The finals always bring with them a bit of melancholy.
Although the final three games of Round 12 included two underdogs getting up, neither could be considered ‘blowouts’ even though Collingwood’s margin over Melbourne was seven goals by game’s end.
The McDonald book ends for Melbourne (Oscar at fullback and Tom in the forward line) partly worked until Oscar was injured.
Tom played his part by eventually kicking six goals and keeping alive his hope of gaining the top 100 ‘double’ in the same year.
He still requires twelve goals to join Andrew Moir and Bryan Kenneally in 99th place on the Demons’ all-time top 100 goalkickers, having made the all-time top 100 game players in his first game this season.
No other top 100 goal kicker for Melbourne appeared in the ‘goals scored’ list for Melbourne with Jesse Hogan being held goalless for the first time in 2018 by former Melbourne player Lynden Dunn.
For Collingwood, Mason Cox – the Lanky Yankee – stole the show with five goals while Hoskin-Elliott and Stephenson both scored four goals and Josh Thomas three.
Scott Pendlebury scored one goal and drew to within one goal of Ian Brewer, who led the goal kicking at the Magpies in 1957 and the premiership year, 1958 when he also lead the League’s goal kicking.
None of the other goal kickers for the Magpies are in the club’s top 100 list.
However, with a plethora of different multiple goal scorers bobbing up each week – it would appear certain that at least some of them will clear the ‘bar’ to become top 100’s if not in 2019, certainly in 2020.
The Essendon/Brisbane game produced the goalkicker who made the most progress up his club’s list – Eric Hipwood.
His three goals for Brisbane saw him pass Todd Banfield, current AFL senior coach Chris Scott and Jamie Charman.
He currently sits just outside the Lions’ top 30 goalkickers level with Pearce Hanley. Dayne Zorko, a top 10 goal scorer at the Lions added one to his total.
For the Bombers, excitement machine Anthony McDonald-Tipungwati led the all-time total of goals scored by the Essendon players on the weekend but is still well short to making the club’s top 100 goalscorers list.
Jake Stringer scored three goals to take his tally in his first year at his new club to 17.
Adelaide, in their three-point loss to Fremantle in Perth, had the club’s three current top 10 goalscorers add only five goals between them with Taylor Walker getting only one and Josh Jenkins and Eddie Betts getting two each.
This was Adelaide’s third loss in a row and puts their finals campaign in jeopardy. Taylor Walker’s chances of making AFL top 100 by the end of the season are also getting dimmer, as the number of games remaining (ten) are now outnumbered by the number of goals required (12).
Michael Ballantyne, number two goalkicker on the Docker’s list added one more to his total. However, he is unlikely to ever claim the club’s top spot currently held by superstar Matthew Pavlich.
Another Cox, Brennan, was the chief goal kicker in this match but is still early in his career.