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1970

Coach: John Beckwith
Captain: Tassie Johnson
Finishing Position: 10th
Best and Fairest: Frank Davis
Leading Goalkicker: Ross Dillon (41)
Best First Year Player: Graham Molloy

Matches Ladder Playing List Night Series Best and Fairest Reserves Under 19's


Image As the Demons finished their fifth straight season outside the finals and began a new decade departures were Tassie Johnson (retired), Bryan Kenneally, Ken Emselle, Barrie Vagg who joined Prahran in the VFA and David Hone, who went to Cambridge University to undertake an advanced teaching course.

Before the season the VFL brought in a rule that allowed clubs to legally pay anything they liked for interstate recruits, but restricted every club to two a year instead of up to 20 as in the past. A move to restrict all interstate recruiting for three years was defeated on a 6-6 vote of the clubs. The league also cleared clubs to play practice matches in Melbourne, previously they had been banned from matches against sides within 60 miles of the city.

Another change was the introduction of a kicking in danger rule, which the VFL proposed to the Australian National Football Council and which was accepted unanimously. It didn't prove popular with players or coaches, who had not been consulted before it was adopted.

The reserves won their premiership, and despite a disappointing Home and Away season the Demons managed to win the night premiership.

Beckwith's resignation as coach at the end of the year led to speculation that Ron Barassi was to return to lead the Demons. When the former #31 reaffirmed his commitment to the Blues, whom he had just led to the flag, two time reserves premiership winning coach Ian Ridley was appointed.

Melbourne's VFL delegates were Arthur King and Tom Trumble. The club lost $8,711 for the year.

Practice Matches

OpponentResult
Port Adelaide WIN

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 South MelbourneWIN
2 HawthornWIN
3 North MelbourneLOSS
4 FitzroyWIN
5 CollingwoodLOSS
6 EssendonWIN
7 FootscrayLOSS
8 RichmondLOSS
9 St. KildaLOSS
10 GeelongLOSS
11 CarltonLOSS
12 South MelbourneLOSS
13 HawthornLOSS
14 North MelbourneWIN
15 FitzroyLOSS
16 CollingwoodLOSS
17 EssendonLOSS
18 FootscrayLOSS
19 RichmondWIN
20 St. KildaLOSS
21 GeelongLOSS
22 CarltonLOSS

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Collingwood1804136.572
Carlton1606112.364
St. Kilda1408125.756
South Melbourne1408104.756
Geelong12010102.448
Richmond12010101.648
Footscray1101191.244
Hawthorn10012114.040
Fitzroy901382.336
Melbourne601683.524
Essendon601681.524
North Melbourne401879.116

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Max Walker 190
2 Denis Clark 134
3 Trevor Rollinson 131
4 Tony Sullivan 221
6 Frank Davis 220
7 Graham Osborne 100
8 Peter Keenan 1413
9 George Lakes 104
10 Robert McKenzie 1515
11 Greg Wells 2019
12 Rod Payne 136
14 Barry Bourke 217
15 Stan Alves 203
16 John Townsend 1714
17 Kelvin Clarke 22
18 Des Campbell 81
19 Ray Biffin 27
20 Paul Rowlands 160
21 Graham Molloy 1510
22 Ray Carr 1535
23 Peter Sinclair 104
24 Ross Dillon 2241
25 Peter Weekes 64
26 Greg Parke 2222
27 John Forster 20
28 Derek Feldmann 151
29 Noel Leary 80
30 John Letcher 60
32 Barry Hodges 30
33 Gary Hardeman 221
34 Brent Jones 70
35 Paul Callery 1013
39 Russell Colcott 52
40 Lloyd Burgmann 86
43 Terry Davey 10
45 Danny Jennings 62

Radiant Night Series

RoundOpponentResult
1 RichmondWIN
SF HawthornWIN
F Footscray LOSS

Best and Fairest

Player
1st Frank Davis
2nd Barry Bourke
3rd Gary Hardeman
4th Greg Parke
5th Graham Molloy
6th Stan Alves
7th Tony Sullivan
8th Ross Dillon

Reserves

1970 Reserves Season
Captain - Phil Rhoden
Best and Fairest - Paul Callery
Second Best and Fairest - Danny Jennings
Outstanding Service - Kelvin Clarke, Graham Osborne, Barry Hodges

W
D
L
%
P
Richmond 1705132.168
Melbourne 1705128.268
Hawthorn 1606125.364
North Melbourne 1408104.056
Collingwood 1309111.952
Essendon 120998.350
Fitzroy 811395.434
South Melbourne811385.334
Carlton 701591.128
Footscray 621484.028
Geelong 611584.626
St Kilda501774.520

Finals

RoundOpponentResult
SF Richmond LOSS
PF North Melbourne WIN
GF Richmond WIN

Under 19's

Best and Fairest - Warren Tassell
Second Best and Fairest - Stephen Cook
Best Clubman - Trevor Roberts
Outstanding Service - Jim Theodore, Hilton Stephenson

P
1st Richmond72
2nd Hawthorn68
3rd Geelong60
4th Essendon56
5th Melbourne48
6th North Melbourne44
7th Collingwood40
8th Fitzroy32
9th Footscray28
10th South Melbourne28
11th St Kilda 16
12th Carlton12

Under 17's

Best and Fairest - Ray McQueen
Second Best and Fairest - Greg Welsh
Outstanding Service - John Hogan, Robert Sandilands
Best Clubman - Adrian Graham

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 3 Peter Keenan Striking 2 matches
Round 11 Graham Molloy Striking 2 matches


Media
"Open market for footballers" - The Age 27/02/1970
"Kicking in danger somersault" - The Age 08/09/1970

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