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AFL top 100: Round 3 goal-kicking highlights (part 2)

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9th April, 2018

The biggest achievement of the round was Lance Franklin’s two goals that took him to equal ninth on the list of AFL all-time top 100 goal kickers with Peter McKenna.

McKenna, who played for Collingwood from 1965 to 1975 and for Carlton in 1977, was the fourth-highest goal kicker at the time of his retirement. When he left Collingwood in 1975 he had headed the goal-kicking table from 1967 to 1974. After a year in Tasmania he returned for one season at Carlton.

Franklin’s Sydney teammate Josh Kennedy also captured a big scalp, with his one goal taking him past Roy Cazaly, who was made famous by the Mike Brady song, Up There Cazaly.

At Greater Western Sydney Harrison Himmelberg managed to match the goal-kicking exploits of Taylor Adams, who defected to the Magpies in 2014. In the mix are Matt de Boer and Jacob Hopper, one and two goals behind Himmelberg respectively.

AFL players Matthew Kennedy and Jacob Hopper of the GWS Giants playing Essendon Bombers

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At Fremantle David Mundy passed Luke McPharlin, and Mitch Crowden started his career with a goal in his first outing. After two years at Hawthorn McPharlin returned to his home town of Perth to play for the Dockers, where he served the club well from 2002 to 2015. Among his achievements were mark of the year in 2005 and All Australian selection in 2012.

For their opponents, Gold Coast, Alex Sexton scored three goals, which took him past former teammate Campbell Brown. After a stellar career at Hawthorn, Brown joined the Suns only to be sacked for an off-field incident three years later. Brown now works as a TV commentator.

St Kilda’s Nick Coffield will remember his first game of AFL because he also scored his first goal. Teammate David Armitage may also remember the day, as his one goal took him to equal with John Stephens, an all-round sportsman who also played cricket for Victoria.

In his four seasons at St Kilda as a rover Stephens averaged more than two goals per game. He headed the club’s goal-kicking table in 1972 and played only four games in which he failed to score a goal.


For Adelaide, Richard Douglas scored his 150th AFL goal and joined Peter Vardy, who finished his AFL career on that number.