This week in AFL it seems that ALL the Top Players reach milestones! This is certainly true of the top 3 current game players:
Leading the pack is, of course Brent “Boomer” Harvey who this week eclipse Michael Tuck as the Number 1 game player in the history of the AFL. Tuck set the record 25 years ago when he played his last game in1991 and there would not have been many people who believed it would ever be broken.
Matthew Pavlich becomes the first player from Fremantle (and only the 15th player overall) to reach 350 games. This makes him equal with Doug Hawkins in 14th place overall. Matthew played his first game in 2000 and has had a long and distinguished career, scoring over 500 goals as well.
Third on the list of current players, Corey Enright sets a record of his own, passing Ian Nankervis to become the game record holder for Geelong. He will be joined in Geelong’s 300 game club by team mate, Jimmy Bartel who now sports a bushy beard, and joins an elite group of 3 others already in the club at Geelong: Enright, Nankervis, and TV and Sports Personality John “Sammy” Newman.
An interesting additional stat at Geelong is that star forward Tom Hawkins will pass his father, Jack Hawkins in the number of games played for the club.
Meanwhile at North Melbourne, Boomer’s game record is not the only milestone. If he can also score a goal in the game, it will move him past current Sydney coach John Longmire into second position on the club’s goal kicking list.
Games wise, Drew Petrie will equal Glen Archer on the North Melbourne games played list (and Archer and Adelaide’s Ben Hart on the overall list), Lindsay Thomas will pass Ross Glendinning and Todd Goldstein will pass Darren Crocker.
Taylor Walker will also be eyeing off 2nd position on his club’s goal kicking list, and a modest total will see him take this from Mark Ricciuto.
Speaking of Mark Ricciuto, he will also slip down the overall “Games Played” when Shaun Burgoyne passes both him and Jack Dyer and joins Terry Daniher, Tony Shaw and Roger Merrett in 41st place on the list.
At Hawthorn, Sam Mitchell will move further up the ladder, passing Kelvin Moore.
Trent McKenzie writes his name into the club’s record books, being only the 3rd player to reach 100 games at the Gold Coast Suns, whilst 4 others (Lee Spurr (Freo), Tom McDonald (Melb), Easton Wood (Western Bulldogs) and Paul Stewart (Port Adelaide) will also achieve this milestone at the club they started with if injury or form does not delay it. Of the 50 gamers, Jeremy McGovern (WCE) and Marco Paparone (Brisbane) are at their original clubs whilst Josh Bruce, Chris Dawes and Ben McEvoy will play their 50th game for their current club: St Kilda, Melbourne and Hawthorn respectively.
1 goal would see Adam Cooney achieve 200 AFL goals, and Josh Kennedy 100 goals at Sydney, 2 goals would see Trent Cotchin achieve 100 AFL goals at Richmond, and Jamie Cripps achieve 100 club goals at West Coast.