As we all know, the AFL is a professional men’s football league in which all of the players are like beasts running and tackling their opponents on the field. One of the tricks to win this league is to have players who can run in lightning speed and score a goal. In fact, there are several players of the AFL who can run from end to end in just a matter of seconds.
Here are some of the fastest players with the fastest feet in the AFL:
Eric Hipwood (Brisbane Lions)
Hipwood became one of the AFL’s brightest prospects when his pace was tracked reaching 35.7 kilometres per hour during his second season with the squad. Hipwood joined the squad when he was drafted during the national draft in 2015. During the 2017 season, he was able to score twelve disposals, five marks, four tackles, and three goals. It was also when he was nominated as one of the AFL Rising Stars. Hipwood was named as the Rookie of the Year in 2017 at the Club Champion dinner.
Ethan Hughes (Fremantle Football Club)
Hughes originally played for the Swan Districts of the Western Football League (WAFL) and was selected during the 13th selection in the 2015 Rookie Draft. He is also one of the four players to make their AFL debuts in 2015. Hughes currently holds the record of running 35.6 kilometres per hour.
Gary Rohan (Geelong Football Club)
Rohan is actually the fastest player of the AFL… once. Rohan was able to clock his fastest speed against Melbourne with 35.3 kilometres per hour in round 15. However, it was not enough to secure his spot, he was dethroned by defender Ethan Hughes and young gun Eric Hipwood. Rohan is actually known for his pace and ability to break lines out of defence. In addition to that, he also represented Victoria Country at the AFL National Under 18 Championships in 2009 and won the team’s MVP awards and All-Australian honours.
Michael Turner, the regional manager of the Geelong Falcons, described Rohan as the most exciting player he has ever seen. Sydney Coach Paul Ross also admitted that he is a very fast player. ‘We were looking for players with pace, and Gary is very, very quick!’, he said.
Connor Menadue (Richmond Football Club)
With a record of 35.0 kilometres per hour, Menadue is a former AFL player who played 39 matches over a five-year tenure with the Tigers. He was actually drafted by the Tigers in the 2014 national draft and made his debut during the following season.
Menadue is regarded as a versatile runner who proved his abilities during the preliminary final win over Port Melbourne during the Grand Final with the Tigers in 2017. In 2019, he has also played in six AFL games and 15 at VFL level where he scored 18.6 disposals, four inside-50s and 14 goals.
Will Hoskin-Elliott (Collingwood Football Club)
Before joining the Magpies, he previously played with Greater Western Sydney Giants from 2012 to 2016. However, he was drafted by Collingwood in 2016. Playing football is really in his blood because his great grandfather, Charlie Norris was a three-time premiership player of Collingwood in 1910 and Fitzroy Football Club in 1913 and 1916. He was also ranked as the 5th fastest AFL player with a record of 34.9 kilometres per hour.
Jason Castagna (Richmond Football Club)
Castagna holds the record of running 34.8 kilometres per hour and is a two-time premiership player of the Tigers. Along with Hughes, Castagna is one of the players named during the Rookie Draft in 2015.
In 2016, he was promoted to the senior list and had a record of 11 disposals during his debut. To tell you the truth, Castagna is actually one of the best players of the team who led the team in round 1 victory against the Carlton Football Club by scoring two goals and 20 disposals.
Among his achievements is that he received an AFL Rising Star nomination scoring three goals and 16 disposals during the squad’s solid 33-point win over the Gold Coast Suns Football Club.
Shai Bolton (Richmond Football Club)
It may not be obvious but he is the youngest debutant of the club in nine years. At his young age, he holds the record of running at an average of 34.8 kilometres per hour. Bolton also won Goal of the Year Award (2018), VFL’s Mark (2018), and a Rising Star nomination (2019).
Before his actual debut in the AFL, he accepted a one-match ban after striking Tom Williamson in a VFL practice match against the Northern Blues. Fortunately, he was able to debut during round 9 in 2017 in a match against the GSW Giants to replace Dan Butler who sustained an injury.
Jayden Hunt (Melbourne Football Club)
Hunt was born in a family who is in love with football. In fact, his great-uncle and uncle have played in the Victorian Football League which is now known as the AFL. What’s great about Hunt is that he was drafted by the Demons with just one representative match.
Hunt is also known for his speed (34.7 kilometres per hour) and received several compliments during his 11th match in round 15 against Adelaide Football Club.
Daniel Menzel (Sydney Swans)
Before being drafted by the Swans, Menzel played in 73 games with the Cats and scored 136 goals during his stay. Familiar with the name? Well, his brother Troy Menzel played 40 games with the Blues from 2013 to 2015 scoring 47 goals. In 2019, he joined the Swans labelled as a delisted free agent and had an average running speed of 24.6 kilometres per hour.
During his stay with the Geelong Cats, he received a Damian Drum Medal award (2010) and an AFL Rising Star (2011). However, he was ruled out of the squad after sustaining a knee injury which needed Ligament Augmentation and Reconstruction System (LARS) surgery.
Mentioned are just some of the fastest players of the AFL. In the upcoming 2020 Season of the AFL on March 19, don’t forget to support and cheer your hearts out as your favourite team try to score their goal of victory.