Let’s continue our post-season review of the AFL’s top 100 game-players and goal-kickers.
Freo were one of the three teams to lose their No.3 on their all time list. Aaron Sandilands retired after 271 games and 98 goals. Number 15 on the all time top 100 list and third on the goal-kicking list, Hayden Ballantyne, was shown the door and Ed Langdon, number 68 on the games-played list with 68 appearances, chose Melbourne as his new home.
Tim Kelly – the most talked-about trade – went home to the Eagles, where he is likely to become a top 100 game-player and goal-scorer.
They were another club to lose their all time No.3 game player when Michael Rischitelli hung up the boots. The other two top 100 game-players – Jack Leslie (50) and Brad Sheer (80) – were much lower down the list at a club that has a very low bar to entry.
Greater Western Sydney
The Giants don’t even have a top 100 yet as only 98 players have played for the club so far, but it was still disappointing for them to lose No.5 on the list of most games played, Adam Tomlinson, as well as the retirement of Brett Deledio (No.38 in games played and equal 33rd in goals scored) and Dawson Simpson (No.48 and equal No.70 in games and goals respectively). No.46 game player Sam Frost has departed for greener pastures at his third club Hawthorn.
Champion Jarryd Roughead has already been snapped up for a coaching role at St Kilda. Roughead is a true Hawthorn legend, finishing his career as the ninth greatest game-player and the sixth greatest goal-scorer of all time for the Hawks. Although he fell less than a season short of becoming an AFL elite game player, his 578 goals in the brown and gold saw him finish in 38th position in the all time top 100 goal-kickers in the AFL, so he will be dining out on the league for at least the next three decades. No.15 on the Hawks’ all time game-players list, Grant Birchall, has opted to continue his career at the Lions a la Luke Hodge.
The Dees’ only top 100 casualty is Jeff Garlett. Although not a top 100 game-player, he sits level with Nathan Jones as the equal 51st leading goal-kicker at the Demons on 138.
Scott Thompson served the Kangaroos well in his 241 games and was the club’s leading current player and No.16 overall in North Melbourne’s top 100 game-players of all time. Sam Wright, who also announced his retirement, sits in 74th position.
Matthew Broadbent has been deleted. He currently sits at No.14 on the Power’s top 100 game-players, and No.40 on the goal-scorers.
The Tigers are sitting pretty and quiet in the trade period so far. No.50 on the games-played list, Shaun Grigg (171 games), announced his retirement in time for the Tigers to pick up a player in the mid-year draft, while Brandon Ellis decided to try his luck with Gold Coast. However, Richmond have a ready-made replacement for Ellis in Alex Rance, who is returning from a knee injury, being 17 places higher up the Tigers’ top 100 games list than Ellis.