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2008 Player profiles

Author: Janelle Ward
Date: 14/03/2008
Words: 2490
Source: AGE
          Publication: The Age
Section: Supplement
Page: 18
CLINT BARTRAM NO. 3

BORN 16/2/88

H 181cm W 79kg

RECRUITED FROM

Geelong U18, pick

No.60; debut 2006

GAMES 23 GOALS 6

HONOURS AFL Rising

Star nominee 2006; best first year player 2006.

Played all 2006 home-and-away games but sustained a knee injury, requiring surgery. Talented midfielder will be hoping to return to full playing capacity.

MATTHEW BATE NO.6

BORN 24/5/87

H 192cm W 90kg

RECRUITED FROM

Croydon/Eastern U18,

pick No.13; debut

2006

GAMES 33 GOALS 27

HONOURS AFL Rising

Star nominee 2006; third best and fairest 2007

A talented mark and hard runner who dominated in disposals in 2007. One of the game's most exciting forwards.

DANIEL BELL NO.21

BORN 13/4/85

H 186.5cm W 90kg

RECRUITED FROM

Glenelg (SA), pick

No.14; debut 2004

GAMES 45 GOALS 1

Played 17 games in

2007 despite injury interruptions and was best on ground with three Brownlow votes against Adelaide in round 10. Has a sound reputation for rebounding and tackling.

JACE BODE NO.43

BORN 14/9/87

H 183cm W 83kg

RECRUITED FROM

Sturt (SA); debut 2007

GAMES 4 GOALS 3

Elevated from the rookie list in 2007 and given senior status at season's end. His left-foot kicking and speed make him a versatile player.

CAMERON BRUCE NO.32

BORN 30/9/79

H 190cm W 86kg

RECRUITED FROM

MHSOB, pick No.64;

debut 2000 GAMES

162 GOALS 182

HONOURS AFL Rising

Star nominee 2000;

International Rules Series 2002; second best and fairest 2002, 2006; best team player 2002; best clubman 2003

Played every game in 2006 and chalked up his 150th game in round four 2007.

A hamstring problem caused him to miss six of the last nine games.

SIMON BUCKLEY NO.1

BORN 18/4/87

H 190cm W 89kg

RECRUITED FROM

Sandringham U18, pick

No.53; debut 2007

GAMES 6 GOALS 1

Made his debut in round 14 and came off the bench in most of his six games, but showed enough to prove his versatility.

NATHAN CARROLL NO.41

BORN 20/10/80

H 191cm W 93kg

RECRUITED FROM

Claremont (WA);

debut 2003

GAMES 62 GOALS 1

HONOURS Most improved player 2006

Continued to prove his worth as a tough defender, missing just one game last season after a superb 2006.

KYLE CHENEY NO.25

BORN 25/8/89

H 184cm W 85kg

RECRUITED FROM

North Ballarat U18,

pick No.53

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

A skilled, hard-atit defender who overcame injury at the start of last season to attract the attention of recruiters.

AARON DAVEY NO.36

BORN 10/6/83

H 177cm W 74kg

RECRUITED FROM

Palmerston (NT)/Port

Melbourne; debut

2004

GAMES 82 GOALS 119

HONOURS AFL

Rising Star nominee 2004; best first-year player 2004; third best and fairest 2005;

International Rules Series 2005, 2006; best clubman 2006.

Missed rounds 21 and 22 in 2007 with a hamstring injury and rounds 16 and 17 through suspension. Not as influential as in his previous two years, though still averaged 14 disposals per game.

LYNDEN DUNN NO.14

BORN 14/5/87

H 192cm W 95kg

RECRUITED FROM

Calder U18, pick No.15;

debut 2006

GAMES 23 GOALS 22

HONOURS Best clubman 2007

Had a delayed start to last season due to a fractured cheekbone. Kicked three goals in his first game back and, while still learning the ropes, had a career-best 22 disposals against Carlton in round 22.

JAMES FRAWLEY NO.8

BORN 20/9/88

H 193cm W 86kg

RECRUITED FROM

East Point/North

Ballarat U18, pick

No.12; debut 2007

GAMES 9 GOALS 0

Overcame a niggling foot injury to play nine games on debut in 2007 and impressed with his maturity in defence.

COLIN GARLAND NO.20

BORN 28/4/88

H 191cm W 84kg

RECRUITED FROM

North Hobart/Tas U18/

Tas VFL, pick No.46;

debut 2007

GAMES 2 GOALS 0

Emerging forward who played two senior games while continuing to gain experience with Sandringham, including finals appearances.

BRAD GREEN NO.18

BORN 13/3/81

H 184cm W 83kg

RECRUITED FROM

Tassie U18, pick No.19; debut 2000

GAMES 166

GOALS 207

HONOURS AFL Rising

Star nominee 2000; best clubman 2002; International Rules Series 2004; best team player 2007.

Continued to dominate in the midfield last season and notched his 150th game.

Averaged 21 disposals a game and takes some solid form into his ninth season.

JACK GRIMES NO.16

BORN 11/5/89

H 187cm W 79kg

RECRUITED FROM

Northern U18, pick No.14

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

Captained Northern Knights last year and won under-18 All-Australian honours.

Versatile and capable of playing in the midfield or in defence.

BEN HOLLAND NO. 4

BORN 10/5/77

H 198cm W 100kg

RECRUITED FROM

North Adelaide (SA)/Richmond; debut

1996

GAMES 189 (MFC 64)

GOALS 175 (MFC 51)

Played just 10 senior games last season in between stints in the VFL and badly dislocated a shoulder in round 20.

MARK JAMAR NO.40

BORN 9/8/83

H 198cm W 103kg

RECRUITED FROM

North Adelaide (SA); debut 2003

GAMES 52 GOALS 17

Battled injury and an accompanying drop in form last year after a strong 2006 in which he dominated in the ruck.

CHRIS JOHNSON NO.17

BORN 25/1/86

H 189cm W 84kg

RECRUITED FROM

East Fremantle (WA), pick No.36, father-son rule; debut 2005

GAMES 21 GOALS 0

HONOURS Best first-year player 2005.

Played just eight senior games last season. Among Sandringham's best.

PAUL JOHNSON NO.11

BORN 26/6/84

H 199cm W 105kg

RECRUITED FROM

Dandenong U18/West

Coast, pick No.36; debut 2003

GAMES 27 (MFC 26)

GOALS 4

Came into his own last season and shapes as more than a support act to Jeff White.

NATHAN JONES NO.2

BORN 20/1/88

H 180cm W 81kg

RECRUITED FROM

Dandenong U18, pick

No.12; debut 2006

GAMES 29 GOALS 12

HONOURS AFL Rising

Star nominee 2006; second best and fairest 2007.

Missed one game last year with an ankle injury. A star on the rise. Expect further development, determined and agile.

ADDAM MARIC NO.19

BORN 18/4/90

H 178cm W 76kg

Recruited from Calder

U18, pick No.21

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

Under-18 All-

Australian and AIS-AFL

Academy graduate who is valued for his kicking skills.

STEFAN MARTIN NO.33

BORN 17/11/86

H 198cm W 99kg

RECRUITED FROM

Sandringham, pick

No.3 pre-season.

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

Tall and athletic with a basketball background. Had a strong pre-season.

JAMES McDONALD NO.23

BORN 5/10/76

H 180cm W 73kg

RECRUITED FROM

North Ballarat U18/Old Xaverians; debut 1997

GAMES 198 GOALS 48

HONOURS Best and fairest 2006, 2007; second best and fairest 2003; best team player 2006; International Rules Series 2006; most consistent player 2007

Missed just one game in 2007 and needs only two more for his 200th. Third in the AFL for tackles last season and continues to be a valuable member of the line-up.

BROCK McLEAN NO.5

BORN 11/3/86

H 184cm W 86kg

RECRUITED FROM

Calder U18, pick No.5; debut 2004

GAMES 61 GOALS 29

HONOURS Third best and fairest 2006.

Fractured a foot in round one, but bounced back in round nine and dominated in the one-point loss to North Melbourne. Went on to play a valuable role in 14 games.

TOM McNAMARA NO.30

BORN 29/4/90

H 190cm W 85kg

RECRUITED FROM

South Adelaide (SA), pick No.66

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

Youngest player taken in the 2007 national draft. An AIS-AFL Academy graduate.

Highly regarded for his marking ability.

JOHN MEESEN NO.26

BORN 20/6/86

H 200cm W 101kg

RECRUITED FROM

Geelong U18/Adelaide; debut 2007 (for Adelaide)

GAMES 2 GOALS 0

Young ruckman traded to Melbourne after three years on Adelaide's list. Sidelined with a knee injury early last year, but set to contribute to the ruck department.

BRAD MILLER NO.7

BORN 6/7/83

H 194cm W 94kg

RECRUITED FROM

Mt Gravatt (Qld), pick

No.55; debut 2002

GAMES 91 GOALS 34

HONOURS Most improved player 2003; best team player 2005.

Played 16 games in 2007. Now part of a new-look leadership group and will be looking to return to his best.

BRENT MOLONEY NO.22

BORN 28/1/84

H 182cm W 88kg

RECRUITED FROM

South Warrnambool/Geelong; debut 2003

GAMES 61 (MFC 38)

GOALS 14 (MFC 8)

HONOURS AFL Rising

Star nominee 2004; International Rules Series 2005.

Looking for an uninterrupted season after injury. Invaluable at his best.

CALE MORTON NO.10

BORN 18/1/90

H 192cm W 82kg

RECRUITED FROM

Claremont, pick No.4

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

Midfielder/forward won the Larke Medal as best player in the AFL under-18 titles last year and All-Australian honours. Follows brother Mitch (formerly West Coast, now Richmond) and Jarryd (Hawthorn) into AFL ranks.

DAVID NEITZ NO.9

BORN 22/1/75

H 191cm W 101kg

RECRUITED FROM

Parkmore; debut 1993

GAMES 301

GOALS 628

HONOURS Best first year player 1993; AFL

Rising Star nominee 1993; most consistent player 1995; All-Australian 1995, 2002; best clubman 1995; leading club goalkicker 1996-97, '99, 2002-04; best team player 2000-01; best and fairest 2002; second best and fairest 1995, 2001; third best and fairest 2003; Coleman Medallist 2002; International Rules Series 2002; captain since 2000; club goals record-holder (628); club games record-holder (301).

Became the first Melbourne player to reach 300 games (in round 20 last season) despite a persistent knee injury that kept him to 15 games. Finished the season with a run of six before missing the last game. Will continue to provide on-field inspiration and leadership.

MICHAEL NEWTON NO.29

BORN 27/4/87

H 193cm W 90kg

RECRUITED FROM

Whorouly/Murray U18, pick No.43; debut 2007

GAMES 10 GOALS 14

HONOURS Most improved player 2007; AFL mark of the year 2007.

After a two-year apprenticeship at Sandringham, made his senior debut in round 13 and then didn't miss a game.

RICKY PETTERD NO.15

BORN 24/7/88

H 185cm W 82kg

RECRUITED FROM

Broadbeach (Qld), pick No.30; debut 2007

GAMES 9 GOALS 6

HONOURS Best firs tyear player 2007; AFL Rising Star nominee 2007.

Suffered a lung injury in round 14 that caused him to miss the rest of the season.

Anticipation high for his return in 2008.

JARED RIVERS NO.27

BORN 18/10/84

H 192cm W 90kg

RECRUITED FROM

North Adelaide (SA), pick No.26; debut 2003

GAMES 64 GOALS 4

HONOURS AFL Rising

Star 2004; most improved player 2004.

Osteitis pubis kept this talented defender to three games in 2007 and resulted in surgery. Looking to return to full playing capacity.

RUSSELL ROBERTSON NO.24

BORN 24/11/78

H 187cm W 93kg

RECRUITED FROM

Tassie U18; debut 1997

GAMES 205

GOALS 379

HONOURS AFL Rising

Star nominee 1998; best clubman 2001; leading club goal kicker 2001, 2005; most consistent player 2003; best and fairest 2003; second best and fairest 2005; International Rules Series 2005.

Missed seven games with a knee injury, but still topped the club's goalscoring with 42. Kicked seven in the Queen's Birthday clash against Collingwood.

COLIN SYLVIA NO.12

BORN 8/11/85

H 186cm W 85kg

RECRUITED FROM

Merbein/Bendigo U18,

pick No.3; debut 2004

GAMES 52 GOALS 31

Talented midfielder missed six games with soft tissue injuries. An integral part of the engine room when fully fit and looking for an injury-free run.

MATTHEW WARNOCK NO.37

BORN 3/4/84

H 192cm W 93kg

RECRUITED FROM

Sandringham; debut 2006

GAMES 4 GOALS 1

Played two games in his first full season on the list in 2007 after being elevated from the rookie list. A tall defender and good mark.

ISAAC WEETRA NO.28

BORN 27/2/89

H 184cm W 81kg

RECRUITED FROM

Port Adelaide

(SANFL), pick No.62

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

Missed three months with a broken wrist, then showed agility and goalkicking ability with Sandringham.

PAUL WHEATLEY NO.31

BORN 12/4/81

H 189cm W 86kg

RECRUITED FROM

Preston U18, pick

No.20; debut 2000

GAMES 113 GOALS 31

HONOURS Most improved player 2005.

Shoulder and calf injuries limited him to 14 games, but dominated in round 14 against Carlton with 29 disposals. Played his 100th game in round two.

MATTHEW WHELAN NO.45

BORN 13/11/79

H 180cm W 81kg

RECRUITED FROM

Darwin/W'ville-Torrens (NT), pick No.50; debut 2000

GAMES 128 GOALS 13

HONOURS AFL Rising

Star nominee 2000; best first-year player 2000; best team player 2003.

Managed just five games in 2007 due to a series of injuries, including ankle surgery.

Has had a sound pre-season.

JEFF WHITE NO.34

BORN 19/2/77

H 195cm W 97kg

Recruited from Southern U18/Fremantle; debut 1995

GAMES 253 (MFC 221)

GOALS 106 (MFC 88)

HONOURS Best clubman 1999; best and fairest 2004; second best and fairest 2000; All-Australian 2004.

The only Melbourne player to play every game in 2007. Led the AFL in the home and- away season in hit-outs (461).

ADEM YZE NO.13

BORN 21/9/77

H 187cm W 86kg

RECRUITED FROM

Murray U18, pick

No.16; debut 1995

GAMES 265

GOALS 229

HONOURS Best first-year player 1995; AFL Rising Star nominee 1996; best and fairest 2001; second best and fairest 1998; third best and fairest 2000, 2004; most improved player 1998; most consistent player 2001;

All-Australian 2002; equal third Brownlow 2002; International Rules Series 2002; best team player 2004.

Missed the round-two game against Hawthorn to end run of consecutive games at 226. Played eight games for the year and was forced to have hernia surgery later in the season.

ROOKIES

JAKE SPENCER NO.42

BORN 9/10/89

H 203cm W 98kg

RECRUITED FROM

Redlands (Qld)

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

Young ruckman represented

Queensland at the 2007 Under-18 Championships. Set to develop through VFL ranks in 2008.

SHANE VALENTI NO.44

BORN 29/1/87

H 176cm W 79kg

RECRUITED FROM

Sandringham

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

Abilities in the midfield and forward line at Sandringham earned him a chance at AFL level. Won the Round/Fothergill Medal as the best young player in the VFL.

AUSTIN WONAEAMIRRI NO.39

BORN 2/10/88

H 176cm W 76kg

RECRUITED FROM St

Mary's (NT)/Norwood

(SA)

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

Agile small forward with great tackling ability and speed.

TRENT ZOMER NO.35

BORN 9/6/89

H 196cm W 92kg

RECRUITED FROM

South Croydon/

Eastern U18

GAMES 0 GOALS 0

State junior basketball representative with good speed and leap. Eastern Ranges' leading goal kicker in 2007.

MELBOURNEfc

ADDRESS Great Southern Stand, MCG, East Melbourne

POSTAL ADDRESS PO Box 254, East Melbourne, 8002

TELEPHONE (03) 9652 1111

WEBSITE melbournefc.com.au

CHAIRMAN Paul Gardner

CHIEF EXECUTIVE TBC

HOME GROUND MCG, Yarra Park, Jolimont

TRAINING VENUE Junction Oval, St Kilda

RECORDS

PREMIERSHIPS 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964

CHAMPIONS

GAMES RECORD-HOLDER

David Neitz, 301 (1993-)

GOALS RECORD-HOLDER

David Neitz, 628

MOST MATCHES CAPTAIN/ACTING CAPTAIN

David Neitz, 170

MOST BEST & FAIRESTS Allan

La Fontaine, 4 (1935-36, 1941-42);

Jim Stynes , 4 (1991, 1995-97)

MOST GOALS IN A MATCH

Fred Fanning, 18.1 (R19, 1947, JO)

MOST GOALS IN A SEASON

Fred Fanning, 97 (1947)

MOST TIMES LEADING CLUB

GOALKICKER David Neitz, 7

(1996-97, 1999, 2002-04, 2006)

COLEMAN MEDALLISTS

David Neitz, 75 (2002)

BROWNLOW MEDALLISTS

Ivor Warne-Smith (1926, 1928), Don Cordner (1946), Brian Wilson (1982), Peter Moore (1984), Jim Stynes (1991), Shane Woewodin (2000)

TEAM OF THE CENTURY*

B John Beckwith, 'Tassie' Johnson, Don Cordner

HB Noel McMahen, Gary Hardeman, Don Williams

C Brian Dixon, Allan La Fontaine, Robert Flower

HF 'Hassa' Mann, Ivor Warne-Smith, Garry Lyon

F Jack Mueller, Norm Smith, Percy Beames

R Denis Cordner, Ron Barrasi (c), Stuart Spencer

INTERCHANGE Frank Adams, Bert Chadwick, Wally Lock, Laurie Mithen, Jim Stynes, Todd Viney

EMERGENCIES Stan Alves, Bob Johnson jnr, Ian Ridley, Greg Wells

COACH Norm Smith

*Selected in 2000.

THE COACHES

SENIOR COACH

DEAN BAILEY

BORN 18/1/67

PLAYING RECORD

Essendon, 1986-92,

53 games; Glenelg

(SANFL) 1993-96,

60 games

COACHING RECORD

Mt Gravatt coach (QFL) 1998-99; Essendon development coach 2000-01; Port Adelaide assistant coach 2002-07

ASSISTANT COACHES

JOSH MAHONEY (97 games Collingwood, Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide),

SEAN WELLMAN (212 games Adelaide, Essendon),

PAUL WILLIAMS (306 games, Collingwood, Sydney)

OTHER COACHES

DAVID DUNBAR (innovations coach)

KELLY O'DONNELL (development coach) 80 games Melbourne

MARK WILLIAMS (development coach) 33 games Carlton, Western Bulldogs

ANDY LOVELL (Sandringham coach) 164 games Melbourne, West Coast

MFC 2008 FIXTURE

RD 1 Sun, March 23 (A) v Haw, MCG

4.40pm TV Fox

RD 2 Sat, Mar 29 (H) v W Bulldogs, MCG

2.10pm TV 10

RD 3 Sun, Apr 6 (A) v Geel, SS

1.10pm TV Fox

RD 4 Sat, Apr 12 (A) v Nth Melb, MCG

4.10pm TV Fox

RD 5 Sun, Apr 20 (H) v Carl, MCG

1.10pm TV Fox

RD 6 Sun, Apr 27 (A) v Bris Lions, G

1.10pm TV Fox

RD 7 Sun, May 4 (H) v Frem, MCG

2.10pm TV 7

RD 8 Sun, May 18 (A) v Adel, AAMI

1.10pm TV Fox

RD 9 Sun, May 25 (H) v Haw, MCG

2.10pm TV 7

RD 10 Sun, Jun 1 (A) v St Kilda, TD

2.10pm TV 7

RD 11 Mon, Jun 9 (H) v Coll, MCG

2.10pm TV 10

RD 12 Sun, Jun 15 (A) v Rich, TD

4.40pm TV Fox

RD 13 Sun, Jun 22 (H) v Syd, MO

1.10pm TV Fox

RD 14 Sun, Jun 29 (H) v Bris Lions, MCG

1.10pm TV Fox

RD 15 Sun, Jul 13 (A) v W Bulldogs, TD

2.10pm TV 7

RD 16 Sun, Jul 20 (A) v Fremantle, S

4.40pm TV Fox

RD 17 Sun, Jul 27 (H) v Nth Melb, MCG

2.10pm TV 7

RD 18 Sat, Aug 2 (A) v Ess, MCG

2.10pm TV Fox

RD 19 Fri, Aug 8 (H) v Geel, MCG

7.10pm TV 7

RD 20 Sat, Aug 16 (H) v W Coast, MCG

2.10pm TV 10

RD 21 Sat, Aug 23 (A) v Pt Adel, AAMI

3.10pm TV Fox

RD 22 Sun, Aug 31 (H) v Rich, MCG

2.10pm TV 7

FINALS

ELIMINATION & QUALIFYING Sept 5-7

SEMI-FINALS Sept 12-13

PRELIMINARY FINALS Sept 19-20

GRAND FINAL Sept 27

VENUES

MCG Melbourne Cricket Ground; TD Telstra Dome; SS Skilled Stadium, Geelong; MO Manuka Oval, Canberra; AAMI AAMI Stadium, Adelaide; G Gabba, Brisbane; S Subiaco, Perth.

 
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