2014 AFL Grand Final
The 2014 AFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Football Club at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 27 September 2014. It was the 118th annual Grand Final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2014 AFL season; the match, attended by 99,460 spectators, was won by Hawthorn by a margin of 63 points, marking the club's second consecutive premiership and twelfth VFL/AFL premiership victory overall. Hawthorn's Luke Hodge was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground. Having finished the home and away season as minor premiers, Sydney advanced to the Grand Final with a hard fought victory over Fremantle, followed by a 71-point victory over North Melbourne in their preliminary final. Defending premiers Hawthorn, which finished second behind Sydney on the ladder, advanced after defeating Geelong by 36 points in their qualifying final, followed by a hard fought three-point victory over Port Adelaide in the second preliminary final.
The two teams met twice during the home-and-away season, with Sydney winning by 19 points at ANZ Stadium in Round 8 and Hawthorn winning by 10 points at the MCG in Round 18. It was the second time that Sydney and Hawthorn had met in a grand final, having faced each other two years earlier in the 2012 AFL Grand Final when Sydney won by 10 points; the match was Hawthorn's third grand final appearance in a row, having appeared in the 2013 AFL Grand Final when it defeated Fremantle by 15 points. The match was televised by the Seven Network; the coverage commentators included Brian Taylor, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling, Tom Harley, Luke Darcy and Leigh Matthews. The match commentary was conducted by Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti for the Seven Network, marking the duo's sixth grand final appearance together as commentators since 2008 and their tenth overall. Individually, it was McAvaney's fourteenth. A total of 2,813,000 people watched the Grand Final on television, making the Grand Final the most viewed television broadcast of the day.
Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones and English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran both performed as pre-match entertainment at the 2014 AFL Grand Final. The two were the first international acts to perform at a grand final since American singer Meat Loaf's performance at the 2011 AFL Grand Final Both Sheeran and Jones were the first acts to be offered the sets by the AFL, with both acts accepting without hesitation. Jones said about the offer to perform at the game, "I understand there will be over 100,000 people in the stadium for the grand final which makes this spectacular sporting event something I'm looking forward to. I know that Australian football has passionate fans so it'll be great to be a part of the atmosphere and excitement on the day." Sheeran said that the decision to play was not a hard decision to make, saying that "Having spent some time in Australia I know just how popular the game is and how big an event this will be."Sheeran performed "Sing" and "The A Team" and was joined by Jones to sing "Kiss", followed by "Mama Told Me Not to Come", "Delilah" and "If I Only Knew".
Mike Brady performed "Up There a grand final tradition. Olivia Newton-John performed Advance Australia Fair. A post-match entertainment show featuring Sheeran and Jones was held. There was no half-time musical entertainment; the traditional Grand Final sprint held at half-time was won by Jordan Murdoch of Geelong, breaking Patrick Dangerfield's streak of three consecutive victories from 2011 to 2013. The first quarter began with the teams going goal for goal in the initial 15 mins. Josh Kennedy drew first blood with a long bomb, before Paul Puopolo answered with his own long-range shot. Former Hawk Buddy Franklin got onto the scoreboard but Luke Breust replied to make it 2 goals apiece, but from that moment onwards, it was all Hawthorn as Brad Hill, Jack Gunston and Will Langford piled on 3 goals to finish the quarter. At quarter time, Hawthorn had a healthy lead of 20 points. In the second quarter, Ben McGlynn goaled within the first minute in a bid to give Sydney some spark. However, it proved to be the start of a Hawthorn onslaught, in which the brown and gold piled on 5 unanswered goals and surged to a match-winning 47-pt lead.
Breust and Hale added goals before Langford stormed through the centre and unleashed a bomb from 50. Luke Hodge, who smothered Port Adelaide out of the Preliminary Finals a week earlier added another two, including a simple intercept from a disastrous Gary Rohan kick-in. Adam Goodes and Franklin temporarily stemmed the tide with two successive goals for Sydney, but when the dynamic Cyril Rioli intercepted another errant Sydney passage of play to gift Jarryd Roughead a goal, the Hawks led by a massive 42 points. After the main break, Hawthorn continued where it left off, as Roughead and Gunston added more misery to the Swans. Kieren Jack and Franklin tried hard to put some respectability on the scoreboard with two goals but the Hawks surged again. Matt Suckling put last’s season disappointment behind him with a goal. Kurt Tippett pegged one back for the Swans but it was too little too late. At 3 quarter time, the Hawks were ahead by 54 points, with Hodge sealing the kiss of death on ex-teammate Franklin.
When Hawthorn kicked away with the first two goals of the quarter through Bruest and Roughead, the only question is how much will they win by. Goodes snapped his second and Franklin added a fourth but these only made a dint into the margin. Shaun Burgoyne put the icing on the cake with a daring 50m goal but Jack cancelled that out with
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
J. J. Liston Trophy
The J. J. Liston Trophy is awarded annually to the best and fairest senior player in the Victorian Football League; the first award for the Association best and fairest player was the Woodham Cup, named after North Melbourne committeeman Alf Woodham, first awarded in 1923. The Woodham Cup was renamed the Recorder Cup, named after the Association's official match-day publication, in 1926. Starting from 1933, a second award, the V. F. A. Medal, was awarded concurrently. From 1933 until 1939, both the Recorder Cup and the V. F. A. Medal were presented annually based on the votes of the umpires; the two best and fairest awards were combined into one in 1940, when the Association dispensed with the Recorder Cup voting system. F. A. Medal and the Recorder Cup were awarded as trophies to the same player based on the same set of votes; the Association went into recess from 1942 until 1944 during World War II. From 1961 until 1988, when the Association operated in two divisions, the Liston Trophy was awarded to the best and fairest in Division 1.
A separate award, known as the J. Field Medal, was awarded for the second division; the current voting system for the J. J. Liston Trophy is the same as for the Australian Football League's Brownlow Medal. At the conclusion of each game, the field umpires confer, award three votes to the player deemed best on ground, two votes to the player deemed second-best on ground, one vote to the player deemed third best on ground. A player is ineligible to win the award if he is suspended for a reportable offence during the season. If more than one player ties for the highest number of votes, each is awarded a Liston Trophy jointly. Past voting systemsInitial voting rules for the Woodham and Recorder cups, used from 1924 until 1932, saw the field umpire award two votes in each game: one to the best player on each team; this was amended in 1933, such that the umpire awarded a single vote to the overall best player on the ground. When the V. F. A. Medal was established in 1933, its voting system was: the field umpire and each of the two goal umpires separately awarded two votes to the player they deemed best on ground, one vote to the player they deemed second-best on ground – a total of nine votes awarded per game, with any player able to poll a maximum of six.
F. A. Medals were combined in 1940, was used for Liston Trophy voting until 1980; the system was altered in 1981. This system was used only in 1981, the present day 3-2-1 voting system, based on agreement between the two field umpires, was adopted in 1982. During the 1930s, multiple players could win the V. F. A. Medal if they were tied on total number of votes; when the Liston Trophy was instituted in 1945, a countback system was introduced, such that if two players tied on votes, the award would go to the player who polled the higher number of first preferences. The countback system was abandoned from 1988. J. J. Liston Trophy † denotes. Recorder Cup/Woodham Cup * Awarded under V. F. A. Medal voting rules. V. F. A. Medal From 1961 until 1988, the J. Field Medal was awarded to the best and fairest in the Association's second division; the award was known as the Division 2 Best and Fairest until 1968 was named after former secretary Jack Field in 1969. The Field Medal voting system was identical to the Liston Trophy voting in all years except 1981, when Division 1 had switched to a two-umpire system but Division 2 was still using a single umpire.
As for the Liston Trophy, a countback existed until 1988 to break ties, retrospective Field Medals were awarded to players who had lost on this countback. J. Field Medal JJ Liston Trophy Winners
Jobe Watson is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League. Watson, the son of three-time Essendon premiership champion and Seven Network commentator Tim Watson, was drafted by Essendon under the father–son rule in the 2002 AFL draft, went on to become one of the greatest midfielders of the modern era. A dual All-Australian, three-time W. S. Crichton Medallist and representative of Australia in the 2014 International Rules Series, he captained Essendon between 2010 and 2015, was the face of the Essendon playing group during the club's most turbulent period in the history of the VFL/AFL. Watson was one of thirty-four players suspended for using the banned performance-enhancing substance Thymosin beta-4 during the 2012 AFL season as part of the Essendon Football Club supplements saga. Watson won the Brownlow Medal during that season as the league's best and fairest player, but the title was stripped from him in 2016 as a result of the suspension.
He was suspended before returning the following year. Watson was educated at Xavier College in Melbourne, he played junior football with the East Sandringham Junior Football Club and the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup. His father Tim, a commentator for the Seven Network, played 307 games for Essendon between 1977 and 1994, including the 1984, 1985 and 1993 premiership teams, captained the club between 1989 and 1991. Watson was selected at pick 40 under the father–son rule in the 2002 AFL Draft, he was coached as a key forward by Kevin Sheedy, who coached his father Tim. His poor kicking by AFL standards drew criticism, it was determined that he would be more suited to the midfield at Essendon. At the time, his weight was criticised by the media. Over the next two seasons, he began to develop his craft in the Essendon midfield and became one of the competition's elite midfielders. Watson had a consistent season in 2009, polling ten Brownlow Medal votes and winning the Essendon best-and-fairest award, the W. S. Crichton Medal.
Watson polled 335 votes in 15 of the 21 games he played in the 2009 season, with only one game missed due to an ankle injury. Watson was 46 votes ahead of runner-up Dustin Fletcher. By the end of the 2009 season, Watson had gathered a reputation as Essendon's most important midfielder and improved his once-criticised kicking ability to above the standard of an AFL player. Watson was announced as Essendon captain on 21 December 2009, taking over from retired champion goalkicker Matthew Lloyd. Despite Essendon suffering a disappointing 2010 season, winning only seven games and finishing 14th on the AFL ladder, Watson enjoyed a successful first year as captain, he was a consistent performer in an inconsistent season for the Bombers, polling 16 Brownlow votes from a total of 43 received by Essendon players, including a three-vote game in his 100th AFL game, finishing equal-seventh in the 2010 Brownlow Medal count, having the highest number of votes for a player from a team finishing outside the final eight.
Watson was once again awarded the W. S. Crichton Medal, earning 291 points, 50 points clear of runner-up Heath Hocking. Watson had a good season in 2011 despite missing six weeks with a hamstring injury, earning 15 Brownlow votes and finishing runner-up in the W. S. Crichton Medal, losing out to up-and-coming third-year midfielder David Zaharakis. Watson completed an outstanding 2012 season by winning the Brownlow Medal with 30 votes. Along with his third W. S. Crichton Medal, he won a handful of other accolades, including the AFLPA Best Captain Award, the Lou Richards Medal and a place in the All-Australian team for the first time. Watson missed three weeks with a broken collarbone in 2013, but had another consistent season, earning 17 Brownlow votes, finishing runner-up in the W. S. Crichton Medal to former St Kilda utility Brendon Goddard, making the All-Australian team for the second time. Between 2006 and 2013, Watson finished all but one season in the top two for votes for the W. S. Crichton Medal.
Watson had a good start to the 2014 season, but injured his hip flexor in round 12 and missed ten weeks. Watson returned to play in the final three games of the home-and-away season and Essendon's elimination final loss to North Melbourne. Watson went on to poll eight Brownlow votes, behind up-and-coming midfielder and future captain Dyson Heppell. Watson was selected in the Australian team for the first time in his career to play in the 2014 international rules test. Watson was among the best players in the one-test series. In 2015, despite controversy surrounding the team's lack of fitness and a tough first half of the season for Essendon, Watson continued to lead his team well early in the season despite his own injury clouds, further enhancing his status as one of the game's best captains late in his career. In Round 14, Watson played his 200th AFL game in what proved to be a torrid day for the Bombers, as they lost to St Kilda by 110 points. Following that match, Watson was ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, having injured it the previous week.
Watson polled seven Brownlow votes in the first five rounds prior to the injury. Watson played his first competitive match in over eigh
Luke McPharlin is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League for the Fremantle Football Club between 2002 and 2015, after two seasons with the Hawthorn Football Club. He was educated at Christ Church Grammar School in Perth where he graduated in 1999. Throughout his AFL career, McPharlin predominantly played as a key defender. McPharlin was recruited from East Fremantle in Western Australia to the Hawthorn Football Club after being taken at Pick 10 in the 1999 AFL Draft, he made his debut in 2000, kicking a goal with his first kick, but played just 12 total games in his first two seasons at Hawthorn. Feeling home sick in Melbourne, McPharlin jumped at the chance of returning to Perth, was subsequently traded to Fremantle following the 2001 season. McPharlin battled injury early on in his career, managing just over 50 games in his first five seasons. In 2005, McPharlin garnered Mark of the Year honours for his spectacular chestmark against the West Coast Eagles in Round Three.
McPharlin played his 200th AFL game in Round 2012 against Essendon. That season, he was named in the All-Australian team as a defender. In 2013, McPharlin helped lead Fremantle to their first AFL Grand Final appearance, where they were defeated by Hawthorn by 15 points, ending the club's best season in their 19-year history just short of their first premiership success. McPharlin struggled to play in 2013 and 2014 with calf and achilles-related issues, managing just 29 games over those two seasons, he did not feature in Fremantle's finals campaigns in 2014 and 2015 due to calf problems. On 30 September 2015, McPharlin announced his retirement from the AFL after 256 games and 16 seasons in the league. McPharlin departed Fremantle sitting second on the club's games record list with 244, behind only Matthew Pavlich who retired on 353. McPharlin was the lead guitarist and singer of a Bahá'í Youth Music outfit, "Calling, Searching", his musical skills led him to win The Footy Show's musical contest Screamers in 2005.
On 24 July 2011, it was announced that McPharlin would release his debut album that year in collaboration with local Perth act Stella's Kitchen. McPharlin and his wife, have two daughters. Luke McPharlin's profile on the official website of the Fremantle Football Club Luke McPharlin's playing statistics from AFL Tables Luke McPharlin's profile on the Official WAFL Website
Trent William Cotchin is an Australian rules footballer who plays for and captains the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League. He is an All-Australian and a three-time Richmond best and fairest winner. Cotchin represented the Victorian Metro side at the 2007 AFL Under 18 Championships and captained the Vic Metro side at 2006 Under 16 Championships, he played for the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup as a junior, before being drafted to Richmond with the second overall pick in the 2007 national draft. He led the club to a 37-year drought breaking premiership in 2017. Cotchin spent his teenage years in the Victorian town of Wollert, Victoria, 27 kilometers north of Melbourne, he played his junior football with West Preston Lakeside in the Northern Football League before moving on to play with the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup at the age of 16. In 2006, Cotchin captained the Victorian Metro side in the under-16 national championships. In January 2007, Cotchin spent time training with the Richmond Football Club senior list as a member of the AIS/AFL Academy.
Cotchin spoke of being taken under the wing of Richmond player, Brett Deledio. At the time Deledio was his favourite AFL player, with a poster of him hanging on Cotchin's bedroom wall in his family home. At the 2007 AFL Under 18 Championships, Cotchin was a member of the runner-up Victorian Metro side. Cotchin suffered a broken foot while playing with the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup finals in September 2007, which saw him face more than six weeks away from football. Cotchin attended high school at Essendon Grammar School, he was named among the team's best in the latter's 2007 state school championship victory. Prior to the 2007 AFL draft, Cotchin was notable for his "class, ability to read the play", he was projected to be a high draft pick, with Collingwood recruiter Derek Hine telling the Herald Sun that Cotchin would be his choice for the number one pick had it been in Collingwood's hands. In October that year, Cotchin's father Peter had spoken to the media expressing concern over the possibility that his son may be drafted by West Coast.
He cited the club's then-issues with recreational drug use among its playing list. Cotchin missed most of the AFL's pre-draft camp testing on account of the ankle injury sustained earlier in the year. In the days prior to the draft, Cotchin was linked to Richmond with the second overall selection; the CEO of Carlton, who held the number one pick, confirmed that the club would choose between Cotchin and Northern Knights teammate Matthew Kreuzer with their pick. Cotchin was drafted by Richmond with the club's first selection and the second overall in the 2007 AFL draft, he was assigned the number nine guernsey, which had remained unused since the retirement of former club captain Wayne Campbell at the end of the 2005 season. Upon joining the club, Cotchin began to rehabilitate his injured foot but suffered the effects of an inflamed Achilles tendon on just his second treadmill run, he missed much of the club's standard pre-season training, forced instead to stick to swimming and exercise bike sessions to maintain fitness.
Cotchin returned to full training the week of round 1 but was not declared fit to play for a further four weeks. He subsequently played four matches with Richmond's Victorian Football League affiliate side, Coburg. Cotchin made his senior debut in round 8 of the 2008 season in a match against Geelong at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he recorded sixteen disposals and an equal team-high two goals, one of which came with his first kick. In round 11, Cotchin recorded 17 possessions in the first half of Richmond's match against Adelaide, he finished the match with a goal to his name. After further impressive performances, Cotchin received the AFL Rising Star nomination for round 12, he gathered 14 possessions on his way to the nomination. Cotchin did not miss a game after making his debut, finishing the season having played fifteen games, kicking nine goals and averaging 16.4 disposals per game. He finished third in the AFL Rising Star Award with 21 votes, behind Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli and Fremantle's Rhys Palmer who topped the poll with 44 votes.
Cotchin again struggled with Achilles issues in the pre-season and early stages of his second season. He missed the first seven matches of the season, instead playing limited game-time in VFL games with Coburg, he returned to the club's senior side in Richmond's round 8 match with Port Adelaide. Cotchin's season came to an end after sustaining a hip injury in the round 18 match against Melbourne, he would undergo surgery in August that would keep him from playing until late October. He finished the season kicking three goals in ten games. In 2010, Cotchin approached the season fit for the first time in his career, he spent periods of the pre-season on a limited program however, aiming to build the fitness base that he lacked in his first two seasons. Prior to the season, Cotchin was voted by his teammates into the club's leadership group, a sign of endorsement for his leadership qualities before reaching his 20th birthday. For the first time in three years Cotchin was a member of Richmond's round 1 side when they played Carlton at the MCG.
He went on to play in 15 of the club's first 16 matches, notching more than 20 disposals in seven of those games. When captain Chris Newman missed the club's round 4 match with Melbourne, Cotchin filled in, captaining the club for the first time in his career. In round 16, Cotchin was reported for a late bump on North Melbourne's Sam Wright. Wright was concussed in the incident and the AFL's match review panel judged the hit to be reckless with high cont
Richard "Richie" Vandenberg is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League. He was the captain of the Hawks for the final three years of his career, 2005–2007. Vandenberg is of Dutch descent. Growing up near Wentworth, New South Wales, a small town near Mildura just on the northern side of the Murray River in far western New South Wales, he played junior football for the local club, he moved to Melbourne to study at the University of Melbourne in 1995, playing with the University Blues where he attracted the attention of Hawthorn recruiters. He was selected with pick 78 in the 1997 AFL Draft. Vandenberg had his best seasons in 2000 and 2001. Vandenberg was a solidly built player with a reputation for aggressive play, fronting the AFL Tribunal on many occasions. In 2004 he was involved in the'Line in the Sand' incident, when former AFL star Dermott Brereton told the players to make a physical stand; as a result, he was suspended for six games.
He was made captain. New coach Alistair Clarkson chose Vandenberg because he was a man, "very forthright and has great integrity" qualities his teammates admired, he in 2006 fitted into his new role more solidy. His 2007 season was marred by injuries. Vandenberg retired at the end of the 2007 season after leading the Hawks to their most successful campaign since 2001. Richie completed his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University of Technology, he has a long association in the wine industry as a grower through his family enterprise. He is the CEO of a LCW Corp, a grape and wine producing company. In 2016 he was appointed to the Hawthorn board to fill the casual vacancy following Andrew Newbold's resignation. Richie Vandenberg's profile on the official website of the Hawthorn Football Club Richie Vandenberg's playing statistics from AFL Tables