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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



I agree, they are exciting to watch (as they were in their premiership year.

AFL 2019 top 100: Western Bulldogs

I could have put that better, GOAT. The Bombers won 6 of the 9 games he played in. I meant he could have a greater influence over the next two years!

AFL 2019 top 100: Essendon Bombers

Point taken, JamesH. I meant as Essendon players they could give more, but I did mean to include Merrett.

AFL 2019 top 100: Essendon Bombers

Hi AR,
The Top 100 game players and goal scorers lists at AFL level and at each club are just an obsession of mine, although I know the concept has been discussed at some clubs. Despite the limitations I Iike to compare champions of different eras and their historical contributions to the league and clubs. Amongst the older clubs, where it takes 6-7 years of good football to even make the list, history shows that a smattering of Top 100 players on your current team list is essential for success. In other words, it can’t be done with all imports.

AFL 2019 top 100: Sydney Swans

I agree. Scharenberg working his way back to something. Need Howe badly.

AFL top 100: Preview West Coast vs Collingwood

Not a good day Saturday, but I finished with six for the weekend. Some of the pretenders turned out to be just that: pretenders!

AFL top 100: Round 10 preview (Part 2)

It is a long way to go, but see me response to WCE.

AFL top 100: Round 9 review (part one)

Jamie is number 12 on the Eagles all time list but a long way of Top 10. He will make it, but it may take a season or two.

AFL top 100: Round 9 review (part one)

Definitely top 3, and that is what is wanted in a player – high level performance in important games, but at that price tag the ‘dogs could have bought a dozen Liam Pickens?

AFL top 100: Tom Boyd

Oops! Sorry madchatter, I need to do my research better!

AFL top 100: Round 7 Magpies vs Power preview

Hi Ian,
Thanks for you comment. Nobody could forget the great Matthew Pavlich, one of the greatest of all time (if not the greatest) but he wore number 29 and I was referring to the fact that David Mundy wore Number 16 more than anyone else.

AFL top 100 : Round 6 review

It’s a big ask, particularly as they have already slipped once at the Cattery, but this season, who knows?

AFL top 100: Round 6 preview

Yes, you are right, Len was his younger brother but was rougher and taller and picked up plenty of silverware. He played in premierships in his first three years. He missed a couple more due to injury and suspension and sat on the bench for the entire 1937 Grand Final. He then coached Nhill a nd then Oakleigh before making a comeback to VFL with Footscray. He is still in Collingwood’s Top 100 lists at Equal 57th in games, and equal 78th in goals. He was a genuine 6 footer!

AFL top 100: Frank Murphy

Your right, it was the one skill that was totally lacking, but he was a great tagger in his later career.

AFL top 100: Saints' Bruce Phillips, Jayson Daniels and Darryl Wakelin

Not Salmon, Sockeye!

AFL top 100: Ian Salmon

Thanks Mr Football. That is handy extra information on a player who has very little coverage in my usual sources. One thing I forgot to include in the profile was that his nickname was salmon. It’s a pity he wasn’t more committed to a long term career as he seemed to have a bit of ability? I guess the two goal less years could have bee when he was down back.

AFL top 100: Ian Salmon

Yes, it must have been a hard decision for the club, but his injuries had sadly diminished his worth as can be seen by the drop off in games played in his last 3 seasons

AFL top 100: Brian McGowan and Darren Jolly

Yes, Mr Excitement, I used to think the opposition didn’t know what he was doing, because he didn’t know himself until he did it!

AFL top 100: Richmond's William Barrot and Graeme Landy

Sorry Guys,
I was watching the cricket when I penned it! I did mean Sam’s twin brother, Ben and not Bruce! Thanks for you comments.

AFL top 100: Frank Murphy

Yes, Lloydy Number 1 and Simon Madden #2. The big hope of course is Joe Daniher overcoming his injury and continuing his stellar career

AFL top 100: Bill Hutchinson

Yes, amazing that the club was cellar dwellers for so long when you look at them now!

AFL top 100: The legend - Alec Albiston

I take your point, Aligee. He was only 66 kilos when he started his league career, but beefed up. His height suggests that he may have been the prototype ruck-rover but he was always named as rover. He would have towered over the leagues shortest ever player (Jim Bradford) who played his last game for North Melbourne in 1949 – the year before Alec moved to the club.

AFL top 100: The legend - Alec Albiston

Thanks Birdman.
Yes, kicking 10 goals in a game for Hawthorn as a rover in a team bottom or near bottom was amazing. Pity he was robbed of two years playing due to the war.

AFL top 100: The legend - Alec Albiston

Keeping Moore and Reid would give the ‘pies two swing players which provides flexibility. If (and it’s a big if) Elliott can stay strong, he adds an x factor. I agree keep both Dunn and Scharenberg, and Wells – if he is still up to it – has an amazing w-l ratio with the pies.
Chris’ other suggestions can all go to make room for the next lot of up and comers.

AFL top 100: The wash-up – Collingwood

Jack Riewoldt is already a Top 30 goal kicker, and still has two years of his contract to run. He could still play on after that. His aerial ability means that if he doesn’t mark it, the crumbers (Caddy, etc.) will do well. He showed in the prelim he could kick straight under pressure. I reckon he will finish his career in the Top 15.

AFL Top 100: The wash-up - Richmond