With only one more round before the finals, a number of retirements and sackings have already been announced and they include some of the biggest names of all including the current game record holder Brent Harvey (North Melbourne) and Dane Swan (Collingwood).
North Melbourne have discarded 3 of the Top 10 Game players of all time for the club (Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie and Michael Firrito) as well as St Kilda legend Nick Dal Santo who has had three stellar years at North Melbourne. Harvey, Petrie and Dal Santo also feature prominently in the Top 100 AFL/VFL Game Players of all time, with Boomer naturally #1, whilst Dal Santo is #38 and Petrie #42. Amongst the Top 100 AFL/VFL Goal Kickers of all time Harvey is #53 and Petrie #85.
At Adelaide, Matthew Jaensch retires in 68th position on the club’s games list, and 77th on Adelaide’s goals list.
At Brisbane, Daniel Merrett,(currently on 199 games) is 12th on the club’s game players’ list and has kicked the 23rd most goals for Brisbane. Justin Clarke has played the 59th most games for the club.
At Carlton, two players who reached game milestones this year will both retire: Andrew Walker (#34 in games,#56 in goals) and Michael Jamison (#76 in games).
Collingwood missed all season, and have lost forever, one of the greatest legends of all time, Dane Swan (#8 on games list,#28 on goals list). Watched by over 14.1 million people during his career, Swan’s under the radar brilliance and self effacing character entertained both off and on the field. Alan Toovey, who played enough games to be positioned 74th on the club’s all time Top 100 games list and Brent Macaffer, who played for the club for a decade, also announced their retirements.
The other three prominent retirees also featured in club’s Top 100’s, but not at the clubs they retired at! Essendon’s Adam Cooney (#18 games and #24 goals at Western Bulldogs) and Matthew Stokes (#49 games and #34 goals at Geelong) and Richmond’s Troy Chaplin (#23 games and #89 goals at Port Adelaide) join a long list players who have made a significant contribution to the game of aussie rules.
Another two club player, Jay Schulz, however left a bigger mark on his second club (Port Adelaide) than on his first (Richmond). Jay finished at #2 on the club’s goal kicking list, and will finish equal 32nd (with Josh Carr) on the games played for Port Adelaide list.