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D-04-R26 Footystats Diary, Week 438, September 24-30 (Grand Final)
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Friday MCC retains Ponsford name
"First-timers" in grand finals
Will history repeat itself?
AFL Woman of the Year: Edna Daniher
One million more spectators than 10 years ago
Saturday AFLPA Awards: Nick Riewoldt voted best by his peers – details
Melbourne turns out for grand final parade
Kangas add Darren Crocker as assistant
Several Swans in for "repairs"
"That" dress is up for sale
Brad Ottens quits Richmond
Blues to draft son of Blackwell
Adrian Fletcher back with Magpies as assistant
Monday Port Adelaide win first AFL premiership
Mark Williams: "Allan Scott, you were wrong!"
Injuries bite Brisbane in memorable granny
Wednesday Tribunal: 13 charges from grand final to be heard
Luke Ball remains a Saint
2.8 million Australians watched grand final
Thief sours Wanganeen's big day
York Park to be renamed as Aurora Stadium
Matthew James is 2004 All-Australian umpire
Changes to Melbourne's football operations
Matthew Allen re-signs with Bombers
Queue forms for Brad Ottens
Mark Williams praises Allan Scott to thousands
Martin Pike: Headbutt may bring retirement
Thursday Wizard Cup opens February 19
Northern fans to see more AFL
Changes in Adelaide
North Cairns coach banned for three years
St Kilda off to South Africa
Digging deep at the MCG

HIGHLIGHTS
OF
GRAND FINAL

GRAND FINAL – attendance: 77,671
In spite of negative publicity by the Melbourne media, the 80,000 seats available during redevelopment of the MCG were nearly all filled for the historic first Grand Final between non-Victorian clubs … after 36 SANFL flags, Port Adelaide in game 188 since their 1997 admission added their first AFL premiership trophy … even though they lost, Brisbane’s NIGEL LAPPIN and JUSTIN LEPPITSCH made it a clean sweep – they have played in all 23 finals played by the Bears and Lions since their first in 1995 … for a fourth-straight season the AFL premiership was won by a non-Victorian club … 6,307,373 attended the 185 matches – the fourth-highest roll out of fans in VFL-AFL history …13 charges were laid from the match and the Tribunal dealt severely with transgressions from the showcase finale – though retired, Brisbane’s ALASTAIR LYNCH was suspended for a total of 10 matches on two striking and one attempted striking charge and fined $15,000 on three attempts of striking Port’s DARRYL WAKELIN, who was also fined $5000 for attempting to strike Lynch; among the numerous charges JONATHAN BLACK (Bri) was fined $3000 for wrestling and suspended for five games for striking Port’s JOSH CARR – it was Brown’s fifth suspension in 93 matches …

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D-04-R25 Footystats Diary, Week 437, September 17-23 (Preliminary Finals)
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Saturday Port down Saints by a goal in epic preliminary
Grand Final ticket sales hit online glitch
Assistants move on
Andrew Schauble receives community award
Sunday Brisbane Lions book a date with history
First non-Victorian grand final
Lions' Shaun Hart suffers serious facial injuries
Monday Subiaco wins WAFL flag
Sandringham pips Port Melbourne for VFL premiership
Central District book another grand final berth in SANFL
Tuesday Brownlow Medal: Chris Judd wins with 30 votes – details
Karen Lyon, The Age: The Brownlow Aftermath
Fox Footy applauded by north of the Murray footy fans
Family joins Shaun Hart in Melbourne
Wednesday Brad Ottens poised to join Sydney
Grand final snippets
Thursday Caroline Wilson, The Age: $20 million upgrade for Bulldogs
Donald McDonald returns to Arden Street as assistant
Brownlow: Change of night possible
Akermanis hits back at Melbourne media
Port faithful turn out at Alberton Oval
Update on game times in 2004: Scarlett played 2949 minutes – details
MWB: Finally they meet in the big one!
TAC under 18s revives Allies concept
Time for thank you's

HIGHLIGHTS
OF FINALS
WEEK

PRELIMINARY FINALS – attendances: 102,746
Two tightly-contested finals ended with margins of nine and six points … Port Adelaide moved into its first Grand Final with a thrilling six point victory over St Kilda at Football Park on Friday night – less than a goal separated the two at each break … when Gehrig reached his ton with his second goal, only three Port players had touched the ball; a pointless invasion by hundreds of fans held up play for some four minutes, providing valuable time for Port to regroup … Brisbane qualified for its fourth successive Grand Final with a nine point win over Geelong on Saturday night at the MCG – the lead changed 16 times … SHAUN HART (Bri) collided heavily with teammate DANIEL BRADSHAW during the third quarter and ended his 299-game career when he suffered facial fractures usually sustained in a head-on car crash – a team of surgeons worked almost three hours to repair the damage (Hart announced his retirement five days after the grand final) … FRASER GEHRIG (StK) became the 27th player to kick a century of goals – he finished with 103 goals, 39 behinds, 657 points to head the AFL goalkicking list … West Coast’s CHRIS JUDD won the Brownlow by seven votes – he polled 30, second was MARK RICCIUTO (Ade) with 23 and CHAD CORNES (PA) on 22 …

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D-04-R24 Footystats Diary, Week 436, September 10-16, 2004 (Semi-Finals)
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Friday Brenton Sanderson to miss finals with irregular heart rhythm
Tyson Stenglein commits to three-year $800,000 deal with West Coast
Barry Hall escapes injury in serious car accident
Herald Sun: Rick Lewis 'scapegoat' anger
Saturday Veterans shine as St Kilda swamp Sydney Swans
Michael Broadbridge to Fremantle as assistant coach
Sunday Cats hold out late revival by Dons
Monday Peter Blucher, The Age: Brisbane keeps roar to a whisper
Tuesday Mark Williams hails Nick Riewoldt as "best"
AFL chiefs chided for watching Italian tenor and not the footy
Brian Waldron appointed new CEO at Melbourne Storm
Darren Gaspar resists the west; new two-year deal with Tigers
MWB: Sydney goes out twice with same score – there's always a parallel
Wednesday AFL coaches gives youth a go in Team of the Season – the line-up
No reports from two semi-finals
Network Ten ultimatum to Queensland: tune in or else
Radio: Melbourne's Triple M finishes strongly
Thursday MCG Trust suggests compromise
AFL Media awards – details
Lance Whitnall to quit Carlton?
James Hird likely to be called to captain Australia in Ireland
Scott Gullan, Herald Sun: Scarlett's 3231 minutes of fame

HIGHLIGHTS
OF FINALS
WEEK

SEMI-FINALS – attendances: 104,027
With many of their veterans leading the way St Kilda scored an emphatic victory over Sydney in wet conditions at the MCG on Friday night – Sydney’s losing score of 8.8-56 was the same when they bowed out to Brisbane in last year’s preliminary … the Swans have played nine finals at the G without success, their last win being the 1936 Preliminary Final … in cold, miserable and wet conditions Essendon and Geelong met for the 200th time on Saturday night at the MCG – the Cats won their first final since 1995 when they held off a late revival by the Bombers … the Tribunal was not required …

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D-04-R23 Footystats Diary, Week 435, September 3-9, 2004 (Elim & Qualifying)
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Friday Melbourne's Jared Rivers wins Rising Star
Two captains, Shane Crawford and Chris Grant step down
David King retires
Tyson Stenglein heads west
First time since 1906 – losing last four games, yet still making the finals
Saturday Brisbane thrash St Kilda by 80 points
Jonathan Brown reported for rough play
Carlton members vote to move
Magpie Dane Swan in court on assault charges
Jarman brothers mount football academy
Sunday Dons win all day MCG struggle
Sydney strike with lightning force; wild storm almost stops final
Monday Port Adelaide smash Geelong by nine goals
Crowds break past six million again
Tuesday The Age: Leigh Matthews accuses AFL of parochialism
Trivia on the finals
Wednesday Tribunal: Technicality clears Jonathan Brown
All-Australian Team of 2004 announced – detailed line-up
MWB: Players with consecutive wooden spoons
Thursday AFL to play both preliminary finals at night
Decision: Alastair Clarkson gets Hawks for two years
"Rough play" fallout: League will tighten rules

HIGHLIGHTS
OF FINALS
WEEK

ELIMINATION & QUALIFYING – attendances: 174,017
For the eighth-straight season, AFL attendances passed six million … Brisbane won its 11th successive final when it beat St Kilda in the Qualifying at the Gabba by 80 points – JONATHAN BROWN bagged 6.2 … in a great MCG contest where both Essendon and Melbourne enjoyed periods of dominance, the Bombers survived by five points … a wild electrical storm in the second quarter threatened to halt the Elimination final on Saturday night between Sydney and West Coast at Stadium Australia at Homebush – the Eagles were scoreless in the second term and goalless in the second half; West Coast’s 4.10-34 was the lowest of 28 contests against Sydney … at their fifth attempt Port won their first Qualifying Final, when they thrashed Geelong by 55 points … Brisbane’s JONATHAN BROWN was not required to appear to answer a charge of rough play against St Kilda’s JASON BLAKE when the Tribunal deemed it was at a time when play was not officially under way because the quarter-time siren had sounded – the ambiguity went in favour of the player … on September 8 Hawthorn appointed former North Melbourne and Melbourne player ALASTAIR CLARKSON as coach for two years, with an option of a third year …

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D-04-R22 Footystats Diary, Week 434, Aug 27-Sept 2, 2004 (Round 22)
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Saturday Blues and Pies fight to the end
St Kilda CEO Brian Waldron resigns
Easter start for 2005 season; St Kilda is new blockbuster member
BruceK: Tight finishes to a season
Sunday Swans by 10 goals; Tigers 14th defeat; Melbourne lose 4th-straight
St Kilda smash Fremantle hopes
Monday Port take third-straight minor premiership
Bombers battle their way into finals
Cats finish fourth; Hawks escape the spoon
Tuesday Richmond sack entire coaching staff
Daryn Cresswell latest to meet Hawthorn board
Hall of Fame and Sensation venture opens in Melbourne's QV complex
Wednesday Player purge starts at Punt Road
MWB: Wooden spoons – nine different teams in last nine seasons
Thursday Richmond dump six players
BruceK: Guide for picking winners in finals

HIGHLIGHTS
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ROUND 22 – attendances: 305,567
Port Adelaide finished Minor Premiers for the third successive season … 305,567 attended the 22nd round – the 20th time 300,000-plus has been reached … Fremantle missed the finals after holding a place in the top eight for 20 of 22 rounds … Brisbane played its 150th premiership match at the Gabba – the Lions celebrated with a 113-point thrashing of the Kangaroos … Richmond lost its 14th game for the season equalling its club-worst across 1961-62 – after the match the entire coaching staff was sacked … the famous Carlton-Collingwood rivalry continued for the 229th time and ended with the seventh one-point result between the pair Carlton kicked its 699th century-plus score since 1897, ahead of Collingwood 694 times and Essendon 689 … St Kilda won its 16th successive match at Docklands (13 this year, three from 2003), matching 16 won at Moorabbin Oval across 1965-66-67 … Fremantle wore a new alternative jumper against St Kilda – white, with a large purple anchor on the front, purple numbers on the back and purple and white hooped socks … Geelong made a clean sweep winning all eight *home* games at Kardinia Park for the first time since 1989 … in an exciting finish St Kilda’s FRASER GEHRIG with 90 goals for the minor season won the John Coleman Medal by one goal ahead of Essendon’s MATTHEW LLOYD … Essendon in 22 games were seen by 993,708 spectators (av 47,079), Collingwood were next with 977,624, then St Kilda 823,998 … Port Adelaide beat all 10 interstate visitors to Football Park – its single defeat was at the hands of the Crows in Round 7 … ANTHONY STEVENS retired after 292 games since 1989 with the Kangaroos … Melbourne became the first club since 1906 to lose the last four matches and make the finals – Essendon in 1906 lost the last five but still made the playoffs … the finalists – Port Adelaide, Brisbane. St Kilda, Geelong, Melbourne, Sydney, West Coast, Essendon …

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D-04-R21 Footystats Diary, Week 433, August 20-26, 2004 (Round 21)
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Friday Appeal: James Bartel gets one week back
Saturday Port thump dispirited Magpies
The Australian: Brereton cut from coach hunt
Sunday Demons lose third in continuing slump
Sydney and Essendon secure finals spot
Bulldogs run riot to end Kangaroos dreams
Monday Lions give the Saints a hard lesson
Tigers last: Hawks climb off the bottom
Tuesday Bombers aim for seventh successive finals series – details
MWB: one round to go; 6,561 different possible results
To retire: Umpires Gavin Dore, Andrew Coates; Brisbane's Craig McRae
The Australian: Hosting rights in play-off not final
Wednesday Tribunal: Darryl Wakelin, Jason Cloke fined for contact with umpire
Dockers fined $10,000 for team-sheet mix-up
Andy Collins in running for Hawthorn coaching
Jimmy Krakouer released from jail
What's special about Essendon making finals? – the history
MWB: Will the Dockers be pipped at the post? – past stumbles
Thursday Wallace sounds out Rohde; Eade outlines his agenda
Adelaide win appeal on Shaun Rehn long service payout
Anthony Stevens calls it a day
Cameron Mooney fined $5000 for "gun" gesture to umpire
AFL will try to balance TV cover in 2005 draw
Missing the finals – "winning" the spoon

HIGHLIGHTS
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ROUND 21 – attendances: 262,974
Collingwood played its 2200th League match and featured in its 100th game for premiership points at night … the Bulldogs-Roos match produced 20 goalkickers – the record is 25, 13 by St Kilda, 12 by Carlton in 2001-R20 at Docklands, also Geelong (15) and Bulldogs (10) in 1999-R2 at Princes Park … Adelaide maintained its Football Park hoodoo over Geelong – the Cats have won once in 11 *away* matches, in 2003 by 11 points … in warm conditions at the Gabba for the Lions-Saints clash umpire STEPHEN McBURNEY wore a white cap … Freo were fined $10,000 for a mix-up of team-sheet paper work in Sunday’s match against the Eagles – two players though named, were replaced before the bounce without advice to its opponent, interchange stewards or the media … The AFL fined Geelong’s CAMERON MOONEY $5000 for his “you should shoot yourself” gesture toward field umpire MICHAEL AVON in the last quarter of Sunday’s match at Football Park … Port’s DARRYL WAKELIN and Magpie JASON CLOKE were each fined $3500 by the Tribunal for making contact with field umpire MICHAEL VOZZO in Friday night’s match at the MCG …

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D-04-R20 Footystats Diary, Week 432, August 13-19, 2004 (Round 20)
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Friday Adelaide confirms Craig as coach for three seasons
Leigh Brown appeal turned down
Luke Hodge signs with Hawthorn for three years
Crawford back in hospital with arm infection
Friction over Hawthorn shortlisting Denis Pagan; Carlton issues press release
MWB: Tipping and the upsets – will they continue?
Saturday Early blitz wins for Bombers
Hawthorn invite Gary Ayres and Rodney Eade for interviews
Pathway to the 2004 finals begins ...
Sunday Cats drown the Dockers
Sydney win despite scoreless last quarter
Monday St Kilda crush the Kangaroos by 51 points
Fade out may prove costly for Eagles
MWB: Teams sharing highest score of the round
Tuesday Rodney Eade gets the Bulldogs for three years
NRL says no to 16th team
Wednesday Tribunal: Sydney's Barry Hall cleared of rough play
Tribunal: Geelong's James Bartel two games and $2000 fine
Geelong-Fremantle melee draws fines of $20,000
Mark Johnson breaches Essendon team rules
Thursday Geelong punts $30,000 on two appeals for Bartel
WAFL names 2004 State of Origin All Stars

HIGHLIGHTS
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ROUND 20 – attendances: 250,804
Darwin’s Marrara Oval hosted the first AFL match for premiership points played in the Northern Territory – Port beat the Bulldogs for the seventh successive time … at Kardinia Park, Fremantle were held to the lowest score of its 219 AFL matches – 3.7 was also the lowest of the season – the Dockers remain winless at Geelong … for the first time since 1985, St Kilda and Port Adelaide shared the highest score of the round with an identical score (23.9) …Essendon registered 9.2, the best opening and biggest quarter-time lead (40pts) in 210 games against Collingwood since 1897 … St Kilda’s FRASER GEHRIG against the Roos kicked 10 goals, the equal of Richmond’s MATTHEW RICHARDSON in Round 8 … in their first meeting at Docklands, the Swans defeated Melbourne for the 100th time … Adelaide made it seven-straight against Richmond, while Brisbane posted its sixth successive win over Hawthorn … following an AFL investigation, 10 players from the Geelong-Fremantle game were cited on melee charges in the last quarter – fines totalled $20,000 … on August 16, the Bulldogs appointed RODNEY EADE as coach for the next three years …

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D-04-R19 Footystats Diary, Week 431, August 6-12, 2004 (Round 19)
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Friday Sydney and Richard Colless fined $15,000 for comments on umpires
Saturday Docker snap under Magpie pressure
Sunday Head trainer dies on Sydney bench
Form book goes out the window
Amazing Kanga comeback floors Sydney
Carlton out Essendon to the sword
Hawthorn win! – repeat win!
Monday Port Adelaide devour the Demons
5 million fans for first 19 rounds
Sydney Swans in mourning for trainer
Tuesday Eade meets Crows again
James Clement played last three quarters for Pies with broken jaw
Bulldog Robert Murphy yields to osteitis pubis and ends his season
Bulldog president David Smorgon and critic Simon Beasley come to terms
Robert Walls joins Bulldog sub-committee in search for a coach
"Stay at Optus" group petition circulates over planned moves from Carlton
Hawks suggest special meeting of members to lure Wallace to Glenferrie
Wednesday Terry Wallace gets Tigers for five years in $2.5 million deal
Tribunal: David Neitz hit by $5000 fine; fourth offence for wrestling
Hawthorn's Adrian Cox fined $3500 for contact with an umpire; the going rate
Carlton to move; one farewell game at home, four at MCG, six at Docklands
Dermott Brereton: SEN listeners told Wallace was never offered Hawk job
Thursday Tribunal: Daniel Kerr cleared of headbutting
Kangaroos appeal Leigh Brown's one-match suspension
Adelaide confirm Neil Craig as coach for 2005
Ronnie Burns retires after 154 games since 1996 with Cats and Crows
Farewelled: Services held for Wally Jackson and Keith Drinan

HIGHLIGHTS
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ROUND 19 – attendances: 245,075
LEIGH MATTHEWS reached 700 matches as a player and coach (1969-2004) with Hawthorn, Collingwood and Brisbane … the Kangaroos came from a 40-point deficit at three-quarter time to beat Sydney by a goal at the SCG – it was the biggest fade-out in 2,085 games by the Swans since 1897 … on the bench in the last quarter, Sydney’s 56-year-old head-trainer WALLY JACKSON suffered a fatal heart attack … Collingwood beat Fremantle and won in Perth for only the third time since 1992 …  Essendon’s MATTHEW LLOYD in his 184th game was held goalless for the 10th time in his career – last time 2002-1EF … at the Tribunal, Hawthorn’s ADRIAN COX was fined $3500 for making contact with umpire RAY CHAMBERLAIN – the penalty is the same as that handed down to Carlton’s IAN PRENDERGAST (Round 8) and in Round 10 when Carlton’s SIMON WIGGINS and St Kilda’s NICK DAL SANTO were found guilty of the same offence … Melbourne’s DAVID NEITZ was fined $5000 for wrestling Port’s DARRYL WAKELIN – it was Neitz’s fourth offence for the same charge and the penalty is in line with the last time he was dealt with by the Tribunal in 2001 … on August 10, TERRY WALLACE was appointed coach of Richmond for five years from 2005 … two days later, Adelaide confirmed NEIL CRAIG as coach for 2005 …

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D-04-R18 Footystats Diary, Week 430, July 30-August 5, 2004 (Round 18)
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Friday MCG to host five finals
Saturday Extraordinary scores at Footy Park
Dick Carey cleared of charges; his attack on Mick Martyn was in self defence
BruceK: Top four have won three out of every four games – a perspective
Sunday Essendon burst the Port bubble
Sydney triumph over Brisbane by 32 points
Monday Melbourne go to top place; first time since 1994
Cats and Saints fight out a thriller
Geoff McClure, The Age: The joke's on the umps
Tuesday Hawks and Tigers await decision of Terry Wallace
Season over for Charman, Ottens and Enright
Carlton weigh up Docklands and MCG
Wednesday Tribunal: Evidence of umpire clears Cameron Mooney
AFL may return to Carrara Oval
Thursday Bulldogs sack Peter Rohde
Collingwood withdraws appeal against $5000 fine
No London game this year

HIGHLIGHTS
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ROUND 18 – attendances: 251,317
The Heritage Round, when all clubs wore vintage-style guernseys, while central and boundary umpires wore white uniforms inspired by those of the 1900s of shirts with collars, knee-length shorts, black socks and white boots – goal umpires wore long white coats and brimmed white hats … three of the top four sides lost, Brisbane, St Kilda and Port Adelaide, allowing Melbourne to go top of the ladder for the first time since 1994-Round 7 – since their last premiership in 1964, the Demons have held top place in only 21 other rounds of VFL-AFL footy … St Kilda at Kardinia Park against Geelong kicked 12 goals without a behind, from 1.1 in the first quarter to 13.2 when a shot from AARON HAMILL was touched through in the third minute of the last quarter – the Saints finished with 15.4 but lost to the Cats 15.11 … Geelong has now won three times at home this year with 15.11 – against Adelaide (R6), Melbourne (R8) and now St Kilda … though conditions at Football Park were slippery from dew, nothing could account for the extraordinary half-time score – Adelaide 0.10, Kangaroos 1.8 – the match was a 7-point win to the Crows, 5.19 to 5.12 – it was the first time in 319 AFL matches that Adelaide were goalless in the first half … of nine goalkickers in Adelaide, SAVERIO ROCCA with two goals was the only multiple … Adelaide’s 2.17 at three-quarter time – the only parallel was in 1912 at Punt Road when South Melbourne led 2.17 to Richmond 3.5 … Fremantle beat the Blues at Carlton for the first time … Sydney beat the Lions at the SCG, holding Brisbane to 7.9, its lowest score of 30 meetings with the Swans … Essendon’s MATTHEW LLOYD kicked 7.1 to pass WAYNE CAREY’S record of 671 goals when playing with North Melbourne in guernsey number 18 … Richmond and Hawthorn suffered their 10th-straight defeats … on August 4 the Bulldogs sacked PETER RHODE, advising he will not coach the club in 2005 – he is the fourth coach to be terminated this season, following the footsteps of GARY AYRES (Adelaide) on June 21, DANNY FRAWLEY (Richmond) on June 28 and PETER SCHWAB (Hawthorn) on July 21st … Sydney chairman RICHARD COLLESS received a $10,000 fine ($5000 of which is suspended) and the club $5000, for public comments made on the standard of umpiring in the Sydney-Brisbane match – Colless described the umpiring as “disgraceful”, “incompetent” and a “joke” …

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D-04-R17 Footystats Diary, Week 429, July 23-29, 2004 (Round 17)
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Friday Jason Dunstall named interim CEO of Hawthorn
Bulldogs to examine in detail all aspects of club, including coach
Ankle injury grounds Anthony Rocca
Saturday Gehrig and Riewoldt beat the Dons
Anthony Rocca out for rest of the season
Eddie McGuire and Mick Malthouse meet the AFL
Herald Sun: The high cost of footy – by a Perth reader
Sunday Kangas blast their way back into eight
Lions inflict Adelaide's heaviest defeat
Monday Port too slick for off-target Eagles
Geelong's biggest win over Blues since 1966
Tuesday Schwab quits Hawk coaching job; Donald McDonald takes charge
Holding-the-ball decisions in Round 17 doubled to 49 on the weekend
Wednesday Olympic Parks Trust and Magpies reach agreement
New oval and track to be named in honour of Edwin Flack, our first Olympian
Rodney Eade on flying visit to Adelaide
Spitting supporter fined $500
Sydney's Jared Crouch to play his 150th consecutive game
TAC extends sponsorship of Richmond; Casey to meet challenger Schwab
Thursday Richmond compromise between Clinton Casey and Brendan Schwab
Collingwood launches new Olympic Park home in Lexus Centre
The Heritage Round
Hawthorn talks with Chris Connolly
Magpies fly in Rodney Eade for talks on new senior position

HIGHLIGHTS
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ROUND 17 – attendances: 266,272
Brisbane gave Adelaide its biggest defeat of 318 AFL matches kicking 21.4 in the last half, the 141 point margin was the biggest of the season and on percentage, 137.0 to 133.8, lifted the Lions to top place, replacing St Kilda after 15 successive rounds … Hawthorn lost their ninth-straight … the Saints with 20.7 kicked its biggest score against Essendon for 12 years; the Bombers struggled and have won just one from their past six games … the twin-efforts of FRASER GEHRIG (8.1) and NICK RIEWOLDT (7.0) is only the second occasion in 2,042 VFL-AFL matches where two St Kilda players have kicked 7-goals or more in the same game – last time was in 1992 against Richmond when STEWART LOEWE (8.4) and TONY LOCKETT (7.1) had a day out … Port beat the Eagles by 26 points and have now won at eight of the past nine meetings … 10 of Sydney’s 17 games this year have been decided by 18 points or less … injury to Richmond’s NATHAN BROWN ended his run of 105 consecutive matches with the Bulldogs and Tigers … Hawthorn coach PETER SCHWAB quit the club on July 26 – assistant coach DONALD McDONALD will have charge of the remaining five matches …

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D-04-R16 Footystats Diary, Week 428, July 16-22, 2004 (Round 16)
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Friday Port name John James as new CEO
AFLPA survey names Docklands worst surface
Goals in most consecutive games – the records
The Age: Journalists' chief blasts McGuire
Saturday Eagles smash Bombers at Subiaco
Saints notified $5000 fine against Grant Thomas is now a suspended one
Tigers and Saints now playing for Ian Stewart medal for b-o-g
Sunday St Kilda too strong for Richmond
Lions cruise to another defeat of the Pies
Monday Cats graft out 15 point win over Sydney
Flat Demons beat Bulldogs
Tuesday Dustin Fletcher's teeth knock-out in collision; requires modified mouthguard
Adelaide's Michael Doughty suffers fractured eye socket
Broken arm ends season for Shane Wakelin
The Round Table: Sheedy, "most successful coach"?
Wednesday Tribunal: Farmer cleared of making contact with left knee to head of Doughty
Terry Wallace in demand
Three valuable statistical updates ...
Same goals each quarter; League centuries; Same points at top of ladder
Thursday Hawthorn axe Peter Schwab for 2005
Hip surgery for Aaron Hamill
Eade and Wallace meet with Richmond
BruceK: Picking winners in the first week of finals
Chris Judd captain versus Essendon; Youngest captains in VFL-AFL footy

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ROUND 16 – attendances: 222,522
Rain in several cities kept scores to only 1287 points, the lowest tally since 1233 points in Round 8 in 2000 when only 214,155 attended the eight matches; only 11,682 were at the MCG on Sunday to see Port beat Hawthorn for the fifth-straight time … Fremantle beat Adelaide at Football Park for the first time … Melbourne met the Bulldogs again; the Demons kicked 12.21 to parallel the 12.25 in Round 3 – 24.46 in two meetings …West Coast held Essendon to only 1.9 in the first half and easily beat the Bombers who have won only three of their past 15 interstate trips across 2002-03-04 … Carlton for the first time since 1958 had single goalkickers in successive weeks, however, with 9.16 they beat the Kangaroos 9.8 – the game was a cliffhanger with margins of 1, 3, 5, 8, at the end of each quarter … Brisbane full-forward ALASTAIR LYNCH, the oldest playing, at 36 years, 28 days, reached 300 premiership matches (including 120 with Fitzroy, 1988-93) – the Lions won by six goals and have beaten Collingwood in 11 of the past 13 meetings since 1998 … for a third occasion, five Brownlow medallists played in the match, Akermanis, Black and Voss for Brisbane, Buckley and Woewodin for the Pies; they did so previously in the 2003 GF and in R3 earlier this year…

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D-04-R15 Footystats Diary, Week 427, July 9-15, 2004 (Round 15)
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Friday Luke Penny appeal successful – 11th successful appeal on record
Grant Thomas comments draw $5000 fine
Saturday Cats romp away from Magpies
Collingwood fines players for mid-season partying at Mooloolaba
Sunday Sydney stagger to ugly win over Crows
James Hird suffers broken rib
Broken jaw for Alan Didak
Monday Four share the lead – Saints, Lions Port, Demons
Lions double the Doggies score
Demons crucify the Saints by 10 goals
Tuesday Doubt on Crawford captaincy at Hawthorn next year
Wednesday Tribunal: Jonathan Brown cops another four weeks
BruceK: Terrible last halves – and still won
Behinds and posters – an update
Thursday Coaches seek AFL meeting on "what comments can the coaches make?"
Hird: Sunday – hospital; Wednesday – training
Adam McPhee signs another two years with Dons
BruceK: Four sides: sharing the lead: perspective on subject
MWB: Scoreless last halves – but still won ... update

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ROUND 15 – attendance: 293,877
Following submissions from Champion Data and clubs, the 50m line was returned to the 148.5m long SCG for the match against Adelaide – a 75cm tip of the 50m arc was cut off so not to intrude into the centre square – it was a 45m arc for Rounds 2, 3, 7, 9, 10 and 11 … Sydney kicked only 1.5 in the last half of their 13 point win over the Crows – post-game, Swans coach PAUL ROOS said: “I don’t think they take any points off us for winning ugly” … Collingwood and Geelong drew its second 50-thousand plus crowd at Docklands ... with 10.2, Essendon enjoyed its biggest finish of 177 games against the Tigers since 1908 …the Kangaroos bundled Fremantle out of the top eight for the first time in 30 rounds – in the Dockers 100th game at Subi (50 wins, 50 defeats), it was their fourth loss at home this year ... the Demons beat St Kilda for the 7th successive time; Brisbane before only 29,295 (the Gabba’s lowest crowd of the season) beat the Bulldogs for the sixth-straight time … Port boosted its percentage when they won by 83 points over Carlton who had single goalkickers for their 5.10 … Essendon’s JAMES HIRD was hospitalised on Saturday with a broken rib – on Wednesday, he took part in all aspects of training at Windy Hill … a survey from the AFL Players’ Association published by The Age rated Football Park and Subiaco Oval as the best playing surfaces, narrowly ahead of the Gabba … Brisbane’s JONATHAN BROWN was suspended four weeks for striking – his fourth suspension of the year; he has missed nine of the 15 rounds … attendances passed four million for the season ... for the first time so late in 108 seasons, St Kilda, Brisbane, Port Adelaide and Melbourne shared top place on the ladder with 11 wins …

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D-04-R14 Footystats Diary, Week 426, July 2-8, 2004 (Round 14)
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Friday Crows, Pies and Eagles top membership figures – details
Herald Sun notes: Sunday down three per cent, Saturday's up 12%
Richmond president forecasts loss of $2 million
Saturday Kangaroos shatter the Bombers
The Age: Another group aims to oust Richmond president Clinton Casey
Melbourne fined $30,000; late lodgement player contracts in 2000, 2001, 2002
Former Hawthorn captain Bob Williams passes
Sunday Swans streak home to beat the Blues
Lions struggle but survive over dogged Tigers
Monday Port Power whip sluggish St Kilda
Crows flog the Demons by 12 goals
Geelong's James Kelly suffers broken left leg
Tuesday Dustin Fletcher booked for tripping
SCG markings return to 50 metre arc
Carlton to re-name club champion award as John Nicholls trophy
CUB and Lion Nathan call "Time Gentlemen, Please" on sponsorships
Wednesday Tribunal: Three Saints suspended;
Fletcher one week; first player suspended for tripping by hand since 1994
MWB unveils first of 2004 *Prognostications*
The Flow Starts – retirements announced
Port re-signs Warren Tredrea until 2007
Thursday Aftermath of Tarrant suspension; Collingwood and Malthouse each fined $5000
Grant Thomas: industry too big to ignore constant criticism of tribunal
St Kilda appeal Luke Penny suspension
Richmond trainer Chris Smith fined $2000 for contact made to Justin Leppitsch
Hawthorn's Shane Crawford: "I'm not gay"

HIGHLIGHTS
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ROUND 14 – attendance: 266,577
Sydney at the 206th meeting won a record sixth-straight game against Carlton, topping the previous club best of five wins between 1917 and 1919 – in their 99th match against the Blues at Princes Park, the Swans won for the 23rd time … the St Kilda-Port Adelaide match at York Park established a new attendance record of 19,223 … a wet and windy Subiaco held the Eagles-Geelong contest to a match aggregate of just 100 points, West Coast won 7.9 to 7.7 – it was JOHN  WORFOLD’s 300th match as a player and coach with the Eagles … with his 300th career match DARREN GOLDSPINK became the 12th umpire in VFL-AFL history to reach this milestone … Essendon’s DUSTIN FLETCHER become the first player since 1994 to be charged and suspended with tripping by hand against the Roos’ ANTHONY STEVENS – Fletcher was suspended for one match; it was not a reportable offence between 1995 and 1999 … Collingwood and its coach MICK MALTHOUSE are both fined $5000 for their comments following the failed appeal on June 10 on the two-match suspension of CHRIS TARRANT … Richmond trainer CHRIS SMITH is handed a suspended $2000 fine for making contact with Brisbane’s JUSTIN LEPPITSCH which disadvantaged the player … St Kilda won an appeal against a two-match suspension on LUKE PENNY – it was the 11th successful appeal on record – even so, St Kilda coach GRANT THOMAS drew a $5000 fine (later to become a suspended fine) for public comments made after Tuesday’s Tribunal suspended LUKE PENNY, FRASER GEHRIG and BRENT GUERRA …

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D-04-R13a Footystats Diary, Week 425, June 25-July 1, 2004 (Round 13, 1 of 8 games)
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Friday Fevola appeal dismissed
Neck injury forces Wayne Carey to retire
Saturday Tasmania names its Team of the Century; Darrel Baldock is captain
Sunday Sydney sink Magpies in all night struggle
Monday Battle of the eyes: TV rugby cuts AFL to pieces
BruceK: Prospects 2004, beyond Round 15
Tuesday Danny Frawley to bow out at end of year; Port re-sign Williams to 2006
Compromise reached: Bob Rose name dropped from Olympic Park oval
Magpies secure third Cloke – Travis
Don Scott to "talk through" issues with Hawthorn vice-president
Figures confirm Sydney battle a long way from being won
Wednesday Sheedy set for another three years
St Kilda extend Grant Thomas contract
Wallace and Eade are front-runners for coaching vacancies
Neale Daniher set for another three as Melbourne coach
AFL, Cricket and Netball to tackle child obesity
Legends game rates well for Channel Nine
Thursday AFL chief Andrew Demetriou warns other codes "no more Mr Nice Guy"
BruceK: Perspective – a time for musing

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 13 – attendance: 280,419
Split round across two weekends, seven matches the first week, and a stand-alone match on the second Saturday at Stadium Australia in Sydney … Fremantle against Port at Subiaco kicked 13 goals without a behind from 22 minutes in the first quarter until MATTHEW CARR’s goal five minutes into the last term – in spite of the Dockers’ accuracy, Port remain the most successful visitor to Perth winning its 8th game from 11 journeys … St Kilda beat Hawthorn and won its 12th successive match at Docklands, topping Essendon’s 11 from 2001-R2 to 2002-R8 … Geelong at home broke an 11-match streak without a win against Brisbane – the Cats held the Lions to their lowest score in 138 matches under LEIGH MATTHEWS … Carlton won three in-a-row for the first time since the end of the 2001 season … to avoid a clash of colours, Melbourne wore a predominantly red alternative guernsey against Essendon … Network Ten’s telecast of the Swans-Collingwood match, which had single-digit margins at every quarter, was savaged in Sydney by a live rugby match from Brisbane, 477,900 average to 160,700 – Ten viewers got a delayed 8.50pm bouncedown, an hour and-a-half after the actual start at 7.20pm … GARY AYRES quit Adelaide on June 21 when told he would not coach the Crows in 2005; assistant NEIL CRAIG is appointed for the remainder of the year … a neck injury brought WAYNE CAREY’s retirement on June 24 after 272 matches with North Melbourne (244) and Adelaide (28) … NIGEL SMART, the last surviving player from Adelaide’s inaugural AFL match in 1991 retired after his 278th game …Richmond coach DANNY FRAWLEY announces he will quit at the end of the season … Essendon and KEVIN SHEEDY agree to terms to keep the veteran coach at Windy Hill until the end of 2007 …

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D-04-R13 Footystats Diary, Week 424, June 18-24, 2004 (Round 13, 7 of 8 games)
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Friday Carlton says Age report on Docklands is "speculative and premature"
Hawthorn's CEO Steven Leighton resigns
TAC fines Collingwood $10,000 over Cameron Cloke driving charge
Demons will wear alternative jumper against Essendon
Richmond find a chief executive, Steven Wright
Saturday Saints crush Hawks by 11 goals
Sunday Cats prove their worth against the Lions
Port show no pain in another win at Subiaco
Monday Smart send-off gives Crows a leg-up over Dogs
Demons stem five years of Bomber dominance
Rep games: VFL beat WAFL; Sydney win over MVAFA, AFL-Q pip ACTAFL
Tuesday Gary Ayres quits Adelaide; Neil Craig appointed coach
Wednesday Tribunal: Fevola out two; Harris two; Hodge for one
Hawthorn appoints Geoff Harris to board
Jeff Farmer to face assault charges
Lance Whitnall nurses stress fracture in right foot
Radio: Melbourne's Triple M pips 3AW; wins three of four timeslots
Thursday Carey set to announce retirement
Carlton appeal Fevola suspension
Demons name former Age man Steve Harris as new CEO
AFL fined Hawthorn $3000 over Peter Everitt comments
Bombers to meet on new deal for Kevin Sheedy
Herald Sun: Why Don Scott quit Hawks

 

COMPLETE HIGHLIGHTS OF ALL ROUND 13 MATCHES
IN JUNE 25 TO JULY 1 PANEL ABOVE (WEEK 425)

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D-04-R12 Footystats Diary, Week 423, June 11-17, 2004 (Round 12)
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Friday Appeal: Chris Tarrant suspension to stand; Lance Picioane appeal rejected
Hawthorn's problems with numbers for round 12
Mending bridges: Fitzroy's Dyson Hore-Lacy to attend Brisbane function
Sydney re-sign Stuart Maxfield, Ben Mathews, Jared McVeigh
Saturday Carlton get the points over Hawthorn
Kangaroos want Good Friday
Dale Holmes appointed GM of AFL (NSW-ACT) Commission
Rules on AFL players in VFL finals
Tigerland: Petition launched for to unseat board
Sunday Port destroy Sydney by 12 goals
Geelong hold out desperate Kangas
Tuesday Magpies crash to late charging Demons on Queen's Birthday
Three million fans see first 12 rounds
Jane Nathan becomes first woman on MCC committee in 166 years
Brisbane's Anthony Corrie to miss six with broken jaw
Tiger fan on summons for Docklands incident in April
Sydney's injury list grows
Wednesday Tribunal: Damien Peverill fined $3500 for contact with Brisbane team doctor
Hawthorn president: Schwab will coach in 2005
Monday nights to be tried again?
The Age: R-rating for live tribunal
MWB: Consecutive scoreless quarters: Freo first time in 84 years
Thursday AFL fines Brisbane team doctor Paul McConnell $2000
Brisbane team physiotherapist Victor Popov cautioned
The Age: Carlton set for move to Docklands
Adelaide's Nigel Smart to retire

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 12 – attendance: 288,489
AFL *Grassroots* weekend … Port Adelaide won its 100th AFL match … Geelong recorded its 350th win at Kardinia Park in the 557th game played there since 1941 – the Cats beat the Kangaroos at home for the first time since 1994 … on Sunday at the MCG Fremantle (against Richmond) became the first club for 14 years to be scoreless in the first quarter and go on to win by 10 points – the Dockers without scoring in the first term, added to their scoreless last quarter versus Melbourne the previous week – for the first time in 84 years since Essendon in Q4-R9 and Q1-R10 in 1920; as well, Freo is the first club to be scoreless in a half of football since Fitzroy in Round 1 of 1995 … the Bulldogs played St Kilda at the MCG for only the second time – first time was in 1961s 1st Semi-Final … the Lions with 25.12 beat Essendon at Docklands with the biggest score and widest margin of their 27 meetings – DANIEL BRADSHAW kicked 7.1, the best by a Brisbane player against the Dons – the first half was exhilarating footy but the Lions powered away at the finish to win by 66pts … DAMIEN PEVERILL (Ess) was reported for misconduct against Brisbane doctor PAUL McCONNELL – Peverill was fined $3500 for pushing McConnell to the ground after the doctor grabbed Peverill’s jumper; McConnell was fined $2000 for his part in the incident, while Brisbane's physio VICTOR POPOV was cautioned for using inappropriate language towards opposition players ... on Queen’s Birthday, rain and hail failed to deter 56,988 turning out – the Demons kicked the first three goals, Collingwood nine of the next 10, and Melbourne eight of the last 10 – the Dees won by nine points … beleaguered Hawthorn coach PETER SCHWAB with one win from the past 11 games receives full backing of president IAN DICKER and is assured he will coach next year — Schwab is axed on July 21 …

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D-04-R11 Footystats Diary, Week 422, June 4-10, 2004 (Round 11)
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Friday Goalkicking – St Kilda's Fraser Gehrig – the best since? – details
Collingwood fined $5000 for second approach to umpires
Alterative guernseys – pressure grows
Herald Sun editorial: Footy logic
Saturday Collingwood's revival continues
Hawthorn's Ivan Moore passes suddenly
Tiger candidate for CEO job fails the test
Sunday Hawks-Bombers: tempers explode at MCG
Brisbane's power surge over Port
Monday Sydney bury St Kilda by six goals
Geelong up to 7th place
MWB: Same scores, two games, same round – detail
Tuesday More charges awaited from MCG melee
Hall of Fame adds Ditterich, Hawkins, Marshall, Moriarty, Matson, Sawers
Pavlich raw deal
Dermie's hypocrisy
Wednesday Tribunal: Collingwood's Chris Tarrant out for two; appeal launched
18 players face 27 charges
Demons pass 25,000 members
Thursday Tribunal: Record $70,000 in fines; Hawthorn 15, Essendon 1
Media viewpoint on "foot-brawl" – The Australian, Herald Sun

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 11 – attendance: 295,616
Sydney stemmed St Kilda’s opening run of 10 victories with a six-goal win on Sunday – it was the Swans’ six consecutive win over the Saints at the SCG ... MARK THOMPSON coached Geelong for the 100th time ... from the Hawthorn-Essendon match on Saturday at the MCG, 18 players faced 27 charges at the Tribunal – Hawthorn’s RICHARD VANDENBERG was suspended a total of six games, three weeks each on two charges – overall, suspensions totalled 16 weeks and fines a record $70,700 ... two matches on Saturday, Essendon-Hawthorn and Kangaroos-Richmond ended with the same score and margin – 24.10-154 to 12.8-80, margin 74 points ... the Bombers beat Hawthorn for the ninth successive time ... after 12 unsuccessful road trips Carlton won its first interstate match for three years with a 7.2 finish and a memorable goal from BRENDAN FEVOLA (he kicked 7.1) to snatch victory by four points from Adelaide at Football Park ... with injuries and suspensions, Hawthorn went into Round 12 with only 27 fit players …

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D-04-R10 Footystats Diary, Week 421, May 28-June 3, 2004 (Round 10)
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Friday Leighton Wood is front-runner for Richmond CEO post
AFL Queensland wins appeal against decision of its own Tribunal
Saturday Dons' first-half blitz sinks the Dockers
Sunday Adelaide decimate Hawthorn
Brisbane swamp the Demons
Shane Crawford suffers a broken arm to end his season
Ten off the mark
Monday Saints kick 31 goals; best-ever run of 10 wins; more records
Tuesday Andrew Kellaway breaks collarbone and will miss four to six
Two players booked for driving offences; Cameron Cloke, Allan Murray
Channel Ten to introduce "Flycam"
Wednesday Tribunal: Four fined; two cleared
Craig Bradley called up to take Carlton training
Rodney Eade denies approach made by Adelaide
Thursday Tribunal: Sydney's Barry Hall cleared of striking
The Age
predicts: TAC set to dump Tigers, Magpies
Saint coach calls off training; takes players to see The Day After Tomorrow
Report says AFL football safer than ever before
Past president Brendan Gale back with AFLPA as general manager

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 10 – attendance: 267,397
St Kilda won its 10th successive premiership match – the longest winning run in the history of the club, beating the nine games which took it to the 1997 Grand Final ... the Saints did so with 31.10-196, the biggest score of the year in their 108 point defeat of Carlton – only 31.18-204 versus Melbourne in 1978 is higher in St Kilda’s history ... St Kilda kicked 13.1 in the second term – the biggest quarter of the season …Channel Nine introduced the American-built Skycam to Friday night Football at Docklands for the Essendon-Fremantle match ... GAVIN WANGANEEN played his 300th career game, 138 Port (1997-2004) 127 Essendon (1991-96), 27 pre-season, 8 State, to become the first Aboriginal player to qualify for life membership of the League ... NEALE DANIHER coached the Demons for the 150th time ... PAUL ROOS reached 400 games as a player and coach with Fitzroy and Sydney (1982-2004) ... for the third time in 21 meetings Adelaide beat Hawthorn by 86 points – Hawk captain SHANE CRAWFORD broke his right arm to end his season ... Brisbane won its 100th game at the Gabba ... Sydney beat the Western Bulldogs by 26 points – the Bulldogs’ 10.7-67 has been the final score in three of the five games played to date this year at the SCG, also by Geelong and Richmond ... in successive defeats of Melbourne, Brisbane in 2003 and 2004 kicked the same score, 18.15-123 ... Saint coach GRANT THOMAS called off training on Wednesday and took his players to see the movie The Day after Tomorrow ...

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D-04-R09 Footystats Diary, Week 420, May 21-27, 2004 (Round 9)
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Friday Higher goal and behind posts likely – goals to 15 metres, behind posts 12m
Channel 9 to introduce "Skycam"
Saturday Magpies break through for their second win
Death of two League greats – Jack McMurray, Ken McIntyre
Paul Hasleby re-signs with Fremantle to 2007
Sunday Freo bring down crippled Lions; Geelong delivers a strong message
Monday St Kilda break new records
MWB: Bulldogs-Carlton game, 28 goals to time, then 0.6 in the last term
Tuesday Fractured cheekbone grounds Clint Bizzell for two months
Carlton's Barnaby French hospitalised with back injury
Who approved umps to wear gold jumpers in Sunday's Sydney-Hawthorn game?
Wednesday Tribunal: Damien Hardwick fined $1500 for contact to Richmond trainer
Scott Welsh cleared of charging; Peter Burgoyne two; Scott Thompson one
Hawthorn's Nathan Thompson battles depression
Brisbane run out of ruckmen
Skycam touches down
Thursday Richmond CEO resigns; Tigers face $2 million loss
Richmond trainer fined $5000 for contact with Damien Hardwick

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 9 – attendance: 260,554
Adelaide has its worst start to a season since its entry to the AFL in 1991 – Collingwood broke a six-match losing streak to pip the Crows by three points at Docklands to make it six in-a-row against Adelaide – the Pies fought back, holding the Crows to three goals after the 4-minutes of the second quarter ... Fremantle’s PAUL MEDHURST kicked 9.1 in the Dockers 59-point thrashing of Brisbane – it was Freo’s 50th win (from 97) at Subiaco ... 51,400 packed Docklands for the Geelong-Essendon game – the third-biggest AFL attendance under the dome ... St Kilda registered its eighth 100+ victory of its 2,034 VFL-AFL games when it beat West Coast by 101 points at Docklands on Sunday ... Richmond runner MATT HORNSBY was fined $5000 for making unnecessary verbal expressions to Port’s DAMIEN HARDWICK in the last quarter – while pleading not guilty for making contact with Hornsby, Hardwick was fined $1500 ... MARK THOMPSON notched up 300 games as a player and coach with Essendon and Geelong ... DANNY FRAWLEY coached Richmond for the 100th time (at the end of 2004 when he retired Frawley had 113 to his credit) ... AFL chief ANDREW DEMETRIOU pleaded guilty to the stupid choice of gold for the umpires in the Sydney-Hawthorn match ...

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D-04-R08 Footystats Diary, Week 419, May 14-20, 2004 (Round 8)
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Friday Appeals board upholds suspension on Brodie Holland
Karl Norman nabbed with no driving licence
The Age reports: Docklands courts the Blues
When did your team last play at Kardinia Park?
Saturday Essendon cruise to 6th-straight win; Hird suffers injury to left eye
Sunday Matthew Richardson boots 10 goals in big Tiger win
Kangaroos beat Port Adelaide by 15 goals
Monday Attendances pass two million spectators for season
Tuesday Brisbane fined $100,000 for marketing breach; Further $400,000 suspended
Coaches call for ruck debate
Hird on the mend after eye injury
Stephen Rodgers: Best starts to a season, and those who won the flag
Wednesday Tribunal: Brown suspended two games; Lions expected to appeal
Crowd behaviour brings AFL to order safety cages be built around races
Western Bulldogs fined $30,000 for salary cap breaches in 2000, 2001, 2002
Rugby league: Six Canterbury players fined $100,000 each for sex romps
Thursday Brown appeal dismissed
Following an investigation, Brisbane's Jamie Charman outed for two matches
Carlton's Ian Prendergast fined $3500 for making contact with an umpire
Bruce K & MWB: 20 goals – five or less goalkickers
The Age reports: Blues seek $2 million to aid cash-flow crisis

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 8 – attendance: 254,026
The Footscray-Western Bulldogs club played their 1600th League match (1925-2004) – in its 158th match at the MCG since their first on August 29, 1925 the Bulldogs suffered their 100th defeat ... Brisbane, as the Bears and now the Lions played their 400th premiership match (1987-2004) ... PETER SCHWAB coached Hawthorn for the 100th time ... GLEN JAKOVICH retired after 276 games for West Coast (1991-2004) and the last remaining playing member of their 1992 premiership team ... Richmond’s MATTHEW RICHARDSON bagged a career-best 10.3 and became the 47th entry of those to kick 10 goals or more in 2,110 matches at the MCG ... Sydney slumped to their fourth successive loss – the worst run during the 42-game coaching span of PAUL ROOS ... Port suffered its second-heaviest AFL defeat when the Kangaroos beat them by 92 points at Docklands ... St Kilda registered its 750th League victory since 1897 and brought up its 50th win over Collingwood ... Hawthorn ended a six-match losing spell and returned Collingwood to 16th place ...

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D-04-R07 Footystats Diary, Week 418, May 7-13, 2004 (Round 7)
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Friday Quinten Lynch loses licence, fined $1500; West Coast also fine him $5000
Geelong's Paul Chambers has surgery to left knee
Milne and Montagna will not be charged
Saturday Essendon make it five-straight
St Kilda relieved over outcome of investigation
Chip Le Grand, The Australian: Saints pair can breath again
Sunday Geelong jump into their eight
Solid win for Brisbane over Kangaroos
Monday Crows break Showdown hoodoo
Tuesday MCG melee nabs 15 players
MWB: Top versus 16th – Saints against the Magpies
Wednesday Tribunal: $42,000 in fines for MCG melee; Brodie Holland get four weeks
Tigers punish two for late-night outing
Bulldogs place curfew on players
Lance Whitnall carrying a knee injury – six kicks against Collingwood
AFL aims to fix Friday night TV in NSW, Queensland and ACT
Radio: Triple M beats 3AW in latest Melbourne survey
Thursday Tribunal: Kasey Green outed four games; Chris Heffernan cleared
Collingwood appeals Brodie Holland suspension
Carlton-St Kilda game on May 30 moved to Docklands

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 7 – attendance: 286,682
The Hawthorn-Geelong game at Docklands was played at a special Mother’s Day starting time of 5.10pm ... JAMES HIRD captained Essendon for the 100th time ... from a half-time melee in the Carlton-Collingwood match, 15 players were cited and given fines worth $42,000 ... following seven defeats, Adelaide won its first Showdown against Port since 2000 ... after 12 successive *on the road* defeats Richmond beat Fremantle at Subiaco to win its first interstate match since 2001-R10  ... ADAM GOODES played his 100th consecutive match for Sydney ... Melbourne beat West Coast at the MCG for the first time since 1993 ...

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D-04-R06 Footystats Diary, Week 417, April 30-May 6, 2004 (Round 6)
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Friday Geelong and AFL compromise on clash of Ford and Toyota signage
Collusion case dropped
Seven and Essendon add three years for link on internet and appearances
Richmond drop Joel Bowden after 136 consecutive matches
ABC's Peter Walsh to call 800th footy match
Saturday Tigers revived by one-point win over Hawks
Spitter identified in Queensland
MWB: Winning three quarters, but losing the game
Sunday Bulldogs in amazing comeback pip the Kangaroos
In a classic, Saints by a point over Lions
Monday Demons thrash Blues by 105 points
Port Adelaide narrowly over plucky Pies
Lenny Hayes and Justin Koschitzke cited
Four goal umpires push re-emerges after Saints-Lions one-point finish
Tuesday Three set for Tribunal
MWB: Hird dynasty reaches 350 games
Fox Footy's "White Line Fever" reaches 300th edition
Higher posts or four goal umpires?
Drink-drive charges nab Quinten Lynch and Danny Jacobs
TV ratings soared to 4.7 million viewers nationally for Round 6
Magpies to meet with Olympic Park Trust
Crows to discuss future of coach Gary Ayres
Wednesday Tribunal: Saints lose Hayes for two, Koschitzke for one; Johnson cleared
St Kilda fined $50,000 for late lodgement of player contract details
Players face one-year ban for recreational drug use in new proposal
Adam Heuskes threatens to sue ABC-TV for Four Corners segment
Carlton coach Denis Pagan hands training to players after 105pt defeat
Thursday Hawthorn's Danny Jacobs admits lying over drink-drive incident
Hawthorn fine Jacobs $5000 and Lance Picioane the same for his part
Brisbane withdraws appeal on $260,000 fine
The Age predicts AFL Tribunal hearings will go "live" on TV next year
Queensland police interview Brisbane man over spitting
Hawthorn respond to fresh rape allegations
Seven meets AFL on post-2006 TV; Seven holds $20 million last rights bid

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 6 – attendance 266,986
The round produced three one-point results (the League record is four in 1938s Round 13) ... GARY AYRES coached Adelaide for the 100th time, as did MICK MALTHOUSE with Collingwood ... in Essendon’s 350th match at the MCG, they met the Swans for the 200th time – the Bombers won; the last time the Swans beat the Dons at the MCG was in 1923 ... Fremantle gained its fifth win over West Coast in the 19th Western Derby ... Melbourne smashed a 107-year-old record to beat Carlton by 105 points – the Demons won for the 5th successive time over the Blues, the best run since five-straight in 1959-61 ... Geelong’s CHARLIE GARDINER in the 3rd quarter at Kardinia Park collided heavily with umpire STEFAN GRUN who had to be replaced – Gardiner was cleared of any negligence ... umpire GAVIN DORE broke his right leg at Manuka Oval in a collision with Kangaroo player MICHAEL STEVENS – no action was taken against the player ... Collingwood on percentage went to the bottom of the ladder, below Adelaide (14th) and Hawthorn (15th), the others with one win ... after 136 consecutive matches Richmond dropped JOEL BOWDEN back to the “two’s” ...

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D-04-R05 Footystats Diary, Week 416, April 23-29, 2004 (Round 5)
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Friday AFL investigation: Did Tigers and Saints collude at appeal hearing?
Saturday Adelaide demolish Tigers for first win
Tigers slump to bottom place; first time at 16th
Matthews hits back over fines
Sunday Saints win 5th-straight by 11 goals
Off-target Lions crush Hawthorn
Monday Demons finish too strongly for Swans
Port swamp the Bulldogs
Fan likely to be charged with spitting
Tuesday Dons too good for Pies; Hird best again
AFL looks to protecting player races to combat ugly crowd scenes
Melbourne's James McDonald cleared of serious knee damage
Return of Adelaide's Ben Hart delayed again
MWB: Hawthorn racked up 237 kicks at the Gabba, and lost
Richmond rest Mark Coughlan to overcome "pubic instability"
Victorian government to repair country footy grounds
Olympic Park Trust vetos commercial naming of public land
Wednesday Police re-interview Milne and Montagna over sex allegations
Carlton fine Brendan Fevola for giving fans "the bird"
Richmond coach Danny Frawley says he'll "stay on"
Blues debutant Andrew Walker draws Rising Star nomination
Thursday Rugby league: Canterbury club fined $600,000 over Gold Coast sex scandal
Tribunal: not required
Mike McLean: Fathers and sons in footy
Lions to appeal $260,000 fine

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 5 – attendance 268,988
Richmond became the fourth club for the year (Essendon R1-2, Geelong R3, Adelaide R4) to be on the bottom of the ladder – it’s the lowest-ever placing for the Tigers who have won just two of their past 19 games ... Collingwood played its 400th VFL-AFL match at the MCG – the Bombers beat the Pies in KEVIN SHEEDY’s 550th game as coach ... Don’s skipper JAMES HIRD was the worthy winner of the Anzac Day Medal for the third time – he was found best to exemplify the ‘Anzac spirit’ – skill, courage, adversity, self-sacrifice, teamwork and fair play ... Adelaide’s NATHAN BOCK on debut kicked two goals with his first two kicks ... St Kilda had its biggest win over the Kangaroos for 35 years ... DAVID NEITZ captained Melbourne for the 100th time ... the Tribunal was not required in this round ... a man was identified for a spitting incident against Richmond coach DANNY FRAWLEY as he led his players from the field at the half-time interval of the match against Adelaide at Docklands – later, on July 27, in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, a 23-year-old Queenslander, Jared Ezra Robinson, pleaded guilty to behaving in an offensive manner and was fined $500 and $37.50 in costs ...

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D-04-R04 Footystats Diary, Week 415, April 15-22, 2004 (Round 4)
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Friday Appeals Board clears Crawford to play; Hamill fails in appeal
AFL Commission accepts Hird's self-imposed $20,000
Saturday Kevin Sheedy marks 800th game with top Bomber win
Sunday Demons demolish Port by 53 points
Eagles pip Lions in 3-point thriller at Subiaco
Monday Sydney bury the Roos in Canberra
Freo too good for Magpies
MWB: Most consecutive single digit results
Brisbane: Blake Caracella dislocates shoulder; six weeks expected
Tuesday Season over for Michael Gardiner and Beau McDonald
Two booked; one cited
Matthews says Saints the real deal
"Oversight" cost Lions extra player in Perth defeat
Jason Dunstall joins board at Hawthorn
Wednesday Tribunal: Bell cleared; Robertson one; Anthony Stevens two weeks
Thursday Brisbane Lions fined $260,000 for player rules breaches
Crackdown on staging for free kicks

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 4 – attendance: 268,483
St Kilda became the only undefeated side ... West Coast’s three-point win over Brisbane completes four consecutive games with single-digit results – first time since Geelong in 1928 to have such a start to a season; the Eagles played their 150th League game at Subiaco ... KEVIN SHEEDY reaches 800 matches as a player and coach with Richmond and Essendon (1969-2004) ... MICK MALTHOUSE brings up 650 matches as player and coach with St Kilda, Richmond, Footscray, West Coast and Collingwood (1972-2004) ... against the Lions at the Gabba on Saturday night Hawthorn had 237 kicks – the most by a losing side since records have been kept ... Fremantle in AFL match 203 won their 13th game in Melbourne when they beat Collingwood at Docklands ... Brisbane is fined $260,000 for 26 administrative breaches in lodgement of details of player payments; coach LEIGH MATTHEWS later blasted off – “It reminds of the old school lessons and Plato’s philosophy of power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. In any shape or form, it is not good for the AFL, the Lions or the sport. It would almost be laughable if it wasn’t so much money.”

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D-04-R03 Footystats Diary, Week 414, April 8-14, 2004 (Round 3)
refer Match Review and Tribunal archives for wider detail of subject
Friday Appeals board overturns Lloyd suspension
James Hird asked to explain Footy Show comments
Saints sign Aaron Hamill to 2008
Saturday Awesome Brisbane trash Magpies
Surgery reported for Shane Wakelin
Eddie McGuire may be asked to explain "goal umpire from hell" comments
Umpire Scott McLaren refuses call to meet Hird
Bad call rekindles replay debate
Sunday Bombers home by a goal in classic contest
Sydney tough out narrow win over Cats
Monday Freo survive strong challenge from Crows
St Kilda remain on top of the ladder
Blues back in the top eight
Tuesday Hird makes public apology
Matthew Primus out for year
Leigh Matthews: Keep your traps shut
Bruce Kennedy: Perspective, weekend scoring
MWB: Quarters and all-time ladder
Wednesday Tribunal: Shane Crawford outed one week; Hawks may appeal
AFL: McGuire will be asked to explain
St Kilda: Jason Blake to miss eight with back injury
Adelaide: Simon Goodwin, abductor strain
West Coast: Michael Gardiner's right knee strained
Kangaroos: Leigh Colbert in hospital after Saturday's game
MWB: Goals without a behind in a quarter
Thursday Sponsor pays accommodation for cash-strapped Demons
Brisbane: Beau McDonald out for the year with knee injury
Eight-year-old sidelines Glen Jakovich
Tribunal: Baker, Stafford, Hamill suspended
Darcy, Primus and Schofield cleared

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ROUND 3 – attendance: 262,617
In spite of a five-point loss, Carlton (for the only time in the season) returned to the top eight after two years in the wilderness ... on Easter eve, the Lions-Magpies match drew 36,467, the third-highest crowd for an AFL match at the Gabba ... the Kangaroos kicked 11 goals before their first behind 20 minutes into the second quarter ... Port kick a new AFL high of 26.15-171 at Footy Park against Hawthorn ... the Bombers led the Eagles 48-0 after the first 19 minutes; West Coast clawed back and it was a one goal final margin ... Essendon’s JAMES HIRD gets a game-high 34 possessions against the Eagles, but failed to gain a Brownlow vote ... Saints, Port, Lions and Kangas remain unbeaten ... it’s the Roos best opening since 1996 ... Dogs, Crows and Cats still to win ...

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D-04-R02 Footystats Diary, Week 413, April 2-6, 2004 (Round 2)
refer Match Review and Tribunal archives for wider detail of subject
Friday Anthony Rocca back for the Pies
Essendon make six changes
Saturday Double somersault by Demons and Tigers
No Koutoufides until Anzac weekend
Schoolboys carnival on again
Another Swans falls to knee surgery – Jarrad Sunqvist
New membership record for Fremantle
Offending image found in Auskick video
No "supergoal" at SCG
SCG ground markings – 2004
Sunday Voss inspires solid Brisbane win
Port narrowly down the Eagles
First inductees to Collingwood Hall of Fame named
Monday Sydney by five goals over Fremantle
Carlton's first win since last June
Saints on top for first time since 1998
Tuesday Matthew Lloyd cited; James Hird cleared of wrong-doing
Bombers at 16th – first time at the bottom since 1933 – details
Brisbane asked to explain Cadbury-Schweppes sponsor deal
Wednesday Tribunal: "Reckless" Lloyd two weeks
Carlton's Laurence Angwin and Karl Norman face sacking
MWB: Most times at the bottom
Thursday Essendon appeal Lloyd suspension
Blues sack Angwin, fine for Norman
Collingwood launch new headquarters at Olympic Park

HIGHLIGHTS
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ROUND

ROUND 2 – attendance: 280,889
Essendon, beaten a second time, this time by St Kilda, remained on the bottom of the ladder in successive weeks for the first time since 1933, the year of the club’s last wooden spoon ... for the first time since 1963 Geelong fielded a side without a single player with 100 games to his credit – the Cats were defeated by Carlton by 54 points ... the AFL change the *50m line* at the SCG to 45 metres ... Collingwood posted its 200th win at the MCG ... St Kilda went to the top of the ladder for the first time since 1998-R4 ... since playing as South Melbourne in 1980, the red-and-white colours of the Swans played their 250th at the SCG ... Port Adelaide lose captain MATTHEW PRIMUS for the rest of the year to a knee injury suffered against Hawthorn ... the Appeal Board overturned a two-match Tribunal suspension on Essendon full-forward MATTHEW LLOYD, freeing him to play in Round 3 ... Essendon captain JAMES HIRD on The Footy Show describes umpire SCOTT McLAREN’s duties in the Essendon-St Kilda match as “quite disgraceful” and later voluntarily agrees to a $20,000 fine and three years of voluntary work with the umpires – Essendon is also fined $5000 ...

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D-04-R01 Footystats Diary, Week 412, March 26-April 1, 2004 (Round 1)
refer Match Review and Tribunal archives for wider detail of subject
Friday Opening round – 43 named in debut for a club
Ian Robinson named video reports officer
Saturday Richo shines as Tigers hammer Magpies
MWB: New levels for Peter Schwab and Shane Crawford
Sunday Fremantle too solid for Carlton
Lions survive from wilting Swans
Anthony Mithen joins Tiger board
Monday St Kilda cream the Cats
Port slaughter Essendon
Roos bound away from Crows
Essendon fall to lowest-ever 16th place
Tuesday Tribunal: Carey charge withdrawn
Tribunal: Scarlett, Lappin, Ward and Biglands are up
Drew Banfield injury still under review
Nick Davis out for four
Essendon – "lowest-ever placing" – details
Wayne Hughes named new Carlton recruiting manager
Byron Pickett out for at least six weeks
Steven Koops suffers broken jaw
Geelong: Sanderson, Graham, Milburn likely to miss
Wednesday Tribunal: Daniel Ward outed for three matches
Scarlett gets "benefit of the doubt"
Lappin and Biglands get off
Nathan Chapman signed by Green Bay Packers
Brian Cunningham flags retirement from Port
SEN up, 927 out
Thursday Geelong slashes debt by further $600,000

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE
ROUND

ROUND 1 – attendance: 263,705
Selectors named 43 to play their debut games or first for a new club – Carlton chose a new club record of nine debutants (the League record is 10 first set by St Kilda in 1911) ... Essendon lost to Port by 96 points and fell to 16th on the ladder – its lowest-ever placing in 2,121 League games since 1897 ... LEIGH MATTHEWS coached his 350th game with Collingwood and Brisbane (1986-2004) ... MATTHEW LLOYD (Ess) passed 600 career goals in game 166 ... Hawthorn beat Melbourne and won their 100th match at the MCG ... the Kangaroos won their 150th match at the MCG when they beat the Crows ... St Kilda played its 50th match at Docklands ...

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D-04-Mar-04 Footystats Diary, Week 411, March 19-25, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
Friday <> AFL Annual Report: Operating surplus climbs to $114.7 million
Net surplus of $4.7 million ahead of budget
<> Life Membership: Neil Roberts, Doug Wade, Leigh Whicker honoured
<> Sexual misconduct allegations made against Port's Peter Burgoyne
<> Peter Bell re-elected AFLPA president
<> Lions name Shaun Hart, Justin Leppitsch, Chris Scott and Nigel Lappin as deputies to captain Michael Voss
Saturday Re-development of MCG will hold 2004 crowds to 70,000
Port and Sydney deny any role in payments for sex allegations
Michael O'Loughlin admits involvement as one of three players
Monday More sexual allegations; West Coast players also involved
No rule changes for new season
Two Richmond directors resign
MWB: Free kicks over past five seasons
Tuesday St Kilda: 'Sorry' text message
AFL to extend further help to Bulldogs
'Plea bargaining' added to WAFL Tribunal agenda
The Advertiser: Footballers behaviour 'reprehensible'
Wednesday AFL rules out live TV tribunal hearings
Fourth umpire to flag tagging?
Primus Telecommunications adds sponsorship with Demons and Roos
Thursday Tigers ask AFL for financial assistance
The Age: AFL seeks counsel on sexual assault issue

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D-04-Mar-03 Footystats Diary, Week 410, March 12-18, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
also refer Wizard Cup 2004 and Tribunal archives for wider detail
Friday Knee problem flares; Michael Voss out of practice match
Mick Malthouse under investigation for speaking to umpires
Saturday Malthouse fined $2500 for breaching rules in speaking to umpires
WAFL honour eight as Legends
Melbourne axe three administration staff
Jeff Farmer mourns relative killed in car crash
Sunday St Kilda comeback sinks Geelong in Wizard Cup Grand Final
Monday Focus on injuries as club prepare
St Kilda announce profit of $503,000 on turnover of $18 million
ABC-TV introduces pre-recorded national sports wrap from Sydney
ABC Melbourne staff walk out in 24-hour protest
The Age: AFL turns heat up on sledging
Tuesday Sex allegations made against St Kilda's Stephen Milne, Leigh Montagna
Hawthorn's John Barker gets all clear on knee
Adelaide's Ronnie Burns fails breath test
Collingwood vice-captain James Clement suffers poke in the eye
More sex allegations made on SBS Insight program
ABC Melbourne staff return; TV segment goes on
Wednesday <> Tribunal: Port's Brent Guerra out for three for head-high on Geelong's Cameron Ling in Wizard Grand Final
<> Crows fine Ronnie Burns $3000
Thursday St Kilda: Investigation centres on rape allegations
Hawk Jonathan Hay re-injures right knee
Bulldogs drop Scott West from leadership group
Former player Mark Fraser as a rookie added to list of 32 umpires

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D-04-Mar-02 Footystats Diary, Week 409, March 5-11, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
also refer Wizard Cup 2004 and Tribunal archives for wider detail
Friday Blues name Lance Whitnall, Scott Camporeale as deputies to Kouta
WAFL fury at AFL insult; inaugural Fame dinner clashes with practice game
Bombers set to extend Sheedy's contract to 2008
Saturday Wizard Cup details
MWB: Pre-season thrillers
West Coast-Hawthorn practice match moved to 3pm start on Friday
Practice match moved from Bendigo due to hardness, to Victoria Park
Sunday Wizard Cup details
Peter Everitt sues St Kilda on long-service claim
Monday Collingwood's Tarkyn Lockyer breaks right foot again
Essendon's Sean Wellman misses with a mid-foot strain
Memorabilia saved in Coburg grandstand fire
Seven dumps Sunday's Rex Hunt's Footy Panel
Tuesday Kangaroos post modest profit of $59,750 which takes in $1m assistance
Brendan Fevola cleared over scruffle at Crown Casino
Wednesday Court action between Anthony Stevens and Wayne Carey settled
Carlton drop Brendan Fevola from practice match
Umpires' coach Rowan Sawers will face media to explain contentious items
Eagles and Dockers eye membership records
Demons tighten the purse strings; anything over $1000 requires approval
Thursday Network Ten plans eight hours on Saturday for southern TV viewers
Director of umpires Jeff Gieschen admits Barry Hall gets raw deal
Allen Aylett to remain president of Kangaroos for another two years
Tim Watson replaces Bruce McAvaney as Talking Footy host

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D-04-Mar-01 Footystats Diary, Week 408, Feb 27-March 4, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
also refer Wizard Cup 2004 and Tribunal archives for wider detail
Friday Turnaround gains Sydney $65,311 profit; base revenue $21.6 million
Minor knee surgery for Brisbane's Jonathan Brown
Lions and Broncos in joint Brisbane launch for new season
Saturday Wizard Cup details
Sunday Wizard Cup details
Monday AFL dismiss claims that Morwell surface caused two knee injuries
Hawthorn's Kris Barlow, Steven Green suffer cruciate ligament injuries
Tuesday Hawks voice concern over country venues
Ankle surgery sidelines Fremantle's Troy Cook
Season-ending shoulder injury suffered by Adelaide's James Gallagher
Geelong promote rookie Shannon Byrnes to senior list
Sheedy reassures Tiger fans not to get carried away with poor form
Wednesday Tony Jewell hits out at Richmond coach Danny Frawley
Striking costs Daniel Kerr (WC) one week at Tribunal
IR: Star GAA footballer Cormac McAnallan dies suddenly at 24
Thursday Tony Jewell gets Jack Titus award for services to the game
ABC-TV puts Sydney-based sports wrap on hold
Eagles elevate rookie Jaymie Graham to senior list
Club anxious over conflict with Toyota deal
AFL to award retrospective Premiership Cups at some $7000 each
MWB: focus on who has won Cups since the inception in 1959

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D-04-Feb-04 Footystats Diary, Week 407, February 20-26, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
also refer Wizard Cup 2004 and Tribunal archives for wider detail
Friday Wizard Cup opening in eight states and territories
Heat factor being monitored
Gary Ablett signs new three-year contract with Geelong
Saturday Glen Jakovich faces post-career heart surgery
WA plan for new 60,000 seat stadium to replace Subiaco and WACA
Monday Records tumble in two century-plus victories at Wizard Cup opening
Tuesday Herald Sun: Study launched to develop multi-purpose Whitten Oval
Bulldog Stephen Koops dislocates elbow; will miss opening rounds
St Kilda's Craig Callaghan suffers second season-wrecking knee injury
Adam Ramanauskas set for Bomber return after cancer scare
Wednesday Carlton returns modest $191,469 profit; may seek AFL funding
AFL Players' Association rejects "live" TV Tribunal hearings
Carlton captain Anthony Koutoufides to rest during pre-season
Thursday Video reports: AFL ask clubs, one, two or three officers?
Seven bumps Talking Footy to late-Tuesday timeslot
The Australian: Cash crisis may force Blues to move from Carlton

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D-04-Feb-03 Footystats Diary, Week 406, February 13-19, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Practice matches begin
Steven King to miss Geelong's opening through injury
Kangaroo coach Dean Laidley laid up with back injury
Planned changes to ABC TV draw comments from three State governments
Saturday Fremantle name deputies to captain Peter Bell
First tier of new Kardinia Park grandstand completed
Wayne Jackson appointed to AFL Northern Territory board
Graeme McMahon appointed to AFL Queensland board
Wizard Cup rules for 2004 defined
Seven undecided on Talking Footy
Waverley Park housing builders Mirvac name Sir Kenneth Luke Boulevard
211cm Freo's Aaron Sandilands is tallest in games' history; and 2nd heaviest
Sunday Sydney and Essendon feature in annual exhibition game at North Sydney Oval
Tuesday Glen Jakovich names season as his last with West Coast
Bulldogs unveil radical new guernsey design to parallel sponsor Origin
Salary cap concessions back on discussion table
Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett awarded inaugural Graeme Samuel Scholarship
Wednesday Brisbane claim Victorian clubs bullied AFL to diminishing concessions
Steven King undergoes surgery – may be out 10 weeks
SANFL legend Neil Kerley in Murray River accident
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal rules "Girls can't play football"
Thursday AFL Strategic Plan though to 2007 released – link to full details
Demetriou: Salary cap rules will stay until 2007
AFL seeks Federal Government funding boost
Coaches hot on Wizard Cup restrictions
MWB: Focus on the Wizard Cup
MWB: Best games-per-season average of 200-game players

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D-04-Feb-02 Footystats Diary, Week 405, February 6-12, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Bulldogs squeak home over NTFL in Darwin
Chris Connolly suggests small groups to more areas in Community Week
Umpires may get to explain their decisions
Josh Francou undergoes knee surgery
Sydney acknowledge history by adding SMFC on guernsey
The game they never played – 1933 move to merge footy and rugby league
BruceK: Biggests, bests, highests, lowests, worsts
Saturday Hawks wait on scans for Jonathan Hay
Sunday MRI scans clear Jonathan Hay of right knee damage
Monday Didgeridoo plan in club colours axed
ABC staff angry at national TV sports plan
Tuesday Melbourne FC ask CEO Ray Ellis to quit
St Kilda appoint Lenny Hayes as captain
AFL launches new membership scheme with twin energy interests
Brisbane players accept pay cuts to stay under salary cap
Wednesday Melbourne: Out Ray Ellis; In John Phillips
Herald Sun: Editorial: Now its their ABC
Thursday Demons may need AFL funding for three years
West Coast name deputies to captain Ben Cousins
Essendon's Dean Solomon ruptures finger tendon
Port Adelaide to launch alternative guernsey to stop colour clashes
BruceK: Biggests, bests, highests, lowests, worsts

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D-04-Feb-01 Footystats Diary, Week 404, Jan 30-Feb 5, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Fremantle keeps door open for Clive Waterhouse
Saturday <> Former VFL umpire Frank Schwab, father of Peter, dies at 71
<> New agreement with AFLPA, running from 2004 to 2008, it calls for players to be available half a day every fortnight for game development and promotion. The TTP will rise three per cent in 2004 and 2005. Payments will be $97.84 million in 2004, or $6.114m per club, up from 2003 figures of $95m and $5.938m.
<> Former Sydney owner Geoffrey Edelsten failed in an application to be re-registered as a doctor. He was also barred from reapplying for four years.
Sunday Jade Rawlings performs well in Bulldogs' intraclub hit out
Bulldogs will play NTFL side in Darwin night game on February 5.
Monday Discussions continue of likelihood of "live" Tribunals on Fox Footy
16 AFL clubs embark on Community Week across the country
Tuesday <> Toyota replaces CUB as AFL's major sponsor; the AFL may earn up to $55 million over five years. The Toyota name will appear on ground signage, match ball and other items such as mark and goal of the year.
<> Dick Carey (brother of Wayne) is charged for assaulting Mick Martyn in Wagga
<> Collingwood's Ben Johnson breaks his hand in a "minor grapple" at hotel
Wednesday Wayne Carey sues Kangaroos for $135,000 unpaid long-service leave
Stuart Maxfield to captain Sydney again
Melbourne FC seeks financial assistance from AFL
Thursday Mick Martyn sues Kangaroos for unpaid long-service leave
Sydney-born Lenny Hayes tipped for St Kilda captaincy
Mark Ricciuto is re-appointed captain of Adelaide; Ben Hart is deputy
James Hird and Mathew Lloyd named to lead Essendon again
<> Rhett Bartlett succeeds in having Richmond honour 1920-21 premiership captain-coach Dan Minogue with a posthumous Life Membership – 79 years after Dan finished with the Tigers

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D-04-Jan-04 Footystats Diary, Week 403, January 23-29, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Following third premiership, membership of Brisbane Lions soars
Leigh Matthews scoffs at reports that Michael Voss will miss most of 2004
Tuesday More than 10,000 attended the Adelaide Oval funeral of David Hookes
Wednesday Bradley quits Saints eight days after accepting role of assistant coach
Tony Jewell ends 40 years with the Tigers; he was defeated in election
MWB: Looks ahead at Milestones for 2004
Thursday Francou, training at Alberton, does right knee again; he will miss 2004
Membership rises for Swans in both Sydney and Melbourne
Geelong re-signs Tom Harley for another two years
Robbie Flower resigns from Melbourne board due to a heart condition

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D-04-Jan-03 Footystats Diary, Week 402, January 16-22, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
Friday West Coast to extend contract of coach John Worsfold
Chris Grant suffers hamstring strain in sprint session
Monday Test cricketer David Hookes dies following attack outside hotel
Tuesday St Kilda appoints Craig Bradley to assistant coaching panel
Collingwood's Rhyce Shaw trips during jogging and breaks wrist
Kangaroos sign Daniel Wells to the end of 2006.
Wednesday Wayne Carey has minor surgery to right knee
Thursday Graeme McMahon considered for role in AFL Queensland
Businessman Reuben Pelerman passes; 1990 saviour of Brisbane Bears

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D-04-Jan-02 Footystats Diary, Week 401, January 9-15, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Mark Ricciuto has thumb injury at Strathalbyn camp
Corey McKernan to wear No.5 in his return to Arden Street
Sunday Dockers plan to beat Darwin heat in Wizard Cup
Steve Lawrence signs with VFA's Port Melbourne
Monday Kevin Sheedy faints in 40C Perth heat
Shane Woewodin hit by credit card scam
BruceK: Eras and dynasties; how do you define the greatest?
Forum: The advantage rule
Tuesday Sheedy back at training; Ramanauskas returns after August operation
Nine candidates nominate for Richmond board
Wednesday Injuries hit key Brisbane players
Port's Matthew Primus, Josh Francou set to return in Wizard Cup
Collingwood settle debt with Ansett administrators
Thursday BankWest to sponsor Fremantle; said to be worth $2.5m over two years
James Hird breaks nose at training
Kevin Bartlett to host mornings on SEN 1116 AM in Melbourne
Man in court for grand final scam
Grass work on Subiaco delays return for Eagles

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D-04-Jan-01 Footystats Diary, Week 400, January 2-8, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
Monday Clubs return to training
Richmond president Clinton Casey provides $1.3 million security
Tuesday St Kilda appoint Terry Daniher as assistant coach
Wednesday Skyrocketing Police charges will hit AFL matches
WAFL clubs court Matthew Capuano
Kevin Bartlett ends seven and-a-half years with Sport 927
Delays halt launch of Melbourne's SEN 1116 AM all sports station

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D-04-Dec-05 Footystats Diary, Week 399, Dec 26-Jan 1, 2004 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Collingwood shares Christmas spirit with homeless at Victoria Park
Andy Collins to coach Box Hill Hawks
Richmond's Doug Strang passes
Sunday SEN, new Melbourne radio sports station ink Garry Lyon and Dermott Brereton
Thursday The Age forecasts Toyota will be new major AFL sponsor
Richmond lose $882,100 on season 2003

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D-04-Dec-04 Footystats Diary, Week 398, December 19-25, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday $4.2m turnaround yields St Kilda $503,000 profit
North Melbourne's Leo Francis passes
Saturday West Coast profits by $2,868,178
Fox Footy to be free to pay-TV subscribers from February 1
Monday Richmond outsource events to Elite Sports Properties
Wednesday AFL's Ben Buckley forecasts names on back of jumpers

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D-04-Dec-03 Footystats Diary, Week 397, December 12-18, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Bill Sanders new Adelaide chairman; Bob Campbell remains on board
Neil Compton passes
MWB: a look at 200-Game Coaches
Forum: Interstate football – is there a future?
Saturday Fremantle profits by $711,223 after $5m deficit over 2001-02
Michael McMahon is Geelong's new CEO
Salary cap limit puts St Kilda and Brisbane out of Pre-Season Draft
Monday <> 5000 supporters saw Carlton's largest presentation of new guernseys since 1911 – on Sunday, 15 were handed out at Princes Park
Tuesday Hawks conduct first AGM election in 10 years; all directors returned
Wednesday Draft: Key picks, Jade Rawlings (Bulldogs), Nick Stevens (Carlton) – full list
Collingwood extend contract of Mick Malthouse as coach until 2006
Tony Liberatore appointed assistant coach at Carlton
Thursday Video replays to be used in Wizard Cup to rule on nine-point goals
Tribunal may go "live" on Fox Footy Channel
Paul Gardner and current board returned overwhelmingly at Melbourne AGM
Neil McKissock replaces Graeme McMahon as Don prez after seven years
Bulldogs sign Rohan Smith for another two years
Matthew Scarlett, Peter Riccardi, Darren Milburn sign new Geelong deals

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D-04-Dec-02 Footystats Diary, Week 396, December 5-11, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Lions re-sign Simon Black to four-year $2 million deal
Essendon posts $409,652 profit
Hawthorn leaders to USA to investigate "best practices"
Saturday Bulldogs to receive further Competitive Balance Fund assistance
The Age: Richmond to outsource commercial operations
WAFL funding for 2004 is $3.797 million, up 10 per cent
Essendon develops teen aid program to promote involvement in sport
Monday Glenn Manton confirms retirement from Carlton
Tuesday Herald Sun: Magpie membership is up 30 per cent to last year
The Swans on Sunday drew 4000 to spiritual home at Lake Oval, Albert Park
Wednesday Adelaide surplus is $1,837,000; chairman Bob Campbell steps down
AFL Community Camps by 16 clubs will be repeated in February
Unpaid tax for three years leaves Melbourne with a liability of $1 million
Age reports Foxtel footy telecasts to go interactive and include betting
Thursday Lance Whitnall returns to Carlton training after ankle surgery
AFL's Ben Buckley denies betting will be part of Fox Footy interactive
Partying Cat forward Steve Johnson jumps a fence and breaks right ankle
Age reports some Magpie players in joint training sessions with Storm
More Friday night and Sunday games for WAFL to combat AFL fixtures

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D-04-Dec-01 Footystats Diary, Week 395, Nov 28-Dec 4, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Saturday Richmond sack six staff from commercial operations
Corey Jones and Saverio Rocca in one-year deals with Kangaroos
Magpies bring No.42 out of retirement; once worn by Darren Millane
Tuesday Carlton poised to draft Ireland's Setana O'hAilpin as rookie
Claremont coach Ashley Prescott casts net for AFL players
Wednesday Port Adelaide profits by $331,288
Privacy Commission express concern on Essendon-Man U deal
New Port contract for Adam Kingsley
Bureau of Statistics show rugby and soccer as growth sports
Thursday Richmond delist Martin McGrath, who kicked five goals on debut
Adelaide will not participate in draft; too close to salary cap
As few as nine of the 16 clubs likely to be at Pre-Season Draft
Essendon deny privacy concerns
No.42 jumper to stay retired after request from Millane family
Rugby league aims to reduce player load and 26-round season

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D-04-Nov-04 Footystats Diary, Week 394, November 21-27, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Bulldogs suffer loss of $554,730
Ray Hall re-signs with Richmond for two years
Shaun Rehn "bounce" compensation case adjourned
Team with most goals in Wizard Cup will host night GF
Saturday Jade Rawlings three-way deal to Dogs approved by AFL
Robbie Copeland re-signs with Brisbane Lions
Sunday National Draft: Adam Cooney at No.1 pick taken by Bulldogs
Only six players on an AFL list went to other clubs
Tuesday Collingwood: another record year with $2.3m profit
Collingwood: 40,677 members, highest-ever by a Victorian club
Wednesday Adrian Anderson appointed AFL football operations manager
Tipstar footy tipping competition losses reach $6.6 million
Brisbane post $2.2 million profit
Scott West, a Bulldog until 2006
Knee surgery for Essendon's Damian Cupido
Rupert Betheras (Col), Shane Harvey (Ess) train with Kangaroos
Thursday Ryan Houlihan re-signs with Carlton
John Livy vacates AFL (NSW-ACT) Commission after seven years

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D-04-Nov-03 Footystats Diary, Week 393, November 14-20, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Saturday AFL freezes admission prices for 2004; first time in 11 years
Fremantle re-signs Jeff Farmer for three years
Tuesday Cats slice debt by $6 million; 2003 profit is $572,173
Wednesday Hawthorn profits for 7th-straight year; $104,347
Thursday Essendon form partnership with Manchester United

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D-04-Nov-02 Footystats Diary, Week 392, November 7-13, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Two operations rule Justin Leppitsch out of Lions' pre-season
Brian Cunningham tipped for AFL football operations position
Saturday Anthony Koutoufides to captain Carlton
Scott Clayton re-endorsed as Bulldog recruiting manager for two years
Simon Prestigiacomo and Ben Johnson sign two-year deals with Pies
Wednesday Adam Simpson to captain Kangaroos
Garry Hocking appointed coach of WAFL's Peel Thunder for three years
Thursday Melbourne announces loss of $5,149,000
Jade Rawlings signs with Bulldogs, who get him with No.1 in draft
Wayne Campbell will captain Richmond in famous No.17 jumper
Delisted Steven Lawrence (StK) faces driving charges

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D-04-Nov-01 Footystats Diary, Week 391, Oct 31-Nov 6, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Saturday IR: Ireland wins, but Aussies take the series – 2nd Test at MCG
Rawlings and Stevens not delisted, leaving opening to draft
Hawthorn re-sign assistants Donald McDonald and George Stone
Meetings with Bulldogs smooth way for Rawlings to be drafted
Rob Snowdon to review football operation of the Carlton FC
AFL asks fans for Wizard Cup rules to be trialled
Monday Sales of MCG memorabilia from re-development fetch $600,000
Tuesday Record crowd of 122,736 attends running of 143rd Melbourne Cup
Thursday Barry Mitchell to coach VFL's Northern Bullants
Leon Cameron returns to Whitten Oval as assistant to Peter Rohde
Chris Grant returns to full training after right knee reconstruction
Carlton mourns passing of Jim Baird

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D-04-Oct-04 Footystats Diary, Week 390, October 23-30, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Saturday IR: Slick Aussies give harsh lesson to Irish – 1st Test in Perth
Hawthorn great Stan Spinks passes
Brian Royal to Kangaroos as assistant coach
Sunday Hawthorn great Stan Spinks passes
Monday no entries, but there's always another story ...
Tuesday Alastair Lynch to play for a 17th season
Geelong name Daryn Cresswell and Ken Hinkley as assistant coaches
Wednesday IR: Mark Bickley and Matthew Scarlett to face Tribunal
Joe Misiti signs one-year deal with Essendon
Guy McKenna joins Collingwood as assistant coach
After 90 years, Perth Oval name falls to sponsorship
Paul Dimattina retires from Western Bulldogs
Thursday IR: Tribunal outs Bickley and Scarlett for one IR match
Kangaroos axe Shannon Motlop
Bulldogs ink Lindsay Gilbee, Ben Harrison, Patrick Bowden, Matthew Boyd
Fremantle re-sign Paul Medhurst, James Walker, Robert Haddrill
Dean Wallis returns to Essendon to join coaching panel

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D-04-Oct-03 Footystats Diary, Week 389, October 17-23, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Ross Lyon joins Paul Roos at Sydney
IR: Upset to Test preparations – Hands Oval at Bunbury ruled unfit
Saturday Trade Week: Hawks, Blues and Bulldogs the winners
Losers: Jade Rawlings and Nick Stevens with no deals
MWB: Trade week was like a ping-pong ball
Top marks to Foxtel for "Trading Places"
Bulldogs ploy under fire – Rawlings denied switch to Kangaroos
Sunday IR: Australia squad announced – the changes
Tuesday 3AW's Rex Hunt wins Best Sports Presenter award
Discussions continue on Jade Rawlings
AFLPA asks AFL to explain rationale for twilight matches
BruceK: *Perspective* update
Wednesday Flow of delistings continue
Construction of new stand starts at Kardinia Park
Banker David Liddy appointed to Brisbane Lions board
Primus Telecommunications is new Melbourne sponsor

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D-04-Oct-02 Footystats Diary, Week 388, October 10-16, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday <> Dean Solomon quits Bombers – Tigers the tip; $1.6m over four years
<> Hawthorn sign new sponsor deal; to become *HSBC Hawks"
<> James Bartel and Paul Chambers sign new deals with Geelong
<> Shaun Hart to play 15th season with Brisbane Lions
<> Nigel Lappin, Luke Power, Daniel Bradshaw, Mal Michael and Robbie Copeland are only Lions not re-signed.
<> Brisbane's Tim Notting a likely casualty of salary cap pressure
<> Brendon Lade re-signs with Port Adelaide
<> Chad Fletcher joins teammates Glen Jakovich and David Wirrpunda in squad to play Ireland
<> Matthew Knights to coach Port Magpies in SANFL
Saturday Caroline Wilson, The Age: Stephen Silvagni will leave Carlton board
Hawthorn re-signs Angelo Lekkas after protracted discussions
Rugby World Cup starts in Sydney
Sunday Fremantle beat Collingwood in London by 19 points
Monday <> Exchange Week begins at Carlton
<> AFL to decide on Carlton draft week submission and Essendon's payments to James Hird and Matthew Lloyd for internet rights.
<> Uncontracted Nick Stevens speaks with seven clubs
<> Carlton's Andrew McKay may retire
MWB: eight different teams take wooden spoon in past eight years
Tuesday Essendon fined $85,000 for salary cap breach – past record noted
Carlton remain banned from draft
St Kilda shows interest in Trent Croad
Blues to remain with Northern Bullants; VFL to be 13-teams in 2004
Carlton advertises for sponsors in Financial Review
Wednesday Dean Solomon rejects Richmond; to stay at Essendon
Essendon to contest AFL ruling, not the $85,000 fine
Daniel Motlop stays with Kangaroos
Richmond in pursuit of Bulldogs' Nathan Brown
Tiger captain Wayne Campbell leads six teammates to take pay cuts
Thursday Trade deals coming together
Laurence Angwin escapes theft and burglary charges with bond
Stephen Silvagni resigns from Carlton board
Terry Daniher axed by Collingwood
Port re-sign Michael Wilson and Damon White

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D-04-Oct-01 Footystats Diary, Week 387, October 3-9, 2003 (Tween Seasons)
Friday Carlton set to cull up to 14 players
Best & Fairest: Syd, Mel, WCE,
Saturday Bombers cited on TPP rule – probe lasted five months
Jade Rawlings to Arden Street? – wants to play with brother Brady
Best & Fairest: Buckley wins Copeland for record sixth time
Best & Fairest Ade, Fre, Gee, Kan, Rch ...
Anthony Rocca signs with Pies for another three years
Pies: Leon Davis and Richard Col on new two-year deals
Sunday Best & Fairest: Bri, Haw, PA, WB
Monday SANFL Bulldogs clinch third flag in four years
Tuesday Bulldogs and Port to play for points in Darwin on August 14
Jason Akermanis still not re-signed by Brisbane
Northern Territory team may join SANFL – Jackson to head working party
Wednesday Tribunal: Jonathan Brown suspended two matches from GF
Geelong extend Mark Thompson deal to 2005
Brett Kirk added to Test squad
AFL will profit $4.5 million
Weekly TV average is now 3.8 million viewers
Port inks Shaun Burgoyne to end of 2005
Daniel Motlop wants to leave Kangaroos
Rumour file: Trent Croad to be traded by Fremantle
Rumour file: St Kilda's Heath Black will return to the west
Rumour file: Nathan Brown to Hawthorn; Jade Rawlings to Bulldogs
Rumour file: Dean Solomon to turn Tigers down and stay at Windy Hill
MWB: Sydney's accuracy will go down as one of the all-time best
Thursday AFL 2004 draw released on Wednesday – Bit of this, Bit of that ...

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

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