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2008

Coach: Dean Bailey
Captain: James McDonald
Finishing Position: 16th
Best and Fairest: Cameron Bruce
Leading Goalkicker: Brad Miller (26 goals)
Best First Year Player : Cale Morton
Major Sponsor: Primus Telecommunications
Members: 32,600

Matches Ladder Playing List Best and Fairest


Image After the demise of Neale Daniher midway through 2007 former Essendon player and Port Adelaide assistant Dean Bailey came from nowhere to secure the coaches job, beating a field including Kevin Sheedy and Chris Connolly.

Bailey endured a horrific induction to AFL coaching when his side lost the first two games of the year by a combined 199 points. Expected to suffer a similar massacre against the reigning premiers Geelong in Round 3, and entering the game as one of the longest betting outsiders in history, the Dees shocked the Cats with the first three goals on route to a respectable loss.

The Demons broke through for their first win of the season in remarkable fashion when a 51 point half-time deficit was overturned in defeating Fremantle by 7 points in Round 7. The next win would come in no less dramatic fashion in Round 14 when three late goals delivered a surprise win over Brisbane.

Off-field things weren't going particuarly well either. AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou told the club their brand was 'meaningless', despite the AFL being in the midst of 150th anniversary celebrations traced directly back to the foundation of the club and Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett was telling anyone who would listen how the club would need to move to the Gold Coast to survive.

The board of Paul Gardner was replaced by a Jim Stynes led administration, and Stynes held a "Debt Demolition" month in August which aimed to wipe a substantial portion of the money the club owed. A "Debt Demolition" Dinner was held and player Brock McLean donated $10,000 to the cause. More than a million dollars was raised for the cause.

A lifeless late season win over an equally disappointing West Coast would be their last and the season limped to a close with two heavy defeats.

Jim Stynes assumed the presidency halfway through the year when Paul Gardner resigned.

Jeff White and Adem Yze left the club at the end of the season, while the last place finish enabled the club to have selection #1 at the 2008 National Draft where they picked forward Jack Watts

NAB Cup

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 Geelong LOSS89-161

Practice Matches

OppositionResult
Richmond LOSS
Western Bulldogs LOSS
North Melbourne LOSS

Premiership Season

RoundOppositionResultScore
1 Hawthorn LOSS50-154
2 Western Bulldogs LOSS66-161
3 Geelong LOSS82-112
4 North Melbourne LOSS79-127
5 Carlton LOSS68-101
6 Brisbane Lions LOSS85-137
7 Fremantle WIN119-113
8 Adelaide LOSS74-150
9 Hawthorn LOSS78-97
10 St. Kilda LOSS50-129
11 Collingwood LOSS95-116
12 Richmond LOSS94-116
13 Sydney LOSS74-114
14 Brisbane Lions WIN93-92
15 Western Bulldogs LOSS64-95
16 Fremantle LOSS68-114
17 North Melbourne LOSS70-98
18 Essendon LOSS108-124
19 Geelong LOSS41-157
20 West Coast WIN79-45
21 Port Adelaide LOSS51-129
22 Richmond LOSS41-121

Ladder

WDL%P
Geelong2101161.884
Hawthorn1705131.968
Western Bulldogs1516118.762
St. Kilda1309110.652
Adelaide1309109.752
Sydney1219112.550
North Melbourne121997.050
Collingwood12010111.248
Richmond1111097.446
Brisbane Lions100129840
Carlton1001294.240
Essendon801481.732
Port Adelaide701595.928
Fremantle601293.724
West Coast401865.916
Melbourne301962.612

Senior List

NumberNameGamesGoals
1 Simon Buckley 14 2
2 Nathan Jones 21 9
3 Clint Bartram 21 5
4 Ben Holland 2 4
5 Brock McLean 14 3
6 Matthew Bate 15 13
7 Brad Miller 19 26
8 James Frawley 11 0
9 David Neitz 5 3
10 Cale Morton 19 12
11 Paul Johnson 16 7
12 Colin Sylvia 18 16
13 Adem Yze 6 5
14 Lynden Dunn 16 6
15 Ricky Petterd 2 0
16 Jack Grimes 1 0
17 Chris Johnson 10 2
18 Brad Green 20 20
19 Addam Maric 5 2
20 Colin Garland 17 2
21 Daniel Bell 18 0
22 Brent Moloney 8 2
23 James McDonald 19 1
24 Russell Robertson 10 20
27 Jared Rivers 6 0
28 Isaac Weetra 2 0
29 Michael Newton 6 9
31 Paul Wheatley 19 2
32 Cameron Bruce 22 13
33 Stefan Martin 8 0
34 Jeff White 15 7
36 Aaron Davey 15 11
37 Matthew Warnock 17 0
40 Mark Jamar 14 4
41 Nathan Carroll 9 0
43 Jace Bode 5 0
45 Matthew Whelan 12 1

Rookie List

NumberNameGamesGoals
35 Trent Zomer 0 0
39 Austin Wonaeamirri 18 24
42 Jake Spencer 0 0
44 Shane Valenti 9 3

Best and Fairest

After each round, the five members of the match committee rate the best players with a score out of four. There is no limit on the number of players who can receive votes. The maximum amount of votes a player can receive per round is 20.

PlayerVotes
1st Cameron Bruce 75
2nd Brock McLean 60
3rd Brad Green 57
4th Matthew Warnock 47
5th James McDonald 46
6th Brad Miller 40
6th Cale Morton 40
8th Clint Bartram 39
8th Paul Wheatley 39
8th Austin Wonaeamirri 39
10th Matthew Bate 38
11th Lynden Dunn 37
12th Colin Garland 30
13th Chris Johnson 25
14th Paul Johnson 24
14th Jeff White 24
16th Matthew Whelan 23
17th Nathan Jones 22
17th Colin Sylvia 22
19th Aaron Davey 20
20th Daniel Bell 19
21st Mark Jamar 18
22nd Brent Moloney 16
23rd Simon Buckley 14
24th Stefan Martin 12
25th Russell Robertson 10
26th Jared Rivers 9
27th Nathan Carroll 8
28th James Frawley 6
28th Addam Maric 6
28th Adem Yze 6
31st Ben Holland 5
31st Shane Valenti 5
33rd Michael Newton 4

Other awards
Norm Smith Memorial Trophy - Coaches Award - Matthew Warnock
Ian Ridley Club Ambassador Award - Clint Bartram
Ron Barassi Jnr Leadership Award - Brad Green
Troy Broadbridge Memorial Trophy - Adem Yze

Tribunal

RoundPlayerChargeSanction
Practice Match Russell Robertson Charging ?
Round 4 Brad Miller Rough Conduct 1 match
Round 5 Matthew Whelan Striking 1 match
Round 9 Nathan Jones Umpire contact $1950 fine
Round 11 Lynden Dunn Melee $1200 fine
Round 11 Clint Bartram Wrestling $900 fine
Round 15 Colin Sylvia Striking Reprimand
Round 17 Lynden Dunn Striking Reprimand
Round 17 Lynden Dunn Striking Withdrawn
Round 22 Brad Miller Wrestling $1800 fine


Media
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