The AFL top 100: It’s not just about games played

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    The second limb of the AFL top 100 is all about the 100 leading AFL and club goal kickers. The list is more unpredictable than the games played list, because as soon as a player runs onto the ground, one more is added to his tally.

    With goals scored, any number from 0 to 18 (the best so far) can be added to a player’s tally, and so more rapid changes in the order can take place.

    This is the situation in the AFL all-time goal kickers list, on which Lance Franklin (Hawthorn and Sydney) is now tenth and well ahead of the chasing pack of current-day goal kickers.

    However, at around the middle of the list is Jack Riewoldt (Richmond), who sits equal 48th with Essendon legend John Coleman. Riewoldt is only three goals ahead of Eddie Betts (Adelaide and Carlton) at 50, eight goals ahead of Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn) at 51 and 18 goals ahead of Josh Kennedy (West Coast Eagles and Carlton) at 55. There is little doubt that this order will change as these champion continue their careers.

    Sandwiched between Jarryd Roughead and Josh Kennedy is current day commentator Brian Taylor, who in his five years at Richmond and six years at Collingwood amassed 527 goals, which is enough to see him still sitting in 52nd position on the all-time list, 38th on the Richmond list and tenth at Collingwood.

    In 53rd position is Daniel Bradshaw, whose 11 years at the Brisbane Lions was bookended by a debut year at the Brisbane Bears and a final year with Sydney, which was the only year he did not wear the famous number 36. In 54th place is Sydney’s Michael O’Loughlin.

    Two other current-day players feature lower down the list. Tom Hawkins (Geelong) is at 83 and Mark LeCras (West Coast Eagles) is at 93. Despite Geelong coach Chris Scott suggesting that Gary Ablett will play in the midfield, it is hard to imagine that he will not kick the three goals necessary for him to join Lloyd Hagger (Geelong), former Hawthorn Captain and Coach Alec Albiston and Phillip Matera (West Coast Eagles) in the ‘hot seat’ at equal 98th on the all-time goal kicking list.

    Taylor Walker (Adelaide) should join them before the end of the year as he needs only 32 goals. Jarryd Waite (North Melbourne and Carlton) could also make the cut with 44 goals, but it seems highly unlikely that either Lindsay Thomas (Port Adelaide and North Melbourne) or Kurt Tippett (Sydney and Adelaide) could muster up the 64 goals needed to gain a spot in the Top 100.

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