Chris Johnson (footballer, born 1976)
Christopher Lloyd Johnson is a former professional Australian rules footballer. His career highlights as an Australian Football League player include three premierships with Brisbane, All-Australian selection, captain of the Australian International Rules team and inclusion in the Indigenous Team of the Century. Johnson was one of eight players to transfer to Brisbane when Fitzroy's AFL operations were taken over by the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions and became the last Fitzroy Lion to play in the AFL. After retiring from playing professionally, Johnson started coaching and played and coached Essendon District Football League team Avondale Heights Football Club between 2010 and 2012, he now plays for Jacana. Johnson grew up in a northern suburb of Melbourne, he played for the Northern Under 18 side in the TAC Cup, including their 1993 Grand Final winning team, when he kicked 7 goals. Johnson began his professional AFL career with Fitzroy in 1994, he was awarded a nomination in the 1994 AFL Rising Star award in round 21.
He was one of eight players allowed to transfer to Brisbane when Fitzroy's AFL operations were taken over by the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions. His career highlights include three premierships with Brisbane, All-Australian selection and inclusion in the Indigenous Team of the Century. Johnson is renowned for his creative composure running out of defence, his 2007 preseason saw him playing as in the forward line and the midfield as a defender, signalling the club's intention to use him as an impact player. Johnson was appointed co-captain of the Lions in 2007, alongside Simon Black, Luke Power, Jonathan Brown, Nigel Lappin. On 31 August 2007, Johnson announced, he was the last former Fitzroy Lion still playing in the AFL. In the 2005 International Rules series, Johnson was named co-captain along with Andrew McLeod. In the second game of the series, Johnson started a brawl by clothes line tackling Philip Jordan and striking Mattie Forde, he was suspended for five matches after pleading guilty to striking, ruling him out until the second Test in 2008.
Following his AFL career, he remained involved in the game. He became a runner for the Brisbane Lions, he shifted into coaching. On Friday 14 September 2007, Johnson signed on with the club as a full-time development coach for the Brisbane Lions, his job is to continue to assist in the development of the club's young playing list in the new position and to show off field leadership. He was promoted to assistant coach to Michael Voss, he coached Brisbane school and AFL powerhouse St Peters Lutheran College for two years, posting a 10–0 record over his two-year tenure as the head coach for the opens team. They captured the 2007 and 2008 AIC AFL Premiership after defeating Iona College in the Grand Final on both occasions, before the competition was abandoned due to an increase of in game fights. In 2008, the school defeated Cairns school Djarragun College at the Gabba, before the Lions-Saints game, in an exhibition match to promote the AFL's indigenous round. In February 2009, Johnson coached the Indigenous All-Stars to victory against Adelaide in Darwin.
In 2011 he was appointed the Australian Institute of Sport/AFL Level One Academy Coach. Chris Johnson's playing statistics from AFL Tables "Brisbane Lions Hall of Fame: Chris Johnson". Lions.com.au
Andrew Luke McLeod is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League. He is the games record holder for Adelaide. McLeod is considered one of the greatest Indigenous footballers of all time, one of the greatest of the modern era and is considered by many as the greatest player of the Adelaide Football Club. Mcleod won two premierships for the Adelaide Football Club in 1997 and 1998, he was awarded the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground in the 1997 and 1998 AFL Grand Finals. McLeod was born in Northern Territory, his mother is Indigenous. He moved to Kathrine when he was little but moved back to Darwin. Andrew McLeod played both rugby league and Australian football as a junior, he played senior football with the Darwin Football Club in the Northern Territory Football League a club where his father has played over 200 games. Moving from Darwin to Adelaide in South Australia, McLeod played with the Port Adelaide Football Club in the SANFL in 1994 where he became known as an exciting young forward with electrifying pace.
McLeod capped off a solid debut year for Port Adelaide with a Premiership medallion, bagging two goals in Port's 37-point win over Woodville-West Torrens in the 1994 SANFL Grand Final. In the 1994 offseason period, the right to recruit McLeod was traded by Fremantle Football Club to the Adelaide Crows in return for their promising forward Chris Groom in what many now consider to be one of the most lopsided trades in Australian rules football history. In an interview with Australian men's magazine Alpha in September 2005, McLeod would reveal that he refused to play for Fremantle after feeling insulted and belittled by the newly appointed Fremantle coach Gerard Neesham, who had not seen him play before. In his first year with the Adelaide Crows, McLeod began his AFL career appearing tentative and nervous during pre-season games. However, in a round 9 match against Hawthorn at Football Park, a confident McLeod began to emerge. In the dying seconds of the game, with Adelaide trailing by four points, McLeod raced into an open forward line while being hotly pursued by Hawk Ray Jencke.
Swooping onto the loose ball, he calmly laid it on his foot under pressure, dribbling it through for a miraculous goal from a tight angle at the Northern End of the ground to give his side a remarkable 2-point victory after they had trailed by 34 points at half-time. The Crows were able to avenge their worst-ever home loss in history the year before. McLeod would be named as an AFL Rising Star nominee late in the 1995 season after a string of consistent performances in a struggling Adelaide side which only managed a 9–13 record, he was awarded Adelaide's Emerging Talent Award. In his second season with the Adelaide Crows, McLeod played in 19 matches and kicked 20 goals playing on the forward flank. After two tumultuous years under Robert Shaw, legendary footballer Malcolm Blight took over as coach of Adelaide. McLeod lost 10 kg in preparation for a big season; the Crows would begin the season as they adjusted to Blight's long-kicking and direct style of football before claiming a finals berth for the first time since 1993.
McLeod started the first two games of the year at half forward but played the rest of the year as a small, running defender with great success. He increased his average disposals from 10 to 16 and increased his average marks from 1 a game to 3. In the preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs, McLeod, playing as a forward or half-back flanker, was placed into the midfield in the second half by Blight in an effort to spark the Crows side, who trailed by 31 points at half-time, it would be the first time in McLeod's career. In the Grand Final against St Kilda, McLeod would take his first significant step in his journey towards joining the game's elite. Accumulating 31 disposals and 11 marks, he was judged best on ground against the Saints, winning the prestigious Norm Smith Medal while helping his team win the AFL premiership; this was followed shortly thereafter with a gold jacket when he was named as the Crows best and fairest for the 1997 season. Having caught the eye of football followers with his magical feats in the 1997 finals, McLeod would continue to dazzle crowds with his pace and agility in 1998 before being named in the All-Australian team for the first time in his career despite only playing 15 games due to injury.
He would get 10 Brownlow Medal votes in 1998 after only 1 vote in 1997. In a preliminary final rematch against the Bulldogs, McLeod would kick a career-high seven goals while being opposed to Tony Liberatore, reputed to be the most ferocious tagger in the game at the time. In the following game—against Grand Final favourites, the Kangaroos—the Crows would win by 35 points, with McLeod emulating his feats from a year earlier. Gathering 30 disposals and winning back-to-back Norm Smith Medals, McLeod became the first player to win two Norm Smith Medals since Gary Ayres in 1986 and 1988. Adelaide would finish 13th. McLeod had an outstanding season in 2000, he averaged 24 disposals per game, an increase from 18 in 1999, kicked 28 goals. He made the All-Australian team as a half-forward, narrowly fin
Aaron Davey is a professional Australian rules football player of Indigenous Australian heritage. He played for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League until he retired from the club at the end of the 2013 season. Davey finished runner-up to the AFL Rising Star in 2004, he is one of few successful top-level footballers to have been elevated from the rookie list. Davey's representative honours include twice playing for Australia against Ireland in 2005 and 2006. Davey was a cult figure at the Melbourne Football Club and a popular player with young Demons fans. Davey's achievements at Melbourne include Fairest for an outstanding 2009 season. Davey is a recognised leader of Melbourne's young indigenous group of players. Davey, of Indigenous Australian ancestry with tribal ancestry that can be traced to the Kokatha in South Australia, was born to mother Lizzie and father Alwyn Davey with siblings Alwyn and Bronwyn; the boys were raised in Darwin in the Northern Territory. Davey started playing football as a forward pocket player in the Northern Territory Football League for the Palmerston Football Club.
He moved to Melbourne to further his prospects of an Australian rules career, trialled with the Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League. After an exceptional debut season in the VFL, Davey was voted the VFL player most to succeed AFL level. In 2003, Sandringham Coach Graeme Yeats believed "Davey is the fastest VFL-listed player in the competition" Surprisingly he was overlooked by all clubs in the 2003 AFL Draft. However, he caught the eye of Melbourne Football Club talent scouts and was selected at Pick #3 in the rookie draft; when asked on Before the Game, why Davey was not selected in the AFL Draft, Melbourne's former coach Neale Daniher responded by postulating that clubs were not on the lookout for short indigenous players after the possessionless display of Leon Davis in the 2002 Grand Final. Davey debuted in the 2004 Wizard Cup, playing a handful of sensational pre-season games before debuting in the senior side in the first round of 2004. In his first AFL game, the built forward kicked a goal and totalled an impressive 13 possessions, receiving a nomination for the AFL Rising Star award.
In his next 15 games, Davey won wide acclaim for his blistering acceleration, evasive footwork and goal sense. He was likened to another young indigenous player. In particular, Davey's ability to run down opposition players with explosive acceleration, his hard tackling and his "one percenter" second and third efforts at the ball earned him the respect of coaches and players across the league. Davey formed a potent forward line combination, crumbing the likes of Russell Robertson and David Neitz, he became a cult hero amongst young supporters, a face of the Melbourne Football Club. Davey played the rest of the season until a hamstring injury in round 16 against the Western Bulldogs at the Telstra Dome put him out for four games, he played in a losing elimination final against Essendon. At the end of the season, Davey won the AFLPA best first year player, awarded to many superstars of the game, notably Brownlow Medallists Chris Judd and Adam Goodes. In 2005, Davey played all another losing elimination final, this time against Geelong.
He was selected for the International rules series as one of only three Demons players. Davey was selected along with Lovett and several other indigenous players in Kevin Sheedy's handpicked squad. Topping off a sensational season, Davey finished third in the club best and fairest behind Travis Johnstone and Russell Robertson respectively. In that year, Davey won the AFL Players Association Marn Grook Award for Best Emerging Indigenous Player and was one of three indigenous players in the Demons line-up to hail from Darwin, along with Matthew Whelan and Shannon Motlop; the three played with each other in the local Darwin junior football. The injection of Byron Pickett into the Demons side provided Davey with a football mentor and it was about this time that Davey began to show a little onfield aggression. In 2006, Davey's versatility and added bulk saw him used in the forward line, midfield and at times defence. Football commentators on 3AW Rex Hunt, referred to him as "Jack Davey" - a reference to a former Australian radio quiz show host Jack Davey, whose trademark greeting at the opening of the show was "Hi Ho, everybody!"
Due to this it is not uncommon to hear 3AW replay a soundbite of Jack Davey saying "Hi Ho, everybody" whenever Davey scores a goal. But more he has been referred to as "Flash" by many commentators for his incredible pace and acceleration. In another exciting season, he achieved a total of three Goal of the Year nominations, including back-to-back weeks of soccer style strikes, he played for the Indigenous All-Stars in the pre-season against Essendon, where he re-injured his hamstring. Despite the Demons horror season, with Melbourne winning only five games for the year, Davey produced a career best game in round 7 against the Western Bulldogs, collecting 29 disposals and kicking three goals, for which he received two Brownlow Medal votes, the equivalent to second best on ground; as the season continued the Demons struggled and Davey's increasing aggression saw him suspended for two games for striking Brisbane Lions player Troy Selwood at the Gabba in round 15. His 2008 was a struggle with injuries in a year.
After starring for the Indigenous All-Stars against Adelaide in the 2009 pre-season, Davey's 2009 season started strongly. Though his club continued to
The Brisbane Lions is a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League. The club is based in Brisbane, Australia; the club was formed in late 1996 from the merger of the Brisbane Bears. The Lions are one of the most successful AFL clubs of the 21st century, having appeared in four consecutive AFL Grand Finals from 2001 to 2004 and winning three premierships; the club is based at the Gabba. The team is coached by Chris Fagan; the Brisbane Lions were launched on 1 November 1996, joining the national competition in 1997. In their first year as a combined club the Lions made the finals, finishing in eighth position after being defeated by the St Kilda Football Club in a qualifying final; the following year, they finished in last position, despite boasting a talented playing list. As the Brisbane Lions, the club won its first AFL premiership in the 2001 AFL Grand Final, defeating Essendon 15.18 to 12.10. Lions utility player Shaun Hart won the Norm Smith Medal as best on ground in the Grand Final.
In 2002, the Lions won back-to-back premierships when they defeated Collingwood 9.12 to 10.15 in the 2002 AFL Grand Final in cold and wet conditions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Early in the contest the Lions lost both ruckman Beau McDonald and utility player Martin Pike to injury and had to complete the match with a limited bench. In 2003, the Lions would win their 3rd premiership in a row, second in a row against the Collingwood Magpies. With a number of players under an injury cloud – and having lost to Collingwood in a qualifying final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground three weeks – the Lions went into the game as underdogs. However, they sealed their place in history as an AFL dynasty by thrashing the Magpies in cool but sunny conditions. At one stage in the final quarter the Lions led by 80 points before relaxing when the match was well and won, allowing Collingwood to score the last four goals; the final score of 20.14 to 12.12 saw the club become only the fourth in VFL/AFL history to win three consecutive premierships and the first since the creation of the AFL.
Simon Black claimed the Norm Smith Medal with a dominant 39 possession match, the most possessions gathered by a player in a grand final. The 2004 season saw. Reaching the finals in second position, Brisbane controversially had to travel to Melbourne to play against Geelong in the preliminary final, due to a contract between the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Australian Football League that required one preliminary final to be played each year at the MCG. Port Adelaide hosted the other preliminary final in Adelaide. Despite this setback, Brisbane beat Geelong and reached the AFL Grand Final for the fourth consecutive year, their opponents, Port Adelaide, playing in their first grand final, were too good on the day and recorded a 40-point win. The Lions began the 2006 season optimistically, but injuries again plagued the club, whose players recorded an AFL record total of 200 matches lost to injury for the season; the Brisbane Lions finished runner up in the 2007 NAB Cup and went on to create history by being the first team in the history of the AFL to have five co-captains.
That year, the Lions failed to make the finals for a third successive year in 2007. The Lions began the 2008 NAB Cup shakily; the team struggled for the season and missed out on the finals with a 10–12 record, losing 3 games despite having at least 5 more scoring shots in each of those games. Coach Leigh Matthews resigned at the end of the season after 10 seasons and 3 premierships with the club; the Lions made a good start in the 2009 NAB Cup under new senior coach Michael Voss by registering a 9-point win over St Kilda. However this was followed by a series of losses in the pre-season to Essendon and Richmond, their season ended with a 51-point loss to the Western Bulldogs. The 2009/2010 off-season was dominated by the arrival of Brendan Fevola from Carlton, the hype was focused on Fevola and Jonathan Brown in the sense that the Lions could capitalise on their strong 2009 season. Indeed, the Lions won their first four matches of the 2010 season to be top of the ladder after four rounds, but they would only win three more games after that to crash to a lowly finish by season's end.
One of those wins however, was against eventual premiers Collingwood. The Lions' 2010/2011 off-season was disrupted by the sacking of Fevola after just one season at the Lions, following repeated off-field indiscretions which included getting drunk in the Brisbane streets during New Year's Eve celebrations. On the field, the Lions won only four games for the year, but only one against any Victorian team, and, North Melbourne, in Round 9. Despite their worst season since 1998, coach Michael Voss was granted a contract extension after the board recommended that Voss was the best man to take the club forward into the future. Leading into season 2012, only two players from the triple-premiership winning team of 2001–2003 remained: Simon Black and Jonathan Brown; the 2013 season started well for Brisbane, defeating Carlton in the final of the NAB Cup, with Daniel Rich winning the Michael Tuck Medal for best on ground and Aaron Cornelius showing some good form. However, things began to decline from with losses to the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide.
However, in the 5th QClash match against Gold Coast, the Lions won by two points, with Jonathan Brown winning the Marcus Ashcroft Medal. Injuries were beginning to take a toll, with
Michael Johnson (Australian rules footballer)
Michael Johnson is a former professional Australian rules footballer, who played for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League. Recruited from Perth Football Club in the WAFL with selection 8 in the 2004 Preseason Draft, he is a graduate of the Clontarf Football Academy, he made his debut against Richmond in Round 4 of 2005 when Matthew Carr was a late withdrawal from the team due to illness. Due to promising performances at both WAFL and AFL levels and his versatility, he announced a three-year extension to his contract in 2006 and a two-year contract extensions to remain at Fremantle until the end of the 2011 season. In 2006, Michael finished equal runner-up in Fremantle's Doig Medal Best & Fairest count, further underlining his credentials as a prospect for the future, his 2007 season started badly when he was suspended for four matches after colliding with Lachlan Hansen in a NAB Cup match and being one of the first players to be charged under the AFL's crackdown on front-on contact to the head.
In 2009, he was appointed captain of the club for a pre-season derby and despite missing the second half of the 2009 season due to an ankle injury, he was included in the leadership group for the 2010 season. He won the club's best clubman award for 2009. In May 2010 Johnson was investigated by the police in relation to a drug-related matter, he was charged on summons with possessing cocaine, suspended for five matches and fined $5,000 for bringing the AFL into disrepute. He was fined $500 in court. In November 2016, Police investigated Johnson after it was alleged that he punched a Bunbury School teacher in the face while intoxicated at a kebab shop in Leederville, he was given a spent conviction. In 2017, Johnson was integral in Fremantle's early season turnaround assisting Aaron Sandilands in the ruck despite the team taking a youth first approach in their team selection criteria. Johnson retired at the end of the 2018 season. In February 2019, he was appointed as Fremantle's inaugural indigenous and multicultural liaison officer.
Michael Johnson's profile on the official website of the Fremantle Football Club Michael Johnson's playing statistics from AFL Tables WAFL statistics
Matthew Whelan is a former professional Australian rules football player. Wearing the number 45 jersey, Whelan was reliable defender/back pocket known by Demons fans as the "Wheels", he earned the nickname "Wrecker" for his big hits and tough and uncompromisingly defensive style of play. His tackling style, to drop the shoulder, resulted in spectacular spear tackle like throws of opponents. Matthew has Indigenous Australian heritage and his ancestry can be traced to the Ngalakan language speaking peoples of the Arnhem Land, he grew up in Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, where he played rugby league at junior levels before concentrating on Australian football at the age of 15. Before heading to Victoria in 2000, Whelan played in both the Northern Territory and South Australian leagues. From October to March he would play for Darwin before heading to Woodville-West Torrens for the winter. Whelan made his debut in round four of season 2000 and played every game until round 20 when an injured neck cost him his place and he missed the finals, including Melbourne's grand final appearance.
This was a major blow to the Demons. History repeated itself in 2002 when Whelan played every game but was forced out in round 22 with a calf injury, another finals series went begging. In a rare report for rough play in 2003 for what appeared to be a dangerous throw on Shane Crawford he was cleared by the tribunal of any infringement. During the 2004 Elimination Final, Melbourne were drawn to play rivals Essendon. With about five minutes to go in the first half, Whelan knocked James Hird unconscious with a strong shirtfront, re-gathered the ball and fed it off to Travis Johnstone who finished off the play with a goal to bring up double figures for the Demons. Whelan, playing his first final, was one of Melbourne's best, picking up 22 possessions and a match high five tackles. During the final quarter of the Melbourne v Richmond game on 27 May 2005, Richmond attacked in their 50 when Whelan came from nowhere to smother Nathan Brown's kick; because Brown was kicking with his left boot Whelan landed on his right foot, and, in front of horrified Friday Night Football viewers, broke his leg.
Replays were played on the news, including Sports Tonight and FOX Sports News. Whelan said. Brown sat out the rest of the season, has had re-occurring leg-related injuries since. Whelan had a stellar season in 2006, marred only by minor injuries to his calf and hamstring.he kicked a career high four goals in round-five During the 2007 season opener against St Kilda, while shepherding a teammate, Whelan turned his back, colliding solidly with Luke Ball. The severe collision injured both players, resulting in both coming off the ground, with the back of Whelan's head lacerating Ball's forehead. Ball was carried off the ground with a laceration to his head, although both players returned to play out the game. Whelan was charged for rough play based on the video; the charge, was dropped as the high contact was ruled as an accidental clash of heads, while Ball continued a slow recovery from the injury. His 2007 season saw. In round-five of the 2008 season, Whelan was reported for striking Carlton's full-forward Brendon Fevola.
He was offered a two-week suspension by the AFL. But an early-guilty plea reduced this to just one week. In August 2009 Whelan announced his retirement from the AFL alongside team mate Paul Wheatley, effective after Round 22, as part of the Melbourne Football Club's youth policy, his career has been plagued by injury, but is leaving on a good note and was happy to play an important role mentoring the MFC's young Aboriginal players. In February 2010, Whelan was awarded life membership of the Melbourne Football club at the club's annual general meeting. Matthew Whelan's profile on the official website of the Melbourne Football Club Matthew Whelan's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Brett Kirk is a former Australian rules football player of the Sydney Swans and was the AFL's International Ambassador. Kirk is serving as an assistant coach with the Sydney Swans Football Club. Kirk grew up in New South Wales, he was recruited to the Sydney Swans as a mature-aged rookie and was twice dropped from the team, but he found his way back on to the list. Kirk was regarded as "one of the toughest and most respected midfielders in the competition". Kirk played 241 games for the Swans since making his debut in 1999, including the final 200 without missing a match, he was nominated All-Australian in 2004. Kirk won the best and fairest twice, in 2005, the year the club won the AFL premiership, again in 2007, he was co-captain of the Swans from 2005-2010. He surpassed Jared Crouch's Swans record of 194 consecutive AFL matches in the game against Geelong in round 18, 2010, he had a total of 1278 tackles in his career, the fourth most of any AFL player. Kirk played his final and 200th consecutive game when he faced the Western Bulldogs in the second round of the AFL finals on Saturday 11 September 2010.
It is the fifth longest such streak, is one of two by Sydney Swans players in the top 5. He retired at the end of 2010. After retirement, Kirk was invited to join Channel 7's coverage of AFL as field commentator. In 2011, he spent six months travelling the world and spreading the word about football as the AFL's International Ambassador. Kirk joined the Fremantle Football Club as an assistant coach at the end of the 2012 season. Prior to that, he worked at the Gold Coast Football Club in a role designed to help implement a winning culture at the club. In 2008, Kirk was given the honour of meeting with the Dalai Lama during his Australian tour in which he presented the Dalai Lama with a signed Swans jersey. Kirk has a tattoo of a Buddhist symbol on his back; when the young Swan Dan Hannebery seemed anxious, Kirk recommended that he do some meditation and read The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Brett Kirk's profile on the official website of the Sydney Swans Captain Kirk leads next generation – Sydney Morning Herald