Wednesday, 20 August 2014

2014 Round 24, Half time.

21st August Birthdays.
Darren Bewick '67, Robert Harvey '71, Rohan Robertson '61,
Adam Thompson '86, Mark Williams '58.

 PLAYER OF THE DAY. Damian Monkhorst, born 21st August 1969.
After only a couple of years of playing senior football for Collingwood Damian had a premiership medal round his neck.  Overall he played 205 games for the Magpies and kicked 45 goals from 1988 to 1999.

Probably not the most versatile player, he was strong in the packs and was one of his teams best in the 1990 Grand Final.  He certainly made things happen, as it was renowned to be because of him that the AFL's melee and racial vilification laws were introduced.  1994 - 1998 weren't great years for him as he was not able to play many games and then in 2000 he moved to St Kilda.

In his one season there he played 10 games and through his career he was in 2 state games for Victoria.

Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

It Was Almost 0.0.00!
The players and fans of Fitzroy must have been on tenterhooks as the game approached full time and they hadn’t scored as solitary point.
Playing Footscray at the Western (Whitten) Oval in round 5, 1953 and only 1 minute left on the clock, it was 10.6 to zero when they were saved the embarrassment of being the first team to not score in a match.
As quite often happens it was their Captain and 1950 Brownlow medallist Allan Ruthven who managed to get boot to ball from a boundary throw in and it was lucky enough to float through for a goal.
Source: Our Game by Jim Main.

A Tie In The First Ever Sandover Medal.
Tom Outridge was presented with the first Sandover medal in 1921 when a casting vote was given to him by the WAFL president when there was a tie after all the votes had been counted.
Playing mainly in the ruck, Tom was with Perth from 1916-1918 in 33 games and then moved to Subiaco where he played 168 games from 1919 - 1931.
He also represented Western Australia 27 times and as well as the Sandover he was Subiaco’s Best and Fairest in 1921 and ’22 and was a member of their 1924 Premiership team.

Cyril Hoft had to wait until 1997 to be recognised by retrospective awarding of the medal.
Starting his career at North Fremantle in 1914 he only played 2 years before enlisting in the army and serving in Europe.  Whilst in the service he played in an  exhibition game in London in 1916.
He resumed playing at Perth in 1919 and from then until 1923 (and for the 1928 season) he was in a total of 88 club games and 3 state games for Western Australia.
From 1924 to ’27 he was at Glenelg and as well as winning their Best and Fairest in 1924, he was Captain/Coach in 1925 and led them to their first ever win.  He also played in the South Australian state team a number of times.
Source: Wikipedia. 

Barry Young – Journeyman.
From 1990 to 1993 Barry donned the colours of the Richmond football club in 53 games for 23 goals.
He went in hard after the ball and whist this is a positive, it can also land you in trouble, which is what it did to Barry.
When he moved to Essendon in 1994 his hardness was not lost on coach Kevin Sheedy and he played 76 games under him and kicked 5 goals.
1997 and ’98 saw him sidelined by injury a lot but by 1999 he was back to his best, though due to contract negotiations failing he left the club.
His final year of football (2000) was played at Hawthorn where he was in 13 games later realising that maybe he would have been better off staying with the Bombers.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

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