Carlton’s Levi Casboult kicked four goals on Friday night and leapfrogged a number of players on the Blues all-time top 100 goal-kicking list.
Immediately ahead of him on the list before Friday’s game were Brent Heaver, Earl Spalding, Adrian Hickmott and Jack Green. Green’s five-year career (1929-1933) at Carlton was productive, but he moved on to Hawthorn for another three years and kicked another 167 goals. He originally came from University Blacks.
Steele Sidebottom kicked three for Collingwood, which was enough to move him ahead of the flamboyant Phil Carman on the club’s goal-kicking list. Carman was famous for his two-week suspension in the second 1977 semi-final which, because of a draw in the first grand final, meant he missed two grand finals.
Always in the news, Carman played at three other clubs and on one occasion was suspended for 20 weeks for headbutting a boundary umpire and striking St Kilda’s Gary Sidebottom.
Sam Gray kicked three goals for Port Adelaide and also moved dramatically up the club’s goal-kicking list, passing Nathan Eagleton, Bowen Lockwood, Fabian Francis and Matt White to sit in 44th position amongst the club’s top 100 goal kickers.
At Brisbane Dayne Zorko kicked only one goal, but it was enough to see him pass Justin Leppitsch and be sitting one goal outside Brisbane’s top ten goal kickers of all time.
As predicted in my article last week, Nathan Jones has now lost the title of the current-day leading goal kicker at Melbourne. Although Jones did kick one goal, Jeff Garlett kicked three and now sits one goal ahead of Jones on the list. Jesse Hogan also kicked one and trails Jones by three goals and Garlett by four.
At North Melbourne Jack Ziebell kicked one goal, which was enough to see him pass Les Foote, who played for the club for 11 years between 1941 and 1951. He was the first man to lead North Melbourne into a grand final as captain, and he later captain-coached St Kilda. He won three best and fairest awards at North Melbourne and one at St Kilda during his two-year coaching career.