREY (NM) from video was found not guilty
of tripping Craig McRAE (Bri)it was Careys 8th appearance before the Tribunal
MARCUS SEECAMP (Mel) guilty of dropping his knees into James Cook, two weeks
TONY EVANS (WCE) charged from video, guilty of striking BRENDAN KRUMMEL (Haw) and
suspended for two weeks it was the first occasion Evans had been reported during
his football career with both the WAFL and the AFL on Saturday against Hawthorn, he
was playing his 100th League match.
From video, at
Wednesdays hearing Geelong captain BARRY STONE-HAM on pleading guilty was suspended
three matches for striking Michael Symons (Ess) with an elbow to the facewhich
resulted in a broken jaw
BRENDAN GALE (Rch) guilty of charging James Merillio (Fre)
was suspended one gameMerillio suffered a collapsed lung during the game
tripping charge against DEAN WALLIS (Ess) was withdrawn.
Cats had surgery a reconstruction to the knee of GRANT TANNER, meaning 12 months
absence while BILLY BROWNLESS, Geelongs 198 match veteran had an ankle operation
putting his future in doubt.
charges against TONY LOCKETT were dropped following a short hearing at Dandenong
Magistrates Court on Thursday (14th). The charges were shelved when the Office of
Public Prosecutions decided there was no reasonable
prospect of a conviction.
pip North Melbourne
Lions and Port in 124th draw
Bulldogs strip the Crows
ROUND 20 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 15-16-17.
MILESTONES Collingwoods GAVIN CROSISCA played his 200th
MATTHEW HOGG (59 Fsc, now Car) reached 150 matches.
first seven goals, the Eagles stamped their authority over Melbourne early in the Friday
night meeting at the WACA. The wayward Dees were set for a belting, however West Coast
fell away badly and did not reap an expected percentage booster, WEST COAST 15.7-97
(Gehrig 5, Gardiner 3) best, McKenna, Kemp, Gehrig, MELBOURNE 7.17-59 (Neitz 4) best, Yze,
Viney, Lovett crowd, 21,164.
The 50,944 MCG
Saturday turnout reflected the falling away in form by both the Pies and the Dons. The
scrappy game was played in a swirling wind and never reached great heights. Sav Rocca was
back on target and the Magpies led by 40pts at the last change. A sustained last term
rally brought the Bombers back to within 8pts during which several dust-ups brought
reports, including that of Brownlow favourite NATHAN BUCKLEY. Though held to just three
behinds in the last, the Woods early work saw them last the distance, COLLINGWOOD 13.13-91
(Sav Rocca 5) best, Crosisca, Brown, S.Rocca, ESSENDON 12.9-81 (Lloyd 4) best, Lloyd,
Saints received a fright from a depleted Fremantle unit in the big winds at Waverley for
26,201 fans. Leading by as much as 27pts in the last, the Saints faced a determined
challenge from the never-say-die Dockers who went down by 13pts in a game they could well
have taken, ST KILDA 12.5-77 (Everitt 3) best, Burke, Harvey, Peckett, FREMANTLE 9.10-64
(Hunter 3) best, Kickett, Callaghan, Leach.
winds in excess of 90kmh at Kardinia Park in part compensated for the absence of several
Cats with injury and suspension. The locals adapted to the conditions more easily than
Carlton and it was always going to be tough after Geelong kicked the first four goals. The
Corio Bay crew sealed it in the second quarter, adding three goals against the breeze,
while the Blues booted a wasteful 2.6. The young and hungry Cats even though wasting many
chances, finished off their efforts better, GEELONG 13.17-95 (Barnes 3) best, Sholl,
Barnes, Mansfield, CARLTON 9.13-67 (Silvagni 3) best, Ratten, McKay, Bradley crowd
opened impressively on Saturday night at the Gabba (20,835) and their 29pt half-time lead
placed them in line to pitch the Lions from the top eight. However, beyond the long break,
the Lions forwards who had been blanketed broke away as adding 8.3 and were down only a
point, with a quarter to go. Each side gave their all in the desperate last term and Port
was thwarted from victory. The Lions came from seven points behind with only two minutes
left, as a goal then a soccer kick from Bradshaw tied the contest for the 124th time in
League ranks, BRISBANE 13.15-93 (Leppitsch 4, Bradshaw 3) best, Champion, Gowers,
Leppitsch, PORT ADELAIDE 13.15-93 (Cummings 4) best, Wanganeen, Lade, Cummings.
coming off five defeats were on track to cause a big upset as they led the Swans by 22pts
early in the 2nd quarter at the SCG. Sydney then produced a huge turnaround and romped
home by 58pts. Played in warm Sunday 25 degree conditions, the Swans finished with only 15
fit men. Kelly gave another outstanding performance with 36 possessions and enhanced his
Brownlow prospects, SYDNEY 20.15-135 (Kelly 4, Lewis 4, Cresswell 3, Barry 3) best, Kelly,
Lewis, Mooney, HAWTHORN 11.11-77 (Holland 4, S.Crawford 3) best, S.Crawford, Scott,
Kappler crowd 34,111.
The Tigers at
the MCG (29,620) sprung a major surprise on North who lost two valued performers in Rock
and Longmire during the game. It was a highpoint for Richmond in an other-wise forgettable
season. Only in the intense closing stages did the Kangas respond to the urgency of the
situation and may well rue the narrow defeat in defending their premiership, RICHMOND
14.13-97 (Rogers 3) best, Powell, Merenda, Rogers, NORTH MELBOURNE 14.12-96 (Allison 3,
Bell 3) best, Stevens, Bell, Schwass.
Bulldogs rose against a flat opposition at Football Park in the late game on Sunday. SCOTT
WYND in the ruck gave a dominating opening display which set the Dogs toward their target
with a first term of six-straight. Racing to 10.2 at half-time, the contest by then was
strangled. The Crows lacked intensity and the 43pt margin flattered them, so thorough was
their defeat WESTERN BULLDOGS 16.7-103 - best, Romero, Wynd, Grant, ADELAIDE 7.18-60 -
best, McLeod, James, Rehn crowd 39,632.
ROUNDnot until the 29½ minute mark of the last term on Sunday did the 20th round
gain its second century score
Sydney to that stage with 20.15-135 were out in
front, but Jose Romeros goal brought up the Doggies 16th, for them to finish with
16.7-103 against the Crows
St Kilda won its fifth-straightthe Saints
havent won 5 in-a-row for 30 seasonslast time was in 1968 in a string of seven
victories across rounds 2-3-4-5-6-7-8
Hawthorn suffered their 6th successive loss
the Hawks worst run of outs since they lost the last seven of 1995, which then was
their poorest effort for 25 years
the Eagles victory over Melbourne was their
8th-straight versus the Dees who have had only one success (in 1993) against West
Coast in the past 14 outings
Carltons STEPHEN SILVAGNI at Kardinia Park played all of the game at one
endfull-back for the 1st and 3rd quarters, then full-forward in the second and
the 58pt win by Sydney at the SCG was the biggest win by the Swans over
Hawthorn since 1980
the Eagles young ruckman MICHAEL GARDINER booted eight goals
from his first eight scoring shots of his career across rounds 15-16-17-18-19-20
the 124th draw between Brisbane and Port was the first at the Gabba
Sunday result was their first one-point win over North since 1926 Round 7 at Arden Street
<||> The AFL
announced 1998 State of Origin matches will be played at the Gabba (Vic v The Allies) and
at Football Park (SA v WA) on dates to be finalised.
TRIBUNALon Monday, DAMIAN MONKHORST (Col) was found guilty of striking Gary
Moorcroft (Ess) and suspended three matches
Monk-horst was also found guilty of
wrestling Ryan OConnor (Ess) and duly fined 1/52nd base and one match payment
RYAN OCONNOR on a like charge of wrestling Monkhorst was cleared
BUCKLEY (Col) was charged with kneeing Barry Young (Ess) in the groinfollowing
deliberation, Buckley was found not guilty of the charge
ANDREW OBST (Mel) from his
149th career game since 1990 was found guilty of striking Peter Sumich (WCE)Obst on
the eve of retirement was suspended for the two remaining matches the Demons will play
on Wednesday, SHANE CRAWFORD (Haw) was found not guilty of tripping
Shannon Grant (Syd)
BRENTON SANDERSON (Gee) from video, though pleading not guilty
was suspended for two weeks for striking Brett Ratten (Car)
MARK WEST (WB) was
found guilty of striking Ben Hart (Ade) and suspended two weeks.
look to minor premiership
Finals hopes dim for Swans and Lions
Blues, Freo and Port still alive
ROUND 21 Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, August 22-23-24-25.
MILESTONES DEAN LAIDLEY (52 WCE, now NM) and ADRIAN FLETCHER (23 Gee, 22
StK, now Bri) both achieved 150 matches
SHANE WAKELIN (StK) and MATT CONNELL (3
WCE, now Ade) reached 50 games
the Saints in taking leadership became the seventh
club for the season to do so a new League record, greater than the six, Fsc, Car,
NM, Gee, Haw and Col who all were leaders in the 1969 season.
St Kilda took
over top place with a thumping 52pt win over Melbourne on Friday night at the MCG for
32,935. The Saints put the result beyond question with a 7.1 opening including five goals
from JASON HEATLEY, and it was never a contest. The Demons were further reduced with a
mounting toll of injuries, during the match losing Smith (knee), Lamprill (shoulder),
G.Lovett (collarbone) together with others who constituted the walking wounded, ST KILDA
17.12-114 (Heatley 7.3) best, Burke, Heatley, Hall, MELBOURNE 8.14-62 best,
Hopgood, Stynes, Robertson.
In a wet slog
on Saturday at the MCG (26,393) the Roos recovered from their loss the previous week
against the Tigers. Overall whilst they were too powerful for a battling Hawthorn, the
first half was fairly even as North sprayed many opportunities. The Roos had WAYNE CAREY
doing well at CHB having the best over Robran then Holland, and when their midfield took
over the Hawks had few answers, in spite of the ruck dominance by PAUL SALMON. The 38pt
margin was complimentary, considering the Roos had 31 to 13 shots, NORTH 10.21-81 (Allison
4) best, Pike, Carey, A.Stevens, HAWTHORN 6.7-43 best, Salmon, Graham, Lord.
In driving rain
of the first half, Carlton destroyed Sydneys top four aspirations when they
dominated 85% of Saturdays encounter at Optus Oval to 27,375. The Swans failed to
goal until the 17th minute of the third term and though only a goal was the difference at
the last change, Carlton erupted in the final term with 6.2 and a surge of commitment
which floored the Harboursiders. Silvagni won every point against a lethargic Lockett and
the Blues defence gave a medal-winning performance, CARLTON 11.10-76 (Pearce 5) best,
Silvagni, Ratten, Bradley, SYDNEY 5.11-41 best, Kelly, Maxfield, Cresswell.
For the final
game to be played at the Whitten (Western) Oval, a larger-than-life statue of the
Bulldogs most famous son TED WHITTEN was unveiled. In characteristic kicking style
from a famous photograph, the $80,000 work by PETER CORLETT, famous for his sculptures of
Weary Dunlop and Phar Lap was paid for by public subscription.
erupted before the first bounce at Footscray as seven or eight players jostled and Eagle
JASON BALL was booked for striking. Seizing the initiative, the Dogs zipped away in the
bitter cold and frequent showers and their early 20pt lead was eventually a winner. The
match-ups of Liberatore-Cousins, Romero-Kemp, Grant-Jakovich and Smith-Morrison proved
decisive for the Tricolours. West Coast crept back in the last half but the Dogs were
always able to kick an answer, WESTERN BULLDOGS 12.14-86 (Smith 3, Grant 3) best, Romero,
Dent, Liberatore, WEST COAST 10.8-68best, Schofield, Peter Matera, Phillip Matera
it was the first time the Bulldogs had defeated West Coast twice in one season.
The Gabba had
been sold-out weeks in advance for the Saturday night clash of the Lions and
Bombers21,065 attended. Brisbanes finals hopes took a nosedive when they
succumbed to a huge Essendon finish. The new wave of young Bombers headed by Lloyd,
Caracella, Moorcroft and Lucas hung in, even though they were well behind the Lions most
of the night. Down 34pts at the last break the Dons took the lead for the first time close
to the final siren when Lloyd from 45 metres coolly guided through his 5th goal and
gathered a great four point win. The hopes of the Lions were shattered as further injuries
place them decidedly on the back foot, needing a win over West Coast next Friday night in
Perth, ESSENDON 16.10-106 (Lloyd 5) best, Lloyd, Caracella, Cockatoo-Collins, BRISBANE
15.12-102 (Leppitsch 3, Johnson 3) best, White, Bamford, Johnson.
their midfielders dominant, were 32pt winners over Fremantle in the warm Sunday sunshine
at Subiaco to one of the better home crowds for the Dockers 28,751. Both sides had
winners in defence but Freo suffered key losses as first full-back STEPHEN OREILLY
(knee) departed then later ANDREW McGOVERN with a broken leg. The Cat quartet of
Pickering, Hocking, Kilpatrick and Riccardi collected 114 possessions between them and
were too good for the physically smaller Freo outfit, GEELONG 14.16-100 best,
Riccardi, Kilpatrick, Pickering, FREMANTLE 9.14-68 (Abraham 3) best, Toia, Jones, Parker.
conditions, Richmond at the MCG (22,516) regained their verve and passion to demolish
final eight contenders Port Adelaide by 85pts. The Tiger aggression was emphasised with a
big 9.4 for the third term and with three wins from four games, JEFF GIESCHEN the
caretaker coach at Punt Road moved closer to cementing the top job for 1998, RICHMOND
22.14-146 (Richardson 5.0, Merenda 4, Powell 3) best, Broderick, Campbell, Knights, PORT
8.13-61 (Cummings 3) best, Eagleton, Brown, Bond.
on Monday night at Football Park still drew 37,661 as Adelaide and Collingwood delivered a
tense, tight contest, befitting the importance of the match. Skills were apparent in spite
of the slippery ball. To ¾-time where the Pies had led all night, only six goals had been
kicked. The Crows nudged to a narrow 2pt lead at the last change, but not until the
closing stages did the pendulum swing at the 23½ minute mark when MATTHEW CONNELL playing
his 50th after a good chest mark was hammered into the ground. His goal put Adelaide up by
3pts. Then four minutes later it was defender-cum-forward ROD JAMESON who kicked his first
for the year (and 87th career goal) which sealed the game for the Crows and consigned the
Pies to early mothballs, ADELAIDE 6.12-48 best, Jarman, Rehn, Pittman, COLLINGWOOD
5.9-39 (S.Rocca 3) best, Brown, Buckley, Williams.
FROM THE ROUNDSt Kilda posted their sixth-straight win, the biggest run for the
Sydney at Optus were scoreless in the first term and remained goalless until
Lockett kicked his one for the day at the 16m 35s mark of the third
it was the
second time of the season the Swans had no goals at half-timethe same happened in
round 14 versus Fremantle at the WACA
Duncan Kellaway kicked his first goal for
Richmond it was his 98th game
North extended their winning sequence against
the Hawks to ninea remarkable result in light of the 14-straight Hawthorn had over
the Kangas from 1984 to 1993
the Swans 5.11-41 was their worst versus the Blues
since 80-R14-PP when they kicked 5.9-39
the weekend brought Hawthorns 7th
it was League game 666 since 1925 at the Whitten (Western) Oval
the Bulldogs had 643 home games there. Saturday was their 348th win, with losses at
286, and nine draws
one of Geelongs big possession winners against Freo was
Peter Riccardi however he sprayed many to finish with 2.5 on the day
TRIBUNALJASON BALL (WCE) on Monday was found guilty of striking Paul Dimattina (WB)
before the first bounce. Ball was suspended two matches. It was the single senior report
of the 21st round.
passed away at 82 on August 15th. He was a dual gold medalist at the 1960 Rome Olympics
in equestrian events. A remarkable sportsman, he played 34 games in the ruck for Fitzroy
(1937-39) where the legendary HAYDN BUNTON nick-named him TigeMorgan
also bred winners of the 1947 AJC Derby, 1968 Golden Slipper, was amateur heavy-weight
champion of Victoria and even rode in the famous Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree.
MICHAEL McLEAN announced his retirementhe played 95 games with Footscray (1983-89)
and a further 88 with Brisbane (1990-97) but injury restricted him to only six matches in
the past two years. With Brisbane, he was best and fairest in 1991 and 1993.
<||> TRIBUNAL 2The first result from an investigation into Saturday incidents
at Whitten Oval came at Wednesdays Tribunal. STEVEN KOLYNUIK (WB) was found guilty
of a charge laid by AFL Investigations Officer ROGER BERRYMAN. Kolynuik was suspended two
matches for striking PETER MATERA in the last quarter.
the AFL asked DANNY SOUTHERN, STEVE KRETIUK and CRAIG ELLIS to show reasons to explain
their actions at the Dogs-Eagles game
in one other case, ALEX McDONALD (Col) from
video was found guilty of striking Shaun Rehn (Ade) and suspended two games. It was
McDonald first suspension in his nine seasons with the Hawks and Collingwood.
plan may save Waverley Park?
Waverley Park may yet get a reprieve following the Thursday (28th) report in The Age, that
the Breakaway Group with financial backing of a major Asian developer, the King Chou Group
has offered the AFL an initial $33 million for the site.
It was part of a $230 million package to divide the Waverley ground into three separate
areas the stadium itself, one-third for a variety of sports, and erection of a
sports hotel. Plans before next season would include modernising the 25 year-old video
scoreboard and roofing uncovered seating.
The group require the AFL to guarantee 11 home matches for Hawthorn each season. A
monorail system linking existing rail stations are also part of plans by the Breakaway
TRIBUNAL 3on Thursday, three players from the Western BulldogsDANNY SOUTHERN,
STEVEN KRETIUK and CRAIG ELLIS were found guilty of threatening and aggressive behaviour
for a gang tackle on West Coasts rookie ruck MICHAEL GARDINER before the
bounce to start the Dogs-Eagles game at the Whitten Oval. Each player was fined 2/52nd of
the players base salary and two match payments.
After 1500 tests by the Australian Sports Drug Agency extending back to 1990, the first
two AFL players to test positive were revealed. The first was JUSTIN CHARLES (Rch) whose
test showed the use of the veterinary steroid boldenone. His admission came at a press
conference on Friday (29th). Charles will face the Tribunal and a suspension of up to 26
weeks. Within 24 hours, it was circulated another (unnamed) player had tested positive.
finish in top position
Brisbane hold 8th place, by default
Sheedy's 400th game as coach
ROUND 22 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 29-30-31.
MILESTONES SCOTT WEST (WB) played his 100th
50 games came for RYAN
OCONNOR (Ess), BRETT CHALMERS (Ade)
KEVIN SHEEDY coached Essendon in his
400th League game since 1981
the final AFL games were played by Hawthorns
CHRIS LANGFORD and DARREN PRITCHARD, and Essendons MARK HARVEY and DEAN WALLIS.
Not since round
22 of 1987 had the League experienced a range of games on which every place for the finals
hung on the balance of last round results. The permutations were endless as, Brisbane,
Port Adelaide, Carlton and Fremantle were all placed to take eighth position.
climax to the season was confirmed when West Coast easily accounted for Brisbane in the
Friday night opener at the WACA for a sold-out 29,505. The Lions had a great opening but
had failed on the scoreboard and the Eagles were always dangerous. The Coasters recovered
from a sluggish first half, hitting their straps in the third with Peter Matera, Dean Kemp
and Jarrad Schofield taking control of the midfield as West rattled on six unanswered
goals. It was a battle-weary Lions outfit who left Perth with a 39pt loss, and their 8th
position in the balance, WEST COAST 18.12-120 (Sumich 3, Heady 3) best, McKenna, Peter
Matera, Kemp, BRISBANE 11.15-81 best, Ashcroft, A.Lynch, Fletcher.
All of the
Saturday matches proved of high interest, not the least of which was the demolition and
dispatch the Demons handed to the Dockers
the strong run home yielding the Tigers
their first Princes Park win over Carlton since 1977
the Hawks 8th-straight loss
which secured the Dogs a place in the top four
and Geelongs confident SCG win
in contrast to an error-filled display by Sydney
With 18 on the
official injury list, a depleted Fremantle were overwhelm-ed by Melbourne giving the
certain wooden-spooners their fourth win for the year. The sparse 15,036 at the MCG saw
the Demons go hard at the ball, but the contest lacked style and excitement, and just
possibly the Dockers were delivered a blessing in not making the final eight, MELBOURNE
18.11-119 (Farmer 6, Smith 3), best, Farmer, Viney, Hopgood), FREMANTLE 11.13-79 (Koops
4), best, Leach, Koops, Callaghan.
With a seven
goal opening, a victory for the Blues at Princes Park seemed certain for the lock-out
34,922 fans at Optus Oval. Trailing by as much as 42pts in the second term, Richmond kept
griding away as an injury list (Kernahan, Hamill, De Iulio, Pearce, Bradley plus head
wounds to Hogg and Hulme)) took toll of Carlton and the Blues started to run out of legs.
Crucial goals before half time for the Tigers had kept them within striking
distance. Finishing full of purpose, the Tigers kicked seven of the last eight goals to
clip the aspiring Blues at the death-knell by two points, RICHMOND 13.13-91 (Rogers 3)
best, B.Gale, M.Gale, Kellaway, CARLTON 13.11-89 (Koutoufides 4) best, Ratten, Camporeale,
and Hawks staged a fierce opening to their Waverley Park encounter for 35,706, some of
which may considered worthy of further video scrutiny come Monday. An early flurry by the
Hawks gave the anticipation it would be a good contest, however the wider skills of the
Dogs emerged for them to put their stamp on the game. JAMES COOK the valuable Carlton
discard booted seven for the Dogs who were only marginally challenged. WESTERN BULLDOGS
15.15-105 (Cook 7.3) best, Romero, Cook, Grant, HAWTHORN 13.9-87 (Lord 4, Graham 3) best,
Robran, Lekkas, Salmon.
their third loss in four matches as Geelong landed a killer punch in front of a new SCG
record crowd of 46,168 on Saturday night. Led by one of the old guard GARY HOCKING and
bright new star STEVEN KING, the Swans were let down by repeated skill errors which caused
coach Rodney Eade to rate the effort Its the worst Ive seen
since Ive been here. The arm wrestle continued throughout the night,
yet the Cats used space more intelligently and had the required edge, GEELONG 15.10-100
(Snell 3, Hall 3) best, Hocking, King, Snell, SYDNEY 13.12-90 (Lockett 5, OLoughlin
3), best, Roos, OLoughlin, Barry.
The death of
Diana, Princess of Wales was announced as the first two of three Sunday matches commenced
the MCG against North produced form good enough to give rise to thoughts of what
might have been both had the advantage as two very evenly matched sides
battled hard for the 43,660 fans. The Roos failed to break the Pies as Wayne Carey moved
back to CHF and Corey McKernan to CHB. North though again off-target still led into
time-on but a wonderful goal from the classy Paul Williams sealed it for the Woods,
COLLINGWOOD 18.14-122 (S.Rocca 4, Williams 3) best, Williams, Osborne, Crosisca, NORTH
MELB 15.21-111 (Archer 3) best, Carey, Stevens, Scott.
zipped away with the first five goals at Optus Oval and led confidently well into the
second term. Essendon then curbed both Modra and Jarman who had began as real dangers.
Adelaide went right off the boil as the enthusiasm of Essendon controlled proceedings,
reminiscent of the 1993 Preliminary. The
margin was only four points, but the Bombers finished on a high, as Malcolm Blight was
left with worries to ponder, ESSENDON 16.6-102 (Cockatoo-Collins 5, Lloyd 5, Moorcroft 3)
best, Denham, Cockatoo-Collins, Lloyd, ADELAIDE 14.14-98 (Jameson 6) best, Jameson,
McLeod, Bondcrowd, 25,636.
The best was
saved until last, when 38,589 at Football Park (and a huge TV audience) were treated to a
quality contest between two committed teams. Scores fluctuated regularly as both the
Saints then Port gave goal-for-goal. Down to the 25th minute of the last quarter, only two
goals separated the two, St Kilda then applied the pressure to the tiring Port and in the
final minutes went away to win by 33pts, ST KILDA 17.15-117 (Heatley 5) best, Harvey
Burke, Thompson, PORT ADELAIDE 12.12-84 best, Mead, Bond, Francou.
22to accommodate the TV broadcast from Adelaide, half-time at Footy Park was
extended by five to 25 minutesfor the news
Carlton missed the finals for the
first time since 1992
St Kilda last won seven on-the-trot in 1968, across
R2-3-4-5-6-7-8. The best run in the history of the club is eight, recorded in 1939 when
they finished third (losing the preliminary to Collingwood and in their only premiership
year in 1966.
TRIBUNALfrom the spiteful game at WaverleyPAUL DIMATTINA (WB) found guilty of
striking Rayden Tallis (Haw) and suspended two weeks
DANNY SOUTHERN (WB) for
wrestling Richard Taylor (Haw) guilty and suspended one match
SCOTT WEST (WB)
guilty of wrestling both Richard Taylor (Haw) and Daniel Harford (Haw) fined 1/52nd of his
base salary and match payment
RAYDEN TALLIS (Haw) guilty of striking JAMES COOK
(WB) suspended one match
RICHARD TAYLOR (Haw) guilty of wrestling Scott West (WB)
fined 1/52nd base salary and one match payment
in the remaining case heard on
Monday, GARY MOORCROFT (Ess) booked for charging Peter Vardy (Ade) had his case dismissed.
suspension of DANNY SOUTHERN (WB) for wrestling prompted a search of records.
They showed that RICHARD OSBORNE playing for Fitzroy, 92-R15-MCG, was booked under a
charge of misconduct and duly suspended one match (for wrestling)
(Mel) in a 1993 pre-season match versus Collingwood at Princes Park (Feb 17) was booked
for wrestling Michael Gayfer (Col) and outed one game.
decision to Baulderstone Hornibrook
(1st) Victorian Premier JEFF KENNETT announced the winning bid for the $435 million
stadium project, accepting the bid by the Baulderstone Hornibrook consortium which
includes the Channel Seven Network and News Limited.
Focus of the
wide-ranging development on the western edge of Melbournes CBD is the 52,000-seat
football and entertainment venue, due for completion in time for the AFLs season in
also gained last bid rights for the Leagues television rights from 2002 until 2011.
The last right bid and sponsorship package will cost Seven an additional $20 million. The
Seven Network will build its new Melbourne headquarters called Studio City next to the
Docklands Stadium at a cost of $70 million.
TRIBUNAL 2STEWART LOEWE (StK) on Wednesday was cleared of the attempting to trip
charge on Shane Bond (PA).
GIESCHEN on Tuesday (2nd) was named coach of RICHMOND for 1998 and 1999. The former
Footscray player (now 40), more recently the assistant to Gary Ayres at Geelong (1995-96)
and reserves coach at Punt Road, took over the Tigers after the late-season sacking of
ROBERT WALLS. The Tigers won four of their last five contests under Gieschen.
was revealed West Coast ruckman ILJA GRGIC had been the latest to test positive under the
drug code. On being interviewed, the substance Grgic had taken was part of a cough
medicine to combat influenza. No further action upon the player was taken by the AFL.
Charles suspended until late 1998
In an historic hearing, on Thursday (4th) the AFL Tribunal suspended Richmonds
year-old Charles had testing positive to the anabolic steroid boldenone. To the AFLs
medical commissioner Professor Ken Hardy, Charles admitted receiving 12 injections of the
stimulant from mid-February to mid-March this year.
He had been
randomly tested in June as part of the Australian Sports Drug Agency program. A urine
sample was analysed on July 4 and a second sample taken July 30. The second test had
proven positive and Charles was informed on August 22nd.
suspended 16 premiership matches. He will not be available to play during 1998 including
pre-season contests until round 17 of next year.
Saints win their 8th-straight
Wayne Carey has a finals blinder
|Out of respect
for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, the AFL rescheduled the First Qualifying Final from
Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. The funeral from Westminster Abbey was telecast
throughout Australia on Saturday evening and was estimated to have been viewed by 2.5
billion people in 180 countries.
FINALS Saturday-Sunday, September 6-7.
MILESTONESPETER SUMICH (WCE) played his 150th
(StK) his 50th
WAYNE CAREY captained North Melbourne for the 100th time.
Bulldogs put an end to the Second Qualifying in just the first 15 minutes of play. An
explosive first quarter of 9.2 to 0.5 effectively ended the contest on Saturday at the
MCG. The 62,432 failed to get their moneys worth, beyond watching the efficient Dogs
do everything right. Sydney struggled and fell into the trap of often making the man,
rather than the ball their target. The final 35pt margin gave the shell-shocked Swans
undeserved praise for a Bulldog victory which was more complete.
who twice led by 59pts used the basics brilliantly and were well served by SCOTT
WYND in the ruck, JOSE ROMERO, SCOTT WEST, ROHAN SMITH, BRETT MONTGOMERY, BRAD JOHNSON and
Sydney coach expressed our skills were just deplorable
we made a lot
of mistakes. We should have lost by 15 goals. 2QF WESTERN BULLDOGS
18.11-119 (Cook 4, Hudson 3, Grant 3) best, Cameron, Grant, West, SYDNEY 12.12-84 (Lockett
3) best, Lewis, Kelly, Roos the Dogs lost JOSE ROMERO for the rest of the finals
with a dislocated shoulder, while the Swans DARYN CRESSWELL suffered a broken collarbone.
It was the Dogs 5th-straight victory.
finished 4th) on Sunday hosted their first AFL final. The wild and windy conditions was
soon joined by rain at Football Park (43,761). West Coast lost GARDINER and McINTOSH from
their starting line-up, then before half-time BRETT HEADY and GUY McKENNA were sidelined
for the rest of the match.
showing a decided lift of the skill level displayed in recent weeks became the hunter,
rather than the hunted. With Adelaide defenders CAVEN and JAMESON cutting off the supply
from the Eagles key-forwards of GEHRIG and SUMICH, it was left to PETER MATERA and LEWIS
to provide inspiration, but though good, theirs was not enough.
Only in the
third term of the 1QF did the Crows look shaky as the injury-depleted yet gutsy Eagles
came back to within eight points and threatened to take over. Adelaide reacted strongly to
re-establish their control, and went out to win thoroughly, ADELAIDE 14.15-99 (Modra 3)
best, Hart, Bickley, Caven, WEST COAST 9.12-66 best, Peter Matera, Jakovich,
St Kilda were in bother at half-time of the Waverley contest to 50,035 fansBrisbane
had a five point lead, and the Saints had lost forward JASON HEATLEY (kick in the left
ankle) and the potentially explosive PETER EVERITT (broken collarbone) while Brownlow
favourite ROBERT HARVEY had landed awkwardly and was suffering back spasms.
took over in the ruck and did a powerful job for the Saints, HARVEY recovered to be an
effective cog, while erstwhile reserve grader ROD KEOGH came from the bench and rose to
the occasion with three third term goals. Overall it was the team effort which broke the
Lions spirit. Their depleted manpower didnt last the distance to the spirit
against them, 4QFST KILDA 20.15-135 (Loewe 3, Keogh 3) best, Loewe, Harvey, Burke,
BRISBANE 13.11-89 (Akermanis 4, Lawrence 3, Bradshaw 3) best, Akermanis, A.Lynch, Dickfos.
pelting rain after half-time, the Third Qualifying on Sunday night drew 55,561 to the 7pm
MCG start. WAYNE CAREY was universally voted by the media for one of the great
performances in a final, made all the more remarkable in the conditions. The Roos skipper
(for the 100th time) kicked 7.0 of the 20 goals scored for the nighthe had 20 kicks,
10 marks and three handballs.
finishing the year at second place, Geelong again in a final failed to translate their
form favouritism into a winnable formula. Their lack of forwards proved a limitation as
the Kangas effective defence were too strong. The energy-sapping contest, may rebound when
both North and the Cats face the challenges of next weekend, NORTH 11.13-79 (Carey 7.0,
Allison 3) best, Carey, Martin, Stevens, GEELONG 9.7-61 best, Pickering, Hocking,
the Saints won their 8th-straight equalling their best of a single season in 1939 and 1966
the Dogs record opening quarter of 9.2-56 topped their 8.3-51 v Sydney, 83-R11-SCG
only Geelongs 10.2-62 v Fsc, 95-3QF-MCG had produced a greater first term in
the 62,432 was the highest attendance to watch a Bulldogs-Swans game
previous best was 32,534 in the 17th round this year at the SCG
and Brisbane contest at Waverley also drew best crowd to see the two in a game the
50,035 topped the 34,859 at Waverley in R17, only seven weeks ago
9.7-61 was their lowest against North for 20 seasons since the Cats 6.15-51
at Kardinia Park, 77-R18
Wayne Careys seven goals for the Roos kicked against
Geelong is second only to the eight kicked by SYD DYER in 1946 at KP
#1on Monday night, GUY McKENNA (WCE) pleaded guilty to striking Troy Bond (Ade)
McKenna with a spotless 213-game record was suspended one match
GEHRIG (WCE) pleaded guilty to striking Kane Johnson (Ade) he was outed for two
GLEN ARCHER (NM) pleaded not guilty to tripping Garry Hocking (Gee).
Following deliberation, Archer was suspended for two matches
GAVIN MITCHELL (Fre)
from R22 was found guilty of striking Todd Viney (Mel) and suspended, one match.
#2at Wednesdays hearing, WAYNE SCHWASS (NM) from a video charge was found
guilty of stomping in the groin area of CARL STEINFORT, Geelong, at
approximately the 28 minute mark of the second quarter
of the 3QF. The NM
vice-captain was suspended for four matches
ANDREW DUNKLEY (Syd) pleading guilty
was suspended two matches for striking James Cook (WB)
JAMES MOONEY (Syd) was
cleared of striking Jose Romero (WB)
Reserves Gardiner Medal was won by BRAD LLOYD (Haw) with 18 votes, from CLINTON KING and
ADRIAN GLEESON (Car) equal second with 17 votes.
RISING STAR award was won by Port Adelaides MICHAEL WILSON. the 20-year old
on-baller, a product of the SANFL Magpies at Alberton gained the prize of a $10,000
Norwich investment portfolio and a handsome hand-crafted trophy.
On Monday (8th)
PETER EVERITT (StK) underwent surgery to repair his broken left collarbone
WHEADON, assistant coach to Kevin Sheedy at Essendon resigned on Tuesday (9th) by
Thursday, it was announced Wheadon will join Colling-wood in October, becoming its
football manager and chairman of selectors. He played 19 games with the Pies, 1968-70.
was appointed coach of Melbourne for two years. Daniher was assistant to Sheedy at Windy
Hill, 1993-94 and has been in the support role to Gerard Neesham at Fremantle, 1995-97.
team of 1997
The Hilton Hotel in Melbourne was the scene on Monday September 15th when during a live
presentation of Channel Seven's Talking Footy program, the All-Australian Team
for the season was announced. It was dual feat for St Kilda as STAN ALVES was named Coach
of the Year and ROBERT HARVEY as the Most Valuable Player. Sydney's PAUL KELLY was
selected as captain for second successive season, while Swans defender PAUL ROOS gained
his seventh All-Australian jumper.
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|Umpire of the Year
treated to great semi-finals
Kanga recovery dumps West Coast
Crows end Geelong's hopes
SEMI FINALS Saturday, September 13.
MILESTONESGame 200 for MICK MARTYN (NM)
and the 150th for DARREN
JARMAN (109 with Haw, now Ade).
treated to a glorious Saturday yet the fans numbered just 55,781 for the Roos-Eagles First
It was 21
degrees as the ball was bounced at 2.30pm and against the pundits, West Coast took the
early initiative in spite of two late changes to their starting line-upkey ruck ILJA
GRGIC (back) and ANDREW DONNELLY (flu) were replaced by BRENDON FEWSTER and ANDY LOVELL.
The Roos lacked
intensity and in one of the key match-ups, Wests GLEN JAKOVICH was a clear winner
over the Kangas WAYNE CAREY following his stellar performance against Geelong. Carey
was soon moved from CHF to CHB in an effort to get him into the game, when things started
to slip away from North.
West Coast up
by 20pts at half-time, soon extended their lead to 32pts mid-way in the third when a twist
became a turning point to the matchJARRAD SCHOFIELD (WC) on the boundary line badly
wrenched his left knee and was stretchered. During the lull, North coach DENIS PAGAN
switched Carey back to CHF and alternating with COREY
McKERNAN, they together with the previously unsighted CRAIG SHOLL and BRETT ALLISON
turned the contest around. McKernan kicked two splendidly athletic goals and North slammed
on five goals in 12 minutes to narrow the margin to just eight points by three-quarter
The Eagles may
well have surged ahead again had the effective PHILLIP MATERA been accurate with two
crucial shots in the first two minutes of the last term. His misses gave hope for North,
and in the first 10 minutes (after the Eagles lost the prolific PETER MATERA with a calf
injury) did MARTIN PIKE with a long run from defence find STUART ANDERSON whose goal
returned the lead to the Roos for the first time since the early minutes of the game. With
the run of play, goals followed for North to PETER BELL then GLEN FREEBORN with
Wests only one major for quarter coming via TONY EVANS at 20 minutes before WAYNE
CAREY running into an open goal bagged the sealer and a thrilling 13pt winNORTH MELB
15.8-98 (McKernan 4, Sholl 3) best, McKernan, Pike, Bell, WEST COAST 12.13-85 (Phillip
Matera 3) best, Kemp, Peter Matera, Jakovich.
Rain earlier in
the day made Football Park slippery for the 7.40pm start. Geelong had all the early
running and three quick goals softened the roar of the 46,101 strong Crow fans. Nine
minutes had gone before SHAUN REHN gained Adelaides first and only goal for the
opening stanza, and the Cats were looking strong.
roared to life in the second as DARREN JARMAN took control, assisted by an in-form REHN
and MATTHEW ROBRAN who kicked a booming 60 metre team-lifting goal. Jarman in the 2ndQ was
outstanding with 10 kicks, and though Adelaide enjoyed a big term of 6.4 to 2.1, Geelong
were well in touch, trailing by only 7pts at the long break.
went up another cog in the second half as rain started, becoming heavier as the third term
grew longer. The Cats lifted their work-rate and the momentum swung their way as defenders
maintained their hold on the Crows limiting them to just two behinds, with an 8pt lead
returning to Geelong at ¾-time.
In the first
minute of the last term, a goal shot for the Cats from GARRY HOCKING was ruled as touched.
Soon after, the lift the Crows sought was provided by PETER VARDY who dived but missed the
mark, recovered to swoop on the loose ball and banged it home to draw the Crows within a
point, 8.10 to 8.9 the pendulum swung to the Crows. An earlier movement in the term
by Vardy proved costly as in a clash he damaged his left collarbone and soon retired from
breakthrough came as CLAY SAMPSON accepted a long handpass and punted the goal giving
Adelaide a 4pt lead, 9.10 to 8.12. Both sides played desperation footy, scrambly but
terrific stuff as point to DAVID MENSCH (Gee) then a goal from out-of-the-blues TROY BOND
put the Crows 9pts up. Footy Park erupted and went into raptures as Bond again (though
almost previously unsighted) goaled for his third. The Cats got one back through RONNIE
BURNS and though they were again in attack, the siren beat them, ADELAIDE 11.10-76 (Bond 3) best, Rehn, Jarman, McLeod, GEELONG 9.14-68 (Pickering 3) best, Pickering,
Colbert, Barnes Geelong out in two; Adelaide to their second Preliminary Final
Geelongs 9.14-68 was their lowest score of 11 contests against Adelaide
suspension of GLEN ARCHER and WAYNE SCHWASS during the week robbed North of a combined
experience of 301 matchestheir replacements were STUART ANDERSON and BRENT HARVEY
who combined had played 75
semi defeats to West Coast and Geelong maintained the
losing streak of interstate travellersnot since 1994 when West Coast won the Grand
Final has an out-of-state team won a finalindeed, HAWTHORN are the only Victorian
side to have won an interstate final since changes to finals were implemented in
1991the Hawks won the first final played outside of Melbourne defeating West Coast
in the 1991 Qualifying Final at Subiaco Oval
PETER SUMICH the out-of-favour West
Coast forward (514 goals, 1989-97) dropped for the First Semi said to be looking toward
Fremantle for his AFL future
the PETER VARDY (Ade) last quarter collarbone injury
is certain to sideline him for the rest of the finals series
Age revealed Essendon had spent a staggering $700,000 on injury payments this year,
ballooning the club's player payments beyond the salary cap limit of $2.9 million to about
$3.6 million. The Bombers used 41 of their 42 players. Next year, the salary cap will be
increased to $3.2m.
TRIBUNAL #1DAVID PITTMAN (Ade) was charged from video on Monday. He flew to
Melbourne facing the AFL Tribunal within hours. Pleading guilty to striking Peter Riccardi
(Gee), Pittman was suspended for one match.
TRIBUNAL #2PHILLIP MATERA (WCE) on Wednesday was cleared of a trip charge on Peter
|The AFL on
Tuesday confirmed the 2000 grand final will be played on Saturday September 9 to avoid a
clash with the Sydney Olympic Games.
SANFL Tuesday count for the 1997 Magarey Medal was a tie for the second time in three
yearsANDREW JARMAN (Norwood) and BRODIE ATKINSON (Sturt) were equal first with 23
votes, ahead of SIMON FEAST (Sturt) on 15.
HAYDEN KENNEDY named Umpire of the Year on Monday was dropped for failing to charge West
Coasts CHRIS LEWISthe Eagle was booked for pinching DAVID KING
(NM) during the Saturday game. The hearing date is still to be set.
SILVAGNI the Carlton champion (as his father before) of 230 games is haggling over a
three-year contract extensionat 30, hes asking the Blues for upwards of
$800,000 for his last three yearswaiting in the wings are RICHMOND
are red-hot for SHANNON GRANT who will leave Sydney
Berwick boy JUSTIN LEPPITSCH
signed a new three-year deal with BRISBANE
the Pies SCOTT RUSSELL and TONY
FRANCIS said to be heading home to Adelaide
Freos JEFF WHITE on target to
become a Demon under Neale Daniher, with the Lions ADRIAN FLETCHER one of the
carrots in the trading deals
COLLINGWOOD seem set to play nine games at the MCG in 1998, with sentiment retaining
Victoria Park for maybe two games next season, against interstate clubs
AFL Media Association voted the Herald Sun top honour for overall
#1 nod for radio went to the ABCs TIM LANE and best TV
presenter for BRUCE McAVANEY
3AW were gonged for their daily Sports Today show
ROBERT HARVEY (StK) added the MVP award to his collection.
count for the SANDOVER MEDAL in Perth on Monday (15th) resulted in a controversial win for
BRADY ANDERSON the East Perth wingman. A late invitee to the function at Burswood Casino,
a betting plunge on the unexpected winner brought calls for an inquiry. In the 5-4-3-2-1
system, Anderson polled 30 votes, followed by STEPHEN PEARS (SF) and HAYDEN KILMARTIN (EF)
with 27, and BRETT SPINKS (P) 24.
Alves: "savour the moment"
St Kilda continue their march
Adelaide stun the Bulldogs
PRELIMINARY FINALS Friday-Saturday, September 19-20.
MILESTONESGame 150 for JOSE ROMERO (89 NM, now WB) and the 50th for PETER
BELL (2 Fre, now NM)
St Kilda recorded their 9th successive win, their best of
1,890 games since 1897
their Saturday defeat brought the 800th loss in VFL-AFL
ranks for the Western Bulldogs (Footscray) club.
Final deciders produced two stunning victories. On Friday night, St Kilda, long the
Cindefella of League footy with just one premiership (25 wooden spoons) in their trophy
cabinet won their way to their first Grand Final since 1971 with a thorough success over
last years premiers North Melbourne.
afternoon in perfect weather produced one of the biggest surprises of a final. Adelaide
gained the greatest victory of their short seven-season 158-AFL game history, when inside
the final two minutes of play they headed the Western Bulldogs to snatch a thrilling
two-point win and enter their first AFL Grand Final.
Rain for most
of Friday afternoon had eased as the night final started. The Saints who had enjoyed a
weeks break faced North who were playing their third finals game in 13 days. St
Kilda fired up to the contest played exhilarating footy setting the early pace, with
ROBERT HARVEY leading the chargethe Saints kicked the first goal and would prove to
be all night leaders.
and aggression of the Saints set the tone, and they dealt a forceful blow to Norths
chances as BRETT COOK and NATHAN BURKE applied a gang-tackle on the dangerous Roo ruckman
COREY McKERNAN at 11-minutes. Crashed to the turf, McKernan was out of the game,
dislocating his right shoulder, forcing a critical restructure of the North line-up.
as JASON HEATLEY kicked three goals in four minutes and though WAYNE CAREY got one back
with an inspirational goal before the siren, the Saints were in control with a 15pt
great heart raised the stakes in the second term and though DARRYL WAKELIN effectively
shut down Carey, BRETT ALLISON burst through for three trademark goals to reduce St
Kildas half-time break to ten points.
dominated the third term. Regular Roo players were hard to find as a tiring North were
held to two points. With a 38pt lead at ¾-time early goals to NICKY WINMAR (his 3rd) then
Heatley (7th) had the Saints out to 50pts. Late goals reduced the margin but it was a
clear-cut victory, ST KILDA 15.14-104 (Heatley 7.0, Loewe 3, Winmar 3) best, Harvey,
Burke, Heatley, NORTH MELB 11.7-73 (Crocker 4, Allison 3) best, Bell, Allison, Carey
Preliminary will go down as terrible start, outstanding finish. Saturday was a great
MCG day with a crowd of 70,088 including a big contingent of SA fans. The Bulldogs JOSE
ROMERO was included in the line-up, enjoying a reportedly rapid recovery from a shoulder
dislocated a fortnight before against Sydney.
Had the result
gone the other way, the painful effort of so many Adelaide sorties at the goal-face in the
first term would have been pointed to as the reason for their defeat. Whereas the Bulldogs
started in an efficient manner, with JAMES COOK gaining their first goal six minutes after
the start and another to MATTHEW DENT some 10 minutes later, all the Crows had on the
board at the first break was 0.7. The opening standard failed to excite and by the injury
to star full-forward TONY MODRA after only 20 minutes, things looked black for Adelaide.
Modra on flying for a mark, landing awkwardly on his left (good) knee. He was stretchered
and took no further part.
absence caused the Crows to shuffle their line-up, with DARREN JARMAN briefly going
forward but it was ROD JAMESON often used as a forward, then CHAD RINTOUL with two goals
which brought the lead to Adelaide in the first eight minutes of the second. Both the Dogs
and Crows were proving more effective, but scores to the SA side were elusive. A clash
with JAMES COOK left a now-roaming Jarman groggy, then the suspect Romero went down
clutching his shoulder. MARK WEST came on and his lift to the midfield was apparent with
his two goals and more to Cook (four to half-time) saw the Doggies move away, racing to an
eight-goal quarter and a solid 31pt lead at the long break.
half-time, the changes the Crow coach MALCOLM BLIGHT made had a marginal effect, with
SMART and REHN now forward leaving the ruck to the novice KEATING. Some of the Dog stars
started to fade. Adelaide, hard at the ball made slight inroads but the Westerners still
were 22pts to the good at the final change.
Early misses in
the last to Cook and Montgomery failed to nail the Crows. The game developed into an
arm-wrestle across the first 14 minutes with the Dogs heading for a win, but a glimmer
came for the Crows as Jarman now forward again rose in a pack and his goal from 20m
brought them within 17pts. Another three minutes passed (with only one goal kicked), then
Smart with a glorious snap from 10 metres had Adelaide only 9 points down. Jarman was now
dangerous and his short chip to SIMON GOODWIN on the boundary was cleverly converted with
his left bootfour points 13.11 to 11.19. Behinds were added by both, and as the
clock reached 25.35, KANE JOHNSON found Jarman only 30m out with a great pass. His shot
was straight as the Dogs choked on the realisation they had let a five goal lead
slipAdelaide into their first Grand Final, and the Bulldogs faltering from their
12.21-93 (Jarman 3) best, Rehn, Connell, Hart, WESTERN BULLDOGS 13.12-90 (Cook 6) best,
S.West, Cook, M.West.
KICKSthe only umpires report was JAMES COOK (WB) for striking DARREN JARMAN
(Ade) in the second term
COREY McKERNAN (NM) within days will go under surgery to
both his right shoulder and left ankle
the Dogs 8.4-52 was only a point short
of the seasons best second quarterbut it wasnt enough
after surgery seems unlikely to return until mid-1998 at the earliestfirst reports
said a torn cruciate
to St Kilda's Robert Harvey
Kildas ROBERT HARVEY was declared the 70th winner of the Chas Brownlow Medal for
fairest & best in a glittering ceremony conducted at Melbournes Crown
Entertainment complex on Monday (22nd).
however for the first time since its inception failed to go to the highest vote-catcher.
(WB) polled 27 votes but was ineligible due to an earlier one week suspension handed down
in May under controversial circumstances.
26 votes (seven best on ground, two seconds and one third). Sydneys PAUL KELLY, the
1995 winner was again prominent finishing equal second with a pre-post favourite PETER
MATERA (WCE) on 21. Two were equal thirdMARK RICCIUTO (Ade) and NATHAN BURKE (StK)
on 18 votes.
TRIBUNALJAMES COOK (WB) pleaded guilty to striking Darren Jarman (Ade) and was outed
ROHAN SMITH (WB) was cleared of a video charge of attempting to kick
Andrew McLeod (Ade)
MARK WEST (WB) also from video had his charge withdrawn of
striking Peter Vardy (Ade).
days, recent greats announced their retirements. GREG WILLIAMS (Car), GARY ABLETT (Gee)
and STEPHEN KERNAHAN (Car) 849 games of memories.
was "something special"
Adelaide capture their first flag
Saints fail under pressure
THE GRAND FINAL Saturday, September 27.
There were many suggestions that we should savour the moment and
enjoy the journey the 101st League Grand Final turned out to be
something special as Adelaide were sound winners of their historic first AFL
Premiership in their 159th game.
gathered their biggest crowd of seven seasons for the playoff. Early in May 2000/1 was on
hand for a Crows-Saints meeting this day.
biggest haul since the 1990 GF and the best since the Great Southern Grandstand had been
opened in 1992a colourful crowd.
day of 16 degrees with occasional sunlight bursting through threatening clouds covered the
teams as they stood for the national anthem. St Kilda with arms entwined in a brotherly
union and the unfavoured Adelaide faced each other. The Saints with a nine-match winning
streak were universally expected to be the victors.
Of the 42
players who started, only oneDARREN JARMAN had GF experience as a member of the
Hawks 1991 premiership side.
St Kilda found
themselves soon under siege as the Crows start paralleled the previous week. From the
first three minutes they had scored four times0.4. Both sides were guilty of early
mistakes in a game which had the earmark of being a physical one, and the free-kicks
flowed. 20 scoring shots went through in the first, 3.8 for the Crows (including three
posters), the Saints 3.6.
By the start of
the second term, the Crows were down to 19 men having lost Rod Jameson (hamstring) and
Clay Sampson (thigh).
half-back was doing exceptionally well while Pittman at CHB had restricted Loewe. As the
nerves settled the Saints built their most concerted attack for the game with Barry Hall
kicking three goals in four minutes. Yet beyond seven minutes, the Saints then by 17pts
raised only one major through Harvey until halftime, with Adelaides two majors
coming ten minutes apart from Goodwin and Bond. St Kilda at the long break led, 7.11-53 to
fourth successive final in as many weeks, the Crows showed no limitations as the break
arrived mid-way into the third when Jarman goaled for Adelaide to hit the lead. Cracks
began to show in the Saints normally solid defence, as the pressure mounted with both
throwing in everything. When Ellen kicked his 4th, followed two minutes after by Caven,
the Crows had gone out to a 17pt lead. It was a wonderfully fluctuating affair, as the
Saints dragged one back with Winmar adding a little bit of magic at three-quarter
time, Crows 11.11 Saints 9.13.
criticised for his failure on big occasions, DARREN JARMAN (A) buried his ghosts with a
brilliant last quarter display, kicking five goals in 18 minutes. With fitness and plenty
of spirit to call on, the Crows stamped home their dominance in a great last half team
performance which reaped 14.1. Their historic first premiership came from a convincing
team created an envious run through four demanding finals, while St Kilda after their
great season, failed to maintain their trade-mark spirit and stability under pressure.
STAB KICKSonly one of the 42 players had prior GF experienceDARREN JARMAN was
a member of the 1991 Hawthorn side. His five memorable last quarter goals for the Crows
ensures his placement into Grand Final folklore
the greatest Bulldog TED WHITTEN in
1961 had been the only player from the 1954 side with GF experience in the Hawk-Scray
total AFL game experience of five Adelaide players amounted to just 72
gamesCHAD RINTOUL, KANE JOHNSON, CLAY SAMPSON,
AARON KEATING and SIMON GOODWIN
three times the bridesmaid with Geelong in
1989-1992-1994, a first premiership as Adelaide coach came to MALCOLM BLIGHT with wins in
12 out of 19 finals and seven victories of his past eight finalshis record is
further unique as in his first seasons with a new club he took both Geelong in
1989 and Adelaide in 1997 to Grand Finals
SHANE ELLEN was playing just his 38th
game (hed kicked 3 goals) since 1993 (11 Fsc, 27 Ade) as he took up the unlikely
post at full-forward for Adelaide, replacing TONY MODRA the injured Coleman
Ellen had a day he will never forget5.2 and a premiership
NICKY WINMAR (StK)
who earlier in the year was the first Aboriginal to attain 200 senior games was grieving
on the passing of his father on Grand Final eve
the first term produced the goal of
the dayAUSTINN JONES (StK) gathered in on the half-back line, weaved down the flank
with five bounces, hand-balled to Thompson, then received a return handpass and drilled it
through from 50 metres
Adelaides advancement from 12th in 1996 to Premiers
was the greatest recorded
ANDREW McLEOD was the worthy recipient of the NORM SMITH MEDAL for his thorough
31-possession game. His presentation was made by former Fitzroy champion KEVIN MURRAY. At
the presentation ceremony, the Premiership Cup and medals were given out by Carlton legend
ADELAIDE 19.11-125 (Jarman 6, Ellen 5, Bond 4) best, McLeod, Jarman, Koster, Rehn,
Goodwin, ST KILDA 13.16-94 (Hall 3, Heatley 3, Hall 3, Loewe 2) best, Jones, Burke,
Harvey, Keogh, Sziller.