Some tight battles in club top 100 goal-kickers

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    In my last article AFL Top 100: Its not just about games played!, I discussed the competition among current goal kickers around the middle of the top 100 all-time goal kickers in the AFL.

    A similar situation exists at a number of clubs also.

    Collingwood has Scott Pendlebury well ahead as the leading current day goal scorer, but down in the 50s and 60s, #52 Steele Sidebottom is only one goal ahead of #53 Jamie Elliott who is only five goals ahead of #54 Alex Fasolo.

    A further 12 goals back is Jarryd Blair, currently sitting in equal 60th position.

    At Essendon, David Zaharakis (equal #62) is only four goals ahead of Michael Hurley (#68).

    At Hawthorn, two top 20 goal kickers are neck and neck as they seek to climb further up the ‘ladder’: Cyril Rioli (#14) is only three goals ahead of Jack Gunston (#15).

    At North Melbourne – although the current day players are much lower down the list – three of them appear to be set for a competitive goal kicking year: Jack Ziebell (equal #64) has scored only one goal more in this career than Todd Goldstein (equal #66).

    Lurking a further nine goals back is ex Carlton forward Jarrad Waite (#71) who – barring injury, suspension or loss of form – seems certain to move ahead of both his rivals.

    St Kilda also have three players down in the low 50s and high 60s who are extremely close, and the pecking order could change week-by-week once the season is underway in 59 days time!

    Currently, Jack Steven (in 58th position on the Saints all time goal kickers list) is three goals ahead of Tim Membrey, (equal #61) but only one goal separates Tim Membrey from David Armitage in 63rd position!

    Of course, all three are well behind the leading goal kicker of all the current players at the club. Josh Bruce, who is tied in equal 34th position with left footer Harry Moyes who – despite losing three years of his career due to the first World War and finishing the last three at Melbourne (where he was a member of the 1926 premiership side) – managed to win St Kilda’s leading goal kicker four times, including his debut season.

    At Sydney, three players are within ten goals of each other: Josh Kennedy (#48) who is three goals ahead of #51, Sam Reid who is seven goals ahead of Luke Parker (#53).

    Kurt Tippett, who was 44th on the Swans list was also part of the mix, being ten goals ahead of Josh Kennedy. Although he announced his retirement today, his seat at the Swan’s Top 100 bash is guaranteed for a number of years to come (as it is at Adelaide also).

    Of the newer clubs, the minimum goals needed to be scored to make the list is generally low (even at West Coast Eagles which is now in its 32nd year) and therefore potentially any new player who goes on a goal-scoring spree could make the list in his first season!

    At the Gold Coast Suns and Greater Western Sydney there has not even been 100 goal kickers, so any goal scorers will automatically be added to the list.

    At these clubs, the possibilities are endless, and the lists will be constantly updated during the season.

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    The Crowd Says (6)

    • January 23rd 2018 @ 11:00am
      Suzie the nudist said | January 23rd 2018 @ 11:00am | ! Report

      Umm not sure about the rankings because if you play longer as a forward than others you kick more total goals? Or are you quoting average goals per game? I follow my beloved Pies and think that a fit Fasolo, Elliot, Varcoe, big Cox at full forward and our new high draft pick Stephenson will give us a potent forward line. Do others agree?

      • January 23rd 2018 @ 11:20am
        truetigerfan said | January 23rd 2018 @ 11:20am | ! Report

        Not at all, Suzie. The footy will go out quicker than it comes in to the Pies forward line. Your expectations of Stephenson are a tad over the top . . . give the kid a break, and time! Stay free!

        • January 23rd 2018 @ 12:00pm
          mattyb said | January 23rd 2018 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

          Agree with tigersfan that your being extremely unfair on Stephenson,but your not the first parson,nor you will be the last to treat a young player in such a fashion in the name of hope.
          Elliott,Varcoe and Fasalo could certainly be a handful if they can all stay fit,Elliott in particular is a brilliant footballer.
          Stay free.

          • January 23rd 2018 @ 3:29pm
            Suzie the nudist said | January 23rd 2018 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

            thanks Mattyb I love elliott so much, plenty of being free today!

        • January 23rd 2018 @ 3:28pm
          Suzie the nudist said | January 23rd 2018 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

          Thanks TrueTiger! I very free right now in this sunny melbourne weather!

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      January 23rd 2018 @ 12:14pm
      Paul D said | January 23rd 2018 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

      Should there be a list included in this article?

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