2015 has been a big year for the old-timers, with Dustin Fletcher notching game 400 – ‘Boomer’ Harvey is expected to do the same before season’s end – and Port Adelaide’s Kane Cornes reaching the 300 mark in his final game.
Triple premiership Cat Corey Enright will also join the 300 club next week, and certainly isn’t limping to the line.
He was outstanding in Geelong’s win over Port Adelaide on Friday night, racking up 29 disposals – including an astounding 16 intercept possessions – to be the Cats’ best.
Corey Enright is no doubt the best half back of the modern era .. What a star and ripper bloke @triplemfooty
— Danny Frawley (@SpudSays) June 12, 2015
Chris Scott says if you forget about Corey Enright's date of birth, he could play for a long time
— AFL Game Day (@7aflgameday) June 14, 2015
The Crows were expected to have a pretty quiet week, given they were one of six teams to have the bye in Round 11, but Rory Sloane’s new contract has put Adelaide back in the news.
“I have said many times before how much I respect and love this Club and, in particular, the playing group,” Sloane said on Monday morning, after signing a contract extension that will see him remain a Crow until at least the end of 2018.
The Crows have now recontracted two of their “big three”, with captain Taylor Walker committing to the club until 2018 last November. Midfielder Patrick Dangerfield is yet to sign on for 2016, and becomes a restricted free agent at season’s end.
There have been far bigger names to move clubs in recent seasons than Taylor Adams, but the 180cm midfielder the Magpies ‘borrowed’ from the Giants is proving to be a huge get. Adams was arguably best afield against his old team on Saturday, in a high-stakes match that saw the Magpies go a game clear in the top four.
— AFL (@AFL) June 14, 2015
Teammate Jack Crisp, another to arrive at the Pies via trade, is building a reputation of his own – showing himself to be far more than a set of steak knives that came as part of the Dayne Beams trade.
A highly entertaining tussle with the Saints ended with the Demons looking red-faced and feeling blue.
They held the lead with 20 seconds to go, before a Leigh Montagna goal saw St Kilda hit the front.
— AFL (@AFL) June 14, 2015
Though the Demons were left disappointed, there were plenty of positives. Jesse Hogan kicked a career-best five goals, Jimmy Toumpas played arguably his best game for the club to date, Angus Brayshaw continued his good form and Jack Viney returned to his aggressive best, in his third game back from injury.
For the victors, the experience of trio Nick Riewoldt, David Armitage and Leigh Montagna proved invaluable in helping get the Saints over the line.