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In , he was named as centre half-forward and captain of North Melbourne's Team of the Century , and in was named as Australian football's greatest ever player, as part of a list of the top 50 players of all time, published in the book The Australian Game of Football , which was released by the League to celebrate years of Australian rules football. In , he left North Melbourne in disgrace after it was revealed he'd been having an extramarital affair with the wife of his then-teammate Anthony Stevens. He is also known for his legal problems, which include domestic violence charges and assault convictions.
Carey played rugby league as a junior,  and began playing Australian rules football at the age of eight. At the age of thirteen, Carey returned to Adelaide,  where he attended The Heights School  and played junior football for North Adelaide. Once that deal was concluded, Miller then inquired about Carey who, like Longmire, was zoned to the Swans due to having lived in New South Wales.
After playing only four games in his debut year, Carey burst onto the scene in as a goal-kicking centre half-forward and as support to their full forward in Longmire who was that year's Coleman Medallist as the AFL's leading goal-kicker. Carey immediately drew the attention of the football world and built a reputation early in his career as an aggressive, big marking and long kicking key position player. In round 13, a then year-old Carey took 8 marks, had 22 disposals and kicked 7 goals in a big win over Sydney. It was the first of many times Carey would dominate up forward for North.
The season started very promisingly for Carey [ citation needed ] and after nine rounds he was averaging 7 marks, 16 disposals and 2. At that stage he was leading North Melbourne's best and fairest and, despite still being a teenager, was quickly becoming the Kangaroos' most important player. In Round 10 against Footscray , Carey started brilliantly, [ according to whom? He struggled to regain form when he returned for the last 5 rounds. Early in Carey considered leaving North Melbourne and returning to Adelaide due to internal unrest within the leadership of the club.
He was convinced to stay by the coaching staff [ citation needed ] and, in the latter half of the season, Carey began to show s that he was destined for greatness. By season's end Carey was dominating Centre Half Forward like no one else in the league, [ citation needed ] his play trademarked by big marks and long goals. He finished the year with an impressive [ according to whom? For the season, he averaged 7 marks, 18 disposals and 2. Carey had his first top five finish in the Brownlow Medal , claimed his first club best and fairest and was named club captain by new coach Denis Pagan ahead of the season.
As captain, Carey led North Melbourne to the finals for eight consecutive years from to This streak included seven straight preliminary finals, three grand finals and two premierships and During this eight-year period, Carey played games, averaged 8 marks and 19 disposals per game and kicked goals at 3. He won three further club best and fairests, was a five-time club leading goal kicker, All Australian centre half forward seven times, including four times as captain and once as vice-captain, and he was named MVP by the AFL Players Association twice, in and Carey was criticised [ by whom?
On the field he was reported three times and suspended twice for a total of five weeks in An off the field charge of indecent assault in  put a damper on his otherwise stellar form. Bookies had Carey as pre-count favourite for the Brownlow Medal on four separate occasions , , and , but many [ who? For the season he averaged 8 marks, 19 disposals and 3. At the end of the season, Carey became the youngest ever All-Australian captain at 22 years of age and finished third in the Brownlow Medal count, after being outright favourite to take out the prestigious award.
But for the freakish efforts of Gary Ablett , many experts had Carey as the game's best player at the conclusion of the season, and he was runner-up behind Ablett in the Leigh Matthews Trophy. The following year Carey appeared to have improved again. After round 6 of the season , Carey was averaging 12 marks, 21 disposals and 4. This included a 17 mark, 26 disposal, 7 goal performance against Hawthorn , 13 marks, 21 disposals and 6 goals against Footscray and a 15 mark, 21 disposal, 5 goals in a loss to the West Coast Eagles.
Carey's mid season suspensions subdued him somewhat, before he turned it on again to dominate in the finals with two of the all-time great individual finals performances. In the qualifying final against Hawthorn, Carey kicked the last goal of the final quarter to level the score and force the game into extra time. Carey then kicked the goal to seal the win during extra time and earn North Melbourne a week break before the preliminary final. He finished the game with 10 marks, 32 disposals and 4 goals in an inspiring performance.
Two weeks later Carey was irrepressible in the preliminary final against Geelong. With North down by four goals at half time, it was Carey's four third quarter goals that kept them in the game. Carey's 10 contested marks in the preliminary final were an all time AFL record at the time, [ citation needed ] and his finals performances were made more impressive [ according to whom?
To then be best on ground in two finals was nothing short of freakish, and a testament to his talent and commitment. During the first two years of Carey's captaincy at North Melbourne, the Kangaroos registered an impressive [ according to whom? In contrast, they lost all but one of the seven games in which he was absent during the same period. Such was the influence that Carey had on games in which he played, and so much did the Kangaroos struggle in his absence that, in mid, the phenomenon was given a name — 'No Carey, no North'.
After leading North Melbourne to the Ansett Cup Premiership in the pre-season, Carey's reputation as the game's one player continued to grow early in Over nine games, from rounds 6 to 14, Carey averaged 11 marks, 22 disposals and 3. In round seven, he registered a career high 33 disposals against Fitzroy. His best games of the year, however, came later in the season, both against Premiership contenders Richmond.
The first was in a come-from-behind last quarter win in round 19, and then four weeks later in a Qualifying Final win — Carey's third dominant finals game in succession. In both games Carey kicked five goals and had 25 and 22 disposals respectively.
The season ended on a sour note for Carey, being well held [ according to whom? For the season, Carey averaged 7 marks, 18 disposals and 2. By , Carey was all but unanimously [ according to whom? He again led the league in marks and contested marks and kicked a career high 82 goals in , one of his most consistent seasons.
His 12 contested marks in round 17 broke his own record for the most contested marks in a game, [ citation needed ] which he set two years earlier and remains a record to this day. North went on to win the premiership , with Carey again a stand out in all three finals games, [ according to whom? He averaged 11 marks, 23 disposals and 2. Midway during the season, Carey has talked about a conversation he had with coach Dennis Pagan, in which he suggested to Carey that he thought he could get more out of himself, and talked about other talented players of the past who didn't quite reach their potential, he hoped he doesn't end up with any regrets.
Upon leaving the meeting, Carey has stated he thought Pagan had gone funny, given the season he was having, but upon looking back he realised it was a great bit psychology, and it spurred him on to a better second half of the season, which is considered [ by whom? Eight minutes into the second quarter of the AFL season , [ clarification needed ] Carey dislocated his left shoulder for the second time in his career and missed much of the season. Upon his return in round 13, he spent much of the remainder of the home and away season at centre half back.
There was some concern [ by whom? As North entered the finals campaign, Carey assumed his customary centre half forward position and re-established himself as the game's pre-eminent player [ according to whom? In a low scoring game, played in very wet conditions, Carey was dominant [ according to whom? He also kicked 7 goals and created 2 others, in a team total of 11 goals. Prior to round one of the season , Carey kicked six-second half goals in the Ansett Cup Grand Final against St Kilda , earning himself the Michael Tuck Medal as the best on ground in the pre-season grand final and issuing an ominous warning [ according to whom?
In one of his greatest seasons, [ according to whom? During the streak he registered 20 or more disposals and 5 or more goals on 6 separate occasions. Coach Denis Pagan deed the team's offence around Carey, [ citation needed ] instructing other forwards to draw their direct opponents outside the metre arc to make space for Carey, a tactic which became known as "Pagan's Paddock". The following week five first half goals against West Coast, including one of the goals of the year [ according to whom?
His form continued the next week when he kicked 8 goals against Melbourne, to go with 11 marks, 24 disposals and 4 tackles and, three weeks later, Fremantle received the same treatment as Carey again kicked 8 goals and had 25 disposals. In the final two rounds Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs had no answers to limit his influence and he was completely dominant in each game, kicking 5 and 4 goals respectively and taking contested marks at will, all around the ground.
After Carey kicked another 5 goals in the first round of the finals to ensure a comfortable win over Essendon , he had kicked 45 goals in the nine games and averaged 22 disposals and 9 marks per game. The winning streak ended on Grand Final day with a loss to Adelaide. For the season, Carey averaged 8 marks, 20 disposals and 3. He again led the league in marks and contested marks and was runner up in the league goal kicking race behind Tony Lockett , with 80 goals. Carey once again won almost every individual award on offer at season's end, with the noticeable exception of the Brownlow.
Carey missed five games early in through injury, and spent much of the year in the forward line closer to goals. He averaged a career high 3. He helped North to a 15 and 2 record after his return from injury, in another premiership year for the Kangaroos. In round 8, Carey's first game back from injury, he kicked 7 goals against Hawthorn. Once again Carey's late season form was unparalleled, and in the nine games leading up to the Grand Final he averaged 8 marks, 19 disposals and 5.
He kicked 9 goals against Geelong in Round 16, followed it up the next week with a goal, 12 mark and 24 disposal performance in a losing side against Essendon and in the wet in a qualifying final against Port Adelaide had 11 marks, 24 disposals and 6 goals in one of his greatest finals performances. Matched up against Carlton's Stephen Silvagni in the grand final, Carey played a slightly unfamiliar role. After marking and kicking North Melbourne's opening goal in the first quarter, he struggled to get on top of the Carlton champion and was moved to the midfield after half time.
He then gathered the most disposals afield in the third quarter and was the catalyst in a dominant quarter for North, before returning to the forward line in the final term to take a spectacular one handed mark and kick the final goal of the game.
By season , Carey had firmly established himself in the minds of most [ citation needed ] as the greatest player of the modern era and greatest centre half forward ever to play the game. In an incredible [ according to whom? Carey's 7 goals and 25 disposals in round 10 against Fremantle , made him only the second player, after Leigh Matthews , to record 5 plus goals and 20 plus disposals in a game for the 30th time in his career. Statistically, was shaping up as one of Carey's best years and, with just two games left of the Home and Away season, he held averages of 9 marks, 20 disposals and 3.
Towards the end of the season however, Carey began to suffer heavily from the debilitating groin condition Osteitis pubis and his mobility and form subsequently slumped going into the finals. Carey was runner-up in the Leigh Matthews Trophy for the second year in a row and the fourth time in his career, this time behind Carlton's Anthony Koutoufides.
It was his sixth top two finish in the League's MVP award in eight seasons. Going into , his 13th season at North Melbourne and 9th as captain, Carey struggled to maintain consistent form as he battled various injuries. A comparatively injury-free second half of the season saw him play seven of the next eight games and average an improved 14 disposals and 3. He kicked six goals in round 14 against Melbourne, and the next week, against West Coast, Carey kicked five goals and had a season high 18 disposals in his final game in North Melbourne colours matched up against long time adversary Glen Jakovich.
In round 21, after playing 14 games and kicking 35 goals that year, Wayne Carey played what would end up being his last game for the North Melbourne Football Club. Carey and Stevens were attending a party at teammate Glenn Archer 's house. Carey is quoted as saying Kelli followed him into the toilets, in front of a large crowd including her husband.
In the face of his team being united against him, as well as nationwide condemnation, Carey reed in disgrace from North Melbourne. For some time, it was unclear whether Carey would return to AFL football, but after the end of the season and a month absence from football, Carey was ed by the Adelaide Crows where he played for the next two seasons. Age and injury plagued Carey in and prevented him from dominating as he once did.
The season was most memorable for Carey's fiery encounters with his former North Melbourne teammates Glenn Archer and Anthony Stevens in round 6. Carey played the first 11 games in , after which he had taken the most contested marks at Adelaide, was 11 goals clear in the Crows' goal kicking and was coming second in the club best and fairest.
Carey's best performance in the Adelaide colours [ according to whom? He took 9 marks, had 17 disposals and kicked 6 goals, out of a team total of 12, in a heavy loss to Essendon. Two weeks later, Carey's fourth goal against Hawthorn was one of the goals of the year. He gave off a handball to teammate Tyson Edwards , who in turn gave the ball back to Carey deep in the forward pocket.
Carey's left foot snap for goal was a highlight [ according to whom? In round 12, Carey left the field early in the second quarter and was later forced to retire with a disc-related neck injury, marking the end of a career that spanned 16 seasons and games and included goals. Carey had a relatively short, but successful State of Origin career, and what he describes as ificant in his career. In , playing for South Australia against Victoria, Carey played an outstanding game, dominating at centre half forward and kicking two goals.
In the latter half of the s clubs began putting pressure on players to pull out of games due to fear of injury and players began to stop participating. Although as he was eligible for induction in , his off field troubles with drugs delayed his induction. Throughout much of the s Glen Jakovich was regarded as the premier centre half back in the AFL, and his battles with Carey were a talking point and a season highlight whenever the Eagles and Kangaroos met.
Carey had dominated their encounters in and , [ according to whom? Statistically, Jakovich held Carey to fewer disposals and goals than any other player could consistently manage. By comparison, in the games Carey played against all other opponents in the same period, he averaged 7 marks, 18 disposals and 3. Carey has been named by many media commentators as the greatest footballer to play the game. Carey topped the list, polling 85 of a possible votes, 26 votes ahead of second placed Gary Ablett Sr.
In early , Carey agreed to assist former coach and mentor Denis Pagan at the Carlton Football Club , acting voluntarily as a part-time skills coach. In he was an assistant coach at Collingwood Football Club. Carey also worked as a commentator and host of shows on the Fox Footy Channel throughout the season. In he participated in the Nine Network football analysis program Footy Classified , as well as special comments for radio station 3AW 's football coverage.
Subsequent to his dual arrests for domestic violence and assault he was sacked from both positions. In , Carey was approached in a confidential meeting with influential North Melbourne board member Ron Joseph to return to the club as coach in a succession plan which also involved Malcolm Blight.Cheating wives Melbourne
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