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1985

Coach: Ron Barassi
Captain: Robert Flower
Finishing Position: 11th
Best and Fairest: Danny Hughes
Leading Goalkicker: Brian Wilson (40)
Best First Year Player: Rod Grinter
Major Sponsor: Drake
Members: 5801

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

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Image Image The club suffered twin blows before the season when first joint major sponsors Mayne Nickless and Hertz cut their financial commitments in half, then the MCC threw the club off the MCG and forced them to use the Junction Oval as a training base. North Melbourne's increased use of the MCG for home games prompted the MCC to protect their ground by having less training on it.

Writing in the club's annual report Barassi said that 1985 may be his last if the club was not successful. He said "looking forward to 1985, it's clear that we've come to the end of the line as far as excuses are concerned. Explanations - whether it be lack of experience or strength or pace - just won't be tolerated".

The club had made a left field selection for a Chief Executive to replace the retiring Richard Seddon when they hired former Department of Housing supremo Roy Gilbert. Struggling with the culture of the club and without a footballing background Gilbert resigned in 1986 and Ray Manley was elevated to the role to replace him.

Gilbert had sat on a committee during the season which mooted scrapping the Reserves and Under 19's and replacing them with an Under 21's competition which would allow clubs to save money by having smaller squads. The report proposed that clubs would be able to farm players out to VFA sides. The idea was rejected and the reserves survived until the end of 1999, though the Under 19's wound up after the 1991 season.

A lack of funding hampered recruiting efforts and despite a Round 1 victory Melbourne were soon down the bottom of the ladder again. Once again the club were comfortably clear of the wooden spoon contenders but not good enough to seriously challenge for the finals. The loss of Robert Flower for most of the season with a broken collarbone didn't help. Neither did a drop in form by reigning Brownlow Medallist Peter Moore and Kelvin Templeton succumbing to his injuries more often.

Injuries hit the entire squad hard. When Stephen Icke went down with an injury in the Round 16 match against Carlton he became the fifth captain or stand-in to be hurt that year. Flower, Healy, Smith and Giles had all been hurt while captaining the side.

The end of the season was played out against the backdrop of turmoil with members attempting to force an extraordinary AGM to oust the Billy Snedden board. The chairman attacked the rivals during an interview on the live telecast of the Round 21 game against Sydney, saying that the takeover effort was "without merit, without ability and without capacity to run a club" but it was ultimately his undoing.

The group included former players Robert B Johnson, John Lord, Barrie Vagg, Peter Keenan and Peter Sinclair. In October a fiery meeting was held at the Camberwell Civic Centre and the resolution passed for Snedden to be replaced by Jim Cardwell but the sitting board declared the vote unconstitutional. After the meeting both camps claimed control of the club.

When nominations were held for board elections at the end of the year none of the "Reform Group" candidates nominated and the incumbent board was elected unopposed. Snedden, however, still resigned as chairman against the backdrop of Gerard Healy walking out to join Sydney in a big money deal. Healy had finished a narrow second in that year's best and fairest.

The club made a trading loss of $473,000, not including $225,000 received as a dividend from the league after the sale of the Sydney Swans.

Practice Matches

Opposition
Result
Carlton LOSS
Footscray WIN
North Melbourne WIN

Fosters Cup

RoundOppositionResult
1 Carlton LOSS

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 Fitzroy WIN
2 Hawthorn LOSS
3 Collingwood LOSS
4 Footscray WIN
5 Carlton WIN
6 North Melbourne LOSS
7 Geelong LOSS
8 St. Kilda WIN
9 Essendon LOSS
10 Sydney WIN
11 Richmond LOSS
12 Fitzroy LOSS
13 Hawthorn LOSS
14 Collingwood LOSS
15 Footscray LOSS
16 Carlton LOSS
17 North Melbourne LOSS
18 Geelong LOSS
19 St. Kilda WIN
20 Essendon LOSS
21 Sydney LOSS
22 Richmond LOSS

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Essendon1903138.476
Footscray1606120.964
Hawthorn1516130.862
Carlton1507115.560
North Melbourne131897.954
Geelong12010100.648
Collingwood10012100.840
Richmond901391.236
Fitzroy701593.828
Sydney601694.524
Melbourne601677.824
St. Kilda301964.712

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Steven Smith 4 0
2 Robert Flower 33
3 Gerard Healy 2015
4 Peter Giles 93
5 Robin White 151
6 Michael O'Sullivan 184
7 Brian Wilson 1740
8 Graeme Yeats 101
9 Alan Johnson 1310
10 Danny Hughes 221
11 Stephen Icke 150
14 Rod Grinter 1113
15 Mark Withers 1520
16 Adrian Battiston 2217
19 Rodney Wright 92
20 Russell Richards 1615
21 Les Parish 75
22 Chris Connolly 172
23 Daryl Bourke 90
24 Bret Bailey 82
25 Xavier Tanner 20
27 Sean Wight 57
28 David Cordner 1721
29 Dale Dickson 10
30 Peter Moore 168
31 Kelvin Templeton 510
32 Shane Zantuck 214
33 Greg Healy 77
34 Frank Rugolo 10
35 Darryl Cox 85
36 Ted Fidge 1527
37 David Allday 41
38 Nigel Kol 92
42 Brett Hutchinson 10
43 Paul Payne 74
44 John Fidge 1615
46 Darren Louttit 110
47 Alan Jarrott 207
48 Stephen Newport 129
53/26 Joe Rugolo 20

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Danny Hughes 279
2nd Gerard Healy 273
3rd Shane Zantuck 266
4th Chris Connolly 200
5th Adrian Battiston 177
6th Mark Withers 176
7th Alan Johnson 153
8th Brian Wilson 148
9th Peter Moore 146
10th Ted Fidge 143
11th Stephen Icke 140
12th Michael O'Sullivan 114
13th Greg Healy 111
14th Robin White 104
15th Alan Jarrott 103
16th David Cordner 91
17th Peter Giles 83
18th Russell Richards 76
19th Nigel Kol 72
20th Darryl Cox 63
20th Rod Grinter 63
22nd Rodney Wright 62
23rd John Fidge 58
24th Les Parish 42
25th Stephen Newport 39
26th Darren Louttit 37
27th David Allday 33
28th Graeme Yeats 16
29th Daryl Bourke 12
29th Sean Wight 12
31st Steven Smith 11
32nd Bret Bailey 7
33rd Paul Payne 6
34th Kelvin Templeton 5
35th Robert Flower 4

Other Awards
Redlegs Trophy - Stephen Newport

Reserves

1985 Reserves Season
Best and Fairest - Brett Hutchinson
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Finals

Round
Opponent
Result
QF Hawthorn WIN
SF Carlton LOSS
PF Hawthorn LOSS

Under 19's

Best and Fairest - Steve O'Dwyer
Second Best and Fairest - Jim Stynes

W
D
L
%
P
North Melbourne 2101253.484
Richmond1606156.464
Hawthorn1606123.464
Carlton1408132.056
Fitzroy 1309100.652
St Kilda130999.852
Footscray1001297.840
Collingwood1001288.240
Essendon701582.528
Melbourne501776.720
Geelong501768.420
Sydney202048.58


Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 1 Peter Moore Striking Guilty
Round 1 Peter Giles Striking 1 Match
Round 15 Danny Hughes Knocking to ground after marking Not Guilty
Round 22 David Cordner Striking 2 matches
Round 22 Chris Connolly Striking 3 matches


Media
"Demons lose major sponsor" - The Age 08/03/1985
"VFL may scrap reserves" - The Age 28/05/1985
"Demon rebels gain support" - Canberra Times 27/08/1985
"Demon board member joins reform group" - The Age 10/09/1985
"Hughes voted Demons' best" - The Age 11/09/1985
"Sir Billy refuses to accept rebels' compromise plan" - The Age 17/10/1985

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