2006 AFL Grand Final
The 2006 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 30 September 2006. It was the 110th annual grand final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2006 AFL season; the match, attended by 97,431 spectators, was won by West Coast by a margin of one point, marking that club's third premiership victory. This was the second consecutive year that these two teams played in the premiership decider, with the Swans having won the 2005 AFL Grand Final by a margin of 4 points. At the conclusion of the home and away season, West Coast had finished first on the AFL ladder with 17 wins and 5 losses, winning the McClelland Trophy. Sydney had finished fourth with 8 losses. In the week leading up to the grand final, Sydney's Adam Goodes was awarded the Brownlow Medal. Prior to the match, at 10:00 a.m. the TAC Cup grand final was played. The Red Berets parachuted into the MCG delivering the match balls, followed by a team warm up and the beginning of pre-match entertainment.
The entertainment included a performance of the song "Flashdance", performed by Irene Cara, as well as appearances from Brian Mannix, John Paul Young, Daryl Braithwaite and Shane Howard. The medley of songs they performed included "Solid Rock", Yesterday's Hero", "The Horses", "Everybody Wants to Work" and "I Hear Motion". West Coast started the better, outplayed the Swans in the first half and led by a convincing 25 points at half time; the Swans fought back in the third quarter and the margin was just 11 points at 3/4 time. Goodes goalled within the first 15 seconds of the last quarter and the margin was less than a kick, it was goal-for-goal in one of the most intense final quarters of modern grand final history, with West Coast hanging on by a single point to win its first premiership since 1994 and avenge its heartbreaking 4-point loss to the Swans in the previous year's grand final. Andrew Embley of the Eagles was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for being judged the best player afield, it was the fifth consecutive match between the two teams to be decided by less than a goal, the first grand final to be decided by a point since St. Kilda edged out Collingwood in the 1966 VFL Grand Final.
The match has been labelled as a'classic'. The Sprint, which had heats ran before the pre-match entertainment and the final ran during the half-time break, was won by Carlton's Brendan Fevola; the 2006 Grand Final saw the first use of handicaps during the sprint. The 2006 grand final placed Sydney vs West Coast games further in the VFL/AFL record books for closeness, with the five most recent margins up to and including this game standing at 4, 4, 2, 1 and 1. With 12 points' total difference across five games, Sydney vs West Coast comprehensively beat the previous five-game record of 19 points, set by Hawthorn versus Collingwood in 1958-60, they became the seventh pair of teams in VFL/AFL history to contest two consecutive one-point games. These records were further reduced in the grand final rematch in round 1, 2007, again decided by a single point, giving the pair the record for four games, five games and six games, positioning them equal second for three games behind Brisbane vs Port Adelaide and Hawthorn vs Footscray.
The 2006 grand final marked the fourth time in VFL/AFL history that consecutive games between two teams were decided by the same total scores, with both the qualifying final and the grand final decided by 85-84. This occurred between South Melbourne vs Melbourne, St Kilda vs Collingwood and Melbourne vs Richmond. On none of the four occasions have the goals and behinds tallies been identical; the post-match presentation was carried out by Craig Willis. The Jock McHale Medal was presented by former St. Kilda and Hawthorn Premiership coach Allan Jeans to the 2006 Premiership coach John Worsfold; the Norm Smith Medal was presented by former Essendon player and 1984 winner Billy Duckworth to 2006 winner Andrew Embley. The premiership cup was presented by former West Coast Eagle two-time premiership player Glen Jakovich; the following television networks covered the event. Papua New Guinea - EM TV, Australia Network New Zealand - SKY Sport 1 South East Asia - Australia Network Middle East - Australia Network.
Israel - Fox Sports Israel Indian subcontinent - Australia Network North America - United States - Setanta Sports North America, MHz Worldview. Canada - Fox Sports World Canada. See AFANA. United Kingdom - British Sky Broadcasting Ireland - TG4 Spain - Canal+ Spain The 2006 Charles Brownlow Medal Presentation was held at the Palladium at Crown Casino, Melbourne on 25 September 2006; the Charles Brownlow Medal is awarded to the "Best and Fairest" AFL Player of the year. It is selected by a 3-2-1 voting system awarded by the umpires of each match for the whole year; the winner of the 2006 Brownlow Medal was Adam Goodes, the Sydney Swans utility, playing in the grand final that week. The grand final parade took place on Friday 29 September 2006 and commenced on St Kilda Road and ending at Spring Street, Melbourne; the crowd was estimated at fifty thousand people. 2006 AFL finals series 2006 AFL s
Chad Jordan Wingard is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League. He was drafted to Port Adelaide with the sixth selection in the 2011 AFL Draft from the Sturt Football Club in the South Australian Football League. Wingard was born in South Australia, his father Trevor is part of his mother Julie is Irish. Julie works at an emergency accommodation centre. Chad has a younger brother, as well as five younger foster siblings. At 16 and 60 kg, Wingard was a member of Murray Bridge's 2009 Imperial Football Club league team that won the River Murray Football League premiership. In that game, he kicked five goals. "He came on 19 minutes into first quarter – kicking five goals, including three of most freakish you’d wish to see” Wingard played basketball as a kid, was the captain of South Australia's under-16 basketball team. Wingard made his debut for Port Adelaide in round 2012 against St Kilda, his breakout game came during Port Adelaide's round 22, 2012 loss to the Brisbane Lions where he received an AFL Rising Star nomination for his 27 disposal, 1 goal and 5 mark performance.
For season 2013, only his second season, he averaged 21.3 disposals a game and kicked 43 goals. He was named in the 2013 All-Australian team, making him the youngest player to make an All-Australian team since Mark Ricciuto in 1994. Wingard's 2013 season saw him win the Showdown Medal for his five-goal performance in round 19 against the Adelaide Crows where he was described after the match as "Port's most exciting player since Gavin Wanganeen." At season's end, he was rewarded with the John Cahill Medal, making him the youngest player to win a best and fairest at Port Adelaide since Craig Bradley in 1982. Wingard's 2014 season saw his averages go down from 21 disposals per game to 16 per game, however he still managed to kick 43 goals in total, he won the Mark of the Year in round 12 against St Kilda by jumping high on the shoulders of Sean Dempster. Season 2015 is considered Wingard's greatest season to date, he booted a career high 53 goals to be the club's leading goal kicker of the season by kicking multiple goals in every game from rounds 8 to 22 as well as kicking at least one goal in every game until round 23.
Wingard averaged 19.2 disposals a game and was recognised with the All-Australian selection, a stunning achievement for a player having completed just his fourth year at AFL level. At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Wingard sought a trade from Port Adelaide, he requested a trade to Hawthorn, was traded on 17 October. Hawthorn traded their first round pick and promising youngster Ryan Burton to get Chad Wingard.. During the preseason Wingard developed a calf complaint that forced him to miss all the warm up games and the first two games of the 2019 season, he made his debut for his new club against North Melbourne and kicked three goals to help win the match. Statistics are correct to the end of 2018. Individual John Cahill Medal: 2013 2× All-Australian: 2013, 2015 Showdown Medal: R19, 2013 2× Port Adelaide F. C. Leading Club Goalkicker Award: 2015, 2016 AFL Rising Star Nominee: 2012 2× Australian Representative Honours in International Rules Football: 2014, 2017 South Australia U18s captain: 2011 Chad Wingard's profile on the official website of the Hawthorn Football Club Chad Wingard's playing statistics from AFL Tables Footywire statistics
Liam Jungarrayi Jurrah is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played with the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League. Jurrah is known as "Jungarrayi", an initiated member of the Warlpiri people who are based in Yuendumu, a small and remote Indigenous Australian community 300 km north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, he is the first indigenous person from a remote community in Central Australia to have played senior football in the AFL. Jurrah was born in Yuendumu to father Leo Japaljarri Jurrah. Amongst many others, as per Warlpiri tradition, his Grandmother Cecily was instrumental in his upbringing. During his childhood Jurrah grew up speaking four different indigenous Australian dialects as well as learning English and had never swum in the ocean. Jurrah began playing Australian rules football from a young age, playing most of his football at the local red dirt Yuendumu oval and at Football carnivals throughout the Central Australian desert against other remote communities such as Papunya and Hermannsburg.
In his mid-teens he began following his father 600 kilometres each week to play for Yuendumu in the Alice Springs Central Australian Football League. Jurrah was involved in the 2005 Under 17, 2005,07,08 A Grade premiership seasons with the Yuendumu Magpies. During his mid-teens Jurrah began acting as a volunteer with the Mt Theo Program under its Jaru Pirrjirdi youth development program, which saw him helping to run youth activities such as sport, bush trips and discos for Yuendumu youth, his leadership and strength saw him progress through this program to begin acting as a youth mentor helping other Warlpiri young men in Yuendumu. Jurrah was first brought to Melbourne in 2007 as a guest of a Collingwood coterie group called the Industrial Magpies when he watched his first match at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, he returned to Melbourne in 2008 where he was played by Collingwood in the Victorian Football League for four games and showed great athleticism and talent. That year he represented Victoria against South Australia.
His stay in Melbourne was cut short by his need to return to Yuendumu for family responsibilities to support a dying friend. In September 2008 he won the Everingham Medal as the best player in the inaugural combined competition CAFL Grand Final, with his four first-quarter goals helping to set up Yuendumu's premiership victory; this historic premiership was in the new combined competition of the'town' and'country' sides who had played separately in Alice Springs. It marked the culmination of a great era in Yuendumu football having won Senior'Ngurratjuta Country Cup' premierships in 2003-04-05 and 2007 before the combined comp CAFL premiership in 2008. Following the CAFL season Jurrah played for Nightcliff in the Northern Territory Football League where he kicked five goals in his last game and AFL talent scouts first identified him – Aaron Davey noticed him at this time and spoke to Melbourne recruiting staff. Jurrah returned to Melbourne in December, where he was pursued by numerous AFL clubs including the North Melbourne Football Club where he trainedJurrah was nominated for the AFL Pre-Season Draft by former Collingwood player Rupert Betheras, was given special dispensation to nominate, despite not nominating for the previous National Draft.
Jurrah was recruited by Melbourne from the Yuendumu Magpies with the first selection in the 2009 preseason draft. Jurrah spent his first year in Melbourne living with friends and with his partner, as well as fellow Melbourne player Austin Wonaeamirri. Prior to the 2009 AFL season, Jurrah was named to play for the Indigenous All-Stars representative side in a pre-season match against Adelaide in Darwin, his senior indigenous teammates at Melbourne, Aaron Davey, Matthew Whelan and Austin Wonaeamirri, all played major roles in assisting Jurrah to adapt to life in Melbourne. In round 12 of the 2009 AFL season Jurrah made his AFL debut against Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Friday Night Football, he kicked a remarkable goal whilst falling to the ground after attempting a specky in the goalsquare and had two long kicks at goal touched on the line. In Melbourne's round 15 victory over Port Adelaide, Jurrah scored four goals and assisted in multiple other goals for which he was rewarded with an AFL Rising Star nomination.
While the Demons struggled for success on the field he became a shining light for supporters. He was given the moniker "Warlpiri Wizard" for his scintillating style of play, he carries on the tradition of skilled indigenous forwards set by the original Demon "Wizard" Jeff Farmer. In November 2009, Jurrah returned to Yuendumu with the Melbourne president Jim Stynes and Channel 7's Tim Watson; the trip was a chance for Jurrah's family and friends at Yuendumu to celebrate his achievement and a chance for the Melbourne Football Club to see where Jurrah had come from. A story about the visit was aired on Channel 7's Sunday Night program. Close to the start of the 2010 season, Jurrah required surgery for a dislocation of his shoulder; the injury was caused by an awkward fall during a practice match with the Adelaide Crows. Shortly after, Chris Connolly from the Melbourne Football Club announced that Jurrah would be out for 16 weeks. Jurrah made a successful return to the senior Melbourne team, after spending several weeks playing with Melbourne's VFL affiliate the Casey Scorpions, kicking two goals in the Demons' round 15 win against Essendon.
In March 2012 Jurrah was charged over an alleged machete attack at an Alice Springs town camp. He was subsequently
Joe Daniher is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League. Daniher played for the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup, he was named All-Australian in the AFL Under 18 Championships playing for Vic Metro and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport's AFL Academy, he is the son of former AFL fullback, Anthony Daniher, who played 115 games for Sydney and 118 games for Essendon. Daniher was drafted by Essendon under the father-son rule, with the tenth overall selection in the 2012 national draft, he was eligible to be drafted by Sydney, but chose to join the Bombers, where his brother Darcy Daniher was a team member at the time. He made his debut against Carlton in round 11, 2013. In his second game, he was named among the best players, kicking his first AFL goal and scoring a total of three goals in the match, he showed positive progression in his second season, leading the club in goal kicking with 28 for the season including 4 goals against North Melbourne in an Elimination Final at the MCG.
Despite his skinny frame and inaccurate kicking at goal, he showed immense promise and started to state his claim as one of the best young key forwards in the league. Daniher entered the 2015 AFL season as the clubs spearhead up forward, a challenging task, considering it was only his third season of senior football. Despite kicking only 34 goals for the entire season, Joe showed improvement in many key areas of his game accuracy at goal, this was due to the fact that former legend Matthew Lloyd helped him with this throughout the year, he showed more presence on the field. In 2016, he continued to grow as a footballer and leader, being named in the clubs leadership group and finished the season with a career-high in marks and goals, he won the club goal kicking award for a third consecutive year and was joint runner-up with James Kelly in the W. S. Crichton Medal. Daniher started the 2017 AFL season, reaching his potential as one of the best forwards in the league, winning both the Anzac Day Medal and the inaugural Tom Wills Medal in the Country Game against Geelong.
He finished as the club's leading goal kicker for a fourth straight season, he received his debut All-Australian Team selection and won his first W. S. Crichton Medal. Daniher started the 2018 AFL season worse than the previous year averaging less than a goal a game and having an overall lesser impact on the competition. After round 7, scans revealed early onset of osteitis pubis causing Daniher to miss the rest of the season. Statistics are correct to the end of round 2, 2018 Joe Daniher's profile on the official website of the Essendon Football Club Joe Daniher's playing statistics from AFL Tables Joe Daniher on Twitter
Jonathan Brown (Australian footballer)
Jonathan Brown is a former professional Australian rules footballer and a former captain of the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League. Regarded as one of the premier players in the competition, Brown is a three-time club best and fairest winner, two-time All Australian, one-time Coleman Medallist and three-time AFL premiership player. Brown was born in Victoria's south west, to mother Mary and father Brian, he is the eldest of three brothers. Brown attended school at Emmanuel College Warrnambool, he grew up a Fitzroy fan and began playing Australian rules at an early age, playing school football and cricket with the Emmanuel College Hawks. Brown began playing senior football with the South Warrnambool Football Club at the age of 15, he was a stand-out left-arm fast bowler. He played A-Grade cricket with Wesley CBC where he was Cricketer of the Year two years in a row and played in a senior premiership, he was invited to play in the Victorian under-17 squad. However, he focused on Australian rules, pursuing a dream of following Ted Whitten to represent Victoria in State of Origin.
Brown drew the attention of AFL recruiters while playing under-18 representative football for the Geelong Falcons in 1999 at the national carnival in Brisbane when he was named as an All-Australian. Brown was selected by the Brisbane Lions in the 1999 AFL Draft under the father–son rule. Upon moving to Brisbane, he was groomed as the club's next centre half-forward; the next year, in Round 5, he played his first senior game for the Lions as an 18-year-old against the Adelaide Crows. His best game in his opening year came against Fremantle in the final round of the season when he had 23 disposals and scored two goals. Playing in a team which included three Brownlow Medalists, Brown participated in four consecutive AFL Grand Finals and was a part of three consecutive premierships in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Touted as the next Wayne Carey early in his career, Brown was an unspectacular but consistent contributor during his first few seasons and, at 195 cm and 105 kg, was an imposing target across half-forward.
In Round 6 of 2001, Brown kicked seven goals and amassed nine marks and 19 disposals in his first dominant performance in front of goals. For the season he averaged 14 disposals and 1.5 goals per game. His season tally of 157 marks was a team high and his total of 38 goals was third best of Brisbane players. Plagued by injury and regular meetings with the AFL Tribunal during the next three seasons, Brown's development was hampered until 2004, when he had the best season of his career to that point, averaging an impressive eight marks, 16 disposals and 2.3 goals per game. Despite missing eight games through injury and suspension, Brown kicked a career high 39 goals and again led the Lions in marks, with 140, his progress was punctuated in the Qualifying Final against St Kilda when he achieved a best-afield six-goal performance. The season, ended on a sour note for Brown as he was reported for striking Port Adelaide's Josh Carr during the Lions 40-point Grand Final loss; the report saw. In 2005, Brown was promoted to the Lions' leadership group.
He made his return from suspension in Round 6 of 2005 against Essendon and had a significant impact, taking 14 marks and kicking eight goals on then-Essendon defender and future Sydney Swans premiership player Ted Richards, in what was arguably the best game of his career to that point. The following week, Brown kicked another five goals, in Round 10 against the Kangaroos Brown had 12 marks, 27 disposals and five goals, followed by a career-high 29 disposals in round 11. Injury again cut his season short, but 2005 was Brown's best individual season as he averaged eight marks, 18 disposals and 2.8 goals per game during the 12 games he played prior to Round 17, before a severe bout of osteitis pubis prevented him from having any influence in his last two games. In May 2005, Brown was targeted by Collingwood in a deal worth $6 million over the next four seasons, but he was quick to announce that he had no plans to leave Brisbane. Two months he signed a contract committing himself to the Brisbane Lions until the end of the 2008 season in a deal worth $2 million over three years.
2006 was the year. Midway through the season, Brown seemed certain to claim every individual award on offer at the end of the year, as he dominated in the air and in front of goals on a weekly basis. Brown's form hit a peak between rounds 7 and 10, when over four games he averaged 11 marks, 20 disposals and 6.5 goals per game, including performances of seven or more goals in three successive games. Injury, ended his season prematurely yet again, as Brown played his last game of the season in Round 10. In the 2006 Brownlow Medal count, Brown polled 13 votes, enough to secure a top 10 finish despite only playing 10 games out of a possible 22, he was leading the count before he suffered the injury. Following the retirement of long-time captain Michael Voss in 2006, Brown was favoured to replace Voss as captain; when the captaincy was announced on 20 March 2007, Brown was named as co-captain alongside Simon Black, Chris Johnson, Nigel Lappin, Luke Power. Brown had acted as co-captain for the Lions in the 2007 NAB Cup Grand Final, alongside Black and Power, with Lappin out injured.
Desperate for an injury free season, 2007 delivered just that for Brown, what
Nicholas Mark Naitanui is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League. Born in Sydney to Fijian parents, his family moved to Perth, Western Australia after his father's death. Growing up in Midvale, Naitanui attended Governor Stirling Senior High School, played football for the Midvale Junior Football Club. After representing Western Australia in the 2007 and 2008 AFL Under 18 Championships, he debuted in 2008 for the Swan Districts Football Club in the West Australian Football League. Naitanui was drafted by West Coast with the second pick in the 2008 National Draft. Naitanui made his AFL debut for West Coast against Richmond, he played ten games in his debut season, received one Brownlow Medal vote for a three-goal game against Hawthorn. In his second season, Naitanui played every game as a back-up ruckman to Dean Cox, taking over the position of Mark Seaby, traded the previous season. Having started the season as the favourite for the AFL Rising Star, Naitanui finished 5th overall.
In the 2011 season, he played 23 games, including his first finals matches, was nominated for Mark of the Year. He was named as the first-choice ruckman. Along with his twin brother, Naitanui was born to Bola and Atetha Naitanui on 4 May 1990 in Penrith, New South Wales, his parents from Suvavou, a small village near Suva, had emigrated to Australia from Fiji the previous year, with his two elder siblings and Laisani, remaining in Fiji. His father died from cancer the year after his brother were born. After his father's death, his mother moved the family to Perth, Western Australia, where her brother lived, his mother began working at Homeswest, a public housing authority, volunteered at a homeless shelter. Naitanui grew up in Midvale, near Midland, attended Midvale Primary School, he took up playing football at the age of nine, when he began playing for the Midvale Junior Football Club. As a child, he lived on Bushby Street in Midvale, along with Shane Yarran, Michael Walters and Chris Yarran, who would all go on to play AFL football.
Two further AFL players, David Ellard and Jeff Garlett played with Naitanui, Chris Yarran and Shane Yarran at the Midvale Junior Football Club. Naitanui attended Governor Stirling Senior High School and played football there, as well as for his club, the Swan Districts Colts side in the West Australian Football League. During his time in junior and colts football, he played predominantly in the ruck, however he was used on the wing or at full-back. Naitanui excelled at basketball and track and field events high jump, was asked by recruiters to trial with American universities, but declined to do so. In the 2007 Under-18 AFL National Championships, Naitanui was dominant in the ruck for Western Australia, was named Best On Ground in the final. Following his performance, he was hotly pursued by several AFL clubs. However, he was born a few days too late to qualify for the 2007 AFL draft, he was named in the Under-18 All-Australian Team in both 2007 and 2008, was awarded a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport to become a member of the AIS/AFL Academy Squad.
A much-hyped Naitanui was invited to the 2008 AFL Draft Camp and his results were impressive. He managed to equal the running vertical jump record set by Jared Brennan, but fell short of Trent Croad's standing jump record, his sprint and endurance tests were impressive. Many media commentators believed that Naitanui was in contention to be taken as the number 1 pick in the 2008 AFL Draft; the Melbourne Football Club, who retained that pick, had looked at Naitanui, but raised concerns about his skill level, in particular his kicking, instead selected Victorian Jack Watts. Naitanui was taken at pick No. 2 overall in the 2008 AFL Draft by the West Coast Eagles. As a rated future player by John Worsfold, Naitanui was given the number 9 guernsey, becoming the first West Coast Eagles player to wear the number since Brownlow Medalist and former captain Ben Cousins left the club at the end of the 2007 season, his first game at the senior level was on 13 June 2009 when he was named to play against Richmond in game 12 of the 2009 season.
His career suffered a setback, during pre-season training when he experienced knee soreness and had precautionary surgery. Naitanui impressed enough in the WAFL in a game where he accumulated 15 possessions, 21 hit-outs, 4 goals and a spectacular mark, to earn his selection in the round 12 against Richmond at Etihad Stadium, his debut game impressed many, demonstrating his athletic ability with another spectacular mark as well as 3 kicks, 8 handballs, 3 marks and 7 hitouts. In his second game against premiers Hawthorn at Subiaco, Naitanui was quiet for the first three quarters but dazzled in the fourth, kicking three goals and leading his team to a come-from-behind win. Naitanui was honoured with a nomination for the AFL Rising Star in round 4, 2010 in the West Coast Eagles win over the Essendon Bombers, a match where Naitanui dominated with 13 disposals, 5 tackles and 17 hitouts. Naitanui took out the West Coast's Rookie of the Year Award for the 2010 Season and finished fifth in the 2010 Club Champion Award.
In March 2012, a viral video of Naitanui performing a slam dunk at a Perth Wildcats basketball game received over 100,000 views on YouTube. On 17 September 2012 Naitanui earned his first All Australian Team nomination being named as the starting Ruckman. On the Friday Night game against North Melbourne in round 8, 2013, Naitanui took a memorable pack mark 30m out with seconds left on the clock, he proceeded to kick a go
Warwick Richard Capper is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Sydney Swans and the Brisbane Bears in the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League. An accomplished full-forward, Capper kicked 388 goals over a 124-game career, finishing runner-up twice in the Coleman Medal stakes with a peak of 103 goals in 1987, he was famous for his high-flying spectacular marks which earned him a Mark of the Year award in 1987. Known for his colourful personality and flashy looks, Capper was used as a marketing tool amid VFL expansion north of the Barassi Line, for a time was one of few Australian rules footballers with a high profile in New South Wales and Queensland, he became the VFL's highest-paid player in the mid-80s, his blonde mullet, white or pink boots, skintight shorts helped make him one of the game's most reconigsable figures. Off the field, he was known for his association with flamboyant Swans owner Geoffrey Edelsten, as well as his foray into pop music with the 1985 single "I Only Take What's Mine", the music video of which features Capper's De Tomaso Pantera GT5 and Edelsten's helicopter.
His post-football career has included various media appearances, comedy tours, a self-released sex tape, a failed run for Queensland state politics, work as a stripper, male escort and Surfers Paradise Meter Maid. Capper grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Huntingdale. Capper began playing junior football for the Oakleigh District Football Club in Oakleigh East. Capper and David Rhys-Jones played for the club during the same time. Capper won the under-11 best and fairest in 1974 and the under-16 best and fairest in 1979, his last season with the club's juniors, he was recruited by VFL club South Melbourne and played in the under-19s for two years 1980 and 1981. Capper returned to Oakleigh Districts in 1982 to play senior football with bigger bodies and to enhance his chances of playing senior football with the Swans. After an outstanding season with the club and winning the Best and Fairest in the competition, Capper was given the opportunity to play for the Swans at senior level in 1983 and subsequently moved to Sydney for the club's second year in the city.
Capper was noted for his marking ability rather than his kicking accuracy. With several spectacular high marks in his career, he was nominated for Mark of the Year on several occasions and won in 1987, with a mark, captured in Jamie Cooper's painting the Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport. Although Capper was more famous for his marking, in 1987 he managed 103 goals at an average of 4.48 per game. He finished runner up in the Coleman Medal in both 1986 and 1987, he was well known for his looks, his long blonde locks of hair tanned skin, white boots and tight shorts. This formed part of the flamboyant image of the Swans club during the years in which it was owned by Geoffrey Edelsten. Adding to their extravagant personas, Capper would fly around in Edelsten's pink helicopters. Moreover, he had a bright pair of newcomers called'Bros' and according to Capper, "had the world at his feet"; when Capper moved to the Brisbane Bears at the end of the 1987 season with a $350,000 three-year contract, he became the highest paid player in the VFL.
Capper did not do well in Queensland and returned to Sydney after having kicked only 71 goals in 34 games. At the end of his VFL career, he returned to Queensland in 1992 to play semi-professionally with the Southport Sharks. In 1985, Capper released a single "I Only Take What's Mine", referred to as "wonderfully woeful". In 1986, he made a guest appearance on the Australian soap opera Neighbours and has starred in a pornographic movie. Since retiring from football, Capper has juggled media appearances and various jobs including council roadworker. In 1993, Capper posed in an explicit pictorial with his then-wife, Joanne Capper, for the August issue of Australian Penthouse magazine, he announced that he was to become a male stripper. He has had continued participation in football only through charity AFL Legends Match. In 2002, he had a brief stint as skills coach for former club Southport. Capper makes regular appearances on television as a guest on shows such as The AFL Footy Show, he appeared on the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother, but he was ejected from the series by the show's producer for exposing his penis to fellow housemate Kimberley Cooper during an argument.
In 2003, Capper guest starred as AFL footballer "Dwayne Carey" in season 3 of the television series Pizza. In 2005, Capper released an autobiography called Fool Forward in which he admitted to using illegal drugs during his VFL/AFL career; this caused controversy since such use would not be sanctioned under the current AFL anti-doping policy. Shortly after the Sydney Swans won the 2005 AFL Grand Final, Capper again made tabloid news due to his split with longtime wife Joanne. In 2006, Capper again made the news after an incident with film director Kayran Noskca, leading to a broken nose. In 2008, Capper again made news headlines when he had cosmetic surgery involving botox and liposuction, he challenged former professional boxer Jeff Fenech to a fight. In 2009, he did box in a promotional charity match, losing a match against Wendell Sailor, whom Capper had criticised. In 2009, Capper appeared in a national campaign for Nandos Chicken, created by The Sphere Agency in Melbourne, promoting their Tropico burger with the headline " The sun shines through our buns Warwick, not yours".
He appeared across all promotion elements including TV, Radio and digital. In late 2010, he once again put himself back in the spo