2002 AFL Team Captains

In 2002 a series was issued based on posters from the AFL Record. They all appeared in the Round 22 edition of the Football Record. They show posed action photos of the captain of each club superimposed in front of the Grandstand from their home ground.

First Class Collectables issue a series. (Missing are Wayne Campbell and Ben Cousins)

Excerpts from the Football Record

Mark Ricciuto (Adelaide): “It’s a great responsibility to be given the captaincy of an AFL club and it means a great deal to me. Leadership is about setting the right example and setting a standard for the way the club should be led in the future. It’s about honesty and hard work.”

Michael Voss (Brisbane): “You have a lot of responsibility (as captain) and you are virtually an extension of the coach in that you are helping the coach to achieve what he wants both on and off the field.”

Brett Ratten (Carlton): “Leadership is about working hard and setting the example and does not rest solely with the captain. We have certainly had a great core of leaders at Carlton for a number of years.”

Nathan Buckley (Collingwood): “The main thing is you have to lead by example. You can talk, advise and direct, but unless you actually do the right things 100 per cent of the time, people invariably won’t follow’ you.”

James Hird (Essendon): “The best leaders are able to inspire their teammates with Kith actions and words. The most important thing is that you earn the respect of your teammates.”

Peter Bell (Fremantle): “Good leadership is about setting an example and trying to do the right thing as often as possible. It’s also important to take a genuine interest in your teammates.”

Ben Graham (Geelong): “Leadership is so important, especially at a young club like Geelong, so it is imperative to lead by example on and off the field. It was an honour when asked to be captain and something 1 have never taken for granted.”

Shane Crawford (Hawthorn): “Leadership is about leading by example. It’s about doing what’s right, not only for yourself, but also for the team. Leadership is also about extending yourself in all areas of life, including sport. 1 believe leadership is a skill that you nurture and develop. Although some leaders are Kim, many work hard at it. Leadership qualities shine when a team is under pressure. It’s in times of crisis when a leader’s actions speak louder than words.”

Anthony Stevens (Kangaroos): “It’s all about K in g a role model on and off the field and trying to do the right thing all of the time. You’ve got to lead by example. You can say all you like, but you’ve got to say things the loudest with your actions.”

David Neitz (Melbourne): “Leadership is quite an honour. You never underestimate the privilege and responsibility associated with being the appointed leader o f a club, especially one like Melbourne that has so many great leaders in its history – Norm Smith, Ron Barassi, Robbie Flower, Garry Lyon and so many others.”

Matthew Primus (Port Adelaide): “It’s about doing everything in the right manner and setting an example for others to follow. Whether it be skills, weights or knowing your team rules or team plans, you need to do it to the best of your ability so that young kids who come to the club know that’s the way it’s done.”

Wayne Campbell (Richmond): “You’ve got to set a good example for the people around you. You should provide a voice for your players as a medium between them and the coach, so that you’ve got the respect of both parties. You don’t have to be the best player, but if you play well you become a better leader.”

Robert Harvey (St Kilda): “First, it’s about leading the way with your actions. Then you’ve got to get around to the other players and help them perform too.”

Paul Kelly (Sydney): “Leadership is about always setting a good example. Leaders should take their role seriously. It is a big job, but at the same time, good leaders should also enjoy that responsibility. There is no point in doing something if you are not going to enjoy it.”

Ben Cousins (West Coast): “Leadership spreads across the whole playing group, whether you are the nominated captain or not. The leadership group at our club is still learning the role because most o f us are reasonably young. Fortunately, we have some experienced players about the place, like Ashley McIntosh, Glen Jakovich and Peter Matera, who have been able to point us in the right direction.”

Chris Grant (Western Bulldogs): “Leadership is all about setting the right example for your teammates to follow and leading from the front. To be captain of an AFL club is a fantastic honour and something that is to be cherished and respected.”

AFL Football Record 2002 Round 22