Coburg Football Club
The Coburg Football Club, nicknamed The Lions, is an Australian rules football club based in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne, and currently playing in the Victorian Football League. It is based at Coburg City Oval which has renamed to Piranha Park. Coburg has historically been a club and has won 6 VFA/VFL premierships with the most recent premiership in 1989. The club spent time aligned as a side for the Richmond Football Club from 2001. Coburg was runners-up to the Northcote Football Club in three seasons from 1932 to 1934, and was runners-up in 1941. Coburg had prolific goal kickers Lance Collins and Bob Pratt during the 1930s and 1940s. Collins, in his first full season in 1936, kicked 16,12,11 and 10 goals in games to kick 116 goals for the season. Pratt and Collins together hold the record for the most goals by two players in a season, they kicked a total of 256 goals in 1941, Pratt kicked 22 goals in a match against Sandringham Football Club, a club record. The clubs existence was threatened in 1965, when the City of Coburg leased Coburg Oval to the VFLs North Melbourne Football Club, the only J. J.
Liston trophy winner for Coburg was Jim Sullivan in 1967. Prior to 1943 the Best and Fairest Award in the VFA was the Recorder Cup, Coburg VFA winners were Peter Reville who was the equal winner in 1936 and E. Snowy Martin in 1927. Jim Sullivan was credited by club statistics to have amassed 54 kicks in a match in 1969, which is the second highest recorded in football competition. Coburg has the second highest number of reported players in a VFA match, after many years in the doldrums, the club enjoyed somewhat of a rebirth in the late 1970s, with a continued period of success until the 1990. During that time, the club won three flags, finished another two times and won four minor premierships. Even so, the clubs off-field position was not secure during this time, VFA legend Phil Cleary was a member of all these games, as either a player or a coach. Dave Starbuck holds the record for games, with 219. He is closely followed by cult figure, Vin The Tank Taranto, who played during the 1980s and the days of the 1990s.
Third on the games list, on 205 games, is Cleary, from 2001 until 2013, Coburg had an alignment in place with the AFLs Richmond Football Club, which saw Richmonds players eligible to play senior football for Coburg when not selected in the AFL. The affiliation ended after the 2013 season, Coburg returned to operations as a senior club in the VFL from 2014
Australian Football League
The Australian Football League is the pre-eminent professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL serves as the governing body. The league was founded as the Victorian Football League as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association, the league currently consists of 18 teams spread over five of Australias six states. Matches have been played in all states and territories of Australia. The AFL season currently consists of a competition, followed by a 23-round regular season. The top eight teams play off in a four-round finals series, culminating in the AFL Grand Final. The winning team in the Grand Final is termed the premiers, the current premiers are the Western Bulldogs. The six clubs invited two more VFA clubs – Carlton and St Kilda – to join the league for its season in 1897. In 1908, the league expanded to ten teams, with Richmond crossing from the VFA, Port Adelaide was the most successful club of the competition winning three titles during the period along with an earlier victory.
In 1925, the VFL expanded from nine teams to twelve, with Footscray, North Melbourne and Hawthorn remained very weak in the VFL for a very long period. Between the years of 1927 and 1930, Collingwood became the first, in 1952, the VFL hosted National Day, when all six matches were played outside of Melbourne. Matches were played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Brisbane Exhibition Ground, North Hobart Oval, Albury Sports Ground and Victorian country towns Yallourn, Footscray became the first of the 1925 expansion teams to win the premiership in 1954. Melbourne became a powerhouse during the 1950s and early 1960s under coach Norm Smith, the club contested seven consecutive grand finals from 1954 to 1960, winning five premierships, including three in a row from 1955 to 1957. Television coverage began in 1957, with telecasts of the final quarter permitted. At first, several channels competed through broadcasting different games, when the VFL found that television was reducing crowds, it decided that no coverage was to be allowed for 1960.
In 1961, replays were introduced although direct telecasts were rarely permitted in Melbourne, in 1959, the VFL planned the first purpose built mega-stadium, VFL Park, to give it some independence from the Melbourne Cricket Club, which managed the Melbourne Cricket Ground. VFL Park was planned to hold 155,000 spectators, which would have made it one of the largest stadiums in the world – although it would ultimately be built with a capacity of 78,000. Land for the stadium was purchased at Mulgrave, the VFL Premiership Trophy was first awarded in addition to a pennant flag in 1959, essentially the same trophy design has been in use since
Docklands Stadium is a multi-purpose sports and entertainment stadium in the Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Australia. Construction started in October 1997 under the name, Victoria Stadium. Also headquartered in the precinct is Seven Networks digital broadcast centre. The stadium was announced on 31 October 1996 as a replacement for the much larger Waverley Park as a headquarters for the Australian Football League. Under the terms of the agreement governing construction and operation of the venue, Docklands Stadium, like Waverley Park, was built primarily for Australian rules football, unlike most grounds of a similar size in Australia which were originally designed for cricket. The first match to be played at the ground was between Essendon and Port Adelaide, before a crowd of 43,012, in Round 1 of the 2000 AFL season, Essendon won the match by 94 points. The stadium was the first stadium in Australia to have movable seating, all four level-one tiers of the stadium can be moved up to 18 metres forward into a rectangular configuration.
It was first used for a Melbourne Storm game in July 2001, despite the seating being a key feature of the stadium, it has rarely been used, citing damage to turf, time to deploy the seats and a reduced capacity. Docklands Stadium first featured rugby league football when it was used as the Melbourne Storms home ground for one season in 2001, the Storm continued to play home games at the ground sporadically in the following years. Docklands was the venue for the third and deciding game of the 2006 State of Origin series, in 2015, LED electronic advertising was added around the perimeter of the ground on level 1 and 2. It was the first time Australia had hosted a round of the SGP event since the round of the 2002 season in Sydney. With stadium capacity capped at 42,000 for the event,26,609 fans saw 45 year old American rider Greg Hancock take out his 20th SGP Final, danish rider Niels-Kristian Iversen finished second with Polands Maciej Janowski finishing third. Reigning Australian Champion Jason Doyle qualified for the final but was outed in a crash in the first turn in which he suffered neck, a fully conscious Doyle was transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for observation.
The plan was rejected by the AFL, prior to the start of the 2016 AFL season the seats in the Medallion Club were replaced. The old seats in the Medallion Club section were relocated to areas in the ground. On 7 October 2016, the AFL Commission announced that the league had acquired ownership of the stadium. On 16 August 2000, the first indoor One Day International was held when the Australian cricket team played South Africa in the Super Challenge, the following table summarises the ODI centuries scored at Docklands. Events that have held at the Docklands Stadium include concerts by many famous artists
Michael Barlow is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League. He previously played with the Fremantle Football Club from 2010 to 2016, Barlow won Shepparton Uniteds best and fairest at age 19 before moving to the Victorian Football League at the end of the 2009 season. He moved to play for the Werribee Football Club in the VFL in 2008, J. Liston Trophy for the leagues best and fairest player, and was named in the VFLs Team of the Year in both 2008 and 2009. He was one of eight players from the VFL selected in the rookie draft, alex Silvagni was drafted to Fremantle from the Casey Scorpions. After performing well in Fremantles three NAB Cup pre-season games, Barlow was promoted to Fremantles senior list as a nominated rookie, enabling him to play throughout the 2010 AFL season. He made a debut for Fremantle in the opening round of the 2010 AFL season, gaining 33 possessions. It was the most possessions gained by a player on debut since the AFLs official data partner, Champion Data, began collecting statistics in 1992, in his first Derby, Barlow was awarded the Ross Glendinning Medal for being the best player on the ground.
His game consisted of 10 kicks,15 handballs,4 marks,8 tackles and he was awarded the Best First Year Player Award at the 2010 AFL Players Association awards, despite missing 8 home and away games due to his broken leg. Barlow gathered 25 disposals to be one of the Dockers best in the huge 89-point loss to the Demons in what was deemed a successful return to AFL football, however, he missed the following two games against Brisbane and the Gold Coast with soreness in his leg. He returned as the substitute in the round 17 clash against Sydney at the SCG, Barlow finished off the season strongly from on, playing every game onwards and averaging just over 24 disposals. Although his form wasnt quite as stellar as his debut season, leading up to the 2012 season, Barlow again faced difficulties with his rebuilt leg, experiencing more soreness weeks before the season began. He missed the whole pre-season competition and returned as the substitute again in the two games against Geelong and Sydney. Since his form has been encouraging, suggesting that he eventually return to the form of his debut season.
His best performance came in the Round 14 clash with Collingwood, at the conclusion of the 2016 AFL season, Barlow was delisted by Fremantle. He subsequently joined Gold Coast as a free agent. Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season Michael Barlows profile on the website of the Gold Coast Football Club Michael Barlows statistics from AFL Tables
Box Hill Hawks Football Club
Box Hill Hawks Football Club is an Australian rules football club playing in the Victorian Football League. It has an alliance with the Hawthorn Football Club which plays in the Australian Football League, organised Australian rules football within the municipality of Box Hill can be traced back to the year 1903. In that year Mr EFG Hodges, the proprietor of the Reporter newspaper, the six foundation teams were Bayswater, Box Hill, Ferntree Gully and Ringwood. This team is unrelated to the Box Hill Hawks Football Club of today but was the first team to be known as Box Hill and was the first Australian rules football team in the municipality. The Box Hill City Football Club was the fore-runner of the present day club and was the first to wear the brown, in 1932 the Eastern Suburban Football League formed with Box Hill City as a foundation member. In November 1936 this team amalgamated with Box Hill East to become the Box Hill Football Club, in 1937 the team moved to the newly constructed Box Hill City Oval after the land south of Whitehorse Road was acquired by the Box Hill Cemetery Trust.
Chain mesh partitions were provided for the inner and outer spectator viewing areas, at the time the ground was regarded as the equal of any in Victoria. The new Box Hill Football Club won the ESFL B Grade premiership in its first season and was runner-up in the A Grade the next season, a third consecutive premiership was narrowly missed with the 1947 grand final being lost by 1 point to Mitcham. The first two Clubs admitted under this new strategy were Box Hill and Moorabbin who, at the end of the 1950 season, were invited to field teams in the VFA for the 1951 season. The Box Hill Football Club made its debut in the VFA on Saturday 21 April 1951, the team lost to Preston 7.9 to 16.14. Success did not come readily at first as the team based on its ESFL players. The only premiership points gained during this first season were recorded in a match against Williamstown at home in Round 13. Morris attracted quality footballers to Box Hill and inspired the team through his own efforts. Morris played with Box Hill for three years and won the best and fairest by a huge margin each season and must still be regarded as one of the very best players ever to represent the club.
In 1956 Box Hill made its appearance in the VFA finals under captain-coach Col Austen. It defeated Brunswick in the first semi-final before losing to eventual premiers Williamstown in the preliminary final, Austen again guided the club into the finals in 1958, losing the first semi-final to Port Melbourne. After the high points of 1956 and 1958, during the ensuing seasons Box Hills performances began to decline, in 1960 the VFA was a single division of seventeen teams and Box Hill finished tenth. When divisional football was introduced for the 1961 season Box Hill therefore became the club admitted to the newly formed ten team first division
2009 AFL season
The 2009 Australian Football League season commenced on 26 March and concluded on 26 September. It was the 113th season of the VFL/AFL competition, the season consisted of 22 home and away rounds and four rounds of finals, culminating in the 2009 AFL Grand Final which determined the 2009 AFL premiers. Geelong won the Grand Final against St Kilda, the only club to show interest in recruiting Cousins, had one selection in the pre-season draft. Josh Carrs return to Port Adelaide was the major player move. Bold – Home game Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the finished the round inside the top 8. Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round, Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished in last place on the ladder in that round. The Brownlow Medal was awarded to Gary Ablett, Jr. of Geelong, the AFL Rising Star was awarded to Daniel Rich of the Brisbane Lions, who received the maximum 45 votes. The Coleman Medal was awarded to Brendan Fevola of Carlton, who kicked 86 goals during the home, the Wooden Spoon was awarded to Melbourne for the second year in a row.
Melbourne finished the season in last place on the ladder after 22 rounds, the McClelland Trophy was awarded to St Kilda for finishing 1st on the ladder during the premiership season. The AFL Players Association Awards were as follows, The Leigh Matthews Trophy was awarded to Gary Ablett, the Robert Rose Award went to Joel Selwood from Geelong for being the Most Courageous Player throughout the premiership season. The Best Captain award went to Jonathan Brown of the Brisbane Lions for the second time, the Best First-Year Player award was won by Daniel Rich from the Brisbane Lions. Rich blitzed the competition, receiving 463 votes, and the runner-up receiving just 45, the 2009 award was won by Daniel Rich from the Brisbane Lions. The Australian Football League celebrates the best goal of the season through the annual Goal of the Year competition, from 2009 onwards, the commercial name for the award is the AFL Stores Goal of the Year. Nominations Round 1 – Shannon Hurn Round 2 – Jason Winderlich Round 3 – Taylor Walker Round 4 – Ryan Houlihan Round 5 – Gary Ablett, from 2009 onwards, the commercial name for the award is the Hungry Jacks Mark of the Year.
Each week three players and what they did are made available on the AFL Army Award website for supporters to vote on, the player with the highest percentage of the vote is the AFL Army Award nominee for that round. Nominations For the full list of nominees, see 2009 AFL Army Award. Umpires were encouraged to recall a centre bounce if it is offline, Players contacting umpires continued to be an issue with several players fined for making contact with umpires as they retreated from ball-ups. In related offences, Collingwoods Heath Shaw was suspended for one week after touching an umpires shoulder,2009 Australian football code crowds AFL official website 2009 AFL Fixture 2009 Season – AFL Tables
Tasmanian Football League
The Tasmanian State League, colloquially known as the Tasmanian Football League is the highest ranked Australian rules football league in Tasmania, Australia. After long negotiations and discussions it was reinstated as a ten club competition in 2009, the League is commercially known as the RACT Insurance Tasmanian State League under a naming-rights sponsorship agreement with RACT Insurance in Hobart. The clubs would represent their various districts rather than being individual clubs, two new clubs would join North Hobart and New Town at the expense of Cananore and Lefroy which went out of existence during the World War II cessation. In 1947 the TANFL voted to include a two clubs from the Southern District Football Association for a three-year probationary period. On 7 August 1950, the clubs voted to retain the two clubs as permanent members of the competition. This era would be the strongest one for the league with a succession of star players in its ranks, record crowds, from 1979–1985 the TANFL would be known as the Winfield League under a naming-rights sponsorship arrangement with a tobacco company.
The league disbanded due to a dwindling of clubs able to financially cope, three regional leagues absorbed the clubs from the Statewide League. After a hiatus of eight years, AFL Tasmania announced plans for a return of the league in 2009. Many believed the push for a return of the league was a result of the media. Under the AFL Tasmania plan, ten clubs were invited to join the competition, Glenorchy and North Hobart along with former Southern amateur club Lauderdale in the South. North Launceston, South Launceston and Launceston from the North and Devonport, the response from many clubs was initially luke-warm at best with many concerned at the lack of detail in the AFL Tasmania plan and the rushed decision-making process of the move. Ulverstone from the North West Coast bowed to pressure from its playing list, former TFL club New Norfolk was not invited to join the league because of their poor financial position. Also, as a result of the new competition getting off the ground, the inaugural Grand Final was held at Bellerive Oval on 19 September between old rivals Glenorchy and Clarence resulting in a thrilling 6-point victory to the Roos in front of 7,534 fans.
However, after two weeks of the season, three clubs had decided to do their own bidding and Lennon walked away from the position. Two other clubs struggled to field a reserves team throughout the season and it would be axed at seasons end. The club was replaced by the Prospect State Football Club, which competes under the club name of Western Storm Football Club. These movements were forced upon the league to make space for a new AFL Tasmania backed TSL club, the Tasmanian Football League operates on a single table system, with no divisions, conferences nor promotion and relegation from other leagues. Notes Notes Since the first championship held in 1879, North Hobart has won the most premiers with 27 titles, the first champion ever was City FC, a club now defunct
Geelong Football Club
The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed the Cats, is a professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong and playing in the Australian Football League. The Cats have been the VFL/AFL premiers nine times, with three in the AFL era and they have won nine McClelland Trophies, a record shared with Essendon. The club was formed in 1859, making it the second oldest club in the AFL after Melbourne and one of the oldest football clubs in the world. Geelong participated in the first football competition in Australia and was a club of both the Victorian Football Association in 1877 and the Victorian Football League in 1897. The club first established itself in the VFA by winning seven premierships, the club won a further six premierships by 1963, before enduring a 44-year waiting period until it won its next premiership—an AFL-record 119-point victory in the 2007 AFL Grand Final. Geelong have since won a further two premierships in 2009 and 2011, the clubs home ground is Kardinia Park, currently known by its sponsorship name Simonds Stadium.
However, the club hosts matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Geelongs traditional guernsey colours are blue and white hoops. The clubs nickname, The Cats, was first used in 1923 after a run of losses prompted a local cartoonist to suggest that the club needed a black cat to bring it good luck, the clubs official team song and anthem is We Are Geelong. Geelong Football Club was formally established at a meeting held in the Victoria Hotel on 18 July 1859, the club contested its first match of Australian rules football against Melbourne at Argyle Square in 1860, which finished as a scoreless draw. In 1863, Geelong travelled to Melbourne to contest the Caledonian Challenge Cup, although the competition was played under compromised rules, Geelong reached the final and defeated Melbourne to become the second winners of the cup. The club continued to contest the cup in the following years, during this time, Tom Wills—one of the founders of Australian football—played exclusively for the club from 1865 until his retirement from football in 1874.
Following the formation of the Victorian Football Association in 1877, Geelong joined the association as one of its foundation clubs. The club relocated to Corio Oval as its home ground in time for the 1878 season. In 1924, following the death of VFL and Geelong administrator Charles Brownlow, the first player to win the award was Geelongs Edward Greeves. Having been one of the dominant clubs in the old VFA and it wasnt until 1925 that the club won its first VFL premiership. Geelong followed up with further wins in 1931 and 1937. In 1941, the club was forced to relocate from its Corio Oval base due to the oval being required for training during World War 2
Williamstown Cricket Ground
The Williamstown Cricket Ground, currently known by its sponsored name Burbank Oval, and informally as Point Gellibrand Oval, is a football and cricket stadium located in Williamstown, Victoria. The ground is located on Point Gellibrand, the southern-most point of Williamstown which juts into Port Phillip Bay, the ground is currently the home of the Williamstown Football Club in the Victorian Football League, and the Williamstown Cricket Club in the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association. The ground was established as early as the 1850s as a venue for cricket in Williamstown, senior football was not played regularly at the Williamstown Cricket Ground until 1886. In 1888, the dispute ended, the two clubs amalgamated, and began playing all of its home games at the ground with the agreement of the cricket club. One major grandstand, the W. L. Floyd Pavilion, was built during the 20th century and it was initially opened in 1930, and in 1963 it was named after Larry Floyd, who served as club secretary in the 1930s and 1940s.
The venue was redeveloped between 2010 and 2012, which included refurbishing the Floyd Pavilion, a Crimean War era military bunker was unexpectedly uncovered beneath the outer during the redevelopment work
Tasmanian Devils Football Club
Tasmania Football Club, nicknamed The Devils, was an Australian rules football club which competed in the Victorian Football League in Australia. Formed in 2001, it was the youngest and the only club in the league. The club was based in the state of Tasmania at Bellerive Oval and was run by AFL Tasmania, at the end of the 2008 season, AFL Tasmania decided to withdraw the Devils from the VFL competition in favour of restarting a new Tasmanian league encompassing the entire state. The Tasmanian Devils Football Club formed in 2001 and was admitted into the VFL in its season the same year. The AFL continues to own the club, the nickname Devils was chosen as the moniker for the club after the tenacious marsupial predator the Tasmanian devil which is indigenous to the island of Tasmania. The club colours green, gold were inspired by the original State of Origin map guernsey and are Tasmanias sporting colours, the Devils established home grounds in both Hobart and Launceston to deal with the long-standing north-south rivalry.
Originally northern home games were played at Ulverstone, Burnie, at the end of the 2005 season the team moved from North Hobart Oval to Bellerive Oval for home games in the south and began playing all northern home games at Aurora Stadium. 2001 and 2002 brought mediocre results but, under the direction of coach Matthew Armstrong, the 2004 and 2005 seasons saw the Devils again making the finals. This was unpopular among fans, significantly harming the popularity of the club. During the 2006 season, Armstrong stepped down as coach due to pressure from the playing group. North Hobart premiership coach and former Devil Brendon Bolton was made stand in coach for the remainder of the year. At the end of the 2008 season, AFL Tasmania decided to withdraw the Devils from the VFL competition in favour of restarting a new Tasmanian league encompassing the entire state. A deal was struck that involved a number of players from the Kangaroos in both the Devils and the North Ballarat Football Club in the VFL.
In September 2007 AFL Tasmania announced an end to the alignment, the club took to the field in 2008 in its final season as a stand-alone club
Victorian Football League
The Victorian Football League is the major state-level Australian rules football league in Victoria. The league evolved from the former Victorian Football Association, and has been known by its current name since 1996. The VFA was formed in 1877 and is the second-oldest Australian rules football league, initially serving a primarily administrative function, the VFA premiership served as the top level of club competition in Victoria until 1896. The VFA became the level of club competition from 1897 after its eight strongest clubs seceded to form the VFL. From 1897 until 1995, the VFA remained independent from the VFL as Victorias secondary senior club competition and it presently comprises 14 teams from throughout Victoria, eight of which have a continuous VFA heritage. The Victorian Football Association was founded on 17 May 1877 at the meeting of club secretaries immediately preceding the 1877 season. Decisions were made based on a vote of the Board of Management, the five foundation senior clubs in the Melbourne metropolitan area were Albert-park, Hotham, Melbourne and St Kilda.
There was no system of promotion and relegation between the senior and junior levels, with it largely at a clubs discretion whether or not it joined the Association as a paying senior member. The affiliation fee for senior clubs was initially set at one guinea, through the first decade of the VFAs existence, the structure of the football season did not change significantly from the informal system which had evolved over previous years. Premierships won under this method are now considered official. Three Ballarat-based clubs – Ballarat, Ballarat Imperial and South Ballarat – were voting members of the VFA through this time, the two new competitions competed in parallel from their respective 1897 seasons. Because the VFA was independent from the VFL, the VFA had the power to set its own rules, the VFA reduced the number of on-field players from twenty to eighteen in 1897, a move followed by the VFL two years later. The VFA tried reducing the number of players further to 17 in 1908, to 16 in 1912, the VFA went into recess during World War I, with the 1916 and 1917 seasons cancelled and the 1915 and 1918 seasons shortened.
Over first thirty years of the VFAs independence, its relationship with the VFL was, in general, the loss of the VFAs strongest three clubs to the VFL in 1925 firmly cemented the VFA as the second tier competition in the state. Between 1925 and 1929, the addition of outer suburban clubs in Coburg, the relationship with the VFL improved, and a new permit reciprocity agreement was established in 1931. In 1938, the VFA made a rule change by legalising throwing of the football in general play. The change helped to speed up the game, and introduced more run-and-carry play in an era which had previously dominated by a long-kicking style. Additionally, the VFA ended its agreement with the VFL