As the investigation into dubious behaviours in AFL matches gathers steam (if you believe this), never be caught short in a discussion about teams which should be hauled over the coals for their non-commitment to winning without reference to this handy list.
1999 - Round 22, Fremantle quite happily lose at Kardinia Park and pocket Paul Haselby
2004 - Round 22, Richmond lead at quarter time before losing and therefore securing last place
- Round 22, Western Bulldogs win in Round 21 then drop five goal hero
Matthew Croft, lose the last game and get a priority pick
2005 - Round 22, Carlton lead at quarter time and lose to finish last.
2005 - Collingwood get to five wins in Round 14, then lose the rest of their matches and get a priority pick
- Richmond have the chance to win and jump over Carlton into second
last - then blow a three quarter time lead, lose and finish last
- Carlton get their fourth win in Round 11, pack away Fev and lose the
next 11 including R22 when they didn't both to tag anyone.
Paul Roos tells Jarrad McVeigh "go forward, just don't kick a goal" in a
NAB Cup thriller and gets away with it because he said it was a joke.
2010 - Fremantle rest 11 players and lose to Hawthorn by 116 points
2012 - GWS openly rest players before they play Gold Coast, going on to lose and take bottom place on the ladder.
Spread that list far and wide friends. And there's probably heaps more that hasn't even been considered, so add that too if needs be. My favourite bit from the article is:
It is believed that recently a handful of club personnel have
corroborated versions of discussions that took place leading up to some
of Melbourne's strange losses that year - culminating in the Richmond
loss, which saw Melbourne fans cheering when Tiger Jordan McMahon goaled
after the siren.