In the first two parts I covered off which top 100 game-players and goal-scorers will not be part of your team’s make-up in 2020. In this section, I discuss the four teams not covered as yet and catch up on the latest trade action at the clubs already covered.
The Saints have made some space on their list by delisting four players, but so far have failed to secure the trades to take over these places. The only Saints top 100 player among the four was long-time servant David Armitage. Armitage played 169 games for the Saints (but only two in 2019) to finish up in 42nd place on St Kilda’s top 100 all time game-players. He also kicked 98 goals – the same number as fellow retiree Aaron Sandilands at Fremantle – and this placed him in 58th position on the club’s goal-kicking list.
The Swans were the club most affected by retirements at the end of the season with three of their top ten all time game-players all hanging up their boots. Jarrad McVeigh retired as the No.3 game-player at the Swans with 325 appearances, enough to also see him in 34th position on the AFL all time top 100 game-players list. He also kicked 201 goals – the 22nd best by any Swans player. The other two top ten game-players at the club, Heath Grundy and Kieren Jack, shared seventh place on the Sydney game list with 256 games. Jack also finished in 34th position on the goal-kicking list. Nick Smith – who did not play a game in 2019 – retired in 29th place on the games-played list.
The Eagles gave the boot to No.19 on their games list, Chris Masten. He is the only departure of any note on their list so far. Masten also kicked 70 goals for the Eagles to be ranked 45 as a goal-kicker for the club.
The two retiring players from the Doggies are old news as injuries had already bought a premature end to their seasons. Dale Morris, the oldest player to reach the 250-game milestone, only got to add three matches to that total, and finished as the 13th greatest game-player for the club. He will be sorely missed, as will Liam Picken, who has not been able to take the field since the last round of 2017 due to concussion issues. Picken finished two games short of playing 200 games and so currently sits in 27th position on the Bulldogs’ all time top 100 game-players. Picken also kicked 87 goals for the club, enough to see him in 64th position on the Western Bulldogs’ all time goal-kickers list.
Betts will return to his old club Carlton after climbing to 33rd and third on the Crows’ top 100 games and goals lists respectively. At Carlton, he will be out to climb the games-played and goals-kicked ladders from his current positions of 48th (games) and 13th (goals), but has some work to do to even catch No.12 on the goals scored list, John Nicholls.