by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
250 games: Paul Chapman (GEEL)
50 games: Ed Curnow (CARL)
Most Club Games: Joel Corey (GEEL) will play his 274th game in the first week of Finals, putting him equal with Garry Hocking in sixth place on the club's games list. Ahead of them are Ian Nankervis (325 games), John "Sam" Newman (300 games), Darren Milburn (292 games), Peter Riccardi (288 games) and Matthew Scarlett (284 games). They are followed by Corey Enright (265 games), Paul Couch (259 games) and Bruce Nankervis (253 games).
Longest Wait for First Finals Match: Chris Newman and Brett Deledio (RICH) will play their first Finals match in the first week of Finals. Newman has played 232 games without a Finals appearance while Deledio has had to wait 194 games. Those games tallies puts them fifth and eighth respectively as the longest wait for a Finals appearance. The longest waits are Robert Flower (270 games for Melbourne before Final in 1987), John Murphy (242 games for Fitzroy, South Melbourne, North Melbourne before Final in 1979), Stan Alves (239 games for Melbourne and North Melbourne before Final in 1977), Greg Wells (235 games for Melbourne and Carlton before Final in 1980), Chris Newman (232 games for Richmond so far without a final), Rod Carter (221 games for Fitzroy and South Melbourne / Sydney before Final in 1986), Bob Skilton (218 games for South Melbourne before Final in 1970), Brett Deledio (193 games for Richmond so far without a Final) and Harvey Merrigan (192 games for Fitzroy before first final in 1979).
Most Games, Rookie List Player: Quinten Lynch (COL) will play his 228th game in the first week of Finals, putting him equal with Tarkyn Lockyer in eighth spot for most games by any player who began his career on an AFL rookie list. Ahead of them are Stephen Milne (275 games, 2000 Rookie Draft), Dean Cox (273 games, 2000 Rookie Draft), James McDonald (264 games, 1997 Rookie Draft), Brett Kirk (241 games, 1999 Rookie Draft), Mal Michael (238 games, 1997 Rookie Draft), Darren Jolly (237 games, 2001 Rookie Draft), Michael Doughty (231 games, 2000 Rookie Draft) and Russell Robertson (228 games, 1997 Rookie Draft).
Club Record Finals: Jude Bolton and Adam Goodes (if available) (SYD) will play their 24th Finals match each, giving them the club record for Finals games.
Club Record Finals: Jimmy Bartel (GEEL) will play his 22nd Finals match in the first week of finals, putting him equal with Matthew Scarlett for most Finals in the club’s history.
Most Times as Finals Rivals: Richmond and Carlton will meet for the 23rd time in a Finals match in the first week, putting them equal with Collingwood and Geelong for the most games as Finals opponents.
Wins in Consecutive Finals Appearances: Richmond has won at least one Final in every one of its last 12 Finals appearances in 1967, ‘69, ‘71-75, ‘77, ‘80, ‘82, ‘95 and 2001, representing the second best streak in the game’s history. Hawthorn won at least one Finals match in every one of 17 September appearances in 1957, ‘61, ‘63, ‘71, ‘74-78, ‘82-89.
Coached Most Finals Series: Michael Malthouse (CARL) will coach in a Finals series for the 20th separate season, putting him second on the League's list for most Finals series in history. Ahead of him is Jock McHale (27 seasons with Collingwood). They are followed by Kevin Sheedy (19 seasons with Essendon), Allan Jeans (17 seasons with St Kilda and Hawthorn) and Dick Reynolds (16 seasons with Essendon).
Coached Most Clubs In Finals: Michael Malthouse will also become the first coach in the history of the game to coach four separate clubs in a Finals match, having previously coached Footscray (1985), West Coast (1990-99) and Collingwood (2002-03 and 2006-11) in Finals. Tom Hafey (Richmond, Collingwood, Sydney Swans), John Northey (Melbourne, Richmond, Brisbane Bears-Brisbane Lions), David Parkin (Hawthorn, Carlton, Fitzroy) and Robert Walls (Fitzroy, Carlton, Brisbane Bears) are the only men to have coached three separate clubs into Finals matches.
Source: Patrick Keane, AFL Media Release
Article last changed on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - 8:40 PM EDT