GRAND FINAL VIEWING FIGURES
Viewing figures for the Grand Finals in the two rival codes of AFL
and Rugby League brought an interesting set of comparisons between 1996 and 1997
Finalsource Channel 7
Grand Final- source Channel 9
TRADING GABFEST AT CARLTON
Just three days after the Grand Final the annual Gabfest between the 16
clubs took place at Optus Oval (Sept 30) when the career paths of many players were
the 10-day official trading period began on October 7th in advance of the
AFL National Draft scheduled at Football Park on Friday October 31st.
NORWOOD END 13-YEAR DROUGHT
The Redlegs from The Parade gave Port Adelaide a 73pt shellacking in the
SANFL Grand Final on Sunday October 5. Norwood gained their 27th flag and first since 1984
with a thorough victory, 19.12-126 to 7.11-53.
VIATEL NEW COLLINGWOOD SPONSOR
The Magpies announced (2nd) the signing of telecommunications company
VIATEL as its major sponsor. The $3 million deal is the most lucrative yet gathered by an
AFL clubits for three years. The distinctive yellow and red VIATEL logo will
appear on the front and back of the Pies guernsey and will result in an away
strip alternative of the famous black-and-white uniform so far unchanged since 1892.
BILLY BROWNLESS RETIRES
At 30, following 198 games and 441 goals for Geelong (1986-97) BILLY
BROWNLESS announced his retirement.
Adding to the recent retirements of STEPHEN
KERNAHAN, GREG WILLIAMS, MIL HANNA, JUSTIN MADDEN and EARL SPALDING, the Blues delisted
ROHAN WELSH, LUKE OSULLIVAN and DAVID WALLS.
TASMANIA RESTRUCTURE FOR 98
The TFLs 11-club competition shed Sandy Bay, Hobart and Launceston
from their 1998 starting line-up. New Norfolk was retained and a new club added, called
Southern Districts based in the fast-growing Kingsborough.
The Footscray Forever Committee and the Western Bulldogs board resolved
their long-running name disputethe letters FFC will be placed on the backs of
jumpers above the number (Herald Sun, 2nd)
end-of-year footy trips saw
clubs head toBrisbane (Bali), Carlton (Cape Town), Collingwood (London), Geelong
(Los Angeles), Hawthorn (USA), Demons (Sun City), Bulldogs (Cairns), North (Ireland),
Richmond (Bali), St Kilda (Thailand), Sydney (London), West Coast (London)
CAREY (NM) had further surgery to the left shoulder injured on March 27th other
Roos under the knife included, COREY McKERNAN (shoulder), ANTHONY STEVENS (knee), CHRIS
GROOM (knee), JASON DANILTCHENKO (knee), DANNY STEVENS (hernia) and BRETT ALLISON (hernia)
working on his comeback, JASON DUNSTALL with 1200 goals to his credit stepped down
from the Hawthorn captaincy
SIX ON BENCH FOR ANSETT CUP 98
The League on Oct 6th released the 15-match draw for the 1998 Ansett Cup.
The series (using six inter-change players) opens in Hobart on Saturday Feb 21, with
Brisbane and Fremantle playing in South Africa the next day at the Newlands cricket ground
in Cape Town. The following weekend schedules Sydney and Melbourne at The Basin Reserve in
Wellington. The March 21 playoff is rostered for Waverley or Footy Park.
MELBOURNE BAG JEFF WHITE
Fremantle traded the highly-sought 20-year old ruckman JEFF WHITE to the
Demons on Oct 7th, in return for Melbournes No.2 and 18 draft selections.
Whites deal was reported as $800,000 for three yearsa sign on of $200,000,
plus $200,000 per year.
FOUR PLAYERS GET OVER $300,000
The AFL released figures (8th) on the top salary earners. It was seen as a
bid to hose down escalating demands in the trading war. Listed were four players in the
over $300,000 bracket. Media speculation eyeballedTONY LOCKETT (Syd),
WAYNE CAREY (NM), DARREN JARMAN (Ade), and GAVIN WANGANEEN (PA) as the peak salary
earners. 161 players or 25% of contracted players to the 16 AFL clubs were said to be
receiving more than $100,000.
EAGLES BY 18pts AT THE OVAL
West Coast cruised to an easy victory in London over an inexperienced
Collingwood before a vocal crowd of 11,500WEST COAST 11.7-73 d Collingwood 8.7-55
(Sav Rocca 4).
later the Magpies received a complaint from the London promoter CAPITALIZE to
unacceptable behaviour and noise experienced at the 4-star Rochester
Hotelthe high-jinks were rated asstupid, but not life-threatening.
37 PLAYERS TRADED TO NEW CLUBS
Deals inked by the 2pm cut-off on Friday Oct 17 saw 37 players traded.
Biggest deal was the swap of Sydneys SHANNON GRANT with Norths vice-captain
SPORTSWRITER JACK DUNN PASSES
Revered in sporting circles for his dedication, humour, and a genuine
good blokeJACK DUNN, former Sun News-Pictorial legend passed
away October 18, aged 78.
PRESTON DUMPED FROM VFL
Former VFA club, now the Preston Knights fell out of favourthe VFL
Board (21st) refused to issue a licence to the club for the 1998 VFL season.
Former North defender ROSS SMITH was appointed 1998 coach of new VFL side
BARRY MITCHELL the former Swan-Pie-Blue now 31, was named as fitness
adviser and senior runner by CARLTON
also at Optus, BARRY RICHARDSON, three-time
flag-winning player at Richmond and more recently chairman of selectors with Melbourne was
named to the same position with the Blues
BRIAN ROYAL moved up as senior assistant
to TERRY WALLACE with the Bulldogs, while DAVID NOBLE takes over the Reserves
Collingwood and Richmond aim for an MCG Queens Birthday clash as a regular feature
LAST OF THE DANIHERs
CHRIS DANIHER announced his retirement at Essendon and return to the NSW
family property at Ungarie. The four Danihers from 1978 to 1997 played 618 games for
the BombersTerry 294, Chris 124, Anthony 118 and Neale 82Terry (19 games) and
Anthony (115) also played with the South Melbourne-Sydney combo.
|LEAGUE CLUBS SPLIT $8 MILLION
The AFL at its quarterly meeting on Oct 27 announced the distribution of
$500,000 to each of the 16 clubs. The cash is part of the $20 million the Seven Network
are paying to obtain the last bid for tv rights to AFL games from the year 2000.
The balance will be used to remove the $10.2 million debt of the League.
The AFL also advised there will be a $70,000 increase to each club in the 1997
distribution. Estimates for 1998 distribution was $1.82 million per club, rising to $2.2m
in 1999 and $3.7m in 2000.
The AFL also forecast the salary cap of $2.9m in 1997 will rise through to $3.7m in 2000.
GEELONG SACK NEIL KING AS CEO
Geelongs latest CEO swiftly left his position on Oct 29, less than
three months after he filled the vacancy left by GREG DURHAM on August 7th.
reported, King the former head for seven years of Athletics Australia came under pressure
following him declining to report daily to REX GORELL, the powerful Cat director and a key
player in the affair. King took legal advice on the matter. On November 5 the Cats
appointed PHILLIP NUNN at their new CEO.
NATIONAL DRAFT83 CHOSEN
The 12th annual National Draft was conducted at the Convention Centre at
Adelaides Football Park on Friday October 31st.
From the extensive stable of young developing talent 83 were chosen. On the day of
selection most ranged in the 17-18 age bracket, only 14 had reached 20the eldest was
TRAVIS JOHNSTONE, a 17 year-old midfielder from the Dandenong Stingrays was No.1
choicehe went to the Melbourne club.
$7.8m FOR CANBERRAs FOOTY PARK
Football Park in Canberra is set to receive a $7.8 million upgrade to
include lighting and 15,000 semi-permanent seats. The upgrade will focus footy and night
cricket at the venue. The 15,000 seats would be moved to Bruce Stadium when a 40,000
capacity is required for soccer or rugby matches.
FOOTY MANAGER MERRY-GO-ROUND
BRIAN WALTON was axed as footy manager by Richmond on the 3rd. In the days
to come, after 10 years with the Dogs GARRY OSULLIVAN resigned and took
Waltons place at Punt Road and in the continuing revamp, PAUL ARMSTRONG made his
exit from Kardinia Park and moved to OSullivans role at Scray.
MAGPIES REVAMP THEIR JUMPER
In a break from tradition COLLINGWOOD announced (7th) a minor revamp of
its famous guernsey. The middle black stripe will be broader and carry the Magpie logo for
away gamesa few die-hards blanched.
Full-back JAMIE SHANAHAN fails to reach terms with the Saints and will
nominate for the February draft
in another contract dispute, Bomber ruckman PETER
SOMERVILLE stops training at Essendon
ROB SNOWDEN former football and recruiting
manager at Sydney was appointed football ops manager at PORT ADELAIDE
made a life-member of coach MICHAEL MALTHOUSE
GARRY ODONNELL steps down as
Essendon captain paving way for the naming of JAMES HIRD
GARY COLLING set to be
replaced as football manager at St Kilda
TRARALGON exit from the VFL and create a
passage for the PRESTON KNIGHTS to be retained
JOHN PLATTEN (258 games 1986-97)
retired from Hawthornreturning to his origins at CENTRAL DISTRICT
SOCCER CLUB were undefeated in the first six rounds of the Ericsson Cupa happier
result from the disaster suffered by Colling-woods flirtation with the round-ball.
SCHWAB NEW HEAD OF UMPIRES
Former Hawthorn premiership player PETER SCHWAB, more recently assistant
coach at both Richmond and Glenferrie Oval was named (10th) AFL umpires director of
|FITZROY CREDITORS GET 27 CENTS
The 120 unsecured creditors of the now-defunct FITZROY FC will get just 27
cents in the dollar. Half of the $920,000 pool set aside settled claims by employees and
two legal cases. Of the $1.3m claim by Footscray on the Whitten Oval lease, the Dogs
received $77,000. The Nauru Insurance Corp received their full $1.2m payout from the $6m
AFL Brisbane merger deal in July 1996The Age (14th)
AFL SIGN ON AT HOMEBUSH STADIUM
On November 10, the AFL announced it would become the first major tenant
of Sydneys $615m Olympic Stadium at Homebush after the 2000 Games. On a 10-year
deal, six AFL matches at least would be played each year to a capacity of 72,000. The
Sydney lease of the SCG expires in 2003.
INTER-CHANGE INCREASED TO FOUR
The AFL (17th) increased the inter-change bench to four players for the
1998 seasonthe $3.2m cap was upped by $75,000 to accommodate the change
AFL will also retain the rookie list of up to sixthe draft minimum age will stay at
PETER MATERAALMOST A DEMON
West Coasts dual premiership star (and most recent best &
fairest Eagle) PETER MATERA opted (17th) to stay in Perth. This was despite frequent
cross-country flights by Melbourne officials and an offer rumoured to be at least $1.8m
over four years for the out-of-contract 167 game experience.
NEIL BUSSE RETIRES FROM TRIBUNAL
After 10 years as Chairman of the AFL Tribunal (18 years overall) NEIL
BUSSE retired on Nov 22.
COLLINGWOOD CHOOSE MCG
The MCC and Collingwood signed a five-year deal on Nov 26 for a minimum of
nine home games at the MCG beginning in season 1998.
|DRAW ANGERS MAGPIES
AND, ONLY ONE MONDAY NIGHT GAME
The 176-match draw for 1998 was released Nov 27. A small war broke out as
the AFL called for Collingwood to play three of its home games at Waverley.
Just one game for the Pies was listed at Victoria Park, largely dependent on $200,000
being spent to bring the old suburban facility up to standard.
<||> Scheduling of
some 98 matches may result in a 3.30pm start, with delayed telecasts into regionals.
reaped a boost from the drawtheyll play 16 at the MCG, three at Waverley, one
at Carlton and just two out-of-state journeys to Footy Park and Subiaco.
<||> Night footy
was cut back to 41 home-and-away games (53 in 1997), with none scheduled for Waverley Park
as the lights begin to dim on the one-time jewel in the crown.
<||> Advocates of
Monday night footy will wait a little longerone only was rostered, on August 24 at
the MCG for a return engagement between the Demons and Sydney.
$145 MILLION UPGRADE FOR THE MCG
An extension plan to roof the Olympic Stand
and the top of the Members Reserve were revealed. The $145m project would equal that
of the Great Southern Grandstand opened in 1992. The revamp will boost MCG capacity again
past the magic figure of 100,000.
RON RICHARDS stepped down from the Collingwood board after 47 years of
serviceRon is 70 next May
the Saints aim their sights for more games at the
DARREN BEWICK at 30, signed a new two-year deal with Essendon
pressure from Victorian clubs, the AFL will review revenue sharing policies in respect of
gate receiptsclubs often play interstate to sellout crowds and receive nothing in
BETS ARE ON FOR 98
National Sportsbets first market for 98 were postedWest
Coast 5/1, Adelaide and St Kilda 9/1, Essendon 10/1, Bulldogs 19/1, Freo and Port at
66/1Hawks 100 and Demons at 150.
85,022 AT MCG SOCCER
Australia drew 2-all with Iran on Saturday November 29 at the MCG for a
record 85,022. However the Roos missed a place in the 1998 World Cup, on the away goals
ALVES GETS ANOTHER TWO YEARS
STAN ALVES was appointed (4th) St Kilda coach for two more years. He is
now the second longest coach in St Kildas historyafter ALLAN JEANS (1961-77).
PIES RECEIVE A BILL FROM LONDON
An aftermath of the Collingwood visit in October to London had a costly
sequel. The Pies received a bill from the AFL for $6400 for damage to property and loss of
business by the Rochester Hotel.
|TRIBUNAL REPORT LEAKED
A leaked report from AFL Tribunal member SHANE MAGUIRE found its way to
the pages of the Herald Sun on Dec 4th. Maguire a prospect to succeed the
departing chairman Neil Busse expressed concern to several suspensions handed down in
1997. Maguire (when Busse was overseas) was acting chairman of the Tribunal when GREG
WILLIAMS was outed for nine weeks for pushing umpire ANDREW COATES in the first round. AFL
football operations manager IAN COLLINS (it was said) was not pleased by the publication.
PLAYER SENTENCED TO JAIL
DARRYL WHITE, a 109-game player for Brisbane since 1992 was sentenced to
two months jail when found guilty of assault in November 1996 of a man at a Brisbane
nightclub. He was on bail pending an appeal.
RICHMOND SUPPORT DAPHNE
Ballots lodged by Saturday Dec 6th from over 13,000 Richmond members
supported the Leon Daphne ticket. The first Tiger election since 1984 drew a record 59%
response. Reform candidate MALCOLM BROWN failed to gain a seat on the Board.
SAWERS REPLACES LEVENS
Restructuring of the umpires department was completed (9th) by the naming
of the record 410-match veteran ROWAN SAWERS as AFL Umpires Coach.
He replaces David Levens who will move to reassigned duties. Sawers will assist PETER
SCHWAB recently appointed national umpires director of coaching.
Clubs conducted their AGMs at which financial results were tabled
CARLTON: On operating revenue of $11.5m, a $224,581 profitAFL TV-money was not
included; $415,660 has been set aside for the GREG WILLIAMS court action, while the Blues
provided for a payout of $85,715 to retiring captain Stephen Kernahan, now a club
COLLINGWOOD: $892,309 profitAFL TV-money included. Their report said: our
overall improvement on 1996 is $995,567 after dealing with all the issues including a
large loss from soccer. Debt has been reduced by $1.5m leaving a core bank debt of
some $1.3 million.
ESSENDON: From $10,115,588, the Bombers enjoyed a $988,712 profit (AFL TV-money included).
Cash reserves however have dried up after $4.5m has been spent on Windy Hill over the past
three years, and the purchase of Melton Country Club. The Bomber social club also requires
refurbishment of at least $600,000.
FOOTSCRAY (Western Bulldogs): Though enjoying a 45% membership increase, the club suffered
a loss of $76,818, which was assisted by the input of $500,000 from the AFL TV
distribution. Still, the Doggies managed a huge turnaround in only 12 months from their
$2.1 million loss of 1996. Proceeding with their three-year plan, the Bulldogs have set a
target to gain 20,000 members for the new season. The club is already committed to play
the bulk of their home games at Docklands Stadium from 2000.
GEELONG: With AFL-TV money included in the calculations, the Cats recorded an operating
profit of $217,419 which is a consolidated figure including their social club activities.
They were down $500,000 on last year, and only a modest $8197 profit resulted. Members at
the December 22 AGM learned the debt of over $5-million precludes the club at this time
from financing Kardinia Park improvements.
HAWTHORN: $308,204 profitwhich does not include the AFL tv-money of $500,000. This
follows the Hawks $1.1m loss in 1996. Membership reached a record 27,200 after the
aborted 1996 merger plans with Melbourne.
$833,858 profitincluding the AFL TV-money. The club remains debt-free. The Demons
will address their lowly membership base of 15,350, which by just 300 is second only to
the Western Bulldogs; Melbourne seek a $2m increase of revenue in the new year.
RICHMOND: With injections of $500,000 from the AFL and $474,947 from the Jack Dyer
Foundation the Tigers named a $789,914 profit. Without these two payments, Richmond stood
to lose $107,000. A payout to sacked coach ROBERT WALLS was $212,000.
ST KILDA: $56,092 profitwhich does not include AFL-tv money the Saints are
adding the $500,000 as a 1998 cash injection. The clubs $1.9m debt from four years
ago has been reduced by $1.2m. President ANDREW PLYMPTON stressed the Saints had not
decided on a new base. Docklands may be an alternative but St Kilda were also keenly
interested on the outcome of discussions over Waverley Park.
NORTH MELBOURNE and PORT ADELAIDE will
hold their AGMs in February, BRISBANE have still to announce their date.
Former Glenferrie champion DERMOTT BRERETON was named a director of
HAWTHORN, who will hold celebrations February 27-28 next year to mark their 125th
a giant video screen will be in place at Football Park for the 1998
the AFL is set to limit Kardinia Park games to eight from 1999, with three
home games in Melbournehowever the Cats are determined the $1.7m ground
expansion to lift capacity at Geelong from 25 to 33,000 will go ahead
was appointed Essendon captain (10th)
JAMIE SHANAHAN, the discarded St Kilda
full-back came to terms and started training with Melbournehe struck a two-year deal
and the Demons have formally notified the League, their intention to select the 125-game
Shanahan with their first pick in Februarys national draft
opened (12th) the $2.6m upgrade of their social club facility at Alberton Oval
|ARL POSTS LOSS OF $2.8 MILLION
At their AGM in Brisbane (9th) the AUSTRALIAN
RUGBY LEAGUE posted a loss of $2.8 million for 1997, double that of the previous year.
"Let's keep that in context," chairman Neil Whittaker (who was re-elected) said.
"It involves funding support for the national competition and, when obviously our
ability to generate revenue was restricted."
Peace-talks between with the rival SuperLeague camp (which have been going for some
months) for a united competition continue.
FIRST PLAYER SUMMIT A SUCCESS
The first summit meeting with reps of the AFLPA held (10th) in Melbourne
addressed many issues. The AFL outlined its views on
<||> length of
<||> increased drug testing over summer
<||> pursuance of its vilification rules
<||> Melbourne cannot sustain 10-clubs
<||> final season of the Reserves in 1999
The meeting was in advance of collective bargaining due
to begin between the AFL and the AFLPA,
HAWTHORNs CEO RESIGNS
MORTON BROWNE the Hawk CEO resigned on Dec 11 after 12 months in the task.
Seeking other challenges, Browne oversaw a turnaround from a $1.1m loss to a
DIRECTOR, ELECTED, THEN RESIGNS
The Collingwood club were reeling from a bitter election result. BARRY
PRICE (158 games 1966-79) was elected to the Magpie board Thursday (11th) but resigned
Saturday on a matter of principle after opponent Jack Kennedy was re-elected. Kennedy had
suggested Price was opposed to the Pies move to the MCG and favoured the Docklands option.
CHAIRMAN KENNEDY RETIRES
AFL Commission chairman JOHN KENNEDY announced his retirement on Dec 15.
The former player, coach and administrator had completed five years in the top job, and
overall 47 years at the highest level of footy.
president RON EVANS, a commissioner since 1993 will become the new Chairman.
LIFELINE FOR RESSIES
The AFL (15th) threw a lifeline to clubs saying they can explore the
possibility of having a team in the VFL competition. The last season of the Reserves comp
is slated for 1999.
PRICE HAS A CHANGE OF HEART
The Pies were saved another election when Barry Price on Dec 16 rethought
his actions and decided to sit on the seven-man Collingwood board.
DROP KICK IS OFFICIALLY DEAD
New manuals released on skills of the game have eliminated reference to
the drop kick departing the way of the place kick and the stab pass footy
romantics are reported to have wept.
The Rugby Union Bledisloe Cup will return to the MCG on Saturday July
11th, in the State-of-Origin break
Channel Seven appointed long-serving GORDON
BENNETT as Melbourne head-of-sport, with TIM WORNER returning to Sydney
ruck-man STEVEN KING broke his arm at training
former North on-baller PETER GERMAN
was named the assistant to Hawk coach KEN JUDGE
former Tiger captain TONY FREE
recently training with Collingwood abandoned his comeback attempt
BLUES, CATS & TIGERS WAIT
CARLTON were still waiting on the AFL to decide if the $415,660 legal
costs of the GREG WILLIAMS case would be included in their 1997 salary cap. The Blues face
a potential fine of some $200,000
meanwhile both RICHMOND and GEELONG are also
waiting on a decision over their salary cap breaches.
wingman LEO TURNER of the 1951-52 premiership sides for Geelong passed away (17th) aged
ARL & NEWS LIMITED MAKE PEACE
SuperLeague died when the three-year Rugby League war ended on Friday
(19th). The ARL and News Limited came to terms and will share equal control for 20 years
of the competition to be run by a new entitythe National Rugby League Championship
20 teams will compete in 1998, 16 in 1999. These reduce to 14 in 2000, with a Sydney
minimum of six clubs, or a maximum of eight.
It is planned the elite competition will be backed by impressive State
Both pay-TV channels, Foxtel and Optus will now show games, together with the
PackerChannel Nine deal which expires in 2000.
The Western Reds and Hunter Mariners will disappear, though the entry of the Melbourne
Storm side will balance the numbers.
The duration of the disagreement over who controlled the code was estimated to have cost
News Limited upwards of $800 million.
WALLACE GAIN CONTRACT EXTENSIONS
Geelong added another two years to their appointment of coach GARY AYRES
which will keep him at the Cattery until the end of 2000
the Western Bulldogs
similarly happy with TERRY WALLACE added a further three seasons, also to the end of 2000.
recently retired MARK HARVEY was appointed
assistant coach at Essendon for 1998. Hell join MARK THOMPSON and ROBBIE KERR as
assistants to Kevin Sheedy in the restructured football department
STAN MAGRO is
the new assistant to Gerard Neesham at Fremantle, while BEN ALLEN is now full-time skills
coach of the Dockers
former Roo PETER GERMAN as assistant, joins CHRIS CONNELLY
(development coach) as full-time support to Ken Judge at Hawthorn.
McGUANE was told by Carlton to meet the required fitness level by the start of
Februaryhe has undergone 14 operations during his career (155 games, 1987-97)
MIL HANNA the delisted 190 game (1986-97) Carlton veteran in training at Punt Road and is
a likely pick-up by Richmond in the February draftdepending on their salary cap
JOSE ROMERO signed a new two-year deal with the Bulldogs
SIMON MADDEN the
great Essendon ruckman (378 games 1974-92) joined Melbourne in their widening off-field
MICHAEL VOSS and ALASTAIR LYNCH will co-captain Brisbane again in 1998, with
MATTHEW CLARK as vice-captain
LEIGH MATTHEWS joins the footy team on
SCOTT CROW resolves a weeks-long dispute and re-signs with
the Pies on a one-year deal
AFTER 40 YEARS
Essendon player JOHN BIRT (194 games, 1957-67) is no longer required by Brisbane. Over 40
years, Birt was involved with Carlton, Hawthorn, Footscray, Collingwood, Fitzroy and
Brisbane after the merger.
NORTH & EAGLES
are hot-favourites for the Ansett Australia Cup being quoted at 5/1
in the big one,
West Coast are favourites as 5/1 to win the AFL premiership cup, Adelaide, Saints, North,
Brisbane and the Bombers are ranked equal second favourites at 8/1.
a career which started in 1978, Denis Rich, a veteran of 251 games and three Grand Finals
will not have his contract renewed for season 1998. The AFL is reducing its contract list
of umpires from 44 to 32.
Waller, centre half-back of Collingwoods 1953 premiership passed away January 10
aged 65. He played 86 games, 1953-58 and joins recently departed Magpies, BILL TWOMEY and
|LATER SATURDAY STARTS SCHEDULED
The Sunday Age on January 18 revealed twilight matches will
become a feature of the first half of the AFLs 1998 season.
On Saturdays, 11 games, eight at the MCG, three at Waverley will start at 3.30pm, for a
6pm finish and be telecast on a one-hour delay into the Melbourne market.
As journalist Rohan Connelly noted: Saturday football will never be the same again
In other changes to the AFL draw, Collingwood are now set to play three games at Vic Park
in 98, against the Swans, Freo and Eagles.
for a team from the Northern Territory to enter either the SANFL or the Perth-based Westar
Rules comp in 1999 are on hold pending sponsorship arrangements. Both nine-club comps
would welcome a 10th team to eliminate an annoying bye.
TELECASTS TO EXPAND
and Brisbane seem set to follow the Sydney example of direct telecasts of matches against
the gate. Sydney games have been live through-out their region in recent years, yet have
still played to sellout crowds of 35,000 to 40,000 regularly.
KEVIN SHEEDY, the man who made jacket-waving an art form, was honoured on
Australia Day, January 26th. The 50 -year-old Essendon coach of 400 AFL matches since 1981
was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to football and the community.
Moonee Valley Racing Club conducted the nations first night racing meeting on Monday
January 26the seven race program drew a big crowd of 32,342
MALCOLM BLIGHT was dubbed Adelaide City Councils citizen of the year for 1998, after
taking the Crows to their first AFL title
payment of a $100,000 retirement package
to former Geelong superstar GARY ABLETT almost went to court, but the Cats and player
amicably settle the matter
CRAIG BRADLEY appears a shoe-in for the Carlton 1998
captaincy; he often led the Blues during the frequent absence of recently retired leader
Secretary BILL KELTY will become the eighth commissioner at the AFLs AGM on February
Kelty was the only nomination received following the retirement of the Leagues
chairman John Kennedy. Kelty more recently was also a governor of the Reserve Bank.
Meanwhile, the decision of Graeme Samuel, the long-serving commissioner to serve out his
full three-year term came under challengeCarlton, North and the Pies believe Samuel
has reneged on his decision to resign after the 12 months.
GO TO WAR
of footys biggest transfers took place on January 30 when the Seven Network secured
JASON DUNSTALL and DOUG HAWKINS for their 1998 line-up. Besides losing the two media
stars, Channel Nine also farewelled The Footy Show producer HARVEY SILVER. Channel Seven
and Silver are understood to be planning a new untitled footy variety show to feature
Hawkins and Dunstall, as well as JAMES HIRD and Sevens contracted star WAYNE CAREY.
AFL FINES CATS, TIGERS & PIES
Richmond and Collingwood on Feb 3 were fined for 1997 salary cap breaches. As a result,
the three were precluded from participating in the February 17 pre-season draft.
Carlton however escaped when it was determined the $415,600 court costs of the Greg
Williams challenge would not be included in the Blues salary cap.
Geelong, who breached their cap by $154,000 were fined $77,000source of the excess
was understood to have been contract and injury payments to GARY ABLETT.
The Magpies suffered a $47,500 fine for their $68,000 breach; a fine of $21,000 was
imposed on Richmond who went over the cap by $54,000.
1998s salary cap is $3.275 million.
MEMBERS TO 24,500
things can change!
Just four years ago, the Swans couldnt give a ticket away, and were paying $2500 a
week to get a page in Sydneys Daily Telegraph.
In 1993, their membership was 3097. Sydney have announced they will apply a ceiling of
24,500 members. The Swans have already passed 22,000 and the figure increases daily.
SEAN DENHAM FINED
books were finally closed on the Greg Williams affair when the AFL announced (3rd)
Essendons SEAN DENHAM was fined $3000 for his part. A hearing last September found
Denham guilty of conduct unbecoming when he and Williams engaged in a verbal
confrontation and the end of the Essendon-Carlton game in 1997s first round game at
& ABLETT SPLIT
two-paragraph 46-word statement ended the management arrangements between Flying Start
(Australia) and the retired Geelong superstar GARY ABLETT. The Australian quoted industry
sources saying, Abletts value was now minimal.
QC, TO HEAD TRIBUNAL
League telegraphed that BRIAN COLLIS, QC, will be the next head of the AFL Tribunal.
Collis headed the VFA judiciary from 1988 to 1993.
The formation of the new AFL Appeals board will also be set up soon.
Age reported (6th) that after 18 months of investigation, the AFL are poised to
deliver a bombshell.
Stephen Linnell reported: The issue is whether the money earned by a player while doing a
promotion should be classed as a football payment.
The heart of the matter is how the AFL controls its salary cap and what are true football
It has the potential for being one of the biggest off-field stories of the year. One can
almost hear lawyers ordering more pink ribbon.
HANNA is a casualty of AFL fines imposed on Richmond. Hanna after 12 years with Carlton
(190 games, 1986-97) was training with the Tigers and hoped to continue his career.
Richmond cannot participate in the draft and Hanna is expected to retire
BALME, dumped as Melbourne coach last May is expected to coach The Allies against the Vics
in Brisbane on July 10
PETER SUMICH (514 goals with West Coast) is training in
Adelaide with Sturt and subject to employment opportunities will line-up with the SANFL
Double Blues this season
Fremantles MICHAEL CLARK was the first
knee casualty a reconstruction will be needed
with just 21 games
over his last three seasons, injuries have overtaken 30-year-old MICK McGUANE - he
announced his retirement. McGuane was a member of the 1990 Collingwood premiership and
played 152 games with the Pies. He transferred to Carlton in 1997, but had only three
games with the Blues before suffering injury
LEE WALKER, recovering from his fourth
knee reconstruction was appointed to the Magpies coaching staff
the PERTH FC, born
in 1899 sought assistance from the WAFL for money problems.
internal boardroom war in the AFL Players Association appears to have claimed
executive director PETER ALLEN, their CEO of 18 years.
A review of the AFLPAs structure recommended that Allens position be
advertised, which the Association is expected to do next week.
Allen, is mid-term of a five year contact.
and practice matches started on Friday February 6. A modest 2000 fronted at Waverley to
see Richmond and North in the opener. The suspended JUSTIN CHARLES was a standout
performer for the Tigers with four goals, yet he will sit it out until the 17th round at
least. The trial was noted by the return of Norths MATTHEW CAPUANO after missing the
1997 season with his second knee reconstructionTigers 22.12-144, North 8.13-61
at Waverley, PETER EVERITT after his shoulder operation came through his first big
test when the Saints had their intra-club hit out
in hot and steamy Darwin
conditions on Saturday night, Essendon dominated the NT Buffaloes who failed to major
until the final quarter, ESSENDON 8.10-58, NTFL 4.6-30
NEIL BUSSE TO
new AFL sub-committee was formed with NEIL BUSSE the former Tribunal chairman at its head.
The key focus of the group will be to oversee the critical period of transition as the
second-tier VICTORIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE moves to greater prominence following the demise of
the AFL Reserves at the end of 1999.
REVENUE PASSES $13M
posted a $811,000 profit for 1997 on income of over $13 million. The biggest relief
however arrived in the news that the AFL and former owners MIKE WILLESEE, BASIL SELLERS,
CRAIG KIMBERLEY, PETER WEINERT and JOHN GERAHTY have released the Swans from repaying a
debt of $7 million. Sydney were committed to pay back $2m to the AFL and $5m to former
owners as part of the package which saved the club from extinction in October 1992.
AFL launched several initiatives at a Sydney press conference held at the Regent Hotel on
February 11. The mechanism of the much-awaited Appeal Board was released.
to a Tribunal decision must be lodged by 2pm the following day.
A second tribunal panel of four members, headed by PETER OCALLAGHAN, QC will hear
the case again from scratch as soon as practicable before the
players next scheduled match.
Clubs must pay $5000 costs, which is non-refundable. A further $10,000 must be lodged to
have the case heard and will be refunded if the appeal is upheld.
The Appeal Board may confirm, increase or decrease a decision of the tribunal.
players and officials who breach confidentiality provisions in racial and religious
vilification cases will face fines of up to $40,000. League CEO WAYNE JACKSON announced in
Sydney that players could now have legal representation if appearing before the Tribunal
under the racial vilification rule.
<> A player who breached confidentiality could be fined $10,000 for a
first offence and $20,000 for subsequent offences.
times last year, the process failed when the case became public.
media had a field day when Sydney full-forward TONY LOCKETT signed with ADVANCED HAIR
STUDIO, who are noted for their hair transplants
Melbourne radio men met on
Thursday (12th) to arrange how to cover different starting times of 2.10 and 3.30pm
matches. Days later, the time-honoured rotation system was scrapped, and the ABC, 3AW,
Triple M and Magic 693 will broadcast any match they choose
it was proposed that an
ANSETT CUP game in 1999 be played in DUBAI
Hawthorns JASON DUNSTALL made a
surprise appearance at Waverley and played half-a-game in an intra-club practice. The
1200-goal super-forward (1985-97) is recovering from his second left knee reconstruction
the FINAL EIGHT system is under review often it has been the subject of
criticism, as being confusing and unbalanced
accepting it is still too early for a
second AFL club in Sydney, the League will encourage other clubs to play
additional matches in the Harbour City
LES Salty PARISH who played 87
games (1980-85) as a ruck-rover for Fitzroy passed away on Thursday (12th) at Cobram, aged
Feb 13-15, pre-seasons meetings continued with many star players rested. On
Friday night at Football Park, Port and the Roos staged an aggressive clash which brought
a 20pt win for North 10.11-71 to Port 6.15-51
around 12,000 at Optus Oval saw SEAN
CHARLES (ex-Mel) play a defensive big role in the Blues 36pt win over Collingwood,
13.11-89 to 7.11-53
the two coaches TERRY WALLACE (WB) and NEALE DANIHER (Mel)
tried 54 players in six quartersthe result didnt count, but for the record,
Dogs 18.19-127, Demons 18.17-125
in Newcastle, 7500 in hot conditions saw TONY
LOCKETT kick 4.1 in the first half then retire from the game along with PAUL KELLY and
DARYN CRESSWELL. Sydneys youngsters came back in the last term to down Brisbane
14.13-97 to 12.5-77
Saturday night had 14,271 when JAMES HIRD led the Bombers to 20
point win over Adelaide, 10.11-71 to 6.15-51, crowd 11,993
at Subiaco also on
Saturday night, West Coast posted a big 20.15-135 to down Freo 9.5-59
on Sunday at
North Hobart Oval, the Saints zipped away and led all day from the Tigers, 12.12-84 to
four players were charged from the weekend matches
though distant in
plans, the SANFLs NORWOOD club still aim for an AFL spot as Adelaides third
TRENT CUMMINGS (WCE) became the second senior-listed player to face a knee
reconstruction. While player for Fitzroy in 1996, Cummings had surgery on his other knee
days following his retirement, MICK McGUANE made his radio debut at Carlton with
the 3AW team.
FOR 2001 GRAND FINAL
Premier BOB CARR during talks in Sydney with AFL CEO WAYNE JACKSON offered the Homebush
Olympic Stadium for the 2001 Grand Final.
The one-off suggestion took advantage of the prospect that Melbourne will be granted the
2006 Commonwealth Games.
Redevelopment of facilities at the MCG may lower its capacity to as little as 60,000 for
one season. The MCC pointed out; construction to replace the Olympic Stand built in 1956
is unlikely to begin until 2003. A further factor was, the MCC and the AFL have an
agreement to play the jewel event at the MCG until 2032.
revenue climbs to $83m; profit $13.7m
101st Annual General Meeting of the AFL was conducted on February 17.
Revenue for the 1997 season was a record $83 million, which resulted in an operating
profit of $13.7m, up 5,000 from 1996.
For the first time in years, the League is debt free, recording net assets of $50m, with
$38m of that being the value of the Waverley Park facility. Debt reduction was assisted by
the television rights payment of $20m from the Channel Seven Network.
Preliminary forecasts indicate the 16 member clubs will each receive a distribution of
$2.22m in 1999, increasing to $2.42m in 2000.
11 SELECTED IN
pre-season draft was conducted on Tuesday morning (17th). As expected, JAMIE SHANAHAN and
JOEL SMITH were the first two players named. Eleven were selected in the following order
||JAMIE SHANAHAN (StK)
||JOEL SMITH (StK)
||MATTHEW BODE (Glenelg)
||ADAM COGHLAN (Sandringham)
||DAMIEN HOULIHAN (Tatura)
||SCOTT TAYLOR (West.B'dogs)
||MATTHEW CARR (East Fremantle)
||JASON DANILTCHENKO (North Melb)
||BRADY ANDERSON (East Perth)
||JAMIE ELLIOTT (St Kilda)
||HAYDEN KILMARTIN (East Fremantle)
SANFL DISTRIBUTES $3,780,000
The SA National Football League, holders of the two AFL licences, had an
operating surplus of $5,887,967 for 1997assets are $14,099,853.
A surplus of $3,780,000 was distributed to the nine member SANFL clubs, a rise of 23.5%
SITS FOR FIRST TIME
Kildas BARRY HALL became the first player to be suspended for the year. Hall was
found guilty on Tuesday (17th) at the first sitting of the new Tribunal chaired by BRIAN
COLLIS, QC. Hall received a three match holiday for kneeing Michael Gale (Rch) in the head
wresting charges against GAVIN WANGANEEN (PA) and JOSH ROBERTSON (NM) were
adjourned. The booking against BRENT GREEN (Syd) was withdrawn.
Further video evidence resulted in charges against Wanganeen being upgraded. When the case
was heard on Thursday, Wanganeen was found guilty of striking Robertson (NM) and suspended
for three matches.
The 1993 Brownlow medalist who has played 147 games (1990-97) was twice suspended for one
week last season, once for striking, once for charging.
The first charges of 1998 were heard on the same day as figures were released showing that
umpires or the AFL laid a record 164 reports last year. The previous highest figure of 135
cases occurred in 1987.
BRADLEY was appointed captain of Carltonhis deputy will be STEPHEN SILVAGNI
the Dockers will loose HEATH BLACK for the early season following groin surgery
FILA, a new player in the football boot market have upped the ante by signing several
prominent players to contracts worth up to $90,000. Geelongs LEIGH COLBERT is the
latest, joining Fraser Gehrig (WCE), Michael OLoughlin (Syd), Glen Archer (NM) and
Adam Heuskes (PA) with the player-manager RON JOSEPH prominent in all negotiations with
the Italian manufacturer
1998 ANSETT CUP UNDER WAY
The opening Cup game played at North Hobart Oval on Saturday (21) provided
two leads for the seasonCarlton are likely to struggle, and the Roos will again be a
power. Without the injured McKernan, the Kangas ran away with a 45pt win, North 17.17-119,
Carlton 11.8-74, crowd 10,000
Sunday was a big day when the Newlands Cricket Ground
in Cape Town hosted the first official AFL match played outside of Australia. To the
awesome backdrop of Table Mountain, Brisbane grabbed the first quarter initiative and were
never headed, Lions 18.17-125, Fremantle 16.7-103. The crowd was posted as a generous
in other practice matches; the Bulldogs at Waverley were slick on every line
and broke the game open with a seven goal third quarter. The Saints woes continued
when star forward JASON HEATLEY was booked for charging MATTHEW ROBBINS (WB) in the first
term, Dogs 18.12-120, Saints 12.10-82
at Alberton Oval (8,465), the Demons
fell down up forward and Port were good winners in a tightly-fought trial, Port 11.11-77,
about 8,000 were at Macquarie University in Sydney where Essendon
won a scrappy hit out from the Swans, 10.5-65 to 6.16-52. The focus was on MATTHEW LLOYD
who kicked six goals, while TONY (half-a-game) LOCKETT kicked four in the
space of 11 minutes in the second term
at Victoria Park, BRETT SPINKS for a second
week showed the Cats may have found a new forward. His four goals were the difference,
against the Hawks, Geelong 13.9-87, Hawthorn 8.8-56
INJURIES TO McKERNAN & CROCKER
North coach DENIS PAGAN admitted in Hobart that COREY McKERNAN, his key
forward-ruckman will miss at least six weeks with a stress fracture to his right leg.
Adding to the Arden Street toll, DARREN CROCKER came away from the Cup game in Hobart with
suspected damage to the medial ligament of his right knee.
PLANS FOR A HOBART STADIUM
The TFL is fighting to obtain Federal Government funding for a 25,000-seat
stadium at Hobart Showgrounds for AFL football. Should TFL delegates vote to proceed with
the $35 million dream, North Melbourne may be one of the first to play regular games in
Hobart. The Roos are keen to play scheduled games outside of Victoria to maximise their
return from gates.
Hawthorn in a meeting with consultants ARTHUR ANDERSEN are still pursuing
their options to retain Waverley Park
AFL gm of footy ops, IAN COLLINS, will
recommend the South African venture of an Ansett Cup game be continued in 1999
SHEEHAN in The Herald Sun (21st) named his Top 50 for 1998. Heading his rankings
were: WAYNE CAREY (NM), then JAMES HIRD (Ess), ROBERT HARVEY (StK), GLENN JAKOVICH (WCE)
and CHRIS GRANT (WB)
TIGERS HIT INJURIES IN ADELAIDE
Richmond lost five players in their Cup match on Monday night (23) in
AdelaideMATTHEW RICHARD-SON (left elbow), BRETT EVANS (fractured cheekbone), JOEL
BOWDEN (broken right collarbone), DUNCAN KELLAWAY (broken nose) and NICK DAFFY (sprained
ankle). The Tigers also had the game stolen from them in the last half-minute of play,
ADELAIDE 17.10-112 to RICHMOND 15.18-108, crowd 17,953
TFL LOSE MAJOR SPONSOR
Launceston brewers J Boag & Son, sponsors of the TFL for the past 12
seasons withdrew their valuable $200,000 sponsorship on the eve of the 1998 season. The
AFL who already support Tasmanian football each year with $500,000 may have to fill the
breach if a new sponsor is not found.
ROCK GETS TWO WEEKS
ROCK (NM) was found guilty of striking Ron De Iulio (Car) and suspended for two games.
Rocks only previous booking was in a 1993 practice match when he received one week
for Andrew Gowers (Haw)
St Kilda forward JASON HEATLEY was cleared of
charging Matthew Robbins (WB)
PAUL DIMATTINA (WB) was found not guilty
of striking Ryan OCallaghan (StK) in a reserve grade trial.
ANSETT CONTINUE SPONSORSHIP
Ansett Australia confirmed it will sponsor the pre-season competition into
CLUBS ADD THEIR ROOKIES
The AFL Rookie Draft was held on Tuesday (24) at the MCG. LINCOLN
REYNOLDS, grandson to triple Brownlow medalist of the Thirties Dick Reynolds, wound up
with the Bulldogs, after Essendon took South Fremantles DEAN RIOLI, the nephew of
former Tiger great Maurie Rioli with their first selection.
Up to six rookies were named by some clubs.
COUNT IN SYDNEY
premier BOB CARR beat the AFLs official release when on Wednesday (25th)
mornings John Laws program on 2UE he announced the 1999 Brownlow Medal presentation
would be held in Sydney.
The NSW Government would pay the AFL $200,000 for the privilege of hosting the television
The jilted Victorian premier JEFF KENNETT with chest-thumping quotes initially overlooked
the fact, the one true national football competition was moving to further
consolidate its newly-won presence in dominant rugby territory.
Sydney since 1993 have held a Night they won the Brownlow event. Last year
more than 1,400 attended the Darling Harbour Convention Centre when BOB SKILTON was the
EAGLES SOAR OVER LATE MAGPIES
Glen Jakovich and Peter Matera were outstanding in West Coasts
Wednesday night 54pt demolition of Collingwood at Subiaco, 13.12-90 to 5.6-36.
The Magpies decision to travel to Perth on the same day for the Ansett Cup match
backfired and breached AFL guidelines.
The first flight from Tullamarine was delayed, then abandoned. Collingwoods transfer
to another flight landed them in Perth with less than three hours to spareand into
hot water, and a possible $20,000 fine.
Geelong reappointed BARRY STONEHAM as captain for a third seasonlast
years deputies Michael Mansfield, Leigh Colbert and Liam Pickering were retained
REX GORELL resigned as director of the Geelong club. Gorell, also a vice-prez was a
key figure when NEIL KING departed the Kardinia Park CEO post last October
Australian Tax Office is winding up its audit of the 16 AFL clubs. However, the tax
affairs of many key players will continue
CAMPBELLTOWN, a Sydney outer-suburban
club are making six-figure overtures to retired super-forward GARY ABLETTthe Towners
play in the ACT AFL competition
SPONSOR CRISIS FOR PIES
Last October, Collingwood trumpeted the record $3 million sponsorship deal
with VIATEL COMMUNICATIONS. It has now been revealed the Viatel figurehead JOHN MASSEY has
worked under three different names and there are a series of questions to his substance.
WEEKEND ANSETT CUP GAMES
The First Round Ansett Cup matches were completed on Friday at
Footy Park (17,024) PETER EVERITT was the big man difference as the SAINTS 18.11-119
posted a 20pt win over PORT 14.15-99
MATTHEW LLOYD kicked five in the first term
and 10.2 for the night when ESSENDON 19.11-125 demolished HAWTHORN on Saturday night at
Waverley for 34,536 fans Lloyds effort equalled the best in the night series
by PETER SCHOFIELD (NM) versus South, 59-1R-AP, PETER McKENNA (Col) v Fit, 68-1R-AP and
MICHAEL ROACH (Rch) v Swan Districts, 82-QF-P
at the tiny Basin Reserve in
Wellington NZ on Sunday afternoon, 7,820 saw the Demons out-play the more-fancied Swans
and record a 12pt win, MELBOURNE 15.15-105, SYDNEY 14.9-93
on Monday night at
Waverley (10,509) the Bulldogs crushed the Cats by 63pts, WEST. BDOGS 22.12-144,
|VIATEL AND PIES SPLIT
The first week of March witnessed the messy divorce of Collingwood and
Viatel. In the media last October, Viatel were touted as part of a $3 million three-year
deal, as the biggest sponsorship in footy.
By March 4, the break was complete but far from over.
KEVIN ROSE, Collingwood president, on the 5th confirmed PRIMUS Communications as the
clubs major sponsor for 1998. At the same time, the Pies sued Viatel for $201,338.
The writ served March 5th stated the total value of the contract with Viatel was $1.45m
over three yearsfar less than the $3m first claimed.
UMPIRES ACTION THROUGH IRC
A hearing in the Industrial Relations Court on March 31 will determine if
the IRC have jurisdiction to hear applications lodged by umpires DENIS RICH and MARK
PRINCE. The two umpires did not have their contracts renewed when the AFL reduced lists
from 44 to 32 ...
TRIBUNALTWO FOR SHANE ELLIS
SHANE ELLIS (WB) was suspended for two matches for striking Brenton
Sanderson (Gee)it was described as reckless contact with the head. It
was Ellis third guilty verdict in less than 12 months.
MICHAEL SYMONS (Ess) and DANIEL CHICK (Haw) were each fined $1500 for wrestling. Tribunal
chairman BRIAN COLLIS said the recent tribunal tradition of dividing a players
salary into 52 weeks has been abandoned.
A new US cable channel, FOX Sports World will televise a Saturday AFL
match live, with another match, plus the one-hour highlights package as part of their 1998
KATRINA PRESSLEY became the first woman to be appointed to an
official AFL match. Shell only be a reserve in the Adelaide v Brisbane Ansett Cup
game, but a full appointment is expected soon. At 27, Katrina is one of six (four goals,
two boundaries) female umpires from the QSFL.
|FIRST MORNING MATCH SINCE 1938
Rescheduling of the North v Port game in August will bring the AFLs
first morning game since 1938.
The R18 fixture will be moved from the MCG to Manuka Oval in Canberra. An 11.40am start
will enable to game to be televised live into Melbourne and Adelaide.
The only previous morning games were in 1899, 1920 and 1938.
BOB KUPSCH, a
Collingwood member of their 1955 and 1956 grand final sides passed away March 3
Finals were conducted in four contests over Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, March 6-7-8-9
to a seven goals to one second term, the Lions on Friday night ran out 55pt winner over
the Crows at the Gabba, BRISBANE 18.17-125 (Lappin 5) ADELAIDE 10.10-70 (crowd: 11,871)
on Grand Prix
eve a disappointing 30,850 at the MCG saw North produce a stunning last half, kicking 12
goals to one to slam the Bombers by 47pts, NORTH 16.14-110, ESSENDON 8.15-63
full-strength St Kilda surged into the semis when it thrashed an inexperienced West
Coast by 98pts on Sunday night at Waverley (15,817), SAINTS 24.18-162 (Loewe 5), EAGLES
10.4-64 (McIntosh 4)
on Monday night at Waverley (13,537) in a tough-nut affair,
Melbourne maintained their return to form with a 24pt victory over the Western Bulldogs,
DEMONS 13.10-88, DOGS 9.10-64
In an extended trial of six quarters involving 76 players on Saturday at
Waverley, Geelong used 42 senior-listed players and rookies before losing to Sydney,
12.12-84 to 11.15-81
on Sunday at Tatura for 6000 fans, COLLINGWOOD 13.10-88 pipped
goals in the last two minutes at Fremantle Oval produced a tight
win for PORT ADELAIDE 13.8-86 over FREMANTLE 10.12-72 the heated last quarter drew
a close video review ...
|BIG WEEK AT THE TRIBUNAL
The AFL Tribunal on Tuesday heard the first cases from the
weekendBRAD SHOLL (Gee) was suspended four matches for striking Brad McMahon (Syd)
CHRIS JOHNSON (Bri) was outed one match for striking a QAFL player in a reserve
grade practice match between the Lions and Morningside in Brisbane
MARTIN PIKE (NM)
was fined $1500 for making an insulting gesture towards field umpire Hayden Kennedy.
Hearings on Wednesday, resulted in DAVID SCHWARZ (Mel) received a one match suspension for
tripping Matthew Robbins (WB)
a striking charge against BRETT MONTGOMERY (WB) was
NIGEL SMART (Ade) on a video striking charge escaped a penalty. His
teammate BRETT JAMES (Ade) however was found guilty of striking Luke Power (Bri) with an
arm to the face, and received a two-match suspension. MICK MARTYN (NM) on a video charge
of wresting James Hird (Ess) had his case withdrawn. Martyns advocate BERT GAUDION
said the incident should never have been brought to the attention of the
tribunalciting the late, great wrestling commentatorI doubt whether Jack
Little would have had time to even clear his throat.
A video review of the final quarter of the Freo-Port trial resulted in citings of
MARK GALE (Fre), JOSH FRANCOU (PA) and a further eight players, including Port skipper
GAVIN WANGANEEN for engaging in a melee. These charges will be heard on Monday March 16.
Comments made by Port coach JOHN CAHILL on Adelaide radio were also under scrutiny.
DAVID LEVENS, the former AFL umpires coach received a payout for losing
his job, however details were confidential. The 49-year-old Levens hopes to continue a
career in sport
DAVID GRENVOLD at 32 was asked to stay at Windy Hill as captain of
JOE MISITI (broken jaw), BARRY YOUNG (a home knee injury) and STEVEN
ALESSIO (foot stress fracture) add to the long-term injury list at Essendon which also
includes MARK MERCURI, DARREN BEWICK, MICHAEL LONG and BLAKE CARACELLA
unveiled a radical new strip to be worn by GEELONG in all away matches. Prominent are the
three bands of club sponsor adidas and the GFC logo. FORD also feature on the blue back
with a white number
JASON DUNSTALL will lead HAWTHORN for a fourth seasonPaul
Salmon, Shane Crawford and Nick Holland will be his deputies
the AFL PLAYERS
ASSOCIATION on Tuesday (10th) held an interstate video meeting with members. Club captains
and delegates discussed the present unrest of changes with the AFLPA executive.
NORWICH PRIZE BOOSTED TO $20,000
Prize-money for the AFLs baby Brownlow was boosted. The
Norwich Rising Star Award will now carry an investment portfolio worth $20,000.
|UMPIRES THREATEN STRIKE ACTION
Though the AFL denied strike action was likely, IAN COLLINS, AFL head of
football operations addressed field umpires at their Waverley training session on Thursday
The AFL Umpires Association are unhappy with the AFLs response to their call
for a new collective bargaining agreement.
Former umpire DENIS RICH said, in 1997 the average field umpire earned $21,000
players received an average of $91,448.00.
ANSETT CUP SEMI-FINALS
North surged to their second Ansett Cup Grand Final in four years, with
another dominating last half on a wet Waverley surface on Friday night (13th). The Roos
were the masters over Brisbane in the low-scoring conditions, NORTH 14.16-100, LIONS
8.7-55 (crowd: 10,015)
on Saturday evening at the Park for 28,054, conditions were
clearer as the Saints with a rattling last term of 7.2 despatched the Demons by 37pts, ST
KILDA 15.12-102, MELBOURNE 9.11-65 (Farmer 5)
Saturday practice gamesat Berri (7,512) Geelong 10.9-69 defeated Adelaide 5.16-46
at Football Park (7,700) Port 15.10-100 d Haw 14.8-92
at Waverley, WCE
11.9-75 pipped Rch 10.12-72
while in Canberra at Football Park (8,247), Syd
18.10-118 d Ess 10.11-71
on Sunday at Bendigos QEO, Carlton for 11,000 fans
too good for the Bulldogs, 15.17-107 to 10.15-75, as were the Pies who downed Fremantle at
Vic Park, 20.9-129 to 7.9-51
FURTHER INJURIES FOR TIGERS
DAVID BOURKE with a dislocated shoulder suffered at Waverley against the
Eagles has been ruled out for at least six weekshe will have an arthroscope
MATT RICHARDSON on Saturday (14) had metal plates inserted to his left elbow after a break
in Adelaide on Feb 23
|TRIBUNAL RESERVES ITS DECISION
The AFL Tribunal sitting on Monday (16) reserved its decision on 10
players involved in a 30-second melee in the last quarter of the Freo-Port practice game
on March 8. All had pleaded not guilty. Umpire MARK NASH from a video review charged Gavin
Wanganeen, Brayden Lyle, Michael Wilson and Josh Francou from Port, and Jess Sinclair,
Scott Chisholm, Greg Harding, Shaun McManus, Gary Dhurrkay and Mark Gale from Freo.
TRIBUNAL FINES AND
The March 16 sitting heard other cases. FABIAN FRANCIS (PA)
was outed one match when found guilty of kicking Luke McCabe (Haw) in the trial game at
Football Park (14). It was the first charge Francis had faced in a career dating back to
one game with Melbourne in 1991. The small penalty was declared at the bottom end of
From a wrestling charge, to which both pleaded guilty, rookie BRIAN DODD (Fre) was fined
$600 and PETER BURGOYNE (PA) $1200.
Also from the Freo-Port practice game, JOSH FRANCOU (PA) and MARK GALE (Fre) both pleaded
not guilty to wrestling. Each however were fined $1500 for the offence.
STAB KICKS ...
FREMANTLE protested to the condition of the visitors dressing rooms
at Vic Parka familiar, even old-fashioned complaint from last Sunday included
no hot water in the Dockers room after the match
a groin injury to MARK
MERENDA adds him the Richmond tally
the AFL have given Port coach JOHN CAHILL until
Monday (23) to explain comments made on Adelaide radio; he faces a fine of up to $5000
UMPIRES STRIKE AVERTED
An opening round strike by umpires was averted at a two-hour Monday
meeting with the League. A new agreement is said to be close.
VINEY REPLACES LYON AS CAPTAIN
TODD VINEY replaced GARRY LYON as captain of Melbourne. Lyon had led the
Demons in 117 games over seven seasons (1991-97), the equal in time of ROBERT FLOWER, 127
matches (1981-87). Glenn Lovett and David Neitz will be deputies to Viney. A back injury
has restricted Lyon to 11 games in the past two seasons.
|TRIBUNAL FINES OF $27,000
The AFL Tribunal reconvened on Wednesday (18) and delivered its verdict on the Freo-Port
Fines totalling $27,000 were handed out to 10 guilty players
$5000 GAVIN WANGANEEN (PA)
$4000 SCOTT CHISHOLM (Fre)
$3000 BRAYDEN LYLE (PA)
$3000 GARY DHURRKAY (Fre)
$2000 JOSH FRANCOU (PA)
$2000 MICHAEL WILSON (PA)
$2000 MARK GALE (Fre)
$2000 JESS SINCLAIR (Fre)
$2000 SHAUN McMANUS (Fre)
$2000 GREG HARDING (Fre)
It recalled the $55,000 of fines which resulted from the Ade-Gee game of Friday April 12
1996. Six Geelong and four Adelaide players had been fined amounts from $3000 to $5000,
and then both clubs were each fined $10,000.
STAB KICKS ...
COLLINGWOOD having talks with a public relations firm, in a move to raise
the shoulder injury to DAVID BOURKE (Rch) may side-line him all the
Bulldog on-baller MARK WEST with a shoulder injury will not play until
Pie prez KEVIN ROSE responding to flak over Vic Park facilities said the
SCG visitors rooms were the worst in the AFL Rose was unaware the SCG Trust have
just spent $580,000 upgrading visiting team facilities; slightly more than the $200,000 to
be outlayed at the crumbling Abbotsford venue
JOHN WORSFOLD was named captain of
West Coast for an eighth successive season. Worsfold at 29 on 192 games (1987-97), will be
the longest serving captain in the AFL. As expected, GUY McKENNA was appointed the
million over five years
AFL to invest in NSW future
The long-awaited NSW Task Force report is likely to call for an AFL investment of up to
The Age (March 20) said: The request is among key recommendations contained in
a report prepared by the leagues NSW development taskforce, headed by an AFL
Commissioner, Mr Terry OConnor.
The taskforce has just finished the report national footballs most important
document since the 1992 Crawford Report - after nine months of submissions and
investigations. It includes objectives and a development plan for the next 20 to 30 years.
The Age believes that the report, to be assessed by the full AFL Commission during
the next month, acknowledges that if the plan fails after five years, AFL funding should
be severely cut Stephen Linnell.
steals the show
A quality performance by North champion WAYNE CAREY sealed the Ansett Cup for the Kangas
in the night Grand Final played at Waverley on Saturday night March 21.
Carey produced a great final quarter effort, in which he kicked four of his five goals,
leading North to a 14pt victory over a capable St Kilda outfit. Carey finished with 27
possessions, including nine marks.
The Saints led by 34pts early in the third term, but North illustrated a never-give-in
desire and with a great team effort led by Carey and ably assisted by Fremantle import
WINSTON ABRAHAM, the Roos turned the game around with a dominating finish.
The match was played in a superb spirit by both sides to a large crowd of 63,760.
In the winning side, JOHN BLAKEY (NM) made his 32nd night appearance and equalled the game
record of CHRIS LANGFORD (Haw).
Both North and the Saints are certain front-runners for the main premiership season.
Carey 5, Abraham 3, Blakey 2, Grant 2, Scott, Sholl. STK: Loewe 5, Sierakowski 2, Everitt
2, Jones, Winmar, Keogh, Sziller, Hall. BEST: NM: Carey, Abraham, Pike, Archer, A.Stevens,
Grant. STK: Jones, Loewe, Sziller, Lappin, Winmar.
MICHAEL TUCK MEDAL
Wayne Carey (North Melb)
Umpires: Kennedy, Sheehan, Howlett.
FINAL PRACTICE GAMES
In advance of the premiership opening the final practice matches were
played on Saturday (21st) at Optus Oval, the free-scoring Essendon 21.8-134 whipped
Carlton 8.6-54 GARY MOORCROFT with five goals added lustre to the Dons potent
forward brigade which already boasts JAMES HIRD and MATTHEW LLOYD
sweltering heat (30-plus) at Campbelltown's Monarch Field, the reigning premiers Adelaide
suffered injuries to MATTHEW ROBRAN and ROD JAMESON and another blow when the Swans game
clicked, 12.5-77 to 5.9-39
at Kardinia Park, Hawthorn's JASON DUNSTALL took five
marks and kicked two goals in a trial which pleased both coachesGeelong 10.10-70
clipped the visitors 9.10-64
the former Kanga JASON DANILTCHENKO now with the
Hawks, had his left knee buckle in the last quartera reconstruction is certain to
end his season; Jason previously had surgery to his right knee
ALAN JOYCE, former Hawthorn and Footscray coach joined Fremantle as their
North named WAYNE CAREY as captain for a sixth-straight
season deputies will be Glen Archer, Corey McKernan, David King and Peter Bell
WAYNE CAREY after a blow to his kidneys in the Cup grand final passed
bloodtests cleared him, but he failed to train on Monday night
make moves to secure the future of MICHAEL MALTHOUSE, their dual-premiership coach since
1990his present deal ends this year
Age footy kick-off
Kelty fires the passion
New AFL Commissioner BILL KELTY delivered a landmark speech when The Age launched
the 1998 season at a luncheon for 450 at Melbourne's Crown Casino on Monday (23rd).
Kelty, a former ACTU topper is an unashamed Essendon supporter since his boyhood days of
Brunswick and standing in the outer at Windy Hill.
In an inspired delivery, Kelty spoke of how the game had sustained a nation through the
Depression and expressed
"It is part of the character of this society, Australian football.
It is just not a sport, it is part of the fabric which makes this country."
"Australian Football must always be the people's game. To make it the people's game
means big grounds, it means free-to-air television. Otherwise, it will be a game not any
longer for the battlers. but a game for the rich and privileged. And when it is that it is
no longer the people's game."
PATRICK SMITH reviewing Kelty's words: Kelty is just one voice on the commission, which is
a tough mix of business men. Just how loudly he will be heard only time will tell. But if
the commissioners are smart, they'll be all ears."
UMPIRES SEAL A DEAL
An agreement running until October 31 2000 was sealed between the AFL
Umpires Association and the League on March 23.
Umpires who earned about $30,000 last year will enjoy increases for some senior members to
receive up to $90,000 in the year 2000. In addition to gaining injury payments and an
allowance for attending tribunal and appeal hearings, the League will also contribute
$30,000 to create a secretariat for the AFLUA and the establishment of a provident fund.
No action will be taken over comments made by Port Adelaide coach JOHN
CAHILL to recent treatment of Port Power skipper GAVIN WANGANEEN and the Tribunal.
figures revealed 43% of Sydney members are women. Recognising their female supporter base,
the Swans are offering two $10,000 scholarships, one for further studies, the second to a
promising female athlete
the Demons announced (25) the Korean multinational LG
ELECTRONICS would become the major naming sponsor of the MELBOURNE club for the next three
years in a deal worth $2.5 millionToohey's, the previous major sponsor is to be
a five-month gap when no AFL players were tested was closed when a
new agreement was signed with the AUSTRALIAN SPORTS DRUG AGENCY
which provided Tony Shaw and the Rocca brothers to Collingwood withdrew from the Diamond
Valley League due to a lack of players. Days later Edwards Lake, the stamping ground of
the Lakies was closed, after all the ducks died
OVERSEAS GAMES ON HOLD
AFL chief WAYNE JACKSON ruled out the playing of premiership matches
outside of Australia "as far as we can see
Speaking at a Rotary lunch (25th) he said a repeat of the overseas Ansett Cup games would
not be staged unless there was a long-term strategic reason to do so.
Jackson also noted: "Merely maintaining the status quo in NSW, Victoria and the other
states will not take our sport to a position of primacy. If we are going to defend our
position as a national competition, then we must grow grass-roots football throughout the
whole of Australia and particularly in NSW and Queensland."
to TFL and VFL
Stephen Linnell in The Age reported on March 25 that AFL funding for the TFL in
1998 would increase from $460,000 to $950,000. The TFL recently lost BOAG'S Brewery, their
major sponsor of 12 years. The Tassy comp for 1998 will become the "CHICKENFEED
A VFL subcommittee (headed by Neil Busse) is to recommend any Victorian footballers
wishing to break into AFL ranks only be drafted from the new VFL, or the elite Under 18
On the demise of the AFL Reserves at the end of 1999, the League is expected to be asked
for up to $4 million to fund the new VFL. The second-tier VFL is expected to be made up of
eight Melbourne-based clubs and four from country regions including Ballarat, Bendigo and
the Ovens and Murray.
The VAFA suggested the limitation of the draft to only the VFL might suffer by a court
challenge, as a restraint of trade. The restriction may discriminate against country and
metropolitan league players who were capable of playing AFL football.
night thriller starts 1998
'Twilight' matches introduced
The Bulldogs whip the Lions
Crows fail again at Carlton
ROUND 1 Fri-Sat-Sun, March 27-28-29.
MILESTONES North and West Coast opened the new season on Friday night at
the G for a below-expectation 27,150 fans. North in their 250th game at the MCG served up
West Coasts 100th League defeat
the first 3.40pm start twilight game was played on Saturday at the MCG
JOHN BLAKEY played his 250th (Fit 135, 1985-92, now 115 with NM)
four reached their century of games bringing up
1500 players to play 100 matches since 1897 PETER CAVEN (Fit 39, Syd 18, now Ade
43), DUNCAN KELLAWAY (Rch), DREW BANFIELD (WCE), ROHAN SMITH (WB)
four also reached
50 games, JUSTIN MURPHY (Rch 12, now Car 38), SCOTT CROW (Haw 13, now Col 37), RYAN
OCONNOR (Ess), JARRAD SCHOFIELD (WCE).
<||> The Roos and
the Eagles played another of their gritty, take-no-prisoners style of contest for 27,150
fans at the G. In the third term it seemed as though the effects of the short time-span
between their Ansett Cup triumph would make North pay dearly, in spite of the $104,000
prize money they gained six days before. The Roos were gone yet they
fought back doggedly to gain a thrilling final goal victory when Adam Simpsons
left-foot snap bounced through. After the match North coach Denis Pagan said: It was
a touch of grand larceny. The versatile CRAIG SHOLL (five goals) was an inspiration.
WAYNE CAREY was checked by GLEN JAKOVICH, but Sholl provided the alternative avenue North
desperately needed NORTH 15.13-103 (Sholl 5) best, Sholl, Archer, King, WEST COAST
15.11-101 (Ball 4) best, Peter Matera, Ball, Cousins.
missing six of their premiership side had a great start and looked the goods
in another contest at Carlton. The Blues to that stage had played terrible football and
deservedly trailed the Crows by 27pts.
On the Blues performance, Charles Happell of The Age reported: One pattern
of play late in the first quarter summed up their misery: Andrew McKay missed a teammate
with a regulation handball in the centre of the ground, Matthew Allen then fumbled,
skipper Craig Bradley followed suit, and then Aaron Hamill spilled a chest mark. It was a
bloopers tape special.
The Blues staged a remarkable last-half recovery sparked by ANTHONY KOUTOUFIDES, while
BRETT RATTEN was fantastic in the middle. It was only a 10pt margin at the finish but
another worrying seventh loss in-a-row capitulation for the Crows who had looked certain
winners, CARLTON 10.13-73 (Koutoufides 3) best, Koutoufides, Ratten, Manton, ADELAIDE
9.9-63, best, Caven, Ricciuto, Bickleycrowd: 20,747.
<||> The fans gave
tentative approval of the first twilight game as 47,628 turned out at the MCG
for the 3.40pm bounce-down. The result of the historic event was a comfortable 39pt win
for Collingwood. Hawthorn may have snatched a two point lead at half-time but in the last
half it was a canter for the Pies. Overall, NATHAN BUCKLEY from the midfield was in superb
touch with 10 marks and three goals. More than any other player, Buckley gave the Woods a
flying start. Jake Niall of The Age predicted:
while the Hawks remain
favourites for the spoon, the Pies and their supporters can dare be hopeful.
Hawk captain JASON DUNSTALL returned from his second knee repair and kicked four goals
from limited chances, while SAV ROCCA was robust but off-target with 4.5 for the day,
COLLINGWOOD 18.15-123 (S.Rocca 4) best, Buckley, Crosisca, Schauble, HAWTHORN 12.12-84
(Dunstall 4) best, Taylor, McCabe, S.Crawford.
<||> Waverley Park on Saturday turned on some of its well-known
features of rain and high winds, with 23 of the 30 goals kicked to the
scoreboard end. ROBERT HARVEY (StK) was taken out of the game in the first two minutes
when the Brownlow medalist received a heavy tackle, and retired with suspected broken
ribs. St Kilda were a class above a mistake-prone and injury-struck Geelong, starting
their campaign with a three-goal win, ST KILDA 17.7-109 (Loewe 4) best, Cripps, Brown,
Peckett, GEELONG 13.13-91 (Spinks 4) best, Sanderson, Hocking, Spinkscrowd: 34,323.
<||> On the
Saturday night game at the Gabba (18,788) Tim Atkinson in The Age said: The
Lions were made to look like a flea-bitten circus act by the speedy and talkative Western
The Western Bulldogs in humid conditions were too committed and with the effective SCOTT
WEST (33 touches) in sparkling form, they scored the biggest win of the round.
Nothing the Lions tried could stem the thrashing, WEST.BDOGS 17.16-118,
bestS.West, Croft, Dent, BRISBANE 10.12-72, bestAshcroft, Hart, M.Voss.
Swans won their first opening round contest since 1990 in the Sunday clash with Port at
Footy Park (31,230). Opening with two STUART MAXFIELD goals in the first 90 seconds, an
on-target Sydney raced away to lead by 39pts midway in the third term, when they had 18.2
on the board. Port Adelaide turned the battle into a contest and within a quarter drew
within one point of the visitors. TONY LOCKETT provided the breathing space and the Swans
with a tight victory by seven points, SYDNEY 20.4-124 (Filandia 5.0, Lockett 4) best,
Filandia, Roos, Kelly, PORT 17.15-117 (Eagleton 4, Burgoyne 4) best, Eagleton, Burgoyne,
<||> In a
crowd-pleasing tussle for 70,200 on Sunday at the MCG, Essendon controlled three-quarters
of the contest, then were overrun by a ferocious bunch of Tigers who had 103 disposals to
62 in the last term. The Bombers with a considerable injury list failed to live up to
expectations. To balance the equation, Richmonds forward line will be boosted when
MATTHEW RICHARDSON returns, RICHMOND 14.19-103best, Knights, Campbell, B.Gale,
ESSENDON 13.11-89 (Lloyd 4) best, ODonnell, Hardwick, Fletcher.
Perth heat of 32 degrees, the Dockers lost both their captain and vice-captain, PETER MANN
and STEPHEN OREILLY before the game. Freo seemed to be digging a grave for itself in
the lush Subiaco turf and the Demons seemed likely to turn things around for their new
coach Neale Daniher. However the heat took its toll on the visitors and mid-game the
Dockers with nine-straight goals took control and surged away for a 23pt win. TRAVIS
JOHNSTONE (Mel) and BRAD DODD (Fre) were the pick of the rookies, but JIM STYNES (Mel) in
his 241st consecutive game showed theres a lot of life left in the Irishman,
FREMANTLE 13.6-84 (Waterhouse 5) best, Kickett, Bandy, Waterhouse, MELBOURNE
8.13-61best, Schwarz, Neitz, Vineycrowd: 18,155.
FROM THE ROUND
opening round drew 268,221far lower than predictions
TONY LOCKETT (Syd) had
two goals disallowed at Footy Parkthe first right on half-time when umpires ruled he
had played on after the siren. The second came in the dying seconds of the last term, when
Plugger was ruled to have received a thrown ball from Craig OBrien
HARVEY (StK) on Sunday was cleared of broken ribs but is unlikely to be fit for the Round
2 clash against the Bombers
FILANDIA (Syd) returning from two knee reconstructions, kicked 5.0 versus Port
WILLIAMS, the retired 250-gamer is now a skills coach at Carlton. He has one more match to
serve of his nine-week suspension before he can take the field in an AFL game. Greg will
be clear in time for the Round 3 clash on East Mondayagainst Essendon
At Mondays hearing, GLENN FREEBORN (NM) was suspended for two weeks
when found guilty of striking John Worsfold (WCE)
BRAD SCOTT (Bri) was cleared of
the charge of striking Scott West (WB).
DARREN JARMAN (Ade): Following viewing of video evidence e on Monday, his charge of
striking Scott Camporeale was withdrawn by umpires.
On Monday, following media coverage, the Brisbane club officially lodged a complaint
against an incident involving TONY LIBERATORE (WB).
|DAVID SMORGON BLASTS MEDIA
Trial by media is bad enough. Conviction
by the media is reprehensible.
Western Bulldogs prez DAVID SMORGON made these comments after a 90 minute AFL Tribunal
hearing on April 1 found TONY LIBERATORE had no case to answer. The Bulldog was not
required to defend himself.
The hearing resulted from extensive media coverage of how scratches had occurred to the
face and chest of Brisbane ruckman STEVEN LAWRENCE. These caused him to leave the field
early in the Saturday night game at the Gabba.
The Brisbane club officially complained on Monday and an AFL investigation resulted in
Libba, the 1990 Brownlow winner being charged on Tuesday with misconduct.
The Tribunal heard seven witnesses and AFL investigator RICK LEWIS expressed there had not
been enough evidence to substantiate the suggestion of eye-gouging.
out-of-court settlement believed worth $40,000 closed the case on an action by two umpires
to the IRC. Though negotiations were confidential, The Age (1st) estimated DENIS
RICH and MARK PRINCE may have received $25,000 and $15,000 respectively
<> the AFL
inspected (3rd) work at Kardinia Park and gave Geelong the nod to host their weekend clash
with Richmond extensions will increase capacity to 32,000
<> the AFL
moved two games from Waverley. The Pies will now play the Sydney (R7) and West Coast (R17)
games at Vic Park
JARMAN was named as a State of Origin selector for SA
the Bombers named four
vice-captains to JAMES HIRD Michael Long, Sean Denham, Steve Alessio and Darren
Saints are experimenting with a new boot claimed to make players kick more accurately
it has a flat platform across the toe of the boot
Tigers reported its membership had passed 24,000
GABBA WILL SEAT 40,000
The Queensland Government announced a new sports stadium package. The
Ballymore rugby union stadium will be upgraded and a new $900 million privately funded
project will cater for 65,000 spectators in a super-stadium to be built at Rivercity.
The BCG Trust announced further extensions will increase capacity of the Gabba to 40,000
by January 2000. Work will begin this June.
The $40 million project will bring to $126.5 million the amount spent on the BCG since it
became Brisbanes AFL home in 1993.
VIC CLUBS EXPRESS CONCERN
The Age (2nd) reported Victorian clubs met on Wednesday and
created a united front on two key issues. Carlton prez JOHN ELLIOTT will meet AFL chiefs
to express concerns over the elimination of the Reserves competition and the impact of
games being televised earlier each Saturday in the Melbourne market.
CHARGE IT TO MY CARD
Carlton, Collingwood, Geelong and St Kilda signed long-term deals with
CITIBANK but will still benefit from a new AFL deal signed with the ANZ Bank.
The AFL deal on behalf of all 16 clubs is worth at least $1.6 million. ANZ-AFL credit
cards with club logos are expected to be in the pockets of fans by June.
get the Demons virus
Only Dogs and Swans are unbeaten
Crows & Dons down by huge margins
Hawks on the bottom
ROUND 2 Fri-Sat-Sun, April 3-4-5.
MILESTONES PAUL SALMON (Ess, now Haw) played his 250th
SEXTON (Car) his 150th, while DAVID PITMAN (Ade) and SHAUN SMITH (NM, now Mel) reached
CRAIG OCALLAGHAN (Fre) his 50th game
RODNEY EADE in his
50th as Sydney coach recorded a welcome victory
SHANNON GRANT (Syd, now NM) and
MICHAEL OLOUGHLIN (Syd) played their 50th consecutive matches
Friday night opener at Subiaco (38,796) was a powerhouse display by the Eagles. Their big
men dominated Collingwood as JAKOVICH and McINTOSH were strong in defence while GEHRIG and
BALL provided the attack focus. A 10-goal defeat failed to credit the spirit the Magpies
gave the contest in the last half, but they thoroughly out-gunned, WEST COAST 17.14-116
(Ball 4) best, Schofield, Gehrig, Braun, COLLINGWOOD 8.8-56best, Osborne, Russell,
A.Rocca it was Wests sixth successive win over the Pies.
on the Saturday clash at Kardinia Park (26,669) JAKE NIALL in The Age said:
the Tigers lacked the polish to finish off the Cats. When the game was in the
balance early in the last quarter, with the scores level, the Tigers were simply unable to
find another gear.
MARK MERENDA played a lone hand up forward with four goals, while Tiger captain MATTHEW
KNIGHTS was a class act (though he was reported). BRAD OTTENS a new arrival at Punt Road
showed great promise with strong marks. The Cats still have their problems in ruck and on
the forward line, yet came away with the points, GEELONG 14.15-99 (Burns 3, Hall 3) best,
Hocking, McGrath, Sanderson, RICHMOND 11.14-80 (Merenda 4) best, Knights, Merenda,
Kellaway MATTHEW RICHARDSON (Rch) though returning showed his fractured arm had
still not properly healed.
Adelaide consigned Hawthorn to the bottom of the ladder to record their first win at
Waverley (18,698) with a strong Saturday display. Minus the withdrawal of both DUNSTALL
and JUSTIN CRAWFORD the Hawks lacked cohesion and received no drive from their appointed
leaders. Their third term was probably the worst played by the Hawks in more than 15
years ASHLEY BROWN declared in The Age.
In contrast, Port gave a great team-effort and surged away after half-time for their 45pt
victory, PORT 17.10-112 (Cummings 7.1, Lade 4) best, Wilson, Cummings, Kingsley, HAWTHORN
10.7-67 (Krummel 4) best, Graham, Krummel, Lekkas.
Demons hit North with a burst from the first bounce in the Saturday MCG
twilight contest for 29,990 fans. The boot appeared to be on the other foot
for most of the gave it was Melbourne who appeared to have grasped the tag as
premiership contenders. Not until they trailed by 43pts midway into the third
term did the Kangas get their game going.
North charged home and all but drew level, then to confirm they are a new team
under coach NEALE DANIHER, the Demons steadied and slammed on closing goals for a
comfortable 25pt win, MELBOURNE 19.11-125 (White 3, Neitz 3, Lyon 3, Farmer 3) best,
Leoncelli, Rigoni, Stynes, NORTH 15.10-100 (Abraham 3, Carey 3) best, Carey, Blakey,
best crowd ever see Sydney and Brisbane play were at the SCG on Saturday night. Played at
a frantic pace, the lead changed frequently in the first half. Brisbane appeared to gain
the better of Sydney in the third term, but the Swans clawed their way back to maintain
the lead they held at every break. From the seven-minute mark of the final quarter, Sydney
with four goals in five minutes broke the back of the Lions and went away by 38pts.
The game was sparked by great performances by both WAYNE SCHWASS and PAUL KELLY, who
provided inspirational midfield drive.
The match also gave an insight to the dwindling value of TONY LOCKETT. Almost kickless, he
was moved to the ruck in the third and soon left for the bench. He did kick the final goal
of the game, however by then a Sydney victory was well locked away, SYDNEY 20.15-135
(Schwass 3, Kelly 3, OBrien 3) best, Schwass, Barry, Nicks, BRISBANE 14.13-97
(Leppitsch 3, Power 3) best, Voss, A.Lynch, T.Lynch crowd: 32,111. Sydney are
unbeaten after two, Brisbane winless and down to 15th place.
watched Adelaide chairman BOB HAMMOND unfurl the 1997 pennant at Football Park in perfect
Sunday conditions. The Crows with a 7.3 opening led all day to inflict a demoralising 93pt
defeat on Fremantle. ALAN SHIELL reviewing the game in The Age: The trouble was
that although the Dockers played so pitifully, it would be premature and silly
to put Adelaides 93pt win into any long-term perspective.
Even Freo coach GERARD NEESHAM (who is at short odds to lose his job) said: There was a
lack of run and definitely quick a lack of endeavour ADELAIDE 25.17-167 (Sampson 6,
McLeod 6) best, Bickley, Rehn, McLeod, FREMANTLE 11.8-74 best, Bond, Fletcher,
Bombers gave the Saints a very-public 89pt flogging at the MCG (53,905) on Sunday. The
well-drilled Sheedy unit were merciless. Though the Dons were cut-down by injury Hird
(hamstring) Somerville (concussion), Barnard (concussion) and Symons (ankle), their
remaining 18 were on a roll following their first round defeat. A surprise star performer
was the often criticised MARK FRASERhe was one a rampant midfield, where the Saints
were expected to be at their strongest.
ESSENDON 28.14-182 (Moorcroft 6, Lloyd 5, Mercuri 3) best, Moorcroft, Fraser, Blumfield,
ST KILDA 13.15-93 (Loewe 4) best, Everitt, Loewe, Sierakowski the Dons kicked 10.4
in the third, yet the 89pt margin ranked only 11th of their biggest wins in 187 games
against the Saints.
Carlton on Sunday, a better than average crowd of 27,846 saw the Western Bulldogs retain
top position with a through 56pt win over the Blues. Only in the first 15 minutes of the
game did Carlton give hope to their army of fans. From there, the Doggies were slick,
always in control and on several occasions moved from one end of the ground to the other
without the opposition touching the ball.
The Bulldogs kicked eight unanswered goals and by half-time had secured a victory. The
Blues did improve after the break booting five goals, but the Dogs just went further ahead
by adding eight of their own. The Blues brains-trust have a lot of work to do; the
Dogs with Grant and Scottie West on fire will scratch out their fair share of wins,
BULLDOGS 22.8-140 (Cook 6, Kolyniuk 4) best, S.West, Grant, Cook, CARLTON 13.6-84
(Silvagni 3) best, Porter, Silvagni, Bradley The Bulldogs 56pt margin was
just three points short of their biggest win over Carlton, 59pts, 89-R1-PP when JOHN
GEORGIADIS burst onto the scene with 8.4 for Footscray.
FROM THE ROUND
Reported crowds for the second round totalled 265,543. This was marginally
down on the 268,409 which attended the opening round fixtures. Total for the first rounds
reached 533,952, at an average of 33,372 from the first 16 matches.
PAUL SALMON (Haw) in his 250th suffered a depressed cheekbone fracture, requiring surgery
SHAUN SMITH (Mel in his 100th, damaged his left knee versus North a scan
result is awaited
Geelong fans on Saturday bade farewell to the retiring BILLY
BROWNLESS who gave the Cats a champion 198 games and 441 goals from 1986 to 1997. Another
Cat retiree from 1997 was invited, but as expected failed to show.
KNIGHTS, SPINKS & KICKETT OUT
Richmond captain MATTHEW KNIGHTS who pleaded not guilty received a
two-match suspension at Mondays AFL Tribunal hearing.
Knights was found to have struck Geelongs Brett Spinks with an open hand. It was his
first suspension from 176 League games over 11 seasons.
BRETT SPINKS (Gee) who pleaded guilty was outed for three matches for striking Jason
DALE KICKETT (Fre) was suspended for two matches when found guilty of striking Clay
BRAYDEN LYLE (PA) faced a charge of striking Shane Crawford (Haw) The Tribunal however
found the case not sustained.
The AFL on Monday (6th) launched an inquiry into an incident which left
PAUL BARNARD (Ess) unconscious.
THE MCG IS STILL THE ONE!
AFL chief executive WAYNE JACKSON on Monday (6th) said: We will
absolutely, unequivocally and very happily play our Grand Final, preliminary and other
finals, and a minimum of 41 games a year for the next 35 years at the MCG. Herald
This followed a Saturday story in The Age that the MCG was under threat as the
premier venue for AFL football, once Docklands is built.
It is understood the august body, the MCG Trust, may soon undergo sweeping changes.
NO ACTION ON MCG INCIDENT
On Tuesday (7th) RICK LEWIS, the AFL Investigation Officer interviewed
Essendon and St Kilda players over the Sunday MCG incident. The AFL latter announced there
was insufficient evidence to refer the matter to the Tribunal.
Barnard was stretchered after being knocked out 40m behind the play. Essendon coach KEVIN
SHEEDY was bemused over the decision: Its obvious he (Barnard) ran into a lamp
post. I would like the AFL now to take all the lamp posts off the middle of the MCG
St Kilda, unhappy with comments made by the Essendon club, indicated they would take up
the matter with the AFL.
FAREWELL TO VICTORIA PARK
The League announced the final two matches would be played in 1999 at
Victoria Park, once the site of Aboriginal corroborees before the building boom of the
The Brittania FC was the first football club to play regularly at Victoria Park after it
opened in March 1882.
Vic Park, the remaining suburban football ground will host its 881st and final
League match, but will remain the administrative and training base of the Collingwood club
until who knows when.
CHARLES CALLED BEFORE AOC
JUSTIN CHARLES (Rch) presently serving a 16-week suspension for steroid
use has been called to appear before the Australian Olympic Committee.
Also banned for 16 weeks by the Australian Baseball Federation, Charles played an Olympic
sport basketball, with Williamstown in 1996-97, He faces a two-year ban by the AOC.
SCHWAB, the AFLs director of umpires warned clubs, the men in white will closely
watch for off-the-ball incidents and rough-house tactics
rounds, the Darwin-based Centrebet for the flag, ranked West Coast at 4/1, North 6/1 and
despite Hawthorns worst losing run in 50 years (10 defeats), coach
KEN JUDGE was given the support he needed when Hawk prez IAN DICKER guaranteed Judge would
remain he is contracted to the end of 2000
Melbourne supporter donated 22 ice jackets to be used when the Demons play in Brisbane on
Monday (13th) afternoon. The AFL is monitoring forecasts and may change the 2.10pm start
to a 7.40pm bounce down they can do so 24-hours before the scheduled start
MELBOURNE HIT BY A STORM
With a nation in desperate need of drought-breaking rains, the sporting
capital has embraced its newest icon rugby league.
Playing in the 20-team NRL, the Melbourne Storm played to an overflow 21,522
at Olympic Park last Friday night (3rd) when the Storm remained undefeated,
beating North Sydney 24-16. The fledgling Melbourne club have won their first four
new record against Geelong
Ayres: Cats 'pathetic'
Western Bulldogs feast on Pies
Daniher's Demons beat the heat
ROUND 3 Fri-Sat-Sun, April 11-12-13.
MILESTONES CHRIS LEWIS (WCE) became the
second Aboriginal footballer and the second Eagle to play 200 League matches
LIBERATORE (WB) reached 200the 1990 Brownlow winner (also the 1984 Morrish, and two
Gardiner Medals) became the ninth Bulldog to attain the double-century. Libba
was playing his 162nd successive game
STEPHEN REILLY (Gee, now Fre) played his
100th, while SCOTT CHISHOLM (Fre), ADEM YZE (Mel), LUKE DARCY (Fsc-WB) and PETER BELL
(Fre, now NM) all reached their 50th matches
MICHAEL MALTHOUSE gained his 200th win as a League coach with Fsc (1984-89) and West Coast
St Kildas NATHAN BURKE and AUSTINN JONES each played their 50th
no AFL games were played on Good Friday.
and Hawthorn drew 39,954 for the twilight MCG Saturday contest. The Hawks raced away with
a seven goal opening quarter and led by a solid 42-8 margin. The Tigers however proved to
be ferocious opponents and took charge in the last quarter. The Hawks failed badly to
defend their early advantage as BENNY GALE, BEN HOLLAND and BEN HARRISON emerged as
match-winners for Richmond. Though the scores changed in the dying minutes, a pivotal
blunder by RICHARD TAYLOR (H) caused a turnover which resulted in a goal for the Tigers,
who won by that margin, RICHMOND 15.13-103 (B.Holland 5, Harrison 4, Campbell 3) best,
Prescott, Holland, Rogers, HAWTHORN 15.7-97 (Chick 4, N.Holland 3) best, N.Holland, Lloyd,
Chick the loss extended Hawthorn to 11 defeats.
Scraggers beat Collingwood by 34pts in the early Saturday game played at Optus Oval
(27,116) it may well have been by 10 goals, as the Westerners had the ball most of
the day. The Bulldogs kicked 6.14 in the last half to marginally extend their 28pt
half-time lead. Their commitment to the ball, hard-running through the midfield, better in
the ruck, better in the forward division, left the Pies well to the rear. SCOTT WEST again
was an outstanding performer for the top-of-the-ladder Dogs, WESTERN BULLDOGS 16.23-119
(Smith 3) best, West, Romero, Dimattina, COLLINGWOOD 13.7-85 (Watson 3) best, Michael,
rain at Football Park on Saturday night failed to frustrate North who proved themselves a
class above Port. The Roos even with the slippery ball were impressive in the first term
with 7.1 three of the goals coming from BRENT HARVEY a late inclusion. Port had a
bad first half, with loose checking providing many chances for the Kangas. North finished
off their long-kicking direct game and were far easier victors than just 29pts, NORTH
15.8-98 (Harvey 5, Abraham 4) best, Harvey, Bell, Scott, PORT 10.9-69 (Tredrea 3) best,
Primus, Kingsley, Lyle crowd: 27,615.
rain and gloom of a Sunday Waverley was a far cry from the MCG of last September as the
grand finalists faced each other again. St Kilda coming off their 89pt thumping by
Essendon found Adelaide easy pickings. In the hard conditions, the Saints were led well by
STEWART LOEWE. If he had a point to prove he did so, hauling in 10 excellent marks and was
effective whether in the ruck or on the forward line. NICKY WINMAR relished his new role
off the half-back line, while NATHAN BURKE at ground level, was back to his best. 20,320
saw ST KILDA 12.10-82best, Loewe, Harvey, Winmar, ADELAIDE 8.12-60best,
Bickley, Pittman, McLeod crowd: 20,532.
<||> In the
SCG (29,613) Sunday sunshine, Sydney annihilated Geelong by 103 points. The Swans kicked
their highest score of 188 contests (155pts in 1933 and 1978), and only fell short by a
goal of their 1948 record win. The Cats were rated pathetic by coach GARY
AYRES, as their effort proved Geelong after 11 behinds did not goal until the 26th
minute of the second quarter. Sydney ground the Cats pride into the turf with a 9.2
finish just a point shy of how they ended their 1933 clash at Albert Park.
Sydneys pressure skills and tackling were terrific with a wide range of contributors
NICKS, ROOS, McPHERSON, DUNKLEY out of defence to the sweeping midfield of KELLY,
OLOUGHLIN, SCHWASS while ruckman GREG STAFFORD played a mature game, SYDNEY
24.16-160 (Cresswell 3, Lockett 3, OLoughlin 3, Barry 3) best, McPherson, Nicks,
Cresswell, GEELONG 7.15-57 (Riccardi 3) best, Riccardi, Mensch, Colbert.
Eagles made is seven in a row in the regular Westside Derby contests against Fremantle.
Only 34,557 were at Subiaco on Sunday when in good conditions the Dockers by a goal kicked
their best score of the series. Mid-game the Dockers provided a close contest but the
Coasters were never in serious danger. The game was highlighted by two standouts, from
FRASER GEHRIG (WCE) and JAMES CLEMENT (Fre). Clement kicked five goals for the Dockers.
Proving everyone can have a bad day, the previous week when playing for South
Fremantle in the Westar Rules comp. Clement got just one kick, WEST COAST 14.10-94 (Gehrig
5, Braun 3, Phillip Matera 3) best, McIntosh, Gehrig, Braun, FREMANTLE 10.7-67 (Clement 5)
best, Norrish, Clement, O'Reilly.
<||> In warm
and humid conditions (27 and 79%) at the Gabba on Monday afternoon (17,161), Melbourne
buried the hopes of Brisbane with a solid opening. The Brisbane side showed no signs of
improvement to their recent performances as the Demons exerted their control of
proceedings, and were ahead by more than six goals at half time.
A change to the Brisbane game was apparent after the long break, and though the Lions
crept as close as seven points early in the last term, crucial free kicks against Tristan
Lynch and Akermanis brought goals and the buffer Melbourne needed. The winning result in
Brisbane sends a warning the Daniher Demons are stoked up and will
trouble many. The sixth successive failure, telegraphs difficult times are ahead for the
Lions MELBOURNE 15.10-100 (Smoker 4) best, S.Febey, Smoker, Ingerson, BRISBANE
12.15-87 (Johnson 4) best, Voss, Lawrence, Johnson.
Essendon kicked five unanswered goals in the second half of the opening quarter then
kicked away again in the second term, most of the 68,177 at the MCG on Easter Monday
believed the result was a foregone conclusion with the Bombers leading 70-35 at half time.
Overcast skies and threatening clouds did nothing to dampen the spirit of Carlton, who
went into the game with three late changes as captain Craig Bradley, Justin Murphy and
Glenn Manton withdrew from the selected line-up. Essendon were also without their captain
James Hird (hamstring) and Paul Symons.
The Blues characteristically lifted their intensity after half-time as they tried
everything to get back into the game, coming back from 37pts down. With the Bombers still
leading by 17pts into the last quarter, the fans were delivered with far-from-text-book,
but totally crowd-pleasing footy with a grandstand finish. With only a point the
difference in favour of the Bombers, they often succeeded in maintaining possession and
wound the clock down. Carlton with two late desperate lunges at goal hurriedly kicked the
ball high and to no advantage. The siren relieved the exhausted Dons and Blues players who
recorded the 255th one-point League result from 11,381 matches, ESSENDON 14.15-99 (Mercuri
3, Cockatoo-Collins 3, Lucas 3) best, Bomford, Mercuri, Blumfield, CARLTON 14.14-98
(Pearce 4, Whitnall 3, Camporeale 3) best, Sexton, Ratten, Rice.
FROM THE ROUND
records flowed from Sydney's thrashing of Geelong on Sunday at the SCG. Beside the obvious
high's it was the first time in 50 years where Geelong have been goalless in a
first quarter against South Melbourne and Sydney. The last time was in 1948's round 19 at
Albert Park, when South opened with 6.1-37. In that match, South went on to win by 96pts,
21.15-141 to 6.9-45.
Sunday handed Geelong the biggest defeat the club has suffered in 193 games. In the
opening round of 1990 at Waverley, Hawthorn gave them a 115pt thrashing, 28.24-192 to
previous Swans record score of 23.17-155 was kicked on September 2nd in 1933 when Bob
Pratt kicked nine goals, a contribution bigger than Geelong's 6.10-46. In 1978, when South
Melbourne equalled their record score of 155pts, it was indeed to that time the highest
VFL losing score. Geelong that day won with 26.11-167 when Larry Donohue kicked eight
goals of the big score.
crowds for the three-day Easter split round three totalled 264,833 in arrears of
the 1997 record for the round of 296,994. The three week total of 798,785 is three per
cent down on the same time last year.
two-hour deluge on Good Friday flooded the SCG rooms of the Sydney Swans, affecting their
gym, quarters for coaches and medical area. Also at risk was $70,000 of sophisticated
MISITI (Ess) is considering legal action against the MCC and AFL Joe broke his jaw
playing the March 7 Ansett Cup match. He slipped on a cricket pitch prepared for a
following Sheffield Shield game
<> an AFL
night game is planned for Good Friday 1999
<> in the
next fortnight the Essendon board will recommend if the Bombers should go to Docklands or
stay at the MCG if its Docklands, Essendon members by a vote will have the
CHARGES DROPPED; ONE DEMON OUT
Of the three bookings made in round three, two charges did not reach the
When video reviews were carried out on Tuesday, field umpire TIM SHEARER withdrew his
charge against Brisbane's TRISTAN LYNCH.
Similarly, LEIGH COLBERT (Geelong) had his charges of striking dropped only minutes before
his scheduled appearance. Umpires TROY BURTON and STEVE POWER withdrew their charges after
viewing videotape of the incident.
In the remaining case, Melbourne teen-defender BRENT GRGIC pleaded guilty to striking NIck
Trask (Bri) and was penalised for two matches.
DRUM, assistant to Rodney Eade in Sydney was named coach of THE ALLIES in their July 10th
game at the Gabba versus Victoria the bench will be six, the same used in the
to criticism, the AFL will not schedule early-season day games at the Gabba next year.
Where possible, they will be played at night, or drawn elsewhere
League will look at two items from R3 time-wasting or
winding-down-the-clock by Carlton, and BENNY GALE (Rch) cramping
before teammate PAUL BRODERICK goaled the Tigers won by 6pts over the Hawks.
coach JOHN NORTHEY without a win since last August was under pressure asked, he
said: A coachs job is always under threat, not from the club but by the media
chairman RON EVANS stated attendances to the first twilight matches were somewhat
beats the Perth hoodoo
700th win for the Saints
Fans pass first million mark
ROUND 4 Fri-Sat-Sun, April 17-18-19
MILESTONES BRETT ALLISON (NM) achieved his 200th game ... 100 matches
arrived for MICHAEL VOSS (Bri), LUKE BEVERIDGE (Mel, Fsc, now StK) and JUSTIN PECKETT
(StK) ... 50 games for JASON WILD (Col) and BRAYDEN LYLE (WCE, now PA) ... ST KILDA won
their 700th League contest since 1897 ... SYDNEY won their first game in Perth since 1987
... STUART MAXFIELD played his 50th for the Swans ... PAUL HUDSON (Haw, now WB) kicked his
300th goal in League footy ...
FROM THE ROUND
<> The WESTERN BULLDOGS won their fourth straight game the
club's best opening to a season since 1961 .
in the 128 times the Cats and the
Scraggers have met, they've played 56 of them at Geelong. Between 1925 and 1940, Footscray
beat the Pivotonians on only one occasion at the old Corio Oval, and that was in 1928.
Last Saturday brought only the 10th occasion that the Tricolours have won in Geelong.
<> SYDNEY by defeating West Coast, won their first game in Perth since
Sunday April 12 1987. In games played at both the WACA and Subiaco the Harboursiders had
lost on seven visits against the Eagles and three times versus the Dockers. MARK BAYES
(Sydney) played in the Swans' 1987 win. Returning to the senior side on Saturday night,
Bayes played his 237th senior game, equalling the champion tally of South's favourite son
BOB SKILTON (1956-71).
<> The Friday MCG attendance of 78,259 for the PiesTigers contest
ranks fourth of night attendances in home-and-away fixtures. The biggest is 88,066 to
Collingwood and Essendon on Friday, July 24 1992
<> PAUL BROWN (Gee) returned to the Cats' line-up for his 84th match.
He played one game in 1996, suffering a patella tendon injury, and no senior games in 1997
against the Bulldogs Brown picked up 21 possessions ... <> MITCHELL WHITE (WCE) was back in the Eagles squad, 51 weeks after
suffering a knee injury against Melbourne at the MCG in 1997s round five used off
the bench against the Coathangers, Mitchell had 11 disposals
<> Crowds for the 4th Round totalled 285,649. Progressive numbers for
the first four rounds 1,084,434.
<||> With their reputation on the line, Collingwood responded in positive
fashion for a huge Friday night audience of 78,259 at the MCG. Even though the Pies were
suspect without captain GAVIN BROWN and speedster PAUL WILLIAMS both absent through
injury, the Magpies running power as a unit blasted the Tigers off the park with a
seven-goal to nil opening quarter.
NATHAN BUCKLEY revelled the conditions, picking up as many possession in the first quarter
as he had for the whole game the previous week. He finished 40 disposals for the evening.
The Rocca brothers capped Collingwood's great outing off with nine goals between them.
With the Tigers producing their full repertoire of mistakes, it left open the question
was this the Collingwood we could expect to see in the weeks to come?
COLLINGWOOD 20.13-133 (A.Rocca 5, S.Rocca 4, Watson 3) best, Buckley, Monkhorst, A.Rocca,
RICHMOND 12.16-88 (Daffy 5) best, Daffy, Gaspar, Torney.
<||> Geelong on a great Kardinia Park surface on Saturday (26,301) found
the top-of-ladder Bulldogs a shade the better. The close final margin of 15pts measured
the difference between the two. The Cats gave a vastly improved performance and were
always close. The differences were the great ruckwork of SCOTT WYND for the Dogs, the
possessions gathered by BRAD JOHNSON and another great contribution from SCOTT WEST out of
Geelong were ably led by GARRY HOCKING and BARRY STONEHAM, though 'Budda' got the rough
end of the whistle several times, while Stoneham's influence was curbed in the last half
by the close-checking DANNY SOUTHERN.
CHRIS GRANT (WB) had his game soured when reported but produced three great last goals to
seal it for the Dogs. The report for striking LEIGH COLBERT (Gee) in the third was felt to
be 'soft' and may well-be withdrawn BULLDOGS 14.10-94 (Grant 3, Hudson 3) best,
Johnson, Grant, West, GEELONG 11.13-79 (Lynch 3) best, McGrath, Pickering, Stoneham.
<||> The Hawks put on a repeat performance by booting away with a seven
goal opening for the second week in a row. The end result however was the same they
lost. The game stood out with two applause-winning performances, by PETER EVERITT for the
Saints and JASON DUNSTALL's leadership of the Hawks. Everitt's hardness to the contest was
measured by St Kilda coach STAN ALVES as the difference which led to them getting the
points. Dunstall's 7.1 including three in the last term gave the Hawks every opportunity.
Though they lost their 12th successive game, the feeling was that Hawthorn had regained
The third term surge-back when St Kilda with five goals had the Hawk defence under siege
was the turning point. It was here that Everitt took control over a Hawthorn which lacked
the injured Paul Salmon. With a tight and thorough last half, the Saints got out of jail
by eight points ST KILDA 20.9-129 (Everitt 4, Heatley 3, Loewe 3) best, Everitt,
Peckett, Loewe, HAWTHORN 18.13-121 (Dunstall 7.1, Krummel 3) best, Dunstall, Krummel,
S.Crawford. crowd: 36,117.
<||> A close-to-capacity Saturday night WACA crowd 27,059 watched an
early finals preview as both West Coast and Sydney played at full pace. It was a top
standard game, where great skills were on display.
The Swans (without a win in Perth since 1987) applied a pressure game with total
commitment by numbers to the ball. They were tactics in reverse used so often by the
Eagles to devastate opponents. FRASER GEHRIG stood tall in the West attack with six goals
for the night, yet was overshadowed by TONY LOCKETT who enjoyed a return to form.
The frantic pace brought a constantly changing scoreboard with Sydney only emphasising
their control over the Eagles in the closing stages. WAYNE SCHWASS sizzled again for the
Harboursiders to confirm their shrewd pre-season trade he had 32 disposals and his
five fine goals produced the winning edge.
GREG STAFFORD dominated the ruck contests for Sydney, while PAUL KELLY was at his typical
best. For the Eagles, CHAD MORRISON and BEN COUSINS played top games, well-supporting
Fraser Gehrig SYDNEY 18.10-118 (Lockett 7.1, Schwas 5) best, Schwass, Stafford,
Kelly, WEST COAST 14.15-99 (Gehrig 6) best, Gehrig, Morrison, Kemp.
<||> Steady rain throughout Sunday afternoon at Football Park failed to
lessen the fervour of 41,476 spectators nor the on-field intensity of a hard, close
contest. Reigning premiers Adelaide had their colours lowered again (they are now 1+3) as
Port ground out a nine-point win in Showdown 3.
The match opened at a ferocious pace when many players were given strong attention. Port
were again slow to start, allowing the Crows to kick the first three goals then the Power
evened the contest, whereby scores in the difficult conditions were level at the
The last half saw Adelaide fail to realise their efforts where in the third term just 1.6
was their return. Indeed after half-time, Port kicked 5.2 to the Crows 2.11 and it was
Port's ability to create goals out of nothing which brought about their narrow but
deserved win PORT 11.7-73 best, Kingsley, Primus, Lyle, ADELAIDE best, Ricciuto,
<||> The fans voted with their feet to the beat of the Demon drum as
27,508 squeezed into the boutique Optus Oval on Sunday afternoon. With two wins from their
first three games, the improvement in the Melbourne of 1998 was confirmed when they came
back from three goals down in a gripping last quarter to narrowly down the Navy Blues by
The victory however may come at a heavy cost. Star forward DAVID NEITZ has a suspected
broken left ankle, while the evergreen JIM STYNES in his 244th consecutive League game
suffered a suspected broken hand.
Carlton with two narrow losses (one point and two points) slumped to 13th, while Melbourne
in what was considered a tough opening six weeks have their third win from four games, and
jumped to fourth spot on the ladder MELBOURNE 10.12-72 (Schwarz 3) best, Leoncelli,
S.Febey, Yze, CARLTON 10.10-70 best, Hamill, Whitnall, Silvagni.
<||> How come? Most would ask. A fortnight before, Essendon had defeated
St Kilda by 89pts on the same day Fremantle were thrashed by Adelaide to the tune of
93pts. So, maybe Kevin Sheedy was right that the media had overrated the Bombers.
It most certainly looked that way at Waverley (26,241) on Sunday as the Dockers ran the
Dons off their feet and were convincing 24pt victors. Essendon played like flat lemonade
while Freo were full of fizz. With three top marking forwards in JAMES CLEMENT, PETER MANN
and DANIEL BANDY, only Freo's inaccuracy saved the Bombers from a more inglorious defeat.
The focus of the many good players which Fremantle had fell on SHAUN McMANUS, MATTHEW
BURTON, BRAD DODD, GARY DHURRKAY and SCOTT CHISHOLM the Dockers were up, Essendon
were badly down. Injuries to JOE MISITI (Ess) groin, and STEPHEN O'REILLY (Fre) hamstring
will sideline both for several weeks FREMANTLE 14.16-100 (Clement 5) best, McManus,
Bandy, Dodd, ESSENDON 11.10-76 (Lucas 6) best, Lucas, Bewick, Blumfield.
<||> In spite of boasting a better forward line, North Melbourne as
predicted never nailed Brisbane in the Sunday clash at the MCG watched by a small 22,688.
Several times in the early stages the Roos threatened to do so but the Lions always stayed
The Brisbane trio of MICHAEL VOSS (playing his 100th), STEPHEN LAWRENCE and SHAUN HART
collectively worked hard and racked up 85 disposals between them it kept the Lions
within striking distance until the end of the game.
WAYNE CAREY, playing chiefly at centre half-back had a wonderful match, but it was the
scoring power of COREY McKERNAN and midfielder SHANNON GRANT which kicked the Roos to a
17pt win. The Lions won on the stats sheets in every department. Though they failed to
win, the light at the end of the tunnel burned a little brighter for coach John Northey
who may soon be shouting Pizza's for the boys NORTH 21.11-137 (McKernan 5, Harvey
4) best, Carey, Archer, Grant, BRISBANE 17.8-120 (Johnson 5, Bradshaw 4) best, M.Voss,
CHRIS GRANT SUSPENDED; BULLDOGS TO APPEAL
The AFL Tribunal on Monday (20th) night deliberated for only 10 minutes to
hand down a two match suspension to CHRIS GRANT (Western Bulldogs).
This followed a hearing lasting almost an hour and-a-half as Grant (who pleaded not
guilty) was defending the charge of striking LEIGH COLBERT (Gee) with an arm to the head
during the third term of Saturday's match between the Cats and the Bulldogs at Kardinia
Chairman BRIAN COLLIS, QC said the AFL Tribunal had found the action "reckless"
and the charge laid by umpire DEREK HUMPHERY-SMITH had been sustained.
The Western Bulldogs chairman DAVID SMORGAN emerged from a later meeting with Grant and
club football manager PAUL ARMSTRONG to announce, the club appeal to the AFL.
The Bulldogs lodged the Appeal on Tuesday together with prescribed $15,000 bond required
under the recently introduced rules.
FIVE SUSPENDED; HARDWICK NOT GUILTY
Carlton had both STEPHEN SILVAGNI and BRAD PEARCE suspended at the sitting
of the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday (21st). Others to suffer were MARTIN PIKE (NM), JASON BALL
(WCE) and MARCUS SEECAMP (Mel). Only one player of the six fronting the judiciary escaped
DAMIEN HARDWICK (Ess) was found not guilty of striking BRAD DODD (Fre).
Silvagni, despite a passionate plea from Carlton's football manager COL KINNEAR was outed
for the second time of his 234-match career. His previous senior suspension (of one week)
was in 1991.
STEPHEN SILVAGNI (Car) one week for striking David Schwarz (Mel)
MARCUS SEECAMP (Mel) three matches for striking Brad Pearce (Car)
BRAD PEARCE (Car) one match for striking Marcus Seecamp (Mel)
MARTIN PIKE (NM) three matches for striking Richard Champion (Bri)
JASON BALL (WCE) three matches for striking Daryn Cresswell (Syd).
<> Melbourne's veteran ruckman JIM STYNES had surgery to his left hand
on Monday night for the injury suffered in Sunday's match at Carlton. The amazing Irishman
played in every game for Melbourne from July 25 1987 and achieved 244 consecutive matches.
<> Swelling to the broken left ankle sustained by Melbourne's DAVID
NEITZ last Sunday will slow his surgery process. Neitz at best is expected to be sidelined
for at least 12 weeks.
<> X-rays on Tuesday confirmed Geelong's GARRY HOCKING suffered a
broken thumb last Saturday. He played on to the finish that day, and will undergo a
fitness test on Friday
<> "television against the gate" is fast become the norm
Sydney will do so yet again for their blockbuster meeting against the Bulldogs next
Sunday, while Adelaide's important clash against Geelong at Football Park will challenge
the faith of their fans the Crows are up against a live telecast into Adelaide of
the MelbournePort game from the MCG ...
<> a field umpire from the Melbourne metropolitan Southern Football
League was reported at a Saturday reserves game. DARREN PICKETT was banned for four years
for striking out after a player spat at him Doveton Eagles player DARYL REIGER was
suspended for two weeks for retaliating ...
<> OBITUARY ALF POTTER, a pioneer of sport in the Australian
television industry passed away peacefully at Geelong Hospital on Sunday (19th) aged 78.
Alf worked with 3DB before joining HSV-7 where he graduated from technician to the
director of outside broadcasts. He directed the 1956 Olympic Games coverage and went on to
head Seven's coverage of VFL football, remaining with HSV until his retirement in 1985.
APPEAL BOARD HEARING
BULLDOG APPEAL DISMISSED
TRIAL-BY-VIDEO PLACED TO QUESTION
The AFL Appeal Board met for the first occasion on Wednesday evening April
22 under chairman Peter O'Callaghan, QC, assisted by former AFL tribunal members John
Schultz and Brian Bourke. The Monday decision of the AFL Tribunal suspending Western
Bulldog player CHRIS GRANT for two matches was upheld following a three-hour hearing.
Chairman O'Callaghan said the tackle by Grant on Geelong's Leigh Colbert was reckless.
The Bulldogs called on film director and video expert JOHN LYONS who told the hearing the
telephoto lens on cameras distorted what the viewer actually saw in televised games and
replays. Lyons said: "I don't think you can trust video evidence at all."
RON REED writing in the Herald Sun "His evidence didn't get Bulldogs
Chris Grant off his conviction and two-week suspension for striking were confirmed
but it certainly gave football something serious to think about. It might not stop
at football, either."
The Appeal Board ruled the Bulldog challenge was neither frivolous or vexatious and the
$10,000 surety lodged on Tuesday be returned. The cost of $5,000 for an appeal to be heard
is required to be met by the club making the application.
see Anzac Day special
900th League victory to Melbourne
Injury ends Stynes' record run
Sydney take over leadership
ROUND 5 Fri-Sat-Sun, April 24-25-26.
MILESTONES Injury omitted JIM STYNES from the Melbourne team for the first
time since July 25 1987 three breaks in his left hand ended his record-breaking 244
consecutive matches ... Collingwood's SAVERIO ROCCA passed 400 League goals ... GAVIN
WANGANEEN (Ess 127, now PA) and TIM McGRATH (NM 7, now Gee) reached their 150th League
games ... PETER MANN (NM 9, now Fre) played his 100th, while 50 matches arrived for ANDREW
SCHAUBLE (Col), SHANE PARKER (Fre) and RONNIE BURNS (Gee) ... MELBOURNE in their 1927th
League contest since 1897 gained their 900th victory ... BRISBANE played their 250th game
DAVID PARKIN coached his 450th League match his coaching career started in 1977
with Hawthorn. He has twice coached Carlton, also Fitzroy ... TONY LOCKETT kicked his
200th goal at the Sydney Cricket Ground
FROM THE ROUND
posted their first win following 12 successive defeats. It was their worst run since 22
losses across the 1949-50-51 seasons
have reached their lowest placing on a premiership table since the club was formed on July
18 1859. The Cats started off the 1994 season at 13th place then rose to finish fourth and
play off in the Grand Final. This season they commenced at 13th, rose to 8th place then
returned to 13th after their 103pt loss in Sydney. Their failure to the Bulldogs next
weekend sent the Cats to 14th, and their 26pt loss in Adelaide on Sunday lowered them
another spot to 15th
since premiership points were first awarded by the VFA in
1887, Geelong have never held a placing as low as 15th.
with their fourth-in-a-row are enjoying their best start since 1994. Then, the Demons won
their first five engagements they had the bye in round 3 of 1994 ... <> CARLTON
have had worst start to a new season since 1990 when they were 1+4 after the first five
rounds the Blues then won their next four games, but still finished a lowly eighth
for the year, missing the Final Five ...
SHANE WOEWODIN wrote himself into footy folklore on Sunday with a dazzling solo run at the
Mecca. Late in the third quarter against Port at the MCG, Woewodin in defence blocked for
a teammate but gathered the ball himself just outside of the 50 metre arc. Eluding two
efforts to halt his run, Woewodin ran through the cricket pitch area bouncing the ball
five times before entering Melbourne's attack zone from 48 metres he left-footed
the Demons 11th goal. It was one of the great "runs" and recalled those of
legend by three Collingwood players the run by RAY GABELICH in the 1964 playoff,
PHIL MANASSA in the 1977 grand final and the run by MICK McGUANE in 1994s second round.
PATTERSON (Collingwood) registered a rare feat when kicking for goal against Essendon at
the MCG from the boundary line to the Jolimont end Patterson's ball in succession
hit both goal posts he only got one behind.
KILDA recorded its second successive win over Carlton the first time the Saints
have achieved this since 1965-66 ... <> GEELONG
continued their horror-trip to Adelaide the Cats have failed on seven visits to
Football Park since 1991, six defeats by Adelaide, once to Port ... <> published
crowds for the weekend created a new Anzac round record. The total for the eight matches
reached 295,240. This topped the 278,707 set for the three days of Friday-Saturday-Sunday,
April 25-26-27 in 1997. Totals for the first five rounds are 1,379,674.
8.2-50 kicked by the Bulldogs was not the best finish by the Bulldogs against the Swans.
Footscray on Saturday, May 15 1979 kicked 9.7-61 at the Western Oval against South when
the Bulldogs went on to win by 48pts, 22.17-149 to 14.17-101.
Tigers with a powerful first half were still disappointing as their poor conversion
allowed West Coast to stay in touch. It was not surprising that the Eagles though lacking
their usual precision bounced back to tie the game up by the half-time break at 51pts-all.
Beyond the break, the Eagles started to hurt with injuries suffered by Kemp, Cousins,
Worsfold, then White. As West Coast ran out of options, Richmond continued to work hard.
They were well led by the returning MATTHEW KNIGHTS (after suspension) while MARK MERENDA
did many special things RICHMOND 12.14-86 (Merenda 3) best, Daffy, Campbell,
Knights, WEST COAST 10.11-71 (Morrison 3) best, Kemp, Gardiner, McIntosh crowd:
players and officials together with the big MCG crowd of 81,542 paid their respects with a
minute's silence in honour for the fallen on Anzac Day.
Though the tradition is just four years old, The CollingwoodEssendon Anzac Day
special again returned a crowd-pleasing spectacle. The Bombers early were razor-sharp in
attack with MATTHEW LLOYD kicking four of their first eight goals as they stretched their
lead to 20pts in the second quarter. The Pies brought their game together after half-time
with a combination of a great team effort from Buckley, Wright, Crosisca, Patterson,
newcomer BRAD FULLER and Michael.
SAVERIO ROCCA as he has often done in past games against Essendon had a splendid second
half booting 7.4 in a match-winning performance.
Collingwood held the Bombers to a goalless third term, then maintained their drive to post
a 20pt win in a far from memorable but a pleasing and close struggle COLLINGWOOD
15.18-108 (S.Rocca 7.4, Fuller 3) best, Patterson, Buckley, S.Rocca, ESSENDON 12.16-88
(Lloyd 4) best, Wellman, Bewick, Blumfield.
for the third week straight were quick from the blocks then choked again. Close to
half-time the Hawks were 64pts up.
Len Johnson in The Age wrote: It was Dunstall, Dixon and many others who provided
the inspiration when it was needed. The Hawks had let the doubts creep back largely
through their own inaction. Faced with Brisbane's revival in the third term they stopped
running, stopped presenting themselves as targets, stopped thinking.
The Hawks recovered in the last term to register their first win since last year's 14th
round Brisbane's effort was ordinary, even taking into account their third -quarter
comeback HAWTHORN 18.16-124 (Dunstall 6, Holland 4, Lord 3) best, Dunstall,
Holland, Hay, BRISBANE 12.11-83 (Leppitsch 5, D.Scott 3) best, Leppitsch, Lappin, Power.
Fremantle coach Gerard Neesham described the Anzac night win over North at the WACA
(26,335) as "clearly, that's the finest win we've had as a club."
Dockers were an efficient and spirited outfit who led most of the game against the Roos.
The midfield held sway over their highly-ranked visitors as many Kangas showed signs of
Twice in the final term, North threatened to steam-roll the Dockers, but Freo showed great
character in not yielding, but fighting back for a great win. CRAIG CALLAGHAN was a
forward tower while the four goals from CLIVE WATERHOUSE presents the view that the
Dockers may have been under-valued. Whether they can stand the brilliance of their new
place under the spotlight will be gauged by next Saturday's visit under lights to Footy
Park FREMANTLE 16.8-104 (Waterhouse 4) best, Waterhouse, Kickett, Fletcher, NORTH
MELB 12.15-87 (Grant 4, Carey 3) best, Stevens, Martyn, Pickett.
gloomy Sunday conditions at the MCG (21,726) Melbourne recorded their fourth successive
win and climbed to third place (equal second) on the ladder as they gave Port Adelaide a
Melbourne captain TODD VINEY sizzled from the midfield, while JEFF WHITE with 13 marks
emerged in his continuing maturity as a leading ruckman. Port were never in the game and
struggled to get the ball into attack. Even had they succeeded in getting the ball near
goal, their forward's lacked discipline. SCOTT CUMMINGS had another poor outing and must
be close to being axed.
For rookie coach Neale Daniher, it was a positive conclusion even without several key
players. The way his youngsters stepped up to leading roles will bring a warm glow and the
fans back to the MCG. For Port, the effort was close to a disaster MELBOURNE
14.18-102 (White 4) best, S.Febey, Viney, PORT 6.17-53 best, Wilson, Fiegert,
frequent driving rain, St Kilda played to the best of its ability in the difficult
conditions to grind out a 22pt win over Carlton on Sunday for a hardy 31,955 spectators at
Martin Blake in The Age commented: Scarcely anything separated these two teams as
they fought a torrid, attritional battle ... maybe St Kilda was a fraction more polished,
especially with its ground kicking. But in truth, there was nothing in it ... once again,
St Kilda had done enough to extract a win when it could so easily have lost.
Carlton lacking forwards made hard work of it. One of the winners of the day was ROBERT
HARVEY for St Kilda. Though tagged by Carlton captain CRAIG BRADLEY, Harvey was back to
his Brownlow best with 39 possessions ST KILDA 13.10-88 (Mitchell 4) best, Harvey,
Beveridge, Young, CARLTON 9.12-66 (Camporeale 3) best, McKay, Camporeale, Rice.
what had been billed as a Blockbuster contest, Sydney won hands-down on the scoreboard in
the first three quarters. The game produced only rare sparkle and was a fizz. It however
produced four highlights and involved two Brownlow medalists the booking of Sydney
captain PAUL KELLY in the third term ... a career-threatening knee injury to TONY
LIBERATORE who was stretchered off late in the third term ... BRETT MONTGOMERY's
skyscraper second quarter grab for the Doggies which will vie for Mark of the Year ... the
8.2-50 finish by the Bulldogs.
The 36,505 SCG attendance saw the Coathangers firmly in control by 49pts at the last break
after the home side had confidently led at every turn. The end margin of only 16pts
diminished the leadership Sydney had claimed.
Sydney coach RODNEY EADE gained no satisfaction from his fifth successive win saying the
opening quarter was their worst 30 minutes of the season. TERRY WALLACE on the prospect of
losing Liberatore said it was a tragic blow for the Bulldogs SYDNEY 14.15-99
(Lockett 4, O'Loughlin 3) best, Kelly, Cresswell, O'Loughlin, WEST.B'DOGS 12.11-83 (Hudson
3) best, Romero, Southern, Garlick.
<||> Adelaide gained their second win of the season in a rugged affair at
Footy Park on Sunday for 39,974 fans. Geelong remain winless in Adelaide and slipped to
second last (15th) their lowest-ever ranking.
Rugged at times, the Crows exerted their superior midfield presence in the second half led
by MARK RICCIUTO and outscored the Cats 8.7 to 4.4.
From their already weakened forward line, Adelaide's win was costly losing replacement
spearhead MARK STEVENS who injured the cruciate ligament in his right knee which brings a
certain end to his season. Later, centre half-forward IAN DOWNSBOROUGH crashed heavily
after marking and suffered concussion, ADELAIDE 12.15-87 (Jameson 3) best, Rehn, Ricciuto,
McLeod, GEELONG 8.13-61 best, Sholl Sanderson, Corrigan.
KNEE SURGERY FOR LIBERATORE
1990 Brownlow Medal winner TONY LIBERATORE had his left knee reconstructed
on Monday night (27) but declared he wants to return to the game with the Western Bulldogs
Playing his 165th consecutive match (202 overall) against Sydney at the Sydney Cricket
Ground on Sunday, Liberatore suffered a career-threatening injury during the third
Bulldogs football operations manager PAUL ARMSTRONG speaking on ABC Radio said:
"We'll certainly support him whatever he decides to and if he wishes to play on after
this, there'll certainly be a position on our list for him."
Liberatore had his right knee reconstructed in 1990 and was playing again barely six
When he left hospital on Thursday (30th) the Bulldogs announced that Liberatore will be
retained for the rest of 1998 "as a boundary rider of sorts, dispensing wisdom and
counsel to players on the Western Bulldogs' bench" The Age (May 1).
ANTHONY ROCCA, TWO WEEKS THREE FOR SOMERVILLE
ANTHONY ROCCA (Col) was suspended for two matches by the AFL Tribunal
which sat on Monday (27th). Rocca who pleaded not guilty was found to have applied a late
charge on Essendon's Joe Misiti in the MCG game on Anzac Day.
From the same match, PETER SOMERVILLE (Ess) who admitted he struck Damien Monkhorst (Col)
received the heaviest penalty of the sitting when he was suspended for three matches.
In the other case heard, childhood mates JUSTIN LEPPITSCH (Bri) and MARK GRAHAM (Haw) both
received one match for striking each other.
<> Umpires' director PETER SCHWAB warned his charges that those who
defaced footballs to make gripping the ball easier will face a one-match suspension. The
practice was discovered when a photograph appeared in the Sunday edition of The Age
(19th) after the GeelongBulldogs match showing the match ball with deep markings.
The incident was further highlighted on Monday's Talking Footy
<> The League announced the Grand Final in the Olympic Games year of 2000 will be
played at the MCG on Saturday September 2. Should the premiership decider be drawn and a
replay necessary, the venue will be Waverley Park. The move will accommodate the earliest
League grand final since 1916 Ansett Cup games will be rescheduled to January and
KELLY CLEARED OF STRIKING
THE SQUIRREL GRIP LIVES ON
Sydney captain PAUL KELLY appeared before the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday
(28th) to answer the charge of striking PAUL DIMATTINA from the Western Bulldogs club.
Kelly in evidence said he reacted instinctively when he felt pressure from Dimattina's
hand grabbing at his thigh, causing pressure on his testicles. "I've been squeezed a
few times and it's not comfortable so before that happened I wanted him out of the way. I
suppose I had a motive (to punch him) but I am very disciplined I have a fairly
hard time all the time."
The hearing lasted over an hour before AFL Tribunal chairman Brian Collis, QC, and his
panel Brian Le Brocq and Emmett Dunne. Their finding cleared Kelly of striking Dimattina
to the body.
DION SCOTT (Bri) pleaded guilty to charging ruckman Paul Salmon (Haw). Scott's apology to
Salmon and his 10-season (66 games) unblemished record relieved him with only a one-match
ANTHONY ROCK (NM) pleaded not guilty but was suspended for one match for tripping Jason
Norrish (Fre). It was the second penalty this year for Rock.
BOMBERS GO FOR DOCKLANDS
The Essendon board on Tuesday (28th) voted to play seven home games
at the new Docklands Stadium. A vote of approval will be put to members at a meeting in
On Wednesday SCOTT CUMMINGS (PA) was suspended for two matches. Charged
from video, Cummings though pleading not guilty was found to have charged SHANE WOEWODIN
(Mel) on Sunday.
jam for leadership
Demons end Sydney's 5-game run
Carlton 15th lowest placing ever
ROUND 6 Fri-Sat-Sun, May 1-2-3.
MILESTONES BARRY STONEHAM (Gee) achieved his 200th senior game he
was the 250th player to reach this level of League service and the 19th Geelong player to
do so ... MARK BICKLEY (Ade) played his 150th, while 50 games arrived for SIMON GARLICK
(Syd 44, now WB) and ADAM SIMPSON (NM) ... TONY SHAW enjoyed success in his 50th game as
an AFL coach when the Pies beat Carlton for the first time since Easter Monday in 1994 ...
KATRINA PRESSLEY became the first female goal umpire appointed to a senior League match.
The 27-year-old Pressley signalled the opening score in the Brisbane v Richmond match at
the Gabba on Friday May 1st ...
ST KILDA's recovery from a 27pt deficit half way through the last quarter in Perth ranks
with the greatest of victories the club has enjoyed in its history.
FROM THE ROUND
<> Carlton lost their fifth successive game, their worst run since they
lost the first five of 1989
The Blues have slumped to 15th, their lowest-ever
placing in League football. Carlton have been 14th on three previous occasions. Last year
they were ranked 14th after their 59pt defeat in Sydney by the Swans, and at the start of
the 1994 season, they were 14th following two opening defeats to Adelaide then
Collingwood. That year, the Blues recovered to be one of the leaders, finishing the
home-and-away series in second place behind West Coast, eventually finishing fifth.
<> MELBOURNE won their fifth straight a Demon best since winning
their first five engagements of 1994.
<||> Friday night at the Gabba drew an almost sellout crowd of 19,219.
The embattled Brisbane club after eight successive defeats won through to record their
first victory since the first Saturday of last August. The Lions broke away in the first
half and the heavy rain which followed made the Richmond task impossible. The Tigers in
spite of one of the best-equipped attacks and the successful return of star-forward
MATTHEW RICHARDSON kicked only five goals in the first three quarters and were no match
for a pumped-up Brisbane outfit.
DARRYL WHITE and MICHAEL VOSS led the Brisbane charge with SHAUN HART and MARCUS ASHCROFT
prominent. In defence RICHARD CHAMPION teamed well with DANNY DICKFOS and STEVEN LAWRENCE
stemming many Tiger forward moves BRISBANE 13.8-86 best, White, Ashcroft, Dickfos,
RICHMOND 7.9-51 best, B.Gale, Prescott, Broderick.
<||> Near-perfect Autumn conditions brought 69,963 to the G on Saturday
for the first Blues-Pies twilight fixture. The Magpies produced an explosive start to the
contest and thereafter the Navy Blues were always in catch-up mode. Carlton's lack of
effective forwards again proved their downfall as they slipped to their fifth successive
defeat and their history-setting lowest-ever placing at 15th on the ladder. Coach David
Parkin used a merry-go-round of placements in their forward zone to no effect.
SAVERIO ROCCA enjoyed the absence of Carlton's Silvagni (injured) yet his return of only
4.4 for the Pies could have been better. A striking charge against 'the Big Sav' before
half-time may see him join his brother Anthony on the sidelines. DAMIEN MONKHORST in the
ruck produced one of his best matches and was crucial to Collingwood ending a seven-loss
streak against the Blues. SCOTT RUSSELL, PAUL WILLIAMS and NATHAN BUCKLEY added to the
solid nature of the Pies' victory COLLINGWOOD 14.12-96 (S.Rocca 4) best, Monkhorst,
Buckley, Williams, CARLTON 9.13-67 best, Camporeale, Rice, McKay.
<||> The AFL Tribunal in a way had an effect on Saturday's result at
Kardinia Park (23,267). New Geelong forward BRETT SPINKS returned from a three-week outing
while Hawthorn's regular full-back MARK GRAHAM was absent on a one-week
"holiday". Spinks (ex West Coast) revelled without a specialist minder, booting
three goals in the opening term, ending with 6.2 for the day.
Reporting on the match, Ashley Brown in The Age: "The Cats dominated around
the midfield and in the ruck, where coach Gary Ayres chose to counter PAUL SALMON's
expected dominance by running JOHN BARNES at him at centre bounces and then, a few moments
later switching Barnes to the wing and running the athletic DAVID MENSCH with Salmon
around the ground. The often-maligned Barnes played by far his best match for the
Tight right into the last term before the Cats broke away, Geelong twice in the match
produced goals which brought surprise cartwheels from RONNIE BURNS, then BRAD SHOLL
GEELONG 13.12-90 (Spinks 6.2, Burns 3) best, Barnes, Spinks, Pickering, HAWTHORN 10.13-73
(Dunstall 4, Lord 3) best, Lord, Robran, Harford.
<||> Essendon blistered through four goals in the first eight minutes,
and after that a crowd-pleasing dog fight resulted at Optus Oval on Saturday for 24,813
spectators. As quickly as the Dons had won the advantage Western came back hard when it
was their turn to dominate.
The eight point margin was typical of the contest, as one side, then the other were on
top. A notable performance came from Norwood's SIMON EASTAUGH in his second outing.
Essendon's ruck replacement for the suspended Somerville gained 22 possessions and after a
lengthy apprenticeship with Richmond Reserves and last year's SANFL premiers, the
24-year-old made his mark on the key post.
For the Doggies, first-gamer NATHAN BROWN with 25 possessions enhanced his prospects
WESTERN BULLDOGS 13.19-97 (Kolyniuk 3) best, Cameron, West, Brown, ESSENDON
13.11-89 (Lucas 4) best, Lucas, Wellman, Eastaugh.
<||> Under Saturday night lights at Football Park (30,519), Port Adelaide
were too direct, and too organised for Fremantle. Port exposed the inefficient
chip-and-run game of the Dockers.
GAVIN WANGANEEN gave the Power remarkable leadership from the midfield, and it was
unquestionably his best return for this season.
The Port defence were masters of Footy Park and their experiment with a forward set-up of
the up-and-coming teenagers WARREN TREDREA and PAUL EVANS may bring flexibility and
greater productivity in an area where Port have had their problems. Freo must work to
correct their mistakes as their brief moment in the spotlight after wins over North and
Dons has now been extinguished PORT 13.18-96 best, Kingsley, Bond, Paxman,
FREMANTLE 9.6-60 best, Burton, Callaghan, Wills.
<||> Adelaide coach MALCOLM BLIGHT after the Sunday result said it was
probably 30 years since he'd seen six or seven holding-the-ball decisions in one quarter
of football. A great contest was decided by a free against the big Crow SHAUN REHN after
he was tackled and penalised for holding the ball. North's forward pocket PAUL EVANS from
his free chip-passed to an unguarded PETER BELL who goaled from 30 metres, regaining the
lead for the Kangas with only 43 seconds of the game left.
Only 23,041 were witness to a terrific struggle between Adelaide and North at the MCG in
top Sunday conditions. North sprinted away kicking 7.4 to 2.3. Down 31 points at the first
break, Adelaide produced two great quarters in kicking 13 goals to five, to lead by 18pts
at the last change.
North dug deep and again came back from a seemingly hopeless position to take the points
in a very good game NORTH MELB 15.16-106 (Sholl 3) best, Carey, Grant, Pickett,
ADELAIDE 15.12-102 (Jarman 4) best, Rehn, McLeod, Ricciuto.
<||> Frequent rain created a level playing field at the SCG on Sunday
the new Melbourne Demons delivered the goods, Sydney were not at home and were
comprehensibly beaten. Even had Lockett been included (he withdrew with a virus) it is
doubtful the Coathangers would have been more competitive against Melbourne who did the
simple things putting their body on the line, and being hardest to the ball.
Starting with four unanswered goals Daniher's Demons quickly established their dominance
and while the undefeated Harboursiders came back, they were never able to match the
commitment of a more determined Melbourne. Overall, it was a hard slog, but the Demons are
on a roll, winning their fifth-straight and rising to equal leadership MELBOURNE
12.8-80 (Lyon 3) best, Viney, Yze, Hopgood, SYDNEY 8.13-61 best, Cresswell, Schwass,
Stevens crowd: 25,951.
<||> Sunday at Perth's Subiaco Oval was a hot May day in the high 20's
with a big 36,406 attending. In a tightly contested first half, the Saints (four late
changes robbed them of Loewe, Burke, Thompson and Hall) gradually overhauled West Coast
with a strong but erratic second term to lead by 16pts at half time.
West swung many positional changes with Jakovich finding himself not in defence but
forward, then in the ruck. The third term had the Eagles looking like premiership material
and after several unsuccessful moves it was ANDREW DONNELLY who responded. The Coasters
added an avalanche of goals, 8.3 to 2.5, to gain a strong advantage at the last change
Then it was St Kilda's turn in what will prove a memorable final term. Against a
three-goal breeze, they came from the dead and down 27pts with only half the quarter left.
The Saints kicked goal-after-goal but still trailed until former Docker GAVIN MITCHELL
(StK) on the forward line laid a tackle on Eagle defender ASHLEY McINTOSH (WC) and was
awarded a free kick for a holding-the-ball decision. With only a minute left, Mitchell
slotted his only goal for the day and took a quality victory by two-points after the
Saints had kicked 8.0 in the last ST KILDA 18.13-121 (Healy 6, Everitt 6) best,
Everitt, Healy, Harvey, WEST COAST 18.11-119 (Donnelly 5, Gehrig 4) best, Jakovich,
'BIG SAV' BEATS THE CHARGE
Collingwood full-forward SAVERIO ROCCA pleaded not guilty to charging
Carlton defender DEAN RICE but admitted he struck his opponent to the back of the head
claiming it was accidental to stop the Blues backman from marking.
The AFL Tribunal sitting on Monday night (4th) cleared Rocca of an offence and he will be
available to line up against Sydney in Friday night's clash at the MCG.
Carlton on-baller FRASER BROWN and Brisbane defender RICHARD CHAMPION weren't as lucky.
Brown was found guilty to having struck SCOTT RUSSELL (Col) with a forearm to the head and
was suspended for two matches.
Champion, booked for charging JOEL BOWDEN (Rch) last Friday night at the Gabba was also
found guilty, and stood down for two matches.
<> Talks began between the parties to alter the 40-year MCC-AFL
agreement. The Melbourne Cricket Club are seeking to include pay-TV rights and multimedia
revenue in the deal. Hinging on the negotiations is the ability of the MCC to finance debt
on the Great Southern Grandstand and redevelopment of the 42-year-old Olympic Stand for
the 2006 Commonwealth Games
from the front office
AFL umpiring director PETER SCHWAB in a rare example of honesty by the "front
office" responded publicly on Monday (4th) to several controversial umpiring
decisions made in the sixth round. Decisions made during both the North v Adelaide match
at the MCG and the West-Saints game at Subiaco were pivotal to results.
In Perth, a review of a second quarter incident where a kick from PETER EVERITT (StK) was
signalled as a major caused goal umpire PETER JEFFERS to be stood down from this week's
appointments. Jeffers was found to have been in error of awarding the goal. Player Everitt
was quoted saying: "Yeah, no way was it a goal. It missed by a mile."
Holding-the-ball decisions in the final minute in the last quarter of both the MCG and
Subiaco matches resulted in goals being kicked from free kicks, and last-gasp wins
recorded by North Melbourne and St Kilda.
SHAUN REHN (Adelaide) was penalised by umpire JOHN HARVEY for holding the ball in North's
forward pocket. EVAN HEWITT (NM) quickly passed to PETER BELL (NM) who goaled and which
moments later ended in victory to the Kangas by four points. Rehn was judged to have had
reasonable time to have ridded himself of the ball, and though a "grey area" the
free kick was judged to be fair.
In Perth with less than a minute remaining, West Coast defender ASHLEY McINTOSH in a pack
was penalised when he dragged the ball under him and was legally tackled. The resulting
free-kick for holding-the-ball was given to GAVIN MITCHELL (StK) who obtained a goal and
the Saints winning by two points.
<> A football fan lost her damages claim against the Melbourne Cricket
Club in the County Court on May 1. JANINE GRAHAM had attended the Essendon-West Coast
final at the MCG on September 12, 1993 when she been struck on the shoulder by a full can
of beer thrown by a spectator. Following a four-day trial a jury of four men and two women
decided the MCC had not been negligent ...
|AFLPA APPOINTS DEMETRIOU AS
The AFL Players Association announced their new chief executive is ANDREW
JUSTIN MADDEN writing in The Sunday Age (3rd) said: "As a businessman with a
law background, it would appear he has all the appropriate credentials but it will be his
experience as a league footballer that will be more important. Those experiences will
throw light on the nuances, the subtleties, the passion and the insanity that is league
Andrew played 106 games for North Melbourne and Hawthorn between 1981-88.
<> OBITUARY ARCHIBALD (Archie) KNOTT passed away on April 16
aged 82. A tall man of his era, "Smiler" was a valuable player with both Fitzroy
and St Kilda between 1938 and 1945, playing 49 League matches.
Born and raised in Abbotsford he attended Lithgow Street State School, Archie was a member
of a prominent sporting family. Brother Dan played with Collingwood and Richmond (22
games, 1940-41, 1943, 1947) while George was a champion walker and represented Australia
at the Rome Olympics in 1960.
MINTON-CONNELL & DIXON CLEARED
Video charges against both SIMON MINTON-CONNELL (WB) and BEN DIXON (Haw)
were dismissed at the Tribunal hearing on Tuesday (5th).
The Bulldog had been been reported for striking MICHAEL PRIOR (Ess) with a fist to the
head in the second quarter of the Saturday game at Carlton. Following evidence, the
Tribunal dismissed the charge.
BEN DIXON (Haw) faced the offence of allegedly charging Geelong's LIAM PICKERING. The
charge on video evidence was dismissed.
CROWS BANNED FROM USING MOTORISED CART
ADELAIDE have been banned from using its motorised cart to carry injured
players off the field the AFL has ruled players must be removed by trainers on a
Its a curious ruling. cardiac massage could be performed on the cart by a doctor,
which would be impossible on a stretcher
HAWKS FINED FOR SALARY CAP BREACHES
Hawthorn became the sixth club in two years to be fined for breaches of
the salary cap.
Stephen O'Reilly reported in The Age: "The Hawks, fined $45,000, were
penalised for a series of violations between 1991 and 1996 to join Essendon, North
Melbourne, Richmond, Geelong and Collingwood as clubs to have been caught flouting the cap
in recent seasons."
While it is the administrations led by Trevor Coote, John Lauritz, Geoff Lord and Peter
Hudson that have been found guilty by the League, there will be no concessions for those
currently in charges, according to Hawthorn chief executive of three months, Michael
record win at Carlton
Round proves a tipster's nightmare
Eagles lose their 4th on-the-trot
ROUND 7 Fri-Sat-Sun, May 8-9-10.
MILESTONES PORT ADELAIDE kicked 25.15-165, their highest score in 29 games
of AFL football ... TODD VINEY (Mel) played his 200th senior game ... CHRIS NAISH (143
Rch, now PA) his 150th ... 100 games for SHANE CRAWFORD (Haw) and TONY WOODS (Fit, Col,
now Haw) ... 50 games to MICHAEL PRIOR (Ess), DANIEL CHICK (Haw) and DANIEL METROPOLIS
(WCE) ... MATTHEW HOGG after 59 games with Footscray (1988-91) played his 100th for
Carlton, while DARREN JARMAN following his 109 with Hawthorn (1991-95) played his 50th for
<> WEST COAST lost their fourth successive match for the second time in the nine
season (1990-98) tenure of coach MICHAEL MALTHOUSE. The last time the Eagles suffered a
similar string of defeat was in 1996 when they lost R2-3-4-5. In 1989, the last of the
two-year stint of WA legend JOHN TODD, West Coast lost six on-the-trot from round six to
round 11 the low point of their 270 League matches since 1987.
FROM THE ROUND
<> BRISBANE in their 15th contest at Waverley since 1987 won for third time at the
venue. It was their first victory there since their defeat of the Saints, 94-R19, ending a
string of six losses at the Park. Brisbane's other win at Waverley was versus Fitzroy,
<> PAUL BRODERICK following 131 consecutive games with Fitzroy and now Richmond was
dropped from the Tigers line-up for the Melbourne game. His run started in round 10 of
<> the 89pt loss to Port Adelaide ranks 8th of Carlton's "Big Defeats" in
League football. The Blues' biggest loss in the League was on Saturday May 28 1983 when
North defeated them by 111pts at the Arden Street Oval, 29.19-193 to 11.16-82
<> The 10 goals by TONY LOCKETT equalled the 1935 best by a Swan against Collingwood
when BOB PRATT kicked 10.6 at the Lake Oval, Albert Park in the 12th round. The 10.1 by
'Plugger' was the 20th occasion he has kicked 10 goals or more in a League match. This
time, Lockett kicked 1-4-2-3 to reach his ten
<> The 7.7-49 on Sunday was the
lowest MELBOURNE score versus Richmond for 33 years, since 65-R1-MCG when the Demons
<||> Hawthorn produced a sustained, disciplined effort against Freo at the WACA to
crush the Dockers by 42pts. Most of the 22,037 crowd on Friday night had long departed
before the final siren. Though the Hawks relaxed from their 61pt last-break advantage they
succeeded in shaking off their mental problems of fading out.
Alan East reporting in The Age on comments from winning coach Ken Judge:
"Judge was spot-on with his tribute to the spirit and character of his Hawks; players
such as Aaron Lord, Richard Taylor, Rayden Tallis, Angelo Lekkas and Shane Crawford were
hard at it all game. Their intensity, especially when they knocked Fremantle's speed and
spirit with the first seven goals, was huge and they could be forgiven for a brief respite
when the Dockers rallied with four unanswered goals.
Champion forward JASON DUNSTALL spent the greater part of the match nursing an ice-packed
right knee (it was tendonitis) not the one which has undergone two reconstructions.
Whether a first quarter incident involving Dunstall and Jones (Fre) will bring closer
scrutiny is awaited.
The stinging defeat suffered will do little to gain respect for the Dockers in their
home-town, or as the saying goes "perfect one day, pathetic the next"
HAWTHORN 15.9-99 (Dunstall 3, Dixon 3) best, Salmon, S.Crawford, Tallis, FREMANTLE
8.9-57 best, Jones, Norrish, Gale.
<||> On Friday night, the match originally scheduled in the draw for Waverley then
switched to Vic Park, was played at the MCG. For a big 57,894 (the greatest ever to watch
the Pies and Swans in a home-and-away game) the Magpies were supreme, landing
killer-punches in the opening quarter. Holding a 25pt margin, a 10-goal victory by the
Woods over Sydney was on the cards with NATHAN BUCKLEY already having 10 possessions.
The Swans kicked eight unanswered goals to turn the deficit into a 22pt lead as Kelly,
Maxfield, Nicks and Schwass regained control of the midfield. With Stafford recovering to
make the ruck battle with Monkhorst an even affair, Sydney dictated proceedings and the
man-mountain TONY LOCKETT completed much of the good work despite his troublesome knee.
Lockett went on to kick his 20th double-digit tally of his 241-game career with 10.1 for
the night he was the icing on a deliciously enjoyable victory by a classy side; the
Harboursiders by percentage retained top place SYDNEY 18.7-115 (Lockett 10.1,
O'Loughlin 3) best, Lockett, Stafford, Kelly, COLLINGWOOD 12.7-79 (Watson 4) best,
Buckley, Patterson, Crosisca.
<||> Port Adelaide registered its biggest AFL win and kicked its highest score when it
defeated Carlton on Saturday at Optus Oval (16,058) by a thumping 89pts. The Blues, who
won the premiership with 23 victories of 25 games in 1995 were taken apart by the young
Port line-up who kicked 15 goals to three in the second half.
The star for Port Adelaide was 19-year-old WARREN TREDREA who kicked 8.4 in his eighth
League game. His great story had a note of disappointment when Tredrea dislocated a knee
cap late in the game, but the damage is less than first feared and he should return after
a short layoff. Earlier Port lost their key ruckman MATTHEW PRIMUS with a knee injury
his return may be longer. DARREN MEAD also suffered concussion in the first half.
The Carlton side now clearly in rebuilding mode, fell to 16th position at the bottom of
the ladder PORT ADELAIDE 25.15-165 (Tredrea 8.4, Lockwood 3, Morton 3) best,
Tredrea, Lade, Stevens, CARLTON 11.10-76 (Pearce 5) best, Sexton, Pearce, Ratten.
<||> JARROD MOLLOY returning for his first game since his knee reconstruction provided
the lift Brisbane were looking for when he kicked three goals in the opening term of the
contest against St Kilda at Waverley (23,960) on Saturday. The Saints who started well in
the first 15 minutes were overcome by uncertain handling, erratic disposal and poor
Len Johnson in The Age reported: "Brisbane, on the other hand, began to grab
every chance offered. Still, it seemed St Kilda would find enough to win after a second
quarter in which ROBERT HARVEY cut loose. As in the first quarter, the momentum was a
while building, but once the Saints got on top they were away."
Brisbane with a strong win worked hard in the third building a lead with 7.1 to 1.0.
Taking a 27pt break into the last quarter, they withstood a challenge then held the Saints
out for a creditable 17pt win BRISBANE 15.9-99 (Molloy 6, Hart 3) best, Molloy,
Hart, Hilton, ST KILDA 11.16-82 best, Harvey, Winmar, Jones. Brisbane's victory was
emotionally celebrated by the players following the recent trauma of the Alastair Lynch
appearance at the Tribunal.
<||> Jake Niall in The Age reported that Geelong's strong defence and slight
edge in skill enabled it to survive a late and unexpected last challenge by Essendon in
the Saturday night game at the MCG which drew a crowd of 56,093.
"The Cats led by 18pts at three-quarter time and by 23pts 12 minutes into the last
quarter. Given that this was a low-scoring affair and that the Dons had had only 11
scoring shots, the match appeared as good as over. But the Bombers, who had been dormant
since the second quarter, lifted. Quick goals to DEAN SOLOMON, MARK MERCURI and DUSTIN
FLETCHER reduced the margin to five points 18 minutes in the term."
"The critical moment came with two minutes remaining. The Cats led by four points
when MATTHEW LLOYD took a fine mark at centre half-forward. He quickly handballed to a
running JUSTIN BLUMFIELD who kicked a shocker straight to Geelong's MICHAEL MANSFIELD. The
ball quickly rebounded to the other end, when opportunist JASON SNELL goaled with less
than a minute left. Any chance the Bombers had of a late miracle was snuffed when the
unfortunate Blumfield missed a shot for goal from 15 metres." GEELONG 12.7-79
(Spinks 5, Snell 3) best, Graham, McGrath, Sholl, ESSENDON 11.4-70 best, Mercuri, Lucas,
<||> In "100 minutes of football" the 39,057 parochial crowd at Footy Park
on Sunday had nine minutes of nail-biting as West Coast surged home from a 29pt deficit.
The result went to Adelaide by a tight eight points, but it was evident a lot of hard work
is ahead of both the Eagles and the Crows if they are to be worthy contenders this season.
Ii was a willing struggle in good conditions with Adelaide in front by almost six goals at
the start of the last quarter before the Sandgropers with a strong wind behind them
clicked and the Crows wilted.
Both coaches Malcolm Blight and Michael Malthouse warned against continuing to over-rate
their sides. For the Eagles, it was their fourth defeat on-the-trot and down to 12th
place, while the Crows are after seven are 3+4 and outside the Eight in 9th position
ADELAIDE 11.13-79 (Eccles 4, Jarman 3) best, Rehn, Ricciuto, Connell, WEST COAST
10.11-71 best, Jakovich, Waterman, Morrison.
<||> How can a side remain goalless for half the game, and run home victors by seven
goals? Richmond have the answer but few of the 46,217 who watched Sunday's MCG game would
provide an plausible explanation.
Melbourne were flat as a tack following their five wins from the first six games with the
most potent of statistics revealing not one of their key forwards David Schwarz, Garry
Lyon, Shaun Smith or Russell Robertson took a mark against Richmond. They seemed painfully
reminiscent of the wooden-spoon team of 1997.
Linda Pearce observed in The Age: "Yet that was also a credit to
Richmond. Its defence, led in the absence of the injured Paul Bulluss by Darren Gaspar,
Scott Turner, Jason Torney and first-gamer Andrew Kellaway, was watertight. Matthew
Knights and Wayne Campbell were sweeping forward from half-back and Matthew Rogers, Nick
Daffy and Ben Harrison were also getting plenty of the ball."
The Tigers kicked 8.4 to one goal in the last term to overrun a very tired Demon outfit
RICHMOND 13.13-91 (Richardson 3) best, Knights, Rogers, Gaspar, MELBOURNE 7.7-49
best, Viney (in his 200th), Shanahan, Ingerson.
<||> The Western Bulldogs continued to display their characteristic aggression when
they gained a thorough 28pt victory over North Melbourne at Carlton on Sunday. For most of
the encounter the scores were close, and the lead changed regularly. The skills of the day
were not great but the game delivered all the 22,058 who were at Optus Oval could have
hoped for scores were twice level and 16pts the widest margin in the first three
The strength of the Bulldog midfield of Romero, West, Johnson, Brown and Montgomery was
the edge, despite the hard work for the Roos provided by Grant, Bell, Stevens and Rock.
The Doggies burst away in the final term and though North maintained their effort they
were overrun by the sheer tenacity of the Westerners who kicked 8.2 to romp away and
retain equal League leadership, BULLDOGS 16.15-111 (Grant 4, Hudson 3, Montgomery 3,
Southern 3) best, West, Romero, Brown, NORTH 12.11-83 (Carey 4) best, Grant, Stevens,
The Monday (11th) sitting of the AFL Tribunal was a mixed bag.
Essendon forward MATTHEW LLOYD was not required to appear after his striking charge was
withdrawn following the scrutiny of video evidence.
However, Lloyd's teammate ANDREW BOMFORD drew a citing from video of the same match.
Bomford was found to have been reckless of jumping into Geelong's RONNIE BURNS and was
suspended for two matches.
Hawthorn's JASON DUNSTALL departed the Tribunal visibly angry after his charge of striking
Fremantle's ANTHONY JONES was adjourned another 24 hours. A video link with Perth could
not be obtained, denying Jones the opportunity to see the video evidence.
TENSIONS EMERGE AT WINDY HILL
Differences at Windy Hill between senior coach
KEVIN SHEEDY and assistant coach MARK THOMPSON became public. Michael Stevens in the Herald
Sun (12th) stated: "Three independent sources have confirmed Thompson told
McMahon (Essendon president) and Jackson (Essendon CEO) he could no longer work with
Graham McMahon admitted Thompson and Sheedy had argued but strongly denied Thompson had
approached him on the issue.
A meeting of the club's football coaching unit met to settle the differences, however it
is believed what remains is an "uneasy truce."
Adelaide, Sturt following their Saturday victory over front-runners West Adelaide hit top
place on the SANFL premiership table for the first time since 1983's 17th round. That was also the
year of their most recent grand final appearance. The Double Blues are 5+1 from their
first six games.
DUNSTALL FOUND NOT GUILTY
At the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night (12th) Hawthorn legend JASON DUNSTALL
was cleared of striking ANTHONY JONES (Fre).
The hearing which lasted an hour saw Hawthorn successfully argue that Dunstall's hand was
open at all times in his clash with Jones umpire JOHN HARVEY refused to budge on
the issue of whether Dunstall's hand was open.
The Tribunal. headed by Brian Collis, QC, took only seconds to deliver a not guilty
3AW LEAD MMM IN RADIO RATINGS
Radio ratings for the Melbourne market were released on Tuesday (12th). In
the major time-slots REX HUNT and the 3AW team were clear winners, ahead of Triple M and
3LO with Magic 693 not far away.
LYNCH MATTER ADJOURNED AGAIN
A five-hour sitting of the AFL Tribunal on Wednesday (13th) failed to
reach a conclusion in the Alastair Lynch drug case. Legal experts and witness made up 21
people who attended.
Tony Peek, the AFL communications manager after the hearing read a statement attributed to
tribunal chairman Brian Collis, QC "The tribunal has sat for some five hours
in an endeavour to finalise this matter. Unfortunately it cannot be reasonably concluded
this day and has had to be adjourned until next Wednesday at 5pm which is the next
suitable day for all parties concerned. That's the end of the statement and we are not in
a position to make any further comment."
Earlier, Brisbane chairman Noel Gordon foreshadowed the possibility the matter may be
headed for the Supreme Court. Speaking on Channel 10 news Gordon said, "I understand
there has been some reticence in regard to witnesses appearing here. I'm not sure where
the pressure has come from, but I'll leave the viewers (to) make their own decisions in
regard to that."
|SYDNEY MAY TRUMP MCG
MIKE SHEAHAN in the Herald Sun (14th)
broke the story that Sydney may trump the MCG as the biggest stadium in the country early
"Stadium Australia, developer of the Olympic 2000 stadium at Homebush, is 'seriously
considering' retaining number at 110,000 after the games."
Originally, Homebush was to have been refashioned after the 2000 Games to provide 80,000
seats for the rugby codes and 72,000 for Australian Football.
Sheahan noted that Stadium Australia might be motivated by the 'bragging rights'
associated with the biggest stadium in Australia with Ken Edwards, Stadium Australian md
saying: "It might be nice to be able to say mine's bigger than yours."
'Dogs gain one-game break
Adelaide under the hammer
Pies-Demons provide Sunday thrills
ROUND 8 Fri-Sat-Sun, May 15-16-17.
MILESTONES JIM STYNES (Mel) achieved his 250th game
150 games for
NIGEL SMART (Ade) and BRETT RATTEN (Car)
100 games SHAUN REHN (Ade)
by seven players MATTHEW BURTON (Fre), JEFF FARMER (Mel), DANNY DICKFOS (Bri), MATTHEW
FRANCIS (Rch 19, now Col), TRISTAN LYNCH (Bri), JASON NORRISH (Fre), while PETER CAVEN
following his 39 with Fit and 18 with Syd played his 50th for the Crows
FROM THE ROUND
<> PORT ADELAIDE from their record-setting club record of 25.15-165 in
round 7, slumped to post the lowest score of the season so far, 5.15-45
<> Geelong enjoyed its fifth consecutive victory over Fremantle
<> North and Sydney at the MCG drew the biggest crowd to see the pair
in a home-and-away match. Previous highest was 31,037 78-R11 at Waverley
<> the Bulldogs won their third successive outing over Hawthorn
the best in 43 years against the Glenferrie boys
<> The McDONALD brothers added another page to League records. The
three brothers ANTHONY and JAMES for Melbourne and ALEX for Collingwood participated in
the one match on Sunday at the MCG
<> CARLTON lost their seventh on-the-trot, their Longest Losing
Sequence since 1988-89 when they lost their last two games and the first five of 1989. In
a season, the Blues last dropped seven in 1955, R5-6-7-8-9-10-11. The seventh defeat also
brought the longest run of failure in DAVID PARKIN's 453-match coaching career extending
back to 1977
interstate sides Brisbane, Fremantle and Port Adelaide, kicked a combined total of 29
goals 55 behinds 8.22, 6.18 and 5.15.
<||> The Friday opener at the MCG (35,384) would be looked back on as a
good game played out by two desperate teams. A highlight was the ferocity Brisbane
displayed in the second quarter when DION SCOTT and the unit were on fire. The Lions
unfortunately were unable to sustain the pace as Essendon found a greater measure of
desperation in the last half to run out 14pt winners. At this time, it's difficult to
assess how far either will go in the premiership race.
Len Johnson reported in The Age: "The Lions kicked atrociously, kicking only
eight goals from 30 scoring shots (six more than Essendon). But no fewer than nine of
those behinds were rushed through by a desperate Essendon defence. The Dons' backline
worked tirelessly all night, with the unheralded PETER BERBAKOV achieving a notable
victory over JARROD MOLLOY."
SEAN WELLMAN and DAMIEN HARDWICK were also excellent in the Bomber defence. Apart from the
three goals from DION SCOTT in the first half, Brisbane lacked a winning attacker all
night ESSENDON 12.12-84 (Alessio 4) best, Alessio, Hardwick, Misiti, BRISBANE
8.22-70 (D.Scott 3) best, M.Voss, C.Scott, Ashcroft.
<||> Kardinia Park on Saturday afternoon brought difficult conditions for
Geelong and Fremantle and the 19,449 who attended. The ball proved slippery and hard to
control in the drizzle and the wind. Geelong turned a two-point lead at quarter-time, but
took an eternity to capitalise on kicking with the wind. Yet by the end of the quarter,
Geelong had gone to a 29pt lead and seemed to have the match in its keeping.
By the time Waterhouse scored 10 minutes into the third, it had almost been two full
quarters since the Dockers' first goal. Freo worked hard and with only the last term left
had reduced the margin to only 11pts.
The Cats however proved steadier in the last term and though lacking a dominant forward
got home by 22pts GEELONG 12.4-76 (Lynch 3) best, Mensch, Barnes, Sanderson,
FREMANTLE 6.18-54 best, Fletcher, Norrish, Kickett.
<||> North and Sydney left no doubts they are top-four teams, serving up
one of the best games of the season on Saturday before 43,400 at the MCG. Rohan Connelly
noted in The Age: "The Roos emerged from a hard, tough but skilful contest
with a tremendous 10-point win over the ladder leader after clawing their way back from
three goals down early in the third quarter."
In contrast to the 1996 grand final contest, the Roos jumped to an early lead but were
overrun by the Coathangers in the second for Sydney to break clear by 17pts at half time.
Injuries may have taken a toll on the Harboursiders with both JOHN STEVENS (groin) and
ROBBIE AHMAT (hamstring) not returning for the second half, while TONY LOCKETT still
nursing a knee injury was on the bench early in the last.
The Kangas took control midway in the last after another burst of brilliance from WAYNE
CAREY who rammed home two quick goals, and another added through Abraham. The Swans will
derive some positives despite defeat in the form of big forward BRENT GREEN (four goals)
and young utility JASON SADDINGTON. One report dampened Sydney's finish as ANDREW DUNKLEY
was booked for striking Carey. Let's hope the Tribunal look closely at the video for what
brought about the scuffle NORTH MELB 15.15-105 (Carey 4, Blakey 3) best, Archer,
King, Blakey, SYDNEY 14.11-95 (Green 4, Kelly 3) best, Stafford, Kelly, Schwass.
<||> In chilly Saturday night conditions, only 20,063 attended Waverley
to watch a poor-standard game, marred by appalling disposal. Jake Niall in The Age
observed: "The Saints gained a handy break early in the first quarter (when they
kicked four goals in eight minutes), and maintained it for most of the match, extending it
slightly in the last."
PETER EVERITT was the instigator of St Kilda's early burst. He kicked a goal, won a couple
of decisive hit-outs in the middle including a perfect palm to NATHAN BURKE that
led to a GAVIN MITCHELL goal and won three centre free kicks, two resulting in
Port's inability to kick goals (only five from 20 shots) resulted from the Saints' strong
defence unit led by SHANE WAKELIN, MAX HUDGHTON, JUSTIN PECKETT and STEVEN SZILLER proving
far-too strong. ROBERT HARVEY (StK) continued in outstanding fashion with another
35-possession game ST KILDA 10.12-72 (Mitchell 3) best, Mitchell, Peckett, Harvey,
PORT ADELAIDE 5.15-45 best, Heuskes, Stevens, Lade.
<||> One of the bigger crowds so far (37,361) packed the Subiaco Oval on
Sunday to watch Carlton, winless from the past half-dozen starts set the early pace. BRETT
RATTEN (in his 150th) gave the Blues a solid start but they soon lost the momentum with a
midfield shuffle after captain CRAIG BRADLEY left with a hamstring strain.
The Coasters took control and were cruising home with a 44pt lead 10 minutes into the
last. Then West hit a brick wall and Carlton swept back with six unanswered goals to fail
by only eight points. Other than Carlton's great finish, the game was a yawn and maintains
the doubt whether West Coast can make the finals for a ninth successive year WEST
COAST 12.20-92 (Cousins 3) best, Cousins, Read, Kemp, CARLTON 12.12-84 (Pearce 5, Hamill
3) best, Ratten, Hulme, Lock.
<||> Two factors came out of the Waverley (34,541) game on Sunday
even with bad knees JASON DUNSTALL is still a champion, and the Western Bulldogs are a
very classy outfit. Dunstall, the Hawthorn legend kicked six goals in the first quarter
(at 3, 12, 18, 20, 21 and 28-minutes) to give his side a huge start. He finished with 8.0
for the day before departing the game early in the last quarter.
The Bulldogs absorbed the first shock wave, then coolly went away to record an efficient
40pt victory. With skills and dash through the midfield, the Doggies took control of the
game with SCOTT WYND delivering an enormous effort from his dominance, taking 12 marks,
while SIMON GARLICK and ROHAN SMITH had a powerful influence on the result with their
thrusts into the forward line WESTERN BULLDOGS 21.10-136 (Brown 4, Grant 3, Hudson
3) best, Wynd, Garlick, Southern, HAWTHORN 14.12-96 (Dunstall 8.0) best, Dunstall, Tallis,
<||> Shades of the glory days returned during a gripping last quarter of
the Pies-Demons clash on Sunday at the MCG when 57,425 showed up. The Magpies in the dying
minutes had reduced Melbourne's 21pt lead to a single point. It was a
"tooth-and-nail" job as the two Rocca brothers almost pulled the game back for
Collingwood Anthony hit the post and Big Sav was off line.
Martin Blake reporting in The Age Yet Melbourne too, would have been rated
as unfortunate had it lost ... the Redlegs drew match-winning performances from three
young, inexperienced players ... one came from 18-year-old BRENT GRGIC who marked 12 times
when shifted from defence to centre half-forward; TRAVIS JOHNSTONE, 17, who came off the
bench to kick four goals; ANDREW LEONCELLI, whose gather of a loose ball near the members'
wing deep in the last quarter, was followed by a dash along the boundary, then a long
clearing kick which doused Collingwood's fire.
The Magpies were close to having it right they drew fine performances from NATHAN
BUCKLEY and PAUL WILLIAMS in the midfield, while the Roccas kicked seven goals between
them MELBOURNE 17.12-114 (Smith 5, Farmer 3) best, Stynes (his 250th), Grgic,
Johnstone, COLLINGWOOD 16.15-111 (S.Rocca 4, A.Rocca 3) best, Buckley, Crosisca, Williams.
<||> A warm 22, and brilliant sunshine at Footy Park on Sunday made hot,
hard work for both sides. The Tigers found another way to thrill their fans when they
flogged the reigning premiers with a great last quarter Richmond from a 19pt
deficit doubled their score to win by 13pts.
Alan Shiell reporting from Adelaide eye-balled five players responsible for Richmond's
revival midfielder MATTHEW ROGERS, ruckman BRENDON GALE and forwards NICK DAFFY,
MATTHEW RICHARDSON and JOEL BOWDEN. Adelaide early moved like a winner 20 minutes into the
third quarter but thereafter were outscored 9.4 to 3.4 and Richmond breezed through the
Crows' half-back line.
The Tigers rose, Adelaide fell away to the displeasure of coach MALCOLM BLIGHT who failed
to see the match out, leaving the coach's box with five minutes to go RICHMOND
14.8-92 (Bowden 3, Holland 3) best, Rogers, B.Gale, Daffy, ADELAIDE 11.13-79 (Jameson 6)
best, Jameson, Koster, James.
|HAWKS NAME THEIR BEST
The Hawthorn Football Club Social Club recently conducted a poll to name
the 10 Best Hawks of All Time.
On the occasion of the club's 125th anniversary, a panel of four past presidents, three
ex-chairmen of selectors, two former coaches and a past captain (all of whom were not
identified) looked back on almost 800 players who have represented Hawthorn in their 74
seasons of League football since 1925.
The selection resulted in the following listing
1 - LEIGH MATTHEWS, 332 games, 915 goals, 1969-1985
2 - GRAHAM ARTHUR, 232 games, 201 goals, 1955-1968
3 - PETER HUDSON, 129 games, 727 goals, 1969-74 & 1977
4 - DERMOTT BRERETON, 189 games, 427 goals, 1982-1992
5 - MICHAEL TUCK, 426 games, 320 goals, 1972-1991
6 - JIM BOHAN, 131 games, 145 goals, 1938-1946
7 - PETER KNIGHTS, 264 games, 201 goals, 1969-1985
8 - JASON DUNSTALL, (at May 8, 1998) 261 games, 1224 goals, 1985-1998
9 - BRENDAN EDWARDS, 109 games, 29 goals, 1956-61 & 1963
10 - COL AUSTEN, 91 games, 6 goals, 1940-43 & 1946
<> Another "it wasn't a goal" blunder caused the rarely-seen
"crossed-flags" signal on Saturday night at Waverley. NICKY WINMAR to the
scoreboard end in the second quarter watched his kick slew away but it was signalled as a
goal. Field umpire CRAIG DURHAM overruled goal umpire PETER HERRICK who on Monday was
suspended for two matches ...
<> Adelaide coach MALCOLM BLIGHT couldn't bear to watch the closing
stages of the Crows' performance against Richmond with five minutes left, he left
the coach's box and headed for the change rooms later in the week, Blight was
warned that coaches are not allowed anywhere but the designated area near or on the
interchange bench while a match is in progress ...
<> Carlton coach DAVID PARKIN was attacked by six larrikins in a car
park near the MCG Gallery of Sport last Friday night (15th) as he departed the
Essendon-Brisbane game at half-time. Parkin was jostled, hit from behind, and had his car
kicked. The incident was reported to police and drew moves which may see security
DUNKLEY OUT FOR 3 WEEKS
Prior suspensions for striking offences
counted against ANDREW DUNKLEY (Syd) when he faced a striking charge on WAYNE CAREY (NM)
at Monday's (18th) AFL Tribunal. A confession by Carey "I probably overacted
and didn't do Andrew any justice" nor was the contact forceful, failed to save
the Sydney defender.
Tribunal chairman BRIAN COLLIS, QC, found the Swans' vice-captain action was reckless and
rubbed Dunkley out for three-matches "because of prior convictions".
Dunkley in his 127 games has twice received two-match suspensions for striking during each
of the two recent finals series.
GAVIN MITCHELL (StK) had his charge of striking Port captain GAVIN WANGANEEN dismissed,
while West Coast rookie PHILLIP READ pleaded guilty to striking AARON HAMILL (Car) with
the 18-year-old Eagle punished with a one-match penalty.
Hawthorn player RAYDEN TALLIS after the game against Western had scratches under his left
eye and on his neck and chest. The player was understood to have spoken twice to umpire
DAVID ACKLAND who lodged a notice of possible investigation. The AFL ruled that no further
action would be taken on the incident.
To avoid further controversy, at a players' meeting on Tuesday (19th) Western Bulldogs
coach TERRY WALLACE ordered his players to present their nails for inspection by medical
staff before each game. Wallace said the constant controversy over scratching tactics had
become a frustrating distraction.
<> In the last quarter on Saturday at Kardinia Park, Fremantle forward
CLIVE WATERHOUSE (Fre) was paid a mark by the controlling umpire TIM SHEARER when he
collected a low skimming kick. Veteran umpire PETER CAREY ran in from a distance and after
consultation Shearer reversed his decision. Video replays were not conclusive if the ball
had been taken cleanly but Shearer was within metres of the incident. AFL umpires
boss PETER SCHWAB ruled: "I have instructed the umpires that if both are 100 per cent
sure, but their opinions conflict, the decision of the controlling umpire in the zone
HALL OF FAME
SIX ADDED AS LEGENDS
AFL Commission chairman RON EVANS at the Regent Theatre ballroom on
Saturday evening (16th) announced six names to be added to the Australian Football Hall of
Fame, and the elevation of Collingwood's GORDON COVENTRY to Legend of the Game status. The
new members are
JACK CLARKE, 206 games, 1952-62, East Fremantle
TERRY DANIHER, 313 games, 1976-92, South Melb and Essendon
KEN FARMER, 224 games, 1419 goals, 1929-41, North Adelaide
FRED FLANAGAN, 163 games, 182 goals, 1946-55, Geelong
ALLAN RUTHVEN, 222 games, 442 goals, 1940-54, Fitzroy
LEN THOMPSON, 301 games, 1965-80, Col, SM, Fit
Coventry joins Ron Barassi, Haydn Bunton senior, Roy Cazaly, John Coleman, Jack Dyer,
Graham Farmer, Leigh Matthews, John Nicholls, Bob Pratt, Dick Reynolds, Bob Skilton, Ian
Stewart and Ted Whitten senior as Legends of the Game.
DRUG CASE TWICE ADJOURNED
The Alastair Lynch drug hearing will continue into a fourth sitting after
the AFL Tribunal failed to hand down a decision at a four-hour Wednesday hearing.
At the fourth hearing on Thursday (21st) ALASTAIR LYNCH gave evidence for four-and-a-half
hours more than 18 hours of evidence, argument and submissions have been heard. The
Tribunal will continue the hearing on Monday (25th).
maintain outright leadership
Tony Lockett passes 1200 goals
Freo darken Saints' 1900th game
ROUND 9 Fri-Sat-Sun, May 22-23-24.
MILESTONES ST KILDA played their 1900th League game
became only the second man (after Allan Jeans) to coach the Saints in 100 games
JOHN WORSFOLD (WCE) played his 200th
150 games for MICHAEL MANSFIELD (Gee) ... 100
to COREY McKERNAN (NM) and PETER EVERITT (StK)
50 games for ANTHONY ROCCA (22 Syd,
now Col), ANDREW McGOVERN (20 Syd, now Fre), ALEX McDONALD (46 Haw, now Col), DARREN
GASPAR (21 Syd, now Rch) and CHAD MORRISON (WCE).
FROM THE ROUND
<> CARLTON suffered their eighth consecutive defeat equalling
their run of 1898-99 and entering the zone of their 14-game run of defeats of 1901-02.
<> Geelong and West Coast failed to goal in the first quarter at
Kardinia Park. The most recent instance was on Sunday August 4 1996 at Princes Park when
Richmond and Brisbane didn't goal in the second quarter. Before that it was in 1991s 17th
round when at three-quarter time on July 13th Essendon 6.6-42 trailed Richmond 7.15-57.
Both failed to major in the last term, ending with Tigers 7.18-60, Dons 6.7-43.
<> Last Saturday was the first goalless quarter at Kardinia Park since
the opening round of 1965 when Geelong 0.0 were behind Footscray 0.1 at the first change.
On the same day both Hawthorn and Collingwood were pointless in the first quarter.
<> TONY LOCKETT (Syd) kicked his 21st bag of 10 goals or more. He also
broke the Swans' goalkicking record against Hawthorn. His 11.6 topped the eight goals
kicked by BOB PRATT in 1935, LAURIE NASH in 1936 and KEN EVANS in 1940. It was his 61st
game for Sydney and his second goal on Sunday was his 300th for Sydney.
<> North Melbourne in their 129th meeting with Carlton recorded their
best run of four-straight wins over the Blues, topping their three victories of 1973-74
<> SYDNEY became the first club in 1998 to pass 1000 points. They did
so in the last quarter when 'Plugger' kicked his ninth goal.
<> Published crowds for the weekend round totalled 235,452.
In St Kilda's 1900th League game, and STAN ALVES' 100th as coach the turning point on
Friday night at the WACA (22,803) came seven minutes into the third term when Freo trailed
7.6 to 3.14. From a marking contest STEWART LOEWE (StK) had his right knee buckle under
him and the reaction to the injury slammed his head into the knee. In the same passage of
play an accidental elbow from a Freo defender caused a gash to Loewe's head which required
eight stitches. Loewe was stretched in a neck brace and took no further part. Later
examination revealed the fear of a knee reconstruction for the powerful forward. (by
Monday, Loewe was cleared of serious damage).
Fremantle became the dominant force, kicking 11 goals to six in the last half to storm
home over the Saints for a 15pt victory. The win was based around the power exerted by
MATTHEW BURTON (Fre) the 210cm ruckman who gained fine support from rover CRAIG CALLAGHAN
and the durable ADRIAN FLETCHER FREMANTLE 14.21-105 (Holland 3) best, Burton,
Fletcher, Holland, ST KILDA 13.12-90 (A.Thompson 4) best, Harvey, A.Thompson, Jones.
<||> North extended Carlton's losing-run to eight games with a solid 41pt
win over the Blues at Optus for 20,205 fans on a windy Saturday. Rain was always
threatening and the gloom surrounding Carlton deepened after their goalless (0.5) opening.
The Blues have not suffered a worse run since 1901.
In the scrappy, congested game, the Kangas flooded Carlton's forward lines in the first
and third quarters when the Blues had the wind. North with the advantage slammed on 7.4 in
the last to grind Carlton and settle a few old scores NORTH MELB 17.13-115
(Longmire 4, Abraham 3, Bell 3) best, Longmire, King, Bell, CARLTON 10.14-74 best,
Silvagni, Ratten, Brown.
<||> Strong winds and late rain at Kardinia Park on Saturday (19,848) was
the setting for Eagles' captain JOHN WORSFOLD's 200th game. West Coast made a few
sentimental changes with the inclusion of CHRIS LEWIS and TONY EVANS, significant to the
long association of the trio since formation of the club in 1987.
The match produced a goalless first quarter as both the Cats and Eagles managed only 0.3-3
apiece. It was the first occasion since 91-R17-WH when the Dons and Tigers both failed to
goal in the final term.
To set up their victory West Coast kicked four unanswered goals in the second term and
maintained control for the balance of the contest WEST COAST 9.11-65 best, Cousins,
Evans, McIntosh, GEELONG 5.14-44 best, Colbert, Barnes, Mensch.
<||> Essendon for the MCG Saturday twilight game at the MCG (49,580)
regained captain JAMES HIRD after six weeks absence. Hird who gathered 20 possessions and
seven marks, had an engrossing duel with rising Melbourne youngster SHANE WOEWODIN and
enjoyed a dominant midfield presence.
DARREN BEWICK (Ess) after appearing lame in the first half kicked three goals in the third
term to give his side the advantage in a decisive burst.
The stronger Bomber midfield was the critical factor of the contest in which Melbourne
after the long break never really threatened. The strengthening of the Essendon unit
serves a warning to those above them on the table ESSENDON 18.14-122 (Bewick 3,
Lloyd 3) best, Bewick, Calthorpe, Misiti, MELBOURNE 12.12-84 best, Johnstone, Leoncelli,
<||> Richmond and the Bulldogs delivered a crowd-pleasing contest for
36,428 at Waverley on Saturday. Until three-quarter time, the game was evenly balanced
then Western turned on a fiery finish to shake off the persistent Tigers.
The Bulldogs through PAUL HUDSON and MATTHEW DENT, kicked two goals in the first five
minutes of the last, then JOSE ROMERO (20 kicks, 3 goals) gave them a two-goal break. The
Doggies again displayed pin-point delivery off the foot to a teammate as their class and
confidence continues to grow WESTERN BULLDOGS 13.10-88 (Romero 3) best, Johnson,
Romero, Southern), RICHMOND 11.9-75 (Richardson 4, Evans 3) best, Gaspar, Knights,
<||> The impact of Adelaide's failure against Richmond the previous week
was apparent by their Saturday night display at the Gabba for 19,509 fans. The Crows'
backline was again outstanding, holding Brisbane to a miserable six goals for the evening.
The Lions had their chance in the early part but could never seize the moment.
Adelaide killed the contest with a great second term of 7.3 to lead by eight goals at half
time, 11.6 to 3.6. SHAUN REHN (Ade) maintained his great form and managed to be everywhere
at once. Though Brisbane benefited from a reduced injury list, their front-runners were
hassled by Adelaide's tackling, height in defence and the ruck dominant duo of Rehn and
Pittman. The dampener for the Crows was the report on NIGEL SMART for striking
ADELAIDE 14.14-98 (Jarman 4) best, Rehn, Tregenza, Jarman, BRISBANE 6.14-50 best, M.Voss,
<||> Two of the great full-forwards the game has produced TONY LOCKETT
(Syd) and JASON DUNSTALL (Haw) were opponents for possibly the last time, in near-perfect
conditions at the SCG on Sunday for a big 31,420 spectators. Lockett before half-time
became the third player to reach 1200 goals with his fourth for the day from a
classic lead to a Kelly pass and a dead-eye shot from 45 metres on the outer boundary.
'Plugger' finished the game with a sensational 11.6 (six goals, two behinds in the last),
and got the match-ball as a souvenir.
Hawthorn had worked so hard yet trailed by 23pts at 19 minutes into the third. Persistency
paid off and the Hawks with five goals surged back to lead the Swans by a goal, 10 minutes
into the last term. Then Lockett took the spotlight and in 13 minutes kicked five goals
(and Barry got his second), before 'Plugger' ended affairs with another 1.1 it was
an awesome display by the man-mountain of 244 games.
The match was further highlighted by the workrate of TROY LUFF, the Swans' inspired choice
at full-back for the suspended Dunkley SYDNEY 17.15-117 (Lockett 11.6) best,
Lockett, Cresswell, Luff, HAWTHORN 11.14-80 (Dunstall 4, Dixon 3) best, S.Crawford,
<||> In slippery conditions after heavy rain, Football Park (35,659)
became another graveyard for Collingwood's hopes as they slid to a 17pt defeat at the
hands of Port Adelaide. After being on level terms in the low-scoring affair, the AFL
Magpies were caught napping by costly turnovers to an inspired Port.
Port's much-criticised spearhead SCOTT CUMMINGS after a wretched first half produced four
last-half goals if it was his last chance as the pundits had predicted, Cummings
answered in the most positive manner.
PAUL WILLIAMS and NATHAN BUCKLEY for the Pies, each an immaculate kick, missed running
shots early in the last quarter when Collingwood had closed to within 13 points. The most
critical of statistics showed ANTHONY ROCCA (Col) in his 50th game had one kick for the
game PORT ADELAIDE 11.14-80 (Cummings 5) best, Lade, Stevens, Cummings, COLLINGWOOD
9.9-63 (S.Rocca 3) best, Buckley, Williams, Patterson.
ALASTAIR LYNCH CLEARED BY A 2-1 DECISION
The AFL Tribunal on Monday (25th) cleared Brisbane co-captain ALASTAIR
LYNCH of any wrongdoing after he admitted taking a banned substance to combat chronic
Starting May 7, after five sittings and 20 hours of hearings, the AFL Tribunal comprising
chairman BRIAN COLLIS, QC, ELAINE CANTY and SHANE MAGUIRE by a 2-1 decision in a 12-page
declaration found on all the evidence presented during the hearing, "it would be
unjust to inflict extremely severe and harsh punishment upon Alastair Lynch (i.e. that he
was a 'drug cheat' ...) for acting upon advice that was wrong or arguably so ..."
Stephen Linnell said in The Age: "According to evidence presented during the
hearing, Brisbane's medical officer, Dr Alan McKenzie, called the Australian Sports Drug
Agency drugs in sport hotline in February 1966 and 'received advice that DHEA was not a
banned substance under the AFL drug code'.
"According to the tribunal's finding, on 2 March this year, Lynch was advised by an
ASDA official that he could continue taking DHEA as long as his testosterone levels
remained within prescribed limits, and that he could apply to the AFL to use the drug for
The ASDA strongly denied it provided incorrect information about DHEA to Lynch or his
Alastair Lynch speaking later in the evening on Channel Seven's "Talking
Footy" expressed he would continue to explore with the AFL the possibility to
use DHEA to maintain his quality of life.
SMART AND DENT SUSPENDED
Charges from round nine matches heard on Monday (25th) resulted in
Adelaide's NIGEL SMART being outed for two games for striking CRAIG McRAE (Bri), while
MATTHEW DENT (WB) was punished with a three week suspension.
It was Dent's fourth suspension in as many years. Dent was found guilty of striking DAMIEN
RYAN (Rch) on Saturday at Waverley Park.
A tripping charge against Richmond's ROBERT POWELL was withdrawn after video evidence was
reviewed on Monday.
ESSENDON ROOKIE SUSPENDED
DEAN SOLOMON (Ess) faced two reports at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday
(26th). He was suspended for two games and fined $1000. Solomon was punished for striking
PAUL HOPGOOD (Mel) and a later incident for wrestling ADAM YZE (Mel). Yze was also fined
$1000 for wrestling Solomon.
<> Speculation on a return to Melbourne ended when MICHAEL MALTHOUSE
signed on the dotted line with the Eagles who have secured him until the end of the 2001
<> JUSTIN CHARLES (Richmond) already under a 16-match suspension handed
down by the AFL last September for using the banned steroid boldenone, has now been banned
for two years by the Australian Olympic Committee despite the fact he no longer plays an
<> SYDNEY were
fined $2000 after a Hawthorn trainer at the SCG on Sunday alerted field umpires. AFL admin
manager ROD AUSTIN said: "A Sydney trainer had an earpiece and was delivering
messages." The AFL rules ban the use of any communications device between the coach's
box and training during games. Austin further confirmed there had been 11 official
complaints about runners overstaying their presence on the field this year
<> AFL memberships are on the rise SYDNEY have passed the 30,000
figure, while ST KILDA have reached 22,000 (8,870 in 1995) a valued advance on last year's
<> The Seven Network's new football variety show "Live and
Kicking" debuted strongly last Wednesday night (20th), with a peak audience in
Melbourne of 853,000 and an average of 792,000 viewers. It recorded a peak rating of 38 in
Melbourne, averaging the mid-30s and peaked at 37 in Adelaide and 31 in Perth. The Nine
Network's "The Footy Show" averaged 524,000 viewers on Thursday night
The Age, May 26
utility DARYL WHITE revealed that following their 48pt defeat last Saturday night coach
JOHN NORTHEY behind closed doors offered to stand down ...
|AFL TARGET SYDNEY
A 189-page document which took nine months to produce by a seven-member
taskforce headed by West Australian QC and League commissioner TERRY O'CONNOR, was
unveiled by AFL Chief Commissioner WAYNE JACKSON in Sydney at the Convention Centre of the
Centrepoint Tower on Wednesday May 27.
Jackson sounded a note of warning on the unhealthy state of Australian Football in the NSW
and the ACT "The success of the Sydney Swans should not hide the fact that
Australian Football is all tip and no iceberg."
AAP reported in The Sydney Morning Herald "The major recommendation
of the task force is to lift the insignificant numbers of junior footballers in the region
and improve the quality of Sydney's local senior league (SFL) in time for the dismantling
of the AFL reserves competition at the end of 1999."
The report continued: "There are 12,000 junior Australian footballers in NSW and the
ACT. Only 2,600 of them registered in Sydney compared with 100,000 soccer players, 45,000
in rugby league, 42,000 in basketball and 11,500 in rugby union."
Saints slaughter Sydney
Top four leaders crash
'Sav' and 'Piggy' boot big bags
ROUND 10 Fri-Sat-Sun, May 29-30-31.
MILESTONES WAYNE CAMPBELL (Rch) played his 150th senior game ... 100 games
for SIMON TREGENZA (Ad) and DUSTIN FLETCHER (Ess) .. it was the 50th game for ANTHONY
FROM THE ROUND
MELBOURNE suffered its 850th League defeat on Sunday
<> both Geelong and Carlton scored their first centuries for the
season. For Geelong it was 39 years since such a drought was experienced when in 1959 the
Cats failed to kick three figures in the first 12 matches
100-plus was its first century since Round 19 last season a gap of 12 consecutive
<> St Kilda's
won for the seventh successive time at the SCG. Their big score against Sydney on Saturday
night sits well among the range of results when you consider the Swans haven't beaten the
Saints at the SCG since 1989. In the 90s, Sydney have only beaten St Kilda twice in 14
starts once in 1996 and 1997 both were at Waverley
<> SAVERIO ROCCA's 11.1 was the 40th occasion a Collingwood player has
kicked 10-goals or more in a League game. It was the 13th time Saverio Rocca has kicked
seven-goals or more in a game for the Magpies.
<> On Friday night at the WACA rookie goal umpire DAVID SHAWCROSS set a
new record. Shawcross (after 61 WAFL games) in his first AFL assignment signalled the
first 19 goals of the match 16 to the scoreboard end, eight by the Dogs in the
first term, followed by eight from the Eagles in the second. After the long break, the
first three goals of the second half were kicked to the city end where Shawcross had
moved. Umpires of the night awarded David the match ball.
<||> A crowd of 28,193 on Friday night at the WACA witnessed an
extraordinary two quarters of football. The Doggies were supreme at the opening and held a
48pt quarter-time lead of 8.4 to 0.4 following SCOTT WYND's textbook ruckwork and the
midfield combination of JOSE ROMERO, BRETT MONTGOMERY and SCOTT WEST.
The second term was equally as stunning as West Coast sparked by the ruck effort of JASON
BALL and the taming of Romero and West by DEAN KEMP and MICHAEL BRAUN. The Eagles took the
lead just before the half-time siren, 8.6 to 8.5. The first 16 goals of the game were all
kicked to the scoreboard end.
The last half was an even battle with the West withstanding a solid challenge by the Dogs
to win an amazing night of footy by 13pts WEST COAST 16.17-113 (Morrison 4, Gehrig
3) best, Ball, Gehrig, Braun, BULLDOGS 15.10-100 (Hudson 5, Grant 3) best, Hudson, Wynd,
<||> Carlton and Brisbane, the two under-achievers of 1998 faced each
other at Optus (18,317) on Saturday. The Blues recorded their best opening of the season
with 6.2 and held on strongly to break their eight-game losing streak.
Carlton were in front by seven goals at one stage and in the pattern of the game, the
Lions fought back. Given that Bradley, Ratten, Murphy and Camporeale were in touch, its
easier to understand how the Blues kicked 17 goals. Carlton by percentage stayed on the
bottom, joining the Lions on 2+8. Four players were booked in the game CARLTON
17.9-111 (Camporeale 3, Murphy 3, Hulme 3) best, Camporeale, Ratten, Hulme, BRISBANE
12.15-87 (White 3, Lappin 3) best, M.Voss, Hart, A.Lynch.
<||> Despite wonky knees, for the second time in three weeks, JASON
DUNSTALL kicked Hawthorn's first six goals and seven of its first eight for the Hawks to
almost steal the result over Essendon in the twilight game played at Waverley (41,780) on
Saturday. Not until the 25 minute mark of the third quarter did a second Hawk kick a goal.
Hawthorn often dominated general play but Essendon found something and it was a pity the
match ending as it did. Goal-umpiring came under the spotlight again when a kick from
JUSTIN BLUMFIELD (Ess) appeared to shave the goal post yet was given the all-clear after
consultation with two boundary umpires and field umpire TIM SHEARER.
SHANE CRAWFORD (Haw) did a good job of containing Essendon captain JAMES HIRD while
JONATHAN HAY (Haw) was effective on MATTHEW LLOYD (Ess) ESSENDON 13.15-93 (Lucas 3)
best, Wellman, Lucas, Caracella, HAWTHORN 13.9-87 (Dunstall 9.2) best, Dunstall,
<||> "The engine room is where games are won and lost these days and
it was Richmond that had half-a-dozen players stoking the furnaces all day while Port
Adelaide was running on the equivalent of a half-bag of briquettes" was how
Charles Happell in The Age reviewed the Saturday game (31,225) at the MCG.
The Tigers were wasteful and their five-goal margin would have been greater had it not
been for an off-target MATT RICHARDSON who took 15 marks but kicked only 4.7.
The Tigers now at 5+5 lost DUNCAN KELLAWAY when his left knee crumpled in the second term.
A reconstruction will keep him out for the rest of the year. WAYNE CAMPBELL was again in
brilliant form collecting 39 possessions RICHMOND 13.19-97 (Richardson 4, Holland
3) best, B.Gale, Daffy, Richardson, PORT 9.13-67 best, Lyle, Francou, Eagleton.
<||> St Kilda were slick, efficient and ruthless as they devastated a
lethargic Sydney outfit at the SCG on Saturday night. The winning margin of 101pts was the
largest from 183 contests dating back to 1897. Most of the 36,180 present had long
departed as the Saints margin mounted toward three digits. MARK RAY in The Sydney
Morning Herald reviewing the match: "From the opening moments of the game, St
Kilda seemed to have the ball on its fingertips. Every bounce seemed to go its way and
every mistake seemed to be made by Sydney".
STEVEN SZILLER put his his stamp on the game in the second when he kicked four goals for
the Saints, finishing with 6.2. Midfielder ROBERT HARVEY gave another classic Brownlow
performance with 38 possessions in a match where St Kilda were so dominating. Sydney were
truly pathetic and the scoreline flattered them ST KILDA 24.10-154 (Sziller 6,
Heatley 4, Brown 3, Sierakowski 3) best, Harvey, Sziller, Everitt, SYDNEY 8.5-53 (Lockett
4, O'Loughlin 3) best, Luff, Seymour, Lockett.
<||> The Demons suffered their third comprehensive thrashing in four
weeks when they were overrun by Adelaide at Football Park on Sunday, before a crowd of
40,844. Against Adelaide's tight defence Melbourne were starved and managed just eight
goals. Up by 20pts at the last change, Adelaide coach Malcolm Blight stirred his charges
to a big win recalling their recent last term capitulation to the Tigers.
Two of the most telling aspects of the match was the strength of Crow ruckman SHAUN REHN
and Adelaide's accuracy in the first half. JEFF WHITE did an outstanding job for Melbourne
and battled manfully against Rehn and throughout the match around the ground. Already
without two major play-makers (Andrew McLeod injured and Nigel Smart suspended) the Crows
will wait anxiously on the Tribunal after DARREN JARMAN was booked for striking
ADELAIDE 17.9-111 (Jarman 3) best, James, Bond, Tregenza, MELBOURNE 8.10-58 best, White,
<||> Victoria Park, the remaining bastion of "suburban footy"
welcomed 23,188 of the faithful on Sunday when Fremantle stood tall against the Magpies
taking the result down to the wire. A singularly great one-man performance by SAVERIO
ROCCA in kicking 11.1 (from 13 marks, 14 kicks) proved the difference as Collingwood
following three successive losses crept home with a seven-point win. The rangy MATTHEW
BURTON did a superb job in the ruck for Freo who into the third led by 28pts and looked
capable of causing the upset.
Then NATHAN BUCKLEY began to break clear and eight-straight inspired the Magpies. But the
Dockers were still not done and several late goals still gave them a sniff. Only the
crunching collision between RICHARD OSBORNE (Col) and ADRIAN FLETCHER (Fre) which broke
Fletcher's collarbone seemed to halt their run COLLINGWOOD 19.5-117 (S.Rocca 11.1)
best, S.Rocca, Buckley, Richardson, FREMANTLE 17.10-112 (Hunter 5) best, Burton, Fletcher,
<||> GARRY HOCKING on Sunday returned to the Geelong side after five
weeks absence through suspension and a broken right thumb. Playing with a moulded guard
against North, his presence at the MCG (35,595) guided Geelong to their first century of
the season and an important win over the out-front Kangas. Hocking had a blinding last
term when he had 8 kicks (of his 23) and 6 handpasses (of 12). Together with LEIGH
COLBERT, JOHN BARNES out of the middle and with PETER RICCARDI and DAVID MENSCH having
plenty of the ball, it was Geelong's best performance of the season.
Though WAYNE CAREY was always dangerous, overall North were ragged, leading coach DENIS
PAGAN to comment the Roos had "too few contributors when it mattered the most"
GEELONG 17.12-114 (Spinks 5, Stoneham 3) best, Hocking, Colbert, Riccardi, NORTH
13.13-91 (Carey 4) best, Carey, Blakey, Harvey.
<> The experiment of AFL twilight matches with a Saturday 3.40pm
bounce-down will conclude with the Round 11 Geelong v Carlton match at the MCG. No further
twilight games will be programmed this season
<> BRETT LOVETT
(Melbourne) retired on May 27 after 13 seasons and a senior service of 235 games from 1986
to Round 19 of 1997. Lovett suffered with a chronic pelvic injury
<> The lengthy period of preparation by full-forwards in taking their
kick at goal came under review. Director of umpiring PETER SCHWAB said his charges would
be watching: "I think we should be very conscious of how long they are actually
taking" in the Port-Pies game at Football Park, SCOTT CUMMINGS (PA) averaged
50 seconds for each of his five goals
<> Port runner DAVID ARNFIELD was fined $1000 for "coaching"
in the match against Collingwood. AFL guidelines demand runners only deliver messages.
This follows the fine of $2000 imposed upon Sydney for a similar offence in the same round
<> To avoid a clash with the VCE English examination, the date of the
1998 National Draft has been moved to Sunday November 1. The venue is expected to be
JARMAN COPS THREE MATCHES
Adelaide's DARREN JARMAN was found guilty of striking SHANE WOEWODIN (Mel)
when the AFL Tribunal sat on Monday (1st). Jarman was suspended for three matches and will
miss crucial contests against the Western Bulldogs, Essendon and Collingwood.
The charge of striking Woewodin with a right forearm to the head made by field umpire MARK
NASH was sustained. Chairman BRIAN COLLIS took the unusual step of commenting that the
tribunal did not consider the offence overly serious. It is estimated the highly-paid
Adelaide star will suffer a loss of up to $40,000 from his suspension. Jarman made his
sixth appearance from the past seven years and adds to his one week suspension in 1995 as
a Hawthorn player and two weeks in 1997 with Adelaide.
In other cases, DANNY DICKFOS (Bri) and JUSTIN MURPHY (Car) were each fined $1200 for
wrestling, while ANTHONY FRANCHINA (Car) was cleared of striking ANDREW BEWS (Bri).
Earlier, JARROD MOLLOY (Bri) had his charge of striking withdrawn, following a review of
Results are awaited of investigations into a spitting incident said to involve a Western
Bulldog player at the WACA on Friday night.
<> The Homebush Stadium will remain at more than 100,000 seats after
the 2000 Olympics Sydney's Daily Telegraph (2nd) noted "this issue will be
discussed and will be on-going over the next 12-18 months." A capacity of up to
110,000 at Homebush would attract key events including rugby's Bledisloe Cup and maybe
even the AFL grand final
<> Essendon members will vote on June 15 to support or reject the
proposed move as an anchor-tenant at the new Docklands Stadium.
<> Essendon estimates it will receive about $1.2 million in additional
revenue each year by moving to Docklands. The Bombers would have control of up to 43,000
of the 54,000 Docklands seats on match day in their seven 'home' games. Four 'blockbuster'
events would be played at the MCG. The club would also be housed regularly at the
big-capacity MCG in many 'away' encounters.
BURNS AND BROWN GET TWO WEEKS
SCOTT BURNS (Col) and MICHAEL BROWN (Fre) were each suspended for two
matches from separate incidents in the second quarter when their two clubs met at Victoria
Park last Sunday.
Burns though pleading innocence was found guilty of striking CRAIG CALLAGHAN (Fre) while
Brown was also found guilty of having struck ALEX McDONALD (Col).
<> Channel Seven in Sydney have dumped the Sydney Swans from prime-time
for the rest of the season
Last Saturday's SCG game on a one-hour delay to 8.30pm
started with the lowest rating (251,000 viewers) of the four channels. As the margin blew
out viewers left Seven faster than fans departing the SCG. By the finish, AFL footy had
less than 100,000 viewers left.
<> The Brisbane board sat in emergency for four hours on Wednesday
(3rd) reviewing the status of coach John Northey who fronted the board and was asked to
give reasons why he should be retained as coach
as recently as May 26, Brisbane
chairman Noel Gordon stated that Northey would retain his job until the end of the season.
<> The AFL ruled no action will be taken following allegations Bulldog
midfielder NATHAN BROWN had spat into the crowd during the pre-match warm-up at the WACA
last Friday night.
clear leaders at half-way
Dons dump Sydney by 10 goals
332,294 create new round record
ROUND 11 Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon, June 5-6-7-8.
MILESTONES Attendances for the Queen's Birthday holiday split round
totalled 332,294 a new League record for a single round. It tops the 329,369 for
the Easter split round in 1997 ... 100 games were enjoyed by NICK DAFFY (Rch) and JAMES
HIRD (Ess) ... 50 matches were celebrated by BRENDAN KRUMMEL (WCE, Fre, now Haw) ... the
100th AFL match was played at Football Park in Adelaide.
FROM THE ROUND
<> MCG crowds for the Friday night (62,866), Saturday (41,222) and
Monday (58,369) totalled 162,457
<> The Waverley
Park attendance of 71,488 for the St Kilda-Richmond match on Monday was the 22nd occasion
the 70,000 barrier has been broken at the venue since the opening on Saturday Apr 18 1970.
The two games on the weekend drew almost 103,000 to Waverley
<> The 62,866 on Friday night was the second biggest crowd to watch an
Essendon v Swans game. The record of 69,237 was set in the 21st round of 1996, also at the
MCG. The red-and-white last defeated Essendon at the MCG in the 1923 Second Semi-Final
<> North kicked 19.12-126 to down the Magpies on Monday the same
score they kicked at Victoria Park in 1993 and the MCG in 1994 three times from the
past eight contests.
<> Round 11 was highlighted by a number of goals which will be
shortlisted for Goal of the Week, or the season. At Subiaco on Sunday, 120-gamer ANDREW
WILLS (Fre) in the opening 14 minutes took the ball just outside the defensive 50 then
weaved and evaded with six bounces before slotting his 111th career goal. Equally as
exciting was a mirrored effort by Melbourne's 20-year old JEFF FARMER whose third goal of
the day in the first quarter at Waverley was a torpedo from 55 metres.
<||> Essendon boasting a formidable forward set-up of MATTHEW LLOYD,
JAMES HIRD (his 100th), SCOTT LUCAS and STEVE ALESSIO were comprehensive winners of the
Friday night MCG game which drew a big 62,866. The soft going after rain failed to deter
the Bombers bursting away with a 50pt opening and they were never challenged by the Swans
who have swiftly fallen into a hole.
As players return from injury, the Dons had strong contributors everywhere
Eastaugh, Berbakov, Calthorpe, O'Connor. Of Sydney, PAUL KELLY was one of the few
Harboursiders who held his head high, with five goals from the forward flank
ESSENDON 24.16-160 (Lloyd 5, Lucas 4, Alessio 4, Hird 3) best, Hird, Lucas, Lloyd,
Alessio, SYDNEY 15.10-100 best, Kelly, Saddington, Cresswell.
<||> The last twilight game was played in frequent rain on Saturday at
the MCG to 41,222 fans. After a poor start to the season, Geelong swept to their fifth
victory from their last six starts with a 17pts win over Carlton. The wet conditions and
swirling wind made scoring difficult and in a familiar story for Carlton this season,
Geelong got whatever easy goals there were to be had; Carlton always had to work hard for
their rewards. Though they lost, the Blues rose from the dreaded bottom position. For the
Cats, it was their third hard-fought MCG victory of recent weeks, after wins over North
and the Dons.
LEIGH COLBERT played a blinder for the Cats with 36 possessions from the centre square and
across half-back, while BRAD SHOLL, JOHN BARNES and BARRY STONEHAM were effective while
MARTY McKINNON recalled from the Reserves came off the interchange bench to kick three
last-term goals GEELONG 12.8-80 (Stoneham 3, McKinnon 3) best, Colbert, Sholl,
Mansfield, CARLTON 9.9-63 (Whitnall 3) best, Brown, Camporeale, Silvagni.
<||> Melbourne quickly erased the doubts on their ability to be a major
contender for this year's finals when they put the Hawks away early with a seven goal to
two opening in the Saturday game (31,365) at Waverley Park.
The strong Demon victory after successive losses without the injured TODD VINEY, DAVID
NEITZ and GLEN LOVETT demands attention. JEFF WHITE's skill in the ruck and the dazzling
JEFF FARMER led a smooth attack topped off by GARRY LYON (four goals). The Dees after
starving Hawthorn's JASON DUNSTALL were out by nine goals at one stage, then settled back
for a lazy 47pt win MELBOURNE 18.9-117 (Farmer 4, Lyon 4, A.McDonald 3) best,
Farmer, White, Lyon, HAWTHORN 10.10-70 (Holland 4) best, Holland, S.Crawford, Taylor.
<||> West Coast continued its steady march as they gained a two-point win
over Port in a gritty Footy Park contest on Saturday night. The tense last quarter battle
was highlighted by BEN COUSINS' (WCE) recovery after kicking into the man-on-the-mark to
goal and when DARRYL POOLE's checkside kick for Port hit the goalpost with only seconds to
The wintry conditions for 28,284 fans gave them few moments to cheer in an error-filled
first half by both sides. The Eagles improved after half-time but made no impact on the
scoreboard, and it came down to a genuine slogging last term, which could have gone either
way. If you had asked Port coach JOHN CAHILL why the Power had lost, he may have made the
point that West Coast got 25 frees, Port 15 WEST COAST 8.9-57 best, Cousins,
Waterman, Metropolis, PORT 7.13-55 best, Morton, Francou, Lockwood.
<||> Sunshine and the manicured Subiaco surface provided a perfect
setting yet just 17,452 turned out to watch Sunday's encounter. Just when it seemed things
could not possibly get worse for Brisbane and John Northey, along came Fremantle.
Brad Elborough reported in The Age: "The result for the Lions of the
71-point defeat by the Dockers is bottom place on the AFL ladder, their inspirational
captain Michael Voss sidelined for the rest of the year and added pressure on coach
Northey. The 1996 Brownlow Medalist broke both the tibia and fibula bones in his right
leg when spoiling the Dockers' Shane Parker in the dying minutes of the opening
Playing without spirit Brisbane was badly beaten, managing just 1.4 to the Dockers 11.10
after half-time, potentially placing Northey's head on the chopping block FREMANTLE
17.19-121 (Callaghan 3) best, Dodd, Jones, Sinclair, BRISBANE 7.8-50 (C.Scott 3) best,
Hart, A.Lynch, T.Lynch.
<||> Cold, but clear conditions welcomed 21,165 to Carlton on Sunday. For
the second week in a row, the Western Bulldogs were in supreme first quarter form kicking
eight-straight. Then, in what is becoming a trend, Adelaide fought back to be only two
points down at half-time.
Ashley Browne reviewing the match in The Age noted the Dogs were made of stern
stuff. "What was a two-point ball game became a 67-point blowout. Kicking to the
scoring end in the third term, Wallace's men added six goals to one to give themselves a
35-point buffer for what was expected to be a grandstand finish. But kicking to the
graveyard that was the Heatley Stand end in the final quarter, the Bulldogs rattled on
another seven goals to two. The Demons had been slain, and the football world had again
been put on notice". Class had again won the day for the Westerners. At the half-way
mark the Dogs lead the table on 9+2, one game clear of St Kilda WESTERN BULLDOGS
24.11-155 (Kolyniuk 5, Johnson 4) best, Kolyniuk, Romero, Johnson, ADELAIDE 13.10-88
(Vardy 5) best, Koster, Vardy, Rehn.
<||> The Magpies carried all before them in the opening quarter of their
Queen's Birthday Monday contest against North at the MCG. A threatening forecast still
brought 58,369 to the G and the black-and-white army were on their feet cheering. They
however overlooked the star power which North were still to expose. A blinding 8.2 in the
second set the Kangas on their way. In the end it was WAYNE CAREY and WINSTON ABRAHAM who
extinguished the Magpie hopes. Three telling goals late in the third term off the boot of
Carey extended North's lead to 24pts.
King Carey was at his rampant best with 11 marks, 20 touches and four goals it was
a powerful display, as were the silky skills exhibited by Abraham, a very cool pick up
The 29-point defeat did not please Collingwood coach TONY SHAW who said: "Players are
getting good money to play as forwards and when you miss goals from 25m out directly in
front, it just kills the players up the ground". Get set for the axe NORTH
MELB 19.12-126 (Carey 4, Crocker 3, Harvey 3) best, Carey, Abraham, King, COLLINGWOOD
13.19-97 (S.Rocca 4, Watson 4) best, Richardson, Crosisca, Watson.
<||> Richmond had a powerhouse opening before a huge Waverley attendance
of 71,488 on the Queen's Birthday Monday, kicking the biggest first term of the season of
8.6-54 with MATTHEW RICHARDSON booting four goals.
St Kilda though trailing by 34pts showed no panic and in workmanlike style set out to
retrieve the situation. Their intensity and passion increased and they steadily reduced
the margin to just 11pts by half-time. The departure of BRENDAN GALE (Rch) with a corked
thigh at half-time opened the way for PETER EVERITT (StK) to take over. The Saints flexed
their muscles from the small three-point deficit at the last break and hit the lead for
the first time eight minutes into the final term. St Kilda overwhelmed the Tigers and won
running away by 27pts and take over second place on the ladder, a game behind the Bulldogs
ST KILDA 21.11-137 (Burke 3, Everitt 3, Heatley 3) best, Burke, Harvey, Young,
RICHMOND 16.14-110 (Richardson 4) best, Campbell, Knights, Rogers.
THREE HANDED PENALTIES
Geelong full-back BEN GRAHAM charged in Saturday's game against Carlton
was joined by JEFF FARMER (Mel) and DARRYL POOLE (PA) at the Tribunal on Wednesday (10th).
Farmer and Poole were cited following the video reviews of Round 11 matches.
Graham was found guilty of disputing an umpire's decision and escaped suspension but was
Farmer, who may have kicked the goal of the year against Hawthorn on Saturday, pleaded to
not guilty to having hit SHANE CRAWFORD (Haw) with a round arm motion. The Melbourne
midfield wizard was found guilty of striking Crawford and suspended for three matches. The
severe sentence would have taken into account a 1997 two-week suspension for striking and
a 1995 indiscretion for making an insulting gesture.
A guilty plea from Port's DARRYL POOLE saved him from a harsh penalty. He was suspended
two matches for striking PETER MATERA (WCE) with a fist to the body during the first
quarter of Saturday night's game at Footy Park.
|MERRETT REPLACES NORTHEY
The Brisbane board after some eight hours of discussion announced late
Wednesday (10th) that JOHN NORTHEY had been sacked and ROGER MERRETT appointed coach for
the balance of the 1998 season.
The decision ended weeks of media speculation to Northey's tenure and the dismal
performances from his charges. The 71pt thrashing Brisbane suffered from Fremantle at
Subiaco on Sunday finally brought down the coach.
Merrett who was assistant coach and in charge of the Lion cubs in the QSFL competition
takes over Brisbane on the bottom of the ladder with a 2+9 record from the first 11
matches. Merrett's appointment is to the end of this season and he said in a press
conference: "I've got 11 weeks to put some pride and passion back into this
John Northey at 54 departs the AFL coaching scene after a 315-game career from 1985 with
Sydney, Melbourne, Richmond and Brisbane. He achieved a 49.84% success rate with 157 wins,
154 defeats and four draws.
Northey's departure was not a unanimous decision and it was rumoured some Board members
may resign as a result of the decision. Northey according to club sources will be paid out
the rest of his $250,000 contract, due to expire at the end of the season.
<> The Queen's Birthday Monday match at the MCG brought to light the
subject of colour clashes of guerney's. Collingwood and North wearing similar vertical
stripes caused GAVIN BROWN the Magpie captain to handball to an opponent which resulted in
a goal for the Roos. Brown admitted after the game his second quarter handpass was a case
of mistaken identity. A close review to introducing alternate strips will be undertaken by
the League, according to ops manager IAN COLLINS.
<> In an AFL revamp, TONY PEEK becomes corporate affairs and
communications manager, focussing on strategic planning of League operations. JENNY COOKE
becomes media relations manager while ROBYN BALME from the SANFL is the new public
Swans & Demons in horror slide
Lockett kicks 50 for 13th time
ROUND 12 Fri-Sat-Sun, June 12-13-14.
MILESTONES The 700th League match was played at Waverley Park when
Collingwood met St Kilda on Sunday
MARK MERCURI (Ess) reached game 100
matches for MATTHEW PRIMUS (Fit, now PA), WINSTON ABRAHAM (Fre, now NM), BEN COUSINS
(WCE), and BRAD WIRA (Fre, now WB).
FROM THE ROUND
ST KILDA won their fifth successive encounter against Collingwood
the greatest run by the Saints in 190 contests since 1897
<> Geelong kicked 27 goals without answer from Melbourne true!.
In their previous meeting in 1997s eighth round the Cats kicked the last 12 goals to win
by 79pts. Last Saturday Geelong kicked the first 15 goals of the MCG game, going on to a
95pt victory and in so doing recorded 27 unanswered goals against the Demons. It
was also Geelong's seventh consecutive win against Melbourne since 1994 and in the last
four contests have contained the Redlegs to scores of 56pts or less.
<> TONY LOCKETT (Syd) with his third goal on Saturday reached 50 goals
in a season for the 13th occasion. It equalled the achievement of Collingwood legend
GORDON COVENTRY. Others in the record category of 50 Goals in a Season are JASON
DUNSTALL (Haw) 11 times, while STEPHEN KERNAHAN (Car) and JACK TITUS (Rch) each did so 10
<||> West Coast wrapped up their fifth successive victory when they
overcame a gritty Hawthorn outfit on Friday night at the WACA in front of 27,112 fans. It
was mostly fine apart from brief drizzle near the end of the first quarter. The Eagles
went into the game without GLEN JAKOVICH and DEAN KEMP then lost GUY McKENNA with a
shoulder injury only seven minutes after the start.
The Hawks started brightly and gained the early break then the Eagles steadied and for the
balance of the contest it was always close. BEN DIXON with six goals filled the breach
left by JASON DUNSTALL when the star-forward was well-held by ASHLEY McINTOSH. The Eagles
gained great drive from the influence of FRASER GEHRIG (5 goals) while MICHAEL GARDINER
did well in the ruck against the Hawk veteran PAUL SALMON WEST COAST 19.9-123
(Gehrig 5, Heady 3) best, McIntosh, Braun, Heady, HAWTHORN 17.6-108 (Dixon 6) best, Dixon,
Crawford, Graham. Though the Hawks entertained on Friday night, by the end of the round
they were back to bottom place.
<||> Carlton's season took on a brighter note when they were confident
winners at home (23,226) on Saturday over the struggling Sydney outfit. The Coathangers
lost PAUL ROOS (jarred knee) in the first term then JASON MOONEY (groin) soon after, but
neither would have changed the course of history.
Carlton deep into the third term went out to a five-goal lead and though Sydney came back
in spite of several terrible errors, the Blues held on to win running away. BRAD PEARCE
with five goals eclipsed the returning ANDREW DUNKLEY while MATTHEW ALLEN with 34 hit-outs
enjoyed ruck dominance over a flagging GREG STAFFORD CARLTON 14.16-100 (Pearce 5,
Hamill 4) best, Hamill, Allan, Manton, SYDNEY 11.8-74 (Luff 3, Lockett 3) best, Cresswell,
<||> Melbourne's first goal of the game didn't come until GARRY LYON
booted one 28½ minutes into the second term and by then the 41,567 on Saturday at the MCG
had seen Geelong play an almost perfect half of football. Winning their sixth from the
past seven outings, Geelong produced 22 goals from 10 scorers, lifting their percentage
from 92 to 102 with a 95pt victory and boosted themselves from ninth to fifth place.
A foot injury and a report for JAMIE SHANAHAN (and a later two-week suspension) plus the
prospect of losing DAVID SCHWARZ for three weeks with a hamstring added to the woes of
Melbourne. Geelong also suffered when BEN GRAHAM was thought to have broken his right arm
after colliding with teammate TIM McGRATH in the final quarter GEELONG 22.9-141
(Spinks 4, Snell 4) best, Hocking, Sholl, Colbert, MELBOURNE 7.4-46 best, Lyon, Yze,
On Monday, BEN GRAHAM underwent surgery to repair ruptured tendons and ligaments near his
elbow he is expected to miss the balance of the season.
<||> Essendon after four successive wins were hot favourites to destroy
the myth they can't win at Footy Park. The big 40,700 crowd on Saturday night were given a
treat and a heart-pumping finish on a crisp but fine winter's night. Against all odds and
with many of their stars sitting on the sidelines, Adelaide won through in a thrilling
last quarter for a two-point victory.
It was obvious both clubs were playing for high stakes. The game was highlighted for
different reasons big games for the Crows which MATTHEW ROBRAN and MARK RICCIUTO
delivered; the return of MICHAEL LONG for Essendon after his second knee reconstruction
and kicking three goals; plus the loss of the exciting forward MICHAEL PRIOR (Ess) with a
left knee injury in the first term. ADELAIDE 15.18-108 (Robran 3, Vardy 3) best, Robran,
Thiessen, James, ESSENDON 15.16-106 (Long 3) best, Calthorpe, Olarenshaw, Caracella.
<||> It was overcast but fine on Sunday for the reduced-capacity Gabba as
work on new grandstands allowed in only 15,924. Following their traumatic week the Lions
came back from a 26pt deficit with only 10 minutes left in the game. Critical errors and a
whole lot of passion gave Brisbane only a draw, but it was a mind-shattering defeat for
Port, despite the two premiership points.
It was a tight match throughout, with both sides sharing the lead. Port went into the last
term ahead by seven points and after kicking four goals in the first 14 minutes appeared
certain of victory. Brisbane fought back from 26pts down and with only seconds remaining
signs that the Port defence was flagging were confirmed when 18-year-old STUART DEW with a
terrible kick-out found the arms of the Lion's SHAUN HART who kicked straight to level the
scores. It was the first time since 1944-45 that two teams had drawn at consecutive
meetings BRISBANE 18.15-123 (Johnson 3, Hart 3) best, Lawrence, C.Scott, Hart, PORT
ADELAIDE 18.15-123 (Morton 4, Cummins 3) best, Primus (his 50th), Dickie, Morton.
<||> Chilly, but a great winter's day with sunshine brought another big
50,578 to Waverley on Sunday. They saw St Kilda continue their steady march as leading
contenders when they outclassed Collingwood for a convincing 35pt success. The Pies blew
away their chances with an inaccurate 2.11 in the first half when they were always
harassed by a the swath of a great St Kilda defence brilliantly led by DARRYL WAKELIN. The
Pies did better in the last term, but by then it didn't matter.
PETER EVERITT maintained his prominence as the lynch-pin around the ground for the Saints,
winning the ruck and always following with neat pick-ups and direct passes, gaining 20
kicks and 26 handpasses for the match. STEWART LOEWE returned from injury with five goals
while others who the Woods could not contain were ROBERT HARVEY (33 touches), NATHAN BURKE
(28) while full-forward HEATLEY enjoyed a return to form with four goals ST KILDA
17.15-117 (Loewe 5, Heatley 4) best, Everitt, Heatley, Harvey, CWOOD 11.16-82
(Watson 5) best, Buckley, Watson, Godden.
<||> Richmond kept a tight grip on the North's major playmakers in the
Sunday MCG contest played in good conditions to an attendance of 43,497. The Tigers showed
the way in a match where the Kangas were expected to grasp a big opportunity to cement
themselves as one of the major forces.
North's lack of speed in the midfield was again exposed as their Tiger opponents MATTHEW
KNIGHTS, NICK DAFFY, PAUL BRODERICK and MATTHEW ROGERS were clearly on top. Richmond were
also provided with great service from DARREN GASPAR who restricted North's 'King' WAYNE
CAREY to only 12 touches, while WAYNE CAMPBELL contained the Roos' prolific on-baller
The Tigers joined a group of six including North on 7+5 with the thought that
Richmond can only get better, while the Kangas are still trying to find their way back to
the path RICHMOND 19.13-127 (Richardson 4, Powell 3, Broderick 3) best, Daffy,
Rogers, Gaspar, NORTH MELB 14.8-92 (Carey 3) best, Harvey, Grant, Blakey.
<||> The Western Bulldogs controlled most of the Sunday game at Carlton
(16,487) against a willing and honest team of Dockers but in the long haul, the
Dogs were the masters. Until half-time, Freo were in with a chance but the Tricolours
though fading in the last quarter were clear victors.
The competition leaders received top contributions from SCOTT WEST (33 possessions) and
dual forwards ROHAN SMITH and PAUL HUDSON. Innovative Bulldogs coach TERRY WALLACE
departed from the norm and called on former captain Footscray captain STEVE WALLIS to
prepare the team for Sunday's match. Wallis had charge of training on Wednesday and
Friday's sessions and sat in the coach's box on gameday the team delivered for the
261-gamer. WESTERN BULLDOGS 18.14-122 (Smith 5, Grant 3, Hudson 3) best, Croft, Grant,
Romero, FREMANTLE 15.6-96 (Clement 3) best, O'Reilly, Gale, Sinclair.
|BRISBANE DIRECTORS RESIGN
In a fallout out to the sacking of coach JOHN NORTHEY, two directors of
the Brisbane board ALAN PIPER and BEN MacDONALD resigned on Thursday (11th) in protest to
the off-field style leadership provided by chairman NOEL GORDON.
Gordon just survived a no-confidence challenge at the Wednesday morning board meeting
which later sacked Northey and installed ROGER MERRETT as coach for the balance of the
Piper as vice-chairman (and a member of the board since 1991) at his departure was
critical of Gordon's style of leadership. He cited a number of instances where Gordon had
let the club down. These included Gordon's comments made during the Alastair Lynch drug
case, when Gordon accused the AFL of 'dirty play' and the strained relationship which now
existed between Brisbane and the AFL.
Piper was the architect of the QAFL's bid which won the VFL licence for the Paul Cronin
group in 1986 and has been a strong financial supporter of the club throughout its
<> Essendon members voted in support of the club's decision to play
seven "home" matches at the new Docklands Stadium from the year 2000.
A sometimes rowdy meeting held at the Moonee Valley racecourse reception facility on
Monday night (15th) drew 1800 people.
Final voting resulted in 4048 for, with 1076 against the proposal for Essendon to become
the anchor-tenant at Docklands. Approval required only a 40%
majority of members.
<> AFL chief WAYNE JACKSON told a National Press Club luncheon in
Hobart last Wednesday (10th) that Tasmania must have a new stadium and a single football
commission before the AFL will consider holding pre-season or regular League matches
SHANAHAN & CHISHOLM RECEIVE TWO WEEKS
Monday's sitting of the AFL Tribunal suspended both Melbourne's JAMIE
SHANAHAN and Fremantle's SCOTT CHISHOLM for two weeks.
Shanahan was found guilty of striking Geelong full-forward BRETT SPINKS with a fist to the
head in the final quarter of Saturday's match at the MCG.
From the Sunday game played at Carlton, the Dockers' SCOTT CHISHOLM after pleading not
guilty was found to have struck Western Bulldog CHRIS GRANT with an arm to the head.
FRASER BROWN (Car) was fined $1500 and PETER FILANDIA (Syd) $1200 when they were found
guilty of wrestling one another in the final quarter of Saturday's game at Carlton.
FINAL MEMBER FIGURES
Final membership figures for the 1998 season were
published by the Herald Sun
WAYNE CAMPBELL GETS ONE WEEK FOR TRIPPING
HEFTY FINE FOR BROWN
Key Richmond midfielder WAYNE CAMPBELL received a one-match suspension
when found guilty of a tripping charge.
Campbell fronted the Tribunal on Tuesday (16th) on a video charge of having tripped
North's DAVID KING.
Carlton's FRASER BROWN was found guilty of wrestling Sydney's TROY COOK and fined a
further $1200. Brown the previous night had been fined $1500 for wrestling PETER FILANDIA
(Syd). Both actions came during the Carlton-Sydney game on Saturday.
Fremantle BRODIE HOLLAND was cleared of a charge of kneeing JOE ROMERO (WB) from Sunday's
match at Carlton.
<> Charges for tickets for the 1998 final series were announced. Seats
for the Grand Final will be $75, a rise of $5 from 1997 with concessions jumping to $40 (a
$3 increase). Tickets for the Preliminary Final will cost each adult $45 ($42 last year)
and concessions $24 ($22). Tickets for the Qualifying and Semi-Finals will be $26 (a $1
rise) with concessions at $15.
<> Channel Seven called the Richmond-North game on Sunday from their
South Melbourne studios. Seven's regular MCG box was allocated to Optus Vision which had
exclusive rights to the game and the footy network rejected the offered alternative for
their commentators SANDY ROBERTS and IAN ROBERTSON.
<> An AFL Legend of the Game has become a victim of the downturn in the
Asian economy. "Polly" Farmer has been forced to quit his Southway Auto Lodge in
Perth with losses of almost $600,000. Now 63, Farmer is broke, homeless and living with
with his children. Former Geelong teammates JOHN WATTS and BOB DAVIS have formed a
committee to raise money for Farmer. The star of VFL and WAFL football in 356 senior games
spanning 1953 to 1971 recently had the $400 million northern city bypass tunnel project in
Perth named after him, the Graham Farmer Freeway.
round of major upsets
Saints rise to equal leadership
Jason Dunstall reaches 1250 goals
ROUND 13 Fri-Sat-Sun, June 19-20-21.
MILESTONES GLEN JAKOVICH (WCE) and STEVEN KOLYNIUK (Fsc-WB) played their
MATTHEW CLARKE (Bri) and SHAYNE BREUER (Gee, now PA) their 100th
MARTIN McKINNON (Ade, now Gee) his 50th.
STEPHEN SILVAGNI (1985-98) played his 240th senior game for Carlton one more than
his father SERGIO recorded with the Blues (1958-71)
NATHAN BUCKLEY played his 100th
match for the Pies
50 games were achieved by PAUL SALMON with Hawthorn, DEAN RICE
with Carlton and BRAD WIRA with Footscray-Bulldogs
FROM THE ROUND
<> JASON DUNSTALL (Haw) passed 50 goals in a season for the 12th time
in his career spanning 267 matches and 1250 goals since 1985.
<> In a weekend of upsets, for the first time since Port Adelaide
entered in 1997 all six non-Victorian sides recorded victories in the same round. At the
other end of the scale, the Western Bulldogs suffered their third interstate defeat of the
year when they lost to Port.
<> Adelaide defeated Collingwood in Melbourne for the first time in
their 12th meeting
Hawthorn defeated North for the first time since 1993, following
nine consecutive losses
<> Friday night at the G produced the best of the round by far for
45,277 fans. Essendon captain JAMES HIRD lasted only the first 90-seconds of the game when
he again tore his left hamstring from a marking contest.
<||> In the cold but fine conditions, PETER MATERA (WCE) starting from
the bench reproduced the brilliance he displayed in the Coasters earlier premiership
seasons kicking 7.3 for the night and providing the Eagles with the difference for them to
win their sixth consecutive match.
But overall, it took a lot more hard work elsewhere for the Eagles to survive. The Dons
had many hard-workers in Calthorpe, Hardwick and Barnard, while Wellman was in control of
Gehrig, and first-gamer JUDD LALICH (Ess) gave GLEN JAKOVICH (150th game) a heap of
worries. From level-pegging at half-time, the second half was a see-sawing affair as BEN
COUSINS, ASHLEY McINTOSH and CHRIS WATERMAN as well as Matera emerged with great efforts.
The contest thrillingly went down to the wire and not until the closing moments did the
Eagles clinch it through a JASON BALL goal WEST COAST 11.17-83 (Peter Matera 7.3)
best, Peter Matera, Cousins, Kemp, ESSENDON 11.6-72 best, Mercuri, Lucas, Berbakov.
<||> Adelaide defeated Collingwood in Melbourne for the first time in
eight attempts when they met on Saturday at the MCG 34,630 attended. The Magpies
went in with one-third of their line-up changed, attempting to turn their losing streak
around. The game became a slogging, scrappy affair in the cold swirling wind with the
Crows enjoying their early breaks chiefly from TROY BOND who proved an elusive first-half
goalsneak with four majors.
Collingwood tried hard and got to within four points early in the last quarter but
couldn't break through the tight Adelaide defence where NIGEL SMART was prominent, turning
back many strong attacks. It was Bond again who provided the sealer for the Crows when
close to the final siren he launched himself at an incoming ball, marking on his chest and
kicking his fifth for the day ADELAIDE 11.13-79 (Bond 5) best, Smart, McLeod, Bond,
COLLINGWOOD 10.10-70 best, Buckley, Burns, S.Rocca.
<||> Brisbane threw off its easy-beat tag when they grasped the game at
Kardinia Park by the scruff of the neck on Saturday afternoon (21,833) and caused one of
the major upsets of the season when they comprehensibly defeated the strongly-favoured
Geelong. It was a Brisbane performance full of pride for the Lions now coached by ROGER
Stephen Rielly in The Age reported: SHAUN HART and CRAIG McRAE were outstanding
in the early going, attacking the football as Merrett promised his players would. McRae,
like JUSTIN LEPPITSCH at full-forward ..."
"Inexplicably, Geelong's loss was the third this season at Kardinia Park. Not so
difficult to understand were the reasons for Brisbane's victory Geelong coach GARY
AYRES mused later, 'quite frankly, it looked they were the side out there striving for the
finals ..." GEELONG 15.16-106 (Leppitsch 4) best, Leppitsch, Hart, A.Lynch,
GEELONG 12.8-80 (Burns 3) best, Hocking, Mensch, Barnes.
<||> Wind-swept Waverley catered for 23,845 hardy souls on Saturday
afternoon as Hawthorn burst through to win their first game against North since 1993, and
a run of nine successive failures. After a series of set-backs when victory was often
within their grasp the win provided a great tonic in an otherwise forgettable season for
PAUL SALMON (Haw) effectively beat North's COREY McKERNAN in ruck contests but it was the
steel which Hawthorn displayed which captured the spotlight. SHANE CRAWFORD continued his
range of good performances, well-supported by NICK HOLLAND.
The narrow defeat handed the Kangas their third straight loss and the game plan devised by
former Roo PETER GERMAN (now Hawthorn's Reserves coach) ended Hawthorn's five-year losing
streak, HAWTHORN 17.12-114 (Holland 4, Lord 4, Dunstall 3) best, Salmon, Holland, Lord,
NORTH MELB 17.10-112 (Carey 4, McKernan 4, Roberts 3) best, Carey, Archer, Roberts.
<||> Rain from the day eased during the first quarter of Saturday night's
clash at Football Park (28,746). The game resulted in Port winning their first game for
five weeks when in uncharacteristic fashion the League leaders the Western Bulldogs
crumbled to kick the season's lowest score of 5.9.
Port after a narrow loss to the Eagles (57-55), then the draw with Brisbane played good
old-fashioned football and a fighting victory typical of the tradition of their 128-year
history. Port's pressure game never allowed the Bulldogs any freedom to develop their
damaging run. In contrast using a tall-forward line-up, Port got the ball down first from
wingman DONALD DICKIE, midfielder JOSH FRANCOU, the diminutive (175cm) DANNY MORTON and
classy rookie NICK STEVENS. Port gained top efforts from ruckman MATTHEW PRIMUS (his first
since May 7), DARREN MEAD, ADAM KINGSLEY and STUART DEW. For the Bulldogs it was a night
of horrors while for Port their hopes for a place in the finals is well-alive PORT
ADELAIDE 11.7-73 (Cummings 3, Dickie 3) best, Dickie, Breuer (his 100th), Wanganeen,
BULLDOGS 5.9-39 best, Kretiuk, Wynd, Romero.
<||> St Kilda in spite of pouring rain cruised to an effortless 85pt win
over a disappointing Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday for a crowd of 35,055. For a second
week (95pt loss to Geelong in R12) the Demons returned to their old ways and were
outclassed in all departments.
As noted in The Age: "Injuries and suspensions to experienced players such
as David Schwarz, David Neitz, Jamie Shanahan, Glenn Lovett and Stephen Tingay have robbed
the Demons not only of their own talents, but increased the pressure on the younger heads
in the side to the point that the youthful zest Melbourne had in abundance early in the
season is looking tired and sore now". Jim Stynes (Mel) playing his 254th game on
Sunday injured the medial ligament of his left knee. An examination on Monday indicated
Stynes may be sidelined for up to six weeks.
The Saints welcomed the return to form by forward JASON HEATLEY and all-round received a
great effort led by PETER EVERITT, NATHAN BURKE and ANDREW THOMPSON ST KILDA
19.13-127 (Heatley 5) best, Everitt, Burke, A.Thompson, MELBOURNE 5.12-42 best, Yze,
<||> From Sunday's opening bounce at the SCG, Sydney threw off the
shackles of terrible recent performances with dedicated passion in tackling and delivery
at a rate which stunned the Tigers.
Mark Ray in The Sydney Morning Herald reported BRETT O'FARRELL enjoyed a great
debut for the Swans: "The 20-year-old from East Sandringham, preferred to Stefan
Carey as Greg Stafford's replacement in the ruck, won his duel with Brendon Gale there and
showed good skills across the forward line. He kicked two goals (one with his first kick
in AFL footy), took eight marks and then topped off a big day by being concussed in a
collision with Paul Bulluss that had him stretchered off the ground in the last quarter.
The somewhat disappointing crowd of 28,445 gave O'Farrell a rousing roar, so rousing that
he emerged from treatment downstairs to watch the final minutes from the interchange
bench. TROY LUFF was again superb, calm and solid in his defensive play and constructive
in his passing towards the centre of the ground".
Mid-way into the second term after the lead had changed five times, the Harboursiders went
out to lead by 15pts at half-time, and were never seriously threatened thereafter. PAUL
KELLY was again inspirational for the Swans, with a sigh of relief they may had turned a
corner, SYDNEY 16.6-106 (Kelly 4, Lockett 4) best Nicks, Luff, Warfe, RICHMOND 13.13-19
(Richardson 5) best, Daffy, Broderick, Powell.
<||> Freo and the Blues fought out a scrappy encounter to a small 23,899
fans at Subiaco on Sunday. The match never reached a standard expected of the AFL with
many skills errors though a tricky wind did play a part in many of these.
The down-on-form Freo captain PETER MANN produced two efforts which inspired the Dockers
a goal from from the boundary in the second term, then another at a critical point
of the last quarter which regained the lead for his side. Carlton earlier had found both
BRAD PEARCE and LANCE WHITNALL useful forwards but Fremantle just had enough to sneak over
the line in what was realistically a forgettable game, and one which STEPHEN SILVAGNI in a
notable 240th appearance kicked out on the full in the dying minutes from which the
Dockers goaled to seal the match FREMANTLE 10.16-76 best, Mann, O'Reilly, Dodd,
CARLTON 10.8-68 (Whitnall 3) best, Manton, McKay, Allan. The loss returned Carlton to
bottom place on the ladder.
<> Two high-profile footballers received reminders of their worth from
two journalists last week. Dermott Brereton in The Age and John Townsend in The
West Australian respectively questioned the value Essendon's JAMES HIRD and West
Coast's PETER MATERA. Hird lasted barely 90 seconds in Friday's game before retiring with
a recurrence of a hamstring injury. In the same game, the Eagles' Matera coming off the
bench (replacing his injured brother Phillip) and responded to the spray with a
personal-best of 7.3 against the Bombers.
<> Adelaide's TONY MODRA will be back to full training this week.
Injured in 1997s First Preliminary Final, Modra's return game could be in Round 17 on
Friday July 24 versus Freo at Subiaco.
<> MICHAEL VOSS on long-term recovery of his broken right leg is now
coaching the Lions Cubs in the QSFL competition. At 22, it is understood Voss is the
youngest coach to head a QSFL (or a QAFL) side. The vacancy was left by the upgrading of
ROGER MERRETT to the senior Brisbane post.
SWANS' CAREY SUSPENDED BOMBER FINED
The AFL Tribunal on Monday (22nd) handed a two-match suspension to Sydney
ruckman STEFAN CAREY and a $1200 fine to Essendon's DAMIEN HARDWICK.
Carey was found guilty of striking PAUL BULLUSS (Rch) with a fist to the head in Sunday's
game at the SCG. Carey's suspension of two matches was the first of his 29-game AFL
career. He will miss contests against Adelaide and Fremantle.
North Melbourne on-baller ANTHONY STEVENS pleaded not guilty to the charge of striking
RAYDEN TALLIS (Haw). The Tribunal found the charge not sustained. In wrestling charges,
SHANNON GRANT (NM) and CRAIG TRELEVEN (Haw) were cleared, while from the Friday night game
MICHAEL BRAUN (WCE) was cleared of wrestling DAMIEN HARDWICK (Ess). Hardwick however
pleaded guilty to wrestling Braun and was fined $1200.
3AW STILL LEAD IN RADIO RATINGS
Rex Hunt and the 3AW team held a solid lead over their three rivals when
radio ratings for the Melbourne market were released on Tuesday.
<> Directors of the nine SANFL clubs on Monday (22nd) adopted a SA
Football Commission recommendation to pay the first $1 million of the AFL license fee on
behalf of the Port Adelaide club. The decision is in keeping with the concession made to
the Adelaide club after their formation in 1991.
The $3 million balance of Port's licence fee to the AFL is due in five annual payments of
$600,000 from October 1999 until 2003. The Adelaide club will complete its licence fee
schedule with $600,000 being paid in the next two years.
Eighty percent of the profits derived from the AFL operations of Adelaide and Port flow
back to the SANFL clubs.
FOOTSCRAY IDENTITIES PASS
<> JOE KELLY, the man who coached Footscray to their first VFL final
passed away on June 17 at the age of 91.
Joe played 137 games as a wingman with Carlton between 1926 and 1934 and is listed among
their 100 greatest players. He later coached Footscray for three seasons and in his first
year took the Bulldogs to third place and the 1938 First Semi-Final in which they lost to
Kelly also coached South Melbourne in 1941-42-43-44 during which the Swans made it to the
preliminary final in 1942. At the 1956 Olympic Games held in Melbourne, Joe proudly
coached an Amateur squad in an exhibition game of our Australian game to the world.
<> CLARRIE SHIELDS, who was a selector of Footscray's only premiership
side in 1954 passed on last Sunday while holidaying on the Gold Coast, aged 84.
Shields played with Footscray, Collingwood, Camberwell and St Kilda. He accumulated 46
senior League games between 1935 and 1943 and captained Collingwood Reserves for more than
Kilda go to the top
Six clubs in equal third place
Jason Dunstall breaks a collarbone
ROUND 14 Fri-Sat-Sun, June 26-27-28.
MILESTONES DAVID KING (NM) played his 100th
senior game ... 50 AFL matches were celebrated by TYSON EDWARDS (Ade), MATTHEW LLOYD
(Ess), SCOTT LUCAS (Ess), GAVIN MITCHELL (Fre, now StK) and CRAIG TRELEVEN (Haw).
FROM THE ROUND
<> MELBOURNE won their first game in Perth since 1990. The Sunday win
at Subiaco also ended eight successive failures against the Eagles since 1994
the attendance of 35,238 was the second-biggest crowd to see the Demons in WA, vying with
the 35,623 of 1990 at Subi
<> RICHMOND enjoyed a host of new records in their Saturday meeting at
the MCG against Fremantle in a 90pt victory. The previous best winning margins by the
Tigers were, 5, 5 and 7 points
<> FREMANTLE's 90pt loss to Richmond was their third-heaviest defeat in
the AFL. The Dockers lost to Collingwood by 100, 97-R15-VP to Adelaide by 96pts,
96-R7-FP and again to Adelaide by 93pts, 97-R2-FP.
<> COLLINGWOOD completed June without a win the Magpies have not
won a game in the month of June during the tenure of present coach TONY SHAW in 1996, 1997
<||> Following two successive failures North bounced back on Friday night
at the MCG (48,618) when they returned to their efficient best and lead most of the match
to be 18pt victors over a mistake-ridden Essendon side. It was North's fourth win from the
past five meetings with the Dons.
North at one stage stretched out to a 40pt margin and while the two 50-gamers MATTHEW
LLOYD and SCOTT LUCAS battled gamely for the Bombers, the Roos made more effective use of
the ball and were deserved winners NORTH MELB 19.13-127 (Harvey 5,) best, King,
Harvey, Archer, ESSENDON 16.13-109 (Lucas 4, Lloyd 4) best, Alessio, Calthorpe, Mercuri.
<||> By the second quarter, Hawthorn were confident leaders by six goals
over the Blues at Carlton (25,529) on Saturday Dunstall had kicked 1.1 when from a
contest at the ball he went to ground and Carlton full-back Silvagni fell across him. The
Hawks champion and captain suffered a broken right collarbone in his 268th match in which
he has kicked 1252 goals 47 goals short of the Gordon Coventry record. Dunstall
turns 34 in August.
Whether Dunstall's loss from the contest had a psychological effort on his teammates may
carry little weight, but as so often happened in games this season, the Hawks stuttered
and allowed Carlton to dominate the last half. The Blues lifted their workrate and
delivered crisply to forward BRAD PEARCE who returned another good haul of 6.4. Carlton
and the Hawks swapped places, with Hawthorn returning to the bottom and facing their first
wooden-spoon since 1965 CARLTON 13.14-92 (Pearce 6.4, Whitnall 3) best, Bradley,
Ratten, Pearce, HAWTHORN 11.10-76 (Holland 3) best, Kappler, Krummel, McCabe.
<||> Richmond maintained their grasp on a place in the top eight with a
thorough 90pt victory over Fremantle at the MCG on Saturday afternoon to a crowd of
25,723. The aerial dominance of Richmond's forward brigade set the Tigers up from the
start when MATTHEW RICHARDSON kicked three majors in the first 15 minutes.
The boost to Richmond's percentage cannot be overestimated (they rose from 100.4 to 107.9)
and with six of their remaining games scheduled for the G. The future for the Tigers looks
rosy but for the Dockers, without changes to their culture and ability they will
remain the AFL's problem child RICHMOND 23.7-145 (Richardson 7.1, Plapp 3, Holland
3, Ryan 3) best, Daffy, Richardson, Knights, FREMANTLE 8.7-55 best, O'Reilly, Holland,
<||> Tight, tough and close good, but not great, was how 49,706
saw the Waverley clash on Saturday. Billed as a "grand final preview" the Saints
and Bulldogs gave as good as they took with the result coming down to a tense conclusion
and only a 15pt margin.
The swirling Waverley breeze brought an early advantage to St Kilda and the outcome may
have been achieved in the second term when with great grit they held the defiant Bulldogs
at bay. Though the Dogs had a mortgage on possession in the run home, although the
Westerners crept to within eight points, it may have been a critical decision when
Dog-forward JAMES COOK within scoring distance was forced to turn-over the ball after
teammate TODD CURLEY bumped Saint defender MAX HUDGHTON to the ground it became a
clearing kick, not a shot at goal.
As JAKE NIALL reported in The Age The Saints did not play well in that
last quarter but, importantly they kept their nerve ..." ST KILDA 12.15-87
(Everitt 3) best, Loewe, Harvey, Winmar, BULLDOGS 10.12-72 (Cook 3) best, Grant, Kretiuk,
The win took St Kilda to the head of the ladder by one game on 11+3 the Tribunal
hearing on the charge against PETER EVERITT is another game in itself.
<||> Rain and wind on a cold Saturday night at Footy Park (32,431)
prevented either Port or the Cats turning on a spectacle but it was tight
throughout with both sharing the lead in the last quarter with Port only gaining a break
in the closing minutes. They maintained Geelong's failure to win a match at Football Park
against either the Crows or the Power.
Port won the game by employing similar tactics which brought their win the previous week
over the Bulldogs a direct route to goal. The home side were treated to big games
from NATHAN EAGLETON, DONALD DICKIE, ADAM KINGSLEY, WARREN TREDREA and the returning DAVID
BROWN. The Cats from the 37 players they have used in the first 14 rounds would take heart
as several youngsters continue to emerge JAMES RAHILLY, CLINT BIZZELL and CAM
ROBERTS PORT ADELAIDE 13.13-91 (Tredrea 3) best, Stevens, Wanganeen, Primus,
GEELONG 10.13-73 (Burns 4) best, Sholl, Hocking, Burns.
<||> Caretaker coach ROGER MERRETT continued the improvement rate of his
new charges when Brisbane produced a cracking 52pt victory over Collingwood at the BCG
(17,275) on Sunday afternoon. The Magpies from the mid-week club turmoil were the early
front-runners but were enveloped by a determined Brisbane attack in the second term when
DARYL WHITE added three of his four goals.
NATHAN BUCKLEY was Collingwood's best as usual and in spite of close attention from BRAD
SCOTT, the Pie leader obtained 31 possessions. Though the Woods came back early in the
third, Brisbane went on to overrun Collingwood for a blowout win, delivering the ninth
loss of the season for the Pies, with hopes for the finals all but a memory
BRISBANE 19.21-135 (White 4, Leppitsch 3) best, Lappin, Akermanis, Ashcroft, COLLINGWOOD
12.11-83 (Buckley 4, S.Rocca 4) best, Buckley, Williams, Russell.
<||> Fine, cool conditions on Sunday at the SCG (30,735) gave the
reigning premiers the opportunity to emphasise their class over the confidence-torn Sydney
squad who slumped to their fourth defeat from five games. The Crows led by as much 51pts
before half-time and though the Swans displayed a greater commitment during a 20-minute
passage, the Harboursiders were outclassed.
The result brought Sydney coach RODNEY EADE to acknowledge Adelaide as the most skilful
side in the competition, and the strong prospect the Crows could win back-to-back
premierships. Eade said: "To be honest they've got more talent overall than us
they've got some super-skilled players"Adelaide on percentage climbed to third
place; the Swans are now a precarious seventh ADELAIDE 18.16-124 (Marsh 3, Ricciuto
3) best, Rehn, Ricciuto, James, SYDNEY 12.15-87 (Cresswell 3) best, Dunkley, Nicks, Luff.
CHIP Le GRAND in The Australian of the Sunday game at Subiaco (35,238) said:
"A gallant Melbourne thumbed its nose at reputation, form and experts to produce one
of the upsets of the season with a startling 17-point win over West Coast ...". The
win ended a six-win streak by West Coast and brought Melbourne first win in Perth since
Melbourne coming off two hidings and wounded by injury also lost ANTHONY INGERSON and PAUL
HOPGOOD from the selected side. West Coast early threatened to take control but their
haphazard disposal kept the Demons well in touch to half-time. With some of the Eagle
playmakers fading, SHAUN SMITH provided a turning point eight minutes into the second half
when he goaled and Melbourne were only four points down. Rising to the occasion defender
ADEM YZE produced a 12-possession third term as JEFF WHITE and TODD VINEY worked hard for
the Demons to go into the last with an 11pt lead.
Melbourne maintained their commitment throughout the final quarter bringing coach NEALE
DANIHER to observe: "We are not a team of stars. We need everyone contributing and we
got that today" MELBOURNE 14.12-96 (J.McDonald 4, Robertson 3) best, Yze,
Viney, White, WEST COAST 11.13-79 (Heady 3) best, McIntosh, Waterman, McKenna.
EVERITT OFF BRAD DODD SUSPENDED
St Kilda ruckman and Brownlow Medal prospect PETER EVERITT maintained his
clean record when he was cleared of a striking charge by the AFL Tribunal on Monday (29th)
Pleading not guilty, the Tribunal after just six minutes found Everitt had no case to
answer. He had been charged by umpire VINCE SERCIA with striking the head of Rohan Smith
(WB). It was Everitt's sixth appearance before the Tribunal since his AFL debut in 1993.
Fremantle on-baller BRAD DODD in the 14th match of his excellent debut season pleaded
guilty to striking Richmond's NICK DAFFY at the MCG on Saturday. For the offence Dodd was
punished with a two match suspension.
<> Collingwood president KEVIN ROSE on Monday (29th) confirmed
negotiations had taken place to the prospect of the Packer media empire taking a
substantial sponsorship interest in his club. Michael Horan in the Herald Sun (30th)
quoted: 'They're very interested,' an enthusiastic Rose said yesterday. He said the club
had dealt with JAMES PACKER and Nine network managing director and chief executive David
Seven Network chairman KERRY STOKES told The Age that Seven would not tolerate involvement
by Packer, his company PBL or any of its subsidiaries.
|PAY-TV OF AFL IN JEOPARDY
Pay TV coverage of AFL football was jeopardised when Optus Vision's sports programming
supplier was placed in provisional liquidation on Monday (29th).
SportsVision supplied Sports AFL, two Sports Australia channels and ESPN to 180,000
subscribers of Optus, half of the number from Victoria. The original partners in Sports
Vision were the Seven Network, Optus Vision, the US-based ESPN and Kerry Packer's PBL.
Optus Vision claimed current programming would not be affected but it is understood talks
held may bring a move to the rival Foxtel pay TV network.
The Herald Sun on Tuesday (30th) reported the AFL were closely watching
developments. Ian Collins, AFL operations officer said the AFL had not been given a
guarantee that the Sports AFL service would continue.
<> Warwick Hadfield reported in The Australian (2nd)
that Australian sport looks set for a major wrangle as the Melbourne Cricket Club seeks a
slice of broadcasting rights.
Melbourne lawyer DAVID GALBALLY, QC, suggested a determination over who owns and controls
the broadcast of what comes out of a sports ground may ultimately be decided in the High
hammer St Kilda
Nationwide rain keeps score low
Top eight battle continues
ROUND 15 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 3-4-5.
MILESTONES GEELONG played their 1950th League contest ... KEVIN SHEEDY
with game number 415 equalled DICK REYNOLD's coaching record (1939-60) at Essendon ...
TONY LOCKETT (StK, now Syd) played his 250th senior game ... STUART MAXFIELD (Rch, now
Syd) played his 150th ... ALEX McDONALD (Haw, now Col) his 100th ... while 50 games were
achieved by JAMES COOK (Car, now WB), ROHAN WARFE (Fit, now Syd), MATTHEW LAPPIN (StK) and
JONATHON ROBRAN (Haw).
FROM THE ROUND
<> Two sides failed to score in a quarter. CARLTON were scoreless in
the second quarter against Richmond for the first time in 109 matches. Not since
94-R1 at Football Park against Adelaide (when the Blues lost) have Carlton been held
pointless in a term.
<> HAWTHORN in the final quarter against Adelaide failed to add to
their three-quarter time score. It was the first occasion in 25 years that the Hawks have
been pointless in the closing term last time was 73-R9 versus St Kilda at
<> Sydney's win over Fremantle on Sunday was their first success at
Subiaco Oval since April 12 1987. It ended losses against West Coast in 1989, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1995 and 1997, plus their 1996 failure against the Dockers. It was also Sydney's
first victory against Fremantle.
<> GARRY LYON (Mel) in his 216th match reached 400 career goals ...
SIMON MINTON-CONNELL (Car, Syd, Haw, now WB) playing his 110th game kicked his 300th goal
<> difficult conditions at Football Park on Sunday resulted in 12.21 of
the 13.25 scored by both sides being kicked to the southern end.
<> the 44,806 to watch the Magpies and Cats on Sunday was the slimmest
crowd to see the two at the MCG since Saturday July 29 1989 when 35,217 saw the Pies hand
Geelong their heaviest defeat (21pts) of the year
<||> Carlton though hampered by the late withdrawal of Silvagni, Bradley
and Manton burst out of the blocks, kicking four goals in the opening nine minutes.
Thereafter it was one-way traffic as Richmond thrashed their arch-rival in the Friday
night contest to a big 66,287 at the MCG. The Tigers stepped up their claim for a finals
berth with a blistering display while Carlton struggled in most departments. NICK DAFFY
(Rch) was clearly best afield while both MATTHEW RICHARDSON and JUSTIN PLAPP (his second
game) with five goals each were clear winners on the forward line. It was surprising that
the Tigers 62pt margin wasn't greater RICHMOND 20.12-132 (Richardson 5, Plapp 5)
best, Daffy, Knights, Gaspar, CARLTON 11.4-70 best, Rice, De Iulio, Murphy.
<||> Saturday was a beautiful winter's day and a 27pt victory ended
Essendon's run of three successive losses when in front of 37,685 at the G they withstood
a strong finish from Port Adelaide.
The Bombers attacked the ball strongly and enjoyed a dominant midfield and the ruckwork of
STEVE ALESSIO and were never seriously threatened. Port, sparked by WARREN TREDREA (four
last quarter goals) staged a belated resurgence to bring life into what had been a fairly
pedestrian display from the Power. One of the keys to the game was the chemistry between
MICHAEL LONG and CHE COCKATOO-COLLINS for the Dons ESSENDON 16.12-108
(Cockatoo-Collins 3, Lloyd 3) best, Calthorpe, Misiti, Cockatoo-Collins, PORT ADELAIDE
12.9-81 (Tredrea 4) best, Wanganeen, Mead, Eagleton.
<||> Waverley was in near-perfect condition for the big Saturday contest
for which only 36,557 attended. North with WAYNE CAREY playing a dominant role crushed St
Kilda by a morale-shattering 67pts which tipped the Saints off top position.
The Roos after twin-defeats brought their season back on track when they grasped the
moment in punishing one of the major contenders. The Saints were bulldozed with WINSTON
ABRAHAM kicking four goals for the Kangas in the opening term. In the long haul, it became
the King Carey Show as the champion collected 26 possessions, kicked six goals and beat
five opponents, one of whom was STEWART LOEWE who got the Bronx cheer from the fans when
he took one of his rare marks near the final siren. NATHAN BURKE was one of the few 100%
triers for the Saints who tumbled back to second NORTH MELB 22.13-145 (Carey 6,
Abraham 5, Grant 3, McKernan 3) best, Carey, King, Simpson, ST KILDA 12.7-79 best, Burke,
<||> The Dogs and Demons had a tightly-fought contest in the good
conditions at Carlton on Saturday (20,782). There were few highlights in the low-scoring
affair in which neither side played well until the final quarter.
When BRETT MONTGOMERY was switched to the Bulldogs' centre half-forward post the
Westerners finally gained control. With three-last quarter goals from Montgomery, the Dogs
doubled their score and went on to win by 18pts.
Melbourne lacked a potent forward, while the Bulldogs would have been happy at getting the
points, but would have impressed few by their showing WESTERN BULLDOGS 12.11-83
(Grant 3, Montgomery 3) best, Grant, Johnson, Montgomery, MELBOURNE 9.11-65 best, Tingay,
<||> A game-long drizzle produced slippery conditions on Saturday night
at the Gabba (15,369). It was an error-filled game however the Eagles made fewer
mistakes and came out winners by 27 points.
For almost half the match, Brisbane failed to break through for a goal from the
middle of the second quarter until half way into the last. The Eagles had several solid
contributors in DEAN KEMP, CHRIS WATERMAN and CHAD MORRISON but both sides searched hard
to find an effective route to goal. The Sandgropers hold on to their high rank, while
ROGER MERRETT as Brisbane coach tasted defeat for the first time WEST COAST
11.10-76 best, Peter Matera, Kemp, McIntosh, BRISBANE 6.13-49 best, Lawrence, Champion,
Akermanis. Andrew Williams (WCE) in his debut League game was reported for tripping.
<||> Football Park for the early Sunday game produced cold, wet and windy
conditions when the third-placed Crows proved too good for the bottom-ranked Hawks.
Adelaide's champion ruckman SHAUN REHN towered in contests around the ground and was the
Alan Shiell in The Age reported: "It was like watching 36 men trying to play
with a bar of soap on an ice-skating rink, and the wonder that 38,430 people braved a
strong northerly wind and non-stop rain to witness it".
In the end, Hawthorn failed to score in the final term and were held to the lowest tally
of the season ADELAIDE 9.14-68 best, Rehn, James, Bickley, HAWTHORN 4.11-35 best,
Holland, S.Crawford, Barker.
When their major playmaker NATHAN BUCKLEY withdrew with a neck injury, Collingwood were at
long odds to halt their four-game losing run when they faced Geelong on Sunday at the MCG
for a slim 44,806 which attended on a bleak day.
With wholesale changes to their line-up Collingwood turned to youth, sweat and toil to
regain their pride. Martin Blake in The Age reported: "Collingwood's day was
best summarised by the fact that when an otherwise forgettable game came down to a hectic
final 15 minutes, when Geelong made its inevitable thrust and regained the lead for the
first time since the second quarter, the Magpies had no Buckley to turn to, and both
Roccas were benched on a dirty day for tall, marking players".
"It was an arm wrestle from the start and on reflection, it was Collingwood's burst
of four unanswered goals in the second quarter, based around delightful ruck work from the
veteran DAMIEN MONKHORST, that decided the game".
Geelong let a critical opportunity slip; Collingwood's win was thoroughly deserved
COLLINGWOOD 10.11-71 best, Monkhorst, Burns, Williams, GEELONG 9.7-61 (Hall 3) best,
McGrath, Riccardi, Bizzell.
<||> Following seven fruitless journey to Subiaco Oval dating back to
1989, Sydney scraped home over Fremantle on Sunday for a small crowd of 21,042. The game
was highlighted by TONY LOCKETT's 250th League game since 1983 with both St Kilda and
Sydney. His six goals was a valuable contribution to the Swans' win. Lockett increased his
career tally to 1228 goals.
The contest was physical with three suffering concussion PETER FILANDIA (Syd) and
two Fremantle players JESS SINCLAIR and JASON NORRISH. Sinclair suffered the effects after
a heavy clash when legitimately met by TROY COOK (Syd) in the second quarter. The incident
produced a series of flare-ups, from which the Swans powered away with a match-winning
term of 5.2.
Sydney are a long way from their early season form, while the Dockers desperately need a
forward line SYDNEY 13.4-82 (Lockett 6, O'Farrell 3) best, Cresswell, O'Loughlin,
Lockett, FREMANTLE 10.9-69 best, Bond, Maher, Toia.
RAISED UMBRELLAS BANNED AT MCG
The Melbourne Cricket Club through its regular newspaper column advised "MCG
patrons that raised umbrellas are banned in all areas of the MCG from Friday July 3.
Disposable plastic ponchos are on sale at SSL catering outlets and the Gallery of Sport
souvenir shop for $2.50 (not $3 as reported elsewhere). There is of course no restriction
on folded umbrellas coming into the ground".
THEME PARK PROPOSED FOR WAVERLEY
Daryl Timms in the Herald Sun
reported (3rd) The Breakaway Group continues its effort to purchase the 88ha Waverley Park
site to build the world's first sporting theme park. The newspaper on Saturday (4th)
followed with a front-page story by Terry Brown indicating the original vision from when
Waverley was first designed may be surpassed to reach a capacity of 160,000.
Transportation to the venue may be eased with a planned monorail linking rail lines at
Glen Waverley, Ferntree Gully and Huntingdale.
Head of Breakaway IAN BENNETT said with just Hawthorn as the tenant football club Waverley
could survive economically . "We have just done a major feasibility study and it
looks very good," Bennett said. The Breakway Group had the finance to buy the ground
knowing development will exceed the $33 million offered and indeed have plans for up to
$350 million to be spent.
The theme park is one of seven options presently under review as the AFL aims to raise the
$30 million needed to buy into the Docklands Stadium.
A report from consultants Arthur Anderson is expected to be presented to the AFL by
SEVEN AND OPTUS SECURE AFL ON PAY-TV
A long-term deal has been finalised between Seven and Optus to secure
continuation of AFL football on pay-TV. Seven will produce two or three sports channels
which will include the AFL, rugby league, tennis and golf. A majority of AFL games will
continue on Optus as well as one match each week exclusive to pay-TV.
SUSPENSIONS FOR EAGLES AND DOCKERS
Two Fremantle players faced the AFL Tribunal on Monday for offences from
Sunday's game against Sydney at Subiaco.
BRODIE HOLLAND (Fre) though pleading not guilty was suspended for two matches for striking
DARYN CRESSWELL (Syd) with an arm to the head in the second quarter.
JAMES CLEMENT (Fre) was cleared of the charge of having wrestled ROHAN WARFE (Syd) to the
ANDREW WILLIAMS (WCE) playing his first AFL match was found guilty of tripping SHAUN HART
(Bri) in the Saturday night match as the Gabba. Williams was outed for one game.
JASON McCARTNEY GETS THREE WEEKS
North Melbourne's journeyman JASON McCARTNEY was suspended for three weeks
at Tuesday's (7th) sitting of the AFL Tribunal.
McCartney was charged from a video review of the Saturday match at Waverley and was found
guilty of striking PETER EVERITT (StK).
Four previous suspensions from his 90-game League career with Collingwood (38 games),
Adelaide (37) and North (15) didn't help his cause. McCartney was found to have struck
Everitt to the side of the head in the first quarter. It is ironic that Everitt escaped
penalty from a similar incident the previous week.
TAX OFFICE EXAMINES 800 PLAYERS
ESSENDON head a list of 10 AFL clubs facing
fines and back payments for their failure to declare fringe benefits paid to their players
Essendon expect to be hit with a tax bill of $220,000 as part of an audit of all clubs
expected to net the Taxation Office with up to $2 million in back payments. The ATO have
examined the financial affairs of some 800 past and present AFL players and subjected
about 40 to an audit.
Speaking on Channel 7's Today Tonight program the Tax Commissioner MICHAEL
CARMODY said it was important clubs and players pay their share of tax. "While many
are meeting their responsibilities, there are others who I guess, aren't providing a good
role model for their fans" The Age, July 8.
NORTH APPEAL McCARTNEY SUSPENSION
North Melbourne lodged an appeal on Wednesday against the three-match
suspension handed down to JASON McCARTNEY by the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night. It is the
second appeal since the League established the review process late last year.
McCartney's appeal will be heard by the independent board chaired by PETER O'CALLAGHAN,
QC, at 5.30pm on Monday (13th).
are still the leaders
SA stake claim for shot at the Vics
STATE OF ORIGIN Fri-Sat, July 10-11.
A rash of mid-season injuries to key players reduced the quality of all four State of
Origin teams in the matches set aside for the seasonal event. Victoria played The Allies
in Brisbane on Friday night, while South and Western Australia again locked horns at
Football Park on Saturday in a late-afternoon start.
Attendances at the two State contests amounted to only 32,181 13,977 in Brisbane
and a tardy 18,204 in Adelaide, again bringing to question the support of both the
football community and the public to the concept.
The pursuit of further State of Origin contests which cost some $800,000 to stage will be
examined closely by the AFL. It is however expected that South Australia will play
Victoria at the MCG in the middle of next season while The Allies and Western Australia
will meet in either Brisbane or Sydney. Beyond 1999 it becomes a very doubtful commodity.
In the year 2000 to meet requirements for the staging of the Sydney Olympic Games, the
League season will have an earlier start and be finished before the middle of September,
leaving little space for State games.
The concept devised by LEON LARKIN of the Subiaco club and first staged in WA in 1977 may
have outlived its usefulness. State of Origin football was taken by the rival Rugby League
code to an "art-form" with classic confrontations being staged each year between
NSW and Queensland. For Australian Football, the State of Origin now appears to be on its
<||> On Friday night at the Gabba to a crowd of 13,977, VICTORIA (coach
Leigh Matthews) 22.16-148 (Everitt 7.1) best, Rohan Smith, Peter Everitt, Garry Hocking,
Stewart Loewe, Brad Johnson, THE ALLIES (coach Damien Drum) 14.11-95 (Hudson 3, Burns 3)
best, Shane Crawford, Ronnie Burns, Daryn Cresswell, Darryl White, Justin Blumfield.
Adelaide at Football Park on Saturday evening with a 4.40pm start, SOUTH AUSTRALIA were
comfortable victors over WESTERN AUSTRALIA by 36 points SA 22.11-143 (Michael
OLoughlin 5, Matthew Robran 5, Darren Jarman 3) best, Michael OLoughlin,
Matthew Robran, Nigel Smart, Nick Holland, Nick Daffy, WA 16.11-107 (Jeff Farmer 3, Andrew
Donnelly 3) best, Peter Bell, David Sierakowski, Brad Wira, Winston Abraham, Jeff Farmer.
In the curtain-raiser, the SANFL 17.13-115 defeated WESTAR RULES 10.10-70.
<> No AFL football was played in Melbourne on the weekend of July
11-12. The MCG instead hosted the rugby Bledisloe Cup game. Australia 24 defeated New
Zealand 16 before a crowd of 75,127
new concept of "virtual advertising" caused the MCC to refuse entry of Channel 7
cameras to the MCG last Saturday before the Bledisloe Cup match. The issue was resolved
only when the network agreed it would not use virtual advertising during its telecast.
The Herald Sun reported (13th) "Virtual advertising allows Seven to
superimpose signage for one product with the logo over another. The MCC claims this will
cost it millions of dollars in advertising revenue".
<> AFL Chief Executive Officer WAYNE JACKSON released a statement on
Monday (13th) on the matter of Virtual Advertising.
"This afternoon, I met with the Chairman of the Seven Network, Mr Kerry Stokes
concerning comments in this morning's press by the MCC in relation to virtual advertising.
"Mr Stokes acknowledged that Seven has an agreement with the AFL under which Seven
cannot use virtual advertising without the prior approval of the AFL.
"The AFL does not intend to grant approval to Seven for use of the technology. As a
result and because of the agreement between Seven and the AFL, there can be not threat to
matches at the MCG as indicated by the MCC this morning," Mr Jackson said.
NORTH LOSE APPEAL ON McCARTNEY
The North Melbourne club failed in its attempt to have the suspension of
defender JASON McCARTNEY overturned when the AFL's Appeals Board met on Monday (13th).
Appeal Board acting chairman BRIAN BOURKE sustained the three-match penalty of July 7th
handed down by the AFL Tribunal, saying "we consider the striking (offence) in the
circumstances was both reckless and unnecessary."
North were granted a refund of their $10,000 surety as the Appeal Board found the appeal
was neither frivolous nor vexatious.
and Saints break away at top
Paul Kelly injury shatters Sydney
Sheedy sets new Bomber record
ROUND 16 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 17-18-19.
MILESTONES KEVIN SHEEDY became the longest serving coach in the 126 year
history of Essendon when he coached his 416th match ... STEWART LOEWE (StK) played his
250th game he was also reported ... RICHARD CHAMPION (Bri) reached his 150th ...
GARY DHURRKAY (Fre) his 50th.
FROM THE ROUND
<> The WESTERN BULLDOGS in their 650th League victory kicked 11.2-68 in
the first quarter against Brisbane at Princes Park it was the highest opening for
the Footscray-Bulldogs in their 1471st League game since 1925. The Doggies final score of
27.15-177 against Brisbane achieved the third-highest League score for the boys from the
Western Oval. On Saturday TERRY WALLACE coached the Bulldogs for the 50th time and the
match marked the 100th time the Tricolours had played at the Carlton ground.
<> TONY LOCKETT kicked 12 goals in a League match for the seventh time.
It was the 68th occasion that 'Plugger' has booted seven goals of more from his 251
matches and the 21st occasion he has registered double-digits. So far this year his big
games have been 10.1 versus Collingwood in round seven, 11.6 against Hawthorn in
round nine, and his 12.1 over Port Adelaide on Sunday at the SCG. He has 74.25 from his 15
games this season and a career total of 1240 goals.
<> ST KILDA won at Kardinia Park for the first time since 1988 after seven
consecutive losses to the Cats. Saturday was the second in-a-row for the Saints over
Geelong, the first time St Kilda have achieved this since 1977-78 ... Saturday was the
50th occasion the Saints have played at Kardinia Park since their first time on May 2 1941
... <> COLLINGWOOD defeated Hawthorn at Waverley for the first time since 1989
indeed, it was Collingwood's first win at the Park against allcomers since 1993
<||> Carlton overcame a poor start and swept to a stunning upset victory
over Adelaide in good conditions on Friday night at Football Park for a near sell-out
Alan Shiell reported in The Age "The Blues won a thriller by four
points after outscoring the Crows 15.3 to 10.4 in the last three quarters after they
trailed by 25pts at quarter time. The crowd had to wait until 13 minutes into the second
quarter before being able to greet TONY MODRA with a huge roar as he sprinted off the
bench for his first game since his left knee was reconstructed after last year's (First)
Preliminary Final. Modra duly goaled with his first kick at the 26 minute mark".
Carlton were sharp and effective with captain CRAIG BRADLEY gaining 37 possessions while
FRASER BROWN (34 touches), JUSTIN MURPHY (30) and BRETT RATTEN 25 were prominent in a
victory which puts Adelaide back in the melting pot CARLTON 16.9-105 (Whitnall 4,
Allan 3) best, Allan, Bradley, Whitnall, ADELAIDE 16.5-101 (Ricciuto 3) best, Bickley,
<||> St Kilda broke through a mental barrier by posting their first
success at Kardinia Park since 1988 with a 24pt win over a Geelong outfit which lacked the
necessary polish. The match was played in sunshine and good conditions for a crowd of
Jake Niall reporting in The Age "...(the) game followed a pattern
that must be depressingly familiar to Geelong supporters in 1998. The most pointed example
of Geelong's inability to convert play in to goals came in the opening minutes of the last
quarter in retrospect, the defining moment in this tight but unmemorable match.
"The Saints got their ball movement right when it was absolutely necessary in
the last quarter. The Cats struggled, fought and persisted but were never smooth".
STEWART LOEWE (StK) playing his 250th was reported for striking Geelong captain BARRY
STONEHAM to the head in the third quarter. Stoneham was hospitalised for three hours and
will sport a shiner to his left eye at Monday's Tribunal ST KILDA 15.10-100
(Everitt 4, Heatley 4) best, Everitt, Harvey, Burke, GEELONG 10.16-76 (Colbert 3) best,
Hocking, Snell, McGrath.
<||> Collingwood inflicted an 86pt thrashing upon Hawthorn on Saturday
night in the brisk conditions at Waverley for a solid 39,325 fans. It was the first
occasion the Magpies had beaten the Hawks at the Park since 1989 and their first win there
against allcomers since 1993.
The game produced one of Collingwood's best performances for the year and a substantial
boost to percentage but more importantly keeps them within range of a finals berth. DAMIEN
MONKHORST, SHANE WATSON and SAVERIO ROCCA proved the difference with 12 goals between
them. The loss consigns Hawthorn to an almost certain wooden spoon their first
since 1965, COLLINGWOOD 19.10-124 (Watson 5, S.Rocca 5) best, Williams, Monkhorst,
Crosisca, HAWTHORN 4.14-38 best, Krummel, J.Crawford, Dixon.
<||> Though the Dockers stayed in touch for much of the game, Melbourne
proved the better side at the MCG in good conditions on Saturday where 20,365 attended.
Freo's early use of a direct, long-kicking game was negated by their lack of forwards. It
took until the third term for Melbourne to get the edge when GARRY LYON kicked two goals
(he finished with four) and STEVEN TINGAY provided great run out of the backline. LUKE
TOIA was a strong contributor for the Dockers while PAUL MAHER is his second game was
lively but in the overall, the Demons had more legs, MELBOURNE 16.10-106 (Lyon 4, Neitz 3)
best, Tingay, Yze, Lyon, FREMANTLE 13.5-83 (Maher 3) best, Toia, Callaghan, Norrish.
lowly 16,131 at Carlton watched the Bulldogs blast away with their best opening (11.2-68)
of their 1471 League matches and canter away for their 650th League victory when Brisbane
on Saturday were found wanting and deserved their 91pt thrashing.
"The Lions' forwards were lamentably poor" Martin Blake observed in The Age,
"Justin Leppitsch starved of opportunities and Daniel Bradshaw showing himself devoid
of confidence ... From quarter-time, the Bulldogs were allowed to cruise, and when Wynd
and Smith showed up with niggles they were quickly benched".
Displaying a hunger reminiscent of the grounding Bulldog coach TERRY WALLACE had earned
with Hawthorn, the Westerners were ruthless in victory, BULLDOGS 27.15-177 (Grant 4,
Montgomery 4) best, Montgomery, Grant, Romero, BRISBANE 13.8-86 best, C.Scott, Ashcroft,
Bamford. It was Wallace's 50th game as coach of the Doggies.
<||> The biggest crowd of the season packed the MCG on Sunday afternoon
83,773 came to watch Essendon's KEVIN SHEEDY break Dick Reynolds' coaching record and see
his Bombers of 416 games record a story-book finish to eclipse the Tigers by 19pts.
Sheedy's Essendon kicked six goals in the opening term and broke away to a 28pt lead. The
second quarter however provided the twist as Richmond so thoroughly beaten early stopped
the high possession rate the Bombers had enjoyed chiefly via MARK MERCURI and DARREN
BEWICK. Richmond responded with MATTHEW KNIGHTS, PAUL BRODERICK and BEN HARRISON
conspicuous as the game was tied-up at half-time, Essendon 7.5-47, Richmond 6.11-47.
To curb the big and effective Tiger forward MATTHEW RICHARDSON, Sheedy moved SEAN WELLMAN
on to him. SCOTT LUCAS and MATTHEW LLOYD started to capitalise of the opportunities which
came their way mid-way into the third term and the momentum moved back to Essendon.
STEPHEN RIELLY in The Age summed up the end of the tale "... with
three more goals from Lucas and Lloyd and a fourth from the silky Mercuri, (Essendon)
dominated as they had done in the very beginning and, for dramatic emphasis, held Richmond
goalless. Richardson even played on after the final siren, 15 metres from goal, to end the
afternoon with a fittingly bizarre flourish".
ESSENDON 14.10-94 (Lucas 4, Lloyd 3) best, Wellman, Bewick, Hardwick, RICHMOND 10.15-75
(Richardson 5) best, Richardson, Daffy, Bulluss.
<||> After five minutes of Sunday's SCG game Sydney's inspirational
captain PAUL KELLY limped from the ground and attendance from medical staff failed to
convey to the crowd of 29,325 the seriousness of a leg injury. By the end of the game
however, the shattering impact emerged that Kelly will require a knee reconstruction and
be absent for up to 12 months.
The Coathangers after a terrific 7.2 started to tire toward the end of the third term as
injuries to Kelly, Dunkley, O'Loughlin and Cresswell started to bite. Port who had led at
half-time staged another comeback with the last three goals before orange time and closed
the gap at three-quarter time to 26pts.
But Port had no effective counter to Lockett who added a further three goals, plus two
from Lewis for the Swans to record their best win since May 24.
Tony Lockett finished with 12.1. It was the 68th occasion in his 251 games he had kicked
seven goals or more; the seventh time he had kicked 12 in a game and the 21st time he had
recorded double-figures SYDNEY 18.10-118 (Lockett 12.1) best, Lockett, Schwass,
Crouch, PORT 12.12-84 best, Wanganeen, Tredrea, Lade. The victory lifted the Harboursiders
from seventh to fourth place.
<||> North captain WAYNE CAREY took only one quarter to set up an important win over
West Coast on Sunday at Subiaco witnessed by a big 36,463. Carey from his seven kicks in
the second term potted four goals (3 of them in 7 minutes) and sent the Roos into the
second half with 20pt advantage. Carey beat GLEN JAKOVICH who was dragged then his
replacement ASHLEY McINTOSH and finally anyone who challenged him. It was another
memorable Carey performance.
North won the physical contests, the tactical battles and the points with the Eagles
finishing with a lengthy injury list Kemp (shoulder), Jakovich (ankle), Wooden
(hamstring), Metropolis (cut head), Gehrig (leg) and Peter Matera (hip). It caused Eagles
coach MICK MALTHOUSE to call for an extended interchange.
Injuries and inaccuracies cost West Coast dearly when 11 gettable shots failed to return a
goal. While both sides were out of puff at the end, fittingly Carey marked over a
persistent McIntosh five minutes from the final siren and kicked his fifth NORTH
MELB 13.16-94 (Carey 5) best, Carey, King, Archer, WEST COAST 11.14-80 (Gehrig 3, Read 3)
best, Banfield, Ball, Cousins.
|JOHN ELLIOTT ASKS "WHO'LL WANT TO
PLAY AT DOCKLANDS"
<> PENELOPE DEBELLE in The Age on Saturday (11th) revealed the
Carlton FC and the Melbourne Cricket Club have been in discussions for eight months over
breaking the AFL's power to give Channel Seven exclusive rights to broadcast games.
Speaking on Friday at the Sturt Football Club in Adelaide, Carlton president JOHN ELLIOTT
said a battle over television rights was about to begin. He claimed he had convinced the
MCC that clubs could get as much as $100,000 a game by allowing a TV operator other than
Channel Seven into the MCG.
Elliott was reported as saying the AFL had acknowledged to him privately that the venture
operator had the right to stop people coming into the MCG. His comments were made in the
context of a broader attack on the AFL and the way it was managing the game.
Elliott was particularly critical of the "squandering" of $100 million on the
"Who'll want to play at Docklands?" he asked.
STAB KICKS ...
<> General managers of AFL clubs at a meeting held in Melbourne on
Friday (17th) were warned of a pending audit by the League. Figures on memberships tabled
mid-June were up by 40,470 to 422,815 for the current season. AFL football operations
manager IAN COLLINS said some membership figures could be inflated.
<> Port Adelaide on-baller DANNY MORTON will miss the rest of the
season after being admitted to hospital on Thursday (16th). Morton fell heavily on his
neck in the Saturday night match against Western Bulldogs on Saturday June 20. He faces
surgery to correct problems.
ASKS "CAN DOCKLANDS BE BOOSTED TO 65,000?"
The Docklands Stadium at a high of 52,000 seats has long been regarded as being too
small the AFL has addressed that with a request to the developers to investigate if
the capacity can be boosted by 13,000 to 65,000.
The lure of 65,000 is expected to greatly increase the prospect of more member clubs being
attracted to become featured tenants at the facility.
RECKLESS" LOEWE SUSPENDED FOR THREE
St Kilda co-captain STEWART LOEWE suffered a three
match suspension by the AFL Tribunal on Monday (20th) night.
Loewe was judged to have been "reckless" in his action of striking Geelong
captain BARRY STONEHAM with an arm to the head during the third quarter of the match at
Kardinia Park on Saturday.
In the other cases heard, JASON AKERMANIS (Bri) pleaded guilty of striking MATTHEW DENT
(WB) and was suspended for one match. Charges of wrestling against both Akermanis and Dent
Earlier on Monday a striking charge against St Kilda defender DARRYL WAKELIN was
OBITUARY JACK IRVING PASSES
Grand Final umpire JOHN (JACK) WILLIAM
IRVING, OAM, lost his battle with cancer and passed away aged 72 on Thursday July 16.
Jack born August 14, 1925, played 45 games in the 1940s with Port Melbourne in the
Association. After suffering a knee injury he switched to umpiring in 1947 in the VFA
junior grades before going on to umpire 180 senior VFA games including 15 finals and five
consecutive Association Grand Finals from 1953 to 1957.
He joined the VFL in 1958 and in five seasons umpired 80 League games including the 1960
and 1962 Grand Finals.
Irving became a Life Member of the VFL in 1986 and in 1987 was awarded the Order of
Australia for his services to football.
Jack, affectionately nicknamed 'Roughie' was farewelled on Tuesday (21st) and cremated at
a private ceremony.
ARCHER & TWO HAWKS OUTED
On Tuesday, North Melbourne strongman GLENN
ARCHER was cited on video evidence by field umpire Hayden Kennedy. At the Tribunal that
evening Archer was suspended for two matches for attempting to trip PHILLIP READ (WCE) by
the leg in the second quarter at Subiaco on Sunday.
Glenn Archer became the first League player to be suspended on the charge of
"attempting" to trip.
Archer, the 1996 Norm Smith medalist, who pleaded not guilty received his fourth
suspension for a total of seven matches. He has been found guilty on a variety of charges
including intentionally tripping, attempting to strike, abusive language and kneeing.
In the other cases heard on Tuesday, TODD VINEY (Mel) was cleared of striking LUKE TOIA
(Fre) ... SHANE CRAWFORD (Haw) was found guilty of striking SCOTT BURNS (Col) and
suspended for one match ... JOHN BARKER (Haw) pleaded guilty to striking JASON WILD (Col)
and was suspended for one game ... DAVID CALTHORPE (Ess) was cleared of attempting to trip
PAUL BRODERICK (Rch) ...
SCG TO BECOME
SCG Trust chief NOEL NEATE announced Wednesday
(23rd) Sydney's biggest sporting arenas, the SCG and the Sydney Football Stadium will be
non-smoking from the start of the coming cricket season.
The SCG members' area has been non-smoking for some time but now all areas including
stands and bars will be off-limits. Smoking in private and corporate boxes will be at the
discretion of the hirer.
Neate said he expected Australia's other major sporting venues, such as the MCG and WACA
Ground, to follow Sydney's lead.
Essendon climb to 8th place
Sydney's first win at the Gabba
ROUND 17 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 24-25-26.
MILESTONES PAUL ROOS (Fit, now Syd) became the seven player in League history to
reach 350 games
WAYNE SCHWASS (NM, now Syd) played his 200th
a trio played
their 150th BEN HART (Ade), BRETT HEADY (WCE) and PAUL WILLIAMS (Col)
COLBERT (Gee) reached 100 matches
FROM THE ROUND
The second quarter in the Carlton-Bulldogs game on Saturday lasted 39
minutes 46 seconds the longest duration of added time recorded at 19m 46s.
The previous longest League game on record was the second term of the South Melbourne v St
Kilda game at the Lake on Easter Monday April 15 1968 which lasted with 25 minutes play
and added-time of 12m 38s, ending at 37m 38s.
<> The Saturday night game at Football Park had a first term with 14
goals lasting 36 minutes 17 seconds the longest AFL quarter played at the venue
according to 'Fritz' Freeman, the ABC's Adelaide statsman
another unusually long
quarter was experienced at Subiaco on Friday night when the third term lasted 37 minutes
<> Hawthorn in their 1500th League game (1925-98) suffered their 800th
defeat ... Fremantle scored their first win over Adelaide ... Sydney posted their first
victory at the Gabba ... CARLTON's 11.2-68 was their biggest second term against the
Bulldogs, but a long way behind their 1975 best of 14.1-85 versus Essendon
VERNON who hails from WA, umpired his 309th career game (WA and AFL) on Friday night
passing the record of umpiring WAFL-great RAY MONTGOMERY.
<||> An unexpected high-injury toll marred the Friday meeting at Subiaco
Oval (18,876) as Fremantle lost both PAUL MAHER and LUKE TOIA to critical knee injuries in
the first half both will require reconstructions. In the third term Adelaide lost
KANE JOHNSON with concussion and seven minutes later PETER CAVEN with a back injury.
From a scrappy start, Freo just wouldn't lay down, while Adelaide left it to too few. The
finish was tense as one could expect as the Dockers delivered a solid blow to Adelaide's
prospects when they took a one point victory.
The game was highlighted by two stand-out performances. DARREN JARMAN kicked 8.1 for the
Crows, while ADRIAN FLETCHER missing for eight weeks from the Freo line-up with a shoulder
injury returned off the bench with a three-quarter tally of 26 disposals. Jarman's
performance may be remembered for his out-of-bounds on the full in the last minute which
could have won the game FREMANTLE 14.14-98 (Brown 4), best, Bond, Norrish, Wills,
ADELAIDE 15.7-97 (Jarman 8.1) best, Ricciuto, Jarman, Koster.
<||> Premiership contenders Western Bulldogs received a savage thrashing
at Carlton on Saturday (26,911) in the misty, almost foggy conditions when the Blues
kicked the highest score of the season, and LANCE WHITNALL booted 8.1 from centre
Carlton took a stranglehold on the game in the first quarter, then proceeded to make a
mockery of the contest with 11.2-68 in the second term which lasted just a tick under 40
minutes. Carlton's pressure and aggression were paramount to their best victory so far for
the season, though the loss of forward BRAD PEARCE (knee) may be costly.
The standard of the Bulldogs will show if they can bounce back; for Carlton, the days of
being a chopping-block may have ended CARLTON 29.11-185 (Whitnall 8.1, Hamill 4)
best, Whitnall, Brown, Murphy, WEST.B'DOGS 15.15-105 (Hudson 3), best, West, Grant,
<||> Victoria Park for its 878th League game was slickened by rain just
before the first bounce. Early in the game Collingwood played with plenty of spirit, but
the class of West Coast, even without several of their stars would not be denied. For
two-and-a-half quarters, the Eagles and Magpies kicked alternate goals then Collingwood in
the last term gave 23,293 of the faithful hope when they moved to within two goals.
The defensive work of the Eagles overall proved the better, with the Pie forwards rarely
getting free for an uncontested mark. The downside was the failure of SAVERIO ROCCA to
convert from 11 kicks his return was just three behinds.
Collingwood now 7+10 seem certain to miss the finals for the fourth successive year
their worst effort since 1940-44. WEST COAST 13.8-86 (Banfield 3) best, Cousins,
Schofield, Braun, COLLINGWOOD 9.11-65 best, Schauble, Williams, Burns.
<||> Following the mid-week controversy over the lack of free kicks North
captain WAYNE CAREY is given, on Saturday at the MCG (36,042) he won no frees against
Melbourne, but took eight marks, had 21 kicks and booted 8.4.
Coming off a hard game against the Eagles, North may have suffered a let-down, but in
spite of the slippery conditions the way the Kangas finished over the Demons sound ominous
signals for other finalists.
Melbourne stayed with the Roos for three quarters and at one stage in the third term
looked as though they may have stolen the game. The final minutes of the match saw the
Demons wilt to the physical and professional pressure of a very good side NORTH
MELB 22.20-152 (Carey 8.4, Grant 5) best, Carey, King, Grant, MELBOURNE 13.9-87 (Neitz 4,
Lyon 3) best, M.Febey, Neitz, White.
<||> On Saturday night at Footy Park (30,104) Port and the Hawks provided
30,104 fans with a free-flowing opening which produced 14 goals and a quarter lasting 36
Reviewing the match in The Age ALAN SHIELL noted: "Hawthorn often looked the
more accomplished side than the one that had won only three of its previous 16 games. It
refused to surrender every time Port tightened the screws, and when NICK HOLLAND kicked
his fifth goal six minutes before the finish, the Hawks trailed by only 14 points."
But Port was good enough to score again and earn a hard-fought victory by 21 points,
greatly assisted by three goals efforts from NATHAN EAGLETON and STUART DEW PORT
ADELAIDE 18.11-119 (Eagleton 3, Dew) best, Kingsley, Eagleton, Lade, HAWTHORN 15.8-98
(Holland 3, Chick 3) best, Salmon, Holland, Treleven.
<||> The Gabba was drab and overcast on Sunday at half-time the
lights were on as the drizzling returned. Many of the 15,475 who attended didn't stay to
the finish as Sydney turned up the heat on a disappointing Brisbane outfit the
final margin for the Swans was 10 goals obtaining Sydney's first win at the Gabba.
Sydney with PAUL KELLY absent for only the fourth time since 1990 were led by ANDREW
DUNKLEY and treated by a dominant PAUL ROOS playing his 350th League game, plus another
lazy seven goals from TONY LOCKETT who took his season to 81.26 and a career tally of 1247
The Swans with WAYNE SCHWASS in his 200th game back in touch, controlled the midfield and
gained a boost with the returning GREG STAFFORD in the ruck. TROY LUFF was important when
the game was alive (11 touches in the second term) while Cresswell, Lewis, O'Loughlin and
Dunkley all played a part in the big win.
Brisbane battled honestly in the first half, but as the game grew longer, they were
overwhelmed as the margin blew out to 60pts SYDNEY 22.17-149 (Lockett 7.1, Lewis 3)
best, Schwass, Roos, Cresswell, BRISBANE 14.5-89 (White 4) best, C.Scott, Lappin, Kennedy.
The game was notable for the return of former Fitzroy captain BRAD BOYD (Bri) playing his
first game after 14 months of injury.
<||> Before Sunday's first bounce, JUSTIN CHARLES (Rch) back after
16-weeks suspension (for anabolic steroid use) gave away a free kick when he clash angrily
with MICHAEL MANSFIELD (Gee). Then in the first 20 seconds, Geelong captain BARRY STONEHAM
tore a calf muscle and as he left the ground was reported for striking PAUL BRODERICK
(Rch). Stoneham remained on the bench for the rest of the day. Broderick was also booked
In the remaining 119 minutes or so, the Tigers and Cats provided the MCG crowd of 44,222
with plenty of physical clashes in the wet-weather conditions. It was a low-scoring slog
and only a desperate workrate by the Tigers held Geelong out. Twice in the final term the
Cats regained the lead but first Richardson, then Powell, were in the right place, at the
right time, and brought Richmond back to life.
Geelong coach GARRY AYRES said: "One has to lose, unfortunately that was us
today" RICHMOND 10.7-67 (Evans 3) best, B.Gale, Campbell, Gaspar, GEELONG
8.10-58 best, Sholl, Bizzell, Colbert.
<||> The Bombers and Saints staged a good old-fashioned battle in greasy
conditions at Waverley on Sunday for a big 50,778 spectators. It was a bruising, brawling
match with many solid bumps traded but no reports on the day.
A telling, vital statistic was that St Kilda were in their forward zone 21 times more than
the Dons yet emerged with fewer goals. With Loewe missing (courtesy of the Tribunal)
Everitt was kept in check and strive as they did, Winmar and Burke gained little return
for their effort.
Martin Blake for his summary in The Age "Essendon did precisely what
any team hoping to beat St Kilda must do. The Bombers largely closed down the game,
filling spaces and close-marking St Kilda's go-to men in midfield. Sean Denham wore Nathan
Burke and beat him, although Justin Blumfield and later David Calthorpe could not contain
Robert Harvey, who was magnificent all day ... Essendon earned the points. The Bombers
were hard at the football throughout even if they made mistakes"... ESSENDON 14.6-90
(Lloyd 4, Bewick 3, Long 3) best, Misiti, Lloyd, Berbakov, ST KILDA 13.9-87 (Heatley 3)
best, Harvey, Hudghton, Everitt.
TRIBUNAL HANDS BRADLEY A SUSPENDED SENTENCE
Carlton captain CRAIG BRADLEY received leniency from the AFL Tribunal on
Monday when he faced a charge from his 281st League match.
Bradley pleaded not guilty to charging JOE ROMERO (WB) in the third quarter at Carlton
last Saturday. Following a lengthy deliberation, Tribunal chairman Brian Collis, QC, said
the hearing had taken into account Bradley's brilliant career in imposing the unusual
Bradley was penalised with a two-match suspended sentence. The sentence will include
finals, pre-season and Ansett Cup matches until the end of 1999. From his four prior
Tribunal appearances, Bradley had been guilty on only one occasion. In 1993 he received
one match for stomping on Jose Romero.
Craig Bradley is still eligible for the Brownlow under current rules "if the
player is not suspended or disqualified from participating in a match."
In other cases on Monday, ANTHONY FRANCHINA (Car) was suspended for two matches for
striking PAUL HUDSON (WB) ... while Geelong's BARRY STONEHAM and Richmond's PAUL BRODERICK
were cleared of striking each other.
Earlier on Monday the case laid against BRETT MONTGOMERY (WB) of charging Carlton's
Craig Bradley was withdrawn, while following video reviews, GARRY LYON (Mel), MARCUS
SEECAMP (Mel) and CHRIS WATERMAN (WCE) were cited from the weekend.
<> TIM WATSON who in 1977 at 15 years 305 days played the first of his
307 games for Essendon is to be inducted into the club's Hall of Fame.
He was captain of the Bombers in 1989-90-91 and won their best and fairest in 1989 and
He retired in 1991 but returned for two further seasons in 1993-94 and was a member of
three premiership-winning teams in 1984, 1985 and 1993.
Watson is now a valued-member of the Channel Seven news and game team.
<> The Australian reported: MATTHEW HALL, a Melbourne man who
has contracted HIV issued a statement through his lawyers on Friday (24th) saying he had
tried to raise the issue with the VAFA in a confidential manner before AFL operations
manager Ian Collins publicised it.
"Unfortunately, because of .. Ian Collis' comments about the case, confidentiality
was not kept," Mr Hall said. "This was not my choice and I believe that Ian
Collins was irresponsible."
ABC Radio reported, the Victorian AIDS Council commended the media for the way it has
handled the case. President of the Victorian AIDS Council, Leigh Johns, says football
players talking to other players about HIV is a big plus in peer education.
|WARNING THAT HEAT MAY BRING FOOTY
Dr Bruce Mitchell, who wrote the AFL Medical
Officers' Association position statement on the prevention of thermal injuries four years
ago, told the FOOTBALL AUSTRALASIA conference on reducing the injury list in Melbourne on
Friday (24th) that heat injury was a problem with fatal consequences.
The Age team noted: "Matches in Brisbane and Perth in the early part of the past
two seasons have taken a toll on visiting clubs. Last year, St Kilda was thrashed by
Brisbane in the second round at the Gabba in a match played in high heat and
It is also the opinion of several AFL clubs that the League could be open to legal action
should it continue to program games in hot and humid conditions.
The AFL vigorously denied Mitchell's claims. Ian Collins, AFL gm of football operations,
said the League was not negligent. "We don't believe that to be the case," he
said. Dr Mitchell is a medical officer, not a lawyer."
<> The Australian reported on July 24: Australia's football
and cricket codes have agreed to principles to curb the use of drugs in sport, including a
two-year ban for serious first-time offences involving steroids.
The meeting involved the AFL's Ian Collins, cricket's Malcolm Speed, Rugby Union chief
John O'Neill and Rugby League head Neil Whittaker.
|SLIGHT PRICE RISES FOR 1999
Admission prices for the 1999 season were announced by the AFL on Monday
Adult prices will be $13.50 with a concession priced at $7.50. Club membership tickets are
up from $87 to $90.
AFL club membership for all Victorian-based clubs in 1999 will be extended to allow
members to go to all home games as well as five Victorian away games. The new category
ticket will be priced at $130.
LYON OFF, SEECAMP TWO, WATERMAN DISMISSED
At Tuesday's Tribunal, former Melbourne captain GARRY LYON was cleared of
an attempted to trip charge.
MARCUS SEECAMP (Mel) received a two-match suspension after pleading guilty to striking
BRETT CHANDLER (North). It was the fifth occasion Seecamp had been suspended in his
116-game career since 1991. Evidence possibly reduced the sentence when it was revealed
the pair were the best of mates. Chandler had been a teammate of Seecamp for two years at
Fitzroy and they're going on a fishing trip to New Zealand later in the year.
CHRIS WATERMAN (West Coast) did not give evidence before the Tribunal withdrew a video
charge of tripping SCOTT CROW (Collingwood).
trails Coventry by 43 goals
North climb to second place
Dons pip Blues before 70,969
Abraham's Mark of the Year
ROUND 18 Fri-Sat-Sun, July 31-August 1-2.
MILESTONES Manuka Oval became the 33rd venue for League
football since 1897
DAVID PARKIN reached his 300th game as Carlton coach (1981-85
& 1991-98) it was his 463rd in League coaching circles since 1977
BRODERICK (Fit, now Rch) reached his 200th game
50th games were recorded by JAMES
CLEMENT (Fre) and JEFF WHITE (Fre, now Mel)
RICHMOND played their 1800th League
game since 1908
FROM THE ROUND
TONY LOCKETT in his 253rd League game with both St Kilda
and Sydney (1983-98) kicked 9.2 at Kardinia Park against Geelong, 8.1 to half-time. His
third goal brought him to 1250 goals ... his 6th took him past the 1252 goals kicked by
Hawthorn's JASON DUNSTALL ... the day's tally took Lockett to 90 for the season and a
career total of 1256, within 43 goals of the GORDON COVENTRY (Col) record. 'Plugger' has
indicated he will play on until at least the 2000 season.
<> In the dying minutes of the third term in Saturday's game at Manuka
Oval in Canberra, WINSTON ABRAHAM (NM) produced a spectacular mark in front of goal which
will become one of the great photo images of the code for all time. Abraham's feat was
later judged as Mark of the Year.
<> Richmond's 4.10-34 against Hawthorn was the lowest score of the
season to date and the lowest kicked by the yellow-and-black in 104 matches at Waverley
the lowest by the Tigers versus the Hawks was 2.20-32, 75-R15 at Princes
Park ... Richmond matched their second-lowest in games against Hawthorn they also
kicked 4.10-34 in 63-R10 at Punt Road
<> Melbourne's first quarter tally of 7.4-46 was the highest opening of
its 20 matches against Brisbane since 1987 ... the final margin of 95pts was the biggest
by Melbourne over Brisbane previous best were 77pts in 1996 and 85pts in 1997
Sydney recorded their first win over Geelong at Kardinia Park since the 21st round
on August 25 1990 ... West Coast in the 'Western Derby' enjoyed their eighth consecutive
win over Fremantle
NORTH became the first of the season to kick over 2000 points
... at the other end, the Brisbane defence were the first to concede 2000 points.
<||> Rain failed to deter 40,832 attending the MCG on Friday night. The
first 30 seconds took PAUL WILLIAMS (Col) out of the contest he was stretchered
after receiving a solid knock from STEPHEN POWELL (WB).
Collingwood in the first term made the Bulldogs appear vulnerable and not until the second
quarter did the Tricolours trademark fast-paced, hard-running style game slip into gear.
In just 30 minutes, Western kicked eight goals to one, seven in a 10-minute burst and put
the game out of reach for the Pies.
The Woods did get as close as 24pts in the third, and though many of the Bulldogs were
down on the night, their class and thoroughness proved them the stronger WESTERN
BULLDOGS 16.14-110 (Kolyniuk 4, Lane 4) best, Johnson, Kolyniuk, Smith) COLLINGWOOD
10.7-67 best, Burns, Patterson, Watson.
<||> Sydney produced its best team display in many weeks when they
blasted Geelong in a murderous first half at Kardinia Park in fair conditions on Saturday
for 23,137. The Swans led by 76pts at half-time, 15.3 to 2.5 with TONY LOCKETT to then
having kicked 8.1, becoming the second-greatest goalkicker in League history.
Geelong regrouped for the second half but wasted much of their effort with inaccurate
finishing. For the fifth time this season, the Coathangers conceded more scoring shots
than their own, yet still won handsomely. It was Sydney's first win at Geelong since
August 25 1990.
WAYNE SCHWASS (Syd) produced his third excellent game in as many weeks the ones in
which Sydney have been missing their inspirational leader PAUL KELLY SYDNEY
19.7-121 (Lockett 9.1, O'Loughlin 3) best, Schwass, Lockett, Luff, GEELONG 12.15-87 (Snell
3) best, Mansfield, Riccardi, Colbert.
<||> Melbourne produced their most prolific performance of the season on
Saturday, booting 22 goals against a very disappointing Brisbane outfit to a slim roll-up
of 16,518 at the MCG. The Demons were encouraged for the weeks ahead with great displays
from STEPHEN TINGAY, GARRY LYON and JEFF FARMER.
The failure of Brisbane who suffered a 95pt thrashing will apply pressure upon the
likelihood of caretaker coach ROGER MERRETT having his appointment extended. After the
match, Merrett was quoted: "There are a number of players who really have to ask
themselves some questions about their commitment to playing AFL football."
MELBOURNE 22.19-151 (Farmer 6, Lyon 5) best, Tingay, Farmer, Woewodin, BRISBANE 8.8-56
best, C.Scott, Wirth (first game), Champion.
<||> This match originally scheduled for the MCG was moved to Manuka Oval
in Canberra and became only the second AFL game played for match points in the nation's
capital. It also marked the first morning League game since 1938 and the fourth pre-noon
start following the first in 1899 and two others in 1920.
Though under-manned on paper, North before a near-capacity crowd of 11,321 took over the
contest in the second term when they booted 7.8 to 1.3 and were only marginally challenged
by Port thereafter. It was a scrappy affair where North superstar WAYNE CAREY was
blanketed by Port's DARREN MEAD. Instead, it became the MARK ROBERTS show who brought down
10 marks and enjoyed 30 possessions. The win lifted the 1996 premiers to second position
on the ladder.
In the dying minutes of the third term WINSTON ABRAHAM (NM) produced a spectacular mark in
front of goal which will become one of the great photo images of the code for all time
NORTH MELB 18.23-131 (Roberts 3) best, Roberts, Abraham, Grant, PORT ADELAIDE
10.16-76 (Lockwood 4) best, Mead, Lockwood, Dickie.
Abraham's feat was eventually judged Mark of the Year.
<||> In a critical clash on Saturday night at Football Park (40,670),
Adelaide surprisingly cantered away to win by 70pts. The Crows led by 27 at half time,
then brushed the insipid Saints aside in the second half.
ALAN SHIELL reporting in The Age: "It is a long time since the Saints, now
with a 12+6 win-loss record, have been made to look so inadequate in so many positions.
This was their third loss in the past four games, following their 66pt and three-point
defeats by North and Essendon, and they will have to rely on putting the shattered pieces
"Adelaide grabbed control of the game with a blistering 11-minute burst that produced
five goals in the second quarter and into a fairly strong northerly wind. The
Crows, now 10+8, unleashed some of their slickest, most irresistible football this season.
The Crows' powerful start to the third quarter virtually ended the Saints' hopes of a
comeback." ADELAIDE 19.23-137 (Vardy 4, McLeod 3) best, Ricciuto, Connell, Rehn, ST
KILDA 10.7-67 (Heatley 4) best, Harvey, Hudghton, Burke.
<||> "In sport, there is honourable defeat by a worthy opponent.
Then there is bitter, irreconcilable defeat, when you give up what is rightfully yours.
That's how it was for Carlton against Essendon" MARTIN BLAKE reported in The
Age. A big crowd of 70,969 were at the MCG on Sunday.
"It was a game controlled by Carlton throughout, even if the scoreboard didn't
reflect that superiority until early in the final quarter. The Blues had more of the ball,
and they carried it inside their 50-metre arc numerous times more often than Essendon.
When the Blues kicked three consecutive goals in the first eight minutes of the final
quarter, they held a 25pt lead it seemed to be plenty."
"Essendon kicked the last five in 15 minutes of daylight robbery. But who said there
was meant to be justice in football?" ESSENDON 12.12-84 (Lloyd 6) best, Lloyd,
Hardwick, Mercuri, CARLTON 11.12-78 best, Brown, Koutoufides, Allan.
<||> Hawthorn the rank-outsiders, produced the upset of the round when
they sat the Tigers on the seat of their pants with a stunning six-goal victory in front
of 37,297 at Waverley on Sunday. With three goals in the opening six minutes the Hawks
were never threatened by a Tiger side overcome by lethargy. Richmond had everything to
play for and failed miserably it was not the performance you would expect from a
team with a top-four spot to play for.
Hawthorn's intensity was too strong as their sheer hard work reduced all effective Tiger
strengths. PAUL SALMON dominated the ruck, then dropped back to repel many Richmond
As LEN JOHNSON noted in The Age: "Whatever the explanation, Richmond was
flatter than a pancake. It was not until Richardson kicked their fourth goal late in the
last quarter that the Tigers edged past their lowest-score against Hawthorn (2.20 in
1975)" HAWTHORN 10.10-70 (Dixon 3) best, Salmon, S.Crawford, Treleven,
RICHMOND 4.10-34 (Richardson 3) best, Evans, Knights, Gaspar.
<||> Slippery conditions from rain in Perth failed to halt West Coast's
dominance over Fremantle on Sunday to 37,145 fans at Subiaco the Eagles notched
their eighth consecutive victory in the 'Western Derby' series.
After being written off by many critics, CHRIS LEWIS oozed class in 207th League game for
the Eagles when he came from the bench late in the first term. His four goals for the day
brought his career tally to 252.
Though Freo coach GERARD NEESHAM defended his young side, MICHAEL MALTHOUSE for West Coast
was more scathing saying the Dockers "had run out of excuses" WEST COAST
15.9-99 (Lewis 4, Fester 3) best, McKenna, Lewis, FREMANTLE 8.12-60 best, S.Parker,
KOUTOUFIDES ONE WEEK FOR ATTEMPTING TO TRIP
Carlton's ANTHONY KOUTOUFIDES was suspended for one match by the AFL
Tribunal on Monday night.
Koutoufides was found guilty of attempting to trip PETER BERBAKOV (Ess) during the first
quarter on Sunday at the MCG. 'Kouta' will serve the one week by missing the game against
Melbourne at the G on Saturday.
The 25-year-old last missed the seniors in 1994 when he played Reserves in rounds 5, 10
and 11. Monday was his first appearance before the Tribunal and came following 100
consecutive First 18 games with the Blues.
<> The Herald Sun reported: "The AFL couldn't find enough
tables (for pre-match rubdowns in Canberra) so the capital's sex industry chipped in.
Among the tables is a leather and oak number with stirrups attached and a rack at one
<> The Herald Sun on Wednesday (5th) reported: The Australian
Tax Office will be serving notice on all 16 AFL clubs for tax evasion. The ATO is seeking
to recover some $2 million in back payments and fines, with some clubs facing a tax bill
of more than $200.000 failure to declare fringe benefits and income tax emerged as
the major problems for the clubs.
TABCORP PROPOSES SLICE OF BETTING PIE TO AFL
The Age revealed: "TABCORP is believed to have presented the
League with a proposal that would give the AFL a slice of the increasingly lucrative
betting market", STEPHEN LINNELL reported on Wednesday (5th). The proposal is
understood to provide the AFL with a greater opportunity of punters to place bets between
matches, even quarters, of football. The target would include ways of utilising new
technology, such as the Internet, for football wagering.
Football betting is a growth industry punters spent $14 million on AFL matches last
year up more than 300 per cent from six years ago.
struggle; Bulldogs downed
Nine into Eight, won't go
ROUND 19 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 7-8-9.
MILESTONES LEON CAMERON (WB) played his 150th
(Col, now WB) his 50th
SEAN WELLMAN played his 50th for Essendon, plus 34 with the
Crows ... MICHAEL MALTHOUSE coached his 350th League game (Footscray 135, West Coast 215).
FROM THE ROUND
JAMES WALKER, the great-grandson of the legendary GORDON COVENTRY
(Collingwood 1920-37) made his League debut with Fremantle, and kicked a goal in his first
game. His origin was North Ballarat Under 18's and James has graduated through senior
ranks with East Perth. On Friday night he finished with 19 possessions
<> MELBOURNE had its biggest win over Carlton for 43 years the last big one
was by 65pts on Saturday June 5 1955
<> the game at
Carlton on Saturday produced the closest margin between Geelong and the Bulldogs for 41
years on July 6 1957, Footscray 9.11 beat the Cats 9.10 at Western Oval
<||> North won the toss and kicked with a stiff breeze but were were
countered with a strong opening by the Lions in the Friday night game played in good
conditions at the Gabba for 14,973 onlookers. The Kangas in the long haul were too good,
but their victory came with considerable pain. Three knee injuries to GLEN ARCHER, MARK
ROBERTS and MARTIN PIKE plus a broken thumb for BRETT ALLISON had all four sitting on the
bench by three-quarter time.
Most of the Brisbane players showed plenty of fight but North had control of the midfield,
with MATTHEW CAPUANO strong at the centre bounces against MATTHEW CLARKE. Good drive for
the Roos was also gained through PETER BELL, ANTHONY STEVENS and WINSTON ABRAHAMS.
While Brisbane's internal problems continued to boil, North overcame a plucky effort by
the Lions and consolidating with their sixth successive victory NORTH MELB
15.23-113 (Carey 3, Grant 3) best, Stevens, McKernan, Abraham, BRISBANE 12.14-86 (Lawrence
5) best, Lawrence, C.Scott, Kennedy.
<||> Melbourne lifted its flagging percentage with a strong second half
against Carlton in firm MCG conditions on Saturday for an attendance of 39,704. With a
10pt half-time lead, Melbourne added eight goals to two in the run home to swamp the Blues
DAVID SCHWARZ and GARRY LYON with a collective 11 goals and a firing STEPHEN TINGAY, the
Demons rising skill levels through the midfield and favoured with running ability blew
Carlton away. It prompted Carlton's DAVID PARKIN to predict that if Melbourne make the
finals: "that might have the capacity to cause a bit of havoc..."
MELBOURNE 16.17-113 (Schwarz 6, Lyon 5, Farmer 3) best, Tingay, Lyon, Schwarz, CARLTON
8.16-64 (Allan 2) best, Brown, Ratten, Rice.
<||> Hawthorn gained their first twin-victories for the season when they
devastated St Kilda by ten goals on Saturday at Waverley for a gallery of 32,286.
Ashley Brown in The Sunday Age: "It started in the midfield where KEN JUDGE
got his match-ups right and the game plan was carried out to perfection. The Hawks ran the
ball up the centre all afternoon, at times befitting a training drill".
Hawthorn in the second term kicked seven goals to one and went on from there in spite of a
36-possession game from ROBERT HARVEY who was well beaten on the day by the damaging Hawk
captain SHANE CRAWFORD. The Saints from ladder leaders six weeks ago, are in strife
HAWTHORN 19.14-128 (Lord 6, Holland 3, Dixon 3) best, S.Crawford, Salmon, Woods, ST KILDA
10.9-69 (Everitt 3) best, Everitt, Harvey, Winmar.
<||> After a run of six successive defeats, 12th-placed Geelong provided
one of the upsets of the round when they pipped the Western Bulldogs in the Saturday
sunshine at Carlton on Saturday for 17,535 supporters. It was the League's 257th
"The Cats prevailed by just a solitary point, rushed through in the final minute of
the game, but the damage it did to the Bulldogs' morale, and their hopes of securing a
top-two spot at the end of the home-and-away season, was inestimable", CHARLES
HAPPELL assessed in The Sunday Age.
Though the Dogs led at every change, the second half was played at a more intense level,
with the lead changing six times before the fateful final minute GEELONG 14.13-97
(Wood 4) best, Bizzell, Hocking, Riccardi, BULLDOGS 13.18-96 (Hudson 4, Kolyniuk 3) best,
Cameron (his 150th), Romero, Kolyniuk.
<||> In top almost balmy Saturday night conditions at Subiaco, one of the
best home crowds (28,444) attended to see the Dockers. Both the Bombers and Freo produced
bursts the Dockers kicked five goals during eight minutes of the second term, while
Essendon clapped on six in 12 minutes of the third.
Essendon's strong opening (7.3 to 2.2) during which captain JAMES HIRD enjoyed a
successful return with the first two goals, held the Bombers in good stead after Freo had
closed to within seven points in the third. The six unanswered goals for Essendon which
followed allowed the visitors to hold Freo at bay.
JAMES WALKER, the great-grandson of the legendary GORDON COVENTRY made his League debut
with Fremantle, and kicked a goal in his first game. His origin was North Ballarat Under
18's and has graduated through the ranks with East Perth. On Friday night he finished with
19 possessions. ESSENDON 18.11-119 (Lloyd 5, Lucas 3, Mercuri 3) best, Mercuri, Hird,
Calthorpe, FREMANTLE 12.14-86 (Hunter 2, Fletcher 2) best, O'Reilly, Norrish, Fletcher.
<||> A good crowd of 57,303 on Sunday turned out at the MCG to see
traditional rivals Richmond and Collingwood meet for the 179th time. Though the match was
a disappointment, the Tigers preserved their record of not losing two in a row this year.
That record, as well as the Tigers' so-so form, suggest they will finish in a position
where one defeat in the finals will be enough to put their season away.
GREG BAUM reported in The Age: Since neither were at their best and since
Richmond nor Collingwood have a better idea than to bomb it high to its superstar
full-forward, it made for pretty unfulfilling football. SAVERIO ROCCA (Col) was wasteful,
while MATTHEW RICHARDSON (Rch) kicked just one goal and missed one from less than 10
metres. Richmond's most productive quarter was the one he spent on the bench after
receiving a suspended fracture of the cheekbone before three-quarter-time.
In the end, the workrate of Broderick, Knights, Campbell and Harrison gave the Tigers an
extra 60 possessions, which should bring victory to even the most inefficient team
RICHMOND 12.14-86 (Plapp 4) best, B.Gale, Bowden, Campbell, COLLINGWOOD 9.13-67 (S.Rocca
2, Mangin 2) best, Monkhorst, Burns, Crosisca.
<||> "It was a game of attrition, a good old-fashioned arm
wrestle" was how Sydney coach RODNEY EADE summed up Sunday's encounter for 30,934
enthusiasts at the SCG. The match was played in surprisingly good conditions following the
deluge Sydney had suffered in the two previous days. Against a desperate Swans defence,
the Eagles trailed for most of the game which marked the 350th in League coaching circles
for MICHAEL MALTHOUSE.
Played with the intensity of a final, the third quarter typified the commitment by both
sides when no scores were recorded for a 14-minute period as the ball rebounded from one
50-metre arc to the other. The Coathangers led for most of the game but in typical West
Coast fashion they clawed back and hit the front in the last term to lead by four points.
Sydney with four behinds levelled in the 24th minute. LEO BARRY emerged from a group of
desperate, wrestling players to handball to an unmarked Lockett. With opponents charging
toward him, Lockett with a two-handed thump slapped the ball to MICHAEL O'LOUGHLIN five
metres from the pack who had the time and temperament to snap the winning goal
SYDNEY 10.14-74 (Lewis 2) best, Seymour, Schwass, Orchard, WEST COAST 9.14-68 (Braun 2)
best, McKenna, McIntosh, White.
<||> "Showdown 4" became a
blowout for the Crows when they met Port in the late Sunday game at Footy Park which drew
46,850, the biggest Adelaide crowd of the year. The reigning premiers pulverised Port in
the last half, going on to a 74pt victory which boosted percentage and lifted the Crows to
5th place, level on 44pts with the Dons, Eagles, Tigers and Demons.
The loss was rated by Port coach JOHN CAHILL as "the most humiliating defeat we've
had in the AFL". Adelaide boasted a rampant midfield where MARK RICCIUTO was
dominant; a potent forward line where PETER VARDY and DARREN JARMAN were brilliant and
rebounding backlines marshalled again by BEN HART and NIGEL SMART.
Too ferocious and too skilled, the Crows reaped their second 20-goal plus tally this
season ADELAIDE 22.12-144 (Vardy 7.7, Jarman 4, McLeod 3) best, Ricciuto, Vardy,
Connell, PORT 10.10-70 (Chalmers 3) best, Dickie, Wanganeen, Breuer.
<> After 22 years of coverage by SBS, the Seven Network are poised to
sign a 10-year $25 million deal with Soccer Australia. Seven will have free-to-air and
pay-TV rights to the Socceroos' and Olyroos' internationals and the national Ericsson Cup
It is expected a one hour highlights package will be screened on Seven each Sunday morning
with one Ericsson Cup match per week being screened by the ABC network.
<> After 245 senior games, MARK BAYES will retire at the end of the
season as the fourth longest-serving Swan in the history of the South Melbourne-Sydney
He joined the Under 19's in 1984 and made his senior debut against Richmond the following
season when Sydney were coached by John Northey.
Restricted buy nagging leg injuries since 1996, Bayes has played only nine senior matches
off the bench this season.
Bayes is headed in games for the Swans' club only by John Rantall 260 (1963-1979), Mark
Browning (175-1987) and Steve Wright 246 (1979-1992).
|CORPORATE LAUNCH OF DOCKLANDS
Majors players in the Docklands Stadium, including AFL and Victorian
Government officials, hosted the corporate launch of the stadium for 500 executives from
various business organisations at the Melbourne Town Hall (10th).
Contenders for the naming rights of Docklands are believed to include Telstra, and two of
the AFL's major corporate sponsors, Coca Cola and McDonalds.
The winning bidder is expected will pay at least $5 million annually, with the bids
expected to close at the end of this month, STEPHEN LINNELL reported in The Age.
Optus Communications are believed to have paid $700,000 for the right to rename the
Carlton venue of Princes Park, while the ANZ Bank are understood to have outlayed between
$1-$2 million for Brisbane's ANZ Stadium.
Construction of the $435 million stadium, due to be completed in time for the 2000 Ansett
Cup series, remains on time and within budget.
The 54,000-seat stadium may yet undergo late changes. The AFL are believed to be pressing
to increase its capacity to 65,000.
FIVE PLAYERS FACE VIDEO CHARGES
When the AFL Tribunal met on Tuesday night, five players faced charges
following a video review of all matches from Round 19.
<> DAMIEN MONKHORST (Collingwood) was suspended four matches for striking MATTHEW
<> SCOTT CROW (Collingwood) was found not guilty of charging DARREN GASPAR (Rch)
<> JUSTIN PLAPP (Richmond) pleaded guilty to striking GAVIN BROWN (Col) and was
suspended for one match
<> STEPHEN TINGAY (Melbourne) accused of charging PETER DEAN (Car) was found to have
no case to answer
<> BRETT SPINKS (Gee) who faced a charging offence against LUKE DARCY (WB) had his
case dismissed and escaped penalty.
MMM ZOOMS TO LEADERSHIP
Less than two years after breaking into the market, the Triple M
commentary team headed by EDDIE McGUIRE has scored a notable lead over arch-rivals Rex
Hunt and Sam Newman of 3AW in the important Saturday time-slot. The latest radio ratings
were released on Tuesday.
MCG UPGRADE PLANNED FOR 2006
<> Plans to upgrade the MCG (noted in
the Diary, Nov. 1997) in anticipation that Melbourne will gain the 2006 Commonwealth
Games, have been broadcast in the most recent edition of MCG News mailed to MCC members.
KELLY RYAN reported in the Herald Sun: The new grandstand boosting the MCG's
seating capacity to about 105,000 will replace the Olympic Stand and extend across the top
of the histroric member's pavilion. The development could also include up to 60 rooms for
overnight accomodation and club members.
Work may start on The Great Northern Stand in 2002.
Meanwhile, casual workers at the MCG have agreed to scrap penalty rates on Sunday and
public holidays in exchange for a flat hourly fee about 900 workers have also
agreed to dump overtime.
Roos & Dogs in lead
Demons replace Tigers in top eight
ROUND 20 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 14-15-16.
MILESTONES STEVEN FEBEY (Mel) played his 200th League game
(WCE) his 150th
NIGEL LAPPIN (Bri) his 100th
GLENN FREEBORN (NM) his 50th
FROM THE ROUND
<> STEWART LOEWE (StK) in his 251st game passed 500 career goals with
four against Carlton
<> ADELAIDE at their seventh attempt won their first contest at
<> RICHMOND on their seventh visit against West Coast have still to
beat the Eagles in Perth in 12 seasons of trying.
<> COLLINGWOOD kicked 11-straight behinds versus Essendon on Saturday
at the MCG falling short of the League record. In 1919 at Corio Oval, GEELONG
0.18-18 were beaten by ST KILDA 6.10-46.
In 1921 at the Junction, the Saints repeated the feat losing to FITZROY, 0.18-18 to
In 1928 on May 26 at Geelong's Corio Oval, Fitzroy were 1.13 at half-time. The Maroons
added 14 behinds before kicking their next goal in the last quarter FITZROY despite
having two more scoring shots lost 2.27-39 to the Cats 19.8-122.
<> KARDINIA PARK on Saturday featured a giant portable video screen at
the northern (scoreboard) end. Suspended from a crane, the eight metres by six screen
carried vision and replays supplied by Channel Seven. Time was sold to advertisers to
defray the cost. The innovation may become a feature at League grounds outside of the MCG,
Waverley, Football Park and the SCG
GEELONG lost their fifth consecutive match at
Kardinia Park for the first time since 1945. The Cats suffered six consecutive defeats in
1945 losing in rounds 8-10-13-14-16-18.
<> CHRIS MAINWARING at 32 played his 194th League match for West Coast
on Sunday, 41 games after suffering a knee injury at Geelong on April 5 1997.
<> Attendances for the 20th round produced 262,308 a new record
against the previous best of 245,514 for eight games in 1997.
<||> North emphasised its claims to the minor premiership with a
blistering assault on the hapless Fremantle Dockers in the Friday night opener at the MCG
for only 19,429 addicts. WAYNE CAREY led the charge as North romped home to a thumping
104pt victory, winning its seventh successive game.
Len Johnson in The Age noted: "Carey's eight-goal tally could have been
higher but for some poor finishing. He out-scored Fremantle off his own boot, anyway, and
set up several more goals for his forwards." ANTHONY ROCK (after one game in the
Reserves) got four goals while SHANNON GRANT with three were members of the 10 Kangas who
contributed to the 22-goal tally NORTH MELB 22.19-151 (Carey 8.3, Rock 4, Grant 3)
best, Carey, King, Simpson, FREMANTLE S.Parker, Dodd, Sinclair. David King (NM) was
reported for striking Craig Callaghan (Fre).
<||> A great crowd of 64,480 were at the MCG on Saturday as Essendon in
fine conditions registered their sixth successive win. Collingwood had every chance, going
into their forward zone on 15 occasions in the last term yet gained a miserable return of
1.9-15 for their efforts.
"In truth, Essendon might have put the match beyond Collingwood's reach in the first
quarter" reported Charles Happell in The Age. "Then, its own
wastefulness kept the Pies in the match."
"The Pies outscored the Dons in each of the next two terms and if not for a
succession of blunders in the final term the result might have been quite
different." ESSENDON 16.13-109 (Hird 4, Lloyd 3) best, Wellman, Hird, Calthorpe,
COLLINGWOOD 14.15-99 (S.Rocca 4) best, Tape, Buckley, S.Rocca it was the Magpies'
four-straight defeat, and only three wins from their past 14 outings.
<||> At their seventh attempt, Adelaide finally posted a victory at
Geelong in the fine Saturday conditions at Kardinia Park for 22,384 of the faithful.
Geelong, lacking leadership, key defenders and quality forwards held onto the Crows to
half time, but after the break, Adelaide cruised away to record a 74pt victory for the
second week in a row.
"TONY MODRA, playing his first full match for the year, kicked five of his six goals
in the second half" Linda Pearce reported in The Age. "He took two of
his spectacular grabs as Adelaide piled on 14 goals to three after the main break and
reduced Geelong to a fumbling mess."
ADELAIDE 18.10-118 (Modra 6, Vardy 4) best, McLeod, Ricciuto, Modra, GEELONG 6.8-44 best,
Sanderson, Sholl, Wood.
<||> Waverley was the setting on Saturday for a game between two
top-rated rivals 32,577 watched the contest between the Bulldogs and Sydney. After
trailing by 16pts at quarter-time, the Coathangers took control in the middle of the game,
leading by 8pts at the long break and by 12 at the last change.
MARK RAY in his Sydney Morning Herald review: "But the Bulldogs took the
lead with 11 minutes to go, surrendered it due to Tony Lockett's 7th and last goal, then
regained it through a Paul Hudson goal with only three-and-a-half minutes left. With Scott
West taking the ball out of the centre time again and Hudson make full use of that
possession, the Bulldogs hung on to win by two points."
"Sydney's tackling was superb but the physical demands, coming after an equally
intense game against West Coast, seemed to drain the Swans of energy in the tense final
quarter" BULLDOGS 15.9-99 (Cook, Kolyniuk 4) best, Hudson, West, Kretiuk,
SYDNEY 15.7-97 (Lockett 7.1) best, Lockett, O'Loughlin, Saddington.
<||> A game low on skills and excitement was a mean return for the 14,738
who attended the Gabba on Saturday night. Neither side goaled in the second quarter from a
match possibly saved by performances from SHANE CRAWFORD for Hawthorn and STEVEN LAWRENCE
of Brisbane. The Hawks posted their third win on-the-trot, a far cry from their
error-filled ways of earlier this season and they stand a good chance of finishing the
year with five-straight. Brisbane in contrast continue as the problem child of the season
with little to rally them with hopes toward 1999 and for whoever their coach may be
Brisbane seem certainties to end with their third wooden spoon since 1987. HAWTHORN
13.16-94 (Chick 4) best, S.Crawford, Barker, Chick, BRISBANE 7.17-59 best, Lawrence, Boyd,
<||> Melbourne had GARRY LYON, GLENN LOVETT and BRETT GRGIC withdrawn
through injury before the bounce of the early Sunday afternoon match against Port Adelaide
at Footy Park the game drew an attendance of 28,660. It's hard to imagine a game
played in two distinct halves Port at half-time should have been goals in front
from their 14 opportunities against the Demons, who in perfect conditions were lethargic
and had a dreadful first half.
After the long break, Melbourne found its rhythm and slammed Port in the run home to
record their fourth win in five games. It was notable that Port had been over-run for a
third consecutive week and placed to question whether coach JOHN CAHILL will gain a third
year in charge at Alberton. Alan Shiell observed in The Age: "This Port
squad is lacking or not showing the physical and mental strength that made
Port such a feared, successful campaigner in the SANFL ..."
The results of the weekend allowed Melbourne to slip back into the top eight - Daniher's
Demons will have to combine at a far greater level if they are to stay there
MELBOURNE 14.10-94 (Schwarz 4, Viney 3, Kowal 3) best, Viney, S.Febey (his 200th), Tingay,
PORT ADELAIDE 14.10-94 (Tredrea 3) best, Mead, Tredrea, Dickie.
<||> "It is true that St Kilda was guilty of self-mutilation through
the petulant, self-indulgent antics of Nicky Winmar, an all-time great of the club but a
flawed diamond. Yet as important to the result as that performance was, so too was the
fact the Carlton took on St Kilda at its own game. And won handsomely" the
telling assessment by Martin Blake in The Age. The media was universal in its
condemnation of Winmar's responsibility and his on-ground war with Carlton's ANTHONY
FRANCHINA, and several wearing the Blue guernsey during the Sunday game at the MCG which
drew 42,120 onlookers. In the sunset of his career, Winmar nearing 33 played his 227th and
possibly last League match.
CRAIG BRADLEY and FRASER BROWN sizzled in Carlton's midfield with a thorough combination
of game-long understanding. It provided a channel for the athletic STEPHEN SILVAGNI to
display his versatility as 'the full-back of the century" kicked five goals from
full-forward. The Blues destroyed St Kilda out of the middle and had a huge supporting
cast to a thorough victory, handing the Saints their fourth-successive defeat
CARLTON 19.20-134 (Silvagni 5, White 3) best, Bradley, Brown, Allan, ST KILDA 15.14-104
(Loewe 4) best, Loewe, Peckett, Burke.
<||> A healthy 37,920 followers were in the bright sunshine of Subiaco
Oval on Sunday to watch West Coast lift to fifth place with a comprehensive defeat of a
battle-scarred Richmond. The Tigers desperately missed the injured Richardson, Holland,
Gaspar, Merenda and the suspended Plapp.
The signs were ominous as early as midway through the first quarter, and though trailing
by two points at the first break, the Eagles kicked 7.4 in the second term. By the third
quarter, West Coast had tipped the Tigers over and raced to hold a 44pt by the last
change. On the key duels, JASON BALL (WC) and BRENDON GALE (R) had a superb ruck-battle.
The athletic Eagle took the honours, with terrific marking and around-the-ground work.
Gale wasn't disgraced, and was equally determined in attack. MATTHEW KNIGHTS in spite of
an early knock battled gamely for the Tigers WEST COAST 16.16-112 (Fewster 3),
best, Ball, Cousins, Read, RICHMOND 11.7-73 best, Knights, Bulluss, Harrison.
|PETER MATERA TO BE HUNG IN A PERTH
<> The Herald Sun reported: The
art of jailed former tycoon Alan Bond has received the thumbs-up from a Perth brothel
owner, who has paid $25,000 for his Matera Magic.
The oil painting of dashing West Coast Eagles half-back Peter Matera was taking pride of
place at the exclusive Langtrees brothel in Victoria Park.
Brothel owner Mary-Anne Kenworthy said: "It's got a bit of depth. But I would have
preferred a back shot so we could see more of Matera's butt."
PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT APPROVED
The AFL on Friday (14th) approved separate applications for protective equipment made by
three clubs. They will be worn by DAVID SCHWARZ (Mel), TONY LIBERATORE (WB) and CHRIS
The braces may be worn under the conditions they are (a) appropriately padded and
covered, (b) are flesh-coloured and do not carry advertising.
The AFL through its ops manager IAN COLLINS would continue to monitor protective equipment
to ensure it did not have the potential to cause injury to other players.
The Western Bulldogs resubmitted a modified version of a knee brace which Tony Liberatore
had been denied from using when he returned to the game following his knee reconstruction
on Saturday August 8.
DAVID KING CLEARED
North Melbourne's DAVID KING was cleared of striking at the only case
heard by the AFL Tribunal on Monday (17th)
King was reported by field umpire Hayden Kennedy for striking Craig Callaghan (Fre) during
Friday night's game at the MCG. Tribunal chairman Brian Collis dismissed the charge,
saying it was not sustained by evidence.
FREO & GERARD NEESHAM PART COMPANY
Following speculation lasting all of the season, the Fremantle club on
Monday (17th) informed coach GERARD NEESHAM his services would not be required.
Neesham, the inaugural coach of the Dockers in the first four seasons since their 1995
entry to the AFL competition will remain in charge for the last two rounds versus Port
Adelaide and Hawthorn.
SECOND SUSPENSION ENDS SEASON FOR LEPPITSCH
Brisbane forward JUSTIN LEPPITSCH fronted the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday,
facing a charge laid from video evidence of Saturday night's game.
Leppitsch pleaded not guilty but received a two week suspension for having struck BRAD
LLOYD (Haw) with a forearm to the head. The useful forward has kicked 25 goals to lead the
Brisbane list, but his season will end early, missing the last two rounds. Leppitsch was
also suspended earlier this year from the round five game against Hawthorn he then
bagged one week for striking MARK GRAHAM.
"ROUGH PLAY" LAWS TO BE REVIEWED
STEPHEN REILLY reported in The Age
that the AFL Rules committee will review whether the laws relating to "charging"
and "rough play" need to be redefined.
Given the recent interpretation by the Tribunal of the existing definition of
"charging" the League is concerned players in the act of taking possession of
the ball can now be legally "charged".
Umpires are now considering whether or not to make use of the cover-all unduly rough play
law in future, instead of laying "charging" reports which they believe can now
be too easily stepped around.
A "charge" is defined in the manual as "violently meeting a player who is
not within five metres of the ball, is not in the act of taking possession or ... is
within five metres but not in the immediate contest and would not reasonably expect such
Violent contact with any player who has marked the ball, is attempting to mark the ball,
has disposed of the ball or is shepherding a team-mate is also included in the rule.
<> St Kilda's 12-season veteran NICKY WINMAR trained with his club at
Waverley on Tuesday night under the gaze of a media hoard. As a disciplinary measure to
his bizarre performance at the MCG on Sunday against Carlton, the Saints have already
telegraphed Winmar will be downgraded and play Reserves on Saturday.
The St Kilda match committee still have to determine a penalty for the two compulsory
training sessions which Winmar missed this week.
<> TONY MODRA, the Coleman
Medalist of 1993 signed a two-year contract
with Adelaide on Wednesday (19th) which secures him in a Crow guernsey until the end of
The deal was reportedly worth $300,000, plus performance benefits.
in 1500th game wins 8th in-a-row
327,869 is second highest round
Tony Lockett kicks his 6th century
Jason Dunstall retires
ROUND 21 August 21-22-23-24
MILESTONES GRAHAM WRIGHT (Col) played his 200th game (1988-98) and
announced his retirement
1997 Brownlow winner ROBERT HARVEY (StK) also reached the
a quad of 50-gamers PAUL LYNCH (Gee), SHANE ELLEN (Fsc, now Ade), MARK
ORCHARD (Col, now Syd) and BRENDAN KRUMMEL (WCE, Fre, now Haw)
NORTH played its
1500th League game and won for the eighth consecutive time, second only to their nine
victories from the 1977 Grand Final replay until the 8th round of 1978 the Kangas
also became the first club to defeat Adelaide on three successive occasions at Football
FROM THE ROUND
<> CARLTON won by 55pts to record their biggest victory over
COLLINGWOOD since the opening round of 1976 when the Blues won by 57pts at Princes Park
the year the Pies won their only wooden spoon.
The victory measured in club-to-club contests played at the MCG is topped by two
successive meetings in finals. In 1931 in the First Semi-Final the Blues thrashed
Collingwood by 88pts when Harry 'Soapy' Vallence kicked 11.3 from full-forward. The next
year, they met in the Preliminary when Carlton recorded a 75pt win and 'Soapy' hit the
jackpot again, this time with 11.9 for the Blues in their score of 23.19-157.
<> COLLINGWOOD have hit 14th place for the first time since early 1995
(rounds 2-3-6 and 9). Any finish lower than their 12th in 1976 and 1987 will bring the
famous Magpies their lowest placing of their 2063 League matches since 1897
<> PORT ADELAIDE won for the first time in Perth.
<> The 22nd round will feature the 200th League match played for
premiership points at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The first was on Saturday May 23 1903
when Collingwood played Fitzroy to a crowd of some 20,000 the first game to be
played for match points outside of Victoria.
Twelve VFL games were played at the SCG (two of them featuring South Melbourne in 1980 and
1981) before the Swans became the Harboursiders in 1982. Sunday against Collingwood will
be the Swans' 188th home game at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It will also mark the 1950th
League appearance of the red-and-white colours in League ranks.
<||> Rain started as the teams entered the MCG arena on Friday night and
it got heavier after the bounce. A throng numbering 67,157 attended to watch a great
struggle between the Dons and the Bulldogs. Both sides were intent to emphasise their
presence and control with physical pressure.
The Westerners had a decisive advantage in the midfield and running department, but were
wasteful up forward. The Bombers, once again, remained close by dint of their persistence,
superb efficiency and the talents of young full-forward MATTHEW LLOYD who booted six
JAKE NIALL in his Age review of the match said: The final minutes were thrilling,
with the result not settled until a free kick was paid to CHRIS GRANT (WB) 50 metres from
goal. He passed to JAMES COOK, who kicked the sealing goal from a tight angle with seconds
left. In his comeback game, TONY LIBERATORE (WB) was prominent in the early action. He
appeared to move remarkably well for a player who had a knee reconstruction after round
five. BULLDOGS 14.17-101 (Cook 4) best, Wynd, Johnson, Montgomery, ESSENDON 13.12-90
(Lloyd 6, Hird 3) best, Lloyd, Johnson, O'Donnell.
<||> A major pre-match dust-up involved all 44 players after Brisbane
broke through their banner at the MCG on Saturday. For almost 30 seconds the two teams
jostled before doing their warm-ups. It was possibly the best action the 27,912 fans saw
for the next 150 minutes.
Brisbane's thoroughly miserably season continued and the contest proved that Richmond had
a lot more to play for. The Tigers finished off with 9.2 in the last quarter and a
thumping 77pt victory to maintain their grip on a place in the Eight. MARK MERENDA playing
his first game since May 17 tormented a succession of opponents with a classy tally of
5.3. He was ably supported by AARON JAMES who booted five-zip. RICHMOND 24.11-155 (Merenda
5, James 5) best, Merenda, Daffy, Campbell, BRISBANE 11.12-78 (Akermanis 3) best, C.Scott,
Ashcroft, Kennedy it was Brisbane's seventh-straight defeat.
<||> In the difficult Waverley Park conditions of strong winds and rain
on Saturday, St Kilda, coming off four successive losses and a week of the media spotlight
over Nicky Winmar set up their victory over West Coast in a low-scoring, dogged affair for
a turnout of 26,895.
Though it was only a four-goal opening, the commitment of the Saints to hold the Eagles
scoreless was pivotal. West Coast through their seasoned performers of BRETT HEADY and
CHRIS LEWIS got them into the game in the second term but their spirit was countered by
strong performances for the Saints by TONY BROWN, ROBERT HARVEY, BRETT KNOWLES and AUSTINN
ROHAN CONNELLY observed in The Age: ... the last stages of the third term
produced two crucial goals to leave St Kilda with its nose in front and, in a desperate
final term, the Saints added two more while a wasteful West Coast could kick only 1.5 for
the quarter ... ST KILDA 9.9-63 (Brown 3) best, Brown, Harvey, Knowles, WEST COAST 7.13-55
best, Cousins, McIntosh, Peter Matera.
ABC Radio statsman JACK CAMERON recorded the ball was out-of-bounds 36 times in the first
quarter ... in his 200th game ROBERT HARVEY (StK) wisely disposed his 35 possessions.
<||> The AFL's two most recent premiers were locked in a battle worthy of
a final on Saturday night to a packed house of 43,297 at Football Park. Adelaide opened in
cracking style with the first three goals in the first eight minutes while North sprayed
valuable chances. The Roos then found target and with 15 minutes of ruthless efficiency
rounded off the opener with six goals and be 18pt leaders. The Crows and Kangas clawed at
each other for the rest of what was an enthralling game.
WAYNE CAREY's five goals provided the crucial, classy difference in the enthralling battle
he kicked 5.3 created several others, took nine marks, had 17 kicks, gave 11
handpasses. And, it was Carey who got the ball to PETER BELL who goaled and provided the
sealer NORTH MELB 14.21-105 (Carey 5) best, Carey, King, Bell, ADELAIDE 13.14-92
(Modra 3) best, Goodwin, Hart, Smart.
<||> On the receiving end themselves so frequently, it was Port
Adelaide's turn to ravaged another of the nest when they belted Fremantle at Subiaco on a
near-perfect Sunday for only 20,412 of the faithful.
After half-time, the game turned into a rout as Port march away with a 53pt win. ALAN EAST
summarised for The Age: Port, which son so impressively with "half a good
team", will only get better as coach John Cahill mixes some more experience in with
his crop of brilliant youngsters. Emerging starts like Bowen Lockwood, Warren Tredrea,
Brendon Lade, Nathan Eagleton and Peter Burgoyne all stood tall in the forward line ...
PORT ADELAIDE 19.10-124 (Tredrea 6, Dew 3) best, Lockwood, Francou, Tredrea, FREMANTLE
10.11-71 (Hunter 3) best, Burton, Norrish, Fletcher.
<||> Carlton maintained its progress of improvement when they savagely
defeated their arch-rival Collingwood by 55pts at the MCG on Sunday. Almost half of the
60,741 who attended went home early to escape the embarrassment of seeing a dispirited
Collingwood disintegrate further. With their 14th defeat from 21 games, the Pies are
likely to finish at their lowest-ever position and will miss the finals for a fourth
The target of team-building at Carlton appears to have been accomplished as many fine
young players emerge. It prompted reappointed coach DAVID PARKIN to report: "My
objective in the '98 season was to find out who could play and who wanted to play and I
think I have an absolute clear picture of our total list."
The prospects for Collingwood and TONY SHAW (even if he continues as coach) is far from
rosy. The embarrassment of the Magpie performance was typified when the perfectionist
NATHAN BUCKLEY, under no pressure in the second quarter hit the goal post from 10 metres
out CARLTON 17.16-118 (Camporeale 5) best, Camporeale, Whitnall, Koutoufides,
COLLINGWOOD 8.15-63 best, Michael, Buckley, Burns.
<||> Two clubs who have both had a forgettable season provided the Sunday
contest for 28,833 spectators on Sunday. It was an error-filled encounter of which Ashley
Browne recorded for The Age: What cost Geelong the match was the third term, when it
managed only one goal with the wind, to Hawthorn's three. After hanging tight in the
second term when the Hawks repeatedly threatened to kick away, PETER RICCARDI levelled the
scores for Geelong inside three minutes of the third term following a typically graceful
But 20 minutes of sustained attack yielded nothing more, and the Hawks were able to seal
it with time-on goals to BEN DIXON, AARON LORD and NICK HOLLAND. A three-goal lead with
the wind still to come in the final term was worth about seven on a normal day.
HAWTHORN 11.18-84 (Dixon 4, Lord 3) best, Graham, Dixon, Lekkas, GEELONG 8.15-63 (Riccardi
3), King, Hocking, Riccardi.
<||> A very hungry Melbourne side were too proficient and swept to a
confident victory over Sydney in the only Monday night contest of the 1998 season for a
very strong MCG attendance of 52,614. The Demons took a firm grip on a place in the eight,
jumping to fifth position, a game in front of four clubs Adelaide, West Coast,
Essendon and Richmond. With all of the permutations possible, Melbourne look certain to
feature in their first major series since 1994.
Though defeated Sydney retained their third place on percentage. Now the equal of the
Saints and Demons, the Swans seem safe in the top four but must beat Collingwood on Sunday
to obtain the right to a home final.
The major highlight of the evening was the 100th goal of the season kicked by Sydney's
TONY LOCKETT on the cusp of three-quarter time. It came from a free kick for holding, 20
metres from goal. On a 45 degree angle, Lockett kicked truly for his sixth career century,
equalling the record of Hawthorn's JASON DUNSTALL. The resulting crowd invasion caused a
Trailing badly by 31pts, the Swans strived hard to get back into the game early in the
last term when five goals were kicked by both sides in 10 minutes. Melbourne however were
equal to the task and with both scoring 6.4, the Demons enjoyed a comfortable win,
17.12-114 (Farmer 4, Neitz 3) best, Viney, M.Febey, Tingay, SYDNEY 12.11-83 (Lockett 4)
best, O'Loughlin, Schwass, Luff.
PAY-TV TELECASTS TO BE REDUCED
Live AFL telecasts will remain, but Optus
Vision's saturation football coverage appears set to be reduced, once Channel Seven takes
over the pay-TV coverage.
Seven takes over from Sportsvision on September 1, reported ASHLEY BROWNE in The Age.
Sydney sports-writer and editor STEVE CRAWLEY was appointed Wednesday (19th) to run
Seven's pay-TV operation.
Crawley spent his first day on the job in Melbourne planning next year's football
coverage. The live games (about 20 each year) are certain to stay, but the Sports AFL
channel will be merged with Sports Australia.
Contracts with the NRL and Soccer Australia seem certain to dramatically reduce the
presence of AFL on pay-TV.
Crawley offered hope, quoting the News-Fox honcho "Rupert Murdoch used to say
that you cover football until you drop, and then cover some more ..."
|ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM IS DUBLIN
AAP on Saturday (22nd) reported the AFL announcement that the
Australian-Gaelic Football international series will be revived for each of the next four
years in partnership with Ireland's Gaelic Athletic Association. It regenerates the
concept first introduced between the two countries in 1984.
Australia last hosted the series in 1990 when Melbourne veteran JIM STYNES represented
Ireland which the Irish won 2-1. Stynes has been named to assist the preparation of the
Australian team and this time will play for Australia.
The naming of the ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM on September 14 will now carry even greater
significance, as for the first time the selected team will play two matches scheduled for
Dublin's Croke Park on the Sundays of October 11 and 18. Both matches will be televised to
Australia by the Seven Network.
The All-Australian Team of 1998 will be coached by current Victorian coach LEIGH MATTHEWS
and the AFL Coach of the Year.
Under the arrangements, Ireland will visit Australia in 1999 and 2001, with Australia set
to travel again to Ireland in 2000.
In addition to the senior tours there will also be a series of matches played each year at
Under 17 level between the Australian Institute of Sport and AFL Academy against the Irish
Under 17 team, of which the first series of games were played in Ireland in April this
MAGPIES INK DEAL
WITH EMIRATES AIRLINE
Collingwood flew into a first-class sponsorship deal when it
announced on Thursday (20th) a three-year, $2.5 million arrangement with EMIRATES airline.
The Emirates logo will front the Pies' guernsey for home matches and on the back and
shorts for away matches.
|High-profile commentator EDDIE McGUIRE revealed in his Herald
Sun column on August 22 the AFL have begun negotiations with radio stations for
broadcast rights for the years of 1999-2000-2001.
McGuire stated: the AFL aims to grant one AM licence, one FM licence, and a Geelong
licence, while a national broadcaster will also be allowed to broadcast games.
The highly-successful innovation of coverage via the nationwide ABC News Radio Network has
broadened the number of listeners to AFL football around Australia since first introduced
in 1996 when it was anchored by TIM FLYNN.
Recent rating figures for AFL football broadcasts by PNN from the Sydney and Brisbane
markets drew ratings which surprised many.
McGuire reported the AFL are now conscious of how big radio broadcasting has become over
the past two years and want radio stations to nominate how much they are prepared to pay.
A separate fee is expected to be asked for games broadcast across the Internet on the
World Wide Web.
IS WORTH $70 MILLION
STEPHEN LINNELL in The Age noted: A confidential report into the
future of Waverley Park is believed to have put its market value at close to $70 million
significantly greater than previous estimates.
The AFL Commission met Monday (24th) to further discuss the Waverley issue. If Waverley is
sold, the debt-free League would use $30 million of its proceeds to fulfil its commitment
to Docklands, a stadium the League will own outright in 25 years.
<> The League will concentrate on taking its 1999 pre-season Australia-wide,
shelving for the time-being the international push.
Though end-of-season matches have already been approved for London and Dublin, Ansett Cup
matches and pre-season practice games next year will focus on Darwin, Canberra and
DUNKLEY CLEARED OF "ENGAGING IN ROUGH PLAY"
Sydney captain ANDREW DUNKLEY became the first player to face a charge of
"engaging in rough play in breach of the rules of Australian Football" when the
AFL Tribunal sat on Tuesday night. The charge resulted from a third quarter incident
against Melbourne's MATTHEW FEBEY in Monday night's game at the MCG.
Dunkley pleaded not guilty to "engaging in rough play" a charge which is
meant to define the rule previously known "unduly rough play" it entered
the rule book in February this year.
The Australian reported: Field umpire HAYDEN KENNEDY reported Dunkley because the
contact to Febey was late "fractionally" after the Melbourne had disposed
of the ball to the head, and also because Dunkley had jumped in the air. The
Tribunal found in Dunkley's favour.
SIX PLAYERS FINED $17,000
Investigations into the pre-match melee before Saturday's
Richmond-Brisbane match at the MCG resulted in six players facing charges when the AFL
Tribunal sat on Wednesday (26th) night.
All pleaded guilty and were handed fines totalling $17,000 for their part in the fiery
<> Alastair Lynch (Bri) $4000
<> Danny Dickfos (Br) $3000
<> Nigel Lappin (Bri) $2500
<> Chris Johnson $2000
<> Aaron James (Rch) $3000
<> Paul Bulluss (Rch) $2500.
In another hearing, DARRYL WAKELIN (StK) was found guilty of charging BRETT HEADY (WCE) in
Saturday's match at Waverley. The Saints key defender was suspended for two matches.
ANSETT CUP PRIZE-MONEY BOOSTED
THROW-UP OF BALL TO BE TRIALLED
<> The 15-match Ansett Cup series for
1999 was released Tuesday (25th). All matches will be played within our shores, with games
listed for Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin and Hobart beyond the traditional venues of
Waverley, Football Park, Subiaco and the MCG. North Melbourne have chosen to be known as
the "Kangaroos" or the "North Kangaroos" beginning the 1999 season.
Ansett Cup prizemoney will be increased from $475,000 to $600,000, with the winner
receiving $125,000 for the series which starts at Subiaco on Thursday February 11, a week
earlier than previous years.
STEPHEN LINNELL reported in The Age: The AFL will challenge one of the great
traditions of the game in next year's Ansett Cup ... the League has told umpires to throw
the ball up during general play. The age-old practice of bouncing the ball will only be
executed at centre bounces either at the start of a quarter or after a goal has
The length of quarters for the pre-season competition will be reduced to 17 minutes 30
seconds, plus time-on.
JASON DUNSTALL ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Hawthorn captain and goalkicking legend JASON DUNSTALL announced his
retirement on his Channel Seven TV program Live and Kicking on Wednesday night.
Twelve days past his 34th birthday, Dunstall will play his 269th and final match for the
Hawks against Fremantle at Waverley on Saturday.
In his 268 matches since 1985, the man from Coorparoo kicked 1252 goals at an accuracy
rate of 66%.
In a nice touch, Dunstall had fellow champion spearhead TONY LOCKETT sitting next to him
as he made his retirement known to a big TV audience it rated 25's, a terrific
result for the show.
Dunstall extracted a promise from Lockett to "blow away" Gordon Coventry's
record of 1299 goals which has stood since 1937.
Lockett presently on 1268 goals from his 256 games promised "I'll do it for
sets new round record
North & Bulldogs as good as it gets
Bombers survive; Tigers dumped
Collingwood finish in 14th place
ROUND 22 Fri-Sat-Sun, August 28-29-30.
MILESTONES The bonanza of matches in the 22nd round brought a new record attendance
figure for the eight games of 367,974. It passes the previous greatest of 329,369 set in
the opening round of four days in 1997.
For the first time in League history attendances to the 176 games of the home-and-away
series totalled 6,119,164 at an average of 34,768 per game.
Reported crowds for the 21st and 22nd rounds totalled 695,835 an average of 43,490
at the 16 matches.
FROM THE ROUND
STEPHEN TINGAY (Mel) celebrated his 150th senior game
100 games for
MARK GRAHAM (Haw) and MARTIN PIKE (Mel, Fit, now NM)
50th games by JASON TORNEY
(Rch), TODD CURLEY (Col, now WB) and LUKE McCABE (Haw)
ANDREW GOWERS retired,
playing his 49th for Brisbane, also 89 with Hawthorn, 1988-94
the 200th match for
premiership points since 1903 was played at the SCG ... HAWTHORN played their 200th match
<> NORTH MELBOURNE won their ninth consecutive game, equalling their
club record set in 1977-78. The Kangaroos as minor premiers also collected the AFL's
McCLELLAND TROPHY, named in memory of the VFL President from 1926 to 1955
<> the Roos and the Dogs on Friday drew 68,050 the largest
attendance to watch their 130 contests since 1925, topping the 56,112 which saw the 1985
First Semi-Final between the two
<> ADELAIDE at their sixth attempt recorded their first win in Perth
over West Coast.
<> NEALE DANIHER in his debut season as Melbourne coach has delivered
one of the greatest rises recorded in League footy. From wooden-spooners at 16th place in
1997, Melbourne rose to 4th place at the end of the minor series and will play in the
finals for the first time since 1994.
Daniher's feat recalls TOM HAFEY who catapulted Collingwood to the 1977 Grand Final and
Replay, after the Pies finished last in 12th place with the wooden spoon in 1976 under
<||> It was hard to believe nothing was at stake other than pride and top
place on the ladder, but North and the Bulldogs produced one of the most thrilling matches
of the 1998 season when they met on Friday night at the MCG for a bumper crowd of 68,050.
LEN JOHNSON reported in The Age: North began the game after eight straight wins.
The Bulldogs, while not quite as impressive in the past two months, have been at or near
the top for the whole season and had prevailed in close encounters.
North coach DENIS PAGAN again was able to shuffle his men around to counter the Bulldogs'
pace advantage. Carey played in the midfield in the third term, winning a fair amount of
the ball. BYRON PICKETT and WINSTON ABRAHAM provided vital pace in the central corridor at
North again demonstrated its ability to win from seemingly hopeless positions. Out-paced
and outplayed in the first half, they reduced that in the third, before the two teams
slugged out a thrilling last quarter. North produced seven goals to snatch victory from
the Dogs with the lead changing five times and level on several occasions no-one
could doubt these were the two top sides of the year NORTH 17.11-113 (Carey 4,
Harvey 3) best, Stevens, Carey, Pike (his 100th), BULLDOGS 16.12-108 (Grant 4, Hudson 4)
best, Grant, Romero, Johnson.
<||> Geelong didn't make the finals but they sure as hell forged
the fortunes of Essendon as the Cats scored one of the upsets of the season with a 10
point victory over the Bombers to a Saturday MCG attendance of 61,089. The pathway was
paved with gold for the Dons but turned to stone when a committed band of youngsters (with
many senior members missing) kicked Geelong's second-highest score of the year.
Essendon, with almost a full list had a strong grip of the match, leading by 26pts with
the second quarter almost half gone. The Cats lifted and were almost level at half-time.
After that, the Bombers fell into disarray as Geelong found accuracy, and lifting their
workrate, went for the hardball led with dash by GARRY HOCKING. and PAUL LYNCH in only his
eighth game of the year who launched him with five goals. JAMES HIRD and MATTHEW LLOYD
were but two of the four-quarter players the Dons could call on GEELONG 19.13-127
(Lynch 5, Burns 3) best, Hocking, Burns, Lynch, ESSENDON 18.9-117 (Lloyd 6, Hird 3) best,
Hird, Lloyd, Barnard. For 24 hours, the Dons were gone for the year. As results fell, the
Bombers survived and fell into the Eight.
<||> Hawthorn on a springlike Saturday ended the season in style
kicking the highest final quarter of the year; posting their fifth successive win, and
provided a worthy departure for champion full-forward JASON DUNSTALL. There were 39,735 to
see 'Piggy' play his 269th game and with but two goals for the day, end his career as the
third greatest goalkicker of the game on 1254 goals.
Many of his former teammates and friendly opponents visited the rooms before the match to
bid farewell to the League legend. Hawthorn coach Ken Judge remarked the day had such an
emotional impact, it took his charges to half-time to settle down.
Of yes, there was a game Hawthorn flogged a disappointing Fremantle by 89pts in the
88th and farewell match for departing coach GERARD NEESHAM he was said to be too
emotional to speak with the media after the game, HAWTHORN 22.17-149 (Lord 6, Chick 4)
best, Lord, S.Crawford, Graham, FREMANTLE 9.6-60 best, Callaghan, Fletcher, Burton.
<||> Subiaco Oval had a blustery win and was slippery following rain on
Saturday night when a sturdy throng of 37,388 saw Adelaide at their sixth attempt record
their first win in Perth over West Coast. The Eagles survived to maintain their presence
in every season of the nine-year tenure of coach MICHAEL MALTHOUSE.
Following a tight first half, the Crows applied pressure and though wasteful at times
threatened to blow the Eagles away, leading by as much as 38 points a defeat by 39
or more points would have seen West Coast's percentage fall behind the Bombers. The
Coasters fought back and reduced the final margin to just 25, but key hamstring injuries
to PETER MATERA, GUY McKENNA and GLEN JAKOVICH (ankle) cloud their finals chances.
Adelaide enjoyed the class of ANDREW McLEOD but, his early exit raise a question mark on
his fitness, ADELAIDE 15.16-106 (Modra 4) best, Ricciuto, M.Stevens, Goodwin, WEST COAST
12.9-81 Read, McIntosh, Kemp.
<||> Brisbane and the Saints met in another Saturday night contest where
14,993 were packed into the reduced capacity of the Gabba. After a forgettable first half
in which they kicked 3.12, Brisbane appeared as wooden as the spoon they would soon
embrace. The down-on-form Saints seemed to be doing enough to suggest they would take over
in the last half.
TIM ATKINSON reported in The Age: "It was toward the end of the third term
that Brisbane, like a wounded Lion, kicked forward, mainly due to the aggression of half
forward DANIEL BRADSHAW. During the first half he had been unable to gain any possessions
against the solid defence of GAVIN MITCHELL who had 10 to his name".
Bradshaw started outmarking his opponent, kicked two and quickly booted his third to start
the final term, followed by Nigel Lappin and Marcus Ashcroft. Suddenly, Brisbane shot to a
21pt lead. It came down to a storming Saints' finish, with AUSTINN JONES punching two late
goals, with a third from MATTHEW LAPPIN STEWART LOEWE then missed everything from
50. With only 30 seconds left, Brisbane cleared but BRETT COOK marked and booted
goalwards. Players dived, the siren went and, a split second later, Loewe got his foot to
the ball and watched it clear the hands of rover SHAUN HART, but it was too late
BRISBANE 12.20-92 (Bradshaw 4) best, Ashcroft, Boyd, Lappin, ST KILDA 13.13-91 (Everitt 3)
best, Everitt, Harvey, Jones.
<||> A big crowd of 76,387 were drawn to the MCG on Sunday the
scenario, Melbourne already in the finals fall to the Tigers who make the Eight and
deprive Essendon. With only the short break from Monday night's game against Sydney, it
was expected the Demons would take it easy they did, by a margin of 76 points.
"Melbourne extinguished Richmond quickly and ruthlessly. Less than a minute had
passed when GARRY LYON swept on to a loose ball, extracted himself from the traffic and
drilled his only goal of the day. At the next bounce, STEPHEN TINGAY came off his wing at
breakneck speed, took the ball with him and found JEFF FARMER with his probing kick for
"Richmond's defence collapsed under the pressure. Farmer and Neitz, who emerged as
the game's outstanding player, booted five goals each". Farmer brought the house down
by climbing on the backs of SCOTT TURNER (R) and Lyon in the first quarter, then soon
after launched himself another storey higher to take the mark of the day. Tiger coach JEFF
GIESCHEN was quoted: "To capitulate like that was very disappointing MELBOURNE
19.19-133 (Farmer 5, Neitz 5) best, Neitz, Farmer, White, RICHMOND 8.9-57 (Richardson 4)
best, Knights, Broderick, Merenda.
<||> As late as the 28-minute mark of the last quarter, Collingwood had a
chance to win the game Sydney stumbled over the line from a gallant Pie outfit to
claim third position and a home final. A crowd of 35,814 watched from the SCG seats,
taking the season attendance to 347,034.
Statistically, "Collingwood took 38 marks more than Sydney and most of those came
straight from the boot of a Swans player" reported MARK RAY in The Age. "Add a
stream of sloppy passes towards full-forward TONY LOCKETT and even more wild shots at goal
and you would be forgiven for thinking the Swans had decided to save the career of
Collingwood coach TONY SHAW. After the game, Swans coach RODNEY EADE said his team's
sloppy disposal and poor decision-making resulted from a lack of concentration".
SYDNEY 18.11-119 (Lockett 5, O'Loughlin 4) best, O'Loughlin, Schwass, Lockett, COLLINGWOOD
16.11-107 (A.Rocca 3, Wild 3) best, Buckley, Wild, Crow.
Sydney face the Saints at the SCG on Saturday night last time it was a 101pt win
for St Kilda. It may be a similar result, if the Swans play as they did against the
<||> Carlton rounded off their late-season surge when they won the fifth
of their last seven matches with a thumping 54 point win over Port Adelaide at Football
Park on Sunday to 34,518 of the faithful. The final result was cemented early when the
Blues blasted in 9.3 in the opening stanza.
ALAN SHIELL noted for The Age: "Having humiliated the Blues by 89 points in
the seventh round, the Power was subjected to a thorough going over and limped away a sore
and sorry loser".
Carlton basically did as they pleased, sending PETER DEAN into retirement after a
15-season 248-game career with the club CARLTON 21.12-138 (Camporeale 3, De Iulio
3, Silvagni 3, Whitnall 3) best, Camporeale, Brown, Bradley, PORT ADELAIDE 12.12-84
(Burgoyne 3) best, Eagleton, Dickie, Burgoyne.
|JIM KRAKOUER WINS DAMAGES FOR 1989
JIM KRAKOUER who retired from AFL football in
1991 has been awarded $90,000 damages for an injury suffered in a 1989 game.
Krakouer 'wrenched' his knee while playing for North Melbourne in a match against Fitzroy
at the MCG on Saturday July 23 1989. Krakouer did not play football for another two years.
He joined Footscray in 1991, but played only seven matches.
Council for Krakouer, Dyson Hore-Lacy, QC, told the County Court in Melbourne on Friday
(August 28) the payout was the first time in Australia an elite sportsman had claimed
damages for injuries receiving on a playing surface.
Krakouer sued North Melbourne (his employer), the League (the match's organiser) and the
Melbourne Cricket Ground Trust (manager of the MCG) for pain and suffering and economic
Hore-Lacy said outside court "people are becoming more aware that they have the right
to take action if the sporting venue is inadequate".
Essendon player JOE MISITI is presently suing the AFL for damages. A County Court writ
against the League was issued in May. Misiti broke his jaw at the MCG in an Ansett Cup
match against North on Saturday March 7.
STAB KICKS ...
<> The Board of the Geelong FC resigned en masse on Saturday (August
29). An election will be held in December. To provide for the club's intentions to expand
its gaming operations, rewritten articles of association will be put to a vote of members
in October. An election is expected in December.
<> The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Anti-Discrimination
List commenced hearing an application by MATTHEW HALL on Monday (August 31). Hall is
seeking to overturn a decision of the VAFA who have banned him from playing football with
the Old Ivanhoe Grammarians on the basis on his HIV status.
Counsel for Hall, Jack Rush, QC, said evidence would be given from expert witnesses to
show the chance of infection was one in 125 million or at the very most one in eight
<> The long-expected appointment of Sydney assistant coach DAMIEN DRUM
to coach Fremantle for three seasons was announced on Monday (August 31).
Drum replaces Gerard Neesham, four-year coach for the Dockers.
Damien Drum was in Perth by early Tuesday morning for discussions before returning to
Sydney for the Swans' Qualifying final preparations on Saturday.
<> The Magpie Board on Monday night confirmed TONY SHAW will continue
to coach Collingwood in 1999, the last year of his contract.
President of the club KEVIN ROSE in making the announcement said: "The Collingwood FC
is annoyed and disappointed that the necessary process of reviewing the 1998 year and
planning for the future has been disrupted by the leaking of confidential information and
persistent speculation and rumor."
It was widely speculated that DAMIEN DRUM who Collingwood sought chose the Fremantle
appointment rather than the position at Victoria Park.
COOK & HOLLAND SUSPENDED FRANCIS FINED
Western Bulldogs full-forward JAMES COOK and Richmond forward BEN HOLLAND
were each suspended at hearings held by the AFL Tribunal on Monday night (August 31).
Cook pleaded guilty to charging ROBERT SCOTT (NM). The Tribunal found a suspension of two
matches was appropriate for the "violent" contact.
BEN HOLLAND (Rch) was found guilty of misconduct in kneeing DARREN KOWAL (Mel) and
suspended for two matches. FABIAN FRANCIS (PA) was fined $1200 for wrestling JUSTIN MURPHY
(Car) a like charge against Murphy was not sustained.
The charge made against MATTHEW KNIGHTS (Rch) was withdrawn on Monday following a video
review of the incident by the reporting umpire.
roll on to 10-straight wins
Melbourne blow Adelaide away
Knife-edge win in Sydney slush
Bulldogs end Eagles' era
QUALIFYING FINALS Fri-Sat-Sun, September 4-5-6.
MILESTONES North Melbourne recorded its 10th successive win to create a
new club record greater than the nine victories enjoyed from the 1977 Replay to
round 8 of 1978.
Essendon and West Coast were eliminated from the fight for the premiership following
results of the four Qualifying Finals.
FINALS, WEEK ONE
<> Essendon's 8.12-60 when going down to North on Friday night was the
Bombers lowest versus the Kangas since their 7.9-51, 78-R21 at Waverley
A new crowd
record in meetings between Adelaide and Melbourne was established at 60,817 which watched
<> SYDNEY after eight attempts beat St Kilda for the first time at the
SCG since 89-R19
the WESTERN BULLDOGS registered their biggest winning margin
against West Coast. The 70pt win topped their 42pts of 93-R21 at Subiaco. The Sunday score
of 18.13-121 equalled their 18.13-121 kicked at the Western Oval in R11 in 1987.
<> TONY LOCKETT (Syd) was presented with the COLEMAN MEDAL by Carlton
champion STEPHEN KERNAHAN before the start of the Second Qualifying at the SCG on Saturday
Awarded to the player kicking the most goals in the home-and-away series, it was Lockett's
fourth Coleman, having won it previously with Sydney in 1996. As a St Kilda player,
Lockett also gained the honour in 1987 and 1991.
The hurried presentation made in wet conditions drew criticism that the medal bearing John
Coleman's name deserves more dignity.
<||> FOURTH QUALIFYING: What the media tagged the "marshmallow
war" on comments made by Essendon coach KEVIN SHEEDY against two North
administrators after their contest in the 14th round, finally took place on Friday night
when 71,154 attended the MCG. Essendon to its credit, laid to rest any suggestion that it
was "soft" as had been interpreted by Sheedy.
North went into the match (played in continuous rain for three quarters) seeking its 10th
win in a row, while Essendon was still smarting from a last-round loss to Geelong. The
Dons dominated the first quarter when it took the Roos 15 minutes before they entered
their 50 metre arc. The first half was tight, with just five goals three for the
Dons, two for the Kangas.
LEN JOHNSON in The Age reported: A magnificent third quarter by WAYNE CAREY
enabled North to overturn Essendon's five-point lead at half-time and seemingly take
control of the match the North skipper dominated as the rain pelted down.
North looked as if it had the winning break at ¾-time leading by 19pts, which stretched
to 26pts when Harvey kicked the first goal of the final term. As the rain stopped,
Essendon came on with goals to Bewick, Young then Bewick again with the margin reduced to
seven points. Carey then outmarked Wellman from behind to slot home his fifth goal and all
but seal the result. The Roos extended this to 22pts by the finish NORTH MELB
11.16-82 (Carey 5) best, Carey A.Stevens, Bell, ESSENDON 8.12-60 best, Mercuri, Lucas,
<||> FIRST QUALIFYING: Saturday afternoon was a good day with some
sunshine as 60,817 were drawn to the MCG. Melbourne proved they are genuine premiership
contenders when they demolished reigning premier Adelaide. Daniher's Demons got off to
flyer, booting six goals to two in the opening quarter with JEFF FARMER leading the way
with two goals in two minutes.
Adelaide applied the brakes in the second term, but had little effect on the scoreboard.
By mid-way into the third, the Melbourne juggernaut had blown the margin out to 51pts and
became notable for the one-man show staged by DAVID NEITZ who was flying.
The forward-line combo of Neitz, Schwarz and Lyon was imposing while the wizardry of
Farmer still have the fans shaking their in disbelief with the spectacular things he
performs, game-after-game MELBOURNE 17.13-115 (Farmer 6, Neitz 6) best, White,
Neitz, Farmer, ADELAIDE 9.13-67 best, Edwards, Smart, Jarman.
<||> SECOND QUALIFYING: Early rain and third-use of the SCG on Saturday
night presented both Sydney and St Kilda with difficult, slippery conditions. It was a
sell-out crowd but many stayed home for the live telecast with only 36,976 turning out.
Throughout it was always tight as two out-of-form sides struggled in the slush. The
Coathangers led most of the contest then the Saints grabbed the lead early in the last
quarter with a scrambled goal to NICKY WINMAR. The final minutes were a gripping, tense
struggle as the Swans forced ball-ups and boundary throw-ins, neutralising the Saints
whenever they tried to attack.
Sydney were blessed by having MICHAEL O'LOUGHLIN. As Mark Ray reported for The
Age-Sydney Morning Herald "(he) kept the Swans ahead in the early stages
with a brilliant display of skills ... he saw less of the ball later in the game but his
influence in the first three terms were decisive. A special game by a special player"
SYDNEY 12.17-89 (O'Loughlin 4) best, O'Loughlin, Lewis, Filandia, ST KILDA 13.9-87
(Heatley 3) best, Harvey, A.Thompson, S.Wakelin.
<||> THIRD QUALIFYING: Sunday at the MCG was dry and in good condition
but only 43,025 attended. The Western Bulldogs were emphatic 70pt victors over West Coast
which exited the Eagles out of the race.
Martin Blake in The Age observed: There was a distinct feeling of the changing of
the guard about the game as West Coast slumped to its worst performance of a season in
which it had not been previously beaten by more than 25 points. The Bulldogs were slick
and poised, just as the Eagles used to be. The Eagles fumbled and turned the ball over,
just as the Bulldogs used to do.
For a time, West Coast matched the Bulldogs in the midfield and for overall possession.
But the Eagles were light years behind ... Malthouse could only dream of a way to post a
respectable score. None of his talls could make an impact and his crumbers were equally as
quite ... West took the ball inside 50m of 55 occasions (only two fewer than the Bulldogs)
for a pathetic seven goals.
The Bullies were disciplined and ran the ball with speed and precision setting-up a likely
scenario which most footy fans have been expecting a North-Dogs playoff
WESTERN BULLDOGS 18.13-121 (Minton-Connell 5, Grant 4) best, Grant, Croft, Montgomery,
WEST COAST 7.9-51 best, Read, Cousins, Gardiner.
|Norwich Rising Star Award
BYRON PICKETT IS NORWICH RISING STAR OF 1998
North Melbourne's BYRON PICKETT on Tuesday was announced the winner of the
1998 AFL Norwich Rising Star Award. The six judges awarded him the maximum five votes, to
score him a perfect 30 votes.
Pickett now 21, was North's fifth selection in the 1996 National Draft. Originally from
Port Lincoln in SA, he played reserves football for Port Adelaide in the SANFL before
being drafted by the Kangas.
Pickett was presented with his $20,000 prize by AFL chief WAYNE JACKSON and IAN FORSYTH,
gm of Business Development with Norwich Union Australia.
The six-member panel of selection was KEVIN BARTLETT, NEIL KERLEY, ROSS GLENDINNING,
GERARD HEALY, LEIGH MATTHEWS and AFL chief executive WAYNE JACKSON as non-voting chairman.
Pickett joins an illustrious list of winners since the Norwich Rising Star Award was
introduced in 1993. The first winner was NATHAN BUCKLEY (Bri, now Col), 1994CHRIS
SCOTT (Bri), 1995NICK HOLLAND (Haw), 1996BEN COUSINS (WCE) and
1997MICHAEL WILSON (PA).
Final votes in the 1998 Award 30Byron Pickett (NM), 19Nick Stevens
(PA), 13Warren Tredrea (PA), 12Jason Saddington (Syd), 6Jess Sinclair
(Fre), 4Jonathon Hay (Haw) 2Michael Braun (WCE), Evan Hewitt (NM),
1Darren Milburn (Gee), James Rahilly (Gee).
It was noted that the three first placegetters in the 1998 award were all groomed by Port
MORRISH & GARDINER MEDALS TO NSW
The MORRISH Medal for the best player in the TAC Under 18s was won by
NSW-ACT Rams player LENNY HAYES. Recruited to the Rams from Sydney club Pennant Hills,
Hayes polled 21 votes to win by one from PAUL GNATT of the Oakleigh Chargers.
In AFL Reserve Grade, SIMON ARNOTT (Sydney) won the GARDINER Medal with 14 votes for the
season, finishing two votes ahead of a trio of rivals who all polled 12 votes DARREN
KOWAL (Mel), PETER WALSH (Mel) and SIMON MINTON-CONNELL (WB).
PORT TERMINATE JOHN
<> Port Adelaide axed one of its favourite sons when president GREG
BOULTON announced at Alberton on Friday (4th) that coach JOHN CAHILL's two-and-a-half year
AFL coaching contract would not be renewed.
Alan Shiell for The Age reported it as "football's most dignified sacking of
A search will begin for a replacement with MARK WILLIAMS, assistant to Cahill being tipped
as a likely successor.
EDDIE McGUIRE SET AS
<> Swift changes following discussions on Monday and Tuesday night
place media personality EDDIE McGUIRE as the next president of the Collingwood club.
In a deal cut in the board room, a four-man ticket headed by The Footy Show
anchor McGuire of BRAD COOPER, IAN McMULLIN and ALEX WAISLITZ will fill vacancies caused
by the resignation on Monday by BOB ROSE, and the agreement by BARRY PRICE and RICHARD
STREMSKI to step aside, while PETER WHITE will not seek reelection.
As he intended, KEVIN ROSE will step down as President but is expected to remain on the
board together with PETER HAMMOND and JACK KENNEDY.
Ratification of the proposal is expected to be put to the members at an extraordinary
meeting of the club, on a likely date of Friday October 9.
Stremski will step into the shoes of Graeme Allen who vacated the post as general manager
of Collingwood on Tuesday to take up a position with Leigh Matthews in Brisbane.
BRAD COOPER heads FAI Home Securities, former Collingwood player IAN McMULLIN is an
executive with the Spotless Group and ALEX WAISLITZ is a member of the investment arm of
Pratt Industries and the son-in-law of Richard Pratt.
|BRISBANE APPOINT MATTHEWS AS
LEIGH MATTHEWS was appointed coach of the Brisbane club on Monday (7th).
His contact for a three-year period is believed to be worth $1.5 million.
Casualties from the recent problems experienced by Brisbane are expected to be football
manager SCOTT CLAYTON and ROGER MERRETT.
Merrett coached Brisbane in a caretaker role for the last 11 rounds of 1998 after he
replaced JOHN NORTHEY who was sacked.
Matthews will enjoy wide-reaching control of Brisbane's football management.
On Tuesday, GRAEME "Gubby" ALLAN stepped down from his gm role at Collingwood to
accept the post in charge of the day-to-day running of the Brisbane FC under Matthews.
EAGLE GETS TWO WEEKS FOR TRIP OFFENCE
PHILLIP READ (WCE) was the only player to appear at the AFL Tribunal on
Read who pleaded guilty, received a two match suspension for tripping STEVEN KOLYNIUK (WB)
during the third quarter of Sunday's Qualifying Final at the MCG.
|NORTH MELBOURNE TO PLAY REGULAR
GAMES IN SYDNEY
Supported by the AFL Commission, the NMFC
announced the North Kangaroos will play five premiership matches in Sydney next year
North will play four "home" matches and one "away" match in
both 1999 and 2000 then increase that to six matches from 2001 to 2003.
The venture forms flexible fixturing arrangements which would have the Roos play up to 15
games at the MCG and the remaining two home-and-away matches at other interstate venues.
The formula is for an initial five-year agreement with the AFL, which will be reviewed by
both parties after two years.
The announcement drew a word of caution from the Sydney club with KELVIN TEMPLETON its CEO
suggesting the Swans believed a slower initial entry by a second club into Sydney 'might
have been more appropriate'.
bandwagon rolls on
Melbourne go to 7-straight wins
End of the road for Saints & Swans
SEMI-FINALS Saturday, September 12.
MILESTONES Daniher's Demons continued their journey of success with a
seventh-straight victory when they easily accounted for St Kilda in the First Semi-Final
on Saturday. Melbourne's seven victories have been by an average margin of 53pts. They
will play North (undefeated in 10 matches) in the Second Preliminary.
Three Sydney players featured in milestones DALE LEWIS his 150th match
LUFF 100 ... MATTHEW NICKS 50
while ANTHONY INGERSON (Ade, now Mel) reach his 50
PAUL ROOS (Fit, now Syd) played his 356th and final League game. He
played 269 with Fitzroy (1982-94) and 87 with the Swans (1995-98), kicking a career tally
of 289 goals.
FROM THE SEMIs
St Kilda suffered a dismal finish to their season. After their R14 victory
over the Bulldogs on June 27 the Saints were top of the ladder
of their following
10 contests, they won only two (R16 v Geelong by 24pts, R21 v West Coast by 8pts), and
were eliminated by Melbourne in the First Semi-Final to finish sixth.
<||> FIRST SEMI-FINAL: Light rain greeted the start of the match, which
later turned to bright sunshine for the great Saturday throng of 88,456 at the MCG. Both
the Demons and the Saints experienced early jitters when seven behinds were kicked before
the first goal. St Kilda in the wet conditions led at the first change and with a 14-point
break in the second term seemed likely to go on with it. However, it was the Saints who
faltered, not the young Demons.
The dazzling JEFF FARMER sparked, kicking three goals in six minutes as Melbourne piled on
eight unanswered goals overwhelming St Kilda in superb fashion and extending the dominance
they have exhibited for seven-straight weeks.
Farmer with JEFF WHITE, the FEBEY boys and STEPHEN TINGAY relished the physical clashes in
the midfield as the Saints ran out of options. ASHLEY BROWN in The Age recorded: the St
Kilda big men hardly fired a shot. STEWART LOEWE again was found wanting, PETER EVERITT's
alarming late-season form slide continued one week too long, while JASON HEATLEY, DAVID
SIERAKOWSKI and BRETT COOK were rarely a factor.
The Melbourne forward line functioned smoothly without GARRY LYON (a late withdrawal).
DAVID NEITZ was an early culprit with his inaccuracy, while DAVID SCHWARZ provided a
physical presence that often kept the ball in the Demon forward line. But, for flair, he
yielded to Farmer who kick-started the turnaround MELBOURNE 15.17-107 (Farmer 4)
best, Farmer, White, Schwarz, ST KILDA 7.14-56 best, Burke, Harvey, Jones Melbourne
with their seventh-straight win dispatched the Saints, who suffered a tremendous lapse of
form, losing eight of their last 10 games.
<||> SECOND SEMI-FINAL: Heavy rain before the match on Saturday night
turned the SCG into a slippery dip as 37,498 braved Sydney's storms. Adelaide displaying a
greater level of skill worked hard in the wet for a comfortable 27-point victory, to
advance into a Preliminary Final.
Sydney managed to keep the pace but were always behind the Crows who are still valid
contenders for the flag, despite the lapse against Melbourne the previous week. The Swans
were dealt a fatal blow when DARYN CRESSWELL was taken from the game in the first quarter
with concussion and did not return, while one of their remaining play-makers MICHAEL
O'LOUGHLIN suffered a shoulder injury before half-time.
Adelaide's pin-point passing left no doubt who enjoyed the higher level of wet-weather
skill. The killer-punch to Sydney was delivered by PETER VARDY's three third-term goals
within five minutes. A brief rally came in the last term when TONY LOCKETT took his only
mark of the match which brought his single goal. It was an efficient win for the Crows in
the poor conditions ADELAIDE 14.10-94 (Vardy 6, James 3, McLeod 3) best, Vardy,
Smart, McLeod, SYDNEY 10.7-67 (O'Loughlin 3) best, O'Loughlin, Lewis, Schwass. Adelaide
advanced to the Prelim, an unsatisfied Sydney ending their year at fifth position.
team of 1998
North Melbourne's WAYNE CAREY was named Captain of the AFL Australian Team of 1998
announced on Monday (14th). It was the fifth occasion since 1993 that Carey has been
selected and his second honour as Captain.
Reigning Brownlow champion ROBERT HARVEY (StK) with his sixth All-Australian selection was
Ten players were named for the first time BEN COUSINS and ASHLEY McINTOSH (WCE),
SEAN WELLMAN and MATTHEW LLOYD (Ess), SCOTT WEST and PAUL HUDSON (WB), ANDREW McLEOD
(Ade), TODD VINEY (Mel), ANTHONY STEVENS (NM) and MATTHEW KNIGHTS (Rch).
The selected team:
|Wayne Carey (Capt)
||Coach of the Year
|Umpire of the Year
TO WERRIBEE's MICHAEL FORD
The highest individual honour in the VFL The Liston Trophy
was dominated by Werribee's MICHAEL FROST when the count was conducted on Monday (14th).
Frost from his 18 home-and-away appearances with the Bees polled 32 votes with eight
Michael played 24 games for Footscray and St Kilda from 1992 to 1994. At 27, Frost has no
ambition to return to AFL ranks.
BARRY HALL COLLECTS FOUR WEEKS
St Kilda's BARRY HALL was suspended for four matches by the AFL Tribunal
on Tuesday (15th) on being found guilty of kneeing STEVEN FEBEY in the head during
Saturday's First Semi-Final at the MCG.
Hall who earlier this year copped a three week suspension for kneeing in a practice match
has attended anger management classes.
Tribunal chairman BRIAN COLLIS suggested that had Febey been hurt from the incident,
Hall's penalty may been more severe.
PLAY TWO TESTS IN DUBLIN
WAYNE CAREY was named Captain of the
Australian team to play two Tests under composite rules against Ireland at Croke Park in
Dublin on October 11 and 18, under coach LEIGH MATTHEWS.
The 23-man squad is
Adelaide: Ben Hart, Andrew McLeod, Shaun Rehn, Mark Ricciuto, Nigel Smart;
Carlton: Scott Camporeale, Stephen Silvagni;
Collingwood: Nathan Buckley;
Essendon: Matthew Lloyd, Sean Wellman;
Hawthorn: Shane Crawford;
Melbourne: Jeff Farmer, David Neitz, Jim Stynes, Todd Viney;
North Melb: Wayne Carey, Anthony Stevens;
Richmond: Wayne Campbell;
St Kilda: Peter Everitt, Robert Harvey (vice-capt);
Sydney: Michael O'Loughlin;
Western Bulldogs: Brad Johnson, Rohan Smith;
Emergencies: Nathan Eagleton (PA); Nick Holland (Haw), Adam Yze (Mel).
SOUTH ADELAIDE CAPTAIN WINS
RETROSPECTIVE MAGAREY'S AWARDED
ANDREW OSBORN won the SANFL's highest honour
when the count for the Magarey Medal was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday
(15th) evening. The Panther captain failed to poll a best-on-ground vote, but accumulated
16 votes from seven second preferences and two third's. He took South Adelaide's total in
the coveted award to nine medals, won by six players across the 101 years since the medal
was first awarded in 1898.
Osborn, 25, was a member of Port Adelaide's inaugural squad but a back injury denied the
rover reaching an AFL game. His remarkable comeback also focussed the improvement the
Panthers enjoyed in 1998.
Top votes in the 1998 Magarey
16 Andrew Osborn (South Adelaide).
13 Brodie Atkinson (Sturt), Simon Feast (Sturt), John Cunningham (Norwood).
12 Simon Crayshaw (South Adelaide), Adam Richardson (West Adelaide).
Retrospective Magarey's were awarded to players of the past who failed to win under the
countback system. Those recognised were:
1915 Samson 'Shine' Hoskins (Port Adelaide), Charles Perry (Norwood).
1920 Victor York Richardson (Sturt).
1921 John Karney (West Torrens), Charles Adams (Port), Walter Scott (Norwood).
1925 Peter Bampton (Port Adelaide).
1939 Alan Crabb (Glenelg).
1957 Jim Deane (South Adelaide).
1967 Don Lindner (North Adelaide).
GARY O'DONNELL IS LIST CASUALTY
Former Essendon captain GARRY O'DONNELL has become a casualty of the reduction of player
lists from 40 to 42 for 1999. Since his debut in 1987, O'Donnell played 243 matches for
the Bombers and captain of the club 1996-97 before standing aside for JAMES HIRD to assume
the mantle in 1998.
Though first denied, coach KEVIN SHEEDY speaking Tuesday night on 3AW confirmed O'Donnell
would be dropped from Essendon's list.
The club on Wednesday through its chief executive PETER JACKSON apologised to O'Donnell
saying the club would investigate the leak, which had deprived O'Donnell of "a more
RICK OLARENSHAW will exit Essendon to seek other pastures, while RYAN O'CONNOR is also
considering his future at Windy Hill.
3AW BACK TO THE LEAD
The final radio ratings for the 1998 season were released on Tuesday
(15th) which returned the 3AW team led by Rex Hunt to leadership over MMM the Eddie
McGuire team had taken in the previous survey.
TONY LOCKETT BEING SUED BY
The Age reported on Thursday (17th) that Sydney full forward TONY LOCKETT is
being sued by up to 10 dog breeders. The owners are expected to claim $250,000 for alleged
breach of contract and conspiracy that Lockett was fraudulently involved in greyhound
Lockett following a police investigation faced 46 charges over the alleged substitutions.
The charges were dropped last year by Victoria's Director of Public Prosecutions due to a
lack of evidence.
SECOND TEAM IN BRISBANE?
<> AFL Commissioner GRAEME SAMUEL speaking to the Y Club, a Melbourne
business group on Wednesday (16th) indicated a task force would be formed to examine the
viability of a second team in Brisbane.
Samuel was quoted: "Unquestionably, the time will come to replicate the situation we
have in South Australia and West Australia, by the provision of two teams in Sydney and
VIRTUAL ADVERTISING APPROVED BY
AFL football manager IAN COLLINS on Wednesday (16th) confirmed the League had agreed to
allow Channel Seven to use virtual advertising during overseas matches in London and
Dublin next month.
St Kilda will play the Western Bulldogs at The Oval in London on Saturday October 10,
while two Tests against Ireland will be played in Dublin on the Sundays of October 11 and
Collins said the October matches provided a perfect opportunity for the League and Seven
to test the technology.
STEPHEN LINNELL reported in The Age: Virtual advertising had been used during
July's telecast of the Bledisloe Cup at the MCG. The advertising appeared 10 times during
the match, for between two and 10 seconds. The Australian Broadcasting Authority found
Channel Seven did not breach the commercial television code of practice. The ABA found the
ads were easily recognisable as commercials, were not intrusive and did not interfere with
the game's broadcast.
end Demons fairy-tale run
Adelaide shatter the Bulldogs
Harvey wins his second Brownlow
Saints sack Stan Alves
PRELIMINARY FINALS Friday-Saturday, September 18-19.
MILESTONES MARK ROBERTS (Syd, Bri now NM) played his 200th ... BRAD
JOHNSON (WB) his 100th ... it was MALCOLM BLIGHT's 200th match as a non-playing coach with
North Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide.
FROM THE WEEKEND North Melbourne advanced to their second Grand Final in three
years when they brought Melbourne's seven-game run to an end in the First Preliminary on
Daniher's Demons nevertheless recorded the greatest rise in the 16-club competition, from
wooden-spooners of last year to fourth place in 1998.
Adelaide on Saturday denied the Bulldogs for the second successive year. However, this
time it wasn't a two-point nailbiter but a thumping 68pt thrashing.
The results places the AFL's two most recent premiers in a head-to-head battle which
promises to be a knockout.
Melbourne's 12 individual goalscorers in a team tally of 12 goals on Friday night is a
League record it tops the 11 by Collingwood v Footscray, 1978-R19-VP.
<||> SECOND PRELIMINARY Good conditions at the MCG on Friday night
greeted players and the throng of 73,719 who attended the "last one" before the
"Big One". Melbourne's JEFF FARMER one of the stars of the finals produced one
of his 'speckies" in the opening minute but was off-target from 30 metres. It was a
pattern which would follow the Demons for most of the night. Both North and Melbourne
suffered from tardy starts, but then the Kangas began to apply the pressure in a tough and
COREY McKERNAN emerged from his dark season and together with MARK ROBERTS playing his
200th League game, the Kanga duo together with SHANNON GRANT became the most damaging
players in attack. The many forward options which had won games for the Redlegs dried up
as GLENN ARCHER, MICK MARTYN and JASON McCARTNEY turned the defensive screws. WAYNE CAREY
was not the dominant factor being held in check by JAMIE SHANAHAN and though the Demons
were well served by valiant efforts from TINGAY, WOEWODIN, VINEY, the FEBEY's and
INGERSON, North were always out of reach.
Melbourne lost no friends but the odds were too great NORTH MELB 17.12-114 (Grant
4, Allison 3) best, Blakey, Stevens, Bell, MELBOURNE 12.12-84 best, Tingay, Viney,
Woewodin. Melbourne's 12 individual goalscorers in a team tally of 12 goals is a League
record. It tops the 11 by Collingwood v Footscray, 1978-R19-VP.
<||> FIRST PRELIMINARY FINAL: A Saturday of 20 degrees and bright
sunshine brought otherwise perfect conditions except for a large muddy centre patch at the
MCG 67,557 attended. For a second season, Adelaide in one game destroyed the dreams
of the hard-working Western Bulldogs.
STEPHEN RIELLY reporting in The Age: The magnitude of Adelaide's victory will
allow some to believe the winner was extraordinarily good, the loser abominable and
therefore the match was neither a contest nor a reflection of the true worth of either
side. In truth is was both and only a misrepresentation in the sense that it exaggerated a
gulf that very definitely exists between the two teams.
Two Adelaide players were superb ANDREW McLEOD and MATTHEW ROBRAN who between them
produced as many goals as the Bullies could muster, exposing the defensive deficiencies of
The Bulldogs who were overwhelming favourites were again destroyed, heaping more finals
misery on the club Adelaide get the chance to become the first club to win
back-to-back flags since Hawthorn in 1988-89 ADELAIDE 24.17-161 (McLeod 7.0, Robran
6) best, McLeod, Robran, Rehn, BULLDOGS 13.15-93 (Hudson 5) best, S.West, Johnson (his
BACK-TO-BACK BROWNLOWs FOR ROBERT HARVEY
St Kilda's ROBERT HARVEY won his second successive Brownlow Medal when the
71st annual count of the prestigious award was conducted at the Crown Casino in Melbourne
on Monday night.
Harvey became the 11th multiple winner of the Medal and received his latest trophy by
presentation from former North Melbourne champion KEITH GREIG the last to win the Brownlow
in two years in 1973-74.
Harvey polled 32 votes to win by eight from NATHAN BUCKLEY (Collingwood) with SCOTT WEST
(Western Bulldogs) third on 23 votes.
SAINTS AXE STAN ALVES
St Kilda coach STAN ALVES on Sunday was in Adelaide watching likely
prospects play in the two SANFL semi-finals at Football Park. Back in Melbourne by eleven
that night at the Brighton residence of president ANDREW PLYMPTON, Alves was told the club
were unhappy with his performance during the season; he no longer held the respect of some
of his players and was asked to resign. He refused
On Monday, the 1997 Coach of the Year was sacked by the St Kilda club.
The deeply wounded Alves has sought legal advice to the terms of his severance it
is understood his earnings for the final year of his contract in 1999 were worth some
The Saints are scheduled to play the Western Bulldogs at The Oval in London on Saturday
October 10th. Assistant coach PETER BANFIELD is likely to take charge of the tour.
Alves did not attend the Brownlow victory of Robert Harvey, at the request of the club.
Late Monday night on Talking Footy, St Kilda president Plympton said a
replacement for Alves may be announced as soon as Wednesday September 30.
PLAYERS UNHAPPY WITH SHEEDY
ROHAN CONNELLY reported in Saturday's Age
(19th) that senior players are planning to front the Essendon board with a call for the
sacking of coach KEVIN SHEEDY.
At least 80 per cent of players are believed to be in favour of replacing Sheedy who is
understood to be perched with board support at 6+6 and would require the casting vote of
Bomber prez GRAEME McMAHON to hold his post.
The board are due to meet next on September 29. A decision to replace Sheedy would require
an estimated pay out of $400,000 for the last year of his contract.
|"THE FATHER OF
FOOTBALL RECOGNISED WITH MEMORIAL
MARTIN FLANAGAN recorded an important event in The Age.
On Thursday (17th) a monument to THOMAS WENTWORTH WILLS, now commonly described as the
Father of Australian Football, was unveiled outside Moyston oval only a kilometre or so
from the grand homestead his father Horatio constructed at Mount Ararat, three years
following John Batman's founding of Melbourne.
There is every reason to believe that Tom Wills playing with Djabwurrung children observed
a team game played at tribal gatherings and described as Aboriginal football by a Scottish
settler, James Dawson.
The Tom Wills memorial, which was built from Harcourt granite by the Stawell firm of Cray
Brothers, was the idea of Moyston identity, FRED HOMBURG (otherwise known as "Barry
from the Bush"), and was jointly funded by the Westpac bank and its staff in the
In attendance at the ceremony was Uncle Jack Kennedy, a direct descendant of Dick-a-Dick,
one of the Aboriginal players coached by Tom Wills which became the first Australian
cricket team to tour England in 1868 where they recorded victory in 14 of their games.
Kennedy unveiled the Tom Wills memorial with AFL historian Col Hutchinson.
As Flanagan noted: "It is a handsome tribute to a proud, solitary man whose unique
contribution to the cultural and sporting life of this nation was overlooked for so
VIDEO CHARGE OUTS LIBERATORE FOR ONE WEEK
A charge laid following the weekly video review was heard by the AFL
Tribunal on Wednesday (23rd) against Western Bulldogs player TONY LIBERATORE .
'Libba' pleaded guilty to having struck Adelaide defender PETER CAVEN during the last
quarter of Saturday's First Preliminary Final at the MCG.
The Tribunal suspended Liberatore for one match the first suspension of his 206
senior games. His penalty will be served this weekend in the Reserves Grand Final between
Essendon and the Bulldogs in which he was eligible to play.
clinch back-to-back flags
Last half strangles the Kangaroos
Mc Leod wins second Norm Smith medal
GRAND FINAL Saturday, September 26.
MILESTONES CRAIG SHOLL (NM) played his 200th senior game ... final crowd
figures were released showing that 6,691,897 spectators watched the 185 matches of the
Adelaide created a first in 102 seasons of League footy the
Crows became the first club outside of the top two finishing the season to win consecutive
FROM THE GRAND FINAL Adelaide achieved their second successive premiership with a
stunning last half against North Melbourne. They were "gone" for all money at
the long-break, and by 3.45pm most commentators suggested Crow fans should head for
Bordertown on the trip back home. Adelaide had been swamped by the Kangas and were
trailing badly by four goals and it might well have been eight.
However, the devastation North could have reaped upon the Crows when they controlled
everything in the second quarter was not reflected on the telltale scoreboard the
Roos yield was a wasteful 2.11 for the term even so, the 'wise' assessments
predicted North would power ahead after the long break.
From there, Adelaide produced a glorious comeback which resulted in one of the great
premiership victories. Backing the hunch that North couldn't maintain the momentum, the
Crows found the spirit and suddenly Adelaide had runners everywhere with Andrew McLeod,
Mark Stevens, Kane Johnson, Andrew Eccles, Simon Goodwin and James Thiessen producing the
speed and sparkle, and North were found wanting. Darren Jarman repeated his effort from
the previous Grand Final, flexing his considerable muscle in creating goals which deeply
wounded the Kangaroos.
Adelaide continued their surge bringing up the first two goals of the last term and while
the Roos closed the gap the Crows raised the stakes with a super effort to blow the final
margin out to 35pts, far wider than anticipated.
Muhammad Ali, Legends, Crows, on that one day in
Clear skies and 20 degrees welcomed 94,431 to the MCG on Saturday for one
of the better Grand Finals of recent memory. The throng were entertained with one of the
more pleasing pre-match displays which included a motorcade of newly installed Legends of
the Game and players who had recently retired. A vintage Rolls Royce carried the visiting
guest MUHAMMAD ALI, one of the greatest sportsmen of the 20th century.
North went in as hot favourites with 11 successive wins and an unchanged line-up. Adelaide
made only one alteration omitting Chad Rintoul for youngster Ben Marsh as Adelaide entered
their fifth "on-the-road" contest of as many weeks. In a swirling, difficult
wind North started well and Carey was conspicuous with two marks in the opening minutes
but the 'King' was astray from an important shot. Possibly one of the most crucial factors
of the game came from the ability of Adelaide's Peter Caven in restraining Carey's
dangerous influence to a miserly five marks for the day, and a single (but spectacular)
goal. Caven finished with 20 possessions and nine marks.
North almost buried the Crows before half time the Roos' second term was
remarkable, but only two goals came from 13 shots, when the Adelaide defence may have been
overlooked for the work they did to keep their side in it still with a chance
though behind by four goals at the long break, 4.3 to 6.15.
If Adelaide coach Malcolm Blight has a credo that "footy is fun" and "take
your chances" when you get them, then his charges followed them in the second half to
a 't'. Suddenly the Crows found their wings, and their vision and skill as the running
players swept past the Kangas. Within 17 minutes of the third term the Crows drew level
and contained North to only two goals. With the difference just two points at the last
change, the fans waited for North to rebound.
Two opening goals in the last quarter put Adelaide further in front. North though tiring
were still a chance and had Carey majored at a critical moment, maybe the Kangas heads
would've lifted. They didn't, as Adelaide finally went away to record an easy 35pt victory
their second successive AFL Cup and a bonanza for the bookies as the Crows buried
the red-hot favourite. From 'imposters' at 12th place in 1996 to two winning Grand Finals
under Malcolm Blight, is quite a record.
Adelaide were served superbly by the versatile ANDREW McLEOD while PETER CAVEN can proudly
wear his premiership medallion for his job on Carey. DARREN JARMAN again delivered five
goals in an award-winning outing (although they only seem to come about once a year) ...
SHAUN REHN played an effective, measured and proud role in the ruck and around the ground
in his 48th consecutive appearance since his second knee reconstruction ... there were
many others who sparkled in the second half SIMON GOODWIN, KANE JOHNSON, NIGEL
SMART (recovering from a heavy knock to the head in the second term) who went forward to
kick three goals in the second half ... North on the other hand had so many players who
started well, but faded BYRON PICKETT, ANTHONY STEVENS, MICK MARTYN and WINSTON
ABRAHAM were not on the list they at least fought it out all the way.
ADELAIDE 15.15-105 (Jarman 5, Smart 3) best, McLeod, Jarman, Rehn, NORTH MELB 8.22-70
best, Stevens, Martyn, Pickett.
Grand Final umpires
The Umpires Panel for the Grand Final was
posted by the AFL.
Field: Andrew Coates (161st game), Hayden Kennedy (179), Darren Goldspink (179);
emergency: Bryan Sheehan. Boundary: Shane Jensen, Darren Wilson, Peter McDonald;
emergency: Michael Hane. Goal: Anthony Black, Mark Powell; emergency: Michael Heinrichs.
Grand Final presenters
Richmond champion ROYCE HART presented the
Premiership Cup and player medallions to the winning team.
Dual Brownlow Medalist KEITH GREIG presented the Norm Smith Medal to Adelaide's ANDREW
McLEOD as the player judged best on the ground.
FOOTYSTATS FROM ADELAIDES GRAND FINAL VICTORY
<> Adelaide in 1998 used 37 players
<> BEN HART, KYM KOSTER and SHAUN REHN played in all 26 games
<> The Crows had two players suspended in the season DARREN JARMAN (three
matches), NIGEL SMART (two matches)
<> Adelaide after half-time kicked 11.12 to North's 2.7
<> North's 8.22 was the most inaccurate scoreline in a Grand Final since
Collingwood's 9.24 in 1980.
<> North Melbourne kicked 2.8 to the southern scoreboard end
<> The match provided the biggest turaround since Hawthorn led Essendon by 25pts at
half time in the 1984 Grand Final
<> The two-point margin at three-quarter time was the closest Grand Final margin
going into the last quarter since 1967.
<> Adelaide became the first club in the Nineties to win back-to-back premierships
last club to do so was Hawthorn 1988-1989
<> ANDREW McLEOD became the first player to win successive Norm Smith Medals
Hawthorn's GARY AYRES won two, in 1986 and 1988
<> Adelaide became the first club to win from 5th position
<> The Crows highest placing during the season was third position at round 2,
round 14 and round 15
<> Adelaide in 26 games kicked 376 goals, 343 behinds. 2599 points. Their defence
allowed 300 goals, 308 behinds, 2108 points.
<> DARREN JARMAN was top scorer with 45 goals, 29 behinds
<> Adelaide in the concluding five weeks of the season played at Subiaco, MCG, SCG,
MCG and MCG
<> Six members did not play in the 1997 premiership MARK RICCIUTO, PETER
VARDY, JAMES THIESSEN, MARK STEVENS, ANDREW ECCLES and BEN MARSH.