AFL Top 100: The Twins

This happens less often in modern AFL football than it used to due to a more active player trade, but occasionally two players from one club will have careers that play out almost the same and continue each other’s game totals, never exceeding five games. apart from over a decade of playing together.

These actors often achieve important milestones together. I called them the “remarkable twins” because – although they may come from different backgrounds and have very different skills and personalities – they are linked by parallel circumstances: playing for the same team for long periods of time and suffering (or not suffering) situations of similar form and physical condition.

My attention was drawn to these coincidences last week when I noted that Daniel Rioli and Jayden Short played their 123rd match in Round 9, which put them in a tie for 100th place with the then incumbent. , Craig Lambert. Their 124th round 10 match brought them to a tie with Don ‘Mopsy’ Fraser, who is remembered more for his spirited approach than his talent, which was considerable, and teammate Havel Rowe and led to the demise of Craig Lambert from the top of Richmond. 100 players. It also restored Richmond’s current top 100 roster count to 11 standout players, more than any other team that has been around as long or longer than them in the VFL/AFL and an indication of why. the Tigers are always such. a dominant force.

Rioli was the 1137th player to debut for the Tigers, and only one player (Jacob Townsend) debuted before Short came onto the scene in the same year, 2016. Rioli bought his 100th game in Round 6, 2021, and Short’s was two games down in round 8. Both would be expected to continue their climb up the ladder of their club’s players.

At Hawthorn, Liam Shiels and Luke Breust started their careers in 2009, are both injury-free and are set to play their 249th game against Gold Coast on Saturday night, winning them one game ahead of Grant Birchall and within one of the Hawthorn legend Shaun Burgoyne. Both players weigh 84 kilograms, but Breust is a centimeter taller at 184 centimeters.

In Brisbane, Charlie Cameron (despite having already had four years under his belt in Adelaide before his move to Brisbane) and Oscar McInerney have a surprisingly similar history at the Brisbane Lions. Born just five days apart in July 1994, Charlie Cameron debuted as the 195th Lion in 2018 and Oscar McInerney as the 199th Lion the same year. At first, Cameron was 30 days younger than McInerney. The two are set to play their 89th game for the Lions against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday afternoon at The Gabba.

They are different heights and weights and have different ages and start years, but Tom Jonas and Ollie Wines are set to play their 192nd matches for Port Adelaide in the final match of Round 11 against Essendon on Sunday afternoon at the Adelaide Oval. This will see them tie Michael Wilson as the 11th greatest game player for Power. A week later, they are expected to jointly join Hamish Hartlett as the tenth greatest player of all time for Port Adelaide’s AFL side.

Other teams that have significant twins include Geelong’s Cameron Guthrie and Marc Biclavs and West Coast’s Liam Duggan and Jack Reddan, while at the Western Bulldogs Jason Johannisen and Lachie Hunter are both stuck on the same number of matches but for different reasons.

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