Monday, 14 April 2014

2014 Round 6, Quarter time.

15th April Birthdays.
 
Alan Ezard 1963.

 PLAYER OF THE DAY. Darren Milburn, born 15th April 1977.
Following a slow start due to a dose of glandular fever Darren soon showed promise in his first year of football with Geelong in 1997.

He probably took a few years to really reach his peek and be consistent but by 2001 he did enough to be the clubs highest possession winner.  Though he was at times played as a forward, his best position by far was in the backline.
 
From 1997 to 2011 Darren played 292 games for Geelong and kicked 94 goals.  A member of the clubs 2007 and 2009 premiership sides, he was also selected in the All Australian team in 1997.

 Source: The Encyclopaedia of AFL Footballers.



Brent Crosswell – The Extrovert.
Brent once said that people thought he was ‘ostentatious and lairised’ on the football field; but his opinion was he just did things because he wanted to.  Either way he was certainly well known in his time.

Recruited initially by Carlton he was there from 1968 to 1975 playing 98 games and kicking 92 goals.  Winning the clubs best first year player award in 1968 he played in the premiership sides of 1968 and 1970.
After crossing to North Melbourne in 1975 he was in their premiership side that year and again in 1977.  He stayed with the Kangaroos until 1979 and played 76 games and kicked 108 goals, topping their goal kicking in 1977 (42).

His career ended at Melbourne in 1982 after he had moved there in 1980.  While there his return from 48 games was 57 goals.

Source: The Encyclopaedia of AFL Footballers.



Three Number 5’s At Collingwood.

Terry Waters wore the #5 jersey for the Magpies from 1963 to 1966 even though he was actually with them until 1972.
He started off as the ‘go to’ forward and topped the clubs goal kicking in his first two years.

When Peter McKenna slotted in at full forward Terry was moved down the ground and finished his career as a back man.
He played 163 games and kicked 182 goals and won the Best and Fairest in 1966.  In the Victorian side eight times ha was also All Australian in 1969.

Ron Wearmouth was at Collingwood from 1969 to 1981 and wore #5 from 1973 to 1981.  In his 186 games he scored 127 goals and his style of play made him a favourite with the Magpie fans.
After a shaky start he built up his fitness and became a terrier in the midfield.  He was part of the clubs grand final teams of 1977, 1979 and 1980.


Nathan Buckley could have a whole article written about him and it is well known how he got to his preferred club of Collingwood after a year with the Brisbane Lions.
With Collingwood from 1994 to 2007 he played 260 games and kicked 263 goals.

An inspirational leader of the club even before obtaining the captaincy he won their Best and Fairest on 6 occasions, was the Norm Smith medallist in the 2002 grand final, 6 times All Australian and a Brownlow Medalist in 2003.
Source: The Encyclopaedia of AFL Footballers & AFL Tables.



Louis or Lou E Armastrong?
Louis Armstrong was a great Jazz trumpeter for over 40 years and came to prominence in the 1920’s.  His best known song would have to be What a wonderful world.

Lou E Armstrong on the other hand was an Australian Rules footballer with Essendon from 1908 to 1914.  He played 104 games mainly as centre half forward or full forward and kicked 109 goals.

In the premiership sides of 1911 and 1912 he was the clubs leading goal kicker in 1911 and also played for Victoria.
Source: The Encyclopaedia of AFL Footballers & Wikipedia.