AFL Commission chairman Ron Evans has been made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) in this year's Queen's Birthday honours list, for his contribution to Australian Rules Football.
"When the chips are down, there's no one better you want on your side than Ron Evans, " former AFL chief executive Wayne Jackson was quoted as saying.
Similarly honoured are veteran entertainer Bert Newton, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, unionist Greg Combet and broadcaster Les Murray, host of Australian TV coverage of soccer World Cup for the past 20 years.
Singer Olivia Newton-John, now based in the US, was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for community work supporting breast cancer treatment and for her work on behalf of the environment. In recent months her life was overshadowed by the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend Patrick McDermott, who was thought to have drowned almost a year ago off the Californian coast, until recent evidence suggested he had faked his death and was hiding in Mexico.
Saints 7.10 (52) d. Swans 7.8 (50) @ the SCG
Frank Ienco reporting exclusively for AFANA from the SCG
St. Kilda have secured their most important and dramatic win under Grant Thomas’ reign following a heart stopping two-point victory against the Sydney Swans at a wet and miserable SCG tonight. The win, however, may have come at a cost, with captain Luke Ball taken off the ground with concussion early in the last quarter following a nasty collision.
The Saints appeared in control of the match for most of the night. St. Kilda held a significant lead for a low-scoring match at every change. But as has been custom at the SCG, the Swans appeared to come from nowhere to nearly snatch victory, kicking the only two goals of the last quarter to reduce the margin to two points. St. Kilda though managed to weather the storm, both on and off the field, and held on.
According to the Australian Playstation site, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCE Aust) and the AFL have inked a two-year agreement, granting SCE Aust exclusive publishing rights to footy video games. The game, AFL Premiership 2006, is slated for release in July of this year for the PS2 gaming system. A version for the PSP (Playstation Portable) is slated for release in 2007. There is no word as of yet whether the title will be playable only on Australian/New Zealand units though history suggests it will be.
The Victorian Government and the AFL have announced a $55 million upgrade of seven former VFL/AFL grounds in Melbourne: Punt Road, Princes Park, Moorabbin, Windy Hill, Victoria Park, Waverley Park and Arden Street.
Under the plan, iconic grandstands at Princes Park and Moorabbin will be demolished and replaced by community sports centures. The other five grounds will also be partly redeveloped.
Every grandstand at the Saints' Moorabbin base, as well as the social club and all existing buildings, will be torn down and replaced by a multi-purpose venue including a pool and sports hall. The club's HQ, including the infamous "animal enclosure" that was home to the most parochial fans, will boast a futuristic all-in-one complex.
Although St Kilda's Troy Schwarze, kicked the first goal of the game, it was Neitz who shaped it, kicking the first three goals for Melbourne. Neitz looked dangerous in the air and on the ground against St Kilda's best defender, Max Hudgeton. His efforts came on the end of bullocking Brock McLean, perhaps the most improved midfielder in the competition in 2006. McLean was ably assisted by James McDonald and Clint Bartram. Russell Robertson whose entire Melbourne career has been played under Neitz's captaincy added another goal for the Demons, the pair combining well.
This post is solely to test the following features on the new system:
What follows should become a "code area":
ADE 6.1 13.4 20.7 30.8 (188) Back to standard text. Now try the same thing in formatted text:
ESS 2.2 4.6 5.9 6.14 (50)
ADE 6.1 13.4 20.7 30.8 (188)
ESS 2.2 4.6 5.9 6.14 (50)
And back again. Now we do it as a table.