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AFL top 100: Round 1 selection highlights (part three)

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14th March, 2019

The second game of Round 1 features two foundation clubs, Collingwood and Geelong.

The Magpies – along with Melbourne – have only three top 100 game players on their list, the lowest of any club, and only two of these would be guaranteed a game this week.

One of them however, is the champion Scott Pendlebury who on Friday week will play his 278th for Collingwood, eclipsing the effort of Wayne Richardson and becoming the third-greatest game player for the club.

Pendlebury has also captained the club in more games than anyone except Nathan Buckley and Gordon Coventry, and – along with Len Thompson – has won more best-and-fairest awards than anyone except his coach, Nathan Buckley.

Last year’s equal best-and-fairest, Steele Sidebottom, will also advance up the top 100 game players list, passing Richardson’s brother Max and joining the father of Western Bulldog player Liam Picken (Bill) in 29th position on the all-time list of game players.

Collingwood Magpies players sing the team song after a victory

Scott Pendlebury (second from left) and Steele Sidebottom (second from right) will add to their impressive game tallies in Round 1. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

The third top 100 player, Tyson Goldsack, is not certain to get a game, but if he does, he will join 1990 premiership hero Denis Banks in 67th position.

For Geelong, captain Joel Selwood will move up to one game outside the Cats’ top 10 game players, and be equal 11th with James Kelly.

Kelly, who gave Geelong great service in his 14 years at the club, played in three premierships and after being delisted in 2015, played for two more years at Essendon where his extra 40 games took his total to 313 games at equal 48th on the AFL all-time top 100 game players list.


Tom Hawkins will pass George Todd’s total of 232 games and hopefully kick the two goals he needs to become the 60th AFL player to score 500 goals.

Todd played between 1922 and 1934 and was regarded by superstar Gordon Coventry as one of the best fullbacks he played against. He played in two premierships and won three best-and-fairest awards.

‘That other Sellwood’ – 1937 premiership winner Joe – along with Teddy Rankin will be passed by Mitch Duncan if he plays his 181st game in Round 1 and moves up to join Michael Mansfield in 56th position on Geelong’s all-time top 100 game players list.

Joe Sellwood (with a double ‘l’) was born in New Zealand and recruited from Wunghnu, a small Victorian country town in 1930. Although he played until 1945, he missed two seasons (1942-43) due to World War Two.

Teddy Rankin played in the first game of football in the AFL against Essendon in 1897, missed the whole of the 1898 season with typhoid fever but still became the first Geelong player to record 100 games, going on to record 180 games for the Cats in the VFL.


Cameron Guthrie will pass former President Ron Hovey who played on the bench in two successive Geelong premierships and captained the club for the first five games of 1960 until a knee injury forced his retirement.

Mark Biclavs will leave behind close-checking defender Terry Farman (1965-1973) and join John Mossop and TV footy panellist Ronnie Burns in equal 95th position in the Cats’ top 100.