Friday, 27 June 2014

2014 Round 16, Three quarter time.

28th June Birthdays.
Clint Bizzell 1976

 PLAYER OF THE DAY. Mark Roberts, born 28th June 1965.
Mark played for 3 clubs in his career and increased the number of games at each of them.

Starting at Sydney in 1985 he was there for 2 seasons and was in 18 games, kicking 6 goals.

In 1987 he moved north to play for Brisbane and was there until 1990 for 59 games and 14 goals.  While he had been at both those clubs he had seemed slow and overweight, however North Melbourne took a punt and recruited him in 1991. 

This he where he really blossomed and he played 125 games for them kicking 14 goals up until the time he retired at the end of 1999.

He had played a lot of football in the back line but was moved forward and became a good contributor around goals.  A popular clubman, he was part of the clubs 1996 Premiership team.

Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

Phil Kelly – Sandover Medalist.
Phil Kelly joined East Perth in 1975 and played 109 games for them up until 1980.  In that time he kicked 73 goals mainly on a wing but also as an on baller.
He won back to back Sandover medals in 1978 and 1979 and was part of the clubs Premiership team in 1978.
Moving to North Melbourne in 1981, he managed 61 games for 42 goals and seemed destined to have a good career ahead of him.  Unfortunately he had recurring hamstring problems after his first 2 years and retired after the 1985 season.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers & Wikipedia.

1000 Goals in 201 Games.
This is the record set by Tony Lockett.  He will always be best known as a star for the St. Kilda football club where he started in 1983 and when he left them at the end of 1994 he had played 183 games for 898 goals.

A quiet country boy at heart, he tried to keep away from the prying press, but when you kick a goal with your first kick in AFL people take notice.  He scored 77 goals in his second season and 117 in 1987 to give him his first Coleman medal.
In 1991 he suffered a back injury, but managed to return in a game against the Crows where he kicked 12 goals and  finished the season with 127 and a second Coleman. 
Moving to Sydney in 1995 the club saw it as a win win situation as they could ride on his fame and he could get away from the scrutiny he was constantly under in Melbourne.
From 1995 to 1999 and the 2002 season he played a total of 98 games for the Swans and kicked an impressive 462 goals.
He proved himself to be a popular clubman and gave good service to his new club though hampered by injuries at times.
When he finally hung up the boots for the last time, Tony had kicked 1360 goals, was All Australian 5 times, Coleman medalist 4 times, St. Kilda Best and Fairest twice, Sydney Best and Fairest once and won the Brownlow medal (in 1987).
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers and  AFL Record Season Guide 2013.

3 X 9 at Melbourne.
Brian Dixon wore the number 9 for Melbourne from 1954 to 1968 in 252 games.  In this time he kicked 41 goals playing on the wing.
Winning the clubs Best and Fairest in 1960 he was also part of the flag winning teams of 1956, ’57, ’59, ’60 and ’64.
Between 1975 and 1981 Laurie Fowler donned the number 9 and played 140 games for 18 goals in it.
Laurie had started his career at Richmond, but gave great service to Melbourne in a back pocket and won the Best and Fairest in 1975, ’79 and ’80 and was a Victorian representative in 1980 and ’81.
631 goals came from the boot of David Neitz as Melbourne’s number 9 from 1993 to 2008.
David had to grow up quickly in football terms as he was used in key roles in his first season.  Playing mainly used in the back line at the start of his career he was moved forward around 1995 and made a fine fist of it, often being the main forward target for the team.
During his 306 games for the club he was leading goal kicker 7 times (1 shared), Coleman medallist in 2002 and Best and Fairest in 2002. He was also All Australian in 1995 and 2002.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers and  AFL tables.

The Jarmans.
The Jarman brothers were almost twins, with only a year and a few days between them, and their personalities and the understanding between them makes it look like they are one.
Andrew is the older of the two and played all his football for Adelaide. With the club from 1991 to 1996 he played 110 games for 92 goals.
A real character on the field, he had good skills and was popular with the locals while getting under the skin of opponents.
Darren initially left his home state and joined Hawthorn where he played 109 games from 1991 to 1995 and kicked 122 goals.
Noted as a mid-fielder in SA, his new club used him as a forward and his skills and kicking accuracy helped lead the club to a Premiership in 1991.
1996 found him back in Adelaide and again playing in a team with his brother. A fine contributor to the club, he was a dual Premiership player and in fact was one of the team’s best players in both the 1997 and 1998 Grand Finals.
He was a 3 time All Australian and won Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest in 1995.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

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