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What's New in 2006

100th Test at MCG
On the 12th December 2006 Australia Post released a Souvenir Stamp Sheet to commemorate the 100th Test match that will be played on the MCG on Boxing Day. The Back Cover of the SES container gives a history of the MCG.

50th Anniversary 1956 Olympics
On 1st November 2006 Australia Post will issue a set of 4 stamps, 2 50c stamps and 2 $1 stamps based on the 1956 issues with the MCG in the background. The POP showed Ron Clarke lighting the Torch on the cover and Australia marching into the stadium on the inside. The FDC shows Betty Cuthbert. Ireland released a stamp and cover to commemorate Ronnie Delany winning th 1500m Gold Medal.

2006 AFL Premiers
On 30th September 2006 the West Coast Eagles won their third AFL Premiership by defeating the Sydney Swans by 1 points in a dour tight struggle. The final score was Eagles 12.13.85 to the Eagles 12.12.84. Australia Post issued a Souvenir Stamp Sheet on the 2nd October 2006. This follows a precedent that was started in 2004 with a souvenir sheet to celebrate Port Adelaide's Victory.

All Australian Team
The All Australian Team was chosen on the 11th September 2006. Covers were released by Onlycovers.

Showdown XXI
On the 27th August 2006 despite their relative ladder positions Port Adelaide defeated Adelaide by 14 points.
First Class Collectables released two covers portraying
Chad Cornes and Steven Salopek.

Premiership Players Club
The 2006 Premiership Player's Club was released in early August. The initial issue was in March 2000 as were subsequent issues until 2005 when the issue was released at the start of the finals.

AFL Local Post
Onlycovers issued a $1.20 AFL Local Post Cinderella Stamp portraying the MCG (similar to the Games Postcard) and a Sherrin Football. The following series were issued using the Cinderella stamp associated with a private cachet as a postmark. After 2006 these covers will not be recorded as they do not meet the criteria for a souvenir cover.
1.Anzac Day Clash won by Collingwood over Essendon on the 25th April 2006.
2.Rivalry Round 6th May 2006 covers of the
Western Derby  and Ross Glendinning Medal Winner, Chris Judd, and two covers of Showdown XX of Brett Ebert and Graham Johncock.
Robert Harvey becoming St Kilda's Game Record Holder with 324 games on 12th May 2006.
David Neitz 550 Goals for Melbourne on 19th May 2006.
Chris Judd 100 Games for the Eagles on 21st May 2006.
6. Captains series with covers including
Mark Ricciuto, Nathan Buckley, Matthew Lloyd, Peter Bell, Steven King, Warren Tredrea, Luke Ball, Barry Hall and Chris Judd.
7.On the 10th June 2006 the Geelong Football Club held their Gala event. "The Cats' Tales" at the Melbourne Exhibition centre.
Onlycovers released a series of covers recognising players from various eras. They included
Tom Wills, Reg Hickey, Graham Farmer, Gary Ablett Snr and Gary Ablett Snr.
8. On the 22nd June 2006 the AFL Hall of Fame elevated
Darrel Baldock to Legend Status. Craig Bradley, Tony Lockett, Robert Walls, John Murphy,

Peter Matera, Wilfred Smallhorn and Steve Marsh were inducted into the HOF.
9.Round 16 was the Heritage Round with clubs wearing jumpers from a previous era. Onlycovers released a cover for each club. Adelaide FC, Brisbane FC, Carlton FC, Collingwood FC, Essendon FC, Fremantle FC, Geelong FC, Hawthorn FC, Kangaroos FC, Melbourne FC, Port Adelaide FC, Richmond FC, Saint Kilda FC, Sydney FC, West Coast Eagles FC and Western Bulldogs FC.
10. On the 5th August 2006 a cover commemorating
Chris Grant's record 330 games for the Western Bulldogs was released.
The NAB Rising Star winner was announced on 6th September 2006.It was Port Adelaide's Danyle Pearce. A commemorative Cover was released by Onlycovers.
12. On the 25th September 2006 Adam Goodes won his second Brownlow Medal. Onlycovers released three covers.
Cover1, Cover2 and Cover3.
AFL Stamp Booklets 2006

Australia Post released the 2006 AFL Stamp  Booklets  on the 20th March 2006.
Each Booklet features 12 Map of Australia and Southern Cross peel and stick stamps with the clubs mascot displayed in the selvedge. The stamps are at the ordinary rate of 50c and the booklet retails for $12.95.
The inside gives the teams history, Premierships and Brownlow Medals. The back of the booklet has an area for results and an adjustable ladder. There are four postcards including one of the club mascot.

2006 Brisbane Lions Booklet

NAB Preseason Cup
On 18th March 2006 the Geelong Cats won the Preseason Competition beating Adelaide by 8 points. The scores were Adelaide 1 10 15 84 to Geelong 3 10 5 92.
First Class Collectables issued released two covers portraying
Garry Ablett Jnr and Cameron Mooney.

Commonwealth Games

2006 Commonwealth Games Venue

The 2006 Commonwealth Games were held in Melbourne from the 15-26th March 2006. AFL footballers and personalities were involved in the Queens Baton relay and formed an intricate part of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The revamped MCG was the centre piece, with the newly completed Northern Stand complimenting the Great Southern Stand. 
Australia Post, First Class Collectables and Coversplease released a variety of covers and other philatelic items.

Brownlow Medalists
In 2005 First Class Collectables released a series commemorating the winners of the Brownlow Medal since 1924.