Monday, 24 March 2014

2014 Round 3, Quarter time.

25th March Birthdays.

Tom Collier 1989, Chris Connolly 1963, Derek Murray 1980.

PLAYER OF THE DAY. Ray Jencke, born 25th March 1966.

Scoring 27 goals in 194 games Ray was a servant of the Hawthorn football club from 1986 to 1997.

Playing off the half back flank, he was selected in the state side in his second year of 1987. He also played in a loosing grand final team that year, however knee surgery slowed down his progression and he was unable to keep a spot in the senior team until 1990.

A Victorian representative on three occasions he was in the 1991 Hawks premiership side and was known for his great kicking on either foot.

Source: The Encyclopaedia of AFL Footballers.

Gavin Brown - Collingwood Favourite.

It is not surprising that Gavin was a favourite of the Collingwood army as he played with them from 1987 to 2000 in 254 games and kicked 195 goals.

Nicknamed 'Rowdy' due to his reserved nature off the field, he was just the opposite on it, being a very 'hard at the contest' player and was considered by many as the ultimate club man.

A member of the 1990 premiership team he also won the clubs best and fairest award three times, was an All Australian twice and captained the club  from 1994 to 1998.
Source: The Encyclopaedia of AFL Footballers.


A Team Of Champions.

The final 7 people from Ben Collins champion team, the interchange bench and the coaches.

All of the coaches were players as well but I am only listing their achievements in coaching.

                                                   Bob Davis. 
                                             Geelong 1948-1958.
                                                            189 games 149 goals.
                                                 2 premierships. 
                                             3 times All Australian.

                   Charlie Sutton.                                     John Todd.
        Footscray 1942 and  1946-1956.            South Freemantle 1955-1966.
                173 games 65 goals.                                  132 games. 
                     1 premiership.                                  1 Sandover Medal.
                1 time All Australian.                            1 time All Australian.
             Ron Barassi. - Coach.                            Allan Jeans. - Coach.
                Carlton 1965-1971.                                St. Kilda1961-1976.
         North Melbourne 1973-1980.                  Hawthorne 1981-87 & 1989-90.
        Melbourne 1964 & 1981-1985.                           Richmond 1992.
                Sydney 1993-1995.                                      575 games.
                 513 games (total).                      358 wins, 215 losses, 2 draws.
        274 wins, 235 losses, 4 draws.                           4 premierships.
                   4 premierships.

             Mick Malthouse. - Coach.                       Denis Pagan. - Coach.
                 Footscray 1984-1989.                      North Melbourne-1993-2002.
                West Coast 1990-1999.                            Carlton 2003-2007.
                Collingwood 2000-2011.                            344 games (total).
                    662 games (total).                      175 wins, 167 losses, 2 draws.
           385 wins, 271 losses, 6 draws.                         2 premierships.
                    3 premierships.
Note: I have only included full coaching terms.

Source: The Champions & Wikipedia..

Top Goal Kicker Award.
An award has been presented to the top goal kicker of each season since 1897 but it was just known as the Leading Goal Kicker Medal until 1955.  Since that year it has been known as the Coleman Medal after Essendon's goal kicking great John Coleman who had retired in 1954.
Until 1954 it was awarded at the end of the home and away games but since 1981 it has been at the end of the season. 
John Coleman played only 98 games for Essendon but kicked 537 goals.  His career would no doubt have been longer had he not suffered a serious knee injury.

Source: AFL Record Season Guide 2013.

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