AFL Memorable Moments
To celebrate the start of the 2016 AFL season, we take a look back at some of the most memorable moments to take place at Marvel Stadium.
2003 Round 11 North Melbourne v Richmond: After suffering severe burns in the 2002 Bali Bombings, Jason McCartney made an inspirational return to football wearing the numbers 88 and 202 on his jumper to represent the number of Australians and total victims tragically killed in the attack. In the final quarter, McCartney booted a goal and the Kangaroos went on to win the game by just three points. After his inspirational performance, McCartney announced his retirement.
2008 Round 22 Carlton v Hawthorn: In the final home and away game of the season, Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin kicked his 100th goal in front of nearly 50,000 fans. Buddy was the first player to achieve the milestone in a season since Tony Lockett in 1998 and the first Hawk since Jason Dunstall in 1996. Despite kicking seven goals on the night, Carlton star Brendan Fevola finished one goal short of also reaching the ton with Franklin crowned the 2008 Coleman medallist.
2009 Round 14 St Kilda v Geelong: Both teams came into this clash undefeated and with a massive turnout from both fan bases, the venue achieved a record breaking crowd of 54,444 fans! This match will also be remembered for Michael Gardiner’s stellar performance, including a spectacular mark in the dying minutes followed up by a match winning goal.
2015 Round 20 Western Bulldogs v Melbourne: The first women’s game to be broadcast on TV drew an average audience of 175,000 viewers in Melbourne and 301,000 nationally. Peaking at 501,000 viewers, the fans made it known that there was a high demand for women’s sport. The exhibition matches between the female Western Bulldogs and Melbourne teams have paved the way for more women’s sport to be televised and the creation of a women’s AFL league.
2015 Round 16 St Kilda v Richmond: In one of the most emotive matches of the year, AFL fans from all clubs came to Marvel Stadium for Maddie’s Match to honour Nick Riewoldt’s sister and help raise funds and awareness for the Maddie Riewoldt Vision.