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Each of the questions below has two correct answers, not one. Thanks to Graeme Russell, who sends the questions in, and to Graeme's friend Herb, who writes them. The questions are both difficult and very, very clever!

Thanks also to Elizabeth McEvey and Gillian Payne for their 100% record in answering correctly and to Anne & Bob Stubbings, Bruce Byrne, Greg Scott, Pam Griffith, Ros Hardy and Sandra Slattery for their occasional correct answers.

Question 9

This former Geelong full forward played in the number 23 jumper and his first effort of being club leading goalkicker was the first of four consecutive such achievements. He once kicked over 100 goals in a season for Geelong, and was once a Coleman Medal winner, with a home and away season goal tally in the nineties which was converted to a century of season goals in the finals. After his career at Geelong, he transferred to a club that had known little success for a great many years.

The two answers

To be posted next week!

Question 8

This former VFL/AFL player and senior coach was born in a non-Victorian traditional Australian Rules Football Australian state. He played for two clubs, both of which achieved the ultimate success in football, a premiership during his tenure as a player there, with a losing Grand Final followed by a premiership the year after. That premiership was particularly special for the club by virtue, not only of having lost the Grand Final the year before, but by being the club’s first ever flag. The player of our question played for seven years or thereabouts for the first club, and for five years for the second. Injury, loss of form and staleness in an environment are ever present perils and pitfalls for a footballer and the transfer of club seemed to refresh and regenerate him. He was a premiership player at the second club. As well as playing for more than one club, he had coaching stints at more than one club, and his coaching and playing involvements included service at St Kilda and Carlton. He has often been described as an intense or driven personality, and it has been rumoured in AFL football that he has had sexual or gender identity idiosyncrasies with a proclivity for cross dressing.

The two answers

Dean Laidley and Ian Stewart.

Question 7

This former VFL/AFL footballer, born in the 1950s, played for Collingwood, Essendon and Brisbane. He played for Collingwood from 1983 to 1986, transferring mid-season in 1986 to Essendon when the Magpies asked him to take a pay cut and, after a largely undistinguished tenure of less than a full single season at the Bombers, moved to Brisbane in 1987 where he gave three or four good seasons of service at the end of his career. A beautiful kick of a football, in his playing days he stood close to 181cm tall, tipped the scales at close to 79 kg and, in a career of more than 150 games, kicked over 100 goals. He has a first degree relative who also played VFL/AFL football.

The two answers

Geoff Raines and Michael Richardson.

Question 6

This former AFL champion footballer has a relative who played VFL/AFL football with the Tigers. Originally from Tasmania, he was a great mark and goalkicker too, although sometimes a little shaky and somewhat inconsistent with his set shot kicking. He played most of his career as a key forward and four times managed 60 or more goals in a season, including season tallies of 65 and 67 goals. But with a great aerobic capacity for a tall, a 'big engine' as they like to say, he was moved to the wing for the latter part of his playing career with great effect and, at close to 194cm, he could match smaller opponents with speed and gut running, while outpointing them in the air. He suffered from knee and hamstring injuries at different times, but in a career played in its entirety in the number 12 guernsey, he played more than 250 AFL games and kicked more than 700 goals. In his post playing days he moved into the media.

The two answers

Matthew Richardson and Nick Riewoldt.

Question 5

This present-day AFL player was drafted in 2004 and made his AFL debut in 2005. Like Chris Judd, Luke Hodge and Dustin Martin, he was a top three draft pick, and has been All Australian and a two time club best and fairest, but his career never quite reached the illustrious heights of those three champions. Versatile, and a strong mark for his height, he has played midfield, forward and back. He suffered from a knee injury early in his career but at his first club didn’t miss too much football and played more than 200 games for the club, and more than 250 games overall. Late in his career, after a turbulent season at his club, where the coach’s job seemed to be in jeopardy and the team was under-performing, he moved to Sydney transferring to the GWS Giants, whereupon he suffered the frustration of seeing his longstanding under-performing former Melbourne-based AFL club make immediate and dramatic improvement and win a premiership. His 2017 season, like that of his club, was ravaged by injury and he missed more than 15 consecutive games, with a soft tissue injury that would suffer recurrence and further setbacks each time it looked like he was improving and he might be near to getting back on the field. He is now retired.

The two answers

Brett Deledio (Richmond then GWS) and Ryan Griffen (Western Bulldogs then GWS).

Question 4

This AFL footballer, a left footed forward with a good and mostly accurate kick, spent part of his youth in the United Kingdom. He has played his entire AFL career, of well over 200 games and well over 300 goals, in the number 18 guernsey, and also played in the 2000 AFL Grand Final. In the early stage of his career, he was regarded as scrupulously fair and perhaps even a soft pretty boy, but he later toughened up and consciously brought a harder edge to his game. In the twilight of his playing career, he served as club captain, but this was not a successful or harmonious period for the club, and he did not, for all of this time as skipper, seem entirely in accord, 'on the same page' or 'singing from the same hymn book' with the coach and management about his role in the team. Various questions surrounded his leadership style, his relationship with his coach and whether he should be playing near goals or further up the ground. The coach in question was eventually sacked in controversial circumstances amidst accusations of conspiracy, skulduggery and secret back room machinations.

The two answers

Brad Green of Melbourne and Matthew Lloyd of Essendon.

Question 3

This former AFL player has been involved in coaching roles at Essendon and Melbourne. Late in the 2011 AFL season, he was appointed as senior coach for the 2012 season, for an AFL team which played in the 1954 Grand Final, but which hadn't had much success since the 1950s and early 60s. He wasn't exactly a household name as a player and came to his senior AFL coach position firstly through coaching in the Bellarine League where he coached Ocean Grove to four consecutive premierships, and then subsequently from an assistant coaching role at an AFL club where he was part of premiership success.

The two answers

Brendan McCartney and Mark Neeld. Coincidentally, they were both appointed as senior coaches (to the Bulldogs and Demons respectively) in the same week at the end of the 2011 season.

Question 2

This former Collingwood footballer played over 150 VFL games and played for the Magpies in two losing VFL Grand Finals. His brother also played for Collingwood, in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, and was a member of the 1958 Collingwood premiership team. Although both brothers had successful careers, and played more than 250 games between them, the player of our quiz question never played with his brother for Collingwood, the brothers’ birthdates being separated by more than a decade, and their VFL careers not overlapping at all. If we allow given names to be given in their shortened familiar form, his initials contain the letters B and R.

The two answers

Bob Rose (brother Kevin Rose) and Ross Brewer (brother Ian Brewer).

Question 1

This 2012 Sydney premiership player has a brother who was a premiership player at Collingwood. In the 2012 Grand Final against Hawthorn, he became the second premiership player in the immediate family, while his brother raucously barracked from the stands, for the team who just a week earlier had defeated the Magpies and ended his opportunity to play in the 2012 Grand Final.

The two answers

Heath & Rhyce Shaw and Ben & Sam Reid.