Heath Scotland is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. He played for Collingwood and Carlton, appearing in two AFL Grand Finals during his time with Collingwood, he was awarded the Best and Fairest for the Carlton Football Club in 2012. His professional career ended in 2014. Scotland grew up and played his junior football for the Darley Football Club in the Riddell District Football League, he played TAC Cup football for the Western Jets, he featured in the National Under 18s Championships for Vic Metro in 1998. He was recruited to the Australian Football League by the Collingwood Football Club with its third round selection in the 1998 AFL Draft. Scotland was given guernsey No. 44, he switched to No. 29 in 2001. He made his debut in Round 3 of 1999 and played twelve senior matches in his debut season, including Collingwood's Round 22 match, the last game it played at its traditional home ground, Victoria Park, he played another ten in 2000, but managed only two senior games in 2001 – in the first and last rounds of the season.
His performance in that final round match, to that stage a career-best with twenty-eight disposals, arguably saved his Collingwood career, with coach Mick Malthouse stating that he had matured as a footballer over that season. Scotland became a regular for the Magpies in 2002, playing 19 matches through the season, including fourteen consecutively after Round 12, he played including the Grand Final loss against Brisbane. In 2003, he fell out of favour again. In his five seasons at Collingwood, Scotland was characterised as a midfielder or half-back flanker at a club which had several players of similar ability capable of filling that role. Scotland decided that his long-term opportunities at Collingwood would be limited under Malthouse, after discussions with Carlton coach Denis Pagan, he requested to be traded to the rival club at the end of 2003, he had considered a move to the Kangaroos after playing only two games in 2001. At the end of the 2003 season Scotland was traded to Carlton in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2003 AFL Draft.
At the time, the trade was considered to be good value for Carlton, He was given the No. 29 guernsey, the same number he had worn at Collingwood. Scotland was a regular player throughout most of his time at Carlton, he appeared in every game in five of those seasons. As at Collingwood, Scotland played as a midfielder, rotating into a sweeping half-back role. In Round 9, 2005, Scotland played in Carlton's team in the last game it played at its traditional home ground at Princes Park. In 2006, Scotland finished third in the Robert Reynolds Trophy, had the second-most disposals of any player in the AFL, he improved again in 2007, collecting a career-high 41 disposals in a match in Round 22 against Melbourne, finishing a close second for the Robert Reynolds Trophy, polling a club-high 12 Brownlow Medal votes. In the young Carlton teams he played in, Scotland was one of the most experienced players, he featured in the club's leadership group from 2007 until 2010, before voluntarily stepping down in 2011.
He continued to play reliable football through this time. In 2011, Scotland played his 200th game and became the oldest player on the Carlton list, turning 31 during the year, he was awarded life membership of the Carlton Football Club in December 2011. Scotland played well again in 2012, although he attracted less wider acclaim around the league, he won the John Nicholls Medal for the first time in his career. In 2014, at age 33, Scotland was moved from Carlton's senior list to its rookie list, by being delisted and redrafted as a rookie, he played four games off the rookie list, before announcing his retirement from the AFL on 20 May 2014, citing a degenerative ankle complaint. Scotland was described by Tony Shaw, who coached him in his first season with Collingwood, as a skilful player, capable of kicking on with both feet, with good durability and a good football brain. Scotland is married to wife Alisha, they have two sons and Riley. During January 2012, Scotland was involved in a brawl at the Mulwala Ski Club near Yarrawonga, which left one man unconscious.
In April 2012, he was formally charged with common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and violent disorder relating to the incident. At the court hearing in October 2012, he pleaded guilty to assault, was placed on a two-year good behaviour bond without a conviction. Heath Scotland's profile on the official website of the Carlton Football Club Heath Scotland's playing statistics from AFL Tables Heath Scotland Player Profile at Nicks Collingwood Page Heath Scotland profile in Blueseum
David Wojcinski is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League. Wojcinski made his debut in 1998, he won the club's Most Improved Player award for 2004. In 2007 he returned from a serious knee injury to play a major part for the Geelong side with his pace off half back, he was rewarded with a premiership medal in September. After injuring a tendon in his right finger during a 2008 pre-season practice match against the Richmond Tigers, Wojcinski found he required surgery to his little finger, he made a quick recovery from this surgery, playing against Essendon in Round 2. Whilst 2008 begun well for Wojcinski, Round 15 saw him injure an Achilles tendon, ruling him out until the Preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs more than two months later, his lack of match fitness jeopardized his selection for the Grand Final side, announced on 25 September 2008. The selection left Wojcinski out of the starting 22, as an emergency, Paul Chapman was chosen over him after returning from his own injury.
Mark Thompson, coach of the Geelong Cats, confirmed the reason for "Wojo" missing out was due to his bad run with injury. He quoted "fit and in good form he's in our best 22, no doubt, and everybody in the room, everybody that knows Geelong would know that,". David overcame the disappointment of missing out on Grand Final selection in 2008 to produce career best form over the following years, he rightfully won his spot back in the 2009 Grand Final as Geelong came from behind to beat St. Kilda and win their second premiership in three years. In 2011, David was one of only a handful of players to add a third premiership medal to his collection, as Geelong overpowered Collingwood in the final quarter of the Grand Final to be runaway victors. David's dash off half back and his'take them on' attitude was a key component in Geelong's success, during his career was one of the fastest and most exciting players to watch with his electrifying speed both from the half-back flank and through the midfield.
David took until Round 11 2012 to play his 200th. He went on to play only 3 more games that season before announcing his retirement after the elimination final loss to Fremantle Football Club, he did, play a crucial role in the Cats VFL Premiership that same year, putting the icing on the cake of an excellent football career. Wojcinski grew up in Victoria, he is the son of Lee and Charlie Wojcinski and has three sisters: Deanne and Emma. Wojcinski married partner Casey Bell in October 2008 at Port Douglas, after much disappointment after being dropped from the AFL Grand Final. David and Casey have three children: daughter Olive. In 2008, Wojcinski was an ambassador for an anti-booze-fuelled-violence campaign run by the Geelong Advertiser titled "Just Think". In this role, Wojcinski appeared in advertising alongside fellow ambassadors, former Geelong teammates, Tom Harley and James Kelly. Wojcinski retired from AFL football in 2012, he continued to play football for the Newtown & Chilwell Eagles in the Geelong Football League and also coached them, until he resigned at the end of the 2015 season.
David Wojcinski's profile on the official website of the Geelong Football Club David Wojcinski's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Gary Dhurrkay was an Australian rules footballer and Aboriginal Australian community leader. Dhurkkay was a part of East Fremantle Football Club's 1994 premiership in the WAFL, before being a part of Fremantle's inaugural AFL team in 1995. After an inconsistent season in 1998, he was relegated to Westar Rules for much of the year, played in East Fremantle Football Club's 1998 premiership. At the end of the season he was delisted by Fremantle, but the Kangaroos gave him a second chance when they selected him with selection 31 in the 1998 AFL Draft. After playing 21 games in the 1999 and 2000 season at his new club, Dhurrkay retired in mid-2000 to focus on his Aboriginal cultural beliefs and became a leader of the Marngarr community in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. At about 5am on 21 August 2005, Dhurkkay was fatally injured in a car accident on the Melville Bay Road, Arnhem Land when his car rolled and he was thrown from his vehicle and died of his injuries, he was 31 years of age. Gary Dhurrkay's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Lenny Hayes is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League from 1999 to 2014. Growing up in Sydney, Hayes played TAC Cup football for the NSW/ACT Rams, he was recruited by St Kilda with the 11th pick in the 1998 National Draft and made his senior debut in round five of the 1999 season. He was nominated for the AFL Rising Star Award in the year as well. Hayes was a first-choice player for St Kilda for his whole career, other than in two seasons where he would require knee reconstructions. After playing 297 games and kicking 95 goals, he retired midway through the 2014 season. Hayes would establish himself as one of the best midfielders in the league, he was placed third in the 2009 Brownlow Medal. Hayes was a three-time winner of the Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best and fairest player, he spent two seasons as St Kilda's captain – in 2004 as sole captain and in 2007 as co-captain, alongside both Luke Ball and Nick Riewoldt.
Hayes played in three Grand Finals without tasting premiership success, but won the Norm Smith Medal for his performance in the drawn 2010 AFL Grand Final. Hayes grew up in suburban Sydney and began playing junior football with Pennant Hills in the Sydney AFL. In 1998, Hayes was a standout player for NSW/ACT in the representative TAC Cup, taking out the Morrish Medal as the best player in the competition. Hayes debuted in the AFL the following year, he started well and improved throughout the year, earning an AFL Rising Star nomination in the final round of the season. With St Kilda's current policy being that of one to rotate the captaincy to a different player each season, Hayes would be named captain ahead of 2004. After he was sworn into the role, Hayes captained St Kilda’s 2004 Wizard Home Loans Cup winning side, in what was the club's second pre-season cup win. After a strong start to the 2006 season, Hayes ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against the Kangaroos in Round 9, requiring a minor knee reconstruction which sidelined him until the 2007 season.
In just his fifth game back in the 2007 season he suffered a broken collarbone, sidelining him for three weeks, although he managed to come back and play 19 games for the year. Hayes was a co-captain and part of the Saints' 2007 leadership group – dubbed the "Young Saints", which included Justin Koschitzke, Luke Ball and Nick Riewoldt. Additionally, others included in the leadership group were Aaron Hamill, Fraser Gehrig, Nick Dal Santo and Robert Harvey. Hayes played in St Kilda’s 2008 NAB Cup winning side, the club’s third pre-season cup win. In 2009, Hayes played his 200th AFL game in Round 9 against the Brisbane Lions at Docklands Stadium. During the match he gained 31 possessions in the Saints' 16-point victory, he finished third in the 2009 Brownlow Medal. Hayes played in 19 of the 22 matches in the 2009 home and away rounds in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the finals series, winning the club’s third minor premiership. Hayes was recognised for his excellent season with selection in the 2009 All-Australian team as a midfield player.
It was his third career selection in the All-Australian team. St Kilda made the 2009 AFL Grand Final after preliminary final wins. Hayes played in the Grand Final. Hayes played 25 games in 2010 and received a number of accolades for his performances during the season: Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best & fairest player. 2010 Norm Smith Medallist. St Kilda's player of the finals series. Hayes did not play for the rest of the year. Hayes played all games in 2012 and won his third Trevor Barker Medal as St Kilda's best & fairest player for the season, he had a fantastic season and made a brilliant recovery from the ACL injury from 2011. He played his 250th game in Round 9 against eventual premiers Sydney, gaining 25 disposals in a 28-point win for the Saints. On 15 July 2014, Hayes announced his retirement in front of all family. Out of respect, his teammates wore t-shirts with the hashtag #ilovelenny. At the time of his retirement, Hayes held the all-time VFL/AFL record for most tackles in a career, having laid 1,496 tackles at an average of 5.04 per game.
He held the record until 23 April 2017. After working in the media for twelve months, Hayes returned home to Sydney in 2015 and joined Greater Western Sydney as an assistant coach. Lenny Hayes's profile on the official website of the St Kilda Football Club Lenny Hayes's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Peter Street is a former professional Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. At 211 cm he is the equal tallest player in the history of the VFL/AFL. Drafted by the Geelong Football Club in the 1998 AFL Draft, Street was traded to the Western Bulldogs at the end of the 2003 season; the ruckman was considered a cult figure at the Bulldogs and during the 2006 season, amidst many long-term injuries to the club's taller players, he became an important ruckman for the club. He was, delisted by the Bulldogs in 2008, he was offered a two-year contract by the Brisbane Lions, but decided instead to join Victoria Police. After his AFL career Street worked as a police officer and is now a Detective at Footscray CIU with Victoria Police. St Joseph's Football Club announced the signing former Geelong and Western Bulldogs ruckman Peter Street for 2009 season. Street agreed to a one-year deal and will take on an assistant-coaching role as well as the club's ruck duties, he would continue right until the 2012 season before heading to Lara in 2013.
Street now lines up for the Geelong Amateurs in the Bellarine Football League. Peter Street's playing statistics from AFL Tables
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
Brady Rawlings is a former Australian rules footballer who played 245 games for the North Melbourne Kangaroos. Ahead of the 2014 season, he was appointed as the midfield coach of the West Coast Eagles. After three years in the position, Rawlings shifted from coaching to the role of list manager, he is the younger brother of former AFL footballer, Richmond 2009 caretaker coach, Jade. Rawlings was recruited to the Kangaroos with the 15th selection. Rawlings completed year 12 whilst in his first year at the club. Rawlings made a name for himself becoming one of the league's best taggers, but as his game grew in 2003 he started to win much more of his own ball, to hurt the opposition defensively and offensively. In 2004, he had his best season to date, gaining selection for the International rules series and taking out the Syd Barker Medal for the North Melbourne best and fairest. In 2005, Rawlings had another solid year, albeit not as good as the previous, but 2006 saw him recapture the career-best form to take out his second Syd Barker Medal.
Rawlings was a solid contributor in 2007 and 2008, but after some retirements, he was forced to be played in a variety of different roles. In 2009, a rebuilding year for the club, he spent much time playing in defense shutting down some of the game's most eluding players in Cyril Rioli and Aaron Davey. Rawlings played his 200th AFL game in North Melbourne's five point win over St Kilda in round 21, he continued in this defensive role in 2010, but was able to get the ball himself, having a career high 623 possessions and sharing his third Syd Barker Medal with Brent Harvey. Rawlings retired from football at the end of the 2011 season when North Melbourne finished 9th on the ladder. After retiring, he joined North Melbourne as the senior recruiting and induction coach- which he held during the 2012/13 seasons. At the end of the 2013 season, Rawlings left North Melbourne to accept a role at the West Coast Eagles as an assistant coach under new senior coach and former teammate and captain of Rawlings Adam Simpson.
Following the 2016 season, Rawlings was appointed to the role of list manager. Brady Rawlings's profile on the official website of the North Melbourne Football Club Brady Rawlings's playing statistics from AFL Tables