Collingwood Football Club
The Collingwood Football Club, nicknamed the Magpies or colloquially the Pies, is a professional Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League. Formed in 1892 in the then-working class Melbourne suburb of Collingwood, the club played in the Victorian Football Association before joining seven other teams in 1896 to found the breakaway Victorian Football League. Based at Victoria Park, Collingwood now plays its home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with its training and administrative headquarters located at Olympic Park Oval and the Holden Centre. Collingwood has played in a record 44 VFL/AFL Grand Finals, winning 15, drawing two and losing 27. Collingwood won a record-breaking four premierships in a row between 1927 and 1930. Collingwood is regarded as one of Australia's most popular sports clubs, attracting the highest attendance figures and television ratings of any professional team in the nation. In 2013, it became the first AFL club to reach 80,000 members.
Collingwood's iconic home guernsey consists of black and white stripes, matching the colours of an Australian magpie. Throughout its history, the club has developed rivalries with cross-town Melbourne based clubs Carlton and Essendon. More the club developed a rivalry with the Brisbane Lions, based in Queensland. Collingwood fields a reserves team in the Victorian Football League and a women's side in the AFL Women's competition, it owns and operates a netball team in the National Netball League. The Collingwood Football Club was established on 12 February 1892. Collingwood played its first game in the Victorian Football Association against Carlton on 7 May 1892; the club won the VFA Premiership in 1896. In 1897, along with fellow VFA clubs Fitzroy, Melbourne, St Kilda, Essendon, South Melbourne and Geelong split from the VFA and formed the Victorian Football League. Collingwood won its first premiership in 1902. Collingwood was the most successful club of the 1920s and 1930s, appearing in 13 out of a possible 20 Grand Finals during the period.
Collingwood were premiers six times during this time, including four consecutive premierships between 1927 and 1930, a VFL/AFL record, two consecutive premierships in 1935 and 1936. The club's coach during this period was Jock McHale, who served as coach from 1912 to 1949. Collingwood had three Brownlow Medallists during the period, with Syd Coventry winning in 1927, Albert Collier in 1929 and Harry Collier in 1930 In the 1950s, rival club Melbourne enjoyed an era of unprecedented success, winning five premierships in six years. Collingwood lost two Grand Finals to Melbourne in this decade, but bounced back to win premierships in 1953 and 1958. Collingwood's 1958 premiership is much cherished by the club as it prevented Melbourne from equalling Collingwood's record four premierships in a row; the 1958 premiership was however to be Collingwood's last for 32 years, as the club was to suffer a string of Grand Final defeats in coming decades. A string of eight Grand Final losses by narrow margins, between 1960 and 1981 gave rise to a perception that the club was prone to "choking", a phenomenon wittily dubbed "Colliwobbles".
Whether this perception is accurate remains a subject of debate. Lou Richards ceremoniously buried the Colliwobbles at Victoria Park after the club's 1990 premiership; the 1990 premiership team, coached by Leigh Matthews and captained by Tony Shaw, had a one-sided grand final win against Essendon, the Magpies recording a 48-point victory and ending a 32-year premiership drought which included eight grand final losses and one draw. After this, the club lapsed into a state of decline; the club received a second wooden spoon in 1999. Within a few years, with a change of coach, playing list and club president, Collingwood reached and lost consecutive grand finals in 2002 and 2003, both to the Brisbane Lions. Following those Grand Final losses, Collingwood struggled for the next two years, finishing 13th in 2004 and second-last in 2005. Collingwood made a return to the finals in 2006, finishing fifth, but were defeated by the Western Bulldogs by 41 points in its elimination final. A loss to Essendon late in the season was to cost them the double chance.
The 2007 season saw them finish sixth on the ladder at season's conclusion, in the finals they knocked out the grand finalists of the past two years, Sydney, in the elimination final and West Coast in overtime at Subiaco Oval in the semi-final. Having earned a preliminary final against Geelong, Collingwood lost to the eventual premiers, by five points. Nathan Buckley would announce his retirement at season's end after playing just five games in 2007 due to injury. Collingwood finished eighth in 2008 and were assigned an away final against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium. After at one point trailing in the match, Collingwood went on to end Adelaide's season and earn a semi-final meeting against St Kilda. Having defeated the Saints in both their regular season meetings, Collingwood lost convincingly, ending their 2008 season; the 2009 season saw Collingwood finish inside the top-four for the first time since 2003, but in the qualifying final were beaten by minor premiers St Kilda convincingly. Having won a second chance, Collingwood struggled against Adelaide for the second year in a row before John Anthony kicked the match-winning goal with a minute left to send them into ano
West Coast Eagles
The West Coast Eagles known as West Coast or the Eagles, is a Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League. Based in Perth, Western Australia, it represents the Perth metropolitan region. Though this makes no sense because there is no place in Perth called West Coast, it trains at Lathlain Park and plays its home games at Perth Stadium known as Optus Stadium, in Burswood, having played at Subiaco Oval and the WACA Ground. The club is one of two AFL clubs based in Western Australia, the other being its main rival, the Fremantle Football Club. Andrew Gaff is a player of the Eagles and called a criminal by many after punching a Fremantle Dockers player in the face, breaking his jaw and ruining many opportunities for that season. West Coast was founded in 1986 as an expansion team, it entered the AFL known as the Victorian Football League, in 1987 along with Queensland's Brisbane Bears. It reached the finals series for the first time in 1988, won its first premiership in 1992, having been defeated in the grand final the previous year.
It is the first non-Victorian team to win a grand final. The Eagles have since won three more premierships, in 1994, 2006 and 2018; the club is coached by Adam Simpson and captained by Shannon Hurn. From 2013 to 2018, the East Perth Football Club, which competes in the West Australian Football League, served as West Coast's reserves team. From 2019 the Eagles will field a reserves team in the WAFL; the Eagles have won the second most premierships in the AFL era and are one of the most supported and financially dominant clubs in the league. The West Coast Eagles were selected in 1986 as one of two expansion teams to enter the Victorian Football League the following season, along with the Brisbane Bears. Ron Alexander was appointed as the team's inaugural coach in September 1986, with the inaugural squad, comprising a majority of players from the West Australian Football League, unveiled in late October. Ross Glendinning, recruited from North Melbourne, was made the club's first captain as one of the few players with previous VFL experience.
The team's first senior match in the VFL was played against Richmond at Subiaco Oval in late March 1987, with West Coast defeating Richmond by 14 points. Having won eleven games and lost eleven games for the season, the club finished eighth out of fourteen teams. At the end of the season, John Todd, the coach of Swan Districts in the WAFL, replaced Alexander as West Coast's coach; the club made the finals for the first time in 1988, but lost form the following season, winning only seven games to finish 11th on the ladder. Todd was sacked at the end of the 1989 season, was replaced by Michael Malthouse, who had coached Footscray. With the competition having rebranded itself as the Australian Football League at the start of the 1990 season, West Coast finished third on the ladder at the conclusion of the home-and-away season, progressed to the preliminary final before losing to Essendon, having been forced to play four consecutive finals in Melbourne. John Worsfold replaced Steve Malaxos as captain for the 1991 season, the club finished the season as minor premiers for the first time, losing only three games.
In the finals series, West Coast progressed to the grand final, but were defeated by Hawthorn by 53 points. Peter Sumich kicking 111 goals during the season, becoming the first West Coast player to reach a century of goals, as well as the first-ever left-footer. In 1992, West Coast finished fourth on the ladder, but again progressed to the grand final, defeating Geelong by 28 points to become the first team based outside Victoria to win a premiership. Having slipped to third in 1993, the club finished as minor premiers the following season, went on to again defeat Geelong in the grand final to win its second premiership in three years. In 1995, a second AFL team based in Western Australia, the Fremantle Football Club, with the two clubs' subsequent rivalry branded as the "Western Derby". West Coast made the finals in every year that remained in the 1990s, but failed to reach another grand final, with a fourth-place finish in 1996 their best result. Worsfold retired at the end of the 1998 season, was replaced by his vice-captain, Guy McKenna, who served as captain until his retirement two seasons later.
Malthouse left West Coast at the end of the 1999 season to take up the senior coaching position with Collingwood, was replaced by Ken Judge, coach of Hawthorn. The 2000 and 2001 seasons were marked by a rapid decrease in form after the loss of several key senior players, culminating in a 14th-place in 2001, at the time the worst in the club's history. Round eighteen of the 2000 season marked the club's final match at the WACA Ground, used concurrently with Subiaco Oval since the club's inception. Judge was sacked at the end of 2001, replaced by the club's former captain John Worsfold, serving as assistant coach at Carlton; the club made the finals in 2002, 2003, 2004, but each time failed to progress past the elimination final. Ben Cousins was made sole captain of the club in 2002, having shared the role with Dean Kemp the previous season. During this time, the team was boosted by a number of high picks in the AFL Draft gained as a result of the previous poor finishes. Chris Judd, taken with pick three in the 2001 National Draft, won the Brownlow Medal as the best player in the competition in 2004, becoming the first West Coast player to win the award.
In 2005, the Eagles finished second on the ladder after the regular season, progressed to the grand final against Sydney, where the
Adam Roy Goodes is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League. Goodes holds an elite place in VFL/AFL history as a dual Brownlow Medallist, dual premiership player, four-time All-Australian, member of the Indigenous Team of the Century and representative of Australia in the International Rules Series. In addition, he holds the record for the most VFL/AFL games played by an Indigenous player, surpassing Andrew McLeod's record of 340 during the 2014 AFL season and retiring the following year with a career total of 372. Goodes was named Australian of the Year in 2014 for his community work through the Go Foundation and advocacy against racism. Goodes was born to Lisa May and Graham Goodes, with siblings Jake and Brett. Goodes' father is of English and Scottish ancestry. Goodes' parents were separated. Goodes preferred soccer as a boy. While at Merbein, Goodes attended primary school at Merbein West Primary School in 1986 and it was there that he began to play Australian rules football as there was no soccer club for him to join.
He moved with his family to Horsham, where he played football at high school and represented at under-16 and under-18 levels. At age 16, he began playing with the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup. Goodes played in a winning premiership side with the Rebels, where he was scouted by the Sydney Swans. Goodes was drafted by Sydney into the Australian Football League as the 43rd pick in the 1997 AFL Draft, Sydney's third round draft pick, he spent the 1998 season in the reserves competition, but broke into the first team the following year and went on to win the league's Rising Star Award. During 2000 and 2001, Goodes played in a variety of positions, developing his game but lacking consistency at times, he played every game during this period. In early 2002, his form had slumped and it had been suggested that he may be dropped. However, coach Rodney Eade resigned mid-season and under interim coach Paul Roos, Goodes found himself playing more in the ruck. In the second half of that season his form improved immensely.
After injuring his knee twice in the ruck, he moved to play on the wing and went on to win two Brownlow Medals. In 2003, Goodes returned to the ruck position for significant parts of the year in what became his best season to that point, he played a critical role in eventual preliminary final game that year. In particular, his efforts were crucial in the Swans' win against Port Adelaide in the qualifying finals. At the end of the season, Goodes won the club's best and fairest award and received All-Australian selection for the first time. However, his greatest achievement was winning the league's highest personal honour, the Brownlow Medal, alongside Collingwood's Nathan Buckley and Adelaide's Mark Ricciuto; this was the second time in the history of the medal that the award was shared between three players. Goodes attributed his success to his longtime mentor John Winter. Goodes had an indifferent 2004, just like his team who only managed the semi-finals stage of the finals series, he did not repeat his efforts of 2003 due to knee injuries, yet he still managed to play every game.
The knee injuries were due to an awkward fall during the season while playing in the ruck against the West Coast Eagles. Many expected Goodes to have suffered a posterior or anterior knee ligament damage, but he battled on. After this injury, coach Roos announced that Goodes' rucking days were over and that he would be used in other positions, he played in the backline for the remainder of 2004. Goodes returned to form in 2005, playing in the midfield, his year was highlighted with a near match-winning 33 disposals in round 18 against the Adelaide Crows. He played well in the 2005 Grand Final, kicked a goal and gathering 20 possessions as the Swans won their first premiership since 1933, he was awarded life membership of the Swans after playing his 150th game during the year. In Round 7, 2006, Goodes played his 150th consecutive match, a notable effort with the injuries he had in 2004. By the end of the 2007 season, he had played 191 consecutive matches, he returned to the ruck position in 2005 and 2006, but only around the ground and not at centre bounces where his knee injury occurred.
In 2006 Goodes again won the Brownlow Medal. He came into the count as a heavy favourite and became the twelfth player to have won two or more Brownlow Medals, the first Aboriginal to win two, the first player to win two with a non-Victorian club. Goodes said of his performance, "I'd like to think with another couple of years in the midfield I could improve again.". Goodes had a poor performance in the first half of the 2006 Grand Final against the West Coast Eagles in a repeat of 2005. However, he turned on the heat in the second half with his team coming close. At the end of the year he was once again selected in the All-Australian team. Seasons 2007 and 2008 saw Goodes drop off in form but he was still instrumental in Sydney's finals campaigns, he had Brownlow Medal-threatening charges during both years. In 2008 he missed games either through suspension or injury for the first time since 2000, his 2007 season ended for him as he received 16 of a possible 18 Brownlow Medal votes in the last six games of the year.
Goodes played his 250th game against Geelong. He was arguably one of the
Maurice Joseph Rioli was an Australian rules footballer who represented St Mary's Football Club in the Northern Territory Football League, South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League and Richmond in the Victorian Football League. Acknowledged as one of the greatest players of his era, Rioli was one of the first Indigenous Australian footballers to have a significant impact on Victorian football, was named in the centre for the Indigenous Team of the Century. A skilled and solidly built centreman with exquisite ball-handling skills and lightning reflexes, Rioli was a renowned performer on the big stage. After retiring from football, Rioli became a politician in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, worked in community services on the Tiwi Islands. Born into a famous footballing family on Melville Island off the coast of the Northern Territory, the young Rioli learnt the game at the Garden Point Orphanage on the island, he was educated at Darwin. He joined. Richard Woodgate a scout from the South Fremantle club in Perth spotted the sixteen-year-old and lured him to Western Australia to join his brother for the coming season.
At this stage in his sporting life, Rioli was an excellent amateur boxer, who some thought good enough to go to represent Australia at the Olympics. He won state amateur titles at light middleweight and welterweight. Rioli chose to sign on with South Fremantle as a professional footballer and won a reputation as brilliant, elusive centreman. During this era, Rioli was one of a number of brilliant Aboriginal players in the WAFL who caught the eyes of recruiting scouts from the VFL clubs in Victoria. South Fremantle, under ex-Richmond player Mal Brown, were a form team of the competition, playing in three consecutive WAFL grand finals between 1979 and 1981, including winning a premiership in 1980. Rioli won the Simpson Medal as best player afield in the 1980 and 1981 Grand Finals. Rioli was recruited by Richmond for the 1982 VFL season, after playing 121 games for South Fremantle between 1975 and 1981. To this point, few Aboriginal players had had extended careers in the VFL. On his arrival in 1982, which coincided with the transfer of the Krakouer brothers to North Melbourne, Rioli spoke about the racial taunts and obstacles faced by Indigenous players in the game.
Rioli chose to shrug much of the racism off, he was possessed with an intense concentration on the field. His reputation as a boxer helped to avoid confrontation during a game – Rioli was a scrupulously fair competitor who found no trouble with the umpires. Richmond awarded Rioli the number 17 made famous by Jack Dyer. Richmond supporters warmed to their much-heralded recruit, who specialised in the audacious baulk, the pinpoint foot pass and the lightning-fast handball, his ability to work the ball out of packs and congestion was uncanny. Although his leg speed wasn't fast, his quick mind appeared several steps ahead of the play and he had no problem adjusting to the faster tempo of Victorian football, it was just as well, because the Tigers opted to play him in his favoured centre position where Geoff Raines had dominated. For the previous five years, Raines had been the best player in the team and acknowledged as the best centreman in the competition, but he was moved to accommodate Rioli.
The change worked well and Richmond finished the season on top of the ladder for the first time since 1974. The Tigers booked a berth in the Grand Final with a comfortable win in the semi-final against arch-rivals Carlton. Pitted once more against Carlton, Richmond went into the match as slight favourites. However, despite leading at half-time, the Tigers lost the match. Rioli created history by winning the Norm Smith Medal as best afield, the first Aborigine and the first player from a losing team to do so. Shortly after, Rioli won the Jack Dyer Medal as the club's best and fairest to cap off an amazing first season, but problems lay ahead. Raines requested a contract commensurate with Rioli's earnings; when refused, Raines asked for a clearance to Collingwood. Other prominent players left. Falling from the success of 1982, the decimated team struggled and finished third-last in 1983. Rioli, had another stellar season, again winning the best and fairest, finishing runner-up in the Brownlow medal, gaining Western Australian and All-Australian selection, winning the Simpson Medal for his state of origin performance.
An acknowledged star of the game and arguably the best player at the club, Rioli continued to stand out in a mediocre team. He represented Australia in Gaelic football against Ireland, was an immediate choice for Western Australia in state of origin matches. However, after finishing second in the Richmond best and fairest in 1985, his days there soon looked set to end. In the summer of 1985–86, the new private owner of the Sydney Swans and controversial doctor Geoff Edelsten, had been frantically signing talent on massive contracts to play for his team. Rioli was announced as one of his many signings, it was the salary cap. After rumours that he would either join Essendon or return to South Fremantle, he returned to the Tigers midway through the 1986 season. Rioli performed patchily through the season and the next, when Richmond finished la
Daniel Wells (footballer)
Daniel Wells is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League. He played for the North Melbourne Football Club from 2003 to 2016. Wells was selected by North Melbourne with the number two overall pick in the 2002 AFL draft and made his debut in 2003 playing 18 games and averaging 12 disposals per game, he rose to prominence in 2004 when, against Fremantle, he kicked the AFL Goal of the Year and taking the ball from ruck contest in the goal square and kicking the goal before he landed. Wells was selected in the Australian team for the 2005 International Rules Series but was unable to play due to injury, he enjoyed a good year in 2006 in which he averaged 18 disposals and finished 2nd in the Syd Barker Medal. In 2008, Wells enjoyed a good season averaging 21 disposals and having a big impact in matches in the second half of the season during North Melbourne's winning period, he was rewarded with selection in the Australian side that lost to Ireland in that year's International Rules Series.
2009 was a disappointing year for Wells. In 2011 Wells produced a brilliant and consistent season when he won his first Syd Barker Medal which he shared with Andrew Swallow, he would be named in the 40 man All Australian squad but would miss out on being part of the final 22. Following the 2013 season, the two-time best and fairest was chosen to represent Australia in the International Rules Series as captain of the Indigenous team, a rare and memorable honour. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Wells announced his intentions to leave North Melbourne as a free agent and he signed with the Collingwood Football Club as an unrestricted free agent in October. On 24 May 2017, it was announced that he would wear number 67 on his guernsey, rather than his usual 3, for the round 10 Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round game against Brisbane Lions; this was to commemorate the 1967 referendum. Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season At the end of the 2011 season Wells had shoulder surgery during which it was discovered that he had a large blood clot on his lungs.
The clot was removed and Wells returned to full health and resumed playing. In 2007, Wells appeared in a television advertisement for AFL on the Gold Coast and in 2009 and he featured in the official advertisement for the AFL, playing Australian Rules on an Association Football ground, he is a devout Roman Catholic. On 14 October 2006 Wells married school teacher Mariangela Laudato, they have Laudate Angelus. Daniel Wells's profile on the official website of the Collingwood Football Club Daniel Wells's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Australian Football League pre-season competition
The Australian Football League pre-season competition, known during its history by a variety of sponsored names and most as the AFL Pre-season Challenge, was an annual Australian rules football tournament held amongst Australian Football League senior clubs prior to the premiership season between 1988 and 2013. The pre-season competition culminated annually in a Grand pre-season premier. After the 2013 season, the pre-season competition has consisted of a series of matches without an eventual winner; this series is known by the name JLT Community Series. The pre-season competition was established from the Australian Football Championships Night Series in 1988; the Night Series had been a competition featuring VFL, SANFL, WAFL and minor states representative teams, staged in the pre-season and during the premiership season finishing in July. In 1988, the competition was moved into the pre-season, became the VFL Pre-season Cup; the pre-season competition is considered to be of equivalent importance as both the AFC Night Series and the VFL Night Series, records relating to the three competitions are combined.
Between 1988 and 1999, the competition was run as a simple knock-out tournament in which the winning teams moved through to the next round and losing teams were eliminated. Before there were sixteen teams in the AFL, the previous season's top ranked teams were advanced directly to the second round. In 1992, the competition introduced the Michael Tuck Medal for the best player in the grand final. After criticism that the knock-out format limited the preparation of the losing teams, a round-robin format was introduced in 2000; the sixteen teams were split into groups of four, each playing three pool matches with the winner of each group advancing to the knockout semi-final stage. The public reaction to the change was mixed, as the atmosphere at some of the pool games was noticeably flat compared with previous years; the competition reverted to the straight knock-out format in 2003, retained that format until 2010. In 2011, the pre-season competition expanded to eighteen teams with the addition of the Gold Coast Suns and the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
Over the following three years, the first round of the pre-season competition was staged with six pools of three teams, with each group playing a round-robin of half-length lightning matches on the same day at the same venue. The format from that point was: In 2011, the winner of each of the six groups, the two teams with the next-best records, advanced to an eight-team knock-out tournament of full-length games. In 2012 and 2013, all teams played two pre-scheduled full-length games, giving each team a total of four matches; the teams with the best two records over the four matches faced off in the Grand Final. Since 2014, the competitive aspect of the preseason was abandoned altogether, replaced with a series of discrete practice matches spanning a three-to-four week period prior to the home-and-away season; this format features overall winner. It does retain some of the experimental features of the former competition, including the super goal. Since 2017, the series has been known as the JLT Community Series.
Most games during the pre-season competition, including the final, were night. Normal games were played short of full-length, with an extended interchange bench of six or eight players to offer less physically demanding conditions for the pre-season games. Lightning matches, when they were played from 2011 until 2013, were played over two halves of 20 minutes plus time-on. Extra time was played to resolve drawn knock-out games. Since 2003, pre-season matches have featured the super goal as a scoring option; the super goal, which scores nine points, is awarded for a goal kicked from beyond the 50-metre arc. In the 21st century, the pre-season competition was used to trial rule changes before they are introduced into the premiership season. Among the notable rule trials were: 2003Three points for a deliberate rushed behind.2005After a behind is scored, no requirement to wait for the goal umpires to finish waving their flags before kicking out. A larger centre circle. Four field umpires Umpires coming in 10m from the boundary line to throw in the ball.
Play on if the ball hits the goal post and bounces back into the field of play.2006Play on called for backward kicks, except when that kick takes place within the attacking team's forward 50m.2007Video replay umpire for goals. Ability for goal umpire decisions to be overruled by video umpire. All nine umpires able to pay free kicks Play on called for backward kicks, only in the defensive half of the field. Kick must travel 20m to be paid a mark.2008Eight players on the interchange bench, only 16 interchanges permitted each quarter. 2.5m x 6.5m "no-go" area around the centre bounce, where players are prohibited before and during the bounce until the umpire clears the area. Centre bounces only at the start of a quarter and after goals, ball is thrown up otherwise. 2009If the ball is hand-passed or kicked for a