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AFL top 100: Round 6 preview

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23rd April, 2019

Round 6 is another spread-out affair with games being played over the next five days, starting with the Richmond and Melbourne game on Wednesday night.

At Richmond, the big news for the Tigers is that Jack Riewoldt is back in the team.

However, the Tiger to achieve the best milestone is Dylan Grimes, who this week will match the games tally of Cyril James Smith at Tigerland.

Known as Jimmy, Smith was born in the 1800s and played for Richmond for ten years between 1917 and 1926. Smith played in three grand finals for one loss and two wins.

At Melbourne, Tom McDonald leaps up the Demons’ top 100 game players list to equal 52nd with Vin Coutie, Joe Pearce and Denis Cordner.

Particularly poignant for this game is Arthur ‘Joe’ Pearce, who was also born in the 1800s and died at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.

The traditional Anzac Day game between the Magpies and the Bombers will see the 50th games of Kyle Langford for Essendon and beanpole Mason Cox for Collingwood.

Mason Cox

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Stand by for some goal-scoring milestones: Jake Stringer needs one goal for 200 majors in AFL football, while both Orazio Fantasis (Essendon) and Jordan De Goey (Collingwood) need two goals to bring up their centuries.


Friday night’s game may also see a goal-kicking milestone if Justin Westhoff can score four and become the third Power player to achieve a total of 300. Westhoff also holds the current record for most games in a row at 128.

For North Melbourne, Sam Wright will catch Jim Krakouer’s and Les Foote’s games totals.

In the Q Clash on Saturday, brilliant Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko will bring up 150 games, only the 23rd Lion to do so.

The Saints and Adelaide meet at Docklands in what will be Jack Newnes’ 116th consecutive game for the Saints.

Eddie Betts will climb again, this time to equal Chris McDermott on the games played list.

The battle of the bridge is on between Sydney and Greater Western Sydney, and Kieren Jack – fresh from his 250th game – will draw level with Mark Browning in eighth position on the Swans’ all-time game players list.

For Greater Western Sydney, Jacob Hopper will play his 50th game.


The big traditional milestone for the round will be David Mundy’s 300th AFL game for Fremantle in the west.

Mundy is the first player to wear the No.16 guernsey in 300 games and the 86th player overall to do so.

At the Bulldogs, Easton Wood will match the records of Len McCartie and champion full forward Kelvin Templeton.

Speaking of Templeton, his record of 178 games in the No.31 guernsey will be overtaken by Eagle Will Schofield in the blockbuster game of the round down at the Cattery where Geelong will take on the Eagles for early flag favouritism in the 2019 season.

Lachie Henderson’s 50th game for Geelong will no doubt be overshadowed, as Blake Hardwick’s 50th for Hawthorn will be in their game against Carlton earlier on the Sunday.