Almanac Teams: Bushrangers

Bushranger is a generic term describing those who took to the bush in colonial Australia and sought to make a living from crime.  These can be traced back to the early convict bolters like ‘Black Caesar’. Over time bushranging expanded past the boundaries of New South Wales (NSW) due to the transportation of convicts into Van Diemen’s Land, with those escapees who subsequently absconded. Thereafter we saw bushrangers such as Michael Howe, John Whitehead, also Matthew Brady, leading various gangs of escaped convicts to participate in criminal activities through the countryside.

 

Back on the mainland there was the original Wild Colonial Boy whose name was Jack/John Doolan, Donohue, Donahoe, depending on which version of the tune you know. There were other bushrangers like Edward Davis, ‘The Jewboy’, who led a gang of bushrangers around swathes of the NSW countryside for a period in the late 1830’s. We can’t forget William Westwood, AKA, Jacky Jacky, who later took to the roads of Van Diemen’s Land prior to meeting his fate on Norfolk Island, as well there were others whose exploits weren’t as well recorded.

 

Down in Van Diemen’s land there was also the gang led by Martin Cash, including outlaws such as Lawrence Kavenagh. Cash was apparently related to the Australian tennis player Pat Cash, whose father, of the same name, played footy for Hawthorn. Other bushrangers in Van Diemen’s Land included Daniel Priest, Thomas Jeffries, also the murderous Rocky Whelan.

 

The discovery of gold provided a change in the nature, and character, of bushranging, as Australia moved beyond being primarily a penal station into a land where new riches could be discovered.  There was still the presence of the ‘old lags’, convicts who chose a life of crime on the roads of the new land. These included individuals such as Frank McCallum, AKA Captain Melville, one of Judge Redmond Barry’s earlier convictions in the Colony of Victoria.  But bushranging was changing, the convicts were being replaced by a new cohort of outlaws. Over time a new generation of Wild Colonial Boys arose, these being young, native born to whom the land was their home, and the ability ride a horse was as ‘normal’ as blowing your nose.

 

There were still those born outside the colonies like the Canadian born Gilbert brothers, John and Charlie. Both were involved in the Eugowra rock robbery in 1862 led by the Scottish born Frank Gardiner. From this famous episode of outlawry, we saw the establishment of the renowned gang led by Ben Hall, that over time included chaps such as John Vane, John Dunn, John O’Meally, Mickey Burke, and James Mount.

 

There were the Clarke brothers Thomas and John, who roamed the southern highlands of New south Wales, obtaining a reputation for blood-thirstiness. The individual with the nom de plume of ‘Blue Cap’ was another bushranger from that time.

 

We had Dan ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan, a man possibly suffering from a serious psychiatric disorder, and/or like many others a victim of the barbaric penal institutions, whose activities in the Riverina caused great anguish for the squattocracy, and the police. Morgan crossed the border into Victoria; within a week he was dead.

 

Then there were more gentlemanly bushrangers like Fred Ward, AKA Captain Thunderbolt, with his indigenous girlfriend Mary Ann Bugg, also Ned Kelly’s mentor Harry Power, who ended up a tour guide on the hulk Success, where he’d once been incarcerated.

 

Of course, there was the Kelly Outbreak, when Ned, brother Dan, and erstwhile companions Joe Byrne and Steve Hart, captured the imagination of Australia, an interest that exists up until this day. As game as Ned Kelly, do we ever hear that term nowadays for bravery?

 

During the time of the Kelly Outbreak we also had the crazed character of Andrew Scott, AKA Captain Moonlite, a former preacher with a criminal bent combined with an interest in younger men, who he formed into a short-lived gang of bushrangers. Apparently, he sent a message to Ned Kelly about wanting to link up. The reply was basically, ‘if you appear near us, we’ll shoot you’. He never met with Ned Kelly, and co. His last meeting was with the hangman from Darlinghurst gaol.

 

We had lesser known characters like the self-titled ‘last of the Bushrangers’ Jack Bradshaw, George Palmer, James Alpin McPherson, Joseph Johns, AKA Moondyne Joe.

 

There’s been a bit of literary licence taken in selecting my team of bushrangers. I couldn’t find a pair of Kelly brothers, though there are Clarke brothers. The surname of the Wild Colonial Boy had a variety of spellings, including Donohue, so I chose that one. I’m sure there are names that should be in this side, but Almanackers can work that out for themselves.

 

B:  Doug Priest, (SM); Gerald Burke, (Carl); Daniel Bradshaw, (Bris/Syd).

HB: Alwyn Johns, (Geel); Craig Kelly, (Coll); Barry Davis, (Ess/NM).

C: Firth McCallum, (Geel); Marcus Whelan, (Coll); John Byrne, (NM).

HF: Darren Morgan, (Geel); Royce Hart, (Rich); John Brady, (NM).

F:  Barry Hall, (St K/Syd/WB); Larry Donohue, (Geel); Paul Kelly, (Syd).

Foll: Michael Gardiner, (WC/St K); Luke Power, (Bris/GWS); Callan Ward, (WB/GWS).

 

Inter, from: Matt Vane, (St K), Andrew Scott, (Haw) Pat Cash Snr, (Haw) Xavier Clarke (StK), Raphael Clarke, (St K), Stephen Mount, (Richmond), Lyndon Dunn, (Melb/Coll), Rod McPherson, (Foot/Bris).

 

Coach:  Who better as coach than Bobby Davis, the last fellow to coach Geelong to a flag in the 20th century. Like Edward Davis he can lead a gang of Bushrangers. As a kid I was always told that Bobby was my father’s 3rd cousin, or something similar. Bobby like my father is long gone, and I never met Bobby, so I don’t know the basis of that tale. Bobby Davis, unlike Edward Davis the bushranger, was of the RC faith, not the Jewish kind.

 

A big thanks to the wonderful Anonymous who’s rekindled my interest in these novelty teams. Maybe it’s time to put a few more teams on the cards. Remember, ‘the future is unwritten’.

 

Glen!

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Kevin Densley says

    Enjoyed this, Glen – nicely put together. Coincidentally, I posted a poem about “Captain Melville” yesterday on The Footy Almanac website. I have a particular interest in his life due mainly to his connection with Geelong.

  2. This is so cool, Glen!!
    Love it!

  3. Daryl Schramm says

    Enjoyed this. Nice little history lesson to boot!

  4. As the Victorian Sheffield Shield team were known for a number of years as the Victorian Bushrangers, up until a few years ago, I have come up with my best Victorian 11 cricket team.

    The criteria was that they were great players for Victoria and it was only a bonus if they were great players for Australia.

    Here is my best Victorian 11 Sheffield Shield Cricket Team:

    1. Bill Lawry
    2. Bill Woodfull
    3. Bill Ponsford
    4. Neil Harvey
    5. Dean Jones
    6. Brad Hodge
    7. Keith Miller
    8. Richie Robinson
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Merv Hughes
    11. Peter Siddle

    Let’s hope that Will Pucovski ends up having a great first class career with Victoria (if not Australia) and can one day push for inclusion to be selected in the best Victorian Sheffield Shield team of all time. Where there’s a Will, there’s a way.

    There will be a match between The Best Victorian Sheffield Shield team of all time and the best Test Cricketers with German Origins, (beste Test Cricketspieler Deutscher Herkunft) which Glen covered nearly a year ago on January 23, 2020 and can be seen in the Footy Almanac Novelty Teams.

    Entertainment will be provided by the1983 hit song “99 Luftballons” (Neunundnuenzig Luftballons, 99 balloons”) by the German band Nena. Hopefully this will not be an omen for someone getting out for 99, although 99 is still a good score, but of course, a century is better.

    Let’s hope for a good match and it will probably be Vics for Victory.

  5. Vielen Dank Herr Anonymous.

    The music will have a special resonance for Shane Warne, with Deutsch maternal links, and of course a highest test score of 99.

    Hmm, who else managed test 99’s in this team? I recall the late Dean Jones making a 99 against New Zealand @ the WACA. ( Something Dean Jones, and Shane Warne both achieved)

    Please jog my memory. Did i not include Shane Warne in beste Test Cricketspieler Deutscher Herkunft?

    Prost,

    Glen!

  6. Anonymous, I notice you left out Ned Kelly, one of the greatest bushrangers of all time – shame.

  7. Ok Fisho, Ned Kelly has been named as an emergency if anyone in the best Victorian Sheffield Shield team of all time is feelng CROOK.

    Ned Kelly has also been named as an X Factor or substitute if this Victorian cricket team plays a Twenty 20 game and more ammunition or firepower is needed for the team.

    He may also be needed as a substitute batsman to wield the willow like an axe.

    Ned Kelly could also be used as a substitute bowler to bowl over the opposition, instead of bowling a maiden over.

  8. Glen, yes you did mention Shane Warne in your Test cricketers with German origins. You said his mother Brigette was born in Deutschland and Shane Warne had toyed with German citizenship to avoid restrictions on overseas players on the English county circuit.

    You were right about Shane Warne and the late Dean Jones making Test 99s for Australia.

    Here are 2 teams of Australian Test players making 99:

    This is the 1st team of Australian Test cricketers who scored 99: (Australische Test-Cricketspieler, die 99 fur Australian gemacht haben)

    1. Mathew Hayden (v India 2003)
    2. Michael Slater (v N.Z. 1993)
    3. Justin Langer (v W.I. 2005)
    4. Mark Waugh (v Eng 1983)
    5. Dean Jones (v N.Z. 1989)
    6. Ricky Ponting (v Sth Afr. 2008)
    7. Ian Chappell (v India 1969)
    8. Kim Hughes (v Eng 1979)
    9. Keith Miller (v Eng 1951)
    10. Shane Warne (v NZ 2001)
    11. Mitchell Starc (v India 2014)

    This is the 2nd Australian Test Cricket Team who scored 99:

    1. Arthur Morris (v Sth Afr. 1953)
    2. Bill Brown (v India 1948)
    3. Bob Cowper (v Eng. 1945)
    4. Colin McDonakd (v Sth Afr. 1957)
    5. Simon Katich (v India 2004 & v W.I. 2009)
    6. Ross Edwards (v Eng. 1975)
    7. Shaun Marsh (v W.I. 2014)
    8. Charles Macartney (v Eng. 1912)
    9. Arthur Chipperfield (v Eng. 1934)
    10. Clam Hill (v Eng 1902)
    11. Greg Blewett (v W.I. 1997 & v N.Z. 1997)

    I didn’t care about the batting order because of the lack of bowlers and no wicket keeper who have made 99 in a Test match for Australia.

    These two teams of Test 99s will play a match against each other and let’s hope that no one gets out for 99 and makes a century instead.

    Once again, Nena’s hit song 99 Luftballons will provide the entertainment.

    A special guest appearance will be made by Agent 99 from Get Smart.

  9. Wundebar Anonymous.

    You have two players whose highest test score is(was) 99, another two fellows who both made 99 twice, with another poor chap out for 99 on debut. There were three run outs among this team.

    I reckon Bob Cowper’s 99 was in 1965, the same season he manged his highest test score of 307.

    Hmmmm, 99’s in a tally? The Don made a 299 not out. Matthew Elliot had a test highest of 199. A test 99no?

    Prost,

    Glen!

  10. Glen, I have done further research.

    As you mentioned, Mathew Eliott was out for 199 against England in the Headingly Test match in 1997.

    You also mentionrd Sir Donald Bradman making 299 not out against South Africa in the Adelaide Test match in 1932.

    Steve Waugh was dismissed for 199 against the West Indies in the Barbados Test match in 1999.

    Steve Waugh made a Test 99 not out against England in Perth in 1995.

    Steve Smith was out for 199 against the West Indies in the Test match at Sabina Park in 2015.

  11. For the record, you were right Glen. Bob Cowper’s Test 99 was on 30th December 1965, the same season he made he made his highest Test score of 307 in February 1966.

    I must apologise for my typing errors. I meant to type 1965 against England nstead of 1945 against England in brackets for Bob Cowper’s Test innings when he was out for 99.

    I also meant to type Colin McDonald, not Colin McDonakd for his Test 99. I also meant to type Clem Hill, instead of Clam Hill for his Test 99.

  12. Vielen Dank Herr Anonymous.

    The two Steve Waugh knocks were floating around somewhere in my old mind. I’m glad you found them.

    Re Steve Smith i actually have no recollection of his 199. As i’d just passed my 50 then, the old mind was (is) slowing down.

    Arthur Chipperfield was the poor chap making 99 on debut. He went to lunch on day two 99 no, but went third ball after the interval. He’s one of three test players making 99 on debut.

    With the typos and names, kein problem.

    Prost,

    Glen!

  13. Following the selection of Will Pucovski and David Warner for the 3rd Test which started today, I have decided to select my best Australian Test players for 2 Test teams.

    The first Australian Test team is:

    1. David Warner
    2. Mathew Hayden
    3. Sir Donald Bradman
    4. Steve Smith
    5.Ricky Ponting
    6. Allan Border
    7. Adam Gilchrist
    8. Keith Miller
    9.Shane Warne
    10. Dennis Lillee
    11. Glen McGrath
    12th man Neil Harvey

    The 2nd Australian Test team is:

    1. Bill Lawry
    2. Justin Langer
    3. Steve Waugh
    4.Greg Chappell
    5. Michael Clarke
    6. Mike Hussey
    7. Rod Marsh
    8. Richie Benaud
    9. Pat Cummins
    10.Mitchell Starc
    11. Josh Hazelwood
    12th man Bill Ponsford

    These 2 teams will play an exhibition Test match against each other in the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) at Manuka Oval on Australia Day.

    Entertainment will be provided by the songs “Come On Aussie Come On”, by the Mojo Singers, “I am, You are, We are Australian”, by the Seekers and The Australian National Anthem.

    I decided to include all 3 of Cummins, Starc and Hazelwood together in the 2nd Australian Test team because they all know each and play well together. Nathan Lyon wasn’t included in the 2nd Test team because his Test bowling average wasn’t as good as Richie Benaud’s and Benaud was a better batsman.

    I put Keith Miller at number 8 in the 1st Australian Test team because of the strength of the batting ahead of him and he was a great all rounder and if he doesn’t get wickets, you can be sure that McGrath, Lillee and Warne bowling the opposition out for a low enough score.

  14. Further to the selection of Will Pucovski, who has a non Anglo Saxon surname, I have come up with 2 Australian Test Teams of Players with non Anglo-Saxon surnames.

    In brackets is the origin of the surname, not necessarily where the players were born or where their ancestors came from.

    Here is the 1st Australian Test team of Non Anglo-Saxon surnames:

    1. Kepler Wessels (Dutch)
    2. Usman Khawaja (South Asian)
    3. Marnus Labuschagne (French/South African)
    4. Justin Langer (German)
    5. Darren Lehmann (German/Swiss)
    6. Adam Voges (German)
    7. Richie Benaud (French)
    8. Tim Zoehrer (Austrian)
    9. Andy Bichel (German)
    10. Michael Kasprowicz (Polish)
    11. Ben Hilfenhaus (German)

    Here is the 2nd Australian Test team of Non Anglo-Saxon surnames:

    1. Will Pucovski (Slovakian)
    2. Julien Wiener (Yiddish/German)
    3. Phil Jacques (French)
    4. Mike Veletta (Italian)
    5. Moses Henriques (Portuguese)
    6. Jack Nitschke (German)
    7. Ken Mueleman (Dutch)
    8. Graham Manou (Nigerian)
    9. Jason Krezja (Czechua)
    10. Nathan Hauritz (German)
    11. David Renneberg (German)

    Jack Nitschke played 2 Tests for Australia in 1931.

    Ken Mueleman played 1 Test for Australia in 1946.

    David Renneberg played 8 Tests for Australia from 1966 to 1968.

    Moses Henriques will be the 2nd paceman for the 2nd Australian Test team of Non Anglo-Saxon surnames, due to their lack of pace bowling depth.

    These 2 Non Anglo-Saxon Australian Test Teams will play a match against each other in Canberra. The 1st named Test team will win easily because they are much better on paper.

    Entertainment will be provided by the National Multicultural Festival from Canberra’s City Centre.

  15. G’day Anonymous, you’ve left out names like O’Reilly, O’Keefe. These are Celtic names not Anglo-Saxon.
    Quite a few Celtic names in the rank of Australian cricketers.

    I’m pretty sure I did a team of players from behind the ‘Iron-Curtin’ a few years back. It’d be floating around in the Almanac ether.

    Prost,

    Glen!

  16. Yes, in hindsight I probably should have written surnames where the surname originated from a country where English isn’t the number one language.

    I had thought of those surnames not realising they were Celtic names not Anglo-Saxon.

    After further research, O’Keefe is the anglicised version of the Irish name O’Caoimh and O’Reilly is the anglicised version of the Gaelic name O’Raghailligh.

    Therefore Bill O’Reilly can come into the 1st team and Richie Benaud will be demoted to 12th man for team balance.

    Steve O’Keefe can come into the 2nd team, and Jason Krezja will be dropped.

    Norm O ‘Neill can replace Mike Valetta at number 4 in the 2nd team and Mike Valetta will be demoted to 12th man.

    Glen, you did do “A side from behind The Iron Curtain” back in February 2020, but that was an AFL/VFL team only, not an Australian Test cricket team.

    Also, I have elected the AFL/VFL team which I wrote on Anzac Day last year in your Spielin ist der Anuf article, to combat your AFL/ VFL team of Bushrangers, which was named in this article itself.

    This was the Anzac Day team:

    B: Glen Archer (N Melb), Josh Battle (St K), Josh Hunt (Geel)
    HB: Mark Hunter (Foots), Ken Hunter (Carl), Taylor Hunt (Gee/Rich)
    C: James Harmes (Melb), James Worpel (Haw), David Marshall (Adel)
    HF: Wayne Harmes (Carl), Jayden Post (Rich), Karmichael Hunt (GC)
    F: Charlie Constable (Geel), Rex Hunt (Ri/Gee/St K), Lachie Hunter (WB)
    R: Rowan Marshall (StK), Patrick Dangerfield (Adel/Gee), Ron Reiffel (Rich)
    Int from: David Armitage (St K), Jayden Hunt (Melb), Fred Waugh (Sth M 1897, 1900), Norman Waugh ( Ess 1897-1898)

    John “Bomber” Hendrie was the sub if more ammunition was needed and Mark “Bomber” Thompson was the coach.

    Jayden Post was included for “The Last Post”.

    The match between The Bushrangers and The Anzac Day team is a game to die for and one where the teams will be fired up, with all guns blazing.

    The equivalent Anzac Day team for an Australian Test cricket team would be:

    1. Sid Barnes (barns)
    2. Stuart Law
    3. Steve Waugh (war)
    4.Mark Waugh (war)
    5. Craig Serjeant (sergeant)
    6. Ken Archer
    7. Tim Paine (pain)
    8. Ron Archer
    9. Paul Reiffel (rifle)
    10. Ashley Mallett (mallet)
    11. Bert Ironmonger

    Barnes was included only because of a rural connection as the Bushrangers hid in the bush.

    Law was included for enforcement of the law.

    Ironmonger was included for the tools or iron an ironmonger manufacturers that could be used as a weapon against the Bushrangers.

    Paine was included to inflict pain on the Bushrangers, if he hadn’t already inflicted pain on the Victorian Bushrangers in Sheffield Shield cricket.

  17. Will Pucovski was on the cusp of Test selection 2 years ago before mental health issues and concussions took over and you couldn’t help wondering if he was out of luck.

    Luckily, he was finally selected for the current Third Test against India.

    That got me thinking of a team of players who were unlucky not to play a Test for Australia and a Test Team of players who were lucky to be play Test cricket for Australia. For the lucky Australian Test cricketers, it was either during World Series Cricket, where the Australian World Series cricketers would have taken their place in the Test team or these players were lucky to have been around at the right time on a particular tour or just fortunate circumstances with no better replacement at the time.

    The unlucky cricketers who did not play Test cricket for Australia were unlucky because they had very good first class records but the Australian Test team at the time was very strong that there was no place for them in the Australian Test 11.

    I have focused on the period from World Series Cricket onwards and for all the players to have been retired from first class cricket.

    Here is the unlucky team of Australian first class cricketers who did not play Test cricket:

    1. Jamie Cox
    2. Dense Hills
    3. Michael Divenuto
    4. Jamie Siddons
    5. Michael Klinger
    6. David Hussey
    7. Chris Hartley/Darren Berry
    8. Ashley Nofke
    9. Dirk Tazelaar
    10. Joe Dawes
    11. David Horne
    12th man: Jimmy Maher

    Here is the Australian team of lucky Test cricketers:

    1. Wayne N Phillips (Victoria)
    2. Julien Wiener
    3. Dav Whatmore
    4. Jeff Moss
    5. David Ogilvie
    6. Trevor Laughlin
    7. Graham Manou
    8. Greg Campbell
    9. Sam Gannon
    10. Ian Callen
    11. Jim Higgs
    12th man: Phil Carlson

    These 2 teams will play a match against each other and let’s hope that the luck goes with the unlucky team of cricketers who did not play a Test for Australia. The unlucky team probably won’t need any luck and will win easily because they are much younger and may well have been a better team anyway if all the players from both teams were at their peak.

  18. Guten Tag Anonymous. There are a few players named as 12th man for the test side but not actually played. I couldn’t pick a side but there’s been at least a handful. Off the top of my head:

    S Trimble, Qld.

    G Davies, NSW.

    S Graf, Vic.

    D Christian, SA.

    I’ve got a recollection the Victorian fast bowlers Boland & Tremain have carried the drinks without getting a test.

    With the lucky cricketers. J Moss had a damn fine season, and has a test average of 50 +. Sure he was 30+, and he played during the Packer schism, but he batted well in 1978-79.

    Re the unlucky ones David Hourn was shaded by Jim Higgs, then Bob Holland. Like them he could bowl well, though like Holland an SCG specialist. His batting, bowling were another issue.

    Jamie Siddons toured Pakistan in late 1988, played an ODI, got crook, then was passed over.

    I always felt Geoff Attenborough was unlucky in the late 1970’s. His left armers may have been useful.

    Glen!

    Jim Higgs could not wield a willow to save himself, but bowled well at times. He picked up a 7 for during a test in India.

    Ian Callen bowled well at times for Victoria, and in his sole test in Adelaide V India you couldn’t fault his effort in our win.

    David Ogilvie made a test ton in Guyana, helping us win the 3r test of the 1977-78 series. His final test innings was a 90+

  19. Glen, I also couldn’t pick a side either for those players who didn’t play a Test but were 12th man.

    Instead I decided to select half a team of players that were 12th man for Australia many times.

    That half a side is:

    1. Sam Trimble
    2. Michael Neser
    3. Andy Bichel (record 19 times as 12th man)
    4. Brett Lee
    5. Tim May

    While researching my 12th man team, I stumbled upon an article by Michael Maguire of Bettingsite.com.au from November 2016 of “The First 11: All-time worst Australian cricket selections”.

    He has included one day as well as Test selections:

    This is his Team of Australian selections we”ll never understand:

    1. Wayne N Phillips (Victoria)
    Some strong form early in the 1991-92 domestic season put him on the radar for India’s visit. He was picked ahead of an out of form Geoff Marsh for the 5th Test in Perth. After eking out 22 runs at a strike rate of 27.16, Phillips was promptly banished.

    2. Wally Edwards
    He played 3 Tests in the 1974-75 Ashes series as Ian Redoath’s opening partner, scoring, 4,5,30,0,29 and 0 before he was dropped for Rick McCosker. He also played in one ODI, in which he scored 2 runs.

    3. Robbie Kerr
    A capable bat at state level for Qld, he was picked for 4 ODIs in Feb and Mar 1985. He made an unbeaten 87 against England and 3 single figure scores, He was recalled later in 1985 for the Test series against New Zealand, making 27 runs at an average of 7.75 in his 4 innings at the top of the order.

    4. Glenn Maxwell
    Took 4 wickets at a cost of 128 runs at 4.88 per over in a massive defeat against in his Test debut in India in 2013. Despite previous scores of 13,8 and 10, he was chosen to open the 2nd innings ahead of Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes and Shane Watson in the 4th Test. A year later he was picked to bat in the top 4 against Pakistan in the UAE.

    5. Glenn Trimble
    A middle order batsman and part time bowler, Trimble was chosen to replace the injured David Gilbert for 2 oDI matches in Jan 1986, despite a remarkably mediocre record in domestic cricket. His debut comprised of a dropped catch, four overs for a return of 9/32 and an unbeaten 9 off 3 balls. His second and final appearance was scoring a 4 off Hadley off his first ball, then dismissed the very next ball.

    6. Shaun Young
    A hard working all rounder who played well for Tasmania during the 1990s, Young was the beneficiary of a squad cris in Australia’s tour of England in 1997 with Bichel, Gillespie and Julian all injured and Reiffel, himself a late replacement, going home for the birth of his child. Young was left as the last resort for the sixth Ashes Test. He scored 4 runs and took no wickets.

    7. Roger Woolley
    He filled in for the unavailable Rod Marsh on a short tour of Sri Lanka in 1983, during which he played in one Test and four ODIs. He was then chosen for the 1984 tour of the West Indies and got his chance in the 4th Test when injuries forced the Aussies to use Wayne B Phillips as an opener, but Woolley’s batting and glove work were both found to be sorely lacking.

    8. Mick Lewis
    His consistent performances for Victoria earned him a spot in Australia’s limited over squads. His 4 wickets at 12.24 in 2 matches in T20s was fine but it was Lewis who conced 113 runs off 10 overs in a ODI in March 2006 as South Africa South Africa chased down 434 to complete the greatest run chase in ODI cricket history. He was not called upon again.

    9. Shaun Tait
    Although very fast the decision to play both Tait and Brett Lee, without the injured Glenn McGrath in an Ashes Test against England in England proved disastrous as England won by 3 wickets. Tait played 2 more Tests for Australia, but an inability to cope with the game’s physical and mental demands caused him to quit first class cricket in 2008 at the age of 25.

    10. Bryce McGain
    He played his 1st Test in 2009 as Australia’s oldest Test debutant since Bob Holland in 1984, and he was carted for 0/149 by AB De Villiers, Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince. South Africa won that Test easily and McGain made a duck.

    11. Michael Beer
    Plucked from obscurity on the basis of a decent outing in a Tour game one time, Beer was thrown into the fifth Ashes at Sydney in 2011as the lead spinner. He went for 1/112 as England scored 644 to win by an innings and seal the series. He was picked again at Port of Spain in 2012, but was thoroughly outshone by Nathan Lyon and never played again.

    12th men
    Scott Muller
    Gavin Robertson
    Clint McKay
    Ashton Agar
    Greg Dyer
    Rob Quiney

  20. Vielen dank anonymous. I remember all of those test careers.

    The number 4 is unlucky. He made a test century last time we were in India but has nary played a test since.

    Ashton Agar may deliver down the track.

    Who are the only father-son combination to play for Australia, though neither played a test?

    Glen!

  21. I have research this topic of Vater-Sohn-Kombinationen (father and son combinations) to play for Australia, though neither played a Test.

    I could not find any such combination but I stand to be corrected from any cricket stats guru.

    Instead, I decided to come up with a team of father and son combinations, where either all of them played Test cricket for Australia (Geoff Marsh and his sons Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh), one of them played Test cricket and the other didn’t or one of them played one day cricket for Australia and the other did not play for Australia at all, but was just 12th man for Australia in Test cricket (Glen Trimble and his father Sam Trimble)

    Here is the Australian father and son cricket team:

    1. Geoff Marsh (50 Tests and 117 ODIs for Australia)
    2. Greg Blewett (46 Tests and 32 ODIs for Australia)
    3. Sam Trimble (no Tests for Australia, just 12th man, 144 first class matches for Qld)
    4. Shaun Marsh (38 Tests and 73 ODIs for Australia)
    5, Ben McDermott (no Tests, no ODIs, 12 T20s for Australia so far)
    6, Mitchell Marsh (32 Tests, 60 ODIs and 15 T20s for Australia so far)
    7. Trevor Laughlin (3 Tests and 6 ODIs for Australia)
    8. Bob Blewett (no Tests, 25 first class matches for South Australia)
    9. Glenn Trimble (no Tests, 2 ODIs for Australia)
    10. Craig McDermott (71 Tests and 138 ODIs for Australia)
    11. Ben Laughlin (no Tests, 5 ODIs and 3 T20s for Australia)

  22. Richtig Anonymous.

    Here’s a curve ball, a ‘different’ themed test team. Allow me to elaborate.

    I got my first tattoos back in 1982, a collection that has steadily climbed over the decades. I don’t remember any first class cricketers having tattoos then. As it was very few footballers had tattoos then, players like Waren ‘wow” Jones, & Robert Mcghie were standouts. Nowadays tattoos are ‘dime a dozen’, the stigma is long gone, but Caveat Emptor: they still don’t wash off. Anyhow here’s a test team of tattooed players. Some names are missing, others may raise eyebrows. Let’s see how we go; maybe a team of tattooed Aussies is our next funny team.

    A Hales (UK)

    C Gayle (WI)

    KL Rahul (Ind)

    V Kohli (Ind) Captain

    B McCullum (NZ)

    B Stokes (UK)

    M Wade (Aust) Wicket keeper

    M Johnson (Aust)

    D Steyn (SA)

    Imad Wasim (Pak)

    L Malinga (SL)

    12th K Pieterson (UK)

    Glen!

  23. Herr anonymous,here’s a team of tattooed players over the years.

    https://www.footyalmanac.com.au/the-illustrated-men/

    I’d have to do some researching about players from the 70’s with tattoos. Even the decade I had my first tattoos the 80’s it wasn’t overly common.

    Glen!

  24. Good cricket and football teams Glen of tatooed players.

    With the current shoulder injury to Will Pucovski, who unfortunately is likely to miss the 4th Test against India, not forgetting his previous problems with concussion and mental health issues, I have come up with an Australian Test team of injury plagued players and suspended players.

    Here is the Australian Test team of injury plagued and suspended players: (Hier ist das australiche Testteam von verletzten und gesperrten Spielern):

    1. David Warner
    2. Mathew Elliott
    3. Callum Ferguson
    4. Steve Smith
    5. Will Pucovski
    6. Kurtis Patterson
    7. Tim Paine
    8. Shane Warne
    9. Pat Cummins
    10. Dennis Lillee
    11. Terry Alderman
    12th man: Bruce Reid

  25. Hey Anonymous, how about a cricket team of players well over six feet tall – could be interesting.

  26. PS, here’s another one to test your research skills. How about a team of players who play with false teeth..

  27. As today is Australia Day, The Australian Tennis Open is usually on now but has been delayed until February 8th.

    Therefore, in my own personal Australian Day honours, I have decided to honour all the Australian Men and Australian Women Grand Slam Singles Champions. The only exception was Todd Woodbridge, who won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles, but no Grand Slam singles titles. He was included just to make up the numbers in the Australian Men Grand Slam singles team.

    In brackets, is the number of Grand Slam singles titles won by that player and the year is the 1st year that player won a Grand Slam singles title.

    This has all been done in chronological order. Therefore, the players’ positions on the field are irrelevant.

    Here is the Australian Men Grand Slam Singles Champion Team:

    B. Norman Brookes (3) 1907, Gerald Patterson (3) 1927, John Crawford (6) 1931
    HB: Frank Sedgman (5) 1949, Ken Rosewall (8) 1953, Lew Hoad (4) 1956
    C: Ashley Cooper (4) 1957, Neale Fraser (3) 1959, Rod Laver (11) 1960
    HF: Roy Emerson (12) 1961, Fred Stolle (2) 1965, Tony Roche (1) 1966
    F: John Newcombe (7) 1967, Mark Edmondson (1) 1976, Pat Cash (1) 1987
    R: Pat Rafter (2) 1997, Lleyton Hewitt (2) 2001, Todd Woodbridge (16 doubles GS titles)

    Here is the Australian Women Grand Slam Singles Champion Team:

    B: Margaret Mutch (2) 1922, Sylvia Lance (1) 1924, Daphne Akhurst (5) 1925
    HB: Edna Boyd (1) 1927, Coral McIness (2) 1931, Joan Hartigan (3) 1933
    C: Nancy Wynne (6) 1937, Emily Hood (1) 1939, Thelma Coyne (2) 1952
    HF: Beryl Penrose (1) 1955, Mary Carter (2), 1956, Margaret Smith (Court) (24) 1960
    F: Lesley Turner (2) 1963, Evonne Goolagong (Cawley) (7) 1971, Kerry Melville 1 (1977)
    R: Christine O’Neil (1) 1978, Samantha Stosur (1) 2011, Ashleigh Barty (1) 2019

    Both these teams will play pretend tennis exhibition matches against each other when all the players were at their peak in “The Battle of the Sexes”.

    These pretend tennis exhibition matches will be played today, Australia Day, at Melbourne Park and the male player has to play with their opposite hand when playing against his female opponent.

    Entertainment will be provided by The Australian National Anthem and the songs “I Am, You Are, We Are Australian” and “I Sttill Call Australia Home” and the films “Match Point” and “Borg Vs. McEnroe”. You Cannot Be Serious!

    Highlights of John Newcombe’s 1975 Australian Open win over Jimmy Connors will be shown on the big screen. Bewdy Newk!

  28. Guten Tag anonymous.

    Kerry Melville was better known in my time as Kerry Reid. She played doubles with Wendy Turnbull who reached a final(s) but never won a singles crown.

    Newcastle’s Christine O’Neill won the summer of 1978-79. In the mens’ singles John Marks won through to that final but was no match for the ‘Bull of the Pampas” Argentina’s Guillermo Vilas.

    Eddo’s victory back in 1976 followed Newk’s victory over Jimmy Connors 12 months earlier.

    I wrote a piece in the Alamanac back in early 2019 re the Australia V West Indies test played in Adelaide, that went across this date back in 1969.

    Correct me if I’m wrong Anonymous but this January 26 is also Indian Independence day?

    Glen!

  29. Indischer Unabhangigkeitstag (Indian Independence Day) is actually celebrated annually on 15 August as a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947.

    Yes, I should have put Reid in brackets next to Melville for Kerry Reid, or leave out Melville altogether, as she was called Kerry Reid when she won the Australian Open at the time. Today, she is actually known as Kerrie Melville Reid.

    By the way, as you can see, I had put Court and Cawley in brackets for Margaret Smith and Evonne Goolagong respectively. Margaret of course is better known now as Margaret Court and not Margaret Smith, whereas Evonne is probably better known as Evonne Goolagong more than Evonne Cawley. Actually, she is now known as Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Of couse, both Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley won Grand Slam singles titles with both their maiden surnames and surnames at marriage.

  30. As today is Valentine’s Day, I have come with a VFL/AFL team of players whose surnames represent Valentine’s Day itself.

    I know we’re now in a 5 day Lockdown in Melbourne currently and Valentine’s Day is very commercialised, but this is
    The Valentine’s Day (Valentinstag) team:

    B: Kevin Rose (Coll), Ben Hart (Adel), George Valentine (Rich/Foots, 32 games 1924-28)
    HB: Brett Lovett (Melb), Ray Groom (Melb), Nathan Lovett-Murray (Essendon)
    C: Robert Flower (Melb). Bob Rose (Coll), Jon Lilley (St Kilda, 49 games 1967-71)
    HF: Ray Card (Geelong), Royce Hart (Rich), Tom Flower (Melbourne)
    F: Jason Love (Sydney), Shane Loveless (Foots), Andrew Lovett (Essendon)
    R: Bill Rose (Collingwood), Andy Lovell (Melb), Vin Valentine (Carl, 116 games 1911-18)
    Int: Ralph Rose (Coll), Robert Rose Jr, (Coll/Foots)
    Captain Coach: Bob Rose

    This team will play a match against the Most Disliked team (or Collingwood for non Collingwood fans) by Philip D, which can be found in the Novelty Teams of the Footy Almanac, on June 5, 2018.

    Ray Card was included for a Valentine’s Day Card and a card contains a heart.

    John Lilley was included as lily is a type of flower.

    Ray Groom was included as weddings can occur on Valentine’s Day.

    Royce Hart and Ben Hart were included as Hart sounds like heart.

    Shane Loveless was included as the team needed a genuine full forward.

    Hopefully, the fans will love this game.

    Jackson Hately (GWS/Adel) should now be added to the Most Disliked team.

    There will be no love lost between these two teams.

    Entertainment for the match will be provided by the film “Love Actually” (2003) and the songs “Love Hurts” (1976) by Nazareth,
    “Love Is In The Air”(1977) and “I Hate The Music” (1976), both songs by John Paul Young.

  31. Perhaps West Indies slow bowler ALF VALENTINE could be the team’s mascot.

  32. I noticed that Kevin Densley has written an article today in The Footy Almanac, regarding his Certificate of Indian Head Massage.

    I was also thought about the mention of concussion in the football media over the summer period, and where the brains of former deceased players in Polly Farmer, Danny Frawley and Shane Tuck, were donated to science.

    That got me thinking about presenting an Australian Rules Football team of players who have either head or brain in their surname, had a surname that was either smart or sounded smart like Judge, Bright (as in intelligent) or Rhode (Rhodes Scholarship), were very smart off field, became a doctor later in life, or had a nickname to do with a doctor.

    There have been plenty of footballers who have had a football brain over the journey, but here is the AFL/VFL Team of Payers who literally are smart or who have surnames or nicknames resembling head, brain, or smart:

    B: Roger Head (St Kilda), Peter Dean (Carl, Head of Faculty), Peter Rhode (Carl, Melb, Rhodes Scholarship)
    HB: Mark Bos (Geel, Boss/Head), Nigel Smart (Adelaide), Jacob Surjan (Port Adelaide, surgeon)
    C: Peter Brain (SM 1 game 1961), Tim BroomHEAD (Coll), Ray Brain (Fitz, 13 games 1972-74)
    HF: Brett Heady (West Coast), Darrel “The Doc” Baldock (St K), Ken Judge (Hawthorn)
    F: Darren “Doc” Wheildon (Fitz), Terry Bright (Gee, Intelligent), Terry Brain (SM, 141 games 1928-37, 198 goals)
    R: Mike Fitzpatrick (Carl, Rhodes Scholarship), Matthew Liptak (Adel, Doctor), Allen Aylett (North Melb, Dentist)

    This team, on paper anyway, has a football brain.

  33. Anonymous says

    The Bushrangers wanted to improve at being marksmen.

    In the football media, there has been much talk about the new man on the mark rule.

    It got me thinking as to a team of Australian Rules footballers who have Man in their surname and a corresponding playing with Mark in their 1st name, who can play on them.

    Therefore, you literally have a MAN on the MARK team.

    Here is the VFL/AFL team of players’ surnames with Man in it and their corresponding first name of Mark playing on them:

    B: Chris Newman (Rich), Glen Manton (Ess, Carl), Sean Wellman (Adel, Ess)
    Mark Mercuri (Essen), Mark Jackson (M/S/G), Mark Le Cras (West C)

    HB: Michael Mansfield (Gee, Carl), Gary Hardiman (Melb), Phil Manassa (Coll)
    Mark Roberts (Syd, Bris, NM), Mark Maclure (Carlton), Mark Bairstow (Gee)

    C: Chance Bateman (Hawth), Andrew Jarman (ADE), John Manzie (St K)
    Mark McVeigh (Essendon), Mark Hutchings (WC), Mark Hannebery (Coll, Ess)

    HF: Paul Chapman (Ge), Murray Weideman (Col), Darren Jarman (Haw, ADE)
    Mark Ricciuto (Adel), Mark Yeates (Geelong), Mark Bickley (Adelaide)

    F: Hassan Mann (Mel), John Coleman (Ess), Jason AkerMANis (Bris, WB)
    Mark Byes (Sydney), Mark Bickavs (Geel), Mark Thompson (Essendon)

    R: John Newman Geel), Justin Sherman (Bris, WB), Dale Weightman (Rich)
    Mark Seaby (WC, Sy), Mark Williams (Coll, Brisb), Mark Naley (Carlton)

    Entertainment for this match will be provided by a recent film release of “The Marksmen”.

    MAN, MARK my words, this promises to be a good match.

  34. Ned Kelly, the famous bushranger, had Irish parents.

    As today is St Patrick’s Day, I have come up with 2 Australian Cricket Teams with Irish surnames.

    These players do not need to have played a Test cricket.

    Here is the 1st team of Australian cricketers with Irish surnames:

    1. Colin McDonald
    2. Rick McCosker
    3. Norm O’Neill
    4. Stan McCabe
    5. Ken MacKay
    6. Simon O’Donnell
    7. John Maclean
    8. Craig McDermott
    9. Allan Connolly
    10. Bill O’Reilly
    11. Glenn McGrath
    12th man: Kerry O’Keeffe

    John Maclean has a Scottish, not Irish surname, but was included so this team could have a wicket-keeper.

    Here is the 2nd team of Australian cricketers with Irish surnames:

    1. Thomas Patrick Horan (15 Tests for Australia 1877-85, born in Ireland)
    2. Thomas Joseph Dart Kelly (2 Tests for Australia 1877-79, born in Ireland)
    3. Mark O’Neill
    4. Peter Toohey
    5. Leo O’Brien (5 Tests for Australia 1932-36)
    6. Ben McDermott
    7. Colin McCool (14 Tests for Australia 1946-50)
    8. Stephen O’Keefe
    9. Graham McKenzie
    10. Peter McIntyre
    11. Ernie McCormick (12 Tests for Australia 1935-38)
    12th man: Bryce McGain

    Graham McKenzie was only put in the 2nd team because his surname is Scottish, not Irish, and the 2nd team needed another pace bowler.

    Ben McDermott can fill in as wicket-keeper for this team as there is no recognised wicket-keeper.

    These 2 teams will play a match against each in Croke Park, Dublin.

    The 2nd team will need “The Luck of the Irish”.

    Entertainment will be provided by the Irish family band, The Corrs. It will leave you “Breathless”!

  35. Continuing the theme of the Bushrangers, I have decided to come up with a team of Australian Rules footballers whose surnames either have bush or busch in it, has ranger in it, rhymes with ranger, or who has bolt or Balta in it because the early Bushrangers were known as “bolters”.

    Here is the VFL/AFL team of surnames with a Bushranger theme (Thema):

    B: Bill StRANGER (Coll, 2 games 1897/98), Noah BALTA (Richmond), Percy BUSHby (Ess, 1936, 1939-48, 142 games)

    HB: Craig BOLTon (Brisbane, Sydney Swans), Mark BOLTon (Ess 98-07), Gordon DANGERfield (St K, 1905, 07-15, 18-19, 158 games)

    C: Wayne SchimmelBUSCH (North M), Patrick DANGERfield (Ade/Gee), David BOLTon (Geelong, Sydney Swans)

    HF: Allan gRANGER (Rich, 1914-15 11g), David gRANGER (St K, 1979, 3g), Shai BOLTon (Richmond)

    F: George BOLT (Carl/Haw/NM 1922-27 42g), Tom BUSH (Melb, 1942-44, 5g), George gRAINGER (St K, 1944, 2 games)

    R: Gary gRAINGER (Ess, 1970-72, 30 games), Jude BOLTon (Sydney Swans), Daryl SchimmelBUSCH, North Melb)

    Inter: Darren BOLTon (Frem, 1999, 2 games), Ken ShadBOLT (Melb, 1943, 2 games), Charles BOLTon (Ess, 1907, 1 game)
    Joe BUSHell (St K, 1910, 1 game)

    Usain BOLT will be in charge of the team’s sprints.

    During the breaks in quarters, the team will drink BUSHells tea.

    I didn’t Beat Around The BUSH when selecting this team.

    This team of surnames of Bushranger themes will play matches against the Man on the Marks teams, named in my comment posting in this article on March 13, 2021.

    The matches will be played somewhere in the bush.

    Kate BUSH will provide entertainment for the match, as well as the songs “NutBUSH City Limits” and “Skippy The BUSH Kangaroo”.

    Let’s hope the crowd can see entertaining games of football at close RANGE and GUN footballers.

    Let’s also hope that the umpires make good decisions, so the losing team cannot say they were ROBBED.

  36. Anonymous says

    Regarding my previous comment, let’s also hope that during the matches between the Bushrangers and The Man and The Marks, there are NO HOLD UPS during play!

    Un other words, In Bezug auf meinen vorherigan Kommentar hoffen wir auch, dass es wahrend der Spiele zwischen den Bushrangers und The Man on The Marks wahrend des Spiels keine HOLD UPS gibt!

  37. Anonymous says

    As today is April Fool’s Day (Erster April), I have come up with 2 Australian Rules football teams of players who have been foolish on or off the field, played pranks off the field or been foolhardy or misbehaved on or off the field.

    Here is the 1st April Fool’s Day team:

    B: Mark Thompson (Ess), David Dench (NM), Heath Shaw (Coll, GWS)
    HB: Dean Laidley (WC, NM), Lachlan Keeffe (Col/GWS), Mark Yeates (Gee)
    C: Chris Mainwaring (WC), Daryn Cresswell (Syd), David Rhys-Jones (Syd/Carl)
    HF: Dermott Breretton (H/Sy/Co), Wayne Carey (NM, Ade), Jason Akermanis (Bris/WB)
    F: Barry Hall (St K/Syd/WB), Tony Lockett (St K/Syd), Alastair Lynch (Fitz/Bris)
    R: John Newman (Geelong), James Hird (Essendon), Ben Cousins (West Coast)

    Here is the 2nd April Fool’s Day Team:

    B: Sydney Stack (Rich), Danny Frawley (St K), Majak Daw (NM)
    HB: Jason Gram (Bris/St K), Rex Hunt (R/G/St K), Jake Carlisle (Ess/St K)
    C: Robert Muir (St Kilda), Lachie Hunter (WB), Darren Millane (Coll)
    HF: Denis Banks (Coll), Brent Crosswell (Ca/NM/M), Jaidyn Stephenson (Coll/NM)
    F: Alan Didak (Coll), Brendan Fevola (Carl/Bris), Phil Carman (Coll/Melb/Ess/NM)
    R: Percy Jones (Carl), Nick Stevens (PA/Carl), Josh Thomas (Coll)
    Inter: Justin Charles (Foots/Rich), Mark Jackson (Melb/St K/Geel), Elijah Taylor (Syd), Callum Coleman-Jones (Rich)

    Umpire: Peter Carey (for the mark he took during a Fremantle v St Kilda game in Perth)
    Goal Umpire: The gentleman who fell over after signalling a goal during the 1966 St Kilda v Collingwood Grand Final.
    Captain Coach: Mark Thompson

    The pranks for the late Danny Frawley was what he did on the Foxtel comedy football show “The Bounce”.

    The incident for the late Chris Mainwaring was general drug use, like Ben Cousins.

    The incident for the late Darren Millane was when he and Denis Banks “hijacked” a bus.

    Entertainment for the match between these 2 April Fool’s Day Teams will be the song, “What a Fool Believes”, by The Doobie Brothers.

    Don’t be fooled by this match or the joke’s on you!

  38. Frohliches Easter Anonymous, or if I stay true to its Pagan origins, Frohliches Eostre.

    ‘Jacko’ on the bench in the 2nd side? I see no mention of Ian Stewart: I dare not ask why.

    Des Tuddenham, John Nicholls, Robert McGhie, are a few I recall from a previous era who were guilty of foolish behaviour, misbehaving off the field. They certainly weren’t Pat Malone, but maybe their behaviours are so far in the past we don’t recall them, or ?????

    Glen!

  39. Anonymous says

    Firstly, apologies for Des Tuddenham, who will go straight into the 1st team for the April Fool’s Day Teams, as the captain. I am not sure who will go out of the 1st team, possibly Mark Yeates, with Rhys Jones going to a Half Back flank and Tuddenham on the wing, even if he didn’t play there.

    Although Mark Jackson did the most foolish behaviour and pranks on and off the field, he was only put on the interchange bench for the 2nd April Fool’s Day Team because all the other tall forwards in both of those teams were better players than Mark Jackson.

    As today is Good Friday (Guter Freitag), I have selected a Good Friday Australian Rules Football team.

    The criteria is that the player must have Good sonewhere in their surname.

    Here is the Good Friday Team:

    B: Paul Hopgood (Melb), Andy Goodwin (Rich/Melb), Brett Goodes (WB)
    HB: Ian Thorogood (Melb), Eddie Goodger (Fitz, 1949-58), Ken Goodland (Geel, 1959,61-65)
    C: Garney Goodrick (Carl 1923-25), Simon Goodwin (Adel), Bob Goode (NM 1963-66)
    HF: Norman Good ((University1909), Adam Goodes (Syd), Albert Thurgood (Ess 1999-02)
    F: Kerry Good (North Melbourne), Frank Goode (North M), Ivan Goodingham (Ess 1946-49)
    R: Barry Goodingham (North M), Matthew Goodyear (Coll), George Goodell (Coll 1913-14)
    Inter: Jeff Hopgood (NM 1968-73), Josh Thurgood (Haw 2005-07)), Jack Bidgood (St K1925), Reg Goods (SM 1950), Brian Goodhart (Fitz 1934-35), Jimmy Thurgood (Ess 1897)

    This Good Friday Team will play matches against the April Fool’s Day Teams.

    I am sure they will be GOOD matches and let’s hope all the players will be of good behaviour.

    Entertainment for these matches will be the songs “Good Vibrations “, by the Beach Boys and “Friday on My Mind”, by The Easybeats..

    Let’s hope that that none of those teams will be easybeats!

  40. Anonymous says

    Harry Frei can also be added to an extended interchange bench for the Good Friday team because his surname, Frei, is in the name Freitag (Friday).

  41. Anonymous says

    There was a brilliant address by the late and great St Kilda and Hawthorn coach, where in his three quarter time speech in the 1966 VFL Grand Final, he urged his St Kilda players with the words, “25 minutes to make a name for yourself” and the rest was history with St Kilda winning their only flag to date.

    It got me thinking as to selecting an Australian Rules Football team where the players actually have selected themselves by having foot, kick, ball or mark somewhere in their surnames. In other words, they have already made a name for themselves in Australian Rules Football, by their surnames alone.

    Here is the team of footballers who have already made a name for themselves without having to actually making a name for themselves:

    B: Ray Ball (Rich/SM), Bill ProudFOOT (Coll, 1897-06), Jack BridgFOOT (Foots 1935-37)
    HB: Oleg MARKov (Rich/GC), Lucas MARKovic (WB 2011-13), Dale KICKett (Fitz/WC/StK/Ess/Frem)
    C: Jordan Foote (Syd 2016-17), Les Foote (NM/StK 1941-51,54-55), Alec ProudFOOT (St K/Melb 1926-27, 29)
    HF: Mal MARKillie (St K 1899-03), Les Marks (University 1914), Derek KICKett (NM, Ess, Sydney Swans)
    F: Zac Foot (Sydney 2020), Jason Ball (WC, Sydney Swans), Jock Ball (Melb 1935-37)
    R: Harold Ball (Melb 1939-40), Matthew Ball (Gaw 2004-06), Luke Ball (St K/Coll)
    Inter: Ken Marks (Foots 1972), Gordon ProudFOOT (Fitz 1954-55), Fred Ball (Ess 1897), Fred MARKby (Fitz 1911)

    This team of football surnames will play a match against the Good Friday Team, which was selected yesterday.

    Let’s hope all these players can make a name for themselves, even though they all have a GOOD Australian Football NAME.

    Entertainment will be provided by the song, “Horse with no NAME”, by America.

    You can NAME your own price for admission to this game.

  42. Anonymous says

    The bushrangers of the “gold rush era” were active around the goldfield areas of the Great Dividing Range – between Stawell and Ballarat in the east.

    As today is the Stawell Gift (Stawell Gescenk) Final, I have selected a team of footballers who have won the Stawell Gift. The rest of the team is made up of players whose surnames alone, indicate they can run fast.

    In brackets, is the year that player won the Stawell Gift.

    Here is the team of Stawell Gift winners, together with the best of the players who have a surname, meaning speed:

    B: Bill Twomey Snr (1924, Coll/Haw), Craig Bolton (Bris/Syd), Alf Teddinick (1902, Melbourne)
    HB: George Stuckey (1901, Ess), Billy Robinson (1914, Carl), Norman Clark (1899, Carlton)
    C: David Bolton (Geel, Sydney), Jude Bolton (Sydney Swans), Stuart Trott (St Kilda/Hawthorn)
    HF: Lance Mann (1952, Essendon), Jack Grant (1938, Geel/Fitz), Treva McGregor (1971, Fitzroy)
    F: Bill Williams (1956, Richmond), Clarrie Hearn (1929, Essendon), Ron McCann (1936, Collingwood)
    R: Fred Swift (Richmond), Shai Bolton (Richmond), Dave Strickland (1900, St Kilda)

    Fred Swift was named in the ruck, due to the lack of height in this team and Swift was the equal tallest player in the team.

    This team of Stawell Gift winners and surnames indicating speed, will play a match against the Team of Players who have already made a name for themselves by their surname, which indicates Australian Rules Football, which I selected in my previous posting on April 3, 2021.

    Entertainment for this match will be provided by the films “Speed” and “The Fast and The Furious”.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football at a fast pace and where players can make a name for themselves, if they haven’t already.

  43. Anonymous says

    As today is Anzac Day (Anzac Tag), I have selected a Combined All Australian and New Zealand sporting team from AFL football, cricket and tennis.

    I had previously selected an Anzac Day Australian Rules Football team and an Australian Test cricket team on my comment, posted in this article on January 9, 2021.

    The criteria for my latest team was that the player had to be from Australia or New Zealand and have either a first name, surname or nickname that is connected in some way to Anzac Day. That player must also be well known and have played football, cricket or tennis at the highest level.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any well known New Zealand footballers, cricketers or tennis players that have names related to Anzac Day.

    Here is the Combined Australian and New Zealand AFL, Cricket and Tennis Anzac Day team:

    B: Wayne Harmes (Carl), Glen Archer (North M), Mark “The SCUD” Phillippoussis
    HB: Kim WARwick (Tennis), Ken Hunter (Carlton), Mark “BOMBER” Thompson (Ess)
    C: Steve Waugh, Patrick Dangerfield (Ad/Gee), Mark Waugh (Sounds like War)
    HF: Shane WARne, Rex Hunt (Rich/Geel/St Kilda), Karmichael Hunt (Gold Coast)
    F: Craig Serjeant, Jack GUNston (Adel/Hawthorn), Paul Reiffel (Cricket/Rifle)
    R: WARwick ARMStrong (SM), Lachie Hunter (WB), David WARner (Cricket)

    This team will play a match against the team of Stawell Gift Winners, named in my LAST POST, as you need to be quick off the mark against the Anzac Day team.

    Mark “Bomber” Thompson will be the captain coach of the Anzac Day team.

    Entertainment for this match will be provided by the song, “I Was Ony 19”, by Redgum.

    The match will be played during the afternoon at an oval close to The Shrine of Remembrance.

    The players from both teams will then travel after the match to The North Fitzroy ARMS.for drinks and dinner.

    Let’s hope for a good game, so we can watch all the GUN players in action.

  44. As there has been a lot of news about the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines in recent months, it go me thinking as to players that have come to AFL clubs this season, who have arrived from other AFL clubs.

    These players are hoping to cure some of their new team’s problems, who had deficiencies in certain positions on the field, due to other players leaving or being moved on or just to solve a general weakness in that team.

    Their new clubs are hoping these players can inject what’s been missing previously..

    Most of the players named have had good starts already to the season while others like James Frawley, are yet to play because of injury, but are hoping to make an impact with their new team.

    James Frawley was named at centre half back to make up the numbers and team balance.

    The criteria for this team was to have played games for another AFL club in 2020.

    Here is the AFL injection (Injektion) of new players team:

    B: Zac Williams (GWS/Carl), Aliir Aliir (Sydney/Port Adelaide), Aidan Corr (GWS/North M)
    HB: Adam Saad (GC/ESS/Carl), James Frawley (Mel/Haw/St K), Oleg Markov (Rich/Gold C)
    C: Isaac Smith (Haw/Geelong), Adam Treloar (Coll/W Bulldogs), Tom Phillips (Coll/Hawthorn)
    HF: Jaidyn Stephenson (Co/NM), Joe Daniher (Essen/Brisbane), Shaun Higgins (WB/NM/Geel)
    F: Orazio Fantasia (Essen/PA), Jeremy Cameron (GWS/Geelong), Stefan Martin (Mel/Bris/WB)
    R: Tom Hickey (GC/St K/WC/Syd), Brad Crouch (Adelaide/St Ki), Jack Higgins (Rich/ St Kilda)
    Inter: Peter Wright (GC/Ess), Jackson Hately (GWS/Adel), Rory Atkins (Adel/GC), Jesse Hogan (Melb/Frem/GWS)

    This AFL injection of new players team will play a match against a team of Essendon players who were banned for 12 months during the Essendon Supplements saga of 2014.

    The match will be played at an oval in Perth, so the Fremantle Doctor can be close at hand for any injections.

    Entertainiment for this match will provided by the song “Needles and Pins”, by Smokie.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football with the injection of new players.

  45. Hi Anonymous, an interesting team. Why not whilst we’re on a medical theme, do a team considting of doctors or medical students that have played footy ?

  46. Anonymous says

    In response to Fisho’s request, after extensive research, I have selected an Australian Rules Football team of players that became either doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists, surgeons, dentists or who have a nickname relating to a doctor or who have “doc” in their surname, to make up the numbers,

    In the case of Jacob Surjan, his surname sounds like surgeon.

    Here is the AFL/VFL Medical team:

    B: Jacob Surjan (Port Adelaide), Daryl Wakelin (St K/PA Pharmacist), Lance Sleeman (Melb/Uni 1906-08, 9 games, Doctor)

    HB: John Worsfold (WC Pharmacist), Sean Wellman (Adel/Ess Podiatrist), Sam DOCherty (Bris/Carlton)

    C: Bruce Reid (Haw 1966-66 Doctor), Gerard Healy (Mel/Syd Physiotherapist), Herb Hunter (Ess 1900, 3 games, Dentist)

    HF: Brodie MurDOCh (St K, 2013-16), Darrel BalDOCk (St Kilda, “The Doc”), Matthew Liptak (Adel, Orthopaedic Surgeon),

    F: Mark Summers (Rich 1988-89 Physiotherapist), Darren “DOC” Wheildon (Fitz), Roy Park (Uni/Melb 1912-15, Doctor)

    R: Matthew Clarke (Bris/Ad/St K, Veterinary Scientist), Jordan MurDOCh (Gee/GC), Allen Aylett (NM, Dentist)

    This team will play a match against the Anzac AFL team named in my post on January 9, 2021, of this article, as players with medical backgrounds can help any wounded soldiers (players) in the battle.

    Entertainment for this match will be provided by the band “Dr Hook” and the film “Dr No”.

    The match will be played either at the MCG ir the Punt Road Oval in Richmond, as it’s close to the Epworth Hospital in Richmond.

    The teams will also be allowed to have “medical subs”.

    Let’s hope this football match will be just what the doctor ordered!

  47. Congrats Anonymous for accepting the challenge. A truly wonderful team, the entertainment is superb and love that final line. A quite superb piece of research as per usual.

  48. Anonymous says

    As today is Mother’s Day (Muttertag), I have decide to pay tribute to mothers who did well on the sporting field (after giving birth to a child), in their chosen sport, at the elite level.

    Shane Mumford was included for the 1st 3 letters of his surname and to make up the numbers to play in the ruck.

    In brackets, are what the players achieved AFTER becoming a MOTHER.

    I know Mother’s Day is commercialised, but here is The Mother’s Day Team:

    B: APRIL BRANDLEY (Netball/GWS), LAURA GEITZ (Netball/Qld Firebirds), KERRY MCCANN (Marathon/Commonwealth Gold Medal 2006)

    HB: DARRA TORRES (Swimming/3 Silver Medals 2008 Olympics), PAULA RADCLIFFE (Marathon/Won NY City Marathon 2007), ALLYSON FELIX (Athletics/Won World Championships 4×400 mixed relay 2019)

    C: SERENA WILLIAMS (Tennis/4 Grand Slam singles finals), DAISY PEARCE (Melb/AFLW), SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRICE (Athletics/Won 100m World Championships 2019)

    HF: TSvETANA PIRONKOVA (Tennis/US Open QF 2020), MARGARET COURT (Tennis/Won 3 GS singles titles), HEIKE DRECHSLER (Athletics/Won Long Jump in both Olympics 1992 & 2000)

    F: VICTORIA AZARENKA (Tennis/Finalist US Open 2020), EVONNE GOOLAGONG CAWLEY (Tennis/Won Wimbledon 1980), KIM CLIJSTERS (Tennis/Won 3 GS singles titles)

    R: SHANE MUMford (Geel/Syd/GWS), ERIN PHILLIPS (Adel/AFLW), BRITTANY WILSON (NM/AFLW)

    This team will play a match against the Hollywood Womens’ FC – The Leading Ladies, which can be found under the Novelty Teams in The Footy Almanac by Smokie on Nov 6, 2017.

    The match will be played in Motherwell.

    Entertainment will be provided by the film “The Mummy (1999)” and songs from The Mamas and the Papas.

    Mummy’s Boys are especially welcome to attend this match.

    If any more details for this match are given, “Mum’s the Word!”

  49. G’day Anonymous. I did a team of footballers who were born ‘across the ditch’ back on August 27, 2014. Is there no one there whose name can not get a link to April 25, 1915?

    Re footballers with medically linked names I cast my mind back to the halcyon days of the VFA. I spent many years following/supporting Port Melbourne. One of the team stalwarts was Kevin Goss, of the famous Goss family. Quite a few fans nicknamed Kevin ‘the dentist’ as he was alleged to have removed opponents teeth. Say no more.

    It can be confusing finding some of my postings as I appear on the site under three different names. Hmm, what editorial advice/assistance can roll all of my articles under one name.

    Glen!

  50. Hi Anonymous, regarding your MEDICAL TEAM. Did you give any consideration to Dr John Marriot, a famous “painless” dentist who was a Norwood football club outstanding ruckman that won a Magarey Medal and played state footy fo SA during the fifties ?. Also the team could travel around the universe with THE DOCTOR in his TARDIS, where there’d be plenty of room

  51. Anonymous says

    Glen, I have found and studied your team of VFL & AFL footballers that have come from Aotearoa, and could only find one name in Karmichael HUNT, that has a connection to Anzac Day. Of course, Karmichael Hunt, who was born in Auckland, was already named by me on the half forward flank in my comment, on 25th April 2021 in this article.

    Therefore, I should have mentioned that Karmichael Hunt is the only New Zealander named in the combined Australian and New Zealand Anzac Day football, cricket and tennis team, that have names connected to Anzac Day.

  52. Anonymous says

    The AFL/VFL Medical team got me thinking about what is the medicine?

    People over the years have mentioned laughter or music as the best medicine.

    I decided to choose music and have selected a combined team of well known VFL/AFL, cricket and tennis players whose surnames are either a musical instrument or sounds like a musical instrument, have sing in their surname or have made careers as musicians, or sang on well known musical shows after their sporting careers.

    Here is the Combined AFL/VFL, cricket and tennis musical team:

    B: Alize CORNET (Tennis, instrument, beat Serena 3 times in 2014), Victor TRUMPEr(Cricket, trumpet), Yannick Noah (Tennis, released singles as a Singer)

    HB: Harbhajan SINGh (Cricket), Henry Olonga (Zimbabwe Cricket, sang well on “The Voice” 2019), Brett Lee (Cricket, singer, number 1 song in India, played in band Six and Out)

    C: A B De Villiers (Cricket, guitarist/singer, released album), Paul MelDRUM (Carlton), Yuvraj SINGh (Cricket, India)

    HF: Russell Robertson (Melb, guitarist/singer, wedding singer), Mark Jackson (Melb/StK/Gee, released single, singer), Damian DRUM (Geelong)

    F: Kumar SANGakarra (Cricket, Sri Lanka), Peter McKenna (Coll/Carl, singer, released single), Warwick Capper (Syd/Bris, singer, released single)

    R: Luke McPharlin (Haw/Frem, singer/guitarist, released single), Dwayne Bravo (Cricket, singer, released singles), Peter PIANtO (Geel)

    This team will play a match against the “For Your Eyes Only Team”, by Smokie, which is under The Novelty Teams on Feb 18, 2020.

    The entertainment will be provided by all the players with musical talents, named in this team.

    The match will be played at an oval in Sydney, close to the Sydney Opera House.

    It should be an ENTERTAINING match and let’s hope all the players will be ON SONG!

  53. Anonymous says

    Over 2,000 bushrangers are estimated to have roamed the Australian countryside, beginning with the convict bolters and drawing to a close after Ned Kelly’s last stance at Glenrowan.

    Those number of bushrangers (2,000) got me thinking about doing a numbers team of VFL/AFL footballers where the number itself was somewhere in that player’s surname.

    The numbers two and ten were the most common, so I have selected the best players who had two and ten in their surname.

    Here is the VFL/AFL team of players with two or ten in their surname:

    B: Col AusTEN (Haw/Rich 1940-52), Ben RutTEN (Adelaide), Marty ChrisTENsen (Geel/NM 1985-92)

    HB: David TWOmey (Coll 1979-85), Andy OtTEN (Adelaide), Tyson sTENgkein (Adelaide/West Coast)

    C: Bill TWOmey Snr (Coll/Haw 1918-22, 33-34), Brett RatTEN (Carl), Pat TWOmey (Coll 1947-49, 52-53)

    HF: Ted WhitTEN Jnr (Foots 1974-82), Ted WhitTEN Snr (Footscray), Damian ChrisTENsen (Geel 1983-86)

    F: Bill TWOmey Jnr (Coll 1945-58), Michael TWOmey (Coll 1951-61), Allen ChrisTENsen (Geel, Brisbane)

    R: Brad OtTENs (Richmond/Geel), Chris MasTEN (West Coast Eagles), John PlatTEN (Hawthorn)

    This team will play matches against the best number two and number ten teams named by Rodney under the Novelty Teams.

    The matches will be played at The WhitTEN Oval.

    Entertainment will be provided by Channel 2 and Channel 10, which will show highlights of the match. TENnis and TEN pin.bowling will also be part of the entertainment.

    Let’s hope these matches will be 10 out of 10!

  54. Anonymous says

    With the release of the upcoming Ashes series fixtures today, I was a thinking of a World Test Cricket Team of players who practised medicine in some capacity.

    I also wanted to name a cricket equivalent for the VFL/AFL Medical team.

    Here is The Test Cricket Medical team:

    1. Jack Barrett (Australia) Doctor 2 Tests 1890
    2. Tup Scott (Australia) Doctor 8 Tests 1884-86
    3. WG Grace (England) Doctor 22 Tests 1880-99
    4. Ali Bacher (c): (South Africa) Doctor 12 Tests 1965-70
    5. Roy Park (Australia) Doctor 1 Test 1920-21
    6. Monty Noble (Australia) Dentist 42 Tests 1898-1909
    7. EM Grace (wk): (England) Surgeon 1 Test 1880
    8. Albert Hartkopf (Australia) Doctor 1 Test 1925
    9. Ranji Hordern (Australia) Doctor 7 Tests 1911-12
    10. Roy Minnett (Australia) Doctor 9 Tests 1911-12
    11. Geoff Lawson (Australia) Optometrist 46 Tests 1980-89

    This team will play a pretend match against the Australian Test Cricket Anzac Day team which I named on January 9, 2021, in this article, because doctors are good for emergencies in the heat of battle.

    Concussion subs will be allowed for this match.

    The match will be played at the MCG, which is in close proximity to hospitals.

    Entertainment will be provided by an episode of the Australian television series “The Flying Doctors” (1987), titled “It Isn’t Cricket”.

    Let’s hope for a good game of cricket and it remains to be seen if any of these players will get a taste of their own medicine!

  55. Anonymous says

    As has been mentioned in the news of late, Australia’s international borders will be closed until possibly the middle of next year.

    That got me thinking of an Australian Rules Football team where the players’ surnames either have to be an international country, international city or have at least the nationality of that country in the surname. Even if a letter or two is missing in that surname, it will be near enough.

    Here is the VFL/AFL team of international surnames:

    B: Des English (Carlton), Cain Ackland(Auckland, PA/St K/Carl), Robert Ireland (Fitz, 1969-70, 5 games)

    HB: Heath Scotland (Coll/Carl), Barnaby French (Port Adel/Carl), Andrew Ireland (Coll, 1975-80)

    C: Brodie Holland (Frem/Coll), Peter German (North Melbourne), Oliver Florent (Florence, Sydney Swans)

    HF: Pat Wellington (Ess 1972-76), Nick Holland (Hawthorn), Ben Hollands (Richmond, 1999, 8 games)

    F: Jose Romero (Rome, NM/Foots), Ben Holland (Rich/Melb), Bill London (Melbourne, 1928, 1 game)

    R: Tim English (Western Bulldogs), Darcy Pariish (Paris, Ess), Les Parish (Paris, Fitzroy, 1980-85)

    This team is going places and it will be a destination team.

    This team will play a match against the “I’ve Been Everywhere” team of Australian towns by Noel Mc, which can be found in the Novelty Teams on June 2, 2018.

    Entertainment will be provided by the song “L.A International Airport”.

    The match will be played overseas in either Wellington, Auckland or China.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football and that this match will continue to have a PLACE on the football calendar.

  56. Anonymous says

    The VFL/AFL team of International surnames, named above, is the Away team.

    The team to take on this Away team is the Home team of surnames, where the players’ surnames need to have homes, house, a particular room in the house, or a piece of furniture, article of clothing or something that be found in a house or home.

    I have concentrated on the more well known players, as there were enough players to do a team with either home or house somewhere in the surname.

    Here is the VFL/AFL team of Home surnames:

    B: Michael Malthouse (house, St K/Rich), Darren Glass (West Coast), Darren Holmes (homes, Syd/Fitz)

    HB: Jamie Tape (tap, sticky tape, Rich/Coll), Majak Daw (door, North M), Kevin Hall (Carlton)

    C: Dean Polo (polo shirt, Richmond, St K), Paul Couch (Geelong), Barry Capuano (cap, Essendon)

    HF: Chris Dawes (doors, Coll/Melbourne), Robert Walls (Carl/Fitzroy), Clive Waterhouse (house, Frem)

    F: Warwick Capper (cap, Sydney/Bris), Barry Hall (St K, Sydney/WB), Allan Jeans (jeans, St Kilda)

    R: Matthew Capuano (cap, North/St K), Peter Bedford (bed, SM/Carl), Sean Denham (denim, Geel/Ess)

    Allan Jeans and Sean Denham will take turns having a run on the ball and they will be known as denim jeans!

    As previously stated, this Home surnames team will be play a match against the Away surnames team.

    Entertainment will be provided by the television show “Home and Away”, and more importantly, highlights of the best home and away games.

    The match will be played at a venue to be nominated by the Home surnames team, who are to get a home ground advantage. Perhaps that venue will be somewhere in their own backyard.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football and that the winning team can bring it home!

    ,

  57. Hallo Anonymous.

    No spot for Peter Light who played twice for Essendon back in 1980?

    Glen!

  58. Anonymous says

    Fair enough (Meinetwegen) Glen.

    An interchange bench has now been made and Peter Light has been included with Matthew Wall (Richmond), Tom Couch (Melbourne) and Chris Dawes (Coll/Melb), who has been demoted to the interchange bench, in favour of Malcolm Blight (bLIGHT), who has now been named on the half forward flank.

    Although Peter Light played his 2 games for Essendon in 1980, Light would have been handy for Essendon when the lights went out at a home and away night match between Essendon and St Kilda in 1996 at VFL Park, Waverley.

    Therefore, this match between The VFL/AFL Home and Away surnames team will now be played at night, under lights.

    In breaking news, Robin Close (Closet, Ess 1968-78) and Bradley Close (Closet, Geel 2020-, 8 games so far) have been named as emergencies as shutdown players in case any opposition Away surnames players OPEN up any weaknesses in the games of Majak Daw (door) and Chris Dawes (doors), so Robin Close and Bradley Close can close those Away surname players down.

    The Away VFL/AFL surnames team be allowed to have any emergencies in Scott West (WB), Danny Southern (WB), Simon Eastaugh (East, Ess/Frem) and John Northey (North, Rich 1963-70) because emergencies could be required to travel in any direction.

    The VFL/AFL International Away surnames team will now also have an interchange bench that includes Peter Welsh (Footscray 1968-78), another Peter Welsh (Haw/Rich 1973-84), Rohan Welsh (Carl 1992-97) and Scott Welsh (North M//Adel/WB 1996-2009).

  59. Moin Anonymous.

    Now the AFL’s had matches internationally would it be worth having some international music. Who better than the Doors.

    So to follow your lead on Peter Light and the 1996 Essendon v St Kilda clash, if for some reason darkness sets in Jim Morrison can belt out ‘Light My Fire’. Yep the Doors make sense as our international band.

    Glen!

  60. Hi Anonymous, as per usual another well researched side. However what say you compose one featuring contributing Almanacs and regular comments people ?

  61. Anonymous says

    In response to Fisho’s suggestion, I have discussed the matter with my fellow Footy Almanac selectors, and we have decided to select 2 Almanac Footy sides, based on the number of articles each writer has written.

    As it was not easy to find out the exact number of articles other writers had posted, preference was then given to any writer that had actually written a Novelty Team of their own. Therefore, to get into a team, one needed to write their own team. Therefore, apologies to other Footy Almanac writers who have written more articles than others that have been mentioned in either team.

    As it’s generally easier to be a regular comments person than to actually write and post your own article, the selectors decided to disregard regular comments people, no disrespect.

    The number in brackets is how many articles that writer has written. With some exceptions, the lower figure in brackets is the number of of articles of that writer’s Novelty Teams only.

    Here is The 1st Footy Almanac’s Writing Team:

    B: Dips O’Donnell (206), Mark Schwerdt (258), Gigs (2)

    HB: Damian Ballastone (3), Matt Zurbo (200), Phillip D (45)

    C: Glen Davis (162), John Harms (c) (401), K B Hill (130)

    HF: “Rulebook” (187), Haiku Bob (308), Rodney Boyd (21)

    F: Phil Hill (2), ”Smokie” (214), Mathilde de Hautecloque (74)

    R: Sal Ciardulli (339), E Regnans (340), Yvette Wroby (330)

    Inter: Joe De Petrol (2), Noel/Mc (2), Rick N (2), Dave Brown (2), Peter B (2)

    This is the 2nd Footy Almanac’s Writing Team:

    B: JuneeJunction (1), Mark Duffet (1), Andrew Gaylard (1)
    HB: Ian Hauser (1), Mickey Randall (1), Greig N (1)
    C: dan1969 (1), Michael Crawford (1), Jackie Lynch (1)
    HF: Trebor9994 (1), Liahn O’ Brien (1), Dave H (1)
    F: The Wrap (1), Earl O’Neill (1), Young (1)
    R: Warren Tanner (1), Steve Healy (1), Tom Riordan (1)
    Inter: crio (1)

    There will be a pretend football match between these 2 Footy Almanac Writing teams.

    Entertainment will be provided by the songs “Paperback Writers” by the Beatles and “I Write The Songs”, by Barry Manilow.

    The match will be played in the afternoon at the Brunswick Oval in Fitzroy, to be followed by drinks at “The North Fitzroy Arms”.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football and that the match will be one to write home about.

  62. Anonymous says

    As Melbourne is about to enter a 7 day lockdown, I thought it would be appropriate to select a lockdown team of players who either have a lock sound in their 1st name or surname, Keys (to lock) or Close (shut).

    Here is the AFL/VFL Lockdown team:

    B: Lachie Whitfield (GWS), Andrew Lockyer (WC1987-92), Lachie Plowman (GWS/Carl)

    HB: Tarkyn Lockyer (Coll), Lachie Henderson (Bris/Carl/Gee), Peter Keays (Melb/Fitzroy)

    C: Lachie Hunter (WB), Lachie Neale (Fremantle/Brisbane), Lachie Ash (GWS 2020-)

    HF: Ben Keays (Bris/Adel), Robin Close (Essendon 1968-78), Terry Keays (Rich/Coll 1987-92)

    F: Brad Close (Gee 2020-), Tony Lockett (St Kilda/Sydney), Jay Lockhart (Melb 2019-)

    R: Lachie Keeffe (Coll/GWS), Lachie Weller (Frem/Brisbane), Lachie Fogarty (Gee/Carl)

    This team will play matches against the Home and Away surnames team posted above.

    Entertainment will be provided by highlights of Tony Lockett’s football career.

    These matches are ones that will be locked in!

  63. Anonymous says

    Following the announcement of the VFL/AFL Medical team nearly a month ago on April 29, 2021 in this article, it got me thinking about Australian Rules footballers who became lawyers or even higher in the legal profession.

    The criteria was to have practiced Law at some stage after their football career, or have Law or Judge somewhere in their surname.

    I have tried to concentrate on players who had reasonably good football careers, as there were many other players who could fit into one of the above criteria.

    Here is the AFL/VFL Legal team:

    B: Mordy Bromberg (St K, 1978-81, Senior Counsel), Grant LAWrie (Fitz/St K 1978-90), Mark Gamble (St K, 1986-88, County Court Judge)

    HB: John Law (North Melb 1978-89), Brian Sierakowski (St K 1964-68, Lawyer), Jack Gaffney (Fitz 1949-53, Lawyer, Supreme Court of Victoria Registrar of Criminal Appeals)

    C: Jim Wilkinson (South M 1970-72, Lawyer), Ian Law (Haw 1960-68), Sean Bowden (Rich 1990-91, 6 games, Lawyer)

    HF: Ken Judge (Haw/Bris 1983-88), Nick Holland (Hawthorn , Lawyer), Steven LAWrence (Bris/St K 1995-2005)

    F: Barry LAWrence (St K 1969-66), Brendan Gale (Richmond, Lawyer), Stephen Jurica (Rich 1995-97,18 games, Lawyer)

    R: Stephen LAWrence (Haw 1988-90), John Winneke (Haw, QC, Judge), Jamie LAWson (Syd 1991-94)

    Captain Coach: Ken Judge

    Umpire: Jordan Bannister (Bannister is spelt like Barrister, Ess/Carl 2001-09)

    This team will play a match against the VFL/AFL Medical team.

    Entertainment will be provided by the song “I Fought the Law”.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football and that the playing rules will be abided by, so that no player will take the law into his own hands.

  64. Jim Wilkinson ? There’s a name i don’t recall seeing in print since circa R5, South Melbourne V St Kilda 1972. I’ve a recollection he was from Tasmania.

    Mordecai Bromberg ended up very high in the legal world.

    I wasn’t aware of Mark Gamble’s legal role.

    Was Michael Zemski a lawyer?

    Glen!

  65. Anonymous says

    Yes, Jim Wilkinson was from Tasmania. He also played 3 first class cricket matches for Tasmania from 1973-75, as well as becoming the Australian junior and senior royal amateur tennis champion. He was also a former politician, as an independent member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council. He also commentated on both football and cricket for more than 15 years with the ABC in Tasmania.

    Mordecai Bromberg did end up high in the legal world. He is an Australian Judge, after being a senior barrister.

    I wasn’t aware of Mark Gamble’s legal role either until I came across an article in the Footy Almanac from BigKev3, in September 10, 2020, regarding footballers who became famous for something totally different.

    I am assuming BigKev3 did his proper research and there definitely is a Mark Gamble, a County Court Judge. I did further research myself and I think BigKev3 got the right Mark Gamble, because in one of his cases, Mark Gamble was quoted as mentioning his football friends from Frankston when he was young in the 1980s and I checked that St Kilda’s Mark Gamble played for Frankston in the 1980s before he played for St Kilda.

    To my knowledge, Michael Zemski, did not become a Lawyer. I was unable to find out what profession he was in, either during or after his football career.

  66. Vielen Danke Herr Anonymous.

    I have some memories of Jim Wilkinson as a winger/flanker at South Melbourne in the early 1970’s. I reckon he played a cricket match for Tasmania V the MCC touring team during that time.

    I have some recollection Mordecai Bromberg may have done some legal work with the BLF, or one of the construction unions during the late 80’s

    Michael Zemski was involved with Ajax sporting club. I’m not totally sure of his life beyond football, though there’s something about the legal fraternity i’m making a link with.

    Guten nacht,

    Glen!

  67. Anonymous says

    As today is the 1st day of Winter, I thought it would be appropriate to select a team of footballers who have a surname with either ice, ski, frost or winter in it.

    This is the AFL/Winter team:

    B: Dean Rice (ice, St K/Carl), Sam Frost (GWS/Melb/Haw), Jack Frost (Coll/Bris)

    HB: David Wojcinski (ski, Gee), Brian Sierakowski (ski, St K), Sam Petrevski-Seton (ski, Carl)

    C: Leon Rice (ice, Hawthorn), Barry Price (ice, Collingwood), Michael Frost (Foots/St Kilda)

    HF: Garry Brice (ice, South M), Will Hoskin-Elliott (ski, GWS/Coll), Mark Eustice (ice, Ess/Rich/Syd)

    F: Patrick Lipinski (ski, WB), Wayne Skipper (ski, WB/Hawthorn), Hayden Skipworth (ski, Adel/Ess)

    R: David Sierakowski (ski, St K / WC), Albert Price (ice, Carl 1936-46), Bob Skilton (ski, South Melb)

    Inter: Michael Zemski (ski, 8 games, Haw 1973-74), George Winter (Foots, 1935, 2 games), Jack Frost (Carl, 4 games 1897), Lou Frost (South Melb, 1944, 6 games)

    This team will play a match against a Summer team, where due to a lack of talent, it was decided to use first names of Heath (heat) to help make up the numbers, as well as any reference to either Summer, hot and heat in the surnames.

    This is the AFL/VFL Summer team:

    B: Heath Shaw (heat, Coll/GWS), Heath Grundy (heat, Syd), Paul Wheatley (heat, Melb 2000-09)

    HB: Heath Scotland (heat, Coll/Carl), Kevin Heath (heat, Haw/Carl), Campbell Heath (heat, Syd/PA 2010, 2013-14)

    C: Heath James (heat, Syd 1999-04), Heath Black (heat, Frem/St K), Bob Heatley (heat, Uni, 4 games, 1914)

    HF: Bill Heatley (heat, Coll, 1908-11), Trent Hotton (hot, Coll/Carl), John Somerville (summer, Ess 1960-67)

    F: Mark Summers (Rich, 1988-89), Jason Heatley (heat, WC/St K), Heath Sheppard (heat, Coll 1989-92)

    R: Peter Somerville (summer, Ess), Heath Hocking (heat, Ess), Frank Summers (Sth Melb, 2 games, 1953)

    Wayde Skipper will be the captain (skipper) of the Winter team. Heath Shaw will be the captain of the summer team.

    The match will be played in cold weather at Princess Park in Carlton, where the players can kick to the Heatley stand end, if they win the toss.

    Entertainment will be provided by the songs “Winter in America” by Doug Ashdown and “The Heat Is On”, by Glenn Frey.

    The standard of the match could vary from hot to cold.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football and that the players will not feel under the weather!

  68. Anonymous says

    As the French Tennis Open is currently on, it got me thinking of Australian Rules footballers who have a connection to tennis and vice versa.

    I have selected a team of players who either played both tennis and football well, or had a very close relative who played tennis or football, or who trained a top tennis professional, or is in a relationship with a tennis professional player.

    Also, Robert Mace (ace) and Wayne Foreman (forehand) were only included to make up the numbers, as their surnames were spelt like a tennis stroke.

    Here is the AFL/VFL Tennis Team:

    B: Alex Bolt, Dustin Fletcher (Ess), Tyler Roos

    HB: Jim Wilkinson (SM), Brett Stephens (Fitz), Ken McGregor

    C: Daniel Guccione (Ess VFL), Gearard Healy (Melb/Syd), Lleyton Hewitt

    HF: Robert Mace (Haw/St K/Bris), Carsten Ball, Leslie Rainey (Ess/Melb 1899-1900, 1902-03)

    F: Wayne Foreman (Foots/Ess 1977-81), Pat Cash Snr (Haw), Syd Ball

    R: Sam Groth, Todd Viney (Melb), Tom Couch (Melb)

    Current Australian tennis player Alex Bolt played football for Mypolonga Tigers in the River Murray Football League, when he took time off tennis.

    Dustin Fletcher was a top Victorian junior tennis player and was in the Shell Squad at the time with Mark Phillipoussis and Andrew Illie.

    Tyler Roos, son of Paul Roos, played with the Southport Sharks and is currently the boyfriend of current American tennis player, Amanda Anisomova.

    Jim Wilkinson, who played 15 games for South Melbourne from 1970-72, was the Australian junior and senior royal amateur tennis champion.

    Brett Stephens was the fitness coach of Pete Sampras and Mark Phillipoussis and Zimbabwean tennis player, Cara Black, who he eventually married.

    Ken McGregor, who won the Australian Open singles in 1952, played with Port Adelaide in the SANFL.

    Daniel Guccione, played with Essendon in the VFL. He had a tennis world ranking of 1207 and was the hitting partner of Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios and Milos Raonic for the Australian Open. He is the cousin of tennis player Chris Guccione.

    Gerard Healy’s daughter Bridget Healy, was a top Australian junior tennis player. She had an ITF junior ranking of 317 back in September 2006.

    Lleyton Hewitt considered leaving tennis and taking up a rookie contract with Port Adelaide.

    Leslie Rainey, who played 23 games and kicked 20 goals for Essendon and Melbourne from 1899-1900 and 1902-03, also competed in the 1914 and 1924 Australian Tennis Championships (now known as The Australian Open).

    Carsten Ball, a former professional Australian tennis player was only included because his surname of Ball, could be a tennis ball and a football. Likewise, the same applies to his father, Syd Ball.

    Pat Cash Snr was included as he was the father of Australian 1987 Wimbledon Champion, Pat Cash.

    Former Australian Davis Cup player Sam Groth, played football for Vermont Eagles football club, while he was taking a break from tennis.

    Todd Viney was a top junior tennis player. He apparently beat Boris Becker as a junior.

    Tom Couch, who played 3 games for Melbourne and is the son of Paul Couch, is the fitness trainer and boyfriend of current American tennis player, Danielle Collins.

    This team will play a match against the Away surnames team, which I posted 2 weeks ago in this article, because tennis players are often away.

    Entertainment will be provided by highlights of the best matches of the 4 Grand Slam singles tournaments, as well as the film, “Borg v McEnroe.

    The match will be played on an oval close to Melbourne Park.

    Let’s hope the match will be without any backhanders and that the game will have plenty of aces!

  69. Anonymous says

    As tonight is the Dreamtime game and the Sir Doug Nicholls Round, I thought it would be appropriate to select a current AFL team of Indigenous players, who are currently on an AFL list.

    There have been mentions in the past of the best Indigenous team of all time, but I want to pay tribute to the Indigenous players of today only.

    This is the current AFL team of Indigenous players:

    B: Jarrod Harbrow (WB/GC), Liam Jones (WB/Carl), Zac Williams (GWS/Carl)

    HB: Neville Jetta (Melbourne), Steven May (GC/Melb), Jarman Impey (PA/Haw)

    C: Brad Hill (Haw/Frem/St K), Shaun Burgoyne (PA/Haw), Shai Bolton (Rich)

    HF: Steven Motlop (Geel/PA), Lance Franklin (Haw/Syd), Daniel Rioli (Rich)

    F: Eddie Betts (Carl/Ad/Carl), Chad Wingard (PA/Haw), Jade Gresham (St K)

    R: Paddy Ryder (Ess/PA/St K), Shane Edwards (Rich), Michael Walters (Frem)

    Inter: Ben Long (St K), Nakia Cockatoo (Geel/Bris), Brandon Matera (GC/Frem)

    Liam Jones is the son of former St Kilda Indigenous player, Bob Jones.

    Steven May was born into a family of Indigenous Australian descent (Gunbalanya and Larrakia).

    Jade Gresham is of Indigenous Australian descent, hailing from the Yorta Yorta people.

    Shane Edwards’ maternal grandfather is from the stolen generation of the Arunta people of Central Australia.

    Brandon Matera is the nephew of former West Coast footballer, Peter Matera, and is Indigenous (Noongar).

    This team will play a match against the Bushrangers team, named by Glen, at the start of this article.because many Indigenous people, particularly in the northern half of Australia, have managed to cling on to their land and still hunt and gather ‘bush tucker”.

    Entertainment will be provided by the Australian musical group, Yothu Yindi and the documentary “The Ripple Effect”, and the television series, “Lawless: The Real Bushrangers” (2017).

    The match will be played in Alice Springs.

    Let’s hope for an entertaining game of football without any holdups!

  70. Hallo Anonymous, wie est dein wochenende?

    I was thinking that we’ve put up a fair few teams, footy and cricket, drawn from various cultural origins: Deutsch, Kiwi, African, from behind the ‘iron curtain’, etc. However there’s a couple of parts of the world we’ve not covered.

    Working/living in the Northern, Western suburbs the last 15 years has seen a proliferation of people from the sub-continent moving over here to enhance our communities. But, how many people from the sub-continent have turned out to play footy at the highest level?

    Ditto South East Asia. Lim Jong has turned out for the Bulldogs in the last 8 or 9 years. Danny Seow played for Collingwood in the late 80’s: did he go to Melbourne later on? Of course there was Peter Bell a fine player with North Melbourne, and Fremantle, for a good while. Any one else?

    Team, players, of Asian origins? interested.

    Glen!

  71. Anonymous says

    Firstly, I wish to make some late changes to the current day AFL Indigenous (Indigene) team.

    Both Liam Ryan (West Coast) and Kysaiah Pickett come into the starting 18. Liam Ryan will take the place of Daniel Rioli on the half forward flank, with Rioli being moved to the interchange bench.
    Kysaiah Pickett will take the place of Jade Gresham in the forward pocket, with Gresham being moved to the extended interchange bench.

    Secondly, Glen, I have actually done an Asian (asiatisch) AFL/VFL team in the past.
    Please refer to my comment on March 9, 2020, in your Deutsch football article, where I posted a team of Asian origin. Both Peter Bell and Danny Seow were mentioned.

    Thirdly, it is common for AFL players to have a surname that could be a first name, like Farren Ray and Dustin Martin.

    However, nowadays in particular, I have noticed that players have first names that around 30, 40 and 50 or more years ago, were common surnames.

    Here is the AFL team of first names that used to be mainly surnames (Nachnamen) in the past:

    B: Taylor Duryea (Haw/WB), Harris Andrews (Bris), Easton Wood (WB)

    HB: Lewis Jetta (Syd/WC), Lewis Roberts-Thomson (Syd), Brady Rawlings (NM)

    C: Hunter Clark (St Kilda), Clayton Oliver (Melbourne), Steele Sidebottom (Coll)

    HF: Jackson Merrett (Ess), Bayley Fritsch (Melbourne), Campbell Brown (Haw/GC)

    F: Taylor Garner (North M), Taylor Walker (Adelaide), Bailey Dale (W Bulldogs)

    R: Dawson Simpson (Feel/GWS), Bailey Smith (WB), Taylor Adams (GWS/Coll)

    Inter: Taylor Hunt (Geel/Rich), Jackson Trengove (PA/WB), Kingsley Hunter (Frem/WB/Haw), Harrison Petty (Melb)

    Emerg: Harrison Jones (Haw/Ess), Irving Mosquito (Ess), Wyllie Buzza (Geel/PA), Jackson Hately (GWS/Adel)

    This team will play a match against the “Almanac Funny Teams: A Right Pack of Girls”, (Almanache lustige Teams: eine richtge Meute von Madchen pack), named by Rick N, which can be found under the Footy Almanac Novelty Reams, on May 17, 2018,. That team was composed of players who had a girls’ surname like Luke Penny, Jim Jess, Paul Kelly, Brendan Gale, Mil Hanna, etc.

    The match will played at an AFLW venue, Ikon Park.

    Entertainment will be provided by the songs “Name of the Game”, by ABBA and “A Horse With No Name”, by America.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football and that all the players will make a name for themselves!

  72. Moin Herr Anonymous.

    I checked back to your posting of March 9 last year: sorry at my age I forget too many things, including this posting.

    Interesting seeing a good number of players having Lebanese heritage, as to me Lebanon is in the Middle East.

    Is Lebanon deemed as part of what was once called Asia Minor?

    Glen!

    Glen!

  73. Anonymous says

    Yes, Lebanon is in the Middle East but I googled Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, and it came up as a country in Western Asia. As Western Asia, West Asia or Southwest Asia is the westernmost subregion of the continent of Asia, I decided last year to include those AFL footballers of Lebanese (libanesisch) heritage in the Asian team, mainly to make up the numbers.

    However, you make a good point and I have decided to lesve Christian Salem, Adam Saad, Bacher Houli and Mil Hanna (all of Lebanese ancestory) out of the Asian AFL/VFL team and Sudjai Cook and Robert Ahmet can come into the starting 18.

    Orazio FantASIA will also come into the starting 18, because his surname has Asia in it, to make up the numbers.

    Anthony FranCHINA, who played 105 games for Carlton from 1997-2003, will also come into the starting 18, as his surname has China in it and will therefore complete the numbers to 18, in the Asian team.

  74. Anonymous says

    The Delta and Kappa variants have been in the news lately, with Kappa reminding me of Warwick Capper.

    It got me thinking about sporting players’ surnames that remind me of any fevers, diseases or connections at all to the coronavirus.

    As the cororonavirus is unfortunately a global pandemic, the criteria was for any current or former world sportsmen or sportswomen to have a surname that is spelt the same or not dissimilar with anything to do with the pandemic.

    This is the World Sporting Team relating to the coronavirus:

    B: Shannon Corcoran (corona, Foots/Bris/Syd), Nick Coffield (coughing, St K), Hank Pfister (Pfizer, Tennis)

    HB: John Favier (fever, St K/Syd 1982-84, 1985), Chad Cornes (corona, PA/GWS), Ivan Astruc (AstraZeneca, Fitz 6 games, 1897)

    C: Coco Gauff (caugh, current tennis player), Kane Cornes (corona, Port Adel), David Code (QR code, Melb 6 games, 1978)

    HF: Graham Cornes (corona, North Melb), Josh Jenkins (injections, Adel/Geel), Ian Corner (corona, St Kilda 1972-73)

    F: Warwick Capper (Kappa, Syd/Bris), Tony Lockett (lockdown, St Kilda/Syd), Matthew Bode (QR code, Port Adel/Adel)

    R: Graeme Jenkin (injection, Coll/Ess), Ricky Quade (Quarantine, QR code, SM), Allan Border (border restrictions, Cricket)

    Inter: Ross Case (cases, Tennis), Phil Dent (Delta, Tennis), John Feaver (fever, Tennis), John Sadri (SARS, Tennis)

    Captain Coach: Ricky Quade

    President: Paul Cronin (corona)

    Umpire: Bill Deller (Delta)

    This team will play a match against the AFL/VFL Medical Team which was posted earlier in this article, so that the Medical team can help treat any possible cases.

    Entertainment will be provided by Ian Cover (covid) from the radio sporting comedy group, the Coodabeen Champions.

    The match will be played at Fremantle Oval, where the Fremantle Doctor can take effect.

    Entry to the match for any spectators must be via the QR code.

    Once again, let’s hope this match can be just what the doctor ordered and also that there will be no mystery cases.

  75. Anonymous says

    Following the announcement of the AFL/VFL team of Lawyers a few weeks ago, it got me thinking of an equivalent world cricket team of players who have practised law or who have a law degree or who have law in their name.

    The criteria is for these players to have played either Test cricket or first class cricket for any country.

    This is the World 11 Cricket Legal Team:

    1. Lance Gun (Lawyer, 8 First Class matches for South Australia, 1924-25 &1926-27)

    2. Andrew Hilditch (Partner Insurance Law firm, 18 Tests for Australia,1978-80)

    3. Stuart Law (surname Law, 1 Test for Australia, 1995)

    4. Kumar Sangakkara (Masters in Law, Colombo University, 134 Tests for Sri Lanka, 2000-2015)

    5. Jim Wilkinson (Partner, practicing Lawyer in Hobart, 3 First Class matches for Tasmania,1973-77)

    6. Nathan Adcock (Patner, Commercial Law firm, 29 First Class matches for South Australia, 1997-2008)

    7. Dave Richardson (Lawyer, 42 Tests for South Africa, 1992-98, wicket keeper)

    8. Geoff Lawson (law in surname, optometrist, 46 Tests for Australia, 1980-89)

    9. John Traicos (Lawyer in Legal and Corporate Affairs, 7 Tests for South Africa and Zimbabwe,1970-93)

    10. Greg Rowell (Lawyer Insolvency & Commercial Litigation, 46 FC matches for NSW, Tas & Qld,1989-99)

    11. William Mould (County Court Judge, 1 Test for Australia, 1880)

    This team will play a match against the Test Cricket Medical team, named on May 19, 2021, in this article.

    The match will be played at Lords, because of a Lord Justice of Appeal (howzat).

    Entertainment will be provided by highlights of Kumar Sangakkara’s Test career, which will be shown on the big screen.

    Let’s hope for a game of cricket, that will Appeal to all!

  76. Anonymous says

    As today is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, it got me thinking of a play on words Australian Rules football team that is connected in any way to queen (could be Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of Hearts in a card game, or the rock band Queen).

    The play on words could also be connected to a birthday or to the Queen’s Birthday game between Melbourne and Collingwood.

    Jimmy Melbourne, who played 22 games for West Perth in 1900-01, was included to help make up the numbers in the play on words team because he didn’t play in the VFL, but was the first indigenous Australian to play senior Australian rules football in a major Australian football league.

    Matthew Goodyear played 2 games for Collingwood in 2016.

    The positions on the field are to be disregarded so that the words can be in order.

    Here is the Australian Rules Football Queen’s Birthday Play On Words Team:

    B: Mark McQUEEN (Rich 1991-94), Ben HART (Adel), Ray CARD (Geel)
    Queen of Hearts in cards

    HB: Max McQUEEN (Haw, 1gm 1937), Peter KNIGHTS (Haw), John ROBERTS (Sth M)
    The Queen knights Andy Roberts from the West Indies.

    C: Anthony ROCK (North M, Haw), Daniel BANDy (Frem), Phil McQUEEN (Geel, 1 game, 1920)
    The Rock Band Queen

    HF: Jimmy MELBOURNE (W Perth), Garry COLLING (St K), Bryan WOOD (Richmond/Essendon)
    Melbourne and Collingwood play on Queen’s Birthday.

    F: Darren JOLLY (Melb/Coll/Syd), Kerry GOOD North Melb), Wes FELLOWes (Collingwood)
    “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” birthday song

    R: Peter MOORE (Coll/Melbourne), Matthew GOODYEAR (Coll), Rodger HEAD (St K, 1959-67)
    More good years ahead for a birthday.

    This Queen’s Birthday team will play a match against the Team of Royals, posted by Glen on January 29, 2019, which can be found under The Novelty Teams in The Footy Almanac.

    The match will be played as a curtain raiser to The Queen’s Birthday football game.

    Entertainment will be provided by the rock band, Queen.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football and all proceeds of the match will be donated to The Royal Children’s Hospital.

  77. Anonymous says

    Further to Glen’s comment on June 6th, regarding an Asian team as a part of the world that hadn’t been covered, it got me thinking about selecting a Muslim team, as some of the players that I mentioned in that Asian team have been included in the Muslim team.

    Therefore, I know there aren’t enough Muslims to have played at the highest level, but in order to make up the numbers, it was decided to include players with Lebanese, Turkish and Indian heritage. These are nationalities with large Muslim populations, even if most of the players from that ancestory aren’t Muslim.

    I also decided to include Jack Indian, who played 1 game for St Kilda in 1944, to make up the numbers for this team.

    This is the AFL/VFL Muslim team: (Dies ist das muslimische AFL/VFL-Team:)

    B: Adam Saad (GC/Ess/Carl), Alex Silvagni (Frem, Anglo-Indian mother), Sedat Sir (WB, Turkish)

    HB: Christian Salem (Melb, Lebanese), Alex Rance (Rich, Indian mother), Bachar Houli (Ess/Rich)

    C: Blaine Boekhurst (Carl, Indian mother), Daniel Kerr (WC, Anglo-Indian father), Ben McNiece (Ess, Anglo-Indian mother)

    HF: Eroll Gulden (Syd, Turkish ancestory), Adam Yze (Melb, non practising Muslim), Clancee Pearce (Frem, Indian mother)

    F: Jack Indian (St Kilda, 1 game, 1944), Mil Hanna (Carlton, Lebanese), Ahmed Saad (St Kilda)

    R: Fred Pringle (Carl, 22 games, 1923-24, born in India), Jordan McMahon (WB/Rich, Indian), Robin Nahas (Rich/NM, Lebanese)

    Inter: Danny Younan (Coburg/Ess VFL, Lebanese mother, Syrian father), Ozgur Uysal (Coburg VFL, Turkish)

    This team will play a match against the Bushrangers team named by Glen, at the beginning of this article.

    The match will be played somewhere in the bush. probably in Glenrowan.

    Entertainment will be provided by songs from the singer Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), as well as highlights of Mohammed Ali’s boxing career.

    Once again, let’s hope for a good game of football, without any hold ups during play.

  78. Anonymous says

    As today is the half way way mark between American Independence Day (July 4th) and the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games (July 23rd), where the USA is expected to dominate with winning Gold Medals, it got me thinking about selecting an Australian Rules Football team of players that have either:

    1) Been born in the USA and played games of AFL or when it was known as VFL football.
    2) Have a parent or parents born in the USA and have played AFL or VFL football.
    3) Played AFL/VFL football and then tried to be a punter or tried for an NFL team in the USA, regardless of whether they have played any games for those NFL teams.

    Ray Broadway, who played 16 games for Footscray and South Melbourne in 1956, 1958 and 1959 has been included to make up the numbers in this team, because of his famous surname in New York.

    Some players are out of their normal position, as there were too many players available for only certain positions on the field.

    This is the American AFL/NFL team: (Das is das amerikanische AFL/NFL team)

    B: Joel Wilkinson (GC/Arizona Cardinals), Nathan Chapman (Bris/Haw/Green Bay Packers), Chris Bryan (Carl/Coll/Green Bay Packers)

    HB: Sanford Wheeler (Syd/Born In The USA), Jason Holmes (St K/Born In The USA), Tony Campbell (Melb/Foots/trial NFL 1994)

    C: Arryn Siposs (St K/Detroit Lions/Phil Eagles), Ray Broadway (Foots/ Fitz, 1956,58,59 16 games), Richard Osborne (Fitz/Syd/Foots/Coll/ trial NFL 1994)

    HF: Nick Davis ( Coll/Syd/trial NFL 2008), Wayne Carey (NM/Adel/ trial Dallas Cowboys 2002), Ben Graham (Geel/New York Jets)

    F: Mason Cox (Coll/Born In The USA), Sav Rocca (Coll/NM/Philadelphia Eagles), Darren Bennett (WC/Melb/San Diego Chargers)

    R: Zac Clarke (Frem/Ess/American father), Anthony Rocca (Syd/Coll/trial Philadelphia Eagles), Don Pyke (WC/Born In The USA)

    Captain Coach: Don Pyke

    This team will play a match against the Team of International Surnames, which was posted in the comments on May 20, 2021 of this article.

    The match will be played in Central Park, New York.

    Entertainment for this match will be provided by the songs “Born In The USA”, by Bruce Springsteen.and “New York, New York”, by Frank Sinatra.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football and you can start spreading the news about this match.

  79. Anonymous says

    As Victoria enters its 5th Lockdown today and the emergence of three cases of stranger-to—stranger transmission at the MCG being the deciding factor, it got me thinking as to which players would be the hardest to lockdown at the MCG, due to their performances at that ground.

    What better way than to go through all the Norm Smith Medalists, who performed on the MCG at the biggest time of the year, the Grand Final.

    I have selected 2 teams, the first from 1979-1999 and the second from 2000-2020.

    As some players played for more than one club, I have only put in brackets the team these players won the Norm Smith Medal and the year/s they won

    Some players on both teams have been named out of position, as there was no better alternative for that position and there were too many alternatives from other positions.

    Here is the 1st Team of MCG Grand Final greats who could not be locked down: (Hier is das 1. Team der MCG Grand Final-GroBen, die nicht gespertt werden konnten)

    B: Wayne Harmes (Carl, 1979), Billy Duckworth (Ess 1984), Gary Ayres (Haw 1986, 1988)

    HB: Andrew McLeod (Adel, 1997-98), Glen Archer (NM, 1996), Bruce Doull (Carl, 1981)

    C: David Rhys-Jones (Carl, 1987), Greg Williams (Carl 1995), Peter Matera (WC, 1992)

    HF: Michael Long (Essendon 1993), Paul Dear (Haw 1991), Dean Kemp (WC, 1994)

    F: Shannon Grant (North M, 1999), Steve Johnson (Geel, 2007), Kevin Bartlett (Rich, 1980)

    R: Simon Madden (Essendon, 1985), Maurice Rioli (Rich 1982), Tony Shaw (Coll,1990)

    Inter: Colin Robertson (Haw, 1983)

    This is the 2nd team of MCG Grand Final greats who could not be locked down:

    B: Luke Hidge (Haw, 2008 & 2014), Brian Lake (Haw 2013), Nathan Buckley (Coll, 2002)

    HB: Jason Johannisen (WB, 2016), Jimmy Bartel (Geel, 2011), Byron Pickett (PA, 2004)

    C: Andrew Embkey (WC, 2006), Dustin Martin (Rich, 2017, 2019-20), Lenny Hayes (St K 2010)

    HF: Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn, 2015), James Hird (Essendon 2000), Paul Chapman (Geel, 2009)

    F: Shaun Hart (Brisbane, 2001), Steve Johnson (Geel, 2007), Luke Shuey (WC 2018)

    R: Scott Pendlebury (Coll, 2010), Chris Judd (West C, 2005), Simon Black (Bris, 2003)

    Inter: Ryan O’Keeffe (Syd, 2012)

    These 2 teams will play a match against each other as a curtain raiser to the AFL Grand Final. As the 1st team from 1979-99 is older than the team from 2000-20, we shall pretend that all the players are playing at the level they had during their heyday of winning their Norm Smith Medals.

    Entertainment for this match will be provided by the Coodabeen Champions because their name implies they could have been champions, as in Norm Smith Medalists.

    Let’s hope for a good game of football, in which all the players can show their true skills, and not be locked down by the opposition.

  80. Abworten anonymous. There’s one very important player missing, a player known as Gott.

    On his day, like in 1989, he wasn’t getting locked down.

    I notice you have Steve Johnson at full forward in both teams; maybe one of those is an error, and you meant to have the great man there.

    Glen!

  81. Anonymous says

    Yes Glen, my apologies. I meant to type Gary Ablett Sr (1989) for the 1st team. I actually thought he was known as God, not Gott, as in Doug Gott, but maybe you meant to type God, not Gott.

    Speaking of typing errors, I meant to type Luke Hodge, not Luke Hidge, in the back pocket of the 2nd team. I also meant to type Andrew Embley, not Andrew Embkey, on the wing for the 2nd team.

  82. Anonymous says

    My apologies again. It just dawned on me that Gott is German for God.

    It’s time to go back and learn to speak German again. Silly me. Est ist Zeit, zuruckzugehen und wieder Deutsch zu lernen. Wie dum von mir.

  83. No probs Anonymous. I’ve never been good at the Germanic language (s). The context of how/when to use der, die, das, drove me mad trying to learn Deutsch at school.

    Deiner ist besser als meiner. Obwohl ich mich noch an meine Verwandten aus meiner Kindheit erinnere, ist mein Deutsch schlecht.

    Yes, a Grand Final team to get out of lockdown needs the great Geelong number 5 .

    Prost,

    Glen!

  84. Anonymous says

    After hearing the news that Australia will be playing a softball match against the hosts Japan this morning in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, (to be shown in Melbourne at 9.45am on 7Mate), as well as Women’s Soccer, Australia v New Zealand tonight from 9.15pm on channel 7, it got me thinking about an Australian Rules Football team of players where their surname is a famous Olympic Gold Medalist from Australia. (beruhmte olympische Goldmedaillengewinner aus Australian)

    Here is the AFL/VFL team of surnames of famous Australian Olympic Gold Medalists:

    B: Dean “Stephanie” Rice (St K/Carl, swimming), Brett “Kyle” Chalmers (Adel/PA, swimming), Jack “Jodie” Henry (Geel, swimming)

    HB: Wayne “Cate” Campbell (Rich, relay swimming), Cale ‘Steve” Hooker (Ess, pole vault), Charlie “Grant” Hackett (Coll, 9 games, 1910, swimming)

    C: David “Ian” Thorpe (Foots/Rich, 1965-79 swimming), Bob ‘Murray” Rose (Coll, swimming), Neil “Sally” Pearson (Haw, 1945-54, athletics)

    HF: Dale “Petria” Thomas (Collingwood/Carl, swimming), Archie “Kieren” Perkins (Ess, swimming), Nathan “Cathy” Freeman (St K, 2 games, 2016-18), Athletics)

    F: Jamie “Herb” Elliott (Collingwood, Athletics), Mark “Marjorie” Jackson (Melb/St K/Geel, Athletics), Rod “Alicia” Coutts (Foots 1963-64, 16 games, swimming)

    R: Josh “Dawn” Fraser (Coll/Gold C, swimming), Barry “Duncan” Armstrong (Carlton, swimming), Nathan “Liesel” Jones (Melb, swimming)

    This team will play exhibition matches against the 2 Norm Smith Medalists teams named in my comment 5 days ago.

    Entertainment will be provided by the Olympics Opening Ceremony and the hit 1980 Olympics song “Moscow”.

    Let the games begin!

  85. Anonymous says

    Glen, you may interested to know that when I googled Jack Henry from Geelong in the Wikipedia, when I selected him in the back pocket for the AFL/VFL team of surnames of famous Olympic Gold Medalists, I was surprised to read that Jack Henry ist libanesischer und judischer Abstammung. Daher konnte er sowohl in die Muslim ischen als auch in die judischen Teams aufgenommen werden, die in fruhren Kommentaren hier und in Ihrem englischen Artikel enthalten sind.

  86. Anonymous, Jack Henry sounds a multi skilled type. The places of origin are quite close to each other, though culturally quite different.

    He fits into a number of composite teams.

    Glen!

  87. Anonymous says

    Firstly, I wish to add Mark “Emma” McKeon, who played 6 games for Melbourne in 1978, to the interchange bench of the VFL/AFL team of surnames of famous Australian Olympic Gold Medalists.

    As a result of the magnificent gold medal performance of Ariarne Titmus in beating the great Katie Ledecky in the 400 metres individual swimming final today in the Tokyo Olympics, it got me thinking of doing a World Test 11 Cricket Team of surnames of Australian Olympic Gold Medalists. The surnames of the cricket team are completely different to the surnames of the VFL/AFL team, in order to pay tribute to more Australian Olympic Gold Medalists.

    This is the World Test 11 Cricket Team of Surnames of Australian Olympic Gold Medalists:

    1. Alastair “Natalie” Cook (beach volleyball, Sydney 2000)
    2. Graeme “Melvyn” Wood (rowing, single sculls, London 1948)
    3. Alan “Amy” Turner (rugby, Rio de Janeiro 2016)
    4. Marcus “Meg” Harris (swimming 4×100 m relay, Tokyo 2020)
    5. Norm “Susie” O’Neill (swimming Atlanta 1996 & Sydney 2000)
    6. Cameron “Tarnee” White (swimming, 4×100 m medley, Beijing 2008)
    7. Ian “Shane” Gould (swimming, Munich 1972)
    8. Fred “Ariarne” Titmus (swimming, 400m individual, Tokyo 2020)
    9. Colin “Gail” Miller (water polo, Sydney 2000)
    10. Graham “Linda” McKenzie (swimming, 4×200 m freestyle relay, Beijing 2008)
    11. Alice “Shaun “ Tait (swimming, 4×100 m freestyle & 4×100 m medley relays Athens 2004)

    Ian “Shane” Gould, who is a Test umpire, didn’t play any Tests, but Ian Gould played in 18 one day internationals for England as a wicket keeper, so he was included to make up the numbers for a recognised wicketkeeper.

    As there were too many Test openers, both Alan Turner and Marcus Harris have been put at numbers 3 and 4 respectively, should a few early wickets fall.

    This team will play exhibition football and cricket matches to make it even, against the VFL/AFL team of surnames of Australian Olympic
    Gold Medalists.

    The matches will be played in Tokyo, on an oval close to the Olympic Stadium.

    Entertainment will be provided by highlights of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    Let’s hope for good games of football and cricket that will be played in the spirit of the Olympics. (Geist der Olympischen Spiele)

  88. Anonymous says

    Ron “Kaylee” McKeown (Collingwood, swimming 100 m individual backstroke) has been added to the VFL/AFL team of surnames of famous Australian Olympic Gold Medalists. He can go to full back and Brett “Kyle” Chalmers can go to the back pocket, with Jack “Jodie” Henry moving to the half back flank. Charlie “Grant” Hackett has been demoted to the interchange bench.

    Congratulations to Kaylee McKeown on winning a gold medal today in the 100m backstroke Final.

  89. Compare for the entertainment would be, of course, IAN “MOLLY MELDRUM.

  90. Anonymous says

    Lindsay “Jessica” Fox (St Kilda, C1 slalom) has now been added to the AFL/VFL team of famous surnames of Australian Olympic Gold Medalists. He can go to the interchange bench.

    Congratulations Jessica Fox on your win today in the final of the Women’s Canoe C1 Slalom. You are now an Olympic Golld Medalist.

    Gary “Maddie” Wilson (Fitzroy, swimming) can also be added to this team as the rover, demoting Nathan “Liesel” Jones to the interchange bench. This followed Maddie Wilson winning a Gold Medal for Australia in the Women’s 4×100 metres freestyle relay in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    Entertainment will also be provided by the hit single “Fox On The Run” by Sweet.

  91. Anonymous says

    My fellow selectors, who will also remain anonymous, for the AFL/VFL team of famous surnames of Australian Olympic Gold Medalists, have indicated to me that Max “Kim” Crow, (Ess/St K/Foots, rowing single sculls, Rio 2016) has been added to this team at centre half forward. Archie “Kieren” Perkins has been moved trom centre half forward to the interchange bench.

    Of course Kim Crow changed her name to her married name of Kim Brennan before the 2016 Olympics, but my fellow selectors felt that this team needed more strength in the position of centre half forward. It was also decided that there was no need to have had Michael “Kim” Brennan at full back for this team because Ron “Kaylee” McKeown had been previously added to that role and there is enough strength already there in the backline.

    As a result, although the surname of the spelling is incorrect, Martin “Kim” Crowe and Jeff “Kim” Crowe have been added to the World Test Cricket Team of famous surnames of Australian Olympic Gold Medalists. Martin Crowe has been named at number 3 and Jeff Crowe at number 4. Both Alan “Amy” Turner and Marcus “Meg” Harris have been demoted to 12th and 13th men respectively.

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