The disappointing form of Richmond, Fremantle and Collingwood has made the prospect of September action a distant dream, so lets try to find some individual player milestones for players in these three teams to give their passionate supporters something to cheer about, and to count down to for the remainder of the season:
One of the most significant for me is the elevation of Bachar Houli into the Top 100 game players for the tigers of all time: no mean achievement when you consider the club has been in the AFL/VFL for well over 120 years, and the honour is shared with just over 8% of the club’s over 1200 players! I believe he may be the only muslin in the Top 100 of the old generation clubs at this time, but I have not researched it thoroughly. He is currently tied in 98th position with well known players of yesteryear: Bruce Monteath, Maurice Rioli, Fred Burge, former coach John Northey and Jason Torney. Jack Riewoldt – whilst unlikely to move further up the Tigers goal kicking list this year – is making inroads in the overall list and his three goals on the weekend took him past Fitzroy’s Gary Wilson and into 69th position on the list of the Top 100 goal kickers of all time. Ty Vickery also kicked three goals, and this lifted him a further 2 rungs up the Top 100 goal kickers at Richmond.
At Collingwood Jarrod Blair kicked the one goal he needed to give him 100 career goals, whilst Jesse White kicked two to take him to 49 club goals for Collingwood. After breaking into the Top 100 Magpie goal kickers earlier this year, Alex Fasolo kicked 4 goals which moved him past Mick Twomey and level with Bob Markham in 84th position on the Magpies all time list.
Not much joy for Freo, except to say that Legend and Super Star Matthew Pavlich continues to raise the bar for such a young club and is now only 2 goals behind the legendary Bob Pratt in the overall goal kicking list. Ballantyne, Mayne and Walters are all making sure that they will be guests at the milestone functions for a long time yet as well!