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1988

Coach: John Northey
Captain: Greg Healy
Finishing Position: 5th (Runners-Up)
Best and Fairest: Steven O'Dwyer
Leading Goalkicker: Ricky Jackson (43)
Best First Year Player: Andy Lovell
Major Sponsor: Drake
Members: 10,078

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


Despite making their first finals series since 1964, and almost qualifying for the Grand Final, Melbourne made a number of list changes. Not all were enforced - Robert Flower, Peter Giles, Stephen Icke, Peter Kiel and Robin White retired. Adrian Battiston went to Sydney, Steve Turner to St. Kilda and Joe Rugolo joined Sandringham.

Replacing them were Jamie Duursma, Steven Febey, David Flintoff, Andy Lovell and Jay Viney.

After their narrow miss in the previous year's Preliminary Final, bookies opened the Demons at 10/1 for the flag, and evens to make the finals.

Pre-Season training took place at Ballarat where John Northey engaged Australian marathon runner, and Melbourne fan, Steve Monaghetti to accompany his players on a 7.5 hill climb run. While the professional wasn't running at 100% he was still beaten to the line by Jim Stynes in a sprint finish.

In league rule changes, the 15m penalty which had sunk the Demons in the '87 prelim was increased to a 50m penalty.

A late season slump saw Melbourne fall into the five where they had a thrilling win over West Coast in the first week. Matched up in a preliminary final against Carlton the Demons avoided the mistakes of the year before and qualified for the Grand Final at last. Hawthorn, though, were a far sterner test than they had been in 1987 and kicked away to a record 96 point Grand Final victory.

The Demons used 32 players for the season, the equal least of any season since 1987.

On 19 February a Melbourne Reserves team played against the VFA in an practice match at Skinner Reserve, Sunshine. The Association won 16.12.118 to 2.7.19.

Practice Matches

Opposition
Result
Hawthorn WIN
Carlton WIN
West Coast LOSS

National Panasonic Cup

Round
Opposition
Result
1 BYE
2 Fitzroy LOSS

Home and Away

Round
Opposition
Result
1 RichmondWIN
2 FootscrayWIN
3 GeelongWIN
4 Brisbane BearsWIN
5 SydneyWIN
6 EssendonLOSS
7 HawthornWIN
8 FitzroyWIN
9 St. KildaLOSS
10 CollingwoodWIN
11 West CoastWIN
12 North MelbourneLOSS
13 CarltonWIN
14 GeelongWIN
15 SydneyLOSS
16 CollingwoodWIN
17 HawthornLOSS
18 West CoastLOSS
19 RichmondLOSS
20 FootscrayLOSS
21 EssendonLOSS
22 CarltonWIN
EF West CoastWIN
SF CollingwoodWIN
PF CarltonWIN
GF HawthornLOSS

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
Hawthorn1903142.376
Collingwood1516112.762
Carlton1507119.460
West Coast13091119.460
Melbourne1309102.152
Essendon12010108.448
Sydney1201099.748
Footscray11011104.344
Geelong10012104.940
Richmond801489.530
North Melbourne711489.530
Fitzroy701583.828
Brisbane701574.628
St. Kilda401882.116

Exhibition Matches

Opposition
Result
Sydney ?
North Melbourne ?

Playing List

NumberNameGamesGoals
1 Steve O'Dwyer 24 16
3 Garry Lyon 22 41
4 Tony Campbell 17 15
5 Earl Spalding 22 9
7 Brian Wilson 25 32
8 Graeme Yeats 26 9
9 Alan Johnson 25 13
10 Danny Hughes 18 1
11 Jim Stynes 26 26
12 Todd Viney 12 1
14 Rod Grinter 19 0
15 David Williams 21 33
16 Andy Lovell 22 23
17 Brett Lovett 26 2
18 Steven Stretch 26 5
19 Paul Payne 1 0
21 Steven Febey 12 1
23 Warren Dean 7 3
24 Bret Bailey 16 6
25 Simon Eishold 7 5
26 Jay Viney 3 2
27 Sean Wight 26 17
28 Jamie Duursma 13 0
29 Dean Chiron 7 0
33 Greg Healy 22 13
34 Stephen Newport 24 11
36 Ted Fidge 1 1
37 David Flintoff 9 6
39 Doug Koop 7 0
41 Peter Rohde 7 0
42 Brad Sparks 1 1
45 Ricky Jackson 2643

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Steve O'Dwyer 487
2nd Brett Lovett 427
3rd Alan Johnson 373
4th Jim Stynes 304
5th Steven Stretch 280
6th Graeme Yeats 230
7th Ricky Jackson 181
8th Garry Lyon 180
9th Greg Healy 176
10th Brian Wilson 163
11th Stephen Newport 133
12th Danny Hughes 106
13th Jamie Duursma 92
14th Rod Grinter 79
15th Andy Lovell 65
16th Sean Wight 59
17th David Williams 50
18th Tony Campbell 45
19th Simon Eishold 42
20th David Flintoff 31
21st Bret Bailey 15
22nd Dean Chiron 13
23rd Earl Spalding 12
24th Steven Febey 6
25th Peter Rohde 5
25th Todd Viney 5

Other Awards
Redlegs Trophy - Jim Stynes

Reserves

1988 Reserves Season
Best and Fairest - Doug Koop

W
D
L
%
P
Footscray 1903172.076
North Melbourne1705128.868
Hawthorn1507121.760
Carlton 1507105.860
Essendon 1219112.850
Collingwood12010105.848
Fitzroy1001299.040
Richmond 801482.232
Melbourne 711484.330
Geelong611591.826
St Kilda611575.026
Sydney301965.512

Under 19's

Best and Fairest - Denis Knight

W
D
L
%
P
North Melbourne 1802216.472
Carlton 1406106.056
Geelong 120898.748
Essendon 1109111.944
Footscray 1109111.244
Collingwood1001095.340
Melbourne 801296.732
St Kilda801287.532
Richmond701397.528
Hawthorn601470.724
Fitzroy 501574.720


Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 2 Rod Grinter Striking 6 matches
Round 6 Brett Lovett Striking Not Guilty
Round 6 Brett Lovett Striking Not Guilty
Round 7 Danny Hughes Striking 2 matches
Round 10 Ted Fidge Striking 6 matches
Round 17 Danny Hughes Striking 4 matches
Round 22 Steve O'Dwyer Striking Not Guilty
Round 22 Rod Grinter Striking Not Guilty
PF Steve O'Dwyer Striking 3 matches


Links
hardballget.net (Reserves vs VFA match)

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