AFL Top 100 Stats: A Big Week!

This looks to be a big week for the Top 100 game players of all time, with 10 of the 12 current players on the list set to add to their totals.
The two to miss are Adelaide’s Scott Thompson, who has not played one senior game this year, but at least was named as an emergency, and Western Bulldog’s Matthew Boyd.
Shaun Burgoyne will draw level with Fitzroy legend Kevin Murray and David Cloke (Richmond/Collingwood) inside the Top 20 of all time.
Nick Riewoldt will pass Gary Dempsey and become outright #25 on the list.
Drew Petrie – whose career appeared to have stalled after he was dumped by North Melbourne last year – will equal Nick Del Santo and Simon Black in #35th position.
Sam Mitchell will join ‘King Dick’ Reynolds the Essendon champion and former record game holder in equal 41st position.
James Kelly and Robert Murphy will equal Jimmy Bartel and Shane Crawford in equal 60th position.
Similarly, Brendon Goddard will equal Michael O’Loughlin and Chris Langford in 65th Position.
Meanwhile, Gary Ablett (hopefully) will bring up his 300th game and join the nine players whose careers finished on that exact amount, and who are now equal 72nd on the all time list.
Luke Hodge will move to outright 82nd.
Matthew Boyd (who is not picked to play this weekend) will remain with Bill Hutchinson and Dean Cox in 91st position, but will also be joined by Jarryd McVeigh.
Stevie Johnson is set to become the first Greater Western Sydney player to reach the pinnacle of the all time Top 100 game players (albeit on the back of his magnificent career at Geelong). When he runs out on Saturday night he will join Sydney’s Ryan O’Keefe and Peter Bell (North Melbourne & Fremantle on 286 games and sit in the death seat in equal 100th position.
On the goal kicking front, whilst we hope they will all score many goals, one goal will be enough for:
Jack Riewoldt to catch Brent Harvey,
Eddie Betts to pass Peter Sumich and
Mark LeCras to equal Mick Conlan.
Finally, these club champions should get a mention:
Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) for joining two other champions at Collingwood in Lou Richards and Peter Diacos on 250 games and equal 11th place on the club’s Top 100,
Kade Simpson for joining Anthony Koutoufides in equal 6th position on the all time game list at Carlton,
and Ivan Maric (who has announced his retirement at the end of the year at Richmond). Ivan never played enough games or kicked enough goals at Richmond, but his efforts at Adelaide currently having him sitting at 68th (games played) and 69th (goals kicked) so he should be an invitee to that club’s Top100 annual party for many years to come! Congratulations on a stellar career, Ivan.


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