A Reflection…

In the modern era of Australian Rules, the word ‘champion’ gets thrown around easy by supporters and media alike.

Whilst there are a few definitions of the word, I am sure one of them is apt when referring to the career so far of the current North Melbourne captain.

On the eve of his 300th game, Brent Harvey will not seek the pomp and ceremony associated with achieving such a milestone.

In a way, he will be happy that the game will be played in Perth.

On Sunday 22 August, Boomer will achieve the following:

  • The 4th player to play all 300 games with the North Melbourne Football Club; behind Glenn Archer, Adam Simpson and Wayne Schimmelbusch.
  • The 8th player to don the North jumper in either all or part of his 300 games. In addition to the above three, the other six include John Blakey, John Rantall, Gary Dempsey, Shannon Grant and Michael Martyn.
  • Only the 63rd player VFL/AFL to play 300 games in 114 years.

Whilst most supporters and media experts may not talk about ‘Boomer’ Harvey in the same breath as the current day stars like Brown, Riewoldt, Judd, and Ablett, those with ‘blue and white blood’ or just general supporters who appreciate obvious football talent know that Brent Harvey has stood the test of time.

Not bad for a small bloke.

Feel free to share your thoughts…

About Stephen George

I am an avid sports fan who admires anyone who can play or participate in sport at pretty much any level. My favourite sports are AFL, soccer, Major League Baseball, Rugby League and NFL. I have recently finished my Diploma in Sports Journalism and I am interested in improving my skills by contributing to the Footy Almanac


  1. Absolute champion, legend, ripper.

    Good luck to him. Go Roos.

  2. The only player not from my team who i love as much as my own.
    I still remember watching him rip through the middle of packs, streaming through ground when i was a kid.
    When i see him now it scares me not only how fast time has passed, but how fast he still is! :)
    Boomer is truely a champion of the game, i wish him all the best on his big day.

  3. Very timely, Stephen.
    Boomer Harvey is a champ.
    At the age of 32 he seems not to have
    lost much (if any) of his pace.
    He has been a wonderful servant of NMFC.

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