Hawking certainly did his best to keep playing, but despite being at three other clubs (after Fitzroy finished up) never managed another senior game!The following players all played their last ever senior games in the last ever matches for their clubs:
Brisbane Bears (1996 Preliminary Final vs. North Melbourne) - Gilbert McAdam & Roger Merrett
Fitzroy (Round 22 1996 vs. Fremantle) - Simon Atkins, Peter Doyle, Simon Hawking, Jeff Hogg, John McCarthy & Marty Warry
University (Round 18 1914 vs. St. Kilda) - George Anderson, Ernie Atkins, Frank Cameron, Keith Doig, Wally Don, Bob Heatley, Bill Hinman, Gerald Johnston, Gordon Morrisey, Heinrich Schrader, Cyril Sedenmeyer & Eric Woods
South Melbourne obviously did not leave the league but became the Sydney Swans from 1982 onwards, however the following four Swans played their last senior matches in the team's last ever fixture as South Melbourne in Round 22 1981 against North Melbourne - Bernie Conlen, Mark Fraser, Kevin Goss & Peter Morrison
It was quite amazing that Simon Hawking - a proven player with Fitzroy from 1993-1996 - was listed by three clubs Brisbane, Sydney and Collingwood after the merger, but never played a senior match for any of them. I can't name another player with a career like that.Hawking certainly did his best to keep playing, but despite being at three other clubs (after Fitzroy finished up) never managed another senior game!
It was a strange career, for sure! Hawking obviously had some ability, and was one of the eight Fitzroy players snapped up by Brisbane, but had injury issues that wrecked his career from then on.It was quite amazing that Simon Hawking - a proven player with Fitzroy from 1993-1996 - was listed by three clubs Brisbane, Sydney and Collingwood after the merger, but never played a senior match for any of them. I can't name another player with a career like that.
Two of Simon Hawking's team-mates from the last ever Fitzroy team - Simon Atkins and Jeff Hogg - both exited AFL football with 33 consecutive losses to their names.
That's quite remarkable with the scoring, although the way footy is played nowadays there's been some defensive efforts by clubs with points against that have last been seen in the 60's, even before the free against for out of bounds on the full rule being introduced in 1969, which did precipitate an uptick in scoring into the 70's and 80's. Some of the scores conceded by Geelong at Kardinia Park this year and even in the last couple have been relics from the 50's...Demons 6.10.46, Eagles 7.4.46 and North 1.8.14 of course.This year was a very low scoring season with just 1 of the 18 teams - the Brisbane Lions - kicking more than 2000 points for the season. And the Lions only just made it, with 2004 points.
This year Geelong's minor premier team with a 16-6 record scored 1984 points for the season. This is less than the 1997 points that the Sydney Swans 1992 wooden spoon team scored, and bear in mind the Swans (and all of the other 1992 teams obviously) had to play at grounds far muddier than those today. And the Swans of 1992 were not a 'good' wooden spoon team, they had a 3.18.1 record and lost their last 15 matches of the season and copped quite a few heavy defeats. Fifteen of the losses were by 30 points or more.
With the Western Bulldogs eliminated by the Giants in Sydney this afternoon, we won't be seeing the first Richmond vs. Bulldogs final this year.This year sees a rare finals series containing both Richmond and the Western Bulldogs (the only examples are 1944, 1974, 1995, 2015 and 2019) and a Brisbane victory over Richmond in the Qualifying Final coupled with a victory by the Western Bulldogs over the GWS Giants in the Elimination Final will see the first ever finals match played between the Tigers and Bulldogs in history.
With Hawthorn and Richmond having met for the first time in a finals series in 2018, if there is a semi final between the Tigers and Bulldogs this will leave Carlton vs. Bulldogs as the only finals match up to have never taken place between current Victorian teams.
Only 80.77% though.Of all the VFL/AFL players who've played more than 50 games in the last 55 years, the player with the best winning percentage currently is Nathan Broad.
Difference is that those players are long-term regulars so inevitably their win percentage drops off a bit.Only 80.77% though.
I believe guys like Tom Lonergan, Harry Taylor and Joel Selwood had better percentages after 50 games, even Bruest and Poppy were up there too.
That 1964 season was the closest ever, with 5 teams all within 4 points of each other.....The Demons beat the Hawks out at Glenferrie Oval by 4 points, after Hassa Mann kicked one from out of his arse, from the dead pocket in the dying minutes of the game......If we won that game, then the Hawks would have finished 1st & the Demons 5th, as all of Collingwood, Essendon & Geelong had drawn a game that year.1961 Hawks v Dogs
1962 Dons v Blues
1963 Cats v Hawks
1964 Demons v Pies
1965 Saints v Dons