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1996

Coach: Neale Balme
Captain: Garry Lyon
Finishing Position: 14th
Best and Fairest: Jim Stynes
Leading Goalkicker: David Neitz and Jeff Farmer (40 goals)
Best First Year Player: Darren O'Brien
Sponsors: Toohey's Blue
Members: 12,964

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Reserves


After missing the finals in the last game of the year in 1995 Neale Balme was dealt a series of cruel blows in the pre-season. First Todd Viney announced early in the year he was retiring to take up a position in the entourage of tennis player Mark Phillopousis, then David Schwarz injured his knee for the third time in a pre-season reserves practice match.

Sean Charles, Steven Febey, Shaun Smith and Stephen Tingay also suffered injuries while Garry Lyon and Andrew Obst both entered the season under an injury cloud. With Schwarz unable to be replaced, Viney retained on the list just in case, the Dees entered Round 1 with only 34 players to choose from - and two of those were the twins David and Donald Cockatoo-Collins, expected to spend the year developing with their school teams.

Stung by the bad luck the Demons crashed to a 1-8 start, and despite the return of Viney the season was lost.

The second half of the year was played out under the shadow of a merger with Hawthorn. A press conference on the Monday after Round 17 confirmed that the two parties were in talks. The Fitzroy-Brisbane merger had just gone through and it appeared that the Melbourne Hawks were a fait accompli.

Ironically the two sides were drawn together in Round 22. Hawthorn would play finals, prolonging the history of their club for a few more weeks, but depending on the verdict of the members it could have been the Demons last match. The two sides duly served up a classic, with the Hawks winning by a point after Jason Dunstall kicked 9 goals - including his 100th for the season.

A meeting on September 16 at Dallas Brookes Hall voted against the merger, but when proxies were counted the 'members' had passed the vote and voted their own club out of existence. The Demons were saved when the Hawthorn members voting overwhelming against the proposal which was seen as a takeover of their financially embattled club. Despite the turmoil the club made a profit of $268,000 for the year.

Ivan Bartul, Greg Doyle, Ashley Gehling, David Grant, Jeff Hilton, Glenn Molloy, Luke Norman, and Michael Polley were delisted at the end of the season. Gehling was redrafted the same year.

Lightning Premiership

RoundOppositionResult
1 North Melbourne LOSS

Practice Matches

OppositionResult
Hawthorn WIN
Collingwood LOSS
Essendon LOSS
Sydney LOSS

Ansett Australia Cup

RoundOppositionResult
1 Adelaide LOSS

Home and Away

RoundOppositionResult
1 Geelong LOSS
2 Collingwood LOSS
3 St. Kilda WIN
4 Carlton LOSS
5 Fremantle LOSS
6 West Coast LOSS
7 Sydney LOSS
8 Hawthorn LOSS
9 Essendon LOSS
10 Collingwood WIN
11 Fitzroy WIN
12 Brisbane Bears LOSS
13 Adelaide WIN
14 Footscray WIN
15 Richmond LOSS
16 Geelong LOSS
17 North Melbourne LOSS
18 Sydney LOSS
19 Carlton WIN
20 Fremantle WIN
21 West Coast LOSS
22 Hawthorn LOSS

Playing List

NumberNameGamesGoals
1 Sean Charles 30
2 Stephen Tingay 16 11
3 Garry Lyon 6 15
4 Andrew Obst 22 8
5 David Schwarz 0 0
6 Glenn Lovett 15 4
7 Darren Kowal 22 2
8 Craig Turley 16 8
9 David Neitz 22 56
10 Marcus Seecamp 14 2
11 Jim Stynes 22 7
12 Todd Viney 12 1
13 Adem Yze 19 9
14 Michael Polley 5 0
15 Paul Hopgood 21 3
16 David Grant 7 0
17 Brett Lovett 20 9
18 Craig Nettelbeck 20 10
19 Paul Prymke 4 0
20 Matthew Febey 21 6
21 Steven Febey 5 0
22 Jeff Hilton 5 2
23 Alastair Clarkson 22 13
24 Clay Sampson 8 1
25 Luke Norman 7 0
26 Greg Doyle 7 5
27 Anthony Ingerson 18 10
28 Glenn Molloy 4 0
29 Shaun Smith 17 21
30 David Cockatoo-Collins 1 0
31 Donald Cockatoo-Collins 2 0
32 Damien Gaspar 8 0
33 Jeff Farmer 19 37
34 Dean Irving 9 1
35 Trent Ormond-Allen 7 1
36 Andrew Leoncelli 7 3
37 Andrew Lamprill 13 0
38 Darren O'Brien 13 7
39 Ashley Gehling 0 0
40 Mark Bradly 0 0
43 Ivan Bartul 0 0
45 Todd McHardy 3 1

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Jim Stynes 444
2nd Alastair Clarkson 284
3rd Andrew Obst 278
4th David Neitz 274
5th Glenn Lovett 266
6th Todd Viney 244
7th Brett Lovett 220
8th Stephen Tingay 213
9th Shaun Smith 202
10th Craig Turley 180
11th Matthew Febey 141
12th Paul Hopgood 114
13th Jeff Farmer 80
14th Anthony Ingerson 69
15th Craig Nettelbeck 58
16th Darren O'Brien 46
17th Garry Lyon 45
18th Adem Yze 36
19th Paul Prymke 35
20th Andrew Lamprill 29
21st Greg Doyle 24
22nd Marcus Seecamp 23
23rd Andrew Leoncelli 21
24th David Grant 13
25th Luke Norman 12
26th Todd McHardy 9
27th Darren Kowal 6
28th Dean Irving 5

Other Awards
Most Improved - Jeff Farmer
Best Team Player - Brett Lovett
Most Consistent - Andrew Obst
Best Clubman - Stephen Tingay
Inspirational Player - Alastair Clarkson

Reserves

1996 Reserves Season
Reserves Best and Fairest - Anthony McDonald
Reserves Second Best and Fairest - Paul Corrigan
Reserves Third Best and Fairest - Christian Davidson
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Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 2 Jim Stynes Melee Withdrawn
Round 2 David Neitz Melee Not Guilty
Round 2 Craig Nettelbeck Melee Withdrawn
Round 2 Andrew Obst Melee Not Guilty
Round 2 Donald Cockatoo-Collins Melee $1000 fine
Round 3 Jeff Hilton Wrestling $2000
Round 3 Marcus Seecamp Wrestling Not Guilty
Round 15 Jeff Hilton Striking Cleared
Round 15 Darren Kowal Misconduct $1500 fine
Round 19 Todd Viney Striking 1 match
Round 19 Paul Hopgood Striking 1 match
Round 20 Anthony Ingerson Striking 2 matches


Media
"Facing up to the challenge" 25/02/1996
"Who your club delisted" - The Age 18/10/1996

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