Monday, 22 September 2014

2014 Round 29, Quarter time.

23rd September Birthdays.
   Chris Lynch 1953, Jason Taylor 1968.

 PLAYER OF THE DAY. Trent Sporn, born 23rd September 1982.
Drafted from North Adelaide where his father had also played, Trent was to represent Carlton in 50 games for 8 goals from 2002 to 2006. 

Most of the years he was at the club he was sidelined for some time due to various injuries, but when available he showed some good form.

2003 was probably his best year, including one game where he was able to shadow James Hird.

Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers.

Great Comebacks!
How often do you hear people say that they turned off ‘the game’ at three quarter time because they thought it was all over only to hear the next day that the team that was behind had won.
One such match was played between Brisbane and Hawthorn in round 16 1995 at the Gabba.
The Hawks set the pace in the first quarter and had a 35 point lead at the break.  An even second quarter saw them still 31 points ahead at half time.
They put the foot down again in the third stanza to take a comfortable 45 point lead into the fourth quarter. But Brisbane was not done with and a 9 goal to 1 last quarter saw Brisbane take the game 14.20.104 to 14.13.97.
Source: AFL Record Season Guide 2013.

John And Matthew Scarlett.
Having a big body John Scarlett was well suited to the roll of full back.  But it also meant he could be used on the forward line or even in the ruck and he did in fact kick 42 goals for Geelong in 183 games between 1967 and 1977.

Whilst he was with the club he also played a game for Victoria in 1971 and was ‘leased’ to South Melbourne in 1977 to help them in theirs finals campaign staying there for 1978 which was to be the last year of his playing career.

Matthew Scarlett followed his father to Geelong and was certainly more of a permanent fullback only kicking 17 goals from his wonderful 284 games.

It seems amazing that with his first senior game being in the last round of 1998, it took until 2000 for him to cement a regular spot in the side when you look at the personal achievements he ended up with when he finally finished playing in 2012.

Not only was he the club Best and Fairest in 2003, he  represented Australia 4 times in International Rules, was a triple Premiership player and All Australian full back in no less than 6 years.
Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers & Wikipedia.

Top 3 Draft Picks 1994.
Jeff White was first pick in this years draft and found himself at Fremantle, though he was originally from South East Melbourne.
With the Dockers from ’95-’97 he played 32 games for 18 goals and certainly grew in stature and skills while he was there.
When his contract expired he was able to return to his home state and joined Melbourne, where he was in 236 games from ’98-’08 and kicked 95 goals.
Jeff played 1 game for Victoria and was club Best and Fairest and also All Australian in 2004.

Anthony Rocca also moved interstate as pick 2, drafted to Sydney where he was until 1996 for 22 games and 11 goals.
In 1997 he joined his older brother at Collingwood and played 220 games, kicking 404 goals largely due to his strong marking and long kick.

Shannon Grant was another draftee to Sydney playing his first game with them in 1995 and by 1997 he had been in 58 and kicked 38 goals.
One of the more reluctant players to have to move interstate, he also managed to get back to Victoria in 1998 where he joined North Melbourne and played 243 games from then until 2008 for 323 goals.
Norm Smith medallist and Premiership player in 1999, he was Best and Fairest in 2001 and All Australian in 2005.
 Source: The Encyclopaedia Of AFL Footballers & AFL Record Season Guide 2013 .

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