Fitzroy boss blasts AFL after players win base pay rise
DYSON Hore-Lacy, president of struggling Australian Football League club Fitzroy, yesterday lashed out at the AFL Commission for agreeing to a three-fold base pay rise for players.
Hore-Lacy, whose bottom-of-the-league team were given a 126-point thrashing by Sydney at the Western Oval in Footscray yesterday, said rival clubs would rue the day they gave the AFL Commission the power to run the game.
Speaking after the match, he blasted the AFL for agreeing to increase the minimum base salary from A$7,500 to A$22,500 without consulting the clubs.
'History will record that when we handed over the powers to the AFL it was the most stupid thing any constituent members of an organisation could do,' Hore-Lacy said. 'I hope history also records that Fitzroy, Footscray and North Melbourne voted against it.' Burly Sydney full-forward Tony Lockett booted 16 goals in the Swans' 27.8 (170) to 6.8 (44) whitewash.
It took his season total to 90, 24 behind goalkicking leader Geelong's Gary Ablett. Before crossing to the Swans this season, the burly full-forward had kicked 117 goals in 1987, 127 in 1991 and 132 in 1992 while playing for St Kilda.
TOP side Carlton extended their home-ground winning streak to 17 games with a fighting 14-point win over a surprisingly competitive Brisbane at Optus Oval yesterday. The Blues won 11.19 (85) to 10.11 (71).
Carlton had charged to a 20-point lead at quarter-time but struggled from then on and trailed by five points at the long break.
They managed only four goals in the second half but Brisbane fared worse, scoring only two.
Brad Pearce led the Blues with four goals while Dean Rice and Greg Williams snared two each.
The Bears struggled in attack with only Shaun Hart and Nigel Lappin scoring more than one goal, and they managed just two each.
ADELAIDE can start concentrating on 1996 after getting thumped yesterday by West Coast, 26.21 (177) to 5.12 (42) in front of a delighted crowd at Subiaco.
It was the biggest winning margin for the Eagles as 14 of their players shared in the goal-scoring bonanza.
HAWTHORN, meanwhile, have definitely bowed out of the finals race - for the first time in a decade - after losing 16.9 (105) to 14.13 (97) to St Kilda at Waverley Park on Saturday.
But Footscray have only to win one of their final three matches to ensure a finals berth after their 20-point win over Melbourne at the Western Oval on Saturday.
The Bulldogs won a slogging affair 11.12 (78) to 7.16 (58) to hold seventh place.
Melbourne, now in eighth spot, have to win two of their last three - which are against West Coast, Adelaide and Brisbane - to be certain of making the final eight.
The Bulldogs held the advantage for most of the day, but kicked clear halfway through the final quarter thanks to some brilliant desperation by 200-gamer Richard Osborne.
Osborne spilled a diving mark on the wing, recovered, touched the ball twice on the ground, broke a tackle and drilled the sealer from 50 metres.