Tim Notting is a former two-time premiership winning Australian rules footballer with the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League. He was recruited by Brisbane with the number 26 draft selection in the 1996 AFL Draft from Navarre. Notting is noted for his long right foot kicking, has played in a variety of positions over his career. After not managing a senior game in his first year on Brisbane's list in 1997, Notting made his debut for the Brisbane Lions in Round 8, 1998 against Essendon, he received an AFL Rising Star nomination in 1999 and was a member of Brisbane's first two premierships in 2001 and 2002. In 2003 he missed their third consecutive premiership due to a knee injury, but he returned in 2004, playing in every game, including his 100th game, he played in Brisbane's loss to Port Adelaide in the 2004 AFL Grand Final. Notting celebrated his 150th game for the Lions in a come-from-behind 10-point win over Hawthorn at the Gabba, it was to be the Lions' last win for the season as they lost their final six games by an average of 51 points.
In Round 10, Notting played his 200th game in an 18-point win against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. In September 2009, Notting announced his retirement at the season end, he played his last game for the Lions in a 51-point loss to the Western Bulldogs in the First Semi Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In October 2009, Notting announced, he is married to Australian Olympic swimmer Jodie Henry. They have three children. Tim Notting at the Brisbane Lions website Tim Notting's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Troy Cook is an Australian rules footballer. Cook played for the Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League as well as the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League. Cook grew up in Carnarvon where he played for the Warriors FC and he spent his last year of school and underage football with St Patricks in Geraldton. In 1993 he was a member of the WA Under 18 team playing alongside future team-mates Shaun McManus and Peter Bell. Cook played 40 games for Perth in the West Australian Football League between 1994 & 1996 and was runner-up in the Sandover Medal in 1996. At the 1996 AFL Draft Cook was chosen at pick 26 by the Swans. Cook spent the next 3 years developing his skills under coach Rodney Eade. During his time at Sydney he perfected one of his tackling, he worked with assistant coach Damian Drum who he would meet again at Fremantle. On his return to WA in 2000 Cook showed he was determined to be a part of the Fremantle line-up with a strong pre-season and impressive early form.
By the end of the season he had played all 22 games, lead the club in disposals and was named the club champion. Cook played all 88 regular season games in his first four seasons at Fremantle, but broke his ankle in the final round of 2003, forcing him to miss Fremantle's first finals match. Recovering from the broken ankle, he started the 2004 season in the WAFL before playing 18 games, he missed two games late in the season with a hamstring strain and was used in defence. As hard at the ball as and, despite his slow start to the season, was fifth on Fremantle's tackles list. On 26 August 2007 Cook announced, he played his 150th and final match in Round 22, 2007, against Port Adelaide, earning him life membership of the Fremantle Dockers. He played for the Perth Football Club in the WAFL, retired in the middle of the 2010 season, after playing a total of 301 games for Sydney and Perth, he played two games for Western Australia. On December 14, 2016 it was announced that Troy Cook had been appointed the Director of Football at the Perth Football Club following a poor on and off field record in recent seasons.
Troy Cook's profile on the official website of the Fremantle Football Club Troy Cook's playing statistics from AFL Tables Troy Cook's WAFL statistics
Ruckman (Australian rules football)
In Australian rules football, a ruckman or ruckwoman is a tall and athletic player who contests at centre bounces and stoppages. The ruckman is one of the most important players on the field, they are key to coaching strategy and winning centre clearances which result in the most goal kicking opportunities. The role of the ruckman in Australian rules is similar to a lock in rugby union contesting a line-out; the key differences are that with the exception of boundary throw-ins, the ball is always thrown straight up high into the air rather than horizontally, so in this respect, the ruckman is similar to a basketball centre. The ruckman needs to be able to control the ball by palm fist with outstretched arms. Unlike rugby, the ruckman is not assisted by teammates. Australian football rucking involves vigorous mid-air collisions with the opposing ruckman. With no offside or knock on rules, the ruckman can tap the ball in any direction. Before a bounce down or ball up, ruckmen confer with the onballers to pre-determine the direction of the tap so that they can position themselves to best receive it to the team's advantage.
The ruckman is the tallest player on either team. A typical professional Australian Football League ruckman is over 200 cm or 6'7; when a ruckman beats his opponent by contacting the ball, it is called a hit out and measured as a statistic and performance indicator of effective ruckwork. Although the ruckman is the primary player to score hit-outs, sometimes tall key position players fill in for the ruckman around the ground if the ruckman cannot run to make the contest in time. Rucking is one of the most physically demanding positions on the ground, both in terms of fitness and body contact; as a result of the high level of physical contact of clashing with opponents in the air, many ruckmen have large physiques or bulk up to prevent injury. As well, due to the use of knees when jumping, many ruckmen wear protective thigh and shin padding, whereas players in other positions do. Coaches field more than one ruckman and rotate them due to the physical pressure of the position and the endurance of having to run to ruck contests around the ground.
Ruckmen are sometimes classified by their style of play, although many players alternate styles during a game based on strategy, the style of an opponent, their physical attributes and versatility. A tap ruckman is the most high jumping of styles. Players using this style will deftly palm the ball directly down to the advantage of a smaller teammate or rover making their hitouts the most effective. WAFL and VFL great Polly Farmer is considered to be one of the best all-time ruckmen of this style; the AFL's Aaron Sandilands is a good current example. A mobile ruckman describes a ruckman that covers a lot of ground. Sometime this type of ruckman is not as tall, as big, or effective at hit outs, but may possess a high leap and a greater athletic endurance. Against less mobile ruckman, this type of player can compensate with an ability to take more marks around the ground playing as a tall ruck rover and sometimes with the additional ability to kick goals while playing from the midfield or drop back into defence when required.
Jim Stynes was one of the first modern ruckmen in this mould. A thump ruckman practices a more physical style of rucking; the player is of a larger and/or taller build and uses brute force to take their opponent out of the contest and punch the ball forward going for distance and penetration into their attacking zone. These players are slower around the ground, as such are sometimes referred to as dinosaurs and sometimes criticised for a lack of skill around the ground; this type of ruckwork is rarer in the modern game, more so at its highest level. At the beginning of 2003, the AFL rules were changed so that ruckman must stand at opposite sides and run towards each other; this change affected thump ruckmen especially. Ruckmen are used by coaches strategically. Using tandem ruckmen known as third man up, is a tactic employed around the ground as a set play strategy; as only one ruckman from each side can be used at centre bounces, this tactic is restricted to boundary throw-ins and bounces. It involves a second tall or high jumping player from one of the sides contesting the ruck when the taller ruckmen are wrestling at ground level or ineffective in getting a clear tap away.
The tactic has become popular during the 2015 season. It results in a thump forward to keep the ball moving towards goal, as it is difficult for the shorter player contesting the ruck to aim a tap; this is because they are not able to be assisted by lifting and can be put off balance in the air when jumping over the top of ruckmen. Additionally, by committing an extra player to the ruck contest, there is one less player from that team around the contest - though this can have the effect of opening up space for more creative roving players; some key position players are designated secondary ruckmen for boundary throw-ins and will sometimes be used in tandem ruckwork. During kick-ins the ruckman can sometimes be a designated target. With extra height it is difficult for opposition players to take marks against them and they are an easier target to spot in a cluster. In a contested situation, the ruckman may be instructed to bring the ball to ground, so that the smaller rovers or crumbers on their team know to attack the ball from front and square position to gain possession.
Ruckmen are sometimes dropped into the goal
Cameron Mooney is a former Australian rules footballer who played with the North Melbourne and Geelong Football Clubs in the Australian Football League. A forward, 1.95 metres tall and weighing 99 kilograms, Mooney is renowned for his passion, as well as his poor tribunal history where he holds the record for the most suspensions in a single season by a VFL/AFL player. Mooney was selected in the 2007 All-Australian Team, was part of Geelong's AFL premiership-winning team in the same year, he represented the Dream Team state team in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match in 2008, as well as being the leading goalkicker for Geelong in 2007. Mooney grew up in suburban Wagga Wagga with his brother Jason Mooney, attending Mount Austin High School in his teens, he began playing football with Turvey Park Football Club representing the NSW/ACT Rams in the TAC Cup before being taken by the Kangaroos with the 56th pick in the 1996 AFL Draft. Mooney made his AFL debut with the Kangaroos during round 7 of his first AFL season against the Adelaide Crows.
That year, he was a member of the Kangaroos premiership team. However, he did not receive a single touch in this game and spent a large portion of the game on the bench. At the end of 1999, Mooney was part of the trade which saw former Geelong captain, Leigh Colbert head to the Kangaroos, allowing Mooney to end up at Geelong, he was traded along with the 67th selection in 1999 AFL Draft. This season saw a Kangaroos assistant coach, Mark Thompson, take up the head coaching job at Geelong. Following four unproductive years off the field, Mooney blossomed in 2004, subsequently catapulting Geelong to premiership contention. In 2005, Mooney's year was interrupted by injury. However, he destroyed Melbourne in the elimination final; the defining snapshot of Mooney's career was after the siren in the semi final against the Sydney Swans where Geelong lost by 3 points after Nick Davis goaled for Sydney with 2 seconds remaining giving the Swans their first and only lead of the entire game. Mooney was gutted by the result and was distressed and weeping.
Mooney in 2006, after the heartache of 2005, experienced the relative joy of a pre-season premiership. However, his premiership season was not as fruitful, he was suspended, as well as his 100th game resulting in a loss. Geelong lost this game despite leading the West Coast Eagles by 54 points in the third quarter. Mooney was suspended on four separate occasions in 2006, leading to the club fining him week's wages; this lack of discipline was seen as detrimental to the team despite Mooney's good form. At the end of 2006 season Mooney requested to be traded to another club, though he was convinced to stay at Geelong another year. Playing permanently in the forward line for the first time, Mooney had an instrumental role as Geelong finished on top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season. Mooney topped the club goalkicking with 55 goals and was awarded with All-Australian selection for the first time, he is seen by some as the heart of the club due to his heart-on-sleeve attitude. Mooney capped off a remarkable season in 2007 kicking 5 goals in the premiership victory over Port Adelaide.
Cameron Mooney’s good form continued in 2008 season, he kicked 15 fewer goals though Geelong won 3 more games and kicked an extra 130 points. Mooney’s season turned from memorable to forgettable during the 2008 AFL Grand Final. Mooney started the match well taking a few early marks and ended the first quarter with two goals including one from a difficult snap from the boundary line. All this early good work fell to pieces at half time, when Mooney who seconds before the siren marked the ball about 5 metres out on a slight angle, he too comfortably walked in to kick the goal and sprayed the ball to the left registering a behind, had he kicked a goal Geelong would have gone into half time with a 2-point lead instead of 3 points behind which they did. The second half started; this time he missed another vital goal. This miss along with a couple of other misses cost them the game. Mooney finished the day with 2 goals 3 behinds from a total of 14 disposals, it was a disappointing day for himself and Geelong.
After a series of injuries that kept him out of the team and the fact that younger players had stepped up to the mark Mooney announced his retirement at the end of the 2011 season. Mooney made a one off guest appearance for the Glenorchy Football Club in the Tasmanian State League in 2012, he is now a regular panellist on AFL 360, a nightly AFL panel program on Fox Footy, will commentate for SEN 1116. He is a boundary rider for Fox Footy Team: AFL Premiership: 1999 AFL Premiership: 2007, 2009 AFL McClelland Trophy: 2007, 2008 AFL NAB Cup: 2006Individual: AFL: All-Australian: 2007 Dream Team representative honours in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match: 2008 Geelong Football Club: Geelong F. C. "Coach's award": 2004 Geelong F. C. "Community champion" award: 2006 Geelong F. C. "Leading goalkicker" award: 2007, 2009Milestones: North Melbourne: AFL/North Melbourne debut: Round 7, 1999 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Finals debut: Qualifying final, 1999 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground Geelong: Geelong debut: Round 17, 2000 at the Telstra Dome 50th AFL game: Round 4, 2003 at Skilled Stadium 50th Geelong game: Round 20, 2003 at Skilled Stadium 100th AFL game: Round 22, 2005 at Skilled Stadium
Australian rules football
Australian rules football known as Australian football, or called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between behind posts. During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their bodies to move the ball; the primary methods are kicking and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled: for example, players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball. A distinctive feature of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch the ball from a kick are awarded possession. Possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when mark is paid. Players can use their whole body to obstruct opponents. Dangerous physical contact, interference when marking and deliberately slowing the play are discouraged with free kicks, distance penalties or suspension for a certain number of matches, depending on the seriousness of the infringement.
The game features frequent physical contests, spectacular marking, fast movement of both players and the ball and high scoring. The sport's origins can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne, Victoria in 1858, inspired by English public school football games. Seeking to develop a game more suited to adults and Australian conditions, the Melbourne Football Club published the first laws of Australian football in May 1859, making it the oldest of the world's major football codes. Australian football has the highest spectator attendance and television viewership of all sports in Australia, while the Australian Football League, the sport's only professional competition, is the nation's wealthiest sporting body; the AFL Grand Final, held annually at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is the highest attended club championship event in the world. The sport is played at amateur level in many countries and in several variations, its rules are governed by the AFL Commission with the advice of the AFL's Laws of the Game Committee.
Australian rules football is known by several nicknames, including Aussie rules and footy. In some regions, it is marketed as AFL after the Australian Football League. There is evidence of football being played sporadically in the Australian colonies in the first half of the 19th century. Compared to cricket and horse racing, football was viewed as a minor "amusement" at the time, while little is known about these early one-off games, it is clear they share no causal link with Australian football. In 1858, in a move that would help to shape Australian football in its formative years, "public" schools in Melbourne, Victoria began organising football games inspired by precedents at English public schools; the earliest such match, held in St Kilda on 15 June, was between Melbourne Grammar and St Kilda Grammar. On 10 July 1858, the Melbourne-based Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle published a letter by Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team, calling for the formation of a "foot-ball club" with a "code of laws" to keep cricketers fit during winter.
Born in Australia, Wills played a nascent form of rugby football whilst a pupil at Rugby School in England, returned to his homeland a star athlete and cricketer. His letter is regarded by many historians as giving impetus for the development of a new code of football today known as Australian football. Two weeks Wills' friend, cricketer Jerry Bryant, posted an advertisement for a scratch match at the Richmond Paddock adjoining the Melbourne Cricket Ground; this was the first of several "kickabouts" held that year involving members of the Melbourne Cricket Club, including Wills, Bryant, W. J. Hammersley and J. B. Thompson. Trees were used as goalposts and play lasted an entire afternoon. Without an agreed upon code of laws, some players were guided by rules they had learned in the British Isles, "others by no rules at all". Another significant milestone in 1858 was a match played under experimental rules between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College, held at the Richmond Paddock; this 40-a-side contest, umpired by Wills and Scotch College teacher John Macadam, began on 7 August and continued over two subsequent Saturdays, ending in a draw with each side kicking one goal.
It is commemorated with a statue outside the MCG, the two schools have competed annually since in the Cordner-Eggleston Cup, the world's oldest continuous football competition. Since the early 20th century, it has been suggested that Australian football was derived from the Irish sport of Gaelic football, not codified until 1885. There is no archival evidence in favour of a Gaelic influence, the style of play shared between the two modern codes was evident in Australia long before the Irish game evolved in a similar direction. Another theory, first proposed in 1983, posits that Wills, having grown up amongst Aborigines in Victoria, may have seen or played the Aboriginal game of Marn Grook, incorporated some of its features into early Australian football; the evidence for this is only circumstantial, according to biographer Greg de Moore's research, Wills was "almost influenced by his experience at Rugby School". A loosely organised Melbourne side, captained by Wills, played against other football enthusiasts in the winter and spring of 1858.
The following year, on 14 May, the Melbourne Football Club came into being, making it one of the
Anthony Rocca is a former Australian rules footballer who has played with the Sydney Swans and Collingwood in the Australian Football League. Rocca is serving as Collingwood's Defensive Development Coach. Of Italian descent, Rocca is the younger brother of former Australian rules footballer and NFL punter Saverio Rocca. Known as a family man, Anthony was rated highly as a youngster and was selected with the second overall pick in the 1994 AFL Draft by the Sydney Swans. A lifelong Collingwood Magpies supporter, Rocca has said in recent interviews that at the time he was at Sydney his heart was not in it and he was homesick. After two seasons at the Swans, Rocca was traded to Collingwood. Rocca was traded for fellow 1994 draftee full forward Ben Wilson, Mark Orchard and Collingwood's first two draft selections; the trade was controversially allowed to be submitted three hours after the trading deadline, as Wilson and Orchard were holidaying in Mauritius and were unable to be contacted in time. He made a name for himself as a strong forward, with a booming 70+ metre kick, just like his brother.
However, unlike his brother, Anthony was used in the ruck. His importance to the Magpies forward structure was crucial, he led the team's goalkicking, albeit with 38 goals in the year his team made a Grand Final in 2002. In 2003, with the Magpies again facing Brisbane in the Grand Final, Rocca was suspended in the Preliminary Final against Port Adelaide, shattering his dream of playing in another Grand Final. Without Rocca, the Magpies forward line structure was changed from the one, so successful throughout 2003, by coincidence or not, Collingwood lost the match by a whopping 50 points. In 2004 he missed 7 matches with injuries, fared worse in 2005, snapping an achilles tendon during the Round 4 clash against the Kangaroos, ruling him out for the rest of the season. During the 2006 season Rocca returned to the side and proved important to the Magpies' structure up forward. In the Round 2 match against Hawthorn he booted 8 goals against unheralded young defender Zac Dawson; the decision by Hawks coach Alistair Clarkson to play Dawson on the much stronger and athletic Rocca was criticised in the media.
Rocca spoke out on this and was quoted as saying "he has to learn". He kicked a career best season return of 55 goals and was the club's leading goalkicker for the third time, his first half of the season was fantastic. He made the news in the Round 16 clash against the West Coast Eagles where he had shown the ball to umpire Hayden Kennedy, while walking off his mark, after Rocca turned-over a free kick, after a mistake by Kennedy minutes before. In round 22, Anthony played against his brother, for Sav's farewell game before heading to the United States to become a gridiron punter. Rocca's 2008 season was highlighted by mixed inconsistency, he spent much of the first half of 2009 in the reserves, having been dropped from the senior side due to poor form and injury. With the continued rise of Travis Cloke and Jack Anthony, there was media speculation as to whether Rocca was needed in the senior side and some speculated that at his age he may never return; however Rocca answered his critics with some impressive form in the reserves earning a return in round 4 against the Brisbane Lions, in which he had a solid match up forward.
Anthony Rocca announced his retirement on 21 September 2009. Rocca finished his AFL career with 415 goals. In early January 2011, Rocca took up the job of assistant coach of the Magpies' VFL team alongside its new coach Tarkyn Lockyer. At the end of 2010 Rocca was promoted to Collingwood's defensive development coach, working under Craig McRae. Rocca is married to Enza Colosimo and has a daughter, a son, Max. Anthony Rocca's playing statistics from AFL Tables Anthony Rocca at the Collingwood Football Club website
The Sydney Swans are a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League. Established in Melbourne as the South Melbourne Football Club in 1874, the Swans relocated to Sydney in 1982, thus making it the first club in the competition to be based outside Victoria. Playing in the Victorian Football Association, the Swans joined seven other clubs in founding the breakaway Victorian Football League in 1896, it won premierships in 1909, 1918 and 1933 before experiencing a 72-year premiership drought—the longest in the competition's history. The club broke the drought in 2005 and won another premiership in 2012; the club has proven to be one of the most consistent teams in the nationalised AFL, failing to make the finals in only three seasons since 1995, playing the most number of finals matches and winning the second-most matches overall since 2000 and boasting a finals winning record of over 50% in the same time period. The Swans' headquarters and training facilities are located at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the club's playing home ground since 1982.
The inauguration date of the club is 19 June 1874, it adopted the name "South Melbourne Football Club" four weeks on 15 July. In 1880, South Melbourne amalgamated with the nearby Albert-park Football Club, which had a senior football history dating back to May 1867. Following the amalgamation, the club retained the name South Melbourne, adopted the club's now familiar red and white colours from Albert-park. Nicknamed the "Southerners", the team was more colourfully known as the "Bloods", in reference to the bright red sash on their white jumpers; the colorful epithet the "Bloodstained Angels" was in use. The club was based at Lake Oval home of the South Melbourne Cricket Club. South Melbourne was a junior foundation club of the Victorian Football Association in 1877, attained senior status in 1879. Over its first decade as an amalgamated club, South Melbourne won five VFA premierships – in 1881, 1885, three-in-a-row in 1888, 1889 and 1890 – and was runner-up to the provincial Geelong Football Club in 1880, 1883 and 1886.
At the end of the 1896 season and South Melbourne finished equal at the top of the VFA's premiership ladder with records of 14–3–1, requiring a playoff match to determine the season's premiership. The match took place on 3 October 1896 at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground. Collingwood won the match, six goals to five, in front of an estimated crowd of 12,000; this grand final would be the last match South Melbourne would play in the VFA, as the following season they would be one of eight founding clubs forming the breakaway Victorian Football League. The other clubs were St Kilda Football Club, Essendon Football Club, Fitzroy Football Club, Melbourne Football Club, Geelong Football Club, Carlton Football Club and Collingwood Football Club. South Melbourne was one of the original founding clubs of the Victorian Football League, formed in 1897; the club had early success and won three VFL premierships in 1909, 1918 and 1933. The club was at its most successful in the 1930s, when key recruits from both Victoria and interstate led to a string of appearances in the finals, including four successive grand final appearances from 1933 to 1936, albeit with only one premiership in 1933.
The collection of players recruited from interstate in 1932/1933 became known as South Melbourne's "Foreign Legion". On grand final eve, 1935, as the Swans prepared to take on Collingwood, star full-forward Bob Pratt was clipped by a truck moments after stepping off a tram and subsequently missed the match for South; the truck driver was a South Melbourne supporter. It was during this period; the nickname, suggested by a Herald and Weekly Times artist in 1933, was inspired by the number of Western Australians in the team, was formally adopted by the club before the following season 1934. The name stuck, in part due to the club's association with nearby Albert Park and Lake known for its swans. After several years with only limited success, South Melbourne next reached the grand final in 1945; the match, played against Carlton, was to become known as "the Bloodbath", courtesy of the brawl that overshadowed the match, with a total of 9 players being reported by the umpires. Carlton won the match by 28 points, from on, South Melbourne struggled.
In the following years, South Melbourne struggled, as their traditional inner-city recruiting district emptied as a result of demographic shifts. The club missed the finals in 1946 and continued to fall such that by 1950 they were second-last on the ladder, they nearly made the finals in 1952, but from 1953 to 1969, they never finished higher than eighth on the ladder. By the 1960s it was clear that South Melbourne's financial resources would not be capable of allowing them to compete in the growing market for country and interstate players, their own local zone was never strong enough to compensate for this; the introduction of country zoning failed to help, as the Riverina Football League proved to be one of the least profitable zones. Between 1945 and 1981, South Melbourne made the finals only twice: under legendary coach Nor