Tom Stewart during Geelong's match against St Kilda in round 23, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

DOES any player in the AFL want this record on their own?

On Friday night against Adelaide, Geelong star Tom Stewart added his name - for a second time - to the growing list of players to have taken 10 intercept marks in a single match.

It was the 12th time since Champion Data began recording the stat in 2002 someone had hit double figures but got no further.

Stewart and Western Bulldogs full-back Liam Jones have both equalled the record twice, with eight other players doing it once.

Most intercept marks in a match (since 2002)

Player Club Match Intercept marks
Tom Stewart Geelong R2, 2024 10
Sam Collins Gold Coast R19, 2023 10
James Sicily Hawthorn R19, 2023 10
Liam Jones Western Bulldogs R11, 2023 10
Darcy Moore Collingwood R10, 2023 10
Charlie Ballard Gold Coast R9, 2023 10
Aliir Aliir Port Adelaide R21, 2021 10
Tom Stewart Geelong R14, 2021 10
Steven May Gold Coast R18, 2018 10
Liam Jones Carlton R14, 2018 10
Daniel Talia Adelaide R20, 2016 10
Jade Rawlings Hawthorn R6, 2002 10

The Cats' five-time All-Australian ran amok at Adelaide Oval, marking six opposition kicks in the first half and barely slowing down in the second.

Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said he had a number of plans to quell Stewart's influence, but Port great Kane Cornes was highly-critical of the Crows on The Round So Far.

"I could not believe you could let Tom Stewart stand there and mark the footy like that, all alone, take10 intercept marks and play one of the great games we've seen as an interceptor," Cornes said.


"I think the Adelaide coaches really need to have a good look at themselves this week."

While Jade Rawlings set the initial mark with his 10 intercept marks against North Melbourne in 2002, the challenges to the title have come thick and fast over recent season.

And while that might lead you to believe intercept marking as a collective has skyrocketed in recent years, it's not quite the case.

Following a steady rise over two decades, the average number each game has levelled off at around 30 over the past eight years.

Intercept marks over time

Seasons IM per game
2002 - 2010 20.6
2011 - 2016 26.8
2017 - 2024 31.4