Author: Janelle Ward
Publication: The Age
CLINT BARTRAM NO. 3BORN 16/2/88H 181cm W 79kgRECRUITED FROMGeelong U18, pickNo.60; debut 2006GAMES 23 GOALS 6HONOURS AFL RisingStar 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.6BORN 24/5/87H 192cm W 90kgRECRUITED FROMCroydon/Eastern U18,pick No.13; debut2006GAMES 33 GOALS 27HONOURS AFL RisingStar nominee 2006; third best and fairest 2007A talented mark and hard runner who dominated in disposals in 2007. One of the game's most exciting forwards.DANIEL BELL NO.21BORN 13/4/85H 186.5cm W 90kgRECRUITED FROMGlenelg (SA), pickNo.14; debut 2004GAMES 45 GOALS 1Played 17 games in2007 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.43BORN 14/9/87H 183cm W 83kgRECRUITED FROMSturt (SA); debut 2007GAMES 4 GOALS 3Elevated 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.32BORN 30/9/79H 190cm W 86kgRECRUITED FROMMHSOB, pick No.64;debut 2000 GAMES162 GOALS 182HONOURS AFL RisingStar nominee 2000;International Rules Series 2002; second best and fairest 2002, 2006; best team player 2002; best clubman 2003Played 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.1BORN 18/4/87H 190cm W 89kgRECRUITED FROMSandringham U18, pickNo.53; debut 2007GAMES 6 GOALS 1Made 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.41BORN 20/10/80H 191cm W 93kgRECRUITED FROMClaremont (WA);debut 2003GAMES 62 GOALS 1HONOURS Most improved player 2006Continued to prove his worth as a tough defender, missing just one game last season after a superb 2006.KYLE CHENEY NO.25BORN 25/8/89H 184cm W 85kgRECRUITED FROMNorth Ballarat U18,pick No.53GAMES 0 GOALS 0A skilled, hard-atit defender who overcame injury at the start of last season to attract the attention of recruiters.AARON DAVEY NO.36BORN 10/6/83H 177cm W 74kgRECRUITED FROMPalmerston (NT)/PortMelbourne; debut2004GAMES 82 GOALS 119HONOURS AFLRising 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.14BORN 14/5/87H 192cm W 95kgRECRUITED FROMCalder U18, pick No.15;debut 2006GAMES 23 GOALS 22HONOURS Best clubman 2007Had 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.8BORN 20/9/88H 193cm W 86kgRECRUITED FROMEast Point/NorthBallarat U18, pickNo.12; debut 2007GAMES 9 GOALS 0Overcame a niggling foot injury to play nine games on debut in 2007 and impressed with his maturity in defence.COLIN GARLAND NO.20BORN 28/4/88H 191cm W 84kgRECRUITED FROMNorth Hobart/Tas U18/Tas VFL, pick No.46;debut 2007GAMES 2 GOALS 0Emerging forward who played two senior games while continuing to gain experience with Sandringham, including finals appearances.BRAD GREEN NO.18BORN 13/3/81H 184cm W 83kgRECRUITED FROMTassie U18, pick No.19; debut 2000GAMES 166GOALS 207HONOURS AFL RisingStar 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.16BORN 11/5/89H 187cm W 79kgRECRUITED FROMNorthern U18, pick No.14GAMES 0 GOALS 0Captained 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. 4BORN 10/5/77H 198cm W 100kgRECRUITED FROMNorth Adelaide (SA)/Richmond; debut1996GAMES 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.40BORN 9/8/83H 198cm W 103kgRECRUITED FROMNorth Adelaide (SA); debut 2003GAMES 52 GOALS 17Battled injury and an accompanying drop in form last year after a strong 2006 in which he dominated in the ruck.CHRIS JOHNSON NO.17BORN 25/1/86H 189cm W 84kgRECRUITED FROMEast Fremantle (WA), pick No.36, father-son rule; debut 2005GAMES 21 GOALS 0HONOURS Best first-year player 2005.Played just eight senior games last season. Among Sandringham's best.PAUL JOHNSON NO.11BORN 26/6/84H 199cm W 105kgRECRUITED FROMDandenong U18/WestCoast, pick No.36; debut 2003GAMES 27 (MFC 26)GOALS 4Came into his own last season and shapes as more than a support act to Jeff White.NATHAN JONES NO.2BORN 20/1/88H 180cm W 81kgRECRUITED FROMDandenong U18, pickNo.12; debut 2006GAMES 29 GOALS 12HONOURS AFL RisingStar 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.19BORN 18/4/90H 178cm W 76kgRecruited from CalderU18, pick No.21GAMES 0 GOALS 0Under-18 All-Australian and AIS-AFLAcademy graduate who is valued for his kicking skills.STEFAN MARTIN NO.33BORN 17/11/86H 198cm W 99kgRECRUITED FROMSandringham, pickNo.3 pre-season.GAMES 0 GOALS 0Tall and athletic with a basketball background. Had a strong pre-season.JAMES McDONALD NO.23BORN 5/10/76H 180cm W 73kgRECRUITED FROMNorth Ballarat U18/Old Xaverians; debut 1997GAMES 198 GOALS 48HONOURS Best and fairest 2006, 2007; second best and fairest 2003; best team player 2006; International Rules Series 2006; most consistent player 2007Missed 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.5BORN 11/3/86H 184cm W 86kgRECRUITED FROMCalder U18, pick No.5; debut 2004GAMES 61 GOALS 29HONOURS 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.30BORN 29/4/90H 190cm W 85kgRECRUITED FROMSouth Adelaide (SA), pick No.66GAMES 0 GOALS 0Youngest player taken in the 2007 national draft. An AIS-AFL Academy graduate.Highly regarded for his marking ability.JOHN MEESEN NO.26BORN 20/6/86H 200cm W 101kgRECRUITED FROMGeelong U18/Adelaide; debut 2007 (for Adelaide)GAMES 2 GOALS 0Young 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.7BORN 6/7/83H 194cm W 94kgRECRUITED FROMMt Gravatt (Qld), pickNo.55; debut 2002GAMES 91 GOALS 34HONOURS 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.22BORN 28/1/84H 182cm W 88kgRECRUITED FROMSouth Warrnambool/Geelong; debut 2003GAMES 61 (MFC 38)GOALS 14 (MFC 8)HONOURS AFL RisingStar nominee 2004; International Rules Series 2005.Looking for an uninterrupted season after injury. Invaluable at his best.CALE MORTON NO.10BORN 18/1/90H 192cm W 82kgRECRUITED FROMClaremont, pick No.4GAMES 0 GOALS 0Midfielder/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.9BORN 22/1/75H 191cm W 101kgRECRUITED FROMParkmore; debut 1993GAMES 301GOALS 628HONOURS Best first year player 1993; AFLRising 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.29BORN 27/4/87H 193cm W 90kgRECRUITED FROMWhorouly/Murray U18, pick No.43; debut 2007GAMES 10 GOALS 14HONOURS 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.15BORN 24/7/88H 185cm W 82kgRECRUITED FROMBroadbeach (Qld), pick No.30; debut 2007GAMES 9 GOALS 6HONOURS 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.27BORN 18/10/84H 192cm W 90kgRECRUITED FROMNorth Adelaide (SA), pick No.26; debut 2003GAMES 64 GOALS 4HONOURS AFL RisingStar 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.24BORN 24/11/78H 187cm W 93kgRECRUITED FROMTassie U18; debut 1997GAMES 205GOALS 379HONOURS AFL RisingStar 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.12BORN 8/11/85H 186cm W 85kgRECRUITED FROMMerbein/Bendigo U18,pick No.3; debut 2004GAMES 52 GOALS 31Talented 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.37BORN 3/4/84H 192cm W 93kgRECRUITED FROMSandringham; debut 2006GAMES 4 GOALS 1Played 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.28BORN 27/2/89H 184cm W 81kgRECRUITED FROM Port Adelaide(SANFL), pick No.62GAMES 0 GOALS 0Missed three months with a broken wrist, then showed agility and goalkicking ability with Sandringham.PAUL WHEATLEY NO.31BORN 12/4/81H 189cm W 86kgRECRUITED FROMPreston U18, pickNo.20; debut 2000GAMES 113 GOALS 31HONOURS 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.45BORN 13/11/79H 180cm W 81kgRECRUITED FROMDarwin/W'ville-Torrens (NT), pick No.50; debut 2000GAMES 128 GOALS 13HONOURS AFL RisingStar 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.34BORN 19/2/77H 195cm W 97kgRecruited from Southern U18/Fremantle; debut 1995GAMES 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.13BORN 21/9/77H 187cm W 86kgRECRUITED FROMMurray U18, pickNo.16; debut 1995GAMES 265GOALS 229HONOURS 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.ROOKIESJAKE SPENCER NO.42BORN 9/10/89H 203cm W 98kgRECRUITED FROMRedlands (Qld)GAMES 0 GOALS 0Young ruckman representedQueensland at the 2007 Under-18 Championships. Set to develop through VFL ranks in 2008.SHANE VALENTI NO.44BORN 29/1/87H 176cm W 79kgRECRUITED FROMSandringhamGAMES 0 GOALS 0Abilities 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.39BORN 2/10/88H 176cm W 76kgRECRUITED FROM StMary's (NT)/Norwood(SA)GAMES 0 GOALS 0Agile small forward with great tackling ability and speed.TRENT ZOMER NO.35BORN 9/6/89H 196cm W 92kgRECRUITED FROMSouth Croydon/Eastern U18GAMES 0 GOALS 0State junior basketball representative with good speed and leap. Eastern Ranges' leading goal kicker in 2007.MELBOURNEfcADDRESS Great Southern Stand, MCG, East MelbournePOSTAL ADDRESS PO Box 254, East Melbourne, 8002TELEPHONE (03) 9652 1111WEBSITE melbournefc.com.auCHAIRMAN Paul GardnerCHIEF EXECUTIVE TBCHOME GROUND MCG, Yarra Park, JolimontTRAINING VENUE Junction Oval, St KildaRECORDSPREMIERSHIPS 1900, 1926, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964CHAMPIONSGAMES RECORD-HOLDERDavid Neitz, 301 (1993-)GOALS RECORD-HOLDERDavid Neitz, 628MOST MATCHES CAPTAIN/ACTING CAPTAINDavid Neitz, 170MOST BEST & FAIRESTS AllanLa Fontaine, 4 (1935-36, 1941-42);Jim Stynes , 4 (1991, 1995-97)MOST GOALS IN A MATCHFred Fanning, 18.1 (R19, 1947, JO)MOST GOALS IN A SEASONFred Fanning, 97 (1947)MOST TIMES LEADING CLUBGOALKICKER David Neitz, 7(1996-97, 1999, 2002-04, 2006)COLEMAN MEDALLISTSDavid Neitz, 75 (2002)BROWNLOW MEDALLISTSIvor 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 CordnerHB Noel McMahen, Gary Hardeman, Don WilliamsC Brian Dixon, Allan La Fontaine, Robert FlowerHF 'Hassa' Mann, Ivor Warne-Smith, Garry LyonF Jack Mueller, Norm Smith, Percy BeamesR Denis Cordner, Ron Barrasi (c), Stuart SpencerINTERCHANGE Frank Adams, Bert Chadwick, WallyLock, Laurie Mithen, Jim Stynes, Todd VineyEMERGENCIES Stan Alves, Bob Johnson jnr, Ian Ridley, Greg WellsCOACH Norm Smith*Selected in 2000.THE COACHESSENIOR COACHDEAN BAILEYBORN 18/1/67PLAYING RECORDEssendon, 1986-92,53 games; Glenelg(SANFL) 1993-96,60 gamesCOACHING RECORDMt Gravatt coach (QFL) 1998-99; Essendon development coach 2000-01; Port Adelaide assistant coach 2002-07ASSISTANT COACHESJOSH MAHONEY (97 games Collingwood, Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide),SEAN WELLMAN (212 games Adelaide, Essendon),PAUL WILLIAMS (306 games, Collingwood, Sydney)OTHER COACHESDAVID DUNBAR (innovations coach)KELLY O'DONNELL (development coach) 80 games MelbourneMARK WILLIAMS (development coach) 33 games Carlton, Western BulldogsANDY LOVELL (Sandringham coach) 164 games Melbourne, West CoastMFC 2008 FIXTURERD 1 Sun, March 23 (A) v Haw, MCG4.40pm TV FoxRD 2 Sat, Mar 29 (H) v W Bulldogs, MCG2.10pm TV 10RD 3 Sun, Apr 6 (A) v Geel, SS1.10pm TV FoxRD 4 Sat, Apr 12 (A) v Nth Melb, MCG4.10pm TV FoxRD 5 Sun, Apr 20 (H) v Carl, MCG1.10pm TV FoxRD 6 Sun, Apr 27 (A) v Bris Lions, G1.10pm TV FoxRD 7 Sun, May 4 (H) v Frem, MCG2.10pm TV 7RD 8 Sun, May 18 (A) v Adel, AAMI1.10pm TV FoxRD 9 Sun, May 25 (H) v Haw, MCG2.10pm TV 7RD 10 Sun, Jun 1 (A) v St Kilda, TD2.10pm TV 7RD 11 Mon, Jun 9 (H) v Coll, MCG2.10pm TV 10RD 12 Sun, Jun 15 (A) v Rich, TD4.40pm TV FoxRD 13 Sun, Jun 22 (H) v Syd, MO1.10pm TV FoxRD 14 Sun, Jun 29 (H) v Bris Lions, MCG1.10pm TV FoxRD 15 Sun, Jul 13 (A) v W Bulldogs, TD2.10pm TV 7RD 16 Sun, Jul 20 (A) v Fremantle, S4.40pm TV FoxRD 17 Sun, Jul 27 (H) v Nth Melb, MCG2.10pm TV 7RD 18 Sat, Aug 2 (A) v Ess, MCG2.10pm TV FoxRD 19 Fri, Aug 8 (H) v Geel, MCG7.10pm TV 7RD 20 Sat, Aug 16 (H) v W Coast, MCG2.10pm TV 10RD 21 Sat, Aug 23 (A) v Pt Adel, AAMI3.10pm TV FoxRD 22 Sun, Aug 31 (H) v Rich, MCG2.10pm TV 7FINALSELIMINATION & QUALIFYING Sept 5-7SEMI-FINALS Sept 12-13PRELIMINARY FINALS Sept 19-20GRAND FINAL Sept 27VENUESMCG 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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