Monday, 21 July 2014

2014 Round 20, Quarter time.

22nd July Birthdays.
Kane Fraser '77, Haydon Kilmartin '73, Doug Koop '60, Bruce Lindsay '61, Steven Pitt '73, Russell Shields '62.

 PLAYER OF THE DAY. James Begley, born 22nd July 1980.
James must have really had something about him as he was drafted by St. Kilda from SANFL club Sturt, even though he had not played a senior game of football. 

From 1999 to 2002 he played 36 games for 7 goals, hampered by injury for some of the time. 

A close friend of his was killed in the Bali bombings and this led to his desire to move back to Adelaide.  Joining the Crows in 2003, and still dogged by injury, he managed 25 games and kicked 3 goals up to the end of the 2005 season.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

Carlton’s Early Years.
Like many of the football clubs in the early years of the game, Carlton was formed from members of the local cricket club.
Founded in 1864, their first President and secretary were elected in 1865.  In 1866 George Coppin, who was an entrepreneur, among other things, took over the Presidency.
The club had their first win over Melbourne in 1867 (2-nil) and by 1871 they won their first Premiership.  This was known as the South Yarra Challenge Cup due to the fact that South Yarra had won it in its inaugural year of 1870.
In 1874 Carlton became the premier team in the colony by being undefeated for the season and in 1877 they won the first VFA premiership and George Coulthard was proclaimed champion of the colony.
Despite their strength, Carlton was not able to secure a ground to play on and did not really settle until they were granted a parcel of land at the southern end of Princes Park in Carlton which became Princes Park Oval and has been their spiritual home since around 1878.
Source: The Clubs. A Complete History Of  Every Club In The VFL/AFL.

Jack E Clarke – Hall OF Famer.
Jack Clarke was an Essendon champion, inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1996.  He kicked 180 goals for the club in 263 games from 1951 to 1967.
The brother of runner Ron Clarke, Jack was also a superb athlete and showed a lot of poise and skill playing in the centre for his team.
He captained the club from 1958-64 and coached them from 1968-70.  Part of the 1962 and 1965 Premiership sides, he also won 2 club Best and Fairests, played 27 games for Victoria and was an All Australian 3 times.
Coaching the Bombers in 65 games, his record was 33 wins, 2 draws and 30 losses.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers and AFL Record Season Guide 2013.

International Rules.
Games between Ireland and Australia have been played since 1967 but the game we now know as international Rules was first played in 1984.
Some of the basic rules of the game are:
-     A match consists of 4 x 18 minute quarters with 5 minute breaks at quarter and three quarter time and 15 minutes at half time.

-     The game is played on a rectangular field with the goals being a cross between Australian Rules, Rugby and Soccer goals.

-     Each team has 15 players on the field and a 9 man interchange bench.

-     If the ball bounces off any part of the goals and comes back into the field of play, play on is called.

-     When the ball crosses a boundary line a throw/kick in is awarded against the team who last touched it.

-     A player on the ground cannot take possession of the ball, he must knock it on.

-     Tackling, bumping and handpassing rules are the same as in Aussie Rules and a maximum of 10 interchanges are allowed each quarter.

Source: AFL Record Season Guide 2013.

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