Footy FAQ: AFL Clubs and Club History

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<p align="left"><a><font size="4" color="#000099">5. Australian Football League Clubs</font></a></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Sixteen clubs compete in the Australian Football League. Only two clubs have ever folded in the AFL (or VFL): University was merged into Melbourne in 1914, and Fitzroy into Brisbane in 1996. In 1982, South Melbourne relocated to Sydney. A list of details for each AFL team follows.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><em>Notes: </em></font></p>
<div align="left">
<ul><li><font size="2">The phone numbers below are listed for interstate dialing within Australia. To direct-dial them from the United States or Canada, dial <strong>011-61-</strong> followed by the last digit of the city code.</font></li>
</ul><ul><li><font size="2">The guernsey descriptions include full sleeves and collars; however, the sleeveless versions are favored by most footballers. Aussie winters are relatively mild by comparison to many parts of North America; Melburnians will complain about the cold and break out heavy coats, club scarves and beanies (read "stocking caps" or "toques") when game-time temperatures dip below 10C (50F).  (Average overnight winter temperatures in Melbourne are 7 to 10C (44 to 50F) which would be considered warm for many locations where American football is played in the USA or Canada.  Daytime temperatures average 14 to 17C (57 to 63F) in winter in Melbourne hence the ability to wear sleeveless guernseys.) </font></li>
</ul><ul><li><font size="2">NEW for 1999: By popular demand, we're including Web links to each club with an official Web site. (St. Kilda's site is run by the AFL; the Kangaroos do not have an official Web site, but most clubs have a number of unofficial supporter sites.) The AFL offers information and news items for each club at <a href="" title="AFL web site"></a></font></li>
<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Adelaide</strong></a></font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">PO Box 10, West Lakes, SA 5021, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">(03) 9827-9111</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">(03) 9827-9112</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">1991</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">1991</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">AAMI Stadium, West Lakes, South Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">165m by 133m </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Neil Craig</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="259"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Navy blue, red and gold hoops </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Navy blue</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Navy blue, red and gold hoops </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Crows</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">1997-98</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Mark Ricciuto, tied 2003</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="145"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Toyota (the "Camry Crows")</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="2">Malcolm Blight, who coached the Crows to two premierships in a row, announced his resignation in the middle of his third season, citing professional burnout. Gary Ayres took the job after the home-and-away season, shortly after his resignation from Geelong. Gary Ayres departed midway through the 2004 season and was replaced by his assisant Neil Craig, who had played SANFL football, but never played at AFL level. Craig was also the club's fitness coach and has a degree in sports science and worked at the Australian Institute of Sport. His innovations for training and list management have seen the team improve out of sight. By midseason 2006, the Crows had one of the highest percentages in league history and were already considered outright favorites for the 2006 premiership,.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Brisbane</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Postal Address</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">PO Box 1535, Coorparoo DC, Qld 4151, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">(07) 3335-1777</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">(07) 3891-1222</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">1987</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">1987</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Woolongabba Ground (The Gabba), Brisbane, Queensland </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">156m by 138m </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Michael Voss</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="276"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">(1987-96)</font></td>
            <td width="276"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Maroon with gold chevron in white trim </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Maroon with gold and white trim </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Maroon with gold and white pencil stripes around the top. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">(1997 on)</font></td>
            <td width="276"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Maroon with gold lion logo, blue yoke, gold sleeve and collar trim </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Maroon with gold and white trim </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Maroon with gold and white pencil stripes around the top. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Bears (before 1997) </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"> </td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">(Brisbane removed the koala from their shield logo in 1995 and replaced it with a stylized form of the team name.) </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"> </td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Lions (1997 on)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">2001-2003</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">Michael Voss, 1996, Jason Akermanis, 2001, Simon Black 2002 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="125"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="276"><font size="2">AAPT (a telecom company), Bank of Queensland, Carlton United Breweries</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="2">Matthews took the club to the top and kept them there for several years. They made the finals in 1999 and 2000 before becoming the dominant team of the competition over the next 3 seasons, although they never finished the season proper in first place. They continued that strength into 2004 and were favorites to equal Collingwood's record of 4 consecutive premierships but were defeated by Port Adelaide. Injuries savaged the team in 2005 and they fell to 11th. Injury and age took its toll again in 2006 and the club struggled early in the season, but hit a modicum of form over the second half of the year. They finished ninth in 2007 and 10th in 2008. At the end of 2008, Leigh Matthews resigned as coach with former club icon Michael Voss replacing him.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Carlton</strong></a> </font><font size="2"><a></a></font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">PO Box 83, North Carlton, Vic 3054, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">(03) 9387-1400</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">(03) 9387-7805</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">1864</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">1897</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">Telstra Dome &amp; MCG, Melbourne;  Training Ground is still Optus Oval </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">158m by 135m. Goals run east to west. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">Brett Ratten</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="275"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">Dark navy blue with white "CFC" monogram </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">Dark navy blue</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">Dark navy blue</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">Blues</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">1906-7-8, 1914-15, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981-82,1987, 1995 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="275"><font size="2">BJ Deacon - 1947, J James - 1961, G Collis - 1964,<br />
            Greg Williams - 1994 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="275">
            <p><font size="2">Dan Murphy's (a liquor store chain), MC Labor (ground sponsor who replaced Optus in 2006)</font></p>

<p align="left"><font size="2">Carlton was considered the most successful club in the competition with 16 premierships and never finishing last in its history, until 2002. Years of poor management and recruiting from the administration and penatlies for salary cap cheating saw the club take a dramatic slide on and off the fleid. They recovered enough form to win the 2005 preseason championship, but again finished last during the main season and were in serious debt.  In 2005, the club decided they would be better off financially by playing all their games at the Telstra Dome and the MCG, as Optus Oval had no lights for night games and had a seating capacity of less than 30,000. They still retain Optus Oval for adminstrative and training purposes.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><strong>Collingwood</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">PO Box 165, Abbotsford, Vic 3067, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">(03) 8412-0000</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">(03) 8412-0172</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">1892</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">1897</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont, Victoria<br />
            (Training) Lexus Center, Olympic Park, Melbourne CBD </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">160m by 141m. Goals run east to west. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Mick Malthouse</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Official Colors: (Home)</font></td>
            <td width="279"> Black &amp; white</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Black and white vertical stripes on body and horizontal stripes on sleeves. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Black</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Black</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">(Away)</font></td>
            <td width="279"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Wide black stripes with Magpie logo at center; black numbers in white field on back.</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">White</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Black</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Magpies</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">1902-3, 1910, 1917, 1919, 1927-28-29-30, 1935-36, 1953, 1958, 1990 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Syd Coventry - 1927, A Collier - 1929, Harry Collier - 1930, M Whelan - 1939, Desmond Fothergill - 1940, Len Thompson - 1972, P Moore - 1979, Nathan Buckley (tied) - 2003</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="279"><font size="2">Emirates Airlines,Versaci, Transport Accident Commission</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="2">Tony Shaw resigned effective at the end of his original three-year contract with the Maggies, after failing to improve their record during his term and "winning" the mythical Wooden Spoon as last-place finishers in 1999. Mick Malthouse decided he had done all he could with the West Coast Eagles during his 10 year stint in WA and wanted to return to Melbourne. He signed on with the Pies and, after 2 years of rebuilding, took them to consecutibve Grand Finals in 2002-2003, losing narrowly in a heart-breaker to Brisbane and getting thumped in 2003. The next 2 years were disappointing with the side savaged by injury, but they bounced back in 2006 to be serious flag contenders.<br />
The Magpies abadoned their antiquated Victoria Park as a training ground in 2004 to move into the state-of-the-art facilities at the new Lexus Center near the MCG. They had previously abandoned Vic Park severak years prior to play home games at the MCG.</font><font size="3"> </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><strong>Essendon</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">PO Box 17, Essendon, Vic 3040, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">(03) 9230 0300</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">(03) 9370-6804</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">1873</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">1897</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Victoria<br />
            (Training) Essendon Recreation Reserve ("Windy Hill"),<br />
            Essendon, Victoria</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">159.5m by 128.m. Goals run north to south </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">Matthew Knights</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="269"> Red &amp; black</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">Black with a red sash </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">Black</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">Red with black hoops </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">Bombers</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">1897, 1901, 1911-12, 1923-24, 1942, 1946, 1949-50, 1962, 1965, 1984-85, 1993. 2000</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">Dick Reynolds - 1934, 1937, 1938,<br />
            Bill Hutchinson - 1952, 1953,<br />
            G Moss - 1976, Gavin Wanganeen - 1993,<br />
            James Hird - 1996 (tied)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="269"><font size="2">3 Mobile Phone</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Fitzroy</strong></a><strong> (merged into Brisbane in 1996)</strong></font><font size="2"> </font></p>
<table border="0" style="height:451px;"><tbody><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"><font size="2">1884</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"><font size="2">1897</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"><font size="2">EJ Whitten Oval, Barkly St, Footscray, Victoria </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"><font size="2">176m by 127m. Goals run north to south </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"><font size="2">Red, royal blue collar, cuffs and yoke, gold "FFC" monogram </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"><font size="2">Royal blue</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"><font size="2">Red with royal blue top </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"><font size="2">Lions</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="21"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="21"><font size="2">1898-99, 1904-05, 1913, 1916, 1922, 1944. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="127" height="78"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="265" height="78"><font size="2">Haydn Bunton - 1931,1932,1935,<br />
            W Smallhorn - 1933, D Ryan - 1936,<br />
            Allan Ruthven - 1950, Kevin Murray - 1969,<br />
            Bernie Quinlan - 1981</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Footscray</strong></a><strong> (dba Western Bulldogs)</strong></font><font size="1"><strong> </strong></font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">PO Box 4112, Delivery Center, Footscray West, Vic 3012, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">(03) 1300 46 36 47</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">(03) 9689-6101</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">1883</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">1925 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">EJ Whitten Oval, Barkly St, Footscray, Victoria (until 1997) </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"> </td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">Colonial Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">159.5m by 128.8m. Goals run north to south </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">Rodney Eade (appoined 2006)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="274"> Blue, white &amp; red</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">Royal blue, red &amp; white chest hoop with stylized bulldog</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">Royal blue (home, white (away)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">Royal blue with red &amp; white band at top</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">Bulldogs </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">1954 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">Allan Hopkins - 1930, N Ware - 1941, P Box - 1956,<br />
            John Schultz - 1960, Gary Dempsey - 1975,<br />
            K Templeton - 1980, Brad Hardie - 1985,<br />
            Tony Liberatore - 1990, Scott Wynd - 1992, Adam Cooney - 2008</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="117"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="274"><font size="2">LeasePlan (home loan company)</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Fremantle</strong></a></font><font size="2"> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">PO Box 381, Fremantle, WA 6959, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">(08) 9433 7000</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">(08) 9433 7001</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">1995</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">1995 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Subiaco Oval, Perth, WA </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Subiaco - 175.6m by 122.4m </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Mark Harvey</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Official Colors: (Home)</font></td>
            <td width="267"> Purple, red, white &amp; green</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Purple background featuring one green and one red chest panel separated by a white anchor</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Purple</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Purple with red, white, &amp; green hoops at top</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">(Away)</font></td>
            <td width="267"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Purple background with red and blue vertical ribbons and white anchor on front; purple numbers on white background on back</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">White</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Purple</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Dockers </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">None</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">None</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">LG Electronics</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Geelong</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">PO Box 461, Geelong, Vic 3220, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">(03) 5225 2300</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">(03) 5221-8462</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="256"> <a href=""></a></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">1858</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">1897</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Skilled Stadium in Kardinia Park, Moorabool St, Geelong, Victoria (nee Kardinia Park, then Baytec Stadium, then Shell Stadium)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">170m by 115m. Goals run north to south </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Mark "Bomber" Thompson</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Official Colours:(Home)</font></td>
            <td width="256"> Blue &amp; white</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Navy blue and white hoops </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Navy</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Navy blue and white hoops </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">(Away)</font></td>
            <td width="256"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Gradient blue with three white adidas-style stripes and GFC monogram at chest; numbers in white on back</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">White</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Navy blue and white hoops </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Cats</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">1925, 1931, 1937, 1951-52, 1963, 2007</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Edward "Carji" Greeves - 1924, B Smith - 1951, Aaron Lord - 1962, Paul Couch - 1989, Jimmy Bartel - 2007 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="135"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="256"><font size="2">Ford Motor Company, NIB Health Funds Insurance</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="2">Geelong's original name was the Pivotonians because of the town's "pivotal" role as a seaport and the home ground was Corio Oval, near the Corio Bay. Corio Oval had to be abandoned in 1940 because of the war and the team went to their current home, oringinally known as Kardinia Park. The Pivotonians became the Cats when a black cat ran onto the ground during the half time break of a juniors game. A newspaper cartoonist suggested it might bring the struggling Geelong, who had won just 2 from 7 games, some luck. The team won the next day and captain Cliff Rankin concurred with the journo the the cat had brought luck to the side and the team became known as the Cats. They were one of several teams to drop out of the compition in 1916 due to wartime travel restrictions with Geelong being 60 kilometers southwest of Melbourne along the Port Phillip Bay.  </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Hawthorn</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">PO Box 52, Hawthorn, Vic 3122, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">(03) 9819-2199</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">(03) 9819-5697</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">1874</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">1925</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont, Victoria <br />
            (Training) Glenferrie Oval, Hawthorn, Victoria</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">180m by 142m. Goals run north to south </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Alistair Clarkson</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="267"> Brown &amp; gold</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Brown and gold vertical stripes on front, plain gold back. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Brown</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Gold</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Hawks</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988-89, 1991, 2008</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">Col Austen - 1949, Robert "Dipper" Dipierdomenico - 1986, John "Rat" Platten - 1987 (tied), Shane Crawford (1999)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="122"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="267"><font size="2">HSBC (a London based banking and financial services company)</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Melbourne</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">PO Box 254, East Melbourne, Vic 3002, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">(03) 9650-1111</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">(03) 9654-6039</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><a href=""></a></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">1858 (possibly the oldest club of its kind on Earth) </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">1897</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont, Vic.</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">160m by 141m. Goals run east to west </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Mark Riley</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="265"> Blue &amp; red</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Navy blue with red yoke </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Navy blue</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Red</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Demons</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">1900, 1926, 1939-40-41, 1948, 1955-56-57, 1959-60, 1964 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">IP Warne-Smith - 1926, Dr Don Cordner - 1946,<br />
            B Wilson - 1982, P Moore - 1984, Jim Stynes - 1991, Shane Woewodin - 2000 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Primus Telecommunicaions</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>North Melbourne (dba Northern Kangaroos)</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">PO Box 158, North Melbourne, Vic 3051, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">(03) 8327-0300</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">(03) 9328-3514</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">1869</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">1925</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont, Vic.<br />
            (Training) North Melbourne Cricket Ground, Arden Street, Melbourne</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">160m by 141m. Goals run east to west </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Dean Laidley</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="259"> Royal blue &amp; white</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">(Traditional) Royal blue and white vertical stripes<br />
            (Alternative) Traditional stripes above running kangaroo in royal blue silhouette on white </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Royal blue</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Royal blue</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Kangaroos</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">1975, 1977, 1996, 1999</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Noel Teasdale - 1965, Keith Greig - 1973,1974,<br />
            Malcolm Blight - 1978, Ross Glendinning - 1983 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="129"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="259"><font size="2">Mazda, Primus Communications</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="2">The Kangaroos became the first "traveling team" in football history. They proposed the concept to the AFL during the 1998 season, and played five home dates at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1999. As part of the initiative, they dropped the "North" from thier name and became simply the Kangaroos.<br />
They then shifted to Manuka Oval in Canberra, the Australian capital. In 2008, the AFL offered the Kangaroos a lucrative deal to relocate to the Gold Coast in Queensland, but the club refused.  </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Port Adelaide</strong></a></font><font size="2"> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">PO Box 379, Port Adelaide, SA 5015, Australia. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">(08) 8447-4044</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">(08) 8447-8633</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">1870</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">1997</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">Football Park, West Lakes, South Australia<br />
            (Training) Alberton Oval, Port Adelaide, South Australia</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">165m by 133m </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">Mark Williams</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="258"> Black, teal &amp; white</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">Teal blue, white and black bands with "lightning bolt" contrast strokes at the left shoulder </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">Black</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">Black</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">Power</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">2004</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">Gavin Wanganeen (won when he was at Essendon in 1993)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="124"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="258"><font size="2">Scott's Transport Services, Vodafone (cellular phones), South Australian Brewing Company</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="2">On December 13 1994, the SANFL announced that the Port Adelaide Football Club (currently playing in the SANFL) would become South Australia's second team in the AFL when a new license became available. </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">The SANFL was told to prepare a possibility for a 2nd South Australian team as early as 1996. (The Adelaide Crows had a 5 year market exclusivity deal in SA until then.) Debate then arose as to when/if Port Adelaide would be admitted, as the AFL was not keen to expand to a 17 team competition. It had been previously foreseen that a Victorian club would fold or merge thus providing the way for a licence being made available; Fitzroy's failure and merger with Brisbane in 1996 finally made it possible. </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Another issue to be resolved was that of Port Adelaide's guernsey design and logo. Unlike the other expansion teams, Port had an already existing history in the SANFL - the Port Adelaide Magpies, with a black and white vertically striped guernsey. The name and colors, however, were already 'owned' by Collingwood in the AFL. Port had already registered 6 names as possibilities, including the Pirates, and the Raiders, and were considered likely to retain black and white as their colours but add silver in addition. But within weeks of their admission in 1996, Port Power introduced a new organization with entirely new uniforms incorporating teal blue instead of silver (either of which bothered traditionalists to no end).<br />
There remains a Port Adelaide Magpie team in the SANFL.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Richmond</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">PO Box 48, Richmond, Vic 3121, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">(03) 9429-5333</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">(03) 9421-2846</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">1885</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">1908</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Jolimont, Vic.<br />
            (Training) Punt Road Oval in Yarra Park, Punt Road, Richmond, Vic.</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">160m by 141m. Goals run east to west </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Terry Wallace</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="265"> Yellow &amp; black</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Black with yellow sash </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Black</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Black and yellow hoops </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Tigers</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">1920-21, 1932, 1934, 1943, 1967, 1969, 1973-74, 1980 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="265"><font size="2">Stan Judkins - 1930, JW Morris - 1948,<br />
            Graeme Wright - 1952,1954, Ian Stewart - 1971</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="121"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="265"> Motorola</td>

<p align="left"><font size="3">The Transport Accident Commision was the club's major sponsor for many years, but several drunk driving incidents by the players over a period of several years resulted in the TAC - which tries to promote a strong anti-drink-while- driving message - cancel their sponsorship in 2005.<br /><a><strong>St. Kilda</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">PO Box 1034, Moorabbin, Vic 3189, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">(03) 9559-6688 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">(03) 9555-6917</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">1873</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">1897 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Victoria <br />
            (Training) Moorabbin Oval, Moorabbin, Victoria</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">159.5m by 128.82m. Goals run north to south </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">Ross Lyon</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="261"> White, black, &amp; red</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Guernsey (traditional)</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">Red, white and black vertical stripes, crest on left breast, black back and sleeves, red cuffs on sleeves, white collar</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Guernsey (alternate)</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">Outsized crest with black cross, red top panels and black bottom panels, red bottom, crest on left breast; remainder as before</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">Black</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">Red, white and black hoops. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Nickname</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">Saints </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">1966 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">C Watson - 1925, B Gleeson - 1957,<br />
            N Roberts - 1958, Verdun Howell - 1959,<br />
            Ian Stewart - 1965, 1966, R Smith - 1967,<br />
            Tony Lockett - 1987, Robert Harvey - 1997, 1998</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="123"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="261"><font size="2">Bill Express (a bill payment service with outlets at many locations throughout Australia)</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>Sydney</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">PO Box 173, Paddington, NSW 2021, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">(02) 9339-9123</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">(02) 9339-9100</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"> </td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">1874 as South Melbourne </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">1897; relocated to Sydney in 1982 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, New South Wales </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">149m by 136m. Goals run north to south </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">Paul Roos</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="264"> Red &amp; white</td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">White with red "V" yoke, with Opera House roof in silhouette at base; red back, red cuffs and collar</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">Red</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">Red</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">Swans </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">1909, 1918, 1933, 2005 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">Herbie Matthews - 1940, R Clegg - 1949,<br />
            FW Goldsmith - 1955,<br />
            Bob Skilton - 1959, 1963, 1968,<br />
            Paul Bedford - 1970, Graham Teasdale - 1977,<br />
            Barry Round - 1981, Greg Williams - 1986,<br />
            Gerard Healy - 1988, Paul Kelly - 1995, Adam Goodes  - 2003 (co-winner with Nathan Buckley and Mark Ricciuto), Adam Goodes - 2006</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="120"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="264"><font size="2">QBE Insurance</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><a><strong>University</strong></a><strong> </strong></font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="257"><font size="2">1908</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="257"><font size="2">1908-10 East Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont, Vic.<br />
            (The EMCG was located in what is now a railyard next to the MCG.)<br />
            1911-14 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Jolimont, Vic. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="257"><font size="2">EMCG ?, MCG 160m by 141m </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="257"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="257"><font size="2">Black with blue V neck and cuffs </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="257"><font size="2">White</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="257"><font size="2">Black with blue tops </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="257"><font size="2">Students</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="257"><font size="2">None</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="130"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="257"><font size="2">None</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><font size="2">University had trouble retaining players due to the transitory nature of students and their schedules of exams and holidays. The advent of World War One exacerbated the problems and the club folded. While some players crossed to Melbourne, there is no evidence that University actually merged with Melbourne as some believe.<br /><br /></font><a><strong>West Coast</strong></a> </font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Postal Address:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">PO Box 508, Subiaco, WA 6008, Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Phone:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">(08) 9381-1111</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Fax:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">(08) 9388-2541</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">World Wide Web:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2"><a href=""></a></font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Founded:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">1987</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Joined AFL:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">1987</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Home Ground:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">Subiaco Oval and the WACA, Perth, Western Australia </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Ground Dimensions:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">Subiaco - 173m by 129m, WACA - 165m by 129m. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Senior Coach:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">John Worsfold</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Official Colors:</font></td>
            <td width="268"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">(Home)</font></td>
            <td width="268"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Guernsey</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">Royal blue with yellow, ochre and blue eagle with yellow panels </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">White with blue trim</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">Royal blue with gold stripe at top </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">(Away)</font></td>
            <td width="268"> </td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Alternate<br />
            <td width="268"><font size="2">Royal blue, with gold eagle wings and eagle head logo, white trim. </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Shorts</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">Royal Blue</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Socks</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">Royal blue with gold top </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Nickname:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">Eagles</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Premierships:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">1992, 1994, 2006</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Brownlow Medalists:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">Chris Judd - 2004, Ben Cousins - 2005</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="118"><font size="2">Prime Sponsors:</font></td>
            <td width="268"><font size="2">SGIO Insurance, Hungry Jack's (Burger KIng in Australia, due to the name Burger Kng being used by an Australia company)</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="2">Mick Malthouse resigned as of the end of the 1999 finals campaign to return to Melbourne, presumably to be near ailing family members. Ken Judge was recruited from Hawthorn to replace him. Both had a year remaining on their contracts, which was a subject of some controversy. Judge was replaced in 2002 by former champion Eagle defender John Worsfold (who had a stint at Carlton as an assistant). He took the Eagles to their first Grand Final since 1994, albeit a losing effort against Sydney.<br />
West Coast's orginal guernsey was the royal blue with a yellow eagle on the front and yellow trim. In 2004, they adapted a new home guernsey and now use the orginal blue and gold for away games.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="3"><a>Statistical Trivia from the AFL (and VFL) </a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Most Premierships:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">16 - Carlton (most recent 1995)<br />
16 - Essendon (most recent 2000)</font></p>
<p align="left"> </p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Most "Wooden Spoons" (Last Place):</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">26 - St Kilda (most recent 1988) </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a>H<em>ighest Score in an AFL match:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">37.17 239 points - Geelong defeated Brisbane Round 7, 1993 </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Lowest Score in an AFL match:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">0.1 1 point - St Kilda lost to Geelong in Round 3 of the Section B Finals, 1899 </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Most Goals by a player:</em></a></font></p>
<table width="309" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0"><tbody><tr><td width="65"><font size="2">Game:</font></td>
            <td width="244"><font size="2">18 - Fred Fanning (Melbourne) vs St Kilda, Round 19, 1947</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="65"><font size="2">Season:</font></td>
            <td width="244"><font size="2">150 - Bob Pratt (South Melbourne), 1934</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="65"> </td>
            <td width="244" valign="top"><font size="2">150 - Peter Hudson (Hawthorn), 1971 </font></td>
        </tr><tr><td width="65"><font size="2">Career:</font></td>
            <td width="244"><font size="2">1360 - Tony "Plugger" Lockett <br />
            (St. Kilda/Sydney) </font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="2">Lockett kicked his 1300th VFL/AFL goal for the Swans after the quarter-time siren against Collingwood in Round 10, 1999 at the SCG, breaking a 62-year-old record. Gordon "Nuts" Coventry scored 1299 goals in 18 seasons at Collingwood (1920-37).</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Most Consecutive Wins:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">23 Games - Geelong Round 12,1952 to Round 13, 1953<br />
Technically, and it is a point of debate, the streak could actually be considered as 26 without a loss, as there was a draw in that mix. </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Most Consecutive Losses:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">51 Games - University Round 4, 1912 to Round 18, 1914 </font></p>
<p align="left"><a><em>Longest Premiership Drought:</em></a></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">72 years: Sydney 1933-2005)<br /></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Yet to win a Premiership:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Fremantle (joined 1995)<br /></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Yet to 'win' the Wooden Spoon:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">West Coast (joined 1987)<br />
Adelaide (joined 1991)<br />
Port Adelaide (joined 1997)<br /></font><font size="2"><br /><a><em>Oldest Player:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">43 years - Vic Cumberland, St Kilda, 1920</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Youngest Player:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">15 years 287 days - Kevin Bromage, Collingwood, 1953</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Most Consecutive Matches by a player:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">244 - Jim Stynes, Melbourne, Round 16, 1987 to Round 4, 1998 </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Longest Finals Absence:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">32 Years - Hawthorn, 1925 - 1957</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Worst team:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Debatable. University has the longest losing streak of 51, but St Kilda's opening few years were pretty bad. From Round 1 1897 (the first VFL matches) to Round 5 1903, St Kilda's record was 2 wins - 101 losses - 1 draw . In fact, St Kilda's first win was actually a draw against Melbourne, which they later won on protest to break a losing streak of 48. Only University's demise prior to WW I produced something to match St Kilda's form. </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Best Goal Kicking Average:</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">5.63 goals/game - Peter Hudson (Hawthorn) (727 goals in 130 games)</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Origin of St Kilda's Uniform Crest</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Round 5, 1933 St Kilda vs North Melbourne:</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Nine Saints players were seriously injured during the game. They eventually finished the game with only 15 men on the ground, many still injured (there was no interchange bench in those days). Despite this, St Kilda managed to hang on for a 97 to 83 win. Emotional officials pinned badges of recognition on the survivors' guernseys. The badge is now incorporated into the uniform. </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Fitzroy Win Wooden Spoon AND Premiership in Same Year</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">1916 - Five of the nine VFL clubs went into recess due to the continuation of World War I. This left only Carlton, Collingwood, Richmond and Fitzroy to play a 12 round season. Fitzroy ended the season on the bottom of the Premiership Ladder with a 2-9-1 record. A Final Four system was in use, so Fitzroy still got to play in the Finals. Producing a remarkable form reversal, Fitzroy won all three finals matches to become Premiers, defeating Carlton in the Grand Final 85 to 56.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2"><a><em>Club Nicknames</em></a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Many AFL clubs have not always played under their current nicknames. Some examples:</font></p>
<table width="377" border="0"><tbody><tr><td><font size="2">Brisbane</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Bears</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Carlton</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Navy Blues, Brewers, Bulldogs, Cockatoos</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Essendon</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Same Olds, Dons (still in everyday use)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Fitzroy</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Maroons, Gorillas</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Footscray</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Tricolors</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Geelong</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Pivotonians (Geelong is "Pivot of the Colony (Victoria)," as Boston is "Hub of New England")</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Hawthorn</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Mayblooms, Mustard Pots</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Melbourne</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Redlegs (still seen occasionally), Fuchsias</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">North Melbourne </font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Shinboners (still seen occasionally)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Port Adelaide</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Magpies (present SANFL)</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Richmond</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Yellow and Black Angels, Wasps</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">St. Kilda</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Seagulls, Panthers</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">South Melbourne</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Southerners, Bloods (still in everyday use), Blood Stained Angels</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">University</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">Professors, Students</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="2">NOTE: "Camrys" is an often-used, but sarcastic, nickname for the Adelaide Crows. The Toyota Camry brand name has appeared on Crows guernseys since Day One.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="3"><a>AFL Attendances </a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Change and expansion in the AFL certainly haven't hurt attendance figures. Crowd figures have risen steadily over the years with 2005 recording an all time high of 6,763,852 fans attending matches. The highest attendance for 2005 was at the MCG as 91,828 fans witnessed the Grand Final thriller between Sydney and West Coast. </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">The record crowd for an Australian Rules Football Game was the 1970 VFL Grand Final between Carlton and Collingwood at the MCG. It drew a crowd of 121,696. Subsequent modifications to the MCG (the building of the Great Southern Stand reduced capacity to just under 100,000, and Cricket Club members with reserved seats in their pavilion always stay away in numbers). However, in 2004, a new redevelopment plan saw the demolition and reconstruction of several sections of stands which brought the capacity back up to a potential 6 figure number. The work was completed in time for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">The record for a round was Round 22 of 1998 (August 28-30), with attendance of 367,974. This last weekend of 1998 featured seven clubs still in contention for six spots in the finals, and the final appearance of legendary full-forward Jason Dunstall.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Admission to an AFL ground cost $13.50 in 1999, and was $18 in 2005.  2000. This merely buys your way into the stadium, where you hopefully will find standing room somewhere. Seats are extra, if they are available. Pirces are always higher for finals and the Grand Final with those prices usually announced late in the season. </font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="3"><a>Club Memberships</a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">One of the distinctive features of Australian clubs is that their fans can become dues-paying members. A simple support membership can be had at most clubs for A$90 or less, which buys access to the club's social club facilities, a membership card with season fixture, and the club magazine. Additional money buys access to reserved seating, among other perks.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Social clubs generally include restaurants, bars, banquet halls, the club trophy case, and a gambling hall featuring video *gambling term* machines. The "pokies" generate substantial revenue for the clubs, and for the contractors who operate them.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">While fans can purchase memberships from before the preseason starts right through to the end of the year, the official cut off date for official tallies is June 30. Published membership numbers for 2003-2005 were as follows:</font></p>
<table border="0"><tbody><tr><th align="left"><font size="2">Club</font></th>
            <th colspan="3"><font size="2">Members</font></th>
        </tr><tr><th align="left"> </th>
            <th align="right">
            <p align="center">2004 </p>
            <th align="right">
            <p align="center">2005 </p>
            <th><font size="3">2006</font></th>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Adelaide</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">45,642</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">43,256</font></td>
            <td align="right">50,138</td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Brisbane</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">30,221</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">28,913</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">26,459</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Carlton</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">32,095</font></td>
            <td align="right">33,534</td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">28,756</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Collingwood</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">41,128</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">38,612</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">38,038</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Essendon</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">33,469</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">32,734</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">32,511</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Fremantle</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">32,780</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">34,178</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">35,666</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Geelong</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">25,021</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">30,821</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">32,290</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Hawthorn</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">31,255</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">29,261</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">28,003</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Kangaroos </font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">23,420</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">29,261</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">24,624</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Melbourne</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">20,647</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">24,805</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">24,698</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Port Adelaide</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">36,340</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">36,834</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">35,648</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Richmond</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">27,133</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">28,029</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">29,406</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">St. Kilda</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">30,534</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">24,955</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">32,327</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Sydney</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">25,010</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">24,955</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">30,382</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">West Coast</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">40,792</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">42,406</font></td>
            <td align="right"><font size="2">44,138</font></td>
        </tr><tr><td><font size="2">Western Bulldogs</font></td>
            <td><font size="2"> 19,295</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">  21,974</font></td>
            <td><font size="2">  26,042</font></td>

<p align="left"><font size="3"><a>Sponsorships</a></font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">The "Prime Sponsors" listed above contribute enough money to their clubs to have their advertising placed on the players' uniforms; this has been allowed since 1977 in the VFL and AFL, and is even more ubiquitous in European soccer and other Australian sporting leagues. As an indication of how much money is involved, the Western Bulldogs ended their long-term relationship with Orica (the former ICI Australia) in 1998 to seek A$1,000,000 support per year. They signed up the major cellular carrier Vodafone just before the 1999 season started, after they lowered their expectations to $800,000.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Sponsors can ask for other favors as well; Carlton's oval at Princes Park was named for the Optus telecom company (the naming rights money helped pay for the seats in the Legends Stand opened in 1997); they lost that sponsorship in 2005 and the new sponsor, MC Labour, took over and the Oval was renamed again. An Adelaide Crows club song began "Here we go, Camry Crows..."  Other unusual favors include:</font></p>
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<ul><li><font size="2">For Round 2 of the 1997 season.  M&amp;M/Mars paid Carlton 200,000 Aussie dollars to abandon "the old dark navy blues" for the week (their first jumper change since early in this century) and change colors to help promote the introduction of blue M&amp;Ms in Australia.  Fair dinkum.  :^)</font></li>
    <li><font size="2">For Round 13 in 1999, Garry Hocking of Geelong agreed to change his name to Whiskas (the cat food brand) for the week in exchange for A$100,000-200,000 cash for the club and for a local animal shelter.  The club's ground, originally Kardinai Park, has been renamed several times in the past few years, going from Kardinia, to Shell, to Baytec, and now is known as Skilled Stadium. </font></li>
    <li><font size="2">During one season, for one game, St. Kilda wore a predominantly yellow uniform to honor a sponsorshp with Pura Milk</font></li>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Sponsorship deals don't always work out. Before the 1998 season even started, Collingwood tore up a A$3 million sponsorship deal with Viatel Communications Group when they found out that they were among many conned by Viatel's charismatic chairman John Massey, having never received a penny of promised support. The club signed with Primus Communications for 1998 instead.</font></p>
<p align="left"><font size="2">Believe it or not, the AFL's prime sponsors for many years were McDonald's and Coca-Cola.  (Believe it. Both are known for their skill at playing to local audiences. We still remember a Coke ad screened in the USA during the Centennial Olympic Games in 1996; the company hired AFL players to put up a red-and-white banner of the sort players run through on game day lettered "Always for the Fans", and had fans run onto the MCG through it.) The Coca-Cola script logo pervaded AFL promotional materials and was painted on AFL football grounds, and the Golden Arches were stamped on the ball itself.  (The author suspects that Aussies are not uniformly thrilled with this.). The current major AFL sponsor is Toyota. However, the preseason competitioon, the Rising Star Award, and the juniors tournaments are all sponsored by The National Australia Bank (NAB).</font></p>

AFL Standings

 W  L  D %   Pts
Swans  16  4  0  142.72  64
Cats  16  4  0  112.84  64
Hawks  15  5  0  138.54 60
Dockers  14  6  0  128.84  56

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