Monday, 21 April 2014

2014 Round 7, Quarter time.

22th April Birthdays.
Denis Clark 1950, Stephen Lawrence 1969, Shane McCarthy 1952,
 Robert Nash 1884, John O'Connell 1951, Chris O'Sullivan 1968.

 PLAYER OF THE DAY. Larry Donohue, born 22nd April 1955.
With a return of 339 goals from 105 games it is easy to see that Larry Donohue was a gun forward.  He played for Geelong from 1973 to 1980 and was on the Victorian team on one occasion. 

He was a big man with a good lead and strong mark and he topped the clubs goal kicking every year from 1975 to 1998.  In 1976 he won the Coleman Medal with 105 goals.

At the end of his time at Geelong he moved to Fitzroy but did not play any senior games there.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

Carl Ditterich – The Blond Bombshell.

Not only was Carl one of the most recognised players of his time he also has in interesting history playing twice at two different clubs.
Starting at St. Kilda in 1963 he burst onto the scene with a ‘best on ground’ performance in his very first game.  From there he didn’t look back as he became one of the most feared ruckmen of all and was a darling of the press and fans alike.

His first stint at St. Kilda ended with a move to Melbourne in 1973. 1976 found him back at St. Kilda and he ended his playing career at a final stint at Melbourne from 1979 to 1980.
In all he played 203 games for St. Kilda and kicked 156 goals while for Melbourne he played 82 games for 43 goals.

His personal achievements include, St Kilda best and fairest in 1968 and captain in 1976-77. He was also Melbourne’s best and fairest in 1973 and captain/coach in 1979-80.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

Australian Rules and World History.
We hear dates of events in the development of our great game, but sometimes it is hard to get a true idea of where it fits in history.

The year Tom Wills wrote his letter to The Argus (1857) there was a statute put on the books in America that ‘Blacks’ were not citizens and could not try to get their freedom.  This issue of course, was a main reason for the American civil war, which was fought from 1861-1865.

In Victoria 1857 was also only 3 short years after the Eureka stockade uprising.
The Melbourne Football Club was formed in 1859, the reported birth year of American outlaw Billy the kid. It was also the year the first Inter Collegiate Baseball game was played in the United States and Britain launched its last 3 decked wooden naval vessel.
Source: Wikipedia.
Top Three Draft Picks 1988.
Alex McDonald was the top draft pick of 1988 and it appeared that in his first year at Hawthorn he was not really ready for the rigours of VFL football. His first game was in 1990 and he was at the club until 1995 playing 46 games and kicking 24 goals.
He moved to Collingwood in 1996 and by this time, it seems, he was much more able and in fact he was a regular member of the team in 1996 and 1997.  Showing good hand and foot skills and  an effective tagger he was with the Magpies until 1999 for 61 games and 20 goals.
Todd Breman also played for two clubs.  He was initially drafted to West Coast and played 23 games there for 15 goals.
He moved to Richmonnd in 1992 and in that and the next season he played a total of 25 games and kicked 24 goals.
Carl Dilena played his first game for Fitzroy in 1989 and when he finished at the club at the end of 1990 he had played 23 games and kicked 15 goals.
For 1991 and 1992 he wore a Kangaroos jumper and was in just 10 games kicking 8 goals for North Melbourne.
Other players taken lower down in the same draft include Chris Naish, Leon Cameron, Dion Scott, Anthony Stevens Michael Long and Daryn Cresswell.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers and AFL Record Season Guide 2013.


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