Captain (Australian rules football)
A captain of an Australian rules football team, sometimes known as a skipper is a player who, during the course of a match and off the field, has several additional roles and responsibilities over and above those of a regular player. They are second to the coach and an onfield leader who has various roles including to inspire the players and sometimes address umpires and the media; when a coach appoints multiple captains, the following captaincy roles may be appointed. Co-captain vice-captain deputy vice captain Before the start of a match, a coin toss between the captains is used to determine which end of the ground each team will kick to; the away captain calls the coin toss, the winning captain makes the choice of end. The decision depends on the weather conditions and the weather forecast the direction and strength of the wind, which can give a significant advantage to a team. Before the game and during the quarter and half time breaks, a captain will be asked by the coach to address the players in a huddle after the coach address.
Whereas the coach address discusses strategy and field positions, the captain's address is purely motivational. The captain is the only player on the ground, allowed to address an umpire to question or discuss a decision. Any other player who does so can be reported. A captain may be reported if they become abusive; the umpires will visit the rooms of each team before a game and introduce themselves to the captain and advise the captains on any rule interpretations that they will be strict on and what they will and won't tolerate on the field. The captain will take a particular role in media relations on behalf of the team. Although not always, the captain may be asked to participate on the selection committee to determine which players do or do not make the squad; the captain and the leadership group represents the playing group. If a player does something to the detriment of the playing group the captain will act in the interests of the playing group and request that the club or league take appropriate action.
The captain of the team may request the game to be stopped for a head count, to determine whether or not the opposition team is fielding too many players. It is tradition during a grand final that the captain and coach hold up the premiership cup before it is handed to the players; the captain is required to make a speech, including thanking the opposition team. See: List of Australian Football League premiership captains and coaches Captain
Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground known as "The G", is an Australian sports stadium located in Yarra Park, Victoria. Home to the Melbourne Cricket Club, it is the 10th largest stadium in the world, the largest in Australia, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, the largest cricket ground by capacity, has the tallest light towers of any sporting venue; the MCG is within walking distance of the city centre and is served by Richmond and Jolimont stations, as well as the route 70 tram and the route 246 bus. It is part of the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct. Since it was built in 1853, the MCG has been in a state of constant renewal, it served as the centrepiece stadium of the 1956 Summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games and two Cricket World Cups: 1992 and 2015. It is famous for its role in the development of international cricket; the annual Boxing Day Test is one of the MCG's most popular events. Referred to as "the spiritual home of Australian rules football" for its strong association with the sport since it was codified in 1859, it hosts Australian Football League matches in the winter, with at least one game held there in most rounds of the home-and-away season.
The stadium fills to capacity for the AFL Grand Final. Home to the National Sports Museum, the MCG has hosted other major sporting events, including international rules football matches between Australia and Ireland, international rugby union matches, State of Origin games, FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Concerts and other cultural events are held at the venue, with the record attendance standing at around 130,000 for a Billy Graham evangelistic crusade in 1959. Grandstand redevelopments and occupational health and safety legislation have limited the maximum seating capacity to 95,000 with an additional 5,000 standing room capacity, bringing the total capacity to 100,024; the MCG is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register and was included on the Australian National Heritage List in 2005. Journalist Greg Baum called it "a shrine, a citadel, a landmark, a totem" that "symbolises Melbourne to the world". Founded in November 1838 the Melbourne Cricket Club selected the current MCG site in 1853 after playing at several grounds around Melbourne.
The club's first game was against a military team at the Old Mint site, at the corner of William and Latrobe Streets. Burial Hill became its home ground in January 1839, but the area was set aside for Botanical Gardens and the club was moved on in October 1846, to an area on the south bank of the Yarra about where the Herald and Weekly Times building is today; the area was subject to flooding, forcing the club to move again, this time to a ground in South Melbourne. It was not long before the club was forced out again, this time because of the expansion of the railway; the South Melbourne ground was in the path of Victoria's first steam railway line from Melbourne to Sandridge. Governor La Trobe offered the MCC a choice of three sites; this last option, now Yarra Park, had been used by Aborigines until 1835. Between 1835 and the early 1860s it was known as the Government or Police Paddock and served as a large agistment area for the horses of the Mounted Police, Border Police and Native Police.
The north-eastern section housed the main barracks for the Mounted Police in the Port Phillip district. In 1850 it was part of a 200-acre stretch set aside for public recreation extending from Governor La Trobe's Jolimont Estate to the Yarra River. By 1853 it had become a busy promenade for Melbourne residents. An MCC sub-committee chose the Richmond Park option because it was level enough for cricket but sloped enough to prevent inundation; that ground was located. At the same time the Richmond Cricket Club was given occupancy rights to six acres for another cricket ground on the eastern side of the Government Paddock. At the time of the land grant the Government stipulated that the ground was to be used for cricket and cricket only; this condition remained until 1933 when the State Government allowed the MCG's uses to be broadened to include other purposes when not being used for cricket. In 1863 a corridor of land running diagonally across Yarra Park was granted to the Hobson's Bay Railway and divided Yarra Park from the river.
The Mounted Police barracks were operational until the 1880s when it was subdivided into the current residential precinct bordered by Vale Street. The area closest to the river was developed for sporting purposes in years including Olympic venues in 1956; the first grandstand at the MCG was the original wooden members’ stand built in 1854, while the first public grandstand was a 200-metre long 6000-seat temporary structure built in 1861. Another grandstand seating 2000, facing one way to the cricket ground and the other way to the park where football was played, was built in 1876 for the 1877 visit of James Lillywhite's English cricket team, it was during this tour. In 1881 the original members' stand was sold to the Richmond Cricket Club for £55. A new brick stand, considered at the time to be the world's finest cricket facility, was built in its place; the foundation stone was laid by Prince George of Wales and Prince Albert Victor on 4 July and the stand opened in December that year. It was als
Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia's largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres, the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia's Sakha Republic; the state has about 2.6 million inhabitants – around 11 percent of the national total – of whom the vast majority live in the south-west corner, 79 per cent of the population living in the Perth area, leaving the remainder of the state sparsely populated. The first European visitor to Western Australia was the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog, who visited the Western Australian coast in 1616; the first European settlement of Western Australia occurred following the landing by Major Edmund Lockyer on 26 December 1826 of an expedition on behalf of the New South Wales colonial government.
He established a convict-supported military garrison at King George III Sound, at present-day Albany, on 21 January 1827 formally took possession of the western third of the continent for the British Crown. This was followed by the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, including the site of the present-day capital, Perth. York was the first inland settlement in Western Australia. Situated 97 kilometres east of Perth, it was settled on 16 September 1831. Western Australia achieved responsible government in 1890 and federated with the other British colonies in Australia in 1901. Today, its economy relies on mining, agriculture and tourism; the state produces 46 per cent of Australia's exports. Western Australia is the second-largest iron ore producer in the world. Western Australia is bounded to the east by longitude 129°E, the meridian 129 degrees east of Greenwich, which defines the border with South Australia and the Northern Territory, bounded by the Indian Ocean to the west and north.
The International Hydrographic Organization designates the body of water south of the continent as part of the Indian Ocean. The total length of the state's eastern border is 1,862 km. There are 20,781 km including 7,892 km of island coastline; the total land area occupied by the state is 2.5 million km2. The bulk of Western Australia consists of the old Yilgarn craton and Pilbara craton which merged with the Deccan Plateau of India and the Karoo and Zimbabwe cratons of Southern Africa, in the Archean Eon to form Ur, one of the oldest supercontinents on Earth. In May 2017, evidence of the earliest known life on land may have been found in 3.48-billion-year-old geyserite and other related mineral deposits uncovered in the Pilbara craton. Because the only mountain-building since has been of the Stirling Range with the rifting from Antarctica, the land is eroded and ancient, with no part of the state above 1,245 metres AHD. Most of the state is a low plateau with an average elevation of about 400 metres low relief, no surface runoff.
This descends sharply to the coastal plains, in some cases forming a sharp escarpment. The extreme age of the landscape has meant that the soils are remarkably infertile and laterised. Soils derived from granitic bedrock contain an order of magnitude less available phosphorus and only half as much nitrogen as soils in comparable climates in other continents. Soils derived from extensive sandplains or ironstone are less fertile, nearly devoid of soluble phosphate and deficient in zinc, copper and sometimes potassium and calcium; the infertility of most of the soils has required heavy application by farmers of fertilizers. These have resulted in damage to bacterial populations; the grazing and use of hoofed mammals and heavy machinery through the years have resulted in compaction of soils and great damage to the fragile soils. Large-scale land clearing for agriculture has damaged habitats for native fauna; as a result, the South West region of the state has a higher concentration of rare, threatened or endangered flora and fauna than many areas of Australia, making it one of the world's biodiversity "hot spots".
Large areas of the state's wheatbelt region have problems with dryland salinity and the loss of fresh water. The southwest coastal area has a Mediterranean climate, it was heavily forested, including large stands of karri, one of the tallest trees in the world. This agricultural region is one of the nine most bio-diverse terrestrial habitats, with a higher proportion of endemic species than most other equivalent regions. Thanks to the offshore Leeuwin Current, the area is one of the top six regions for marine biodiversity and contains the most southerly coral reefs in the world. Average annual rainfall varies from 300 millimetres at the edge of the Wheatbelt region to 1,400 millimetres in the wettest areas near Northcliffe, but from November to March, evaporation exceeds rainfall, it is very dry. Plants are adapted to this as well as the extreme poverty of all soils; the central two-thirds of the state is sparsely inhabited. The only significant economic activity is mining. Annual rainfall averages less than 300 millimetres, most of which occurs in sporadic torrential falls related to cyclone events in summer.
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Mark Anthony Ricciuto is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League. From Waikerie, South Australia, Ricciuto started as a junior with the local Waikerie Magpies Football Club, he joined the West Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League, making his debut at the age of 16, before being recruited by Adelaide as a zone selection prior to the 1993 season. Playing as a midfielder, he established himself in Adelaide's side, receiving a nomination for the AFL Rising Star in 1993, his debut season, being named in the All-Australian team the following season, the first of eight selections overall. Having played in Adelaide's premiership side in 1998 winning the Malcolm Blight Medal as the club's best and fairest, Ricciuto replaced Mark Bickley as the club's captain prior to the 2001 season. Considered one of the best midfielders in the competition during the early 2000s, Ricciuto shared the 2003 Brownlow Medal with Nathan Buckley and Adam Goodes, was selected in the All-Australian team for four consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2005, captaining the side in both 2004 and 2005.
Having played more of a forward role in his last two seasons, Ricciuto retired at the end of the 2007 season, having played a total of 312 games for Adelaide, kicking 292 goals. Representing South Australia in interstate football and Australia in the International Rules Series, Ricciuto was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2011, the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Ricciuto was born in South Australia, he was recruited by SANFL team West Adelaide and soon after – as a 16-year-old high schooler – was recruited by the Adelaide Crows in 1992. He debuted in the AFL in 1993. Ricciuto earned his first All Australian selection as a 19-year-old in 1994. After a stellar year in 1997 he ended up missing the 1997 premiership due to a late season injury. Despite this setback, he rallied in 1998 to again be an All Australian, win the club best and fairest and play in his only premiership, he was appointed as the Adelaide captain in 2001. In 2003, he was joint winner of the league's highest individual honor, the Brownlow Medal, with Collingwood's Nathan Buckley and Sydney's Adam Goodes.
In 2004 he came second in the Bronwlow medal. In 2004 and 2005 he earned his eighth All-Australian guernsey; however at the end of the 2005 season Ricciuto was suspended following an incident in the Crows' final regular season match against West Coast. Indeed, the Crows lost this match by just eight points, the Crows finished one match short of the 2005 decider. Late in the 2006 season, Ricciuto was ruled out of the Crows' final few matches due to a "mystery ailment", found to be parvovirus B19. Ricciuto led the Crows to their second straight top-two finish in 2006 and thus a more direct path to the preliminary final, again against the West Coast Eagles where again the Crows finished one match short of the decider, losing the preliminary final by just 10 points. Ricciuto played his 300th AFL game on 21 July 2006 against North Melbourne, he kicked 5 goals in a game. He was quicker than any other player in AFL history to this milestone, in 13 years and 83 days, some 11 days quicker than Carlton's Craig Bradley.
Ricciuto announced his retirement on 16 August 2007 due to persistent injuries. During his career he amassed an incredible eight All Australian selections, a record matched in the AFL era only by St Kilda's Robert Harvey as well as Lance Franklin. Ricciuto was twice named All Australian captain in 2004 and 2005, joining Wayne Carey and Michael Voss as the only multiple All Australian Captains in the AFL era. Ricciuto is noted for his Italian heritage, bears a large tattoo of his family name on his back, his grandfather was born in the small Italian town of Fragneto Monforte. On 19 January 2008 Ricciuto married Sarah Delahunt, they have four sons. In 2009, he played for Prince Alfred College Old Collegians in division 4 of the South Australian Amateur Football League. Ricciuto played in the ANZAC day clash 2008 with Waikerie A grade against Loxton. Waikerie won the match by 38 points. Ricciuto played in the 2008 Riverland Grand Final with Waikerie against Renmark. In time on in the final quarter with not much time left on the clock, Ricciuto kicked the 12th goal for Waikerie to seal back-to-back Premierships for Waikerie.
Ricciuto now works in the media is an AFL commentator for both Triple M and Fox Footy and hosts the weekday TripleM breakfast show with former Australian world number 1 squash player Chris Dittmar. Ricciuto was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2011, into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012. In March 2014, a section of the Eastern Stand at Adelaide Oval was named after Ricciuto. Team AFL Premiership: 1998 McClelland Trophy: 2005 Individual Brownlow Medal: 2003 All-Australian: 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004-2005 Malcolm Blight Medal: 1998, 2003, 2004 Adelaide F. C. Leading Club Goalkicker Award: 2006 Adelaide F. C. Captain: 2001-2007 AFLPA Best Captain Award: 2005, 2006 Showdown Medal: 2000, 2004, 2005 Australian Representative Honours in International Rules Football: 2000 Italian Team of the Century - Ruck Rover Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee: 2011 SA Football Hall of Fame Inductee: 2012 AFL Rising S
Norm Smith Medal
The Norm Smith Medal is an Australian rules football award presented annually to the player adjudged the best on ground in the Grand Final of the Australian Football League. Prior to 1990 the competition was known as the Victorian Football League, it was first presented in the 1979 VFL Grand Final, was won by Wayne Harmes, playing in Carlton's premiership victory against Collingwood. The award was named in honour of a former six-time premiership coach for Melbourne; the award is won by a player on the winning team in the Grand Final. Three players, Gary Ayres, Andrew McLeod and Luke Hodge, have each won the award twice; the club with the most Norm Smith Medal wins is Hawthorn, with eight awards won by players representing the team. The most recent recipient of the award is West Coast's Luke Shuey, winning in 2018; the winner is voted on by a five-member panel consisting of former players and media personalities, with one member designated as the chair. Each panellist independently awards 3 votes, 2 votes and 1 vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match respectively.
These votes are tallied, the highest number of combined votes wins the medal. There is no chance of a tie for the medal. Paul Chapman is the only player to win on a countback, after he and Jason Gram tied with nine votes apiece in 2009. In some years judges were required to lodge their decisions prior to the completion of the match, to ensure votes were compiled in time for the ceremony; this was changed following the 2002 AFL Grand Final, after Michael Voss had five crucial possessions in the last five minutes of the close game which could have swayed the voting, but placed fourth behind Nathan Buckley. After the match, three of the five judges suggested they would have voted differently if they had lodged their votes after the final siren. Prior to the 2016 season, if the Grand Final resulted in a draw, the game would be replayed the following week. In such instances, a separate Norm Smith Medal was awarded in each game. Since 2016, a drawn Grand Final would result in the use of extra time to determine the winner, rather than a full match replay.
The medal is presented in a post-match ceremony held after the conclusion of the match. Since 2004, former Norm Smith medallists have presented the award, in the order of the year in which they won. Michael Tuck Medal Brownlow Medal List of Brownlow Medal winners Clive Churchill Medal Holmesby, Russell; the Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897. Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. ISBN 978-1-921496-00-4. Lovett, Michael, ed.. AFL Record Season Guide 2010. ISBN 978-0-9806274-5-9. Norm Smith Medal - AFL.com.au
Philip Henry Matson was a successful player and coach of Australian rules football in the early 20th century, chiefly in Western Australia. The son of George Matson and his wife Emma, Matson was educated at state school in Adelaide before moving to Western Australia as a youth. There, he worked as a navvies' water-boy and began swimming competitively in 1902 and playing Australian football. During his swimming career, he held Western Australian freestyle titles from 100 yards to a mile using the now-obsolete trudgen stroke, he won the 220-yard breaststroke at the Australasian championships in the three years between 1905 and 1907, set a world record time for the event of three minutes and fourteen seconds. However, playing professional football at the same time precluded him from considering the Olympic Games, so he turned professional for a £20 stake in 1909. Matson married his cousin Gertrude Ethel Jean Pope in 1907 at Boulder, Western Australia, but they separated. Matson supported himself playing football during an era when the game was an amateur sport.
He was a "gun for hire", moved clubs playing outside the main leagues if the price was right. Thus, he played for South Bunbury in 1904–05, Boulder City in 1906–08, Sturt in 1909–10, North Fremantle in 1911, Subiaco in 1912–17 and East Perth in 1918–23. A fast and versatile utility with an ability to take the big mark, he played at half-back and half-forward and took turns in the ruck, he played for both South Australia and Western Australia and captained the Sandgropers at the 1914 interstate carnival. Away from football, Matson's working was somewhat inconsistent, he had stints as a miner, a tramway motorman, a farmer, a navvy on the trans-Australian railway, a lumper, a storeman and a'Spot-Lager' retailer. Early in his career, he was a teetotaller but became a "social" drinker and was well known for his gambling habit, his unconventional approach to life caused problems within his family, who were sometimes compelled to live in a tent. Matson offered to enlist during World War I, he operated two-up schools at Subiaco and Pelican Point, SP books in some city hotels, an illegal gaming house in Perth.
For a number of years, he held a trotting bookmaker's licence. Aged 33, Matson found his calling when he was appointed as coach of East Perth Football Club in 1918. Matson worked on the players' confidence and garnered their respect with a methodical approach to his coaching, he was lauded for his ability to exploit weaknesses. Matson's dominant personality helped recruit some excellent players and a dynasty was built. In nine seasons between 1919 and 1927, East Perth won seven premierships and dominated Western Australian football. In total, he played in twelve premiership teams and, in the last ten years of his career, coached teams into nine finals, he was an essential part of the state team, as a selector for the successful 1921 Western Australian interstate carnival team, as the coach of the 1924 and 1927 teams that lost narrowly to Victoria. Controversially, he criticised Victorian officials in 1924 for encouraging violence against his team; this outburst came back to haunt him. In 1925, Matson accepted an offer in the Victorian goldfields.
Impressed with his effort in lifting the team into the Grand Final, Richmond officials approached Matson with an offer to succeed Dan Minogue as the Tigers' coach for 1926. Matson relocated to Melbourne. However, the Victorian Football League refused Matson a permit to take up the job, which incensed both the club and prospective coach, it was variously suggested that the VFL officials had not forgotten Matson's outburst two years earlier or that they disapproved of his unconventional lifestyle. Whatever the reason, Matson headed back to Perth in time for the football season and was re-appointed to coach East Perth, he took them to successive premierships. Matson had revenge on the VFL officials by inspiring Western Australia to two "spiteful, brutal" victories over Victoria in 1926, he was important in the process of making Australian football professional by negotiating fees that made him the highest paid Western Australian player and coach of the time. He died in 1928 in a truck accident in Perth.
He was survived by their two sons and his de facto wife Kate Thompson, née Owens. Inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Matson's citation reads: Phil Matson, revered in Western Australia as one of that state's greatest coaches in much the same way Collingwood's Jock McHale is revered in Victoria. In 1979 he was honoured with the bronze tablet for 1926, set into the footpath along St Georges Terrace, Perth as part of the WAY'79 sesquicentennial celebrations of the colonisation of Western Australia by Europeans. In 2004 he was an inaugural inductee into the WAFL Hall of Fame. 1908 Melbourne Carnival M. Glossop, East Perth 1906–1976 C. T. Stannage, A New History of Western Australia Western Mail, 14, 21 June 1928 Football 150 Westralian Worker, 28 May 1915 Express and Telegraph, 31 August 1922 Mirror, 28 April 1923, 16 June 1928 West Australian, 12, 13, 14 June 1928 Phil Matson at AustralianFootball.com WAFL Hall of Fame Australian Football Hall of Fame
Geelong Football Club
The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed the Cats, are a professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong, Australia. The club competes in the Australian Football League, the highest level of Australian rules football in Australia; the Cats have been the VFL/AFL premiers nine times, with three in the AFL era. The Cats 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 foundation 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, making it the most successful VFA club leading up to the formation of the VFL in 1897. 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 Cats play their home games at Kardinia Park, while sporadically playing home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Docklands Stadium. Geelong's traditional guernsey colours are navy white hoops; the club's 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 club's official team song and anthem is "We Are Geelong". Geelong's traditional navy blue and white hooped guernsey has been worn since the club's inception in the mid-1800s; the design is said to represent the white seagulls and blue water of Corio Bay. The team have worn various away guernseys since 1998, all featuring the club's logo and traditional colours. "We Are Geelong" is the song sung after a game won by the Geelong Football Club. It is sung to the tune of "Toreador" from Carmen; the lyrics were written by former premiership player John Watts. Only the first verse is used by the team after a victory.
The song used by the club was recorded by the Fable Singers in April 1972. We are the greatest team of all We are Geelong. Stand up and fight, remember our tradition Stand up and fight, it's always our ambition Throughout the game to fight with all our might Because we’re the mighty blue and white And when the ball is bounced, to the final bell Stand up and fight like hell Geelong's administrative headquarters is its home stadium, Kardinia Park; the club trains here during the season, however it trains at its alternate training venue, Deakin University's Elite Sport Precinct. The latter features an MCG-sized oval and is used by the club in the pre-season, when Kardinia Park is being used for other events; the rivalry between Hawthorn and Geelong is defined by two Grand Finals: those of 1989 and 2008. In the 1989 Grand Final, Geelong played the man, resulting in major injuries for several Hawks players, Mark Yeates knocking out Dermott Brereton at the opening bounce. In 2008 Grand Final, Geelong was the backed favourite and had lost only one match for the season, but Hawthorn upset Geelong by 26 points.
It was revealed that after the 2008 grand final, Paul Chapman initiated a pact between other Geelong players to never lose to Hawthorn again. The curse was broken in a preliminary final in 2013, after Paul Chapman played his final match for Geelong the previous week. Hawthorn went on to win the next three premierships. In 2016 Geelong again defeated Hawthorn in the qualifying final. In 20 matches between the two sides between 2008 and 2017, 12 were decided by less than 10 points, with Geelong victorious in 11 of those 12 close games. In 1925, Geelong won their first flag over Collingwood. In 1930, Collingwood defeated Geelong in the grand final making it four flags in-a-row for the Pies. Geelong would deny Collingwood three successive premierships in 1937, winning a famous grand final by 32 points; the two sides played against each other in 6 finals between 1951 and 1955, including the 1952 Grand Final when Geelong beat Collingwood by 46 points. In 1953, Collingwood ended Geelong's record 23-game winning streak in the home and away season, defeated them by 12 points in the grand final, denying the Cats a third successive premiership.
Since 2007, the clubs have again both been at the top of the ladder and have met in finals. Geelong won a memorable preliminary final by five points on their way to their first flag in 44 years. In 2008, Collingwood inflicted Geelong's only home-and-away loss, by a massive 86 points, but the teams did not meet in the finals, they would meet in preliminary finals in 2010, each winning one en route to a premiership. They met in a Grand Final in 2011, which Geelong won by 38 points. President: Colin Carter Vice President: Bob Gartland Chief Executive Officer: Brian Cook General Manager – Football: Steven Hocking PremiershipsVFL/AFL: 9 Victorian Football