Despite the thrashing the club received last week, it is clear that they are on an aggressive re-building project, with a number of new recruits tried this year. In addition, they boast 5 players who are in the Top 100 game players of all time at the club. This is an impressive record for a club that has now played 1,186 players, meaning the Top 100 players represent the elite 8.4% of these players.
One of these players, Kade Simpson, now lies 7th on the club’s all time game list having recently passed champion full-back Geoff Southby, the Sandhurst recruit who won the club’s Best and Fairest in his first two seasons in the 1970’s and went on to play in two winning and one losing Grand Final for Carlton.
In addition, the club has two other Top 30 players: Captain Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs. Murphy is one game behind another 1970’s champion Rod Austin and is in 22nd position currently whilst Bryce Gibbs will equal recently retired Heath Scotland the next time he takes the field.
Two other players, Matthew Kreuzer and Dennis Armfield have made the Top 100 list, but sit well done the list in the 80’s. Both have the potential to climb much higher.
No current blues’ player is close to making even the club’s Top 30 goal kickers list with Marc Murphy the current leader at equal 39th. The only two other players in the Top 100 are Kade Simpson (equal 62nd) and Bryce Gibbs (68th). Supporters would be hoping that Levi Casboult – with some great goal kicking efforts like last week – will make his way onto the list later this year and eventually be joined by Jack Silvangi who, with 13 goals in 13 games has a long way to go to emulate the performances of his grandfather Sergio, and his father Stephen.
No other player can make the Top 100 games list in 2017, but all supporters will be hoping the most likely candidate Ed Curnow will string together enough games to join Percy Dakin, Alex Marcou and Adrian Hickmont at the tale end of the list in 2018.