Wednesday, 27 August 2014

2014 Round 25, Half time.

28th August Birthdays.
Chris Groom 1973.

 PLAYER OF THE DAY. Wade Thompson, born 28th August 1988.
Taken at pick number 4 by Port Power in the rookie draft of 2009, Wade was a small forward with great pace and knew how to kick a goal. 

Playing in the NAB cup in 2009 he kicked 3 goals in one match and continued to impress in those games.  When the season proper started he was elevated to the senior side but played just 2 games.

In 2010 he was again in the NAB cup games though he was unable to break back into the senior side and was delisted at the end of the year.

Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

Rodney Eade-Player and Coach.
Rodney played for Hawthorn for most of his career under the great coaches, Kennedy, Parkin and Jeans.
With the club from 1976-’87 he played 229 games for 46 goals, mainly on the wing.  He was in 4 Premiership teams with the Hawks  and had inherited the jumper of another great Tasmania in Peter Hudson.
In 1988 he moved to Brisbane where he was in 30 games for 3 goals up until the end of 1990.
Following his playing days he did a coaching apprenticeship at a few clubs before being appointed senior coach at Sydney in 1996.
In his first year he got them into the grand final and they were in the finals for the next 3 years.  2000 saw then finish in 11th place but in 2001 they were back in the finals again finishing the season 7th on the ladder. 
His tenure at the club ended mid 2002 and his record while there, including 8 finals, was 152 games for 81 wins 2 draws and 69 losses, a winning percentage of 53%.
He floated for a couple of years before taking on the senior coaching role at the Western Bulldogs.
As at Sydney he had immediate success at the Whitten Oval getting the club into the finals in his second year, after finishing 9th in his first season (2005).
2007 saw them finish 13th, but they managed to get back up in 2008, finishing 3rd and then in 2009 and 2010 they made it to the preliminary finals.
When he finished as coach in 2011 his figures were very much the same as at Sydney, 162 games for 88 wins, 2 draws and 72 losses, with 11 finals appearances.  His winning percentage being 54%.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers & AFL Record Season Guide 2013.

Highest Scores For A Quarter.
Some massive scores have been kicked by teams in individual quarters and most of these would be a respectable score at the end of a match.
1st quarter. 15.4.94 – Essendon v Gold Coast. Round 6 2011.
Final score: Essendon 31.11.197 def Gold Caost 8.10.58.

2nd quarter. 14.4.86 – Adelaide v Fitzroy. Round 17 1996.
Final score: Adelaide 26.10.166 def Fitzroy 9.13.67.

3rd quarter. 13.4.82 – Essendon v Footscray. Round 22 1982.
Final score: Essendon 32.16.208 def Footscray 9.8.62.

4th quarter. 17.4.106 – South Melbourne v St.Kilda. Round 12 1919.
Final score: South Melbourne 29.15.189 def St. Kilda 2.6.18.
Source: AFL tables & AFL Record Season Guide 2013.
Laurie & Steven Icke.
Laurie Icke joined North Melbourne from East Ballarat and was renowned for being a hard payer who had a ‘mad stare’.
Between 1952 and 1957 he played 57 games for the club and was part of a defence that was regarded as the hardest in the VFL.
Steven Icke followed his father to North but was able to play a lot more matches, 120, and kick 33 goals from 1975 to 1981.
Playing mainly in the back line, he was centre half forward in their flag winning side in 1977.
He was selected in the state squad in 1977 and 1980 but was traded to Melbourne in 1982.
While there, he played a further 78 games for 17 goals before retiring at the end of 1987. Club Best and Fairest in 1982, he was also selected in the Victorian team again in 1983.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers. 


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