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I knew as soon as the first three goals for Geelong came from Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood and Gary Ablett that I would need a Part Four for my Round 2 goal-kicking highlights!
Space would not permit me to cover this game (and do it justice) in my part three article.
Both sides boast an AFL Top 100 goal scorer in Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn) and Tom Hawkins (Geelong). Gary Ablett (Geelong) was only two goals short of making the list before this game.
In addition, Geelong has five Top 100 goalkickers on the 2018 playing list, and Hawthorn has seven.
Geelong’s list does not include Dangerfield yet, but it would be brave to suggest that he will not figure prominently on this list by the end of his career.
By the end of the game, 23 different players had contributed goals, and – while Hawkins and Roughead appeared in this number – it wasn’t until the last quarter that either of them hit the target, with neither improving their standing on the AFL all-time list as a result.
In fact, none of Hawthorn’s four top 100 goalkickers who scored goals on the Easter weekend changed their position on the club’s list. Roughhead remained at sixth, with Jack Gunston at 15, Paul Puopolo at 38 and Isaac Smith at 49.
Four Top 100 club goalkickers also scored for Geelong, and whereas neither fifth-ranked Hawkins nor 21st-ranked Gary Ablett improved their position, both Joel Selwood who scored one goal and Daniel Menzel who kicked four goals moved up the list. Selwood’s goal took him past Ben Graham and level with Jack Evans.
Graham was born in Geelong but came to the club via Leopold. He was the best and fairest player in 1999 and captained the Cats from 2000 to 2002.
After he left the club in 2004 he became a punter in the NFL and holds the unique record of playing in both an AFL grand final and an NFL Super Bowl.
Jack Evans came from Minyip and – like Ben Graham – was a long kick and could play centre half forward. He played from 1929 until 1938 and was a member of the 1931 and 1937 premiership sides.
Menzel’s four goals took him past Rod Blake and Mark Jackson and level with Len Metterell.