This week’s AFL Stats highlights

As well as seeing Riley Knight (Adelaide) and Eric Hipwood (Brisbane) both move into the Top 100 at their respective clubs, (Knight as a goal kicker and Hipwood as a game player), this week’s round sees some significant movement on the lists at two of the older clubs: Collingwood and Carlton. At Carlton Matthew Kreuser will pass Frank Anderson and move into outright 69th position in Carlton’s Top 100 game players. Frank Anderson played for the Blues for just over a decade, starting in 1934.  He was transformed into a defender by the club and excelled as a tough centre half back, full back or back flanker who was reported 8 times but rubbed out only twice! Renowned for his skilful long kicking, he finished runner up three times in the club’s best and fairest and played in Carlton’s 1938 premiership side.

Bryce Gibbs last week passed the goal kicking feats of one of the first VFL champions Mick Grace. Mick Grace was dubbed “Champion of the Colony” by the football press back in 1898. An outstanding ruckman (and forward), he played for Fitzroy and St Kilda as well.

At Collingwood, Steele Sidebottom is moving up through the elite players of the club. Currently level with former coach Neil Mann and Charlie Pannam, he will join three champions who won six Copeland Trophies (Best & Fairest Awards) between them: Thorold Merrett, Murray Weideman and Peter McKenna. His 180th game means that he moves into the Top 50 game players of all time at the club.


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