Almanac Footy Teams: Premiership Moments


The Footy Almanac welcomes new member Rodney Boyd to our community. This is his first piece on the site.




 FB       Leo Barry 2005,              Matthew Scarlett 2009,     Heath Shaw 2010


CHB    Bruce Doull 1982,            Dale Morris 2016,               Ken Hunter 1982


C         Wayne Harmes 1979,       Leon Baker 1984,               Lewis Jetta 2012


CHF    Stuart Dew 2008,             Dermott Brereton 1989,    Glenn Freeborn 1996


FF       Jason Akermanis 2001,     Shane Ellen 1997,               Ken Sheldon 1979


RU     Brad Ottens 2007,              Dom Sheed 2018


RO     John Platten 1989


INT   Gary Buckenara 1983,     Bruce Monteath capt 1980,     Cameron Mooney 1999,
Marlion Pickett 2019


EMG   Shane Kerrison 1990


Coach    Mark Williams 2004


Crowd –  Helen D’Amico



I have based the side from when I first recall watching football, so Jezza, Balmey, Laurie Fowler, Neal Crompton
and Barry Breen miss out. I also wanted to make it premiership moments not Grand Final moments.


Leo Barry – For the mark on the siren in 2005, as iconic as Jezza’s.


Matthew Scarlett – for the mid-air toe poke to Gary Ablett that resulted in a Paul Chapman goal to give the Cats a match winning buffer.


Heath Shaw – Snuck on him up like a librarian, great commentatory, and great shepherd to stop a certain St Kilda goal to Riewoldt.


Bruce Doull – for the memorable appearance of a streaker approaching him in the Grand Final.


Dale Morris – For his tackle on Lance Franklin which resulted in the Tom Boyd goal that sealed the 2016 Grand Final for the Bulldogs.


Ken Hunter – For being knocked out by Jimmy Jess in opening minutes of the Grand Final in 1982 and coming back on to have a big role in the Blues victory.


Wayne Harmes – For his kick and then tap in the forward pocket in 1979 Grand Final.


Leon Baker – starred in 1984 Grand Final and best remembered kicking the opening goal in the last quarter to start the Bombers momentum and then kicked the sealer, he ended up with 4 for the day.


Lewis Jetta – for his run in 2012 Grand Final, outsprinting Cyril Rioli with 4 bounces on the Southern Wing.


Stuart Dew – Ridiculed by some when drafted, Dew repaid the Hawks faith with a great 3rd quarter, kicking 2 goals and being involved other score involvements.


Dermott Brereton – for getting crunched by Mark Yeates at the opening bounce, Dermie had several ribs broken but stayed on to kick 3 goals in first half, including the Hawks second goal less than 5 minutes later.


Glenn Freeborn – For his match winning cameo in the 2nd quarter in 1996, Freeborn started on the bench and with North down by 3 goals at quarter time, Freeborn kicked 3 goals in the second quarter to set North up for the


Jason Akermanis – Brisbane were 3 points up in time on when Akermanis, front & centre, roved the pack and kicked the sealer with a quick snap.


Shane Ellen – 1997 Grand Final was Game 38, Shane had kicked 3 goals prior in his career, legend has it with Modra injured from the week prior, Malcolm Blight went up to Ellen at training and said how would he like to have a go at full forward. Shane kicked 2 Goals in the first quarter before going back to his natural place on the HBF in the second half where he kicked 3 more to finish with 5.


Ken Sheldon – For being in the right place in the goal square to receive Harmes tap and kick match winning goal.


Brad Ottens – For his chase and tackle on Michael Pettigrew in the 1st quarter of 2007 Grand Final.


Dom Sheed – For his match winning goal on the boundary close to 50m out with minutes left.


John Platten – Knocked out in 1st quarter of 1989 Grand Final, he then thought he was at Waverley.


Gary Buckenara – For tearing his patella in his knee in opening minutes of 1983 Grand Final but staying on to take his kick from the mark.


Bruce Monteath – Is captain of the team as he is not known for his career but for 1980 Grand Final where as captain, he spent until the 20 minutes of last quarter on the bench. Bruce had played the semi-final but had missed a few games towards the end of the season with injury. Bruce finished with 1 kick 2 handballs, in his last AFL game, but did accept the premiership cup.


Cameron Mooney – His 11th game was his last for North Melbourne, he came in for McCartney. Cameron finished up with 0 disposals and when he came on in last quarter he gave away a silly free kick where Pagan dragged him and give him a spray. Mooney was traded for Colbert and won 2 more premierships where he spent far more time on the ground.


Marlion Pickett – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Premiership, 1 Blind Turn, 4 Norm Smith Votes.


Shane Kerrison – the late inclusion for Alan Richardson, had a great game and started with the first kick of the


Mark Williams – For his neck choke display when coming onto the field in the dying moments of the 2004 Grand Final.


Helen D’Amico – Perhaps the best known spectator ever to attend an AFL Grand Final.



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  1. Colin Ritchie says

    Leon Baker: as an Essendon supporter his efforts were monumental in winning the premiership in ’84. The turn, that goal will live on in Bomber memories!

  2. KB’s 7 goals in Richmond winning in 1980 has to be there.


  3. Kevin Densley says

    A fun and well-informed piece, Rodney!

  4. Luke Reynolds says

    Welcome to the Almanac Rodney! Fantastic to have one of the great men of Pomborneit involved, you’ll fit in well here with your wonderful knowledge and passion of all sport.

    While I struggled to read your words on Sheed (still hurts) and Aker, the Heath Shaw librarian line brought a smile, as did the mention of Kerrison, who was fantastic in the 1990 GF.

    All the best for tonight with your Tigers mate!

  5. Thanks for the kind words Kevin, Luke, Glen & Colin, thanks Luke for inviting me. Very nervous about tonight

    I dId think of KB Glen for his great goal on Magro as a moment. I went Sheldon as it was a match winning goal.

    Happy Grand Final Day and Cox Plate

  6. Ta Rodney.

    ‘ave a good one. May the best team win.


  7. Nice piece Rodney. Maybe D. Martin 2020 might get a run somewhere?

  8. Welcome Rodney. Good idea for a team.

  9. Great line-up Rodney. Laurie Fowler’s shirtfront on Big Nick in the opening passage of play in 1973 certainly had a big bearing on the outcome. Not to mention Neil Balme’s king hit of Southby just before half time. Try this link for an insight as to what went on when there were no cameras and one umpire. .

  10. Dusty 4th goal would not get a run Stainless, so happy he is with us.
    Thanks for kind words Glen, Stainless, John & The Wrap

    IF did a team of great premiership memories all up Laurie Fowler & Balmey would make an infamous team. I used to work with Laurie’s daughter, she is a lovely person.

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