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D-03-R26 Footystats Diary, Week 386, Sept 26-Oct 2, 2003 (Grand Final)
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Friday Selected sides for the Grand Final
Power purge starts with six players axed
Patrick Smith, The Australian: Rocca verdict makes waves across town
Saturday Grand Final Parade: 100,000 cheer their heroes
AFLPA Awards: Michael Voss awarded MVP for a second year – details
Millionaire sponsor Allan Scott attacks Port board and coach
And now, it's back to Optus Oval – Carlton get Optus back for two years
Soccer Australia reinvents itself, again;
> $15 million from Federal Government supports reform
Seven Swans are swinging to surgery
Chip Le Grand, The Australian It doesn't get any grander than this
Sunday Brisbane Lions strangle Collingwood
Hat-trick of flags delivers 'champion' tag; GF in facts and stats ...
Monday Nathan Brown quits the Bulldogs
Tuesday Brisbane's Jonathan Brown cited for striking Rhyce Shaw
AMA warning on pain-killing injections
Richmond axe six – will Richo stay? – he may be used in deal for Brown
Patrons and Pie players exchange *views* at Lower Plenty Hotel
Wednesday Port Adelaide backs coach Mark Williams
City of Brisbane hail the Brisbane Lions in King George Square
Herald Sun: Geelong make $1 million of to Jade Rawlings
Supreme Court date set for March 2000 accident to Anthony Stevens
AFL rules that Sydney finished third, Port Adelaide fourth in 2003
Corey McKernan seeking trade back to Kangaroos
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun asks "when did the *modern era* begin?
Thursday Jade Rawlings quits Hawthorn
B&F, St Kilda: Lenny Hayes caps off a great year
B&F, Essendon: James Hird and Scott Lucas tie for Crichton Medal
Saints appoint Nathan Burke as an assistant coach
Fox Sports: Leigh muzzles the Lions' comments – "arrogance"

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D-03-R25 Footystats Diary, Week 385, September 19-25, 2003 (Prelim Finals)
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Friday Sydney TV viewers banking on a Homebush sell-out
Saturday Port Power – under-achievers of all time; two years on top, no Grand Final
Collingwood into Grand Final – but, Anthony Rocca reported
Seventy invited to AFL Draft Camp, October 1-3
Melbourne radio ratings: Solid result for 3AW
Sunday Brisbane end Sydney's fairytale
71,019 see Lions strike home as Swans fade away at Olympic Stadium
MWB: Port, under-achievers ... detail of records
Sunday Mail, Adelaide: National game finally 'arrives' for 71,019
Monday Brownlow: Nathan Buckley a clear favourite
Rocca "in a bit of strife"
Richmond unveil Captain Blood in bronze
MWB: Two finals, same margin ... details
Tuesday Brownlow Medal: Dramatic count ends in three-way tie
> Nathan Buckley, Mark Ricciuto, Adam Goodes
Barassi statue unveiled on eve of MCG's 150th birthday
Port's Mark Stevens cited for striking Collingwood's Brodie Holland
Port fined again – two minutes late, $10,000 fine
Big TV ratings for two preliminary finals
MWB: Insight into the Brownlow Medal count ... detailed
e-mail bag: How Bill Attwood watches GF from Tuscon in Arizona
Craig Willis: man for all seasons, all events ...
Wednesday Tribunal: Anthony Rocca suspended two games for striking Lade
Collingwood to appeal penalty
GF umpires: Brett Allen, Hayden Kennedy, Stephen McBurney
GF – five Brownlows: Voss, Woewodin, Akermanis, Black, Buckley
Catching Up ... Stab Kicks ... Trivia ... Thank you, Nine and Foxtel ...
Thursday Despite passionate pleas, Rocca appeal rejected
Bulldogs re-sign seven, but no Nathan Brown
Sign-off: Steve Alessio, Simon Cox, Kingsley Hunter, Daniel McPherson
Veteran Bill Deller appointed CEO of Umpires' Association
Life beyond the playing field
MWB: Brownlow winners appearing in Grand Finals ... details

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D-03-R24 Footystats Diary, Week 384, September 12-18, 2003 (1st & 2nd SF)
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Friday Best & Fairest: Andrew McKay takes top Carlton honour
Fremantle honours the Doig Family – Doig Medal for best Docker
MWB: No minor premier has finished lower than third ... details
Saturday Brisbane Lions finish off the Crows by seven goals
Internet "leak" sparks plunge on Robert Harvey for Brownlow
Sunday Port too powerful for the Bombers
Tuesday Essendon's Dean Rioli booked for striking Gavin Wanganeen
Port's Brendon Lade cited for rough play against James Hird
Sydney: O'Loughlin out; Saddington a chance
Coaches Association vote Sydney's Paul Roos as outstanding for the year
Essendon: Double surgery for Hird's knees
MWB: Did you know? – with or without Fletcher ... detailed
Wednesday Tribunal clears both Lade and Rioli
2004 Wizard Cup: Australia all-over to start new pre-season
> White umpire uniforms give way to orange
Nick Davis – he could make the pages of history ... details
Thursday Hawthorn re-signs their star players to new contracts
AFL Media Awards: Caroline Wilson of The Age wins the two top gongs
Melbourne delist Gary Moorcroft and Daniel Breeze
Blues ruckman Laurence Angwin expected to plead guilty on October 15

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D-03-R23 Footystats Diary, Week 383, September 5-11, 2003 (Elim & Qual)
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Friday 2003 Rising Star: Sam Mitchell, Mooroolbark kid no one wanted to know
MWB: The Sam Mitchell I admire ...
Crazy John's end negotiations over Subiaco Oval naming rights
Saturday Essendon: A class above the Dockers
Sunday Adelaide too good for Eagles
Magpies finish strongly over Lions
Monday Sydney down Port in boilover of the year
David Parkin, ABC Radio: "one of the great turn-ups in VFL-AFL history"
Sydney press hail Swans' heroics
Crowds pass six million – again
Retirements: Essendon's Paul Barnard; West Coast's Ashley McIntosh
Imagine, cancelling the Brownlow? NRL's "Dally M" shelved in pay dispute
Sunday Telegraph: Chart on Pura Cup, Union, League, AFL wages
Kanga's Shannon Watt – played every minute of every game
Tuesday Dustin Fletcher: Bomber cited for striking Fremantle's Roger Hayden
Brisbane's Tim Notting up for charging Collingwood's' Heath Scotland
VFL Liston Trophy: Sandringham's David Robbins
Geelong cut assistant coaches, Alan McConnell and Norm Dare
Port fined $10,000 for entering arena five minutes too early
Wednesday Fletcher out for two matches – up for 11th time, 6th suspension
Brisbane Lion Notting handed one game penalty
AFL to investigate early leak of All-Australian team
All-Australian Team 2003 – the line-up
MWB: Consecutive seasons outside the bottom four ... detailed
Thursday Dustin Fletcher loses appeal
Brett Ratten appointed assistant coach at Melbourne
West Coast: David Sierakowski retires at 28; victim of knee injuries
The Age: Kangaroos and Michael Easy settle dispute over early sacking
e-mail bag: Matthew Smith: All-Australian side; do away with set positions?

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D-03-R22 Footystats Diary, Week 382, August 29-Sept 4, 2003 (Round 22)
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Friday Head-to-head for 20 seasons – Sheedy and Malthouse meet for 37th time
Saints secure their future by signing six key names until end of 2005
Melbourne FC grants Legend status to Ron Barassi
Herald Sun, Tony Liberatore: "Paul Kelly was no icon of the game"
Tim Morrissey, Herald Sun: Libba walks into minefield
Saturday Collingwood clinch second place
Sunday Cats prick St Kilda's bubble; Sydney wins: poor start but strong finish;
Lions take 3rd place with 14 goal win; Dockers win their fourth Derby
Monday Port make it 7-straight over Crows; Roos belt Carlton by record 124 points;
Hawks-Tigers cap it off with nail-biter
Hawthorn: Peter Schwab appointed coach for another two years
The Age: Optus Oval no more – naming-right contract not renewed
Melbourne: Gabriel Szondy to step down as president
Tuesday Video review: Ashley McIntosh and Matthew Richardson charges dropped
Channel Ten: Finals live for Sydney and Brisbane viewers
Sydney's double blow: Injuries sideline O'Loughlin and Cresswell
Crowds will pass six million again after 5,873,320 for home-and-away
The Age: Demetriou: Tribunal acted wrongly in Holland-Williams case
MWB: Update from Round 22
Wednesday Tribunal: Mark Chaffey and Laurence Angwin suspended one week
*Crikey*: Channel Ten under fire on finals TV
Grand Final presenters named: Elsie Rose, Charlie Sutton, Darrel Baldock
Sydney FC injuries: Coach Paul Roos does achilles, playing basketball
Double-barrel Rising Star nominations: Matthew Lokan, Ashley McGrath
MWB: Carlton – a year to remember or one to forget?
Patrick Smith, The Australian: Demons facing hell finding fast Eddie
Thursday Homebush clash of codes playing rights averted
Eagles offer John Worsfold long-term deal; Trevor Nisbett remains as CEO
Hawthorn: 15 players asked to take pay cuts; club may offload a tall
2UE and 4BC to take 3AW broadcasts of some AFL finals
MWB: Week one, finals ...

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D-03-R21 Footystats Diary, Week 381, August 22-28, 2003 (Round 21)
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Friday MWB: Round 21 oddity, Brisbane play Geelong for third successive year
Bomber sign new contacts with Matthew Lloyd and Sean Wellman
Round 22 Blues-Roos game moved from Carlton to Docklands
And now, the David Parkin Medal, for Carlton versus Hawthorn
Blues cut ties with VFL's Northern Bullants
SANFL Hall of Fame adds 10 new members
Saturday Hawks massacre ordinary Blues
*Spam attack* slows Footystats Diary, 3000 over three days
Sunday Top flight Bombers sink the Dockers; Roos get the jump on the Crows;
Lions struggle in over Geelong; Magpies too solid over Swans;
72,393 at Homebush for Swans-Pies is biggest AFL crowd outside Victoria
Football legend passes – Jack Dyer dies, aged 89
Monday Saints crunch Bulldogs in Launceston; Port do enough against the Tigers;
West Coast ram it home over Melbourne
Tuesday Brodie Holland and Paul Medhurst booked
St Ignatius farewell on Wednesday for Jack Dyer
MWB: Updates from Round 21
Wednesday Tribunal: Holland gets two games for striking Paul Williams;
> Medhurst cleared of kicking charge
1941 Brownlow medallist: Footscray's Norm Ware passes, aged 92
Umpire Bryan Sheehan to retire
Re-signings: Adelaide, Andrew McLeod; Bulldogs, Daniel Giansiracusa
West Australian: Several Perth games in 2004 will start at 5pm Eastern
Retirements: Leon Cameron, Matthew Burton, Steve Kretiuk
Thursday CEO-elect Andrew Demetriou endorses controversial Brodie Holland verdict
> Raft of opinions; Summary of Holland-Williams incident
Final roar for "Captain Blood"
Fremantle members to vote for board

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D-03-R20 Footystats Diary, Week 380, August 15-21, 2003 (Round 20)
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Friday Barry Richardson to the Bulldogs as match committee chairman
Collingwood and Fremantle bound for London at The Oval
Ford Motor Company deal with the Cats is now 78 years old
e-mail bag: Paul Crane asks *no behinds* in a quarter – answer
e-mail bag: Peter Coatman – eyeballs John Elliott's life in football ...
Melbourne radio ratings: Stations tight at "three-quarter time"
Saturday Magpies belt out-of-sorts Crows
Sunday St Kilda break records at Carlton; Cats and Eagles fall for a draw;
Powerful finish carries Hawks over the line; Demons press Port all the way
Monday Port Adelaide clinch the minor premiership
Sydney stun the Lions again; Bombers cruise into the finals;
Dockers run away from the Bulldogs
Tuesday Jess Sinclair and Anthony Stevens cited; both for striking
ABC dominate Perth radio ratings
Troubled Laurence Angwin is now injured
Dockers re-sign Aaron Sandilands, Dion Woods, Roger Hayden
Bruce Kennedy: Perspective: Games won by 60 points or more – details
MWB: Updates from Round 20
Wednesday Tribunal: Sinclair suspended five matches; Stevens two
Port signs Dean Brogan for another three years
60,000 tipped for Swans-Magpies on Saturday night
Thursday Olympic Stadium, Homebush: crowd records
Channel Ten benches Tim Lane from Grand Final telecast
Surgery for three facial fractures for Hawthorn's Lance Picioane
Eagles and Dockers to co-host Derby lunch
Blues sign Brendan Fevola and Jarrad Waite until end of 2005

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D-03-R19 Footystats Diary, Week 379, August 8-14, 2003 (Round 19)
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Friday Essendon's Adam Ramanauskas – surgery to remove second tumour
Caroline Wilson, The Age: Foxtel aims for all games live from 2006.
Heritage Round curtain-raisers
Saturday Geelong too solid for hapless Demons
Swan's Team of the Century: Bob Skilton captain, Paul Kelly his deputy;
> Selection panel embraces 129 years of South Melbourne-Sydney history
Sunday Power-packed Brisbane down the Magpies;
Adelaide send the Eagles into damage control;
Hawks alive; Swans dive
Monday Port blow the Dogs away' Lloyd's 11 goals downs the Bulldogs;
Freo secure a finals berth, by one point
Tuesday Heritage round 19: Richmond's Tim Fleming cited – only case
Gary Ayres to set new Adelaide coaching record
East Perth – first goalless WAFL club since 1916
Thomas Roach is Richmond's father-son call
MWB: Updates from Round 19
Wednesday Tribunal: Tim Fleming suspended three games, for striking Nick Riewoldt
MCG double century for Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy
Ramanauskas declares: My life is not in danger
Hungry Jack's strengthens deal with West Coast
MWB: Consecutive matches with different outcomes ... detailed
Leonard Colquhoun: Record crowds, by non-Vics ... detailed
Thursday SCG honour for Paul Kelly – SCG Trust names "Paul Kelly Race"
Ramanauskas has low grade cancer
Eagles and Port face tough selection decisions
McCartney joins Bali class action against bombers
Mike Fitzpatrick joins AFL Commission; replacing retiring Graeme Samuel
Josh Fraser, Rhyce Shaw sign new contracts with Collingwood
*Crikey* reveals tell-all chapter of the Elliott saga

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D-03-R18 Footystats Diary, Week 378, August 1-7, 2003 (Round 18)
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Friday Lions keep Matthews until 2006
Bulldogs sign Luke Darcy for four years
The Age: AFLPA survey on Sunday twilight games – clubs lukewarm
Mick Martyn to line up for 300th
Bill Barrott at 59 suffers second heart attack
Saturday Bulldogs get their third win
Changes to finals scheduling
Sunday Shaky Bombers still score easily over Carlton;
Dockers notch record 11th win; Magpies run over the Cats;
Brisbane displace Roos from top eight
Monday Adelaide take over second place from Sydney;
Port pip Hawks in MCG thriller; Eagles cave in to St Kilda
Tuesday Nathan Burke calls it a day on 323rd game for the Saints
MWB: Updates following Round 18
MWB: Adelaide sides hold top two spots for first time
Wednesday Tribunal not required – third time this year; also Round 2 and Round 7
Saints and Lawrence set to part
Osteitis pubis grounds Clive Waterhouse
Comment – Rules that must be buried
Thursday Heritage Round – Mix-up brings change to Magpie guernsey
Matthew Richardson fined $2000 – insulting gesture to crowd in R16
Umpires' chief Rob Anderson resigns

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D-03-R17 Footystats Diary, Week 377, July 25-31, 2003 (Round 17)
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Friday AFL Commission delays announcement of appointment
Saturday Eagles thrash Hawthorn by 56 points
Sunday Kangas rule again at Manuka Oval;
Bombers over Demons in tight one
Tigers roar again; Port make a point in Gabba arm wrestle
Monday Sydney down Freo to hold second place; Pies: three-straight over Blues; Adelaide too powerful for St Kilda
Tuesday Ben Dixon and Stephen Milne charged; Joel Bowden cited
Dislocated shoulder ends season for Sydney's Jason Ball
The Age: Osteitis pubis identified; body strength; stomach muscles
MWB: Updates following Round 17
Wednesday Tribunal: Milne one game; Nixon and Bowden cleared
No melee or wrestling charges laid from Collingwood-Carlton game
Herald Sun: 2004 draw – Demetriou: Sunday night games on schedule
League approves father-son rule changes
Thursday Andrew Demetriou appointed CEO to replace Jackson – from 50 candidates
Date for National Draft is Sunday November 23
MWB answers Daniel Laidlaw – low club goalkicking figures

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D-03-R16 Footystats Diary, Week 376, July 18-24, 2003 (Round 16)
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Friday Left knee injury outs Lance Whitnall for rest of the season
Gala dinner to honour Lou Richards
Saturday Magpies trash the Tigers
The Age: AFL looks to premiership game in NZ in next two years
Sunday First half keep Swans out of jail; Hawks' finish runs over Melbourne;
Bombers deliver Lions a critical blow; Power demoralise the Eagles
Monday 'Dogs break the ice after 15 weeks; Saints put Roos into the danger zone;
Freo home from Crows in another Subi thriller
Denis Pagan experiences four successive defeats for the first time
Perspective: Australia plays Bangladesh in Test cricket in Darwin
e-mail bag: Ken Booth, construction of 2004 draw – will it be fair?
MWB: Behinds in parallel, and other R16 trivia ...
Tuesday Concern over rugby league style "spear tackles"
Ben Cousins an Eagle until 2006 – new three-year deal
Sydney ink Michael O'Loughlin for another four years
Still in intensive care: Billy Barrott suffers heart attack in legends game
Umpires reject call for laser beams on disputed goals – already tested
MWB: Updates following Round 16
e-mail bag: Peter Coatman responds to Ken Booth
Wednesday Tribunal: Barry Hall, Matthew Primus, Tim Fleming cleared;
> Four cases held over
Slight correction – to 1913; one less Melbourne game at the MCG
St Kilda's Steven Lawrence in early morning car crash
MWB: Melbourne – three games, same margin, R14-15-16 ... 7 points
Thursday Tribunal: Peter Burgoyne, three games for "spear tackle";
> Fraser Gehrig one game; Whelan, Green, Barlow cleared
Carlton: Adrian Hickmott retires – Andrew McKay is new captain
West Coast re-signs Chris Judd for 2004 and 2005
Subi to be coloured purple for Starlight Foundation
Carlton's Laurence Angwin faces burglary and theft charges
Melbourne: Andrew Leoncelli retires; will marry ballerina
Essendon: Groin surgery ends season for Joel Reynolds

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D-03-R15 Footystats Diary, Week 375, July 11-17, 2003 (Round 15)
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Friday Appeal: Steven Baker sentence reduced from three to one game
Fremantle drop Trent Croad to the WAFL
Memorial service for Bob Rose at Melbourne Town Hall
Daryn Cresswell to pass on Paul Kelly's 234-game record
Footscray's Roger Duffy passes, aged 71
Saturday Adelaide consolidate place in top four; The "charity" round
Footy icon Tom Hafey faints at breakfast function
Bobby Rose service; farewelled by 1200 friends
Sunday Collingwood too strong for Dockers; Cats survive another thriller;
Swans easily over fading Saints; Eagles inflict Carlton's greatest defeat
Windfall for Fremantle; CUB to advance millions to the Dockers
Monday Lions escape from Hawks and break Subi curse
Kangas fight to hold out Demons; Port beat determined Bulldogs
Tuesday Kangaroos sign new Canberra deal for Manuka
*Deliberate* out of bounds costs Hawthorn
Richmond captain Wayne Campbell ends season with bizarre injury
MWB: Updates following Round 15
Wednesday Tribunal: Dustin Fletcher, Damian Cupido cleared; Mitch Hahn one game
Injury forces retirement of Carlton's Brett Ratten
e-mail bag: Colquhoun – spot the difference, 2002: 257,033; 2003: 257,033
e-mail bag: Matthew Smith, *deliberate* ... Daniel Laidlaw, *crowds*
Thursday Myles Baron-Hay is new Sydney CEO
Out of bounds rule to be reviewed
Umpires' director Jeff Gieschen: Taggers are warned
Sponsors AAPT stay with the Lions
*Old* Vics down *Old* All-Stars in legends match
MWB: Nathan Burke; and other things ...

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D-03-R14 Footystats Diary, Week 374, July 4-10, 2003 (Round 14)
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Friday We salute Col Hutchinson – Col reaches 900 games
MWB tracks the 40 years – 362 times at Kardinia Park
Eagles set to re-sign Ben Cousins
Saturday Bombers swamp the Saints
Finals: Grand Final premium seats up $12 to $147
Dean Laidley pinged for $2500
Essendon runner John Barnes fined $7500
Jason McCartney and Bali victims to be honoured with new medal
Darwin matches waiting on NT government
e-mail bag: Andrew Dare – $10,000 for one, $2500 t'other
Matthew Charles, Herald Sun: AFL sticks with Sherrin
Sunday Hawks make it four straight; Freo beat the Lions in a thriller;
Docklands record 53,312 see Pies crush the Kangaroos;
Crows extend Richmond's losses
Perth man asks Slater and Gordon look for avenues to sue MCC
Carlton's Vin Waite at 54 dies from a heart attack
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun: Great news – a ten cent drop ...
Monday Swans hold on to fast-finishing Eagles; Cats by one point over Power;
Melbourne storm home over Carlton
Leaders crash; Top eight stirred slightly
Tuesday Footy world mourns the passing of Bob Rose
Herald Sun: Mike Fitzpatrick sought for Commission
Port to wear 1914 strip in Heritage Round
MWB: Update following Round 14
Wednesday Tribunal: Three players suspended; two fined
The Age: Player fines to go to charity on initiative of Glenn Archer
Kardinia Park redevelopment gets council funding of $5.85 million
Thursday Greg Denham, The Australian: Unpopular twilight fixtures back in the mix
St Kilda appeals Steven Baker suspension

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D-03-R13 Footystats Diary, Week 373, June 27-July 3, 2003 (Round 13)
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Friday Daily Telegraph: Sydney to play future home finals at Homebush
Saturday Revitalised Essendon stay in touch with six goal win over Cats
Subiaco Oval: $5.5 million deal in jeopardy
2003 GF: Greats – Rose, Sutton, Baldock, Templeton to present awards
Father-son revision awaited
MWB: A new look at the Rising Star award ... detailed
Sunday Powerful Port swamp the Swans; Demons break the drought;
Magpies consign the Dogs to spoon; Lions roar back to whip Tigers
e-mail bag: Ken Booth on Perth's hot topic of naming rights
Monday Hawks reign over Freo in Launceston; Crows too solid at Carlton;
Eagles win epic struggle over Kangaroos
MWB: Round 13 update; Prognostications: 4,722,366,482,869,645,213,696
Tuesday AFL Hall of Fame: Bill Hutchison named a Legend; five new members
Brisbane and Sydney, win some, lose sum: AFL scale back concessions
Kanga coach asked to explain actions to umpires at Subiaco
MWB: Group of games decided by margins within 2 points of each other
e-mail bag: Matthew Smith – the Akermanis "non-goal" – detailed view
Wednesday Tribunal: Troy Simmonds – one game for striking Sam Mitchell
Subiaco: WAFL to meet with council over sponsorship issue
The Age: 2004 draw – Collingwood plan for two games in Sydney
The Australian: Freo's Trent Croad on offer to Geelong
Cats re-sign eight key players
Umpire Derek Humphrey-Smith retires
Essendon runner John Barnes under scrutiny a third time
Thursday Subi-Crazy: Council votes against change
Field narrows for Jackson replacement; Peter Jackson withdraws
Comeback setback: Mark Mercuri cops VFL suspension
Magpies sign Chris Tarrant and James Clement to new deals
The Australian: Dockers deny Croad deal

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D-03-R12a Footystats Diary, Week 372, June 20-26, 2003
Friday Subiaco name change: Decision on Crazy John's soon
Essendon salary cap probe: Ramanauskas and Jason Johnson cleared
Teams of the Century: AFL Queensland and Williamstown added
Saturday Martin Windsor-Black fills a huge gap ... link
Sunday Docklands: Players to meet with venue management
Rugby draws 54,868 to Docklands
Interstate match: SANFL retains crown over WA – match details
Col Hutchinson: Alastair Lynch joins select company
Monday International: MWB reports first blood to Denmark-Sweden
Wednesday Tribunal (R12): Lewis Roberts-Thomson cleared of rough play
AFL confirms finals scheduling; at least one final each week at MCG
WAFL defer Subiaco decision, again
Obituaries: Bob "Bluey" McClure; Edward Corry "Joe" Matchett;
John Joseph McHale
Stephen Rielly, The Age: Short term fix for Dome
MWB: Goalkicking milestones for Round 13
Thursday Father-son rule: Meeting could decide new path
2003 membership figures tabled for all clubs
Demons fine Neitz $5000 over taxi driver dispute at Crown
e-mail bag: Paul Crane: "Shockers" – though rarely, it does happen
Melbourne radio ratings: All stations surge in first full survey

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D-03-R12 Footystats Diary, Week 371, June 13-19, 2003 (Round 12)
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Friday It's official – Docklands surface safe: AFL
Round 12 – games in six states
Greg Denham, The Australian: Players gain $9m pay hike
Saturday Kangaroos slug out another win
Caroline Wilson, The Age: Docklands curator resigns, then stays
Sunday Port slam Saints at York Park; Blues survive; Tigers lose another one;
Swans break Dogs hoodoo; Dockers hold out the Cats
Monday Eagles smash Lions by 69 points; Hawks crunch the Magpies;
Crows too good for the Demons
Port go to top place; Brisbane slide to third
Tuesday Video review adds Dean Rioli, Sam Mitchell and Lance Picioane
Head curator at Docklands quits
MWB: Round 12 update; Alastair Lynch – in the goals
e-mail bag: Mark Thierry issues the State of Origin challenge
Wednesday Tribunal: Rioli gets three games for striking Adam Simpson
Two games for Carr, Mooney, Picioane; Sam Mitchell cleared
League reaches impasse: Finals at MCG every week
SANFL mediation settles charges against umpire
Mark Ricciuto re-signs with Crows to end 2006; Ben Hart another two
Melbourne captain David Neitz faces club discipline
e-mail bag: Matthew Smith: Is this the State of Origin team for you?
Thursday St Kilda launches its Hall of Fame: first nominees
Western Australia v South Australia
Prognostications: The remarkable MWB has done it again ...
Chloe Saltau, The Age: Wide net cast for Docklands stadium solution
West Australian: Club keeps Neitz fine secret
e-mail bag: State of Origin challenge: The Sandgropers

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D-03-R11 Footystats Diary, Week 370, June 6-12, 2003 (Round 11)
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Friday Karen Lyon, The Age, MCC digs in over preliminary finals
Saturday Jason McCartney retires after emotional Kangaroo win
MWB: Pertinent observations
Sunday Hawks clip injury-hit Crows; Saints beat Lions by a split-second;
Sydney spank the Bombers by 9 goals
Rugby League give Swans morale-boosting support – "hang in there"
Monday Port give Freo and old-time lesson; Geelong rise above the Blues;
Extraordinary AFL draw in Perth
Serious injuries suffered by Colbert, Gaspar, Voss
Nine indigenous players in Port-Freo match sets new record
Tuesday Magpies regain place in top eight
318,153 attend Queen's Birthday round
MWB: Updates from Round 11
Wednesday Tribunal: Carlton's Andrew McKay and Brendan Fevola cleared
Troubled Docklands surface under fire – "shifty", "uneven seams"
Dogs' Chris Grant, Scott West, Luke Darcy head anti-gambling campaign
Michelangelo Rucci, The Advertiser: Power eyes Darwin as second base
Thursday Saints' Trent Knobel with neck injury likely to miss rest of season
Pressure builds on surface conditions at Docklands – "shifting turf"
Finding a pearl of a website – Full Points Footy

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D-03-R10 Footystats Diary, Week 369, May 30-June 5, 2003 (Round 10)
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Friday Don Scott set to sue Judge – "untrue, without foundation and malicious"
Peter Jackson and Brian Cook in mix for top AFL job
Jason Dunstall to join Hawthorn football sub-committee
Bulldogs capture WorkSafe Victoria as a sponsor
MWB Friday Specials: "Quarters ladder"; "Bulldogs conceding 100 points"
e-mail bag: Paul Crane on the "Western Hoodoo"
Saturday Port solid in battle of the magpies
Shane Rehn claim: First round win to Rehn
Michelangelo Rucci, The Advertiser: Port Adelaide exorcised the ...
Sunday Kangas by 11 points over brave Doggies; Sydney surprise the Tigers;
Freo consolidate with 5th successive win; Lions slam Demons by 10 goals
Seven all-party MP's committee to probe footy in Victoria
Richmond president Clinton Casey predicts profit slump
Monday Crows work hard to down Cats; Depleted Dons cut the Eagles down;
St Kilda continue their rise; Six non-Vics head the ladder
Out-going chief Wayne Jackson: Our code is not under siege
BK & MWB: More disposals that kicks?
Tuesday David King cited for rough play on Shane Birss – only charge in Round 10
Former St Kilda president Andrew Plympton applies for AFL CEO post
State premiers raise their voices on where AFL finals should be played
Wayne Jackson: Footy's cradle is still thriving
Col Hutchinson: Goal with first kick – 10 months after his first game
Michelangelo Rucci, The Advertiser: Time to get real
Greg Denham, The Australian: Dire Swans need $2m handout
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun: Let's do what fits our traditions
Wednesday Tribunal: Kangaroos' David King cleared
Sydney supporter chips in with $250,000
Do you remember curtain-raisers?
Bail victim Jason McCartney set to return
Greg Denham, The Australian: Clubs question Swans
Thursday Four non-Victorian premiers try to break MCG finals agreement
The Australian: Nine's Ian Johnson: Sydney is "worth $100m to AFL"

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D-03-R09 Footystats Diary, Week 368, May 23-29, 2003 (Round 9)
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Friday Board rejects Cornes appeal in four minutes
AFL gives green light to hypoxicator use
Shaun Rehn injury action begins
SANFL Roosters get a 12 month lifeline from SA Parliament

Saturday

Port swamp the Bombers; Essendon's 850th League defeat
AFL Hall of Fame finds home in CBD at Queen Victoria development
Sunday Lions decimate Carlton by 13 goals; Four-straight for the Dockers;
Magpies too good for the Saints; Eagles juggernaut steamrolls Tigers
Monday Kangas back in the race; Geelong sends the Hawks adrift;
Gallant Bulldogs in heart-breaking loss
Tuesday Video review brings two charges, James McDonald and Shaun McManus
Alternate strips – "next year"
Football Park: new seating will reduce stadium from 53,627 to 51,281
Hawthorn to investigate Ken Judge claims on Perth's 6PR
Wayne Jackson, Advertiser: AFL copyright on jumpers overrules clubs
Michelangelo Rucci, Advertiser: A black and white issue
MWB: Current form table update – detailed
Wednesday Tribunal: Wrestling pair fined; Ben Dixon get one week for a swinging arm
St Kilda's shock delisting of Matthew Capuano; Allan Murray replaces him
Injuries catch up with Brisbane
Hawthorn rejects "do not win" 1998 claims by Ken Judge
The Age: Disgraced Gary Ablett may lose Centenary Medal
Michelangelo Rucci, The Advertiser: Colours, Yankees, Man U ...
MWB: Strictly for statophiles – three favourite files
Thursday Collingwood cracks 40.185 members – new Victorian record
What do you call the *interstaters*?
Life after Subi – no-one living east of the Nullarbor has won the next week
Eddie McGuire, afl.com.au: Historical explanation to Port Adelaide ...

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D-03-R08 Footystats Diary, Week 367, May 16-22, 2003 (Round 8)
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Friday AFL looks at use of endurance machines by Lions, Dons and Port
MWB: Attendances – one can use about any statistic to suit any situation
Saturday Depleted Bombers swamp the Hawks
Glen Jakovich: Recurrence of irregular heart beat
Brisbane chairman Graeme Downie defends hypoxicator
Collingwood official Mark Kleiman fined $3000 for "up yours" gesture
Hasleby settles with West Australian over inadvertently published photo
Jason Akermanis fails to deny his Sydney interest
e-mail bag: Matthew Smith, asinine *Rules* reference on AFL website
Sunday Eagles comeback stuns the Pies; Port break the Roo hoodoo;
Tigers home in a tight one; Lions survive strong Crows push
Work shelved on extra ticket booths at Docklands
Monday Sydney wins 4th-straight; Blues home over Dogs in a thriller;
Fremantle: three in-a-row for the first time
Magpie defender Simon Prestigiacomo hospitalised with collapsed lung
Hawthorn: President Ian Dicker voices support for Peter Schwab
Tuesday Tribunal: Charges withdrawn, and added
Historically speaking – Blues and Bears in 1989
Right calf blood clot grounds Bomber James Hird
West Coast: Glen Jakovich resumes training
Norwood celebrates 125th birthday
MWB: The *hyphens* in footy ... details
Wednesday Tribunal: Paul Barnard and Chad Cornes each get two games
> Mark McVeigh cleared of striking
James Hird cleared of deep vein thrombosis
Discussion paper shows AFL clubs can survive – by sharing costs
Akermanis fined $5000 for public comments on hypoxicator issue
e-mail bag: The *hyphens* – part two ...
Thursday Port appeals Chad Cornes suspension
Collingwood legend Bob Rose diagnosed with duodenal tumour
WA Commission sacks David Corcoran, umpires development officer
Soccer on the rise in Melbourne private schools
Twilight times for Mother's Day in 2004?
Saints lose Justin Koschitzke for ankle surgery
Akermanis dispels rumour of move to Sydney FC
Historically speaking: Centenary of Sydney reformation

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D-03-R07 Footystats Diary, Week 366, May 9-15, 2003 (Round 7)
refer Match Review and Tribunal archives for wider detail of subject
Friday Fitzroy guernsey returns to the MCG – Fitzroy Reds v West Brunswick
e-mail bag: Anthony Leach: Corey McKernan missing 1996 Brownlow ...
Saturday Kangaroos in fighting win over Hawthorn
MWB: LWLWLWLWL ... more
Adrian Panozzo appointed umpires' development manager
Comment: Some forget what the rules are – the blight of *Aussie rules*
Patrick Fitzgerald, Crikey: Ten gives northern fans a chance
Sunday Tigers devastate the Bombers; Sensational Cats just fail at Subiaco;
Saints triumph over Blues; Magpies stun Crows with after-siren win
Monday Non-Victorian teams dominate top eight; no reports from Round 7
Swans down Lions in shock result; 12,140 watch Dees-Port at MCG;
Docklands: Lowest-ever crowd of 12,542 see Freo pound Dogs by 83 points
Sydney Swans: What a difference three games make
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun, Channel Nine's "best endeavours"
Tuesday The Age: AFLPA – players want image rights and free agency
MWB confirms six interstate clubs in top 8 is a first ... more
The Age: Scott West takes aim at David Smorgon
Paul Hasleby considers action on news photo showing "part of his penis"
John McGrath, West Australian: Common sense key to summit
John McGrath, West Australian: Free kick cure for ump bumps
Wednesday AFL forum decides ump bump rules stays until end of season
AFL ump bump forum: Strong support for bounce
New umpire colours will be revealed on Sunday
Salary cap penalty: Clubs may be stripped of premiership points
Sydney CEO Colin Seery to quit at end of season
Brownlow count moves to Crown Casino
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun – crowds down?
They said it, afl.com.au: Pagan – bounce should be retained
Thursday ATO seize tax files of Melbourne club
They said it, The Australian: League investigates use of altitude chamber
Magpies copped nasty spray (of urine) at Footy Park
Saints to use alternate strip against Dockers in Perth

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D-03-R06 Footystats Diary, Week 365, May 2-8, 2003 (Round 6)
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Friday Hawthorn drop five players
Club manager meet with a lot on the plate
Delayed AFL telecasts reaches floor of Federal Parliament
Saturday Kangaroos collapse under Crows onslaught
Andrew Demetriou aims for top job
Swans nominate 66 for Team of the Century
Sunday Hawks down Blues in tight battle; Eagles easily beat the Demons;
Swans send the Pies to third-straight loss;
Port pull out all stops to defeat Tigers
Monday Lions narrowly over gallant Cats; Saints win two in a row;
Freo bury Bombers at Fortress Subiaco
Bulldogs and St Kilda: 1997 merger proposal revealed
Fog law enforced in Diamond Valley League match
Fellowship for Nigel Smart "Last Man Standing" testimonial
e-mail bag: Anthony Leach puts Footystats to the test
Tuesday Luke Darcy and Jeff White booked for ump bumps
MWB provides the answers: Four interstaters on top – first time since ...
Geoff McClure, The Age: Lloyd set to pass John Coleman total
Leonie Wood, SMH: Disgraced Elliott facing millions in claims
Wednesday Tribunal: $67,500 in fines for 18-player Docklands melee, Dogs-Saints
> Ryan Hargrave outed three weeks for striking Heath Black
> Darcy cleared of collision with umpire Justin Schmitt
Brisbane: Sinus fracture grounds Jonathan Brown
Summit to be held on ump bumps
e-mail bag: Andrew Dare: Experience, where it counts
Thursday Tribunal: Melbourne's Jeff White suspended one match for ump bump
Carlton's Jarrad Waite out two games for striking Hawk Shane Crawford
MWB produces new file – when, who, where ...
Two Magpie games in Sydney from next year?
300th for Brisbane's Marcus Ashcroft
Fines to go to development? – where they go now ...
Team runners under review
Fremantle to slice player salaries
e-mail bag: Chris Maher: do melee fines end eligibility for the Brownlow?
e-mail bag; Mark Thierry: white shorts policy ...
Caroline Wilson, The Age: Dawson link to Pagan nuisance calls
Patrick Smith, The Australian: Good grief, not another summit

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D-03-R05 Footystats Diary, Week 364, April 25-May 1, 2003 (Round 5)
refer Match Review and Tribunal archives for wider detail of subject
Friday AFL softens $7500 fine against Essendon runner
Richmond: Justin Blumfield out for eight weeks after thigh surgery
St Kilda enjoys surge in membership
Lack of "local knowledge" brings derision on Wayne Jackson comments
Anzac Day honour – Sydney-Melbourne play for Ron Barassi Cup
Saturday Bombers outstanding Anzac Day win
Sydney's sensational comeback against Demons
Sunday Tigers steamroll the Hawks; Carlton takes over the paddock;
Record 51,140 see Port notch sixth-straight Showdown
Ump bums are back on the agenda
Monday Lethargic Lions get the points; St Kilda skin the Cats by 45 points;
Eagles retain bragging rights; 314,484 attend Anzac round
Crash landing from mark lands Xavier Clarke in hospital
Tuesday Four cited from video review
Coloured uniforms to make umpires stand out
Wednesday Tribunal: Ling, Milne, Wakelin, Thornton suspended; Brown cleared
Carlton salary cap saga: Player-manager gets rap on knuckles
Umpire bounced down to emergency for inadequately bouncing ball
Bombers concern on personal security following break-in
Thursday Greg Stafford cleared on two charges
Video evidence process under review

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D-03-R04 Footystats Diary, Week 363, April 18-24, 2003 (Round 4)
refer Match Review and Tribunal archives for wider detail of subject
Friday Brisbane Lions retain the crown
Fine threat brings change of Magpie banner at the Gabba
Herald Sun: MCG plans to lift smoking ban
Adam Ramanauskas recovering
Saturday League defends decision on Magpie banner
Eddie McGuire: League acted with "Russian-style censorship"
Wayne Jackson: McGuire comments are inappropriate
Sunday Cats blast pitiful Demons; Hawks put the skids under the Swans;
Depleted Dons shade the Bulldogs; Essendon's 2100th League match
Mark Alvey: Bulldogs lose another star
Geelong-Melbourne: Investigation may result from Will Slade injury
Wayne Jackson, The Age: "Eddie McGuire does not run the AFL ..."
Monday Adelaide solid against the Eagles; Port easily as Blues go missing;
Records falls as Fremantle smother the Kangaroos
North Melbourne great Jock Spencer passes, aged 74
Herald Sun: Sherrin's punt kick across US
Tuesday Richmond hold out the Saints
AFL launches Kardinia Park investigation
Further tests on neck injury to Dog defender Matthew Robbins
Nick Riewoldt ump bump to be reviewed
The Australian: Paul Roos admits Swans season is over
Herald Sun: Ian Collins calls for review of AFL head office structure
Wednesday Tribunal: Adem Yze cited for unduly rough play
Docklands to add more ticket windows
Essendon runner John Barnes fined again – too much time on ground
Adam Ramanauskas cleared to resume training
Riewoldt pardoned for ump bump on Michael Vozzo
Bulldogs: Matthew Robbins may miss six weeks
Brisbane TV ratings big for Lions-Pies
e-mail bag: Bruce Kennedy; Leonard Colquhoun
Thursday Tribunal: Adem Yze cleared of rough play on Will Slade
Fabian Francis: Fremantle fined $80,000 for two contract breaches
AFL commences investigation into Essendon payments to Hird and Lloyd

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D-03-R03 Footystats Diary, Week 362, April 11-17, 2003 (Round 3)
refer Match Review and Tribunal archives for wider detail of subject
Friday Collingwood eyes 40,000 members as new high of 36,100 are signed
Lions resist edict and use regular Melbourne digs; they will forfeit AFL grant
Saturday Against-the-odds Carlton stun the Bombers
Anzac Day sold out: Live TV for Melbourne
Essendon supporter given bond and $250 fine for "discharging a missile"
Sunday Pies' last term blow the Cats away; Eagles easily over Saints at Subi;
Kangas and Lions in 131st draw; Port get first win by thumping Hawks
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun, attendances
Monday Crows eclipse the Swans; Demons too good for Bulldogs;
Tigers row-row-row across the MCG; Magpies on top, first time since 1997
Ian Campbell named new Richmond chief executive
The Age, Richard Colless: Swans chief slams "pathetic bully boys"
e-mail bag: Matthew Smith asks "what impact does a draw have?" ...
Tuesday Matthew Lloyd cited for striking; third to be charged from Blues-Dons game
Lions-Pies: Sold out – Thursday night live TV into Brisbane
Right knee reconstruction grounds Pie vice-captain Tarkyn Lockyer
Port lose Stuart Dew for up to six weeks – must be rested
Herald Sun reader, Frank Hainsworth: "Biffo on the field ..."
Wednesday Birthday-eve decision – Wayne Jackson retires – replacement speculation
Tribunal: Matthew Lloyd receives "benefit of the doubt"
> Daniel Chick and Max Hudghton cleared
> Ian Prendergast and Paul Barnard one week each
Cancer fear: Surgery for Essendon's Adam Ramanauskas
Michelangelo Rucci, The Advertiser: Think beyond your parochial nests
Thursday Carlton CEO: In: Michael Malouf, Out: Don Hanly
Fremantle makes a mark in history: Seven Aboriginals named in side
St Kilda training skirmish between Heath Black and Nick Riewoldt
Fremantle faces fine over handling of Fabian Francis affair
Mike Sheahan, Herald Sun: Dome losses a fallacy; league

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D-03-R02 Footystats Diary, Week 361, April 4-10, 2003 (Round 2)
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Friday West Coast win Ben Cousins' appeal
MCG goalposts turn red at the top
St Kilda captain Aaron Hamill is surprise selection
Victoria cricket captain Darren Berry steps down at Saints' runner
The Age: Carlton aim to slash player payments
Saturday Collingwood outlast defiant Carlton
Sunday Bombers back in full flight; Saints lead all day to beat Crows;
Morale boosting win for Dockers; Lions pushed to the prink by Port
Rod Butterss threaten walkout from Dockland agreement
Fabian Francis decision awaited
Monday Hawks hang grimly to beat Eagles; Cats struggle against gritty Kangas;
Tigers claw home as Dogs miss Grant
Port concedes loss of Josh Francou for rest of season
Heart murmur puts Peter Schwab in hospital
Hawks to play in Tassy until 2010
Tuesday Peter Schwab: no risk to coaching career
Francou set for left knee surgery
WA Police abandon assault charges against Andrew Embley
Knee injury outs Carlton captain Brett Ratten
Hairline cheek fracture to Matthew Richardson
e-mail bag: 13, unlucky? – 5 sides have kicked 13.13 ... who won?
Wednesday No charges from Round 2
AFL widens salary probe: Information sought from 240 players
League fines Geelong's Ben Graham $2000 for Round 1 incident
Matthew Allan cleared to play with Carlton
Bulldogs get further membership boost
The Age: Everitt lodges $100,000 contract claim on St Kilda
Thursday Player managers Ricky Nixon and Max Stevens split
Crows and Port voice concern as TV delay cut from 90 to 30 minutes
Closed roof policy for Docklands changed; to take in good weather

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D-03-R01 Footystats Diary, Week 360, March 28-April 3, 2003 (Round 1)
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Friday Round 1 – 41 picked to play in a new guernsey
Opening round attendances, 1990-2002
Melbourne set trend by numbering players back to 1897 – total used
Jared Crouch to break Swans' consecutive game record
Sydney re-sign Goodes to end of 2007, Saddington to end of 2006
Bulldog fans meet the challenge; another 1500 sign as members
Saturday Magpies draw first blood to overpower sloppy Tigers
Herald Sun: Ian Collins hid payments to player – "repairs & maintenance"
Herald Sun: Carlton face new allegations of dodging salary cap
Orange socks for umpires below regular white strip
Sunday Brisbane roar into new season; Kangas take honours over Saints
Sydney hand Carlton another belting; West Coast hammer Port Power
Monday Crows too good for Dockers; Demons pip Hawks in heart-stopper;
Bulldogs lap up the Cats; 306,757 attend opening round
Knee injury to sideline Chris Grant
Neil Clarke passes suddenly, aged 45
Tuesday Peter Everitt cited for contact with umpire
Dean Solomon charge withdrawn
Carlton's AGM: Debt remains at $8 million
> Stephen Kernahan, David McKay, John Valmorbida re-elected
> Trading loss $3.9 million; settlement of Wayne Brittain contract $222,500
Chris Grant's season is over; right knee reconstruction
Dulux to brighten Saints' coaching box
Wednesday Tribunal: Ben Cousins one week; Peter Burgoyne two; Brodie Holland one
Reader Graham Clayton asks: Any background on club runner's?
Hawthorn: Sam Mitchell, Liston Trophy last year – Round 1 Rising Star
Eagles charter return flight from Launceston
AFL Gambling Policy: Players and officials face $100,000 fines
Swans train at large Campbelltown ground in preparation for Subiaco
Venues to be tested for hardness and texture of grass
Essendon annoyed at accusations of payments to Hird and Lloyd
Thursday Peter Everitt: One match for ump bump; Brad Scott cleared;
West Coast appeal Cousins' suspension
Scott West to take over as Bulldog captain
Shane Parker injury puzzles Fremantle

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D-03-March-04 Footystats Diary, Week 359, March 21-27, 2003
Friday Annual Report: AFL profit rises to $110 million; surplus is $8.8m
> Revenue increased by $53.5 million to $159.7 million
> Clubs will share $71.2 million
Salary cap audit: Serious breaches will draw loss of premiership points
The nine-pointer: Two opinions, same issue: you be the judge – details
AFL warns players on-field Iraq war protests will not be tolerated
Peter Bell in new players' president
Saturday Hawthorn Hall of Fame: Legends: John Kennedy Snr and Leigh Matthews
> List of first 13 inductees
Kevin Sheedy: "Australians must get behind their armed forces"
Collingwood run with Yakka on the ball
Glenn Archer: Recovery slower than expected
They said it, Michael Voss: AFL and rugby league culture different
Sunday Peter Bell, AFLPA: Players well aware of budget tightening
Hawthorn: Nathan Thompson set to return in R2 – in R1 he's suspended
St Kilda: Justin Koschitzke in wars again – training hit with Steve Jurica
Roo ruckman Matthew Burton on crutches – training hit with Sav Rocca
Monday ABC Radio firms its team for season: Drew Morphett returns
Burton cleared of any break – deep bruising is main discomfort
Father-son and draft age set for new review
Memberships swell for Carlton (25,372) and the Saints (up 3500)
They said it, Richard Colless: rugby World Cup another layer of competition
They said it, Patrick Smith: Sydney's $12.4m bill on 2002 footy department
Tuesday Melbourne papers tip Brisbane for the hat-trick
Pie legends pip Blues, 8.9 to 7.10 on family day at Carlton
Missing from Round 1 – carry-over suspensions
Saints advise League Shane Warne has no official role, but may visit
Glenn Archer to miss opening rounds
AFL assists on Homebush games; $700,000 cost brought Sydney deficit
1500 square metres of turf replaced at Docklands
Docker stats in doubt for start: Waterhouse, Parker, Longmuir
Sheedy to equal 522-game record of Tom Hafey
Ball boys on call during MCG redevelopment
Wednesday AFL research shows basketball helps youngsters
Manager David Allison takes legal action to postpone disciplinary hearing
Umpires to focus on deliberate out of bounds rule
Jeff Gieschen: Umpires retain traditional white – change maybe next year
Swan song for Daryn Cresswell at end of season
Thursday David Smorgon, Western Bulldogs president: Club is in grave danger
Lenny Hayes is St Kilda's caretaker captain in Hamill's absence
East Geelong player banned for 10 years for striking umpire
Canadian promoter seeks exhibition game in Toronto or Vancouver
Travel bonus: West Coast get direct Launceston flight
The Australian: Failed AFL clothing gamble costs $9 million

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D-03-March-03 Footystats Diary, Week 358, March 14-20, 2003
also refer Wizard Cup 2003 and Tribunal archives for wider detail
Friday Bill Sanders: National Review of Umpiring
> Report draws disturbing conclusions
> Alarming drop of umpire numbers
> Key recommendations – detailed
IMB moves sponsorship from Carlton to Essendon
AFL to celebrate Harmony Day
Network Ten to cut live Sydney matches
Herald Sun, Anthony Rocca: "nothing wrong with the game the way it is"
Saturday Fitzroy great Allan Ruthven, The Baron, passes away, aged 80
Arden Street pokies to shift to Docklands
Bali victim Jason McCartney back in the game with Port Melbourne
Wizard Challenge series – details
Sunday Wizard Cup: Adelaide takes its first pre-season title
The market: Lions are favourites at $2.90; Port next $5.25
Wizard practice matches – details
AFL launches new TV campaign
Monday Patchy surface at Docklands under scrutiny
> Replacement of 19,000 metres of grass costs $1.5 million
Wizard average attendance 17,801 for 2003 series
Andrew McLeod adds further lustre with Michael Tuck Medal – details
10 seasons of opening rounds – details
Tuesday Fremantle coached fined $10,000 for actions at spiteful practice match
Paul Roos: No penalty for approaching umpires at Manuka Oval trial
West Coast's Peter Matera retires
Rough play charge against Chris Tarrant withdrawn
Nick Holland to miss two from calf tear
Hamill's hip a concern for Saints
Jarred knee stops Corey McKernan
e-mail bag: Ken Booth: Peter Matera; Fine against Chris Connolly
Wednesday AFL to start audit of all 16 clubs
> Salary cap for coaches?
Col Kinnear survives at Carlton; Blues dump player welfare manager
Tribunal: Mark Powell – Young Swan suspended one match
War against Iraq protests put AFL launch in doubt
Wayne Jackson suggests retirement in 2004
Wayne Jackson admits no progress on TV in northern states
Kangaroos promote Jeremy Clayton to senior list
Thursday Wayne Jackson dismisses salary cap on coaches
> Contrary views from AFL chiefs; Sheedy fires a broadside on cap issue
League cancels Thursday launch at Federation Square
Aaron Hamill: Hip surgery for St Kilda captain
Eddie's off-air gaffe, go to air; Foxtel apologises
Last chance for some 90 players
Energy supplier TXU enters SA market; will sponsor SANFL juniors

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D-03-March-02 Footystats Diary, Week 357, March 7-13, 2003
also refer Wizard Cup 2003 and Tribunal archives for wider detail
Friday Carlton: John Elliott turned a blind eye to salary cap rorting
Port Melbourne pan to sue Sydney Swans
"Whistle in Harmony" – umpires and players to shake hands before games
Man charged with footy burglary at Whitten Oval
Saturday Lions outstrip Saints at Coorparoo; Nick Riewoldt fires
106th AGM of League on March 20
Clash of dates cancels coaches' meeting with AFL
MWB's 2003 Rising Star player review – detailed
The Nine-Pointer: Demetriou – Traditionalists can relax for some time
Brisbane: Golden Circle sponsorship under threat – conflict with Coca Cola
e-mail bag: readers' view on John Elliott's Footy Show appearance
Sunday Wizard Cup: Crows and Magpies into Grand Final
Wizard Cup GF: on two-hour delay in northern states
Dwayne Russell joins 3AW; will also call Sunday games for Nine
Wizard Regional Challenge: Saturday practice matches – details
Essendon's class ruckman John Gill passes, aged 62
Monday Adelaide "disappointed" Docklands chosen for Wizard playoff
Semi-final fracture to Glenn Archer – out up to six weeks
Tuesday Wanted: 16 ball sponsors
Mark Williams: Play all *night* grand finals at Docklands
Continued hot weather in Perth moves Eagles-Demons trial to Melbourne
Port Adelaide captain Matthew Primus re-signs to end of 2006
Two Australia-Ireland tests in October – Perth and Melbourne
Footystats beats the drum – do you hear the people sing?
Wednesday Ten new life AFL members named – total is now 275
Tribunal: Two cases; investigations continue
Carlton and Collingwood to split proceeds from Legends game
Squads for March 23 match named – details
Glenn Archer to have second operation to hand injury
The Age: Endless debate to Brisbane-Sydney concessions continue
Thursday Tribunal: Port's Josh Carr and Dean Brogan suspended
> Kangas' Daniel Motlop one week for striking
Essendon president: "Something immoral with system" – salary cap
Report expected to call for bounce-up to be scrapped
Richmond: Brad Ottens undergoes surgery for prolapsed disc
Geoff McClure, The Age: "Will footy ever be the same?"

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D-03-March-01 Footystats Diary, Week 356, Feb 28-March 6, 2003
also refer Wizard Cup 2003 and Tribunal archives for wider detail
Friday Collins: no comment on "sackings" – hearsay, innuendo and speculation
Collingwood to revive #1 for captain – not happened since 1977
Paul Roos: too many warm-up games – Swans will play six
e-mail bag: Simon Kelly gets answers – the nine-point goal
Saturday Wizard Cup: Around the country, around the clock – 5 different time zones
Sunday Tipstar blows $7 million is two years
Wizard Cup and practice matches
Monday Schedule for weekend regional challenge series
Tuesday Tribunal: Anthony Stevens, Troy Wilson booked on video charges
Call for video umpire to rule on nine-pointers
Heat factor: Freo's Sandilands lost 5kg in 35 degree Geraldton match
Fox Footy to launch second AFL-dedicated channel on March 23
Simon Madden back at Windy Hill as ruck coach
Punters plunged on Geelong to win in Cairns
Wednesday Carlton: Printing bungle alters date of AGM: now on March 31
AFL to crack down on betting – to protect integrity of the sport
Tribunal: Stevens and Wilson cleared
3AK breakfast host Sam Kekovich pleads guilty to drink-driving
Eagles revive original colours
Tim Lane and David Parkin join Umpires' Advisory Panel
Brisbane practice match moved to Coorparoo
Free agency back on the agenda
Thursday Mick Malthouse: Nine-pointer is "ready for home-and-away season"
Clive Waterhouse to return via the WAFL
Brownlow: Andrew McLeod and Nathan Brown are current favourites
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun: free agency, "alert, not (yet) alarmed"

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D-03-Feb-04 Footystats Diary, Week 355, February 21-27, 2003
also refer Wizard Cup 2003 and Tribunal archives for wider detail
Friday Greg Williams quits as Carlton director
Port Melbourne to name Team of the Century in August
Saturday Matthew Allan fined $10,000; suspended until March 28
Fraser Brown: Investigations continue
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun: Low attendances
Sunday Wizard Cup: Tredrea injures knee in Port defeat
Lions score easy win over Swans; other winners, Hawthorn, Essendon
e-mail bag: Ken Booth – Perth slant on Wizard Cup start
Monday Wizard Cup: Pies too good for Blues; Cats easily against Bulldogs
Did "Hungry" mean that?
Jobe Watson – welcome to the big time
Tuesday Glen Jakovich slips up: only three head counts in VFL-AFL footy
St Kilda makes offer to Shane Warne during 12-month ban
Denis Pagan rules out TV cameras pre-game in dressing rooms
Saturday afternoon TV times altered in Melbourne
Warren Tredrea escapes serious injury to right knee
Wednesday Fremantle given breathing space; WAFL royalties on hold for two years
Tribunal: Mark Chaffey and Luke Hodge given one week
Wizard rule changes idea of AFL – it wasn't the Rules Committee
Shane Warne: Any role at St Kilda subject to ACB findings
Caroline Wilson, The Age: Clean-out not over at Carlton
Thursday The Age: AFL Commission: Graeme Samuel to move on after 19 years?
Coroner closes Ablett-Horan case
Geelong Council to vote on Kardinia Park redevelopment on March 11
Michelangelo Rucci, The Advertiser: No change, even with five new rules

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D-03-Feb-03 Footystats Diary, Week 354, February 14-20, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday AFL drops the Volkswagen ball
MCG work brings capacity down to 72,000
Brisbane baulk at new accommodation deal
Geelong: Nathan Ablett just wants to be a builder
Saturday Fremantle under the pump on two fronts
AFL looks at settlement terms of Fabian Francis deal
Mark Williams questions new travel arrangements
Sunday Adelaide: Carey likely to miss Wizard Cup opener
Barassi, honoured, toasted and roasted
SANFL sides take a pasting from Crows and Power
Monday Matthew Allan set to front Commission
Exhibition match: Sydney pip fast-finishing Bombers – match details
e-mail bag: Ken Booth responds to James Hothersall
Tuesday Carlton handed $30,000 suspended fine
Allan investigation continues; Fraser Brown faces a ban over 2001 pay
Heroes Stand to replace Elliott name at Princes Park
Who's the "Wizard" who thought this up?
Carlton: Grand Hyatt Hotel event has nothing to do with presidency
Training is off the slate at Docklands
WAFL to launch its own Hall of Fame in 2004
Glen Coglan: Saints face action over unpaid 1998-99 medical bills
e-mail bag: James Hothersall "derbies" – Peter Coatman: jacket twirl
Wednesday Carlton faithful chip in with $400,000
Medical Room: Stephen Koops; Sam Hunt; Ben Marsh; Mark Ricciuto
Tim Lane to call Friday nights on ABC Radio
Inside Sport: Wayne Carey ousts Mundine as "least admired"
Wizard Cup: new pre-season rules – detailed
Thursday Wizard Cup: Changes will add to player pressure – opinions
TV: Away from Melbourne, don't plan early nights
Wizard Cup: on average, $14 a ticket
Matthew Allan decision expected Friday
Aaron Sandilands: Tallest man to play AFL – topic re-visited
Triple M form team for 2003
Blues name March 18 as date for AGM

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D-03-Feb-02 Footystats Diary, Week 353, February 7-13, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Carlton, Matthew Allan to face AFL charges over illegal 2002 payments
Richmond posts profit of $314,519
Sydney to name captain next week
Radio 2, 1611AM to call Swans' matches in Sydney
Saturday Community Training Camps: Wise investment for our future
Football Victoria faces 500 per cent insurance liability increase
Peel Thunder still under WAFL threat
MWB: Matches decided by 18, 12, 6 or less, 1897-2002 – detailed
Sunday All Stars overwhelm Carlton in Darwin – match details
Fox Footy telecast of Syd Jackson-Rio Tinto Cup
Fremantle: Justin Longmuir injures left knee in practice match
AFL probe continues on 1997 "cash under-the-table" to Fraser Brown
Monday ACL damage will sideline Justin Longmuir for eight weeks
Nine-pointer: Nuance of rule in the "fine print"
e-mail bag: James Hothersall – why true "derbies" don't exist in AFL
Tuesday Carey's "cavorting" a fabrication
Wizard Home Loans Cup will be full of colour
James Hird confident of leading the Bombers
Magpies pass 25,000 members
Wednesday Stuart Maxfield to lead Sydney Swans
QBE to extend sponsorship to 18 years
Seven moves Talking Footy back to Monday night
Carlton's Corey McKernan rolls ankle at training
Caroline Wilson, The Age: Wallace pays back six-figures to Bulldogs
They said it, Patrick Smith, The Australian: Regional TV rejects AFL again
Thursday St Kilda captain is Aaron Hamill
Essendon: Paul Barnard will miss match in Sydney
500 influential Carlton members to meet
Blues seek adjournment of Allan hearing
Alastair Clarkson to coach SANFL versus WA in June
AFL Queensland to name Team of the Century
What your club is doing this weekend ...

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D-03-Feb-01 Footystats Diary, Week 352, Jan 31-Feb 6, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Andrew McLeod to captain ATSIC All Stars against Carlton
AGM's light on hard financial information
Stuart Maxfield firms as Sydney captain
Mick Martyn knee injury worse than first thought
Saturday Tim Lane resigns from ABC to join Network Ten
Centenary of reformation in Sydney
Rodney Eade joins Victorian Country Football League
AFL clubs go on the road
Ben Cousins struggles with foot injury
Fremantle works through Trent Croad puzzle – can he, will he play?
Monday Sydney's centenary of reformation – take two
Make way for *The AFL Sensation*
Barassi event draws record numbers
e-mail bag: Ken Booth tells what it's like in Perth on TV and radio
Tuesday All Star Aboriginal squad announced
Hyundai is new Port Adelaide premier sponsor
Brisbane's Nigel Lappin laid low by virus
Essendon: Mark Mercuri nurses right knee
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun: "Love Song of J Edgar Hoover"
Jim Dorgan passes, aged 72
Wednesday Adelaide considers legal action over Carey allegation and blackmail try
Two Hawthorn players cleared of drug allegations
Financials: Brisbane profits $1.249m – Sydney loses $1.709m
MWB: Goals from distances, 0-15m, 15-30m, 30-40, 50m+ – details
Producing stats – passion and poverty are often partners ...
Thursday Carey and wife Sally issue denial over hotel incident
Saints asked to explain training cancellation at York Park
New Melbourne chief executive is Ray Ellis
King-hit at nightclub: Richmond's Ty Zantuck suffers broken cheekbone
Victorian clubs force review of Brisbane-Sydney concessions

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D-03-Jan-04 Footystats Diary, Week 351, January 24-30, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Saturday Medial strain for Mick Martyn
Hawks to miss Nathan Thompson for eight weeks
NT Government resurfaces Darwin's Marrara Oval
When and where to see the Bombers
Monday Bushfires burn in five states for 19th day
Tuesday Wake-up call heard by Daniel Harford
Melbourne names Darren Flanigan as new ruck coach
Wednesday Bulldogs sign LeasePlan for three-year sponsorship
WAFL considers bouncing or throwing up the ball; clubs have three options
Thursday Steven King relieves Ben Graham as Geelong captain
Jeff Gieschen advice persuades WAFL to retain the bounce
Rugby league adopts extra time in "drawn" matches
MWB: Nicknames

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D-03-Jan-03 Footystats Diary, Week 350, January 17-23, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Kangaroos on target to 23,000 members
Search for "talls" at AIS
Pre-season match trivia
Saturday Bombers sprint to 400m Ringwood Gift
Alastair Clarkson joins Port's coaching staff
Bruce Kennedy: Saturday Special
Monday Canberra devastated by bushfires
Tuesday Fires continue to threaten Canberra;
Great concern also in SA, NSW and Victoria
Hawthorn: Ankle surgery for Nathan Thompson; Vandenberg twists knee
Wednesday Liberatore seeks long service; Claim on Bulldogs could be $90,000
Thursday Severe bush fires continue to burn in several states
Kouta is a dad
Peter Everitt quits Footy Show
Matthew Knights and Garry Hocking rule out long-service claims

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D-03-Jan-02 Footystats Diary, Week 349, January 10-16, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Large contingent at Yorketown lay Jamie Tape to rest
Hawks give number of jumper to Peter Everitt
Bruce Kennedy, Perspective: Carlton, from where to where?
Saturday Financial reports: Depends on how you read the figures
Monday Seven Bombers compete in Rye Gift
Sydney's Paul Roos returns from US sojourn
Swans: Heath James: Four games in five years; 11 hamstring tears in 2002
Follow-up: Frank Camilleri: Most important is statement of cash flows
John Bunton reminds: The "C" in MCG is for "cricket"
Tuesday Nigel Smart and Nathan Bassett throw punches at Crows training
Wednesday Richmond: In recovery – Holland, Dragicevic, Hilton, Campbell, Blumfield
Hawthorn: Luke Hodge back training; Barker still on modified program
Club captaincy: Sydney still looking for another Kelly; as many others are
Thursday Sydney runner Paul Kelly makes it 30 career operations
Kris Barlow case adjourned again
Collingwood's Tom Davidson is first knee victim of 2003

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D-03-Jan-01 Footystats Diary, Week 348, January 3-9, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Saturday Pies and Blues legends to meet; Collingwood to help with fund-raiser
Adelaide, one of the first to rise from slumber
Andrew McLeod early Brownlow favourite
Two Tigers scuffle – Andrew Mills given good behaviour bond
Bomber Justin Blumfield on drunk charge – in court February 13
Sunday Luke Starick: Every club wins at same venue in one year – details
Monday Jamie Tape at 28 dies from heart attack
Tuesday

Clubs back in training – round-up ...
Lenny Hayes joins Hamill and Thompson as captaincy prospect
Aaron Sandilands: Freo rookie at 211cm will become tallest ever – listing
Bruce Kennedy – Perspective – strictly for statophiles
> Successful and unsuccessful seasons, 1960-2002

Wednesday Melbourne to mothball departed Schwarz and Woewodin guernseys
Bruce Kennedy: Brisbane: three in a row or going for a row?
Thursday Hawthorn's John Barker battling osteitis pubis
Adelaide: Mark Bickley progressing from broken leg
Bali bomb-blast victim Jason McCartney continues Arden Street effort
Adelaide's Channel 10 reports extended layoff with back injury for Carey
Hall of Fame: WA umpires chief Ray Scott dies
Forgotten memories of pre-season comp

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D-03-Dec-04 Footystats Diary, Week 347, Dec 26-January 2, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Hawthorn names new CEO – Steve Leighton
They said it, Kevin Mitchell, The Age: Journalists are paid to inform ...
Sunday Richmond's Joe Murdoch passes
Katie Hnida makes US college football history – highest level by a woman
Brisbane experiment with running styles to manage osteitis pubis
Tuesday St Kilda lose $3.7 million; Moorabbin write-off causes blow-out

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D-03-Dec-03 Footystats Diary, Week 346, December 20-26, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Pre-season draft: Powell becomes a Saint; Craig Bolton to Sydney;
> Demons re-draft Guy Rigoni – draft and rookie selection details
Fremantle confirms salary cap probe
Matthew Allan faces deregistration
Carlton posts record-breaking loss of $7,558,000
> $13 million debt strangles the Blues
> Plea for members to get behind the club
> Mindless vandals hit Carlton grandstand
International Rules: Brad Scott case finally settled
Port Adelaide re-sign Chad and Kane Cornes
e-mail bag: Leonard Colquhoun, basketball
The Age: Once mighty Blues lose $7.56 million; record for any club
Tuesday MWB looks back at the draft

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D-03-Dec-02 Footystats Diary, Week 345, December 13-19, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Peter Moore: strong tip for top Hawthorn job
President Ian Dicker and board will be unopposed
The Age: Carlton CEO reveals under-table payments last May
Pre-season sponsor awaited – umpires will be dressed in orange
They said it, Herald Sun: Defamation.com.au
Saturday
Sunday
Pre-season: Wizard Home Loans sign on for three years
> Round-robin format for three seasons
> Winner: $200,000; runners-up: $150,000; First round losers: $15,000
> Centre circle enlarged by 5 metres; 9-point goals outside 50 metres
Carlton: Matthew Allan still owed $27,500
The Age: Carlton turns to members; trading loss may be $4 million
Blues spread payments to Wayne Brittain
Fremantle: Clive Waterhouse fractures collarbone
Adelaide: Long-time CEO Bill Sanders returns as deputy chairman
Bulldogs re-sign Croft, Kretiuk, Garlick, Alvey, Dimattina, Eagleton
Monday Carlton faithful rally to rebuild
"Pajama footy" will create new scorelines – new four-quarter scorecard
Bali bomb survivor Jason McCartney marries
Melbourne champion Jim Stynes back in the game – Reach Youth task
David Neitz and Jeff White resign with Demons to end of 2005
Sunday Herald Sun: Mystery man paid money to David Allison
Tuesday Day-under cover details at Docklands
Bruce "Bugsy" Comben passes, aged 72
Sydney and Richmond fight mental tug-of-war over Craig Bolton
Hawthorn AGM: profit $1.26 million; Nick Holland receives life membership
Wednesday Collingwood AGM: $25 million turnover; profit $1.5 million
Magpies honour Dr Jack Kennedy with life membership
AFL launches February sweep of regional communities
Port make coach Mark Williams a life member
West Coast player Andrew Embley to stand trial; causing bodily harm
Carey, Ashcroft, Lynch, Martyn, Burke and Harvey – VFL survivors
Thursday Melbourne suffers another heavy loss
Geelong profits by $306,959; Cat members approve second 'away' strip
Brisbane forecasts $1.25 million profit
Tigers keep pre-season draft rivals guessing
Wayne Carey sidelined by a hammy

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D-03-Dec-01 Footystats Diary, Week 344, December 6-12, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Carlton rejects Koutoufides' $600,000 offer
AFL has $25.4 million turnaround
Revenue of $159.7m yields $8.8m surplus
Carlton crisis file ... link
Port Adelaide profits by $126,804
Richmond: Leon Cameron will play on in 2003
Wayne Jackson rules out Punt Road and Junction Oval
WA Football Commission facing $34 million debt – AFL help sought
Saturday
Sunday
Carlton: Breakthrough on salary cap payments
> Reducing scale proposed, not 25 per cent
Carlton settles with Wayne Brittain
Adelaide declares 2003 as testimonial for Nigel Smart
The Age: Dwayne Russell told make a choice: Nine or ABC?
Clinton Grybus takes on higher profile with Fox Footy Channel
Other Bulldog staff take pay cuts to reduce $2.8m debt
AFL forecasts: 14 of 16 clubs will profit in 2003 – (eventually 13 did) ...
Monday Carlton: Time running out for players
> Decision must be reached today; Blues must meet $5.93m salary cap
AFL umpires "mystified" at rule changes by Game Committee
Unique aspects of our game at risk
Daily Telegraph: Paul Roos and family to US for Christmas; USC & UCLA
Wayne Carey predicts new trend will be lower player salaries
Football Victoria's 2002 census records increase of 34,025 players
Tuesday Carlton crisis: Herald Sun and The Age: Player situation is a fiasco
Damian Drum claims election victory to Victoria's Legislative Council
Herald Sun: Will the bounce disappear from our game?
No.1 ticket holders named: Crows – Lleyton Hewitt; Eagles – Dennis Lillee
They said it, Danny Southern to draftees: Make the most of limited time
Wednesday Crippling new revelation; Carlton may have breached 2002 salary cap
> Threat of new penalties
> AFL gives Matthew Lappin more time to nominate for draft
Alma Greeves, wife of first Brownlow Medal winner dies, aged 97
Martin Pike re-signs with Brisbane
Ron Evans and Wayne Jackson to Perth for crucial WAFC meeting
Caroline Wilson, The Age: Bali hastens end of a football tradition
Thursday Carlton crisis: Players agree to pay cuts
> Sliding scale brings Blues under salary cap
ATSIC All-Stars to play Carlton in Darwin
Adelaide profits $1,055,133 – $12.6m to SANFL clubs since 1991
Carl Steinfort – delisted by Collingwood; may return to Cats
The Australian: IAC names MCG one of world's worst for crowd behaviour

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D-03-Nov-05 Footystats Diary, Week 343, Nov 29-Dec 5, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Carlton crisis: Blues, AFL, AFLPA talks continue
> Process may take weeks to resolve
They said it, Michael Davis, The Australian: Players prepare to re-negotiate
Geelong re-sign Kent Kingsley to end of 2004
Saturday
Sunday
Cashless Blues cannot meet 2002 player payments
Pre-season draft delayed until December 20
Maxfield and Nicks view for Sydney captaincy
Essendon's Norm McDonald passes, aged 76
Carlton: MWB suggests stand should be re-named the Fred Elliott Stand
Monday Carlton refuses to open books to players
> Payments for 2002 season remain unpaid
> Threat remains to 2003
St Kilda captaincy remains open – Aaron Hamill or Andrew Thompson?
Clarification: TXU VFL reduced to 13 clubs – links and stand-alones
Saints' Brendan Goddard in cycling accident
Collingwood: Shane Wakelin and Heath Scotland sign again
Tuesday Current Carlton CEO Don Hanly in line for Hawthorn job
David Banfield to replace Damian Drum as Bendigo Bomber coach
Carlton: ASIC waits to look behind hidden player payments
Wednesday Carlton: Talks stall; Fight Back Rally will rattle the tins
Investigation has still not cleared Fremantle for draft
Essendon: Hird and Mercuri take substantial pay cuts
Jason Dunstall and Len Petch nominate for Hawthorn board
Three-day country visits by all 16 clubs set for February
MWB: Another solution to Carlton problem – Phone a friend?
Phillip Hudson, The Age: Blues face tax probe; Did Carlton evade tax?
Worth repeating: *Crikey* notes Matthew Lloyd quits Flying Start
Thursday Carlton: Elite players call for across-the-board cuts
Rule changes: Players now have 15 seconds to dispose of the ball
SANFL eases pressure on Crows and Port
Stephen Kernahan and Greg Williams to stay on Carlton board
Saints aim to move poorly attended games from Docklands
Hawks, Demons raise 11-game adult membership to $140; Kangas $120

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D-03-Nov-04 Footystats Diary, Week 342, November 22-28, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Herald Sun: Blues cash claim shock
AFL clubs warn of backlash if justice not done
Matthew Allen quits Carlton after contract dispute
Peel Thunder could be dumped by WAFL next week
NRL votes for "extra-time" to decide club matches
Kevin Sheedy, The Age: thoughts on Carlton rort
Patrick Fitzgerald, Crikey: more on the rort
AFL: Previous salary cap breaches – detailed
Saturday Carlton pushed to the brink by $930,000 fine
> Blues stripped of key draft choices
> "Deliberate, elaborate and sophisticated" scheme
> Members and supporters "betrayed"
Monday National Draft:
> St Kilda scoops the pool
> Brendon Goddard goes to Moorabbin – top picks listed
> Blues pick Mick Martyn
> Gary Moorcroft taken by Demons
> SANFL gives up 12, but only one from WA
Carlton crisis
> Blues fined $872,424 and $57,576: total $930,000
> The Age: Blue day for a fallen titan
Tuesday Carlton crisis
> Pagan, senior players, asked to take 25 per cent cuts
> Independent auditors appointed
> Crikey unveils blistering opinions on Carlton
AFL concerned about reduced lists
MWB: Reviewing the 2002 National Draft
Wednesday Carlton crisis
> No end in sight
> Subscriber views on Carlton
Delisted players still available
Michael Mansfield retires
Stephen Powell trains with St Kilda
Rob Snowden quits footy after 13 years with Swans and Port
Brisbane members to pay 20 per cent more at the Gabba
Hawks to play at York Park until 2010
Herald Sun: Money or your mates says Collo
Herald Sun: Sledgehammer in right hands
Thursday Carlton crisis
> Blues on the brink of withdrawing in 2003
> Collins says Pagan is not under threat
> Silvagni decides against comeback
> Players to meet on pay cut demands
Pre-season 2003: Radical changes to be tested – explanation

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D-03-Nov-03 Footystats Diary, Week 341, November 15-21, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Carlton face additional charges
Silvagni and Bradley come forward
AFL refutes claims by The Age
Gary Ablett fined and convicted
Collingwood lifts profit to $1,563,787
Paul Spargo to coach Coburg
Sydney delist Ricky Mott; re-sign Williams and Nicks
Saturday National draft remains on track
Jackson chairs summit in Adelaide
Monday Carlton to front AFL Commission
The process continues – 16-club match results, 1997-2002
Tuesday Carlton owe $100,000 to Silvagni and Bradley
More that it seems on the surface – payments deals
MWB: Draft update
Wednesday Hawks post sixth-straight profit
Carlton gives players 48 hours to "come clean"
NRL considers "extra-time" in matches
SANFL clubs to meet over loss of AFL funds
Scott Spits: Integrity of salary cap draft process
Salary cap: list of recent breaches
MWB: Whose father was number one draft pick?
Thursday Collins names four former directors
AFL praised at drug summit
Draft nominations: listing

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D-03-Nov-02 Footystats Diary, Week 340, November 8-14, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Mick Martyn wounded by Roo sacking
Sturt FC farewell Bali bomb victim
Saturday Bombers lead push to freeze players' wages
Paul Salmon confirms retirement
Chris Grant favoured to retain captaincy
Pressure mounts on John Elliott
Shannon Grant re-signs with Kangas
Guy McKenna to coach Claremont
Melbourne players offer to take pay cuts
Obituary – Tom Reynolds passes
Sunday Graham Cornes asks: SANFL "a mob of whingers?"
Monday Carlton board resigns
Blues charged over salary cap breaches
Elliott faces heavy defeat at AGM
Matthew Allen – a move to Essendon?
Tuesday Final siren for Elliott as he quits
Bali victim Jason McCartney leaves hospital
Luke Hodge suffers foot stress fracture
Bulldogs ask players to take 15 per cent pay cut
Jackson to visit Adelaide to announce SANFL cuts
MWB: Digging into the oldest players – details
The Advertiser: One scrap Jack could not win
Wednesday Ian Collins takes charge as Carlton president
Blues tipped to lose first two draft picks – recent offences
Bulldogs need to save $675,000
Geelong to profit by $306,959
Michael Long retires
Swans start their pre-season
Knights and Stone back at Glenferrie
Thursday Bulldogs accept pay cuts
Swans facing $1 million loss
Chiefs to meet on SANFL salary cap – TTP details, 1991-2003
WA police to re-open 1998 child sex abuse case

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D-03-Nov-01 Footystats Diary, Week 339, November 1-7, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Craig Bradley retires – what a legacy, the detail
Saturday Carlton back in court
Hawthorn: Buckenara stays; John Hook named GM of football operations
Leigh Matthews: Clubs "dishonest"
They said it: Game takes off in Queensland, thanks to the Lions
John Elliott in witness box over Water Wheel
Sunday Caroline Wilson, The Age: Even the Bombers trip up
Footy takes a breather
Monday Hawthorn look to post $1.3 million profit
NSW pathway narrows as NSW-ACT RAMS dumped
Tuesday Pagan takes charge at Princes Park
Justin Blumfield meet his new club
Peter Jonas joins Sydney as assistant coach
Clive Waterhouse back on the track
Wednesday AFL plan funding cuts to SANFL
ACT AFL expansion – Sydney Swans Reserves to be added
Stewart Loewe joins Richmond as specialist coach
Daniel Kerr to resume training after knee scare
Thursday Magpies name Terry Daniher as assistant coach

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D-03-Oct-04 Footystats Diary, Week 338, October 25-31, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Freo emerged as front-runners for Headland
Claremont's Mark Riley to Melbourne as an assistant
MWB: Consecutive matches – same score – details
Saturday Trading: Adelaide secure Carey; Everitt heads to Hawthorn
Age, Caroline Wilson: "Carlton has systematically cheated the salary cap"
Gary Ablett to face drug charges
Sydney Swans look to field reserves side in ACT AFL
Obituary: Jack Marks
Sunday Shock move: Collingwood starts talks with Demon Shane Woewodin
SANFL to move back to a Final Four
Monday Fremantle win Headland; Caracella to Lions; Woewodin to Collingwood
Tuesday Trading places: Wayne Jackson warns stars to "pay their way"
Wednesday Ken Sheldon quits St Kilda
Tony Micale joins West Coast as assistant coach
Shaun Rehn to coach West Adelaide
More clubs start pre-season work
Chloe Saltau, The Age: Draftees hardly go hungry
David Parkin calls it a day at Hawthorn
Thursday Kangaroos dump Mick Martyn
Dockers ink Connolly until end of 2005
Port to draft Brett Ebert, son of Russell
Mick Malthouse calls for mid-season trade period

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D-03-Oct-03 Footystats Diary, Week 337, October 18-24, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Des Headland and Nick Davis face investigation
Bali: Australian deathtoll may be 122
Supreme Court rules Carlton's November 12 meeting will proceed
Mergers reduce VFL club to 13
John Blakey to Lions as assistant
Kangaroos' statement on condition of Jason McCartney
Obituaries: Alan 'Titch' Edwards, Ansell Clarke, Jack Diprose
Saturday Wayne Brittain joins Richmond as assistant to Danny Frawley
Playing elsewhere: Des Headland, Nick Davis, Daniel Chick
Sunday Carlton's revolutionary share plan unveiled by Marcus Rose
IR: Both camps warned on discipline
Monday IR: Australia wins the series 107 to 100 – match details
Alan Richardson joins Bulldog coaching panel
Saints aim at Trent Croad
Tuesday Carlton: Elliott's support evaporates; De Lutis, Hall, Stones resign
IR: Mark Bickley breaks leg; Brad Scott to face GAA-AFL hearing
Melbourne: Losses may hit seven figures
Richmond: Mark Brayshaw to step down as CEO
How will Wayne Carey become a Crow?
Wednesday Carlton: Ian Collins fires a broadside; "Elliott should resign with dignity"
Alastair Lynch will play on in 2003
Richmond sign Greg Stafford to new two-year deal
Garry Hocking to coach TAC's Western Jets
Thursday Trading places: Exchange talks start – how the process works
Robert Pyman and Anthony Allan as assistants at Arden Street
John Anderson resigns as Melbourne CEO; sixth CEO to quit in year
Council votes in favour of Kardinia Park redevelopment
West Coast players named during WA Royal Commission on drugs

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D-03-Oct-02 Footystats Diary, Week 336, October 11-17, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday AFL sets date for drugs seminar
Hawthorn: Michael Brown quits as CEO for ACB role
Saturday Carlton: Elliott wants November 12 meeting shelved
The Age reports Blues' debt was $10.1 million in 2001
Roos and Dogs will have only two assistant coaches
Des Headland quits Brisbane Lions
Trent Croad offered to Carlton
Peter Everitt tipped for Hawthorn
IR: Aussies whitewash Dublin 105-24
WAFL clubs outraged by Saturday AFL draw of seven games
The Age, Geoff McClure: Swans trip havoc in Tassy
Sunday Tigers by five goals in London exhibition
Liberatore tipped as Box Hill coach
Eagles face all-year drug tests
Monday Terrorist attack in Bali: Players caught in carnage; deathtoll 200
IR: Aussie win a thriller – match details
Trading period may be postponed pending Carlton investigation
Tuesday Terrorist attack in Bali: 13 footballers in 220 listed as missing
Pathway narrows in NSW; Swans sever ties with Port Melbourne
Bulldogs to draft Dean Whitten under father-son rule
St Kilda face loss of $1.5 million-plus
Wednesday Bali bombing: 200 dead include 30 Australians
Bali bombing: Jason McCartney in intensive care
October 24-28 trading period to remain
Tigers offer help to get Headland to WA
IR: Ireland will quit if Aussies break the rules
The Age, Stephen Rielly: Bulldogs need millions to survive
Matthew Richardson re-signs with Richmond for another three years
AFL review of umpiring: Report from Bill Sanders awaited
Thursday The Age, Leigh Matthews: Trend of homesick players hursts clubs

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D-03-Oct-01 Footystats Diary, Week 335, October 4-10, 2002 (Tween Seasons)
Friday 2003 Draw received favourably
Kangaroos: Adam Simpson in runaway b&f win
Anzac Day – beyond the MCG; Swans to play Demons at SCG
Darryl Timms, Herald Sun: Alternate strips on hold
Michael Voss takes a pay cut
Carlton moves ahead of extraordinary meeting
Prize money boost for pre-season
Saturday Collingwood: Copeland Trophy; top stars re-sign
SANFL Bulldogs set for third in-a-row
MWB: Dissecting the draw
Fox Footy: "From the lips of Lethal"
Sunday Best & Fairest: Brisbane, Fremantle, Hawthorn
IR: Shane Crawford to lead Aussies
Kouta marries his partner
Pre-season draw for 2003
Monday SANFL: Sturt wins its 13th premiership – match details
Crawford stays with the Hawks
Leonard Colquhoun looks at 2002 attendances
Best & Fairest awards completed – details all clubs
Tuesday Carlton process "a bloody mess"
Wayne Brittain sues Carlton
Fitzroy memorabilia recovered
Laurence Schache dies
Wednesday Greg Miller moves to the Tigers
Bulldogs tune coaching staff
Coach watch ...
Essendon presses on with Diggers
Carlton court action continues
Geoff McClure, The Age: Ouch! Swans hit Tassie
Thursday Carlton: No confidence motion carried 1776 votes to 852
Herald Sun: Tassie Mariners quit TAC Cup; NSW-ACT may do also
Kane Johnson quits Adelaide
Surgery for seven Lions
Assistant coach Scott McIvor quits Brisbane
Herald Sun forecasts Bulldog loss may be $8.2 million

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abbreviations:

MWB: refers to statistical wizard Martin Windsor-Black
BruceK: refers to regular contributor Bruce Kennedy
  TPP: total player payments
  IR: International Rules
  AFLPA: AFL Players' Association

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