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An AFL who loves the concept of the Top 100 AFL game players and goal scorers and the annual functions to celebrate these achievements

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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

Oops (Again!) Of course I meant Mark LeCras who currently sits in equal 83rd position on the all time list, but the gremlins got in there! One goal will see LeCras equal Jimmy Freake, Dick Reynolds and Alan Ruthven.Thanks for your comment, better proof reading needed next time, huh?

AFL top 100: Grand final selection highlights

Oops, you are right of course Brad. How could we forget so soon.

AFL top 100: Finals Week 1 highlights

Yes, a great effort and he’s not finished yet! Don’t forget all those other smaller forwards he provides with crumbs as well.

AFL Top 100: Goalkicking highlights Round 4 (Part 3)

Hi Rissole,

Yes, on current form you would think he is a certainty. As a rule, I have decided to comment on the goal kicking milestones after the event!

AFL Top 100 : selection highlights Round 3 (part 1)

Harvey, Daiks & Presti !

What's in a number and which one's your favourite?

Thanks for your comments, mattyb. #7 will always be Dougie Hawkins, and #31 Barassi, despite Dustin Fletchers’ 400 games!

What's in a number and which one's your favourite?

Thanks Rick, Remember the days when Voss, Hird and Buckley were all running around with that number?

What's in a number and which one's your favourite?

Oops! Thanks GOB. I got a bit carried away there – I did mean Freo.

AFL Top 100: What else is in store for Round 1?

Thanks Harsh Truth. I take it from your comments that you don’t expect Carlton’s three Top 100 goal kickers Murphy, Simpson and Casboult to add many goals to their totals?

AFL top 100: What to watch for in 2018

Good luck with that! At least the extra games would help Kade, Marc and Matthew move up the “charts”!

AFL top 100: What to watch for in 2018

Any player who can be counted in the Top 100 out of the 15,000+ who have played the game should be recognised. Because of their recent success the Tigers have a number of current players who make the Top 100 Tigers of all time, and they have Jack Riewoldt on the AFL list about to pass the great John Coleman as a goal kicker, but being “chased” by Eddie Betts, Jarryd Roughead and Josh Kennedy.

AFL top 100: What to watch for in 2018

Maybe Carlton will be fired up and Richmond hungover? Anyway, if you can’t enjoy the game, enjoy some individual players’ achievements.

AFL top 100: What to watch for in 2018

I think they have some strong possibilities if certain players remain at the clubs for a few more seasons: Lynch, Cameron, etc. Anyway, because these clubs have played so few games, these players automatically make it into the club’s Top 100 list!

AFL top 100: What to watch for in 2018

What about the prospect of Chris Judd and Chris Yarram dropping off the Carlton list of Top 100 goal kickers!? It could happen in the next 2-4 years if Jack Silvangi gets his act together!

AFL top 100: What to watch for in 2018

As I have just said, it is not the 100 games I am celebrating as your comments are correct. It is the Top 100 players who have contributed to your club or the league. For example, Ray Shaw – a former Collingwood captain – is in danger of dropping out of the Collingwood Top 100 game players although he played at the club for 8 years!

AFL top 100: What to watch for in 2018

I take your point too, Walter but it is not 100 games that I am concentrating on, it’s the most games for the AFL (or a club) down to number 100 on the list! The number of seasons required to even break into this list is well above the number of seasons required to play 100 games! As I said in my earlier reply, we all have our “favourite” champions but – at the end of the day – it comes down to how well the player served his club and for how long. I was disappointed when players I consider champions (Maurice Rioli, John Northey and Fred Burge) were replaced on the Richmond Top 100 list by Ty Vickery in his last game in 2016! Vickery was subsequently replaced by Brandon Ellis in his remarkable run of consecutive games in 2017 but that is what the statistics disclose and we all admire Brent Harvey and Michael Tuck, etc.

AFL top 100: What to watch for in 2018

Thanks for you comments, Aransan. You are right, there is now greater opportunity for players to break into the Top 100 of all time, but I still believe these stats are the most appropriate to use to judge the “worth” of players to the various teams. To even make the list in 100th position at the foundation clubs requires at least 7 years of injury free form, opportunity and loyalty. We all have different opinions of what makes a champion and to compare players in different eras is a minefield, and it is interesting to note that only one player at 10 of the clubs is even close enough to achieve Top 100 status in 2018!. The measure I use is fair. Sure, the longer seasons and better injury management give current day players a greater opportunity to make the list, but list sizes, starting age limits and draft trading all reduce this opportunity.

AFL top 100: What to watch for in 2018