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Shai Bolton picked up eight crumbs against the Swans - AFL,Stats
Shai Bolton picked up eight crumbs against the Swans

THE BEST of Richmond's mosquito fleet may still be to come.

The Tigers' famed small forward combination – predominantly Dan Rioli, Dan Butler and Jason Castagna – were a critical pillar in the black and yellow snapping a 37-year flag drought.

They headlined Richmond's League-leading forward-half pressure and added breakneck speed around key forward Jack Riewoldt, alongside part-time members Shai Bolton and Tyson Stengle.

Bolton, the No.29 pick in last year's NAB AFL Draft, might have missed out on playing in the Grand Final, but managed to tie a record belonging to triple All Australian Swan Josh Kennedy.

Champion Data began counting 'crumbs' in 2014, and Bolton's eight in round 13 against Sydney – a game he had career highs in disposals (14) and goals (two), both after roving the ball – matched Kennedy's 2016 performance.

The 19-year-old played just six matches in his debut AFL season, but impressed with his smarts and athleticism.

Bolton's feat was one of 14 single-match records broken or equalled this year, although only three players became the outright owners.

Another Tiger, Brownlow and Norm Smith medallist and fend-off king Dustin Martin, posted the most broken tackles (eight) in the 2017 preliminary final at Greater Western Sydney's expense.

The other two to fall were obscure: Carlton captain Marc Murphy's five baulks against St Kilda in round eight and Giant Jonathon Patton being targeted 18 times in a one-on-one contest two rounds later.

GWS' hyper-focus on Patton that day against West Coast came despite Jeremy Cameron's and Harry Himmelberg's presence.

Rory Lobb was out with a groin injury, leaving Patton to accumulate 10 disposals, seven marks (three contested) and 2.1 in an eight-point Giants victory.

Most of the previous records were inside the last four years, but three of them stood the test of time.

Ex-Brisbane Lion Tom Rockliff's effort to win nine ball-up clearances, against Hawthorn in round eight, saw him enter St Kilda great Stewart Loewe's rarified air from 18 years earlier.

The remaining two?

Docker rookie Luke Ryan's eight uncontested marks from opposition kicks versus Gold Coast (equalling Chad Cornes from 2006) and Swan Lance Franklin's 24 inside-50 targets (matching Brendan Fevola in 2010).

Franklin booted 10.2 that evening against Carlton, just the second time he registered double-digit majors, behind his 13.4 in 2012 against North Melbourne.

Trent Dumont, Dayne Zorko and Kamdyn McIntosh had the dubious honour this year of equalling Swan Dean Towers' four missed tackles in a game from the 2016 season.

Match records broken or matched in 2017






Previous record

 Tom Rockliff (BL)   Ball-up clearance  9 8 v Haw  1999 9 - Stewart Loewe (StK), Rd 8, 1999
 Ollie Wines (PA)   Ball-up first possession   8  11 v Haw   2001  8 - Lachie Neale (Frem), Rd 7, 2016
 Patrick Dangerfield (Geel)   Ball-up first possession   8  22 v Coll  2001  8 - Lachie Neale (Frem), Rd 7, 2016
 Jarryd Lyons (GC)   Ball-up hit-out shark   4  15 v NM   2005  4 - Dayne Zorko (BL), Rd 18, 2016
 Marc Murphy (Carl)   Baulk   5  8 v StK  2011  4 - Dzyne Zorko (BL), Rd 11, 2014
 Luke Dahlhaus (WB)   Behind assist   6  4 v NM   2003  6 - Kieren Jack (Syd), Rd 18, 2015
 Dustin Martin (Rich)   Broken tackle   8  PF v GWS   2011  7 - Jarman Impey (PA), Rd 11, 2016
 Shai Bolton (Rich)   Crumb   8  13 v Syd   2014  8 - Josh Kennedy (Syd), Rd 17, 2016
 Rory Sloane (Adel)   Free for    8  22 v Syd   1999  8 - Patrick Dangerfield (Geel), Rd 16, 2016
 Lance Franklin (Syd)   Inside-50 target   24  23 v Carl  2002  24 - Brendan Fevola (Carl), Rd 1, 2010
 Chad Wingard (PA)   Kick inside 50   14  15 v Rich   2002  14 - Patrick Dangerfield (Geel), Rd 23, 2016
 David Zaharakis (Ess)   Kick inside 50   14 22 v GC   2002  14 - Patrick Dangerfield (Geel), Rd 23, 2016
 Trent Dumont (NM)   Missed tackle   4  16 v Frem   2011  4 - Dean Towers (Syd), Rd 21, 2016
 Dayne Zorko (BL)   Missed tackle   4  17 v Rich   2011  4 - Dean Towers (Syd), Rd 21, 2016
 Kamdyn McIntosh (Rich)   Missed tackle   4  21 v Geel   2011  4 - Dean Towers (Syd), Rd 21, 2016
 Jonathon Patton (GWS)   One-on-one contest target  18  10 v WC   2012  17 - Tom Campbell (WB), Rd 23, 2013
 Tom Mitchell (Haw)   Throw in hit-out shark   5  2 v Adel   2005  5 - Marcus Bontempelli (WB), Rd 23, 2015
 Sam Jacobs (Adel)  Throw in hit-out sharked  12 GF v Rich  2005 12 - Matthew Lobbe (PA), Rd 21, 2014
 Luke Ryan (Frem)   Uncontested mark from opposition   8  20 v GC  1999  8 - Chad Cornes (PA), Rd 21, 2006

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