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Stephen Shortis

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Joined December 2017







An AFL fan who loves the concept of the Top 100 AFL game players and goal scorers in the AFL and at each club and the annual functions to celebrate these achievements. Also the Top 100 in the Umpiring and Coaching categories.



AFL top 100: Round 1 review

Round 1, 2021, started the season in typical fashion, with some results as expected, some major upsets, some blowout games, some close games, some tribunal appearances, some injury blows, some players with a new lease on life at a new ‘home’ and some new recruits bursting on to the scene.



AFL top 100: The best set of steak knives ever

Yes, moving very steadily up the AFL greatest goalkickers list, and on current form has a few years left yet.

AFL top 100: This year's milestones (Part 1)

Thanks Thomas,
My error. Can you tell me what happened to Jack Hombsch?

AFL top 100: Gold Coasts' games and goals

You may be right Mooty, but I would love to see him out there! The 12 months rehab may extend his football career into the next two years.

AFL top 100: Sydney's games and goals

Thanks for your comment, Barry. If I am honest I think it is to do with the quality of my work, and the narrow range of my topics.

AFL top 100: Richmond's games and goals

You are correct, Tiger_MBK I did mean Nick Vlaustin. Unfortunately I went down the list of games played instead of years at the club.

AFL top 100: Richmond's games and goals

Thanks for that info, Sly. I guess the #29 was because his first game was in Round 15?

AFL top 100: Collingwood's games and goals

Thanks JamesH,
I stand corrected.

AFL top 100: Essendon's games and goals

Yes, a great servant of the club who filled in whatever position was required. Same with Harry Taylor who finished within two goals of being a Top 100 goal kicker at Geelong despite being a back man!

AFL top 100: games and goals in 2020

Special for me too, The Brazilian. I took my now wife to the game. In those days the general public could get tickets!

AFL top 100: Richmond vs Geelong and the 1967 grand final

Great game all round! So many highlights/incidents. Well done both teams and gutsy effort by the pies. As Simpson said. pies were in front at the right moment.

Magpies win thrilling elimination final over West Coast

Thanks Andre.

Vale Shane Tuck

Good pick up me too. The Saints were flying but slipped under my radar! Concentrating too much on last year’s finalists.

AFL top 100: The season so far

Thanks Parer Ben, I missed his name on the team sheet.

AFL top 100: Geelong versus Hawthorn

A very good question, 1DER. He did play full back nearly all year but finished the year in the centre and lost the Brownlow Medal on a count-back to Bob Skilton. Of course, 30 years later he was awarded the medal retrospectively so I will have to rate your answer above that of Wikipedia! Thanks for picking up my error. Interestingly both turned out to be great full forwards as well and both were not natural full backs when they first played, starting their careers on the half forward line.

AFL top 100: Round 2, Sydney versus Essendon

Sorry, me too, I didn’t realise you were referring to my preamble when I mentioned those who I had fond memories of. He was in the best two in both the 1965 and 1966 Grand Finals and always exciting to watch.

AFL top 100: The Champions of St Kilda

me too, whilst I would suggest you may be right about Ian Stewart, all my articles are based on the statistical achievements of players at the club and therefore I only list the three greatest game players.

AFL top 100: The Champions of St Kilda

Yeah, I only drink Quik these days!

AFL top 100: The champions of Richmond

Thanks for your comments, DS. The other six players that I found who have Top 100 status in both games and goals with the AFL and two clubs are: Bernie “Super Boot” Quinlan (Footscray & Fitzroy), Eddie Betts (Carlton & Adelaide), Roger Merrett (Essendon & Brisbane), Alistair Lynch (Fitzroy & Brisbane), Steve Johnson (Geelong & GWS) and Gary Ablett jnr (Geelong & Gold Coast). Of course Quinlan and Lynch have their Fitzroy status locked in forever.

AFL top 100: Bring on Round 2 (Part 2)

I tend to agree. Not only that, but the booing saga no doubt cost him games and lead to an earlier retirement. Maybe 400 was possible?

AFL top 100: The champions of Sydney

Oops! Never could count!

AFL top 100: The champions of Richmond

He didn’t play enough games to make Top 3 game players at the club

AFL top 100: The champions of North Melbourne

I believe he played all games except Round 17, but Geelong played only one final. In five of his last 7 games he averaged 6 disposals per game. In the other two, he had 19 disposals against the two bottom teams (St Kilda and Fitzroy) but in both games 9 Geelong players had 18 or more disposals. Against Fitzroy he gave away 8 free kicks. I don’t deny his ability, and he had a bad run of injuries (including losing part of a kidney) but my memory is of him spending a lot of time on the bench in his final year.

AFL top 100: Champions of Geelong

No Selwood?

AFL top 100: Champions of Geelong

I agree, particularly if he continues to win games with his antics.

AFL top 100: Champions of Fremantle