Four-time premiership player Martin Pike speaks one-on-one with AFL.com.au
WHEN Brent Harvey was just a teenager, he'd rock up to teammate Martin Pike's house in his "old beat up Commodore" to pick up him for training.
"He's probably still got it, he's that tight," Pike joked this week, one of many paying tribute to 'Boomer' ahead of his 350th game.
When Harvey – still ranked 14th best player in the competition in the Official AFL Player Ratings
– runs out in the famous blue and white stripes against St Kilda on Sunday he'll become just the 13th member of an elite club.
A four-time premiership player himself, Pike was a teammate of Harvey's in the Kangaroos side that won the 1999 flag.
"When you talk about players like Brent Harvey, he's one of the all time greats of the game," Pike said.
"He's a bloke that came to North Melbourne as a real young man, and he hasn't looked like he's aged at all, his pace is still where it was when he was younger."
"You know when you're playing with him he's going to give 100 percent effort each week."
"You don't see too many young blokes running past him with too much pace."
In a wide ranging chat with AFL.com.au,
Pike also discussed:
- North Melbourne's cruel losses, and how they could have been avoided
- the future of his former teammate Michael Voss as Brisbane Lions coach
- his first club Melbourne, who he describes as a "sad case," throwing up Port Melbourne VFL coach Garry Ayres as a possible replacement for Mark Neeld.
The 350 Club
Michael Tuck - 426 games for Hawthorn
Kevin Bartlett - 403 games for Richmond
Robert Harvey - 383 games for St Kilda
Simon Madden - 378 games for Essendon
Craig Bradley - 375 games for Carlton
Dustin Fletcher - 371 games for Essendon
Bernie Quinlan - 366 games for Footscray and Fitzroy
Brad Johnson - 364 games for the Western Bulldogs
John Blakey - 359 games for Fitzroy and North Melbourne
Bruce Doull - 356 games for Carlton
Paul Roos - 356 games for Fitzroy and the Sydney Swans
Doug Hawkins - 350 games for Footscray and Fitzroy
Brent Harvey* - 350 games for North Melbourne this week against St Kilda
Matt Thompson is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter @MattThompsonAFL