by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
Round 19 was Kevin Sheedy's 1000th game. He is the only person in League history to be involved in 1000 games as a player or coach. Sheedy's career began at Richmond where he played 251 games, eight pre-season games and eight State of Origin games as a Victorian representative. His coaching career includes 653 games with Essendon and GWS, 72 pre-season games, four State of Origin games and four International Rules games.
There was no shortage of tributes during the week from all sectors for Sheedy. A large contingent of former Richmond and Essendon players attended the game and the pre-game program included tributes as well. All fans attending the game received commemorative flags marking the occasion. After the game, Sheedy and the players were available on the ground for a special kick-to-kick with fans as well as photos and autographs.
500 Father-Son combined games: Travis Cloke played his 167th match in Round 19. His father David played 333 games with Richmond and Collingwood, bringing their combined total to 500. They are the fourth father-son pair to reach a combined 500 games. The leaders are Fletcher, 627 (Ken 264, 363 Dustin), Tuck, 584 (Michael 426, Shane 158 through Round 19), Silvagni, 551 (Sergio, 239, Stephen 312), Cloke, Scarlett, 492 (John 212, Matthew 280 through Round 19), Ablett, 476 (Gary, Sr 248, Gary Jr 228 through Round 19), Whitten, 465 (Ted Sr 321, 144 Ted Jr), Watson, 457 (Tim 307, Jobe 150 through Round 19), Tuck, 446 (Michael 426, Travis 20), and Richardson, 418 (Wayne 227, Mark 141).
Most Games in History: Brent Harvey (NM) played his 341st game in Round 19. This puts him equal with Western Bulldog Chris Grant in thirteenth place for most games in League history.
Most Club Games: Brad Green (MELB) played his 251st game in Round 19, putting him equal with James McDonald in seventh place on the club's games list. The most games for Melbourne in club history are David Neitz (306 games, 1993-2008), Robert Flower (272 games, 1973-87), Adem Yze (271 games, 1995-2008), Jim Stynes (264 games, 1987-98), Steven Febey (258 games, 1988-2001), Brian Dixon (252 games, 1954-68), James McDonald (251 games, 1997-2010), Brad Green (251 games, 2000-current), Jeff White (236 games, 1998-2008) and Brett Lovett (235 games, 1986-97).
250 games: Ryan O’Keefe (SYD) became the sixth player in the history of South Melbourne-Sydney to play 250 games. He joins Adam Goodes (311 games, 1999-current), Michael O’Loughlin (303 games, 1995-2009), Jude Bolton (297 games, 1999-current), John Rantall (260 games, 1963-72, 1976-79) and Mark Browning (251 games, 1975-87).
150 games: Jarrad Waite (CARL), Danyle Pearce (PA), Jobe Watson (ESS)
100 games: Jason Winderlich (ESS)
100 games umpired: Troy Pannell
50 games: Mitchell Brown (WCE)
Most Consecutive Wins against a Grand Final victor: Geelong has won their last nine games (through Round 19) against Hawthorn, since losing the 2008 Grand Final. It is the longest streak of wins in League history after a Grand Final loss to the same opponent. Since that loss, the Cats' wins against the Hawks have been in Rounds 1 and 17, 2009; Rounds 2 and 15, 2010; Rounds 5, 12 and a Qualifying Final, 2011 and Rounds 2 and 19, 2012.
Source: Patrick Keane, AFL Media Release, author notes
Article last changed on Monday, August 06, 2012 - 4:46 AM EDT