The most important certainty of a change in a membership’s top-100 game-players listing is on the Western Bulldogs, the place Ian Salmon at the moment sits within the scorching seat at No. 100.
Salmon, who retired from league soccer at 23 years outdated to pursue his profession as an animal technologist in his residence city of Leongatha, is going through a stampede of present Bulldogs who would all be anticipated to go his complete of 113 video games throughout season 2019.
Three of the membership’s present champions – South African born ex-East Fremantle speedster Jason Johannisen, who has performed 106 video games and received the 2016 Norm Smith Medal; left-footer Lachie Hunter on 105 video games; and 2016 premiership participant Marcus Bontempelli on 104 video games – ought to all go Salmon within the first half of the season assuming health and type.
Alternatively, Tory Dickson, who must play no less than 17 video games to make the reduce, is way more circumspect contemplating he has performed solely that many video games in complete within the final two years!
Salmon began his profession in 1970 whereas nonetheless 17 years outdated, debuting in Spherical 9 towards Fitzroy sporting jumper No. 9 and incomes 9 kicks. A blond-haired, left-footer who may kick a protracted distance, he was a good-sized participant within the 1970s at 192-centimetres tall and weighing 92 kilograms. He performed 5 video games in a row from Spherical 9 till Spherical 13 however was then out of the crew for the rest of the season.
Within the following yr he modified his jumper to No. 18 and remained with that quantity till the untimely finish to his profession after the 1976 elimination closing loss to Geelong, having earlier in his time on the Bulldogs performed within the 1974 elimination closing loss to Collingwood as nicely. These have been the one two VFL/AFL finals that he received to play and, apart from the 1974-75 seasons during which he performed 44 video games out of a attainable 45, he averaged fewer than 14 video games for the 5 different seasons.
Not a famous aim kicker, in his first two seasons on the membership he managed to attain three targets in a recreation, twice towards Richmond and as soon as towards Essendon. He by no means repeated this feat once more and failed to attain a aim for everything of 1972 and 1975. His closing AFL/VFL aim tally was a meagre 36 targets, 11 of which got here towards Richmond.
He returned to his authentic membership of Leongatha and to the farm, serving the membership nicely over the rest of his footballing days.