James Albert Hird is a former professional Australian rules football player and the former senior coach of the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League. Hird played as a midfielder and half-forward, but was given free rein by then-Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy to play wherever he thought necessary. Hird was a decorated footballer, with accolades including the 1996 Brownlow Medal and membership of the Australian Football Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was listed by journalist Mike Sheahan as the 20th greatest player of all time in the AFL-commissioned book, The Australian Game of Football. Hird was appointed as the coach of the Essendon Football Club in September 2010. In August 2013, he was suspended from coaching for 12 months when he was charged by the AFL with conduct prejudicing the game in relation to his role in the Essendon Football Club supplements controversy, he returned to the club following the 2014 season, but resigned in August 2015. Hird is the son of Margaret Hird, he was born in Canberra where his father worked in the public service and his mother was a teacher.
Hird has two younger sisters. After first living in the Canberra suburb of Ainslie, his family moved to Latham; when Hird was in high school, the family moved to the suburb of Reid. Hird participated in rugby soccer in his youth, he played for the Ainslie Football Club in the ACTAFL and in June 1990, at the age of 17, he was a member of the league's senior representative team in a match against the Victorian Football Association. He was recruited to the AFL by Essendon from the 1990 AFL Draft. Due to injury Hird missed out on playing for his first season with the club. At the end of the season, a vote was held on; the majority voted in favour of Hird being delisted. Hird remained with the club, he made his senior debut against St Kilda in 1992 at Waverley Park, as a late replacement for former captain Terry Daniher. Hird spent most of the season in the Essendon Reserves which, under Denis Pagan, won the premiership that season, he achieved regular selection in the Essendon senior team during the 1993 season.
In that season he was a member of what was referred to as the "Baby Bombers", a group of young players that played a key role in the side winning the premiership that year. In 1994, Hird won the first of three consecutive best and fairests, culminating in his 1996 season, when he won the Brownlow Medal. A series of injuries restricted Hird's appearances during the remainder of the 1990s, he played only seven games in 1997 and although he was named captain in 1998, he was restricted to thirteen games that year. An worse year followed in 1999, when stress fractures in his foot kept him to only two games. Both Hird and the Essendon Football Club experienced a more successful year in 2000. Injury free, he received numerous honours, including selection to the All-Australian team, the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground in the AFL Grand Final; the Essendon team won the Ansett Cup pre-season competition, the regular season premiership. The team only lost one game – against the Western Bulldogs – in the entire calendar year.
2002 saw Hird's worst injury, an horrific facial injury sustained in a match against Fremantle when he collided with teammate Mark McVeigh's knee, fracturing several bones. In 2003, despite again missing eight games through various injuries, Hird tied in the Essendon Best and Fairest with Scott Lucas, he narrowly missed out on a second Brownlow Medal, finishing three votes behind the joint winners Mark Ricciuto, Nathan Buckley and Adam Goodes. He again gained a place in the 2003 All-Australian team. One of Hird's more memorable performances was in his Round 2004 game against West Coast. Up until three-quarter time, Hird had one goal. Hird did not receive any Brownlow Medal votes from the umpires for his 34 disposals. Hird's winning goal was the focus of a popular instalment of the Toyota Memorable Moments advertising campaign, the hug is captured in Jamie Cooper's painting the Game That Made Australia, commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport. On 27 September 2005, Hird handed the captaincy to Matthew Lloyd following the side's disappointing 2005 season in which it missed the finals for the first time since 1997.
After Lloyd sustained a season-ending injury in Round 3 of 2006, Hird served as acting captain until young ruckman David Hille was named acting captain for the remainder of the 2006 season. Hird continued to be an outstanding performer in his utility role when fit, but age was forcing him to miss games through injury with increasing frequency, he suffered a calf strain during his 200th and 250th games, respectively. Despite much speculation that he would retire at the end of the 2006 season, Hird played out the 2007 season, playing 17 of a possible 22 games. Aged 34, Hird continued to feature prominently among Essendon's best players and concluded his career by winning a fifth best and fairest award. Hird played two farewell games: his final game in Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Richmond and his final game overall at Subiaco Oval against West Coast; the games were made higher profile as they were also
Melbourne Football Club
The Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed the Demons, is a professional Australian rules football club, playing in the Australian Football League. It is named after and based in the city of Melbourne and plays its home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Melbourne is the world's oldest professional club of any football code; the club's origins can be traced to an 1858 letter in which Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team, calls for the formation of a "foot-ball club" with its own "code of laws". An informal Melbourne team played that winter and was formed in May 1859 when Wills and three other members codified "The Rules of the Melbourne Football Club"—the basis of Australian rules football; the club was a dominant force in the earliest Australian rules football competition, the Challenge Cup, was a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association in 1877 and the Victorian Football League in 1896, which became the national Australian Football League. Melbourne has won 12 VFL/AFL premierships, the latest in 1964.
The club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008 by naming "150 Heroes" as well as creating a birthday logo which appeared on its official guernsey. The football club has been a sporting section of the Melbourne Cricket Club since 2009, having been associated with the MCC between 1889 and 1980. In the winter and spring of 1858, a loosely organised football team known as Melbourne played in a series of scratch matches in the parklands outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground; this team was captained by Tom Wills, a prominent athlete and captain of the Victoria cricket team, who, on 10 July that year, had a letter of his published by the Melbourne-based Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle, in which he calls for the formation of a "foot-ball club" with a "code of laws" to keep cricketers fit during winter. Other figures associated with this embryonic Melbourne side include cricketers Jerry Bryant, William Hammersley and J. B. Thompson, teacher Thomas H. Smith. During meetings held on 17 and 21 May 1859, Hammersley and Smith met near the MCG at the Parade Hotel, owned by Bryant, to draft "The Rules of the Melbourne Football Club".
The resulting ten codified rules are the laws. The first mention of an interclub match played under the new code was between Melbourne and South Yarra in July 1859, with Hammersley as Melbourne's inaugural captain. In 1861, Melbourne participated in the Caledonian Society's Challenge Cup, but lost the trophy to the Melbourne University Football Club; the club pushed for its rules to be the accepted rules, however many of the early suburban matches were played under compromised rules decided between the captains of the competing clubs. Although some Melbourne players and officials were associated with the cricket club, the football club was not allowed to use the MCG, so it used a nearby field at Yarra Park as its home ground instead. By 1866 several other clubs had adopted an updated version of Melbourne's rules, drafted at a meeting chaired by Wills' cousin, H. C. A. Harrison. Harrison was a key figure in the early years of the club. Due to his popular reputation and administrative efforts, he was named "Father of Australian Football" in 1908, the year of the sport's golden jubilee.
During the 1870s, Melbourne fielded teams in the Seven South Yarra Cup competitions. After a visit to England by one of the club's officials, the colours of red and green were adopted by the club. Shortly afterward, the club began wearing a predominantly red strip and became informally known by supporters as the "Redlegs"; the name "Redlegs" was coined after a Melbourne official returned from a trip to England with one set of red and another of blue woollen socks. Melbourne wore the red set while the blue set was given to the Carlton Football Club; this may be the source of Carlton's nickname,'The Blueboys'. In 1877, the club became a foundation member of the Victorian Football Association. During the same year the club took part in the first interstate football match involving a South Australian side, defeating the home side 1-0. During this time, the club was known as the "Fuchsias". Melbourne never won a VFA premiership, although they were one of the stronger teams in the competition, finishing runner-up four times, to Carlton in 1877, to Geelong in 1878 and twice to Essendon in 1893 and 1894.
In 1889, the MFC was reincorporated into the MCC, for many years the two organisations remained unhappily linked. The MFC's close association with the MCC allowed it to claim the MCG as its home ground and gave it access to a wealthy membership base, but Melbourne's reputation as an "establishment" club was not always an advantage. MCC members have the automatic right to attend all events at the ground, including MFC football games; this meant many potential members had a reduced incentive to join the football club, Melbourne's membership remained one of the lowest in the competition. In 1897, the MFC was part of the breakaway Victorian Football League, has been a part of the competition since; the team became known as the "Redlegs". This nickname is still used by some members and supporter groups within the club. In 1900 Melbourne won its first VFL premiership. Melbourne's greatest player of these early years of the VFL was Ivor Warne-Smith, who in 1926 won the club's first Brownlow Medal, the League's annual award for the fairest and best player.
In that year Melbourne won its second flag. Warne-Smith went on to win a second Brownlow in 1928. Frank'Checker' Hughes became Melbourne's coach in 1933, a
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.
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Peter Gabriel Burgoyne is a former Australian rules footballer with Port Adelaide in the Australian Football League. He played in midfield and on the half back flank. Burgoyne is of Indigenous Australian descent with tribal ancestry that can be traced to the Kokatha in South Australia, he grew up in the Northern Territory and began playing football with St Mary's in the Northern Territory Football League. He is the elder brother of current Hawthorn and former Port Adelaide player, Shaun Burgoyne and is the son of former Port Adelaide player Peter Burgoyne, Snr. Beginning his AFL career with the inaugural Port Adelaide side to enter the AFL, Burgoyne became well regarded for his performance as an attacking midfielder, he was selected from the Port Adelaide side in the South Australian National Football League in their changeover from the SANFL to the AFL. Honours include being selected as part of the International rules series in 1999 and was a vital part of Port's premiership side of 2004. Burgoyne was named in the Indigenous Team of the Century.
Despite being selected for and representing South Australia in the final State of Origin game against Victoria in 1999, Burgoyne was not technically eligible under the existing rules, having resided in the Northern Territory and not South Australia for the majority of his life between the ages of 10 and 17. In 2007 Burgoyne made a successful transition to the half back flank, following an injury-riddled 2006 in his usual midfield role, finished third in the club's Best and Fairest count, his finals series was acknowledged with the Power's'Best Finals Player' award. Burgoyne retired at the end of the 2009 season, he and team-mate Brendon Lade, the last remaining members of Port Adelaide's inaugural AFL team, both played their final games in round 22, 2009. After the siren kicks in Australian rules football Peter Burgoyne's profile on the official website of the Port Adelaide Football Club Peter Burgoyne's playing statistics from AFL Tables
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
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
Brendan Fevola is a former professional Australian rules footballer. He played with the Brisbane Lions football clubs in the Australian Football League. Fevola is regarded as one of the most effective full-forwards to have played AFL in the 2000s, having won the Coleman Medal for league leading goalkicker in 2006 and 2009 as well as All-Australian selection as a forward three times since 2006, his representative honours include playing for Victoria where he was awarded the Allen Aylett Medal for being the state team's best player and leading goalkicker. During his career at Carlton, he was the club's leading goalkicker and key forward from 2003 until 2009. However, throughout his career he has been a controversial figure off the field, which led to his parting company with both of his AFL clubs. Brendan was born to Italian Australian Angelo Fevola, a Victorian state representative in lacrosse, Karen Ralph in 1981, his parents split. For a short time he attended a Catholic school. Fevola began playing football with the Beaconsfield Junior Football Club in the Dandenong & District Junior Football League before playing senior football in the Victorian Country Football League.
His ability to kick goals for the Dandenong Stingrays earned him selection in the TAC Cup Team of the Year in 1998 and attracted the eye of recruiters and was one of three talented AFL prospects featured in the television documentary "The Draft". Fevola was recruited to Carlton Football Club with selection No. 38 overall in the 1998 AFL Draft. Early in his career he showed signs of being a brilliant kick of the ball and a prospective key position player at full forward. During a pre-season game on 31 December 1999 against Collingwood, he kicked 12 goals; the promising talent was given the No. 25 guernsey made famous by Carlton legend Alex Jesaulenko. However Fevola struggled to maintain form over the next few years, playing in 39 games and kicking 66 goals between 2000 and 2002, with noticeably poor body language on-field as well as causing bad publicity through incidents off-field. Carlton coach Wayne Brittain had intended to delist Fevola at the end of the 2002 season. Pagan's arrival had an immediate impact on Fevola's form.
In Round 5, 2003, Fevola kicked 8 goals against the Kangaroos, helping win the game for Carlton and launching himself into the eyes of AFL viewers. Fevola's unkempt dreadlocks and extroverted personality in the media earned him the nickname "The Shag" by fans. Fevola's early goalkicking inconsistency saw him experiment with unorthodox styles of handling the ball in approach to taking set shots. In 2004, Fevola developed a ritualistic set-shot routine of taking three quick steps to shoot on goal, this resulted in a significant increase in goalkicking accuracy from long distance; the duration of his ritual, at times taking longer than a minute, became a point of contention, was responsible for the introduction of a new rule in 2006, limiting the duration permitted to take a set shot to 30 seconds, before play-on would be called. Fevola's ritual was duly shortened to accommodate the new rule. In 2006, Fevola capped off a stunning year and his best to that point by kicking 84 goals and winning the Coleman Medal and All-Australian selection.
He scored 59 goals in 2007 followed this up in 2008 with his career best of 99 goals for the season, seeing him finish second behind Lance Franklin in the race for the Coleman Medal. He was selected for Victoria in the once-off AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match in 2008, kicking six goals and winning the Allen Aylett Medal as best on ground. In 2009, Fevola won his second Coleman Medal, kicking 86 goals for the season, eight goals clear of the runner up Jonathan Brown, he is the only Carlton player to win the League goal-kicking twice, it was his seventh consecutive season as the club's leading goalkicker. Carlton announced on 30 September 2009 that it would seek a trade for Fevola during the 2009 trade week due to his off-field behaviour, most due to antics at the 2009 Brownlow Medal Count. On 9 October, he was traded to the Brisbane Lions, along with a second round draft pick in exchange for Brisbane's Lachlan Henderson and a first round draft pick. Additionally, Carlton agreed to pay $100,000 of Fevola's salary for each of the two years remaining on his existing contract.
Fevola left Carlton as a life member of the club, after playing 187 senior games for 575 goals – the third most goals by any player in Carlton Football Club history. Despite the circumstances of his departure, Carlton has stated that Fevola's life membership was not affected, that he remained welcome at the club. At Brisbane, Fevola was given the Number 5 guernsey, he made his debut in Brisbane colours in the NAB Cup loss to the Western Bulldogs on 14 February 2010. The following Friday afternoon, a trial match against his old club Carlton at Visy Park attracted 10,000 fans, he made his senior debut for the Lions in the first round of the 2010 season at the Gabba against the West Coast Eagles. In 2010, his only season at the Brisbane Lions, Fevola played 17 games for 48 goals, he was dogged by further off-field controversy over the 2010/11 offseason, was sacked by the club on 20 February 2011. On 6 April 2011, Fevola signed to play with the Casey Scorpions in