Take a look at the players who played more than 300 games! This is Football!
These are members of ‘The 300 Club’. There are actually a lot of them but this list will feature players who are still active. Aussie Rules Footballers who’ve been in 300 games are awarded a lifetime membership of the AFL. Here are some of the players who have the best stamina to play hundreds of matches:
Before Burgoyne joined Hawthorn Football Club, he played with Port Adelaide from 2002 to 2009. Among his achievements is that he has the second most finals appearances following Michael Tuck. Currently, Burgoyne is also the oldest active player in the AFL. Playing football is really in Burgoyne’s blood. Even before he started his career, his older brother played for Port Adelaide, son of former Port Adelaide player Peter Burgoyne Sr.
Gary Ablett Jr.
Ablett is currently playing for the Geelong Football Club also known as the ‘Cats’. He is also the eldest son of Gary Ablett Sr. who is a Football Hall of Fame member. What’s amazing is that his father is also a former player of the Cats. Ablett is also regarded as one of the all-time great midfielders of this generation. He also won four Gold Coast Suns Club Champion awards and two Gold Coast leading goalkicker.
Simpson currently plays for the Carlton Football Club who holds the position as a half-back flank or wing of the squad. Also called Simmon, he is regarded as one of the best leaders of the club placing 4th in the best and fairest. In 2005, he played 158 consecutive games until 2015 before sustaining a broken jaw. At that time, he was recorded as a club record holder for playing the most consecutive games.
Betts is also a current member of the Carlton Football Club who joined during the Pre-Season Draft in 2014. During his debut, he was able to amaze the crowd by scoring 19 goals in 19 games in 2005. With that, he became a fan favourite. The following year, he was able to take the crown and won the ‘Goal of the Year’ award against Collingwood. Aside from Carlton, he also played 22 games with Adelaide where he became the leading goalscorer of the squad. To add to his achievements, he was awarded the ‘Goal of the Year’ once again.
Shaw plays for the Greater Western Sydney Giants, he is also a former member of the Collingwood Football Club from 2004 to 2013. In 2006, he was noticed because of his consistency and reliability. He also won an AFL Rising Star nomination by ending the game with 23 touches and 10 marks. In 2008, he once again showed the best-on-ground performance against Richmond. Shaw was also able to take home the Bob Rose Trophy being regarded as the Best Finals Player.
Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin plays for the Sydney Swans. Before joining the Swans, he played for the Hawthorn Football Club from 2005 to 2013. He was also recorded as the seventh-highest goalkicker in the history of AFL with 944 goals. Franklin won two premierships, four All-Australian selections, two Coleman Medals, and a Peter Crimmins Medal!
Mundy plays for the Fremantle Football Club as a half-back flanker or a midfielder. Throughout his career, he ranked third in the AFL Rising Star and he was also recognized as the Best Young Talent during the Beacon Awards in 2005. In 2009, Mundy played his 100th game and became the 8th player in the Australian football league history to participate consecutively since debut. With his outstanding performance, he was named as the captain of Fremantle in 2016.
Pendlebury is currently a player and the captain of the Collingwood Football Club who also played with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Championship. However, he continues his career as an Australian football player. In 2008, he was voted into Collingwood’s five-man leadership group and became the deputy vice-captain of the squad.