Monday, 30 June 2014

2014 Round 17, Quarter time.

1st July Birthdays.
Clayton Lamb 1964, Andrew Lee 1986, Darren Payne 1974.

 PLAYER OF THE DAY. Danny Morton, born 1st July 1973.
Danny played for Fitzroy from 1994 to '96 and was a rover that knew how to kick a goal.  His record at the club was 17 goals from 30 games.

When Fitzroy merged with Brisbane he moved over to Adelaide and played with North Adelaide for a year before being picked up by Port Adelaide. He played in 1998 and 2000, missing 1999 because of a serious neck injury. 

In the 2 years he did play he was in 20 games and kicked 17 goals. 

Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

Punt Road Oval.
Punt Road was a track people used to walk down to get from the city to the Yarra River, passing the parkland where the MCG now stands.  It got its name because of the punt which took passengers from the end of it across to the other side of the river.
In 1855 the Richmond Cricket Club asked that they be able to play matches on the ‘Richmond paddock’ and so the Richmond Cricket Ground or Punt Road Oval was born.
The first cricket game was played there in December 1856 and the Richmond Football Club called it home from 1885. They played there as their home ground until 1964 when they relocated to the MCG for their home games.
The largest crowd to attend the ground was 46,000 for a game between Richmond and Carlton in 1949.  In 1965 the capacity was reduced to around 22,000 due to road widening and it currently holds around 6,000.
In all the venue has hosted 542 VFL/AFL games and is still the training base and social club for the Tigers as well as being home ground for their VFL side.  
Source: The Clubs-Complete History Of Every Club in The VFL/AFL and Wikipedia.
3 Way Tie In The Magarey.
Three players shared the Magarey Medal of 1915.  At the time only 1 was awarded due to the count back system, but the others were awarded retrospectively in 1997.
Frank Barry was a rover for the South Adelaide club between 1911 and 1915. 
During this time he played 41 games for the club and also 2 state games for South Australia.  He was the first South Adelaide player to receive a Magarey Medal.
Sampson ‘Shine’ Hosking was a hard player often involved in behind the play incidents.
Over a career spanning 1907 to 1921 he played 161 games for Port Adelaide, missing 1916 to 1918 when war interrupted the competition.
He won the Magarey Medal in 1910 and 1915, played in 7 Premiership teams and was a state representative 9 times.
Charlie Perry played 58 games for the Norwood football club and after winning the Magarey Medal he enlisted as a Methodist minister and found himself in Europe.
Whilst there he captained the combined training unit team in an exhibition match in London in 1916.  He did return to the club after the war but only played a few games.
Source: AFL Record Season Guide 2013 and Wikipedia.

The iconic picture of the ‘screamer’ would have to be the one of Alex Jesaulenko in the 1970 grand final.  Now most people know who ‘Jezza’ is, but what about the guy he took the mark over in the great photo.
Well, the unlucky Collingwood player is Graeme ‘Jerker’ Jenkin, a Collingwood ruckman, which makes Jezzas leap all the more impressive!
Jenkin had a long association with Collingwood, having played in their under 19 team at the age of 14.  Unfortunately for him he only played second ruck, even though he was quite talented.  He was with Collingwood in 1964 and then from 1966-73 when he transferred to Essendon.  At the ‘Dons’ he also ended up playing second ruck and finished his career in 1976. 
His games record was at Collingwood was 77 goals from 127 games and 22 games at Essendon for 10 goals.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers. 

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