After an thrilling first week of finals, this week we had been all the way down to solely two video games that includes 4 groups which have little finals expertise towards one another.

Melbourne and Brisbane had met one another as soon as in finals, and that was final 12 months within the first qualifying remaining. Melbourne received that one by 33 factors so the ledger is now all sq. at one recreation every.

Collingwood and Fremantle had by no means met in a remaining so historical past was made when these two groups took to the MCG earlier than a file crowd. Final week, Fremantle broke a seven-year drought by beating the Bulldogs of their first remaining since 2015 however by no means appeared more likely to proceed their run towards Collingwood.

In Friday night time’s recreation, Noah Answerth grew to become the 90th participant for Brisbane to play 50 video games. Daniel McStay grew to become an elite high 20 aim scorer by becoming a member of Tim Notting on the mixed Brisbane Lions/Bears record.

For Melbourne, Jake Melksham’s one aim took him previous the diminutive Paul Callery and ’80s participant David Williams while Alex Neal-Bullen’s two targets noticed him soar up the record to equal goalless captain Max Gawn, Les Jones, Lance Arnold and the legendary Peter “Crackers” Keenan.

In Saturday night time’s recreation, Andrew Brayshaw grew to become the 40th participant to play 100 video games for the Dockers. Brayshaw completed third in Fremantle’s greatest and fairest in 2021 and is predicted to enhance additional on the 10 votes he acquired in final 12 months’s Brownlow Medal depend. He was a key participant in changing the usually injured Nat Fyfe.

Caleb Serong and Andrew Brayshaw of the Dockers celebrate.

Caleb Serong and Andrew Brayshaw of the Dockers rejoice. (Photograph by Michael Willson/AFL Images by way of Getty Photographs)

Additionally enjoying within the Saturday night time conflict had been the 2 most senior recreation gamers nonetheless enjoying: David Mundy and Scott Pendlebury. Mundy – who turned 37 in July and was additionally the oldest participant nonetheless enjoying – performed his 376th recreation and final recreation for the Dockers towards Collingwood and moved into outright eighth place on the all-time AFL high 100 recreation gamers record.

Pendlebury, who took over the video games file at Collingwood from Tony Shaw through the 2020 season, can be the holder of the file for probably the most video games as captain and continues to indicate wonderful kind and – though he received the final of his 5 greatest and fairest gongs in 2016 – he completed third within the award in 2021.

If he continues to play on in 2023 and maintains his kind and avoids harm he might anticipate to succeed in a video games whole just like Simon Madden in seventh place on the AFL high 100 recreation gamers record.

David Mundy kicked a working aim in his remaining recreation and it’s fascinating to notice that since he performed his first recreation of soccer for Fremantle in Spherical 6, 2005, 1617 gamers have performed their first AFL recreation.

Different aim scorers for the Dockers had been Lachie Schulz who kicked two targets and moved up the record to move Troy Prepare dinner and Lachie Neale, and equal Michael Johnson, and Michael Frederick, whose two targets took him to stage with Brodie Holland.

The targets for Collingwood had been additionally unfold round with Jamie Elliott passing Paul Williams on Collingwood’s aim scorers record and the favored Mason Cox scoring his 100th AFL aim (as a crumber!), and turning into the 87th profession centurion on the Magpies.

Paradoxically, Brody Mihocek’s two targets took him previous Craig, the daddy of present day ‘gun’ Brisbane defender Brendan Starcevich whom he battled with through the semi-final. It additionally took Mihocek – whose profession didn’t begin till he was 25 – to stage with 1958 premiership participant Ian Brewer, who received the Coleman Medal in his premiership 12 months.

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