Milestones and memories (part 2)


Another big week in AFL footy (is there another kind?), and plenty of milestones to celebrate.

Another new coach, Leigh Adams, will take charge for the first time with the departure of David Noble from North Melbourne after last week’s narrow loss to Collingwood.

Adams, a former Kangaroo, made his club debut in Round 5, 2007 against Geelong. He played against Sydney the following week, but was not seen again until the second half of 2009. He was then a regular member of the team, playing in every game in 2014, completing a league career that totaled 104 games and scored 72 goals.

This total number of goals is enough for him to still earn a place in North Melbourne’s top 100 goalscorers (number 93).

His coaching career began in South Croydon, where he won a premiership and moved to Coburg.

Remarkably, Adams will become the 27th coach of an AFL team this season, with a number of assistants taking the reins due to COVID. at the beginning of the year) have a 60 percent win-loss ratio and have won nine out of fifteen matches so far.

The same weekend that Adams coaches his first game, Stuart Dew coaches his 100th at the helm of Gold Coast.

Suns coach Stuart Dew talks to players

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The referees also have a lot to celebrate. If they get a match this weekend, Chris Donlan will pass former popular umpire Darren Goldspink, Nick Brown will be his 100th match umpire; and Leigh Haussen, by serving as 99th, will replace Dick Gibson in the hot seat of the top 100 AFL umpires.

With only six rounds of the home and away season to go, a number of clubs have managed to close their books on newcomers to their top 100 player lists, while a number of other clubs will only have one new entrant before the end of the year. when everything falls into place for the rest of the season.

For example, Carlton could welcome Jacob Weitering if he played every game for the next six weeks and then two finals. Essendon’s injured Darcy Parish only needs five more games to make it, while the task for Jamie Elliott of Collingwood and Zaine Cordy of Western Bulldogs is much simpler: they only need two more games to join their elite. to join clubs.

Callum Ah Chee (Brisbane), Cooper Hamilton (Greater Western Sydney), Kayne Turner (North Melbourne), Jack Steele (St Kilda) and Jack Petruccelle (West Coast) all need three games to join the ranks.

The clubs that can already plan their seats for every top 100 game player positions they consider have are the original clubs: Melbourne and Geelong, as well as Sydney (formerly South Melbourne) and other established clubs such as Hawthorn and Richmond.

Surprisingly, the relatively “new” club Port Adelaide will also run out of players who qualify for top 100 status by playing enough games for the rest of this year. However, a closer look reveals the reason for this: apart from the two fledgling clubs (Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney), the Power has more current players in their top 100 than any other club.

A total of 22 (almost a full team) stands in stark contrast to Carlton (2), Essendon (3), North Melbourne (3) and Hawthorn (4).