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1997

Coach: Neale Balme - Greg Hutchison (round 10 onwards)
Captain: Garry Lyon
Finishing Position: 16th (last)
Best and Fairest: Jim Stynes
Leading Goalkicker: David Neitz / Jeff Farmer (30)
Best First Year Player: Anthony McDonald
Sponsors: Tooheys Blue
Members: 15,350

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest Reserves

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Having barely survived a merger with Hawthorn after Hawks fans rejected it, the Demons entered 1997 as one of the popular picks for last place. It didn't help that their Round 1 match pitted them with the reigning premiers. To the shock of the football world the Demons upset North on a Friday night at the MCG.

The team came back down to earth the next week when they were massacred by Collingwood. Despite narrow losses over the next two weeks, players were dropping like flies with injuries.

In a radio interview during the humiliating Round 6 loss against St. Kilda at Waverley Joseph Gutnick hinted that there were big changes on the way at Melbourne. The next week Hassa Mann resigned as CEO and was replaced by Cameron Schwab. Balme struggled through three more losses, culminating in a shambolic two goal performance against Port at Football Park in Round 9. Balme was relieved of his duties, and after Garry Lyon had turned back the opportunity to take the job assistant Greg Hutchison was given the reigns for the rest of the season.

His side shocked Richmond in that week, but soon enough normal service resumed. There were another four disappointing losses before a surprise round 15 victory over Carlton. The side wouldn't win again until Round 22 when they ruined Fremantle's hopes with a win at the MCG.

In July Danny Corcoran joined from Essendon as Football Operations Manager.

At the end of the year Andrew Obst retired and all of Nick Pesch, Andrew Lamprill, Clayton Gardiner, Alastair Clarkson, Robert Pyman, Todd McHardy and Darren O'Brien were delisted.

At the end of the year a panel including Corcoran chose Neale Daniher as the full-time coach over Hutchison, Damien Drum and Peter Schwab.

The club made a profit of $333,858 and also received $500,000 from AFL TV rights.

Practice Matches

Opposition
Result
Richmond WIN
Sydney WIN
Collingwood WIN

Ansett Australia Cup

Round
Opposition
Result
1 Carlton LOSS

Premiership Season

Round
Opposition
Result
1 North MelbourneWIN
2 CollingwoodLOSS
3 SydneyLOSS
4 Western BulldogsLOSS
5 West CoastLOSS
6 St. KildaLOSS
7 FremantleLOSS
8 GeelongLOSS
9 Port AdelaideLOSS
10 RichmondWIN
11 AdelaideLOSS
12 Brisbane LionsLOSS
13 HawthornLOSS
14 EssendonLOSS
15 CarltonWIN
16 North MelbourneLOSS
17 CollingwoodLOSS
18 SydneyLOSS
19 Western BulldogsLOSS
20 West CoastLOSS
21 St. KildaLOSS
22 FremantleWIN

Ladder

W
D
L
%
P
St. Kilda1507119.660
Geelong1507117.960
Western Bulldogs1408101.856
Adelaide1309121.652
West Coast1309111.252
Sydney12010116.248
North Melbourne12010111.848
Brisbane10111105.242
Port Adelaide1011191.842
Collingwood10012111.440
Carlton1001296.740
Fremantle1001291.940
Richmond1001283.640
Essendon901392.436
Hawthorn801487.432
Melbourne401860.816

Playing List

NumberPlayerGamesGoals
1 Sean Charles 1817
2 Stephen Tingay 30
3 Garry Lyon 57
4 Andrew Obst 183
5 David Schwarz 1018
6 Glenn Lovett 143
7 Darren Kowal 61
9 David Neitz 1730
10 Marcus Seecamp 150
11 Jim Stynes 223
12 Todd Viney 227
13 Adem Yze 199
14 Leigh Newton 136
15 Paul Hopgood 202
16 Robert Pyman 198
17 Brett Lovett 184
18 Craig Nettelbeck 135
20 Matthew Febey 110
21 Steven Febey 202
22 Shane Woewodin 224
23 Alastair Clarkson 1911
27 Anthony Ingerson 224
28 Nick Pesch 40
29 Shaun Smith 129
30 David Cockatoo-Collins 10
31 Donald Cockatoo-Collins 44
32 Damien Gaspar 120
33 Jeff Farmer 1730
34 Dean Irving 20
35 Anthony McDonald 197
36 Andrew Leoncelli 121
37 Andrew Lamprill 30
38 Darren O'Brien 112
42 Russell Robertson 35
44 Alistair Nicholson 10
45 Todd McHardy 20
48 Brent Grgic 95
54 James McDonald 43

Best and Fairest

Player Votes
1st Jim Stynes 404
2nd Todd Viney 355
3rd Andrew Leoncelli 185
4th Glenn Lovett 179
5th Anthony Ingerson 163
6th Robert Pyman 155
7th Adem Yze 128
8th Marcus Seecamp 123
9th Paul Hopgood 103
10th Steven Febey 102
11th Anthony McDonald 102
12th Alastair Clarkson 99
13th David Neitz 99
14th Jeff Farmer 59
15th Shane Woewodin 58
16th Shaun Smith 47
17th Damien Gaspar 43
18th Andrew Obst 23
19th Craig Nettelbeck 22
20th Sean Charles 18
21st Matthew Febey 17
22nd Brent Grgic 12
23rd Garry Lyon 12
24th Leigh Newton 11
25th Russell Robertson 11
26th Darren O'Brien 4

Other Awards
Most Improved - Brent Grgic
Most Consistent - Jim Stynes
Best Team Player - Anthony Ingerson
Inspirational Player - Todd Viney
Redlegs Player of the Year - Todd Viney
Jim Cardwell Award - Todd Viney
Trainers' Award - Marcus Seecamp
Redlegs Trophy (Best Clubman) - Shane Woewodin

Reserves

1997 Reserves Season

Best and Fairest

PlayerVotes
1st Heath Goodale 222
2nd Dean Irving 197
3rd Russell Robertson 121
4th Leigh Newton 83
5th Nathan Bassett 74
6th Mark Bradly 69
7th Todd McHardy 68
8th Nick Pesch 66
9th Andrew Lamprill 54
10th Darren O'Brien 52
11th David Cockatoo-Collins 50
12th James McDonald 45
12th Marcus Seecamp 45
14th Mark Winterton 44
15th Brent Grgic 41
16th Alistair Nicholson 38
16th Clayton Gardiner 38
18th Craig Black 34
19th Daniel Ward 33
20th Alastair Clarkson 32
21st Anthony Hardie 29
21st Mark Bolton 29
23rd Donald Cockatoo-Collins 26
23rd Adem Yze 26
25th Darren Kowal 24
25th Craig Nettelbeck 24
25th Jeremy Sutcliffe 24
28th Guy Rigoni 23
29th Hayden Lamaro 21
30th Andrew Obst 19
31st Brett Lovett 18
32nd Fraser Stevenson 13
33rd Matthew Febey 10
34th Lee Anderson 10
35th Duncan O'Toole 6
36th Chris Frost 5


Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Round 3 Jeff Farmer Striking 2 matches
Round 3 Andrew Obst Striking 1 match
Round 6 David Neitz Wrestling 1 match payment
Round 6 Todd Viney Wrestling 1 match payment
Round 6 Andrew Obst Striking Not Guilty
Round 9 Donald Cockatoo-Collins Headbutting Two matches
Round 9 Damien Gaspar Charging Not Guilty
Round 13 Marcus Seecamp Striking 1 match
Round 17 Adem Yze Wrestling 1 week pay, 1 match payment.
Round 19 Marcus Seecamp Kneeing 2 matches
Round 20 Andrew Obst Striking 2 matches


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