Round 16 Milestones and Memories (Part 1)

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Unlike Round 15 where all but two games had a direct impact on both teams’ chances in the Finals, Round 16 only has four games where both teams playing will have their Finals chances enhanced or threatened depending on the outcome. Match.

The first of these is the Thursday night blockbuster between Brisbane and Western Bulldogs.

Brisbane slipped from top to third following a beating inflicted on them by a rejuvenated Melbourne, who got their year back on track after three weeks of off-field turmoil.

The Lions bounced back from the belt to beat the Western Bulldogs – one of the current in-form teams.

Dayne Zorko passed a fitness test and took the field for his 222nd game, meaning he is now the 11th-tallest player tied with Lions and Bears hybrid player Daniel Bradshaw.

Jarrod Berry’s 100th game will put him tied for 55th among Brisbane’s combined players and tied with Cheynee Stiller.

Bulldogs champion Jack Macrae is set to play his 200th game for the Bulldogs, the 26th player to do so.

(Photo by Steve Bell/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

This will match the number of games played by Norm Ware, a big ruckman who came from Sale and vice-captain of the club’s first team in the final in 1938 and won the best and fairest five times.

Friday night’s game is also a crucial game for Carlton (fifth) and St Kilda (tenth). Key Blues backman Jacob Weitering is set to miss again this week and it will jeopardize his chances of becoming one of Carlton’s top 100 players in the 2022 season.

Weitering needs to play nine more games to join Eric Huxtable (1930-38) and Jack Conley (1944-52) on Carlton’s elite roster tied for 99th and – after this week – just seven rounds left.

He will therefore have to play all the matches and at least two finals to succeed this AFL season. If he does, he will (in theory) join two other current players on the top 100 games played list.

But since one of those current players is Ed Curnow and he hasn’t played a single game this year, it’s up to Patrick Cripps to carry the flag single-handedly and this week he’ll equalize Simon Beaumont (1995-2003), who in 1999 scored eight goals in the first half of a game against Collingwood.

The Saints could do with Dan Hannebery, who in three years has played just 15 games for the club, but would make a huge difference if he could get to the park, which still seems unlikely.

Jack Billings, however, is expected to play his 149th game and quickly move up the Saints’ top 100 list, tied with Clinton Jones (2009-2014), Neil Besanko (1968-1977) and Bill Cubbins, who started in just 1915 three months. after his 16th birthday, but later enlisted in the army as an underage.

He returned to St Kilda in 1919 and was made club captain in 1922. Cubbins was then assistant to the great Dave McNamara of St Kilda, but again captained for part of 1925 and all of 1926.

He moved to Warrnambool in 1927 but was back at St Kilda as captain in 1928 and 1929. In 1930 he became captain-coach.