Nathan Charles Buckley is a former professional Australian rules football player and coach. He is listed by journalist Mike Sheahan as one of the top 50 players of all time. Buckley won the inaugural Rising Star Award, in 1993 went on to become one of the game's elite, captaining Collingwood between 1999 and 2007, winning the Norm Smith Medal for best player afield in the 2002 Grand Final despite playing in the losing team, only the third player in history to do so, the Brownlow Medal in 2003, winning Collingwood's Best and Fairest award, the Copeland Trophy, six times and named in the Collingwood Team of the Century. Buckley was selected in the All-Australian Team seven times and captained the Australian international rules football team against Ireland. In 2004 Buckley became an original inductee into the Collingwood Hall of Fame, he became a commentator for the Seven Network. After months of speculation, the Collingwood Football Club signed Buckley as an assistant coach for seasons 2010 and 2011 and as senior coach in 2012 until at least the end of the 2017 playing season.
In September 2017, the club announced a two year extension to his contract. Nathan Buckley was born in suburban Adelaide, South Australia on 26 July 1972, his family travelled around Australia quite and by the age of 12, Buckley had been to all major states on the Australian mainland. He grew up supporting Melbourne Football Club. However, Buckley spent the majority of his football developing years in the Northern Territory, thus has been regarded as a Territorian, he played cricket for the "PINTS" social club, oddly on that team was Michael Tunn from the Triple J. He played at the Ainslie Football Club in the Canberra-based ACTAFL for a season. In State of Origin he was considered of North Territory origin and was selected for a combined Queensland/Northern Territory team and The Allies team, an amalgamation of players from Northern Territory, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania. Buckley's footballing talents were noticed from an early age, he joined South Australian National Football League club Port Adelaide where, in 1992, he won his only senior premiership as well as the Magarey Medal, the Jack Oatey Medal, his club best and fairest.
In the 1991 AFL Draft struggling Australian Football League club Brisbane Bears drafted him through its Northern Territory state zone. Buckley challenged the AFL draft system and sparked controversy by resisting a move to Brisbane, his dreams were to play in Melbourne due to its culture in the sport, therefore felt the Bears were an undesirable career option. However AFL draft rules prevented him from playing with another AFL club and so remained in the SANFL. Buckley signed with the Bears for the 1993 AFL season as part of a deal between Buckley and the Bears that allowed him to go to the club of his choice the following season. Brisbane hoped. Buckley demonstrated his potential, playing 20 games, kicking 21 goals and impressing with his general play, he was the inaugural winner of the Norwich Rising Star Award and finished a close second in the Bears' best-and-fairest award. During his first season Buckley's arrangement with the Bears became common knowledge. At the end of the contract he attracted strong interest from all Melbourne-based clubs, chiefly Collingwood and North Melbourne.
However, it was Collingwood that arranged a trade deal acceptable to all parties. Unbeknown to other AFL clubs and to the AFL itself and Brisbane had agreed to make the trade happen. Collingwood selected ten players on its list who were "untouchable", the Bears could take any two players outside this list, as well as the Collingwood Magpies' first round draft pick, in exchange for Buckley; the move saw Buckley move to Collingwood in exchange for Craig Starcevich, Troy Lehmann and the Magpies' first-round draft pick. Buckley was adamant that the move was the right career direction, with the belief he had more chance of winning a premiership with Collingwood. Brisbane would beat Collingwood in two consecutive AFL Grand Finals in 2002 and 2003. In his first season with Collingwood, the Magpies were eliminated by the West Coast Eagles by two points in Perth. From here, Buckley would be a consistent performer for Collingwood; as well as winning a Brownlow Medal in 2003, he finished in the top three twice before the turn of the century.
He was named Collingwood's Best and Fairest six times in 10 years, as well as six consecutive years in the All-Australian Team from 1996 to 2002. In 1999, Buckley suffered a broken jaw playing against Carlton in Round 2, he returned in Round 8 to help Collingwood to their first win of the season and their first in 13 matches. Collingwood finished the season last for only the second time in their history. Buckley competed in the last game at Collingwood's long-time home ground Victoria Park against one of their main rivals, the Brisbane Lions. In 1999, coach Tony Shaw made Buckley the Collingwood captain, replacing the still-active Gavin Brown, to mentor Buckley in the role until retirement. Throughout the late 1990s/early 2000s Collingwood had several major changes in personnel. Eddie McGuire became president of club in 1998 and Mick Malthouse was appointed coach in 2000. Collingwood finishing 15th in 2000 and ninth in 2001, with Buckley starring in both seasons. In Round 2, 2001, Buckley set a record by amassing 46 disposals, the hig
Daniel Hannebery is a professional Australian rules footballer playing with the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League. He plays as a midfielder. Hannebery was drafted from the Oakleigh Chargers with the 30th pick in the 2008 National Draft, he made his debut for Sydney towards the end of the 2009 season, had a breakout season the following year, winning the 2010 AFL Rising Star Award. Hannebery won a premiership with Sydney in 2012, has since played in two more losing grand finals, he finished equal fifth in the 2016 Brownlow Medal. Hannebery has been named in the All-Australian team on three occasions, in 2013, 2015, 2016. Hannebery was drafted by the Sydney Swans in the 2008 AFL Draft, but remained in Melbourne in 2009 to complete his secondary education at Xavier College, he made his debut in round 2009, for Sydney against Carlton, while still attending high school. He is the son of former Footscray player Matt Hannebery. In round 2 of the 2010 AFL season, Hannebery received a nomination for the AFL Rising Star award after he played a starring role in his side's drought-breaking win over Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.
Hannebery was awarded the Ron Evans Medal as the 2010 AFL Rising Star. Hotly tipped all year to take out the coveted award, he polled the maximum 45 votes to beat number one draft pick, Tom Scully with 35 votes. Hannebery's outstanding season was further rewarded with finishing 10th in the Bob Skilton Medal and winning the club's Rising Star Award; the 2011 season was a strong second season for Hannebery as he improved markedly to finish seventh in the Skilton Medal. Hannebery had another strong season in 2012, he placed 10th in the 2012 Bob Skilton Medal a week after his side beat Hawthorn in the 2012 AFL Grand Final. In 2013 Hannebery won the first New Zealand-awarded Anzac Medal in the Anzac Day clash between Sydney and St Kilda; the game was played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. This was the first game played for premiership points outside of Australia. Hannebery's 2015 season was arguably his best, finishing the home and away season as the AFL's leader in possessions, his best game was against Adelaide with 40 possessions and 3 goals.
He was rewarded with the AFL Coaches Association player of the year award, polling one vote ahead of Nat Fyfe. At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Hannebery requested a trade back to Victoria, he was traded to St Kilda on 12 October. He joined the leadership team of St Kilda. Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season *10 games required to be eligible. Hannebery became the youngest Sydney Swans player to have played 200 games on 1 June 2018. Dan Hannebery's profile on the official website of the St Kilda Football Club Dan Hannebery's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Alex Witherden is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League. Witherden was a successful junior athlete in basketball and cricket but his biggest aspiration was to play in the AFL, he loved football so much. He played football above his age group as a junior for Barwon Heads in the Bellarine Football League playing as a midfielder. In 2009 as a 10 year old he played under 12s and under 14s for Barwon Heads he just played under 14s in 2010. In 2011 he moved to St Joseph's Netball Club where he played two seasons of under 14s. Alex moved up to under 16s for 2013 and in 2014 he was named in the Vic Country team for the Under 16 National Championships. Witherden had arthroscopes on both hips at the end of the 2014 season. 2015 was when Witherden made his debut for the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup as a bottom age player, he played 12 games and kicked 5 goals. He played in the AFL Academy game on AFL Grand Final, drawing strong praise from coach Brenton Sanderson.
Witherden's draft year started off in 2016, he was named the captain of the Geelong College 1st XVIII football team after an impressive season in 2015. Witherden played two Academy games and two Falcons games where he averaged 23 disposals and five marks per game in the TAC Cup, playing as a skilful defender. While playing for Geelong College in early May, they were losing by about 90 points, as Witherden was sick before the game so he was just playing forward however he decided put himself into the midfield for a centre bounce, he broke his leg after a tackle from fellow AFL prospect Tim Taranto, playing for St Kevin's. Witherden's leg was in an awkward position and Taranto came down on it with his full body weight, Alex was in severe pain and had to be stretchered off the ground, he broke one of the bones in his right leg in four places, cracked another one and tore the syndesmotic ligaments, which connect them. The injury meant Witherden would finish the most important year of any junior footballer having played just two games of TAC Cup, he was forced to miss the Under 18 National Championships, the Under 18 All Stars match and was in doubt for the National Draft Combine, where he received an invitation.
Witherden focused on his rehab, he rode an electric scooter around school as it was the best way to keep weight off his leg, he hit the Geelong Falcons gym after dropping down to 75kg during his injury, his weight improved to 80kg and improved his diet, cutting down on his favourite, McDonald's frozen Coke plus ate less bread. Where at one time he would have three or four sandwiches in his lunchbox, he would opt for a chicken salad, he took advice during the setback from fellow draftee and friend Jy Simpkin, who broke his right leg a month earlier and Geelong Cats player Darcy Lang who suffered a similar injury. He was drafted by Brisbane with pick 23 in the 2016 national draft, he made his debut in the loss to Greater Western Sydney at the Gabba in round 14 of the 2017 season. After the thirty-one point loss to Richmond at Etihad Stadium in round 17, in which he recorded twenty-eight disposals and four tackles, he was the round nominee for the 2017 AFL Rising Star. Statistics are correct to the end of round 17, 2018.
Alex Witherden's profile on the official website of the Brisbane Lions Alex Witherden's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Nathan Jones (Australian footballer)
Nathan Jones is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League. He is the older brother of Zak Jones, he has served as the captain of Melbourne since the 2014 season.. Jones played for the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup during his junior career and was selected to play for Vic Metro in the 2005 AFL Under 18 Championships, he was named in the Under 18 All Australian team as a follower. He played in the TAC Cup Grand Final for Dandenong in 2005 and collected 36 disposals, they were defeated by 15-points to Gippsland Power. Growing up, he was a St Kilda supporter. Jones was drafted to Melbourne with their first selection and the 12th overall in the 2005 national draft, he made his debut against the Western Bulldogs in round 17, 2006 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and played the remaining eight games for the season, including the elimination final win against St Kilda and the semi-final loss to Fremantle. After his fourth match, he earned the round 20 Rising Star nomination for his game against the Kangaroos, where he collected 25 disposals.
After Melbourne were eliminated from the finals, he played for Melbourne's VFL-affiliate team and played in their premiership side. Jones played 21 games during 2007 and earned a second Rising Star nomination after the round 17 loss to Port Adelaide, he finished third in the award behind Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury and received 17 votes out of a possible 45. He was the runner-up in Melbourne's best and fairest with 190 votes, finishing behind James McDonald who received 260 votes. Jones cemented himself in Melbourne's side by playing 21 games in 2008, in what was a disappointing year for the club where they finished on the bottom of the ladder, he played 21 matches in 2009, in a year where the club received the wooden spoon for the second consecutive season. After the round 2 match against Collingwood in 2009, Jones' father was attacked by Collingwood fans in an altercation outside the ground. Jones remained a consistent figure in the side where he played every match in 2010 and 2011, including his 100th AFL game in the latter season.
Jones established himself as Melbourne's leading midfielder in 2012 by winning his first Keith'Bluey' Truscott Medal as the clubs best and fairest, in addition he polled 14 votes in the Brownlow Medal count to finish inside the top 20. He was named as vice captain prior to the 2013 season. In May 2013, Jones was appointed as interim co-captain alongside Jack Trengove, replacing the injured Jack Grimes, he played every match during the season and won the best and fairest for the second consecutive season, finishing ahead of Colin Garland. After the appointment of new coach Paul Roos, Jones was elected as co-captain alongside Jack Grimes for the 2014 season, he played every match for the season, amassed a career high 610 disposals, the second most in the league during the home-and-away season, as well as having the fourth most clearances. He won his third consecutive Keith'Bluey' Truscott Medal, a feat only achieved by club champion Jim Stynes. At the end of 2014, Jones signed a four-year contract extension with the Demons ensuring he would remain a one-club player.
In February 2015, after Jack Grimes relinquished the co-captaincy, Jones was announced as sole captain with Lynden Dunn named as vice-captain. He played his 200th AFL game in the round 22 match against Fremantle, however, he suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter which forced him to be substituted out of the game, he finished fifth in the best-and-fairest and despite playing every match for the season, it was announced that he had played most of the season with a neck injury. Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season Nathan Jones's profile on the official website of the Melbourne Football Club Nathan Jones's playing statistics from AFL Tables Nathan Jones on Twitter
Chris Scott (Australian footballer)
Christopher Michael Scott is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League best known as being a dual premiership player with the Brisbane Lions and is a current premiership AFL coach of the Geelong Football Club. He attended Toorak, Melbourne. Scott was picked by the Brisbane Bears in the 1993 AFL Draft with the 12th draft pick and moved to Queensland while still studying at St Kevin's College, he studied at Brisbane Boys' College during his first years as an AFL player. Scott made his AFL debut in 1994 with the Brisbane Bears. Scott became one of the AFL's toughest defensive players, using his strength to outmuscle opposing forwards. Along with his brother Brad, they were nicknamed the Kray brothers by some fans for their forceful and ruthless styles of play. During Brisbane's three-peat era Scott was part of a powerful backline containing Mal Michael, Chris Johnson and Justin Leppitsch, he caused controversy in round 1 of 2005, when along with Mal Michael he crashed into St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt after Riewoldt chose to stay on the ground with a broken collarbone.
In the same game Scott had several teeth knocked out after receiving a back-handed fist from opponent Aaron Hamill. After participating in 2 premiership sides, Scott's career was plagued with injuries, but his occasional appearances showed his experience and skill. Brisbane's round 22 match against the Geelong Football Club on 1 September 2007 was his last after announcing his retirement. In 2008, Scott joined Fremantle as an assistant coach. In 2010, Scott was a frontrunner for the Port Adelaide Football Club senior coaching position to replace the sacked Mark Williams but fell short and caretaker coach and former Port captain, Matthew Primus, was chosen by the selection committee to be the club's senior coach; the media speculated. On 18 October 2010, it was announced by the Geelong Football Club that Scott would be their new coach, following Mark Thompson's resignation at the end of the 2010 season. Scott had a brilliant start to his AFL coaching career, with Geelong winning its first thirteen matches of the 2011 season.
His thirteen wins in succession was the best start to a coaching career in 80 years. But this streak was broken in Round 15. Scott coached Geelong to its third Grand Final in five years, became the first coach since Malcolm Blight in 1997 to win a premiership as a first-year club coach, when Geelong defeated Collingwood in the 2011 AFL Grand Final by 38 points, he is the youngest premiership coach since Alex Jesaulenko in 1979 to win a Grand Final. In August 2014, Scott signed a two-year contract extension extending his tenure as senior coach of Geelong until the end of 2017. In August 2018, Scott signed a four year contract extension extending his tenure as senior coach of Geelong until the end of 2022 Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season Team VFL/AFL Premiership: 2001, 2002Individual Merrett-Murray Medal: 1998 Brisbane Lions Vice-Captain: 1999-2004 Norwich Rising Star Award: 1994 AFL Rising Star Nominee: 1994 Brisbane Lions - Most Professional Player: 1999 Brisbane Lions Team of the Decade - Half-Back Flank Team VFL/AFL Premiership: 2011Individual Jock McHale Medal: 2011 All-Australian: 2011 Australia Coach for International Rules Football: 2017 Scott's identical twin brother Brad Scott played alongside him at the Brisbane Lions and is now the coach of North Melbourne.
He is the older twin by a few minutes. Chris Scott's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Ansett Australia was a major Australian airline group, based in Melbourne. The airline flew domestically from the 1990s to destinations in Asia. After operating for 66 years, the airline was placed into administration in 2001 following a financial collapse, subsequent organised liquidation in 2002, subject to deed of company arrangement; the company was founded by Reginald "Reg" Ansett in 1935 as Ansett Airways Pty Ltd. This was an offshoot of his road transport business which had become so successful it was threatening the freight and passenger revenue of Victorian Railways; this led the state government to legislate to put private road transport operators out of business. Reg Ansett countered by establishing an airline as aviation was under control of the federal government and beyond the reach of the state government. Ansett's first route between Hamilton and Melbourne operated by a Fokker Universal monoplane commenced on 17 February 1936; the rapid success of the airline led Ansett to float the business in 1937.
As the route network expanded, Ansett Airways imported Lockheed Electra aircraft. During World War II Reg Ansett opted to suspend all scheduled services, except the Hamilton service, in favour of more lucrative work for the United States Army Air Forces. After the war Ansett battled to re-establish his domestic routes using war-surplus Douglas DC-3s, converted from C-47s and the remaining L-10s. At this time, the Australian domestic airline travel sector was dominated by Australian National Airways, established in 1936 by a consortium of British-financed Australian shipowners; the Chifley Federal Government was determined to establish a state-owned airline to operate all domestic and international services. It was thwarted in this aim by the High Court of Australia, so it established Trans Australia Airlines to operate in competition with ANA. Ansett Airways remained a big player as TAA battled for supremacy in the 1940s and 1950s. Ansett operated around the big two, maintaining budget fare interstate operations with DC-3s and Convair CV-340s that were ordered for Braniff International Airways in the United States.
The airline was backed up by extensive road transport operations, including Ansett Freight Express and Ansett Pioneer Coaches, as well as the Ansair coach building operation. The Menzies government, while supporting TAA, because of the excellent dividends it paid to the government, wanted to avoid TAA having a monopoly on domestic services if ANA collapsed, as seemed likely; the only alternative, as it transpired, was for Ansett to buy the ANA operation. Ansett's bid had a number of financial supporters, most prominent of these being the Shell Oil Company. Douglas Aircraft Company was concerned about ANA's demise, as TAA had ceased to be a customer for their aircraft; the ANA directors fiercely resisted this but in October 1957 succumbed to Ansett's offer of £3.3 million for their airline. The new entity was called Ansett-ANA, the name it retained until 1 November 1968, when it became Ansett Airlines of Australia. Ansett-ANA's excellent profit record was, at least in part, courtesy of the Menzies government's Two Airlines Policy.
The policy blocked any other domestic interstate operators by way of a ban on importation of aircraft without a government licence. From 1957 until the 1980s, under the strict rules set down by the Two Airlines Policy, Ansett and TAA operated as virtual carbon copies of each other, operating the same aircraft at the same times, to the same destinations, at fares, which were identical. If either airline wished to change their fares, they had to obtain Federal Government approval. Reg Ansett set out to ensure no other competitors could rise up to challenge his airline, he took control of Adelaide based Sydney based Butler Air Transport. The takeover of Butler was achieved with covert support from the Menzies government and by Ansett engineering his employees' purchases of Butler shares, he flew the employees to a general meeting in Sydney and forced a vote in favour of selling out to Ansett. Following the takeover of ANA, Reg Ansett lobbied the government to block TAA's purchase of Sud Aviation Caravelle jet aircraft.
He was concerned about his airline's ability to finance equivalent jet aircraft, the major engineering leap required to go from an all-piston fleet direct to pure jet aircraft, TAA had been operating prop-jet Vickers Viscounts since 1954, so had expertise in jet technology. Ansett was successful in convincing the government to authorize the importation of more Viscounts and the new Lockheed L-188 Electra; this action delayed the introduction of pure jet aircraft to Australian skies until 1964, when the Boeing 727–100 “Fan Jet” began flying. An unusual feature of Ansett's operations was the flying boat service from Rose Bay in Sydney to Lord Howe Island; this was operated by Ansett Flying Boat Services using Short Sandringham four-engined aircraft. The service ceased in 1974. Ansett lost control of the company to Peter Abeles' TNT and Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in 1979, with Abeles taking operational control of the airline; the airline prospered in the 1980s, however a number of substantial investments performed badly, including a share in the US airline America West Airlines and its Hamilton Island resort.
Ansett paid millions of dollars for the right to be official airline of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, an investment regarded as unwise. This destabilised the financial position of
Daniel Rich is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League. He was recruited with the seventh overall selection in the 2008 national draft. Prior to being drafted by Brisbane, Rich had amassed a considerable football résumé; this included under-18 selection for Western Australia in both 2007 and 2008, including selection for the All-Australian team both years, as well as playing in two senior premierships for Subiaco in the WAFL. Following strong performances at senior level, Rich was regarded by many observers as a potential top-two selection in the months leading up to the draft. Rich made an impressive senior debut in round 1, 2009 amassing 21 possession and 4 tackles, a performance which garnered him the NAB Rising Star nomination for round 1, he was rewarded for an outstanding first-year season with the 2009 NAB Rising Star award, being only the second Rising Star winner to poll maximum votes from all 9 judges, he created history by becoming the third consecutive player to be drafted at pick seven and win the award.
The praise for Rich's debut season kept coming, this time coming from the players themselves, after winning the AFLPA award for Best First Year Player by more than 400 votes. Following a stellar first season in 2009 which saw him win the AFL Rising Star award among other honours, Rich added bulk to his frame over the 2010 pre-season and established himself as a key component of the Lions midfield in 2010. While he was among the Lions top performers in the midfield, he shone in the half-back line towards the tail-end of the season in the Lions’ narrow loss to St Kilda in round 15, against Melbourne in round 18, Essendon in round 21, he led the Lions in inside 50s and was second for tackles with 103, had an impressive average of 19 disposals per game. He finished inside the top ten at eighth place with 24.5 votes. Rich played his 100th AFL game against Geelong in round two, 2014, but suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the loss to the Gold Coast Suns the following week. Rich was educated in Western Australia, attending secondary schooling at Sacred Heart College, Sorrento.
Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season Daniel Rich's profile on the official website of the Brisbane Lions Daniel Rich's playing statistics from AFL Tables