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Updated: 28/12/2009

What's New in 2002

Stampshow Melbourne 02  
The Melbourne Stamp Show organising committee released  a 10 stamp Souvenir Sheet and postmark  at the Show on the 4-6th October 2002 at the National Tennis Centre. Shown at right is the 45c Globe, map & Southern Cross Stamp with a stylised footballer in the selvedge. First Class Collectables released a set of covers showing Tony Lockett, David Neitz, Colonial Stadium and a Sherrin Football.
Coversplease released covers showing Essendon's Jason Johnson and Hawthorn's Rayden Tallis tackling a Melbourne Player.

Grand Final
The 2002 Grand Final was played on 28th September 2002 between Brisbane and Collingwood. The Lions were successful by 9 points. Commemorative covers for both teams were released by Coversplease. First Class Collectables released covers showing Michael Voss, Leigh Matthews, Jason Akermanis, Akers Handstand, Jason Akermanis playing, Mal Michael Marcus Ashcroft, Des Headland, Luke Power, Alastair Lynch, Craig McRae and the Team. Lobo8 released two covers with either the Team and Bears stamp  or Akerrmanis and Fitzroy stamp. The Magic Rainforest Booklet, issued on 25th September 2002, with the Philatelic Barcode  and the General Barcode, was overprinted with "Congratulations Brisbane Back to Back AFL winners 2001-2002" . The booklet is shown unfolded.

The Medalists
Coversplease. released a cover to commemorate Simon Black, the Brownlow Medalist, and Nathan Buckley, the Norm Smith Medalist.
First Class Collectables released two covers to commemorate
Simon Black as the Brownlow Medalist.

2002 All Australian Team
On 17th September 2002 the All Australian team was chosen. As usual there was controversy with the Lions having six members and Collingwood having no players despite finishing fourth. Port Power had four players and the Western Bulldogs had three players. Cinderella Covers were released by First Class Collectables.

2002 Magarey Medal and SA Grand Final
On 17th September 2002 the 2002 Magarey Medal was won by Tim Weatherald and Jade Sheedy, both players for Sturt. On 5th October 2002 Sturt  was also successful in the Grand Final defeating Central 13.14.92 to 6.9.45.

Port Powers First Final Victory
After loosing both finals in 2001, and a surprise home loss to Collingwood in the Qualifying final, Ports season was on the line when they met Essendon on the 13th September 2002. They prevailed and won 11.17.83 to 8.11.59. They then earned the right to play Brisbane in the Preliminary Final. A set of Commemorative covers was released by First Class Collectables. The players were  Shaun Burgoyne, Peter Burgoyne, Roger James, Warren Tredrea, Che Cockatoo-Collins, Nick Stevens, Matthew Primus, Chad Cornes and Kane Cornes

AAMI Stadium Postmark
The Australian Stamp Bulletin, no 267, announced that the West Lakes Post Mark "The home of SA Football" would be modified to portray its change of name from Football Park to AAMI Stadium. A Commemorative 
Cover was released by Coversplease on 2nd September 2002. First Class Collectables released three covers showing the Football Park, Stuart Dew and Andrew McLeod.

Kokoda Memorial Match
31st August 2002 at Telstra Stadium (Stadium Australia) the Sydney Swans will play Richmond in the Kokoda Memorial Match. Australia Post is releasing a special Stamp Sheet for guests at the game showing Ovuru, a Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel. He is one of the few angels left alive. They were carriers and stretcher bearers for the Australian troops during the Second World War battle against the Japanese in Papua and New Guinea. Source: Melbourne Herald-Sun. This was also the Swan's Courageous Captain, Paul Kelly's last game. It was commemorated by Fist Class Collectables with a Cinderella Cover

Showdown XII
Port Power won their 5th Showdown in a row over  the Adelaide Crows in Showdown XII at Football Park on 18th August 2002. The final scores were Power 12.12.84  to 11.10.76. Two Covers by First Class Collectibles was released to commemorate the event. Cover 2

South Australian Hall of Fame
On the
13th August 2002 the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) inducted 114 people into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame at the inaugural 'West End South Australian Football Hall of Fame Presentation Dinner' in the Park Convention Centre at AAMI Stadium. First Class Collectables released covers of
Fos Williams, Shine Hosking Barry Robran and Tony McGuiness  to commemorate the event.

Nathan Buckley's 200th Game
On the 2nd August 2002  Nathan Buckley played his 200th game. A cover by First Class Collectibles was released to commemorate the event. 

Player Retirements
On the weekend of 27-28 July 2002 Tony Liberatore and Matthew Knights both retired after long careers. Two covers by First Class Collectibles was released to commemorate their retirement.

1992 Port Adelaide Premiership Reunion
On the 22nd June 2002 the Port Adelaide 1992 Premiership Team celebrated its win over Glenelg in 1992.
A cover by First Class Collectibles was released to commemorate the event. Individual players were also remembered on covers. They were Mark Williams, Greg Phillips Russell Boyd and George Fiocchi

AFL Hall of Fame
On the 20th May 2002 another five players were inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame. They were  Jason Dunstall, John Cahill , George Doig, John "Sammy" Newman and David Parkin were commemorated on covers by First Class Collectables. The Hall of Fame was formed in 1996 as part of the Centenary celebrations.

2002 Premiership Players Club
The 2002 Premiership Players Club SES was announced on Fox Footy "The Collectables" on Tuesday 21st May 2002. 

Fitzroy-Brisbane Lions Hall of Fame
On the 19th May 2002 Roger Merrett became the first Bear to be inducted into the combined Hall of Fame. Along with 15 new inductees, taking the total inductees to 38. Haydn Bunton became the first "Legend". A cover by First Class Collectibles was released to commemorate the event. Other covers to honour Kevin Murray , Gary Wilson and Allan Ruthven were also released.

Footy Stamps 2002
Australia Post released a set of 20 P stamps with a photograph of a different player in the tab for each of the sixteen AFL clubs on the 15th May 2002. The sheets differed from the previous 2 years as the players names were displayed in the tab. The Stamp featured is the sun, sand and sky p stamp with the Southern Cross. More information to follow. The issue coincided with the change in Australia Posts web site. 

Showdown XI
Port Power came from behind to overpower the Adelaide Crows in Showdown XI at Football Park on 27th April 2002. The final scores were Power 14.6.90 to 12.10.82. A cover by First Class Collectibles was released to commemorate the event.

Commonwealth Games Baton
Peter Daicos did a lap of honour with the Manchester Commonwealth Games Baton at half time in the Anzac Day Blockbuster at the MCG on 25th April 2002. A cover by First Class Collectibles was released to commemorate the event.

Port Adelaide Hall of Fame
On the 5th April 2002 at a gala function at the Adelaide Hilton International eight persons were inducted into the Port Adelaide Hall of Fame. They were  Craig Bradley, Brian Cunningham, Scott Hodges, "Brick" Hoffman, Tim Evans, Tim Ginever, Harry Kneebone and Greg Phillips.
Several covers by First Class Collectibles were released to commemorate the inductees.

Footscray - Western Bulldogs Team of the Century
On the
4th April 2002 the Footscray Football Club, in association with the Western Bulldogs, at a gala dinner at the Crown Palladium announced there Team of the Century. Chris Grant, Brad Johnson and Tony Liberatore were the only current players. Several covers by First Class Collectibles were released to commemorate the team.

Preseason Wizard Loans Cup
The preseason Wizard home Loans Cup, for the third year, was run as a round robin competition rather than a Knockout Competition. The two finalist were the 2001 winner, Port Power, and the Richmond Tigers who hand not won a preseason Grand final since 1962. The  grand final was played  at Colonial Stadium on the 16th March 2002. On the night the Power was much too good and defeated the Tigers by a flattering 9 points. A special commemorative cover was produced by First Class Collectibles.