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1975

Coach: Bob Skilton
Captain: Stan Alves
Finishing Position: 10th
Best and Fairest: Laurie Fowler
Leading Goalkicker: Greg Wells (32)
Best First Year Player: Marty Lyons

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

Coming off a wooden spoon in the first year of the Bob Skilton era, the Demons started the season brightly but faded to improve just two positions on their 1974 performance.

In the pre-season, Melbourne was runner-up to Essendon in a charity Footy Olympics competition. The team included Graham Osborne (2nd in the 100m sprint), Robert Flower (winner of 1500m steeplechase and ball race), Stan Alves (second in 1500m steeplechase), Wayne Delmenico (third in 1600 metre race and second in 800 metres), Peter Keays (800 metres winner),

A night series was proposed by Channel 7 shortly before the season began, but did not take place when only five of 12 clubs voted in favour of the concept. Melbourne was one of the seven to vote against. Later in the year they were the only club in favour of a lightning premiership to be hosted by the MCC on the Preliminary Final day when a game was being played at Waverley. The idea foundered on lack of interest.

At the end of the season the club complained about the staged nature of the Brownlow Medal count, which was set up to have Gary Dempsey pass Stan Alves in the last vote of the night. The same scenario happened to Greg Wells in 1972 and Gary Hardeman in 1974.

The club lost $27,827 for the year.

Practice Matches

OppositionResultScore
South Melbourne WIN85-60
Richmond WIN103-102

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 FootscrayWIN111-100
2 North MelbourneWIN105-103
3 EssendonLOSS100-117
4 St. KildaLOSS80-133
5 HawthornLOSS81-136
6 South MelbourneWIN155-90
7 RichmondLOSS78-132
8 CarltonLOSS81-110
9 FitzroyWIN123-112
10 GeelongLOSS98-104
11 CollingwoodWIN95-73
12 FootscrayLOSS92-131
13 North MelbourneLOSS46-80
14 St. KildaLOSS49-101
15 EssendonWIN134-109
16 HawthornLOSS107-119
17 South MelbourneWIN91-75
18 RichmondWIN127-90
19 CarltonWIN89-51
20 FitzroyLOSS89-100
21 GeelongLOSS64-70
22 CollingwoodLOSS97-98

Ladder

WDL%P
Hawthorn1705137.368
Carlton1606129.264
North Melbourne1408115.156
Richmond1309113.552
Collingwood 130993.952
St. Kilda11011101.444
Footscray1101194.844
Essendon1001290.740
Fitzroy901397.136
Melbourne901393.636
Geelong701578.228
South Melbourne202075.08

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Garry Baker 16 15
2 Robert Flower 2014
4 Tony Sullivan 150
5 Des Campbell 186
6 Ross Brewer 1428
7 Graham Osborne 101
8 Peter Keenan 1921
9 Laurie Fowler 220
10 Carl Ditterich 1218
11 Greg Wells 2132
12 Marty Lyons 1912
13 Henry Coles 99
14 Neil Chamberlain 1 0
15 Stan Alves 2026
16 Peter Keays 100
17 Denis Clark 163
18 John Tilbrook 20
19 Ray Biffin 197
20 Paul Hurst 165
21 Graham Molloy 20
22 Frank Giampaolo 1217
23 Shane Fitzsimmons 107
24 Wayne Delmenico 140
25 Barry Ough 10
26 Gary Guy 155
28 Tony Dullard 194
31 Billy Barham 32
32 Kim Smith 43
33 Gary Hardeman 2131
34 Mal Owens 10
35 Steven Smith 2224
36 David Kelly 10
37 Ted Carroll 72
38 Terry Wilkins 111
40 John Sparks 44
43 Ray Smith 101
46 Glenn Walley 11
50 Colin Graham 20
52 Greg Hutchison 10

Best and Fairest

Player
1st Laurie Fowler
2nd Stan Alves
3rd Ray Biffin
4th Greg Wells
5th Gary Hardeman

Other Awards
Redlegs Trophy - Steven Smith

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 3 Carl Ditterich Striking 4 matches
Round 8 Tony Dullard Striking 2 matches
Round 11 Des Campbell Striking 2 matches
1975 Under 19s Grand Final Shane Young Striking Reprimand

Reserves

1975 Reserves Season
Best and Fairest - Neil Chamberlain
Second Best and Fairest - David Murray
Outstanding Service Award - Barry Ough, Ted Carroll and Graham Molloy

WDL%P
Richmond 1804153.172
Geelong 1507122.060
Essendon 1318102.554
Hawthorn 12010104.948
Melbourne 1201092.948
Collingwood 10012101.840
South Melbourne1001296.640
Footscray 1001292.840
North Melbourne 9211109.536
Carlton 801485.832
Fitzroy 711482.030
St Kilda701575.028

Finals

RoundOpponentResultScore
EF Hawthorn LOSS85-144

Under 19s

Captain - Chris Munday
Under 19's Best and Fairest - Mark Davidson
Second Best and Fairest - Geoff Delaney
Outstanding Service Awards - Geoff Campbell and Stephen Ellingworth
Best Finals Player - Shane Young
Best in Grand Final - Peter Hamilton

WDL%P
Richmond 2011177.282
North Melbourne1921158.178
Collingwood1408121.176
Melbourne12010110.048
Fitzroy 11011103.844
St Kilda 1101189.744
Essendon 1001293.440
Hawthorn 1001291.840
Footscray 711488.730
Geelong 701575.328
Carlton 611583.226
South Melbourne 301958.212
  • North Melbourne later lost points from 16 matches for fielding an ineligible player


Finals

RoundOpponentResultScore
QF Collingwood WIN95-82
SF Richmond WIN74-66
GF Richmond LOSS89-94

Fourths

Best and Fairest - Andrew McKaige
Second Best and Fairest - Craig Derrick
Outstanding Service Awards - David Keane and Ian McCormack
Best Clubman - Jeff Mackie

Media
Age - 17/02/1975
Age - 05/03/1975
Age - 06/03/1975
Age - 27/08/1975
Age - 12/11/1975

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