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Kade Simpson is set to become just the fifth Blue to play 300 games

ADELAIDE

20th anniversary of the 1998 flag
The Crows will be celebrating their 1998 premiership when they host North Melbourne in round 21. After beating St Kilda in 1997 to win their first flag, the Crows went back to back a year later with a 35-point Grand Final victory over the Kangaroos – 15.15 (105) to 8.22 (70). 

Eddie Betts, 300 games and 600 career goals 
The electric small forward is on track to play his 300th career game in the first week of the finals, if the Crows get that far. Betts doesn't miss many games, having played 93 in his previous four seasons with the Crows, after 184 with Carlton. He also needs 66 goals to reach 600 goals for his career, which he's a chance of getting to. Betts booted 75 goals in 2016, but that went down to 55 last year, and he went goalless against Essendon in round one. 

Bryce Gibbs, 250th game
All going to plan, the Crows' marquee signing will play his 250th career game in the round 20 Showdown with Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval. There's every chance both SA clubs will be in the midst of challenging for the top four at the pointy end of the season and this promises to be a huge occasion. Gibbs played the first 231 games of his career with Carlton before joining the Crows in the off-season. 

David Mackay, 200th game
The Crows midfielder is on track to play his 200th game against reigning premiers Richmond at the MCG in round 16. Mackay, 29, has been a solid contributor for the Crows since making his debut in 2008. He'll play through the midfield this year and also across half-back. 

Daniel Talia, 150th game
The round four clash with Collingwood at Adelaide Oval under the Friday night lights is set to be game No.150 for the key defender. Talia is one of the premier full-backs in the competition who is a two-time All Australian and won the Crows' best and fairest in 2014.

Taylor Walker, record number of goals in a guernsey number
The Crows skipper is an outside chance this year to kick the most goals for a player wearing the No.13 in AFL/VFL history. Walker, currently on 357 goals, needs another 63 goals to equal the record of 420 set by Collingwood's Dick Lee. Walker would need a big season but he's done it before, having kicked a career-high 63 goals in the 2012 season. - Lee Gaskin

BRISBANE

Dayne Beams, 150 games
One of the biggest-name – and most successful – recruits to come to the club in recent years. Beams has played 148 games and is due to hit his milestone against Port Adelaide in round three. He is fresh off a brilliant 2017, where he not only captained the Lions superbly, but got back to his best form.

Stefan Martin, 150 games
It wasn't that long ago that Martin's career looked done. The athletic ruckman came to the Lions from Melbourne at the end of 2012 with 57 games to his name. Halfway through 2014 he had barely played, was injured and out of contract. But given a chance, he has not looked back. Now 31, he is not slowing down, and with 137 games behind him, could play his 150th as soon as round 15 against Fremantle in Perth.

Allen Christensen, 100 games
The clever midfielder/small forward will reach his century against Melbourne on Saturday, but it's taken some time. Christensen missed 20 months with successive collarbone fractures from the middle of 2016, but through tireless work has forced his way back into the senior team. Starting with Geelong in 2011, the 26-year-old played in a premiership in his first season, and seven years later will bring up the cherished milestone.

Drought breaker
It's been nine years – yes, nine – since the Lions have beaten either Hawthorn, Sydney or Richmond. The last time they were successful was in 2009, when Michael Voss coached and Jonathan Brown and Simon Black still played. The Tigers have won an incredible 11 straight, the Swans 10 and the Hawks have won eight straight. Will the addition of four-time Hawks premiership star Luke Hodge be the difference? He gets a chance against his former team in round nine at the Gabba and round 17 in Launceston. Brisbane plays Richmond at the MCG in round four, and Sydney at the Gabba in round 10.

500th club game
Since Fitzroy and the Brisbane Bears merged to become the Lions in 1997, the club has had an up-and-down history. Three premierships, two wooden spoons and just about everything in between. Against Adelaide in round 18 at the Gabba, the Lions will play their 500th game as a merged entity. - Michael Whiting

CARLTON

Kade Simpson, 300 games
In his 16th season, the left-footer is due to become only the fifth player in Blues history to reach the 300-game mark. If the durable Simpson plays every game, he will celebrate the milestone in round 15 against Port Adelaide at the MCG.

Marc Murphy, 250 games
The skipper is due to reach his mark in the same match as Simpson's 300th, in round 15 against the Power. In 10 more matches, he will pass his father John, who played 246 games for Fitzroy, South Melbourne and North Melbourne between 1967-80. Murphy will captain the Blues for the 100th time this Saturday against Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium.

Levi Casboult, 100 games
While Casboult made a slow start to the season against the Tigers last week, he is due to bring up the ton on a Friday night against the Western Bulldogs in round six at Etihad Stadium. It has been a long road for the oft-maligned key forward/ruckman to reach the milestone, but he has improved his kicking for goal and was the club's leading goalkicker last season with 34.

1968 anniversary
Victories against arch rival Essendon are always savoured, but this one would be particularly sweet as the Blues celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 premiership in round eight when they host the Bombers at the MCG. As always, there is sure to be plenty of spice in this contest.

50 games against Brisbane
Carlton must travel north for its game against the Lions in round 16. The Blues hold the advantage 28-21 in their head-to-head clashes, but they have struggled recently at the Gabba, having lost their past four against the Lions at the venue. - Howard Kotton

COLLINGWOOD

Scott Pendlebury, second-most career possessions for Collingwood
The Magpies captain has amassed 6690 possessions and at his career average of 26.4 touches a game he will leapfrog former teammate Dane Swan (6928) into second spot by mid-season, and would trail only Tony Shaw (7632). If Pendlebury returns to his absolute best he might even secure the 21 Brownlow Medal votes he needs to overtake Swan and become the club's No.1 all-time vote getter. He's also only 20 games from receiving AFL life membership – the qualification being 300 official games – an honour that injury-plagued veteran Daniel Wells is just 15 games shy of. 

Lynden Dunn, 200 games
The ex-Demon has surprised most in the football world with his career rejuvenation at Collingwood. After playing just four games in his last season at Melbourne in 2016, the key defender didn't get a game in the opening five rounds last year but has played all 18 games since. Though usually conceding centimetres, Dunn has provided great value with his body work, leadership and kicking. Scheduled to reach his milestone against Richmond in round 19. If he plays every game and the Pies endure another barren September, Dunn will be fourth on the list for most games without a final, behind St Kilda pair Trevor Barker (230) and Geoff Cunningham (224) and Melbourne’s Gary Hardeman (219).

Steele Sidebottom, 200 games
The Pies' reigning club champion is set to bring up his double century in round 16 against Essendon – fitting given his superb record against the Bombers. It's a long way off but the likelihood of this timing changing is probably low considering Sidebottom hasn't missed a game in almost two years. The 27-year-old is in the prime of his career and was again the Pies' best player in an opening-round loss.

Travis Varcoe, 200 games
The versatile veteran is scheduled to reach his second ton on the same day as Sidebottom – against the Bombers in round 16 – although this seems unlikely given his recent injury issues. Form might also come into it, given Varcoe had a quiet one against the Hawks, but it would surprise if he didn't rebound hard. A dual premiership player with Geelong, where he played 138 games, he has made 48 appearances for Collingwood since crossing at the end of 2014. 

Nathan Buckley, 150 games as coach
The Magpies mentor hasn't yet achieved the results he so desperately desires, but even if he ultimately fails it won't be for lack of experience. This weekend Buckley will pass Tom Hafey and move into sixth place on Collingwood's games coached list, and he is set to notch 150 games in round 15 when his team meets Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium. By then we should have a firmer idea of the prospects of coach and team. - Ben Collins

Nathan Buckley was at long odds in late 2017 to reach the 150 game coaching milestone. Picture: AFL Photos

ESSENDON

Michael Hurley, 150 games
The star Essendon defender needs to play another nine games to reach his 150-game milestone. After starting his career as a forward, Hurley has settled into the backline in recent years and become a two-time All Australian. 

Tom Bellchambers, 100 games
Injuries and suspension have meant Bellchambers has had to wait for this milestone longer than he would have liked. But after a strong pre-season he started this season in top form last week against Adelaide and is due to play his 100th game against the Hawks in round seven. 

Joe Daniher, 100 games
Daniher is also set for his 100th game against Hawthorn in six weeks. The prodigious talent has been a star in the making for some time and celebrated a fantastic 2017 season by winning the club's best and fairest and also being named in the All Australian side. He heeds 25 more goals this season to hit the 200-goal mark for his career. 

Josh Green, 100 games
Fresh from playing a key role in Essendon's come-from-behind win over the Crows last week, Green will run out for his 100th AFL game on Saturday against the Dockers. The former Lions forward has kicked 19 goals in 18 games for the Bombers.

Zach Merrett, 100 games
It wasn't a great start to the year for Merrett, who was knocked out early in Essendon's win over Adelaide. The All Australian midfielder has had a good run with injury throughout his career, though, and he needs to play another 18 games for his 100th. 

Jake Stringer, 100 games
The former Bulldog started his career at Essendon promisingly on Friday night, having 16 disposals, laying seven tackles and being dangerous throughout the contest. He is 10 games away from playing his 100th AFL match.

25 years on
The Bombers will this year celebrate the 25th anniversary of their brilliant 1993 premiership win over Carlton. The club enjoyed its 15th flag with a comfortable win over their arch rivals, just days after star Bombers backman Gavin Wanganeen won the Brownlow Medal. - Callum Twomey

FREMANTLE

Michael Johnson, 250 games
Only three Dockers have passed the 250-game milestone in club history – Matthew Pavlich, David Mundy and Aaron Sandilands – so it would be a significant occasion for Freo if Johnson can get there. If the experienced backman plays every game he could reach the landmark in the round 20 Western Derby. 

Stephen Hill, 200 games
The silky smooth midfielder is highly respected within the club and fanbase and has a trio of top-three finishes in the Doig Medal to his name without ever taking out the top gong. Hill should hit game 200 midway through the year, with only 10 more appearances required. 

Nat Fyfe, 150 games
Freo's superstar skipper will add life membership to a long list of accolades later this season when he notches 150 appearances. Fyfe is only 11 games away and could get there in a home clash with Adelaide at Optus Stadium on June 10.  

Ross Lyon, 150 games coaching Fremantle
Lyon is already Freo's longest-serving – and most successful – coach after overtaking Chris Connolly's mark of 129 games last year and will notch his next milestone in round nine at the SCG against one of his former clubs, Sydney, where he cut his teeth as midfield coach under Paul Roos. 

The home of footy
The Dockers will run out on the MCG for the 50th time in club history when they face reigning premiers Richmond in round seven in a rematch of last year's after-the-siren classic. Freo had a shocking record at the 'G in early club history, losing 10 on the trot before Tony Modra's 10-goal haul famously led a victory over Melbourne in 1999. Freo's overall record at the ground is now 17-32. 

A new era
Of course, Fremantle will run out for the club's debut at world-class Optus Stadium this Saturday night and take on Essendon, which was the first team the Dockers played in a final at Subiaco Oval in 2003. - Travis King

Nat Fyfe could play his 150th at home against Adelaide in round 11. Picture: AFL Photos

GEELONG

Jake Kolodjashnij, 50 matches, zero goals
If Kolodjashnij remains anchored to the defensive half for the next two weeks, he'll make it 50 games without a major, the most of any streak. With Harry Taylor sidelined, there's every chance. 

Gary Ablett, KB in his sights
Ablett will become the third player in VFL/AFL history to notch the 8000 disposal and 400 goal milestone in 2018. Currently on 387 goals, Ablett will notch the 400 in round eight if he goes at the same rate as 2010 – his last year at Geelong. And if he goes at his round one pace from Sunday of 39 disposals per match, he'll get there in round nine. Ablett has some way to go to catch Brent Harvey (9213 and 518) and Kevin Bartlett (9151 and 778). The superstar needs five more matches of 30+ disposals to break Sam Mitchell's 121 match record of games with that amount of possessions.

Joel Selwood, record-breaking skipper, finals champ
Joel Selwood is set to break Reg Hickey's long-standing record of 142 games as Geelong captain in round four in Geelong's first match at GMHBA this season. Should the Cats remain unbeaten to round 12, Selwood will join Shaun Burgoyne (currently 231) in the current players to have notched 200 career wins. Note: Sydney's Jarrad McVeigh is currently tied with Selwood on 189 wins. If the Cats make it to the last Saturday in September and require a minimum of three finals, Selwood (26) will go past Jimmy Bartel (28) for most finals for Geelong.

Zach Tuohy, durable Irishman
Tuohy is set to become the third Irishman (after Jim Stynes and Tadhg Kennelly) to 150 VFL/AFL games in round five when the Cats travel to play Port Adelaide. And come round 23, should he continue his incredible injury-free run, Tuohy will finish the home-and-away season with 137 consecutive matches and hold the current AFL record after Sam Gibson (130 games) missed round one. He'll remain 107 games behind Stynes.

Gary Ablett, Brownlow votes record
Ablett needs 13 votes to surpass Gary Dempsey (246) as the all-time highest Brownlow Medal poller. After 14 votes last year off 14 games, expect Ablett to break Dempsey's record if he stays fit.

Harry Taylor, 250 games
Taylor needs 20 more matches become the 16th Geelong player in history to reach 250 games. But with his plantar fascia injury set to keep him sidelined for the immediate future, he may need the Cats to go deep in September to join Joel Selwood in the 250 club.

Chris Scott, 400 games as player and coach
In round 19, Chris Scott will become the seventh current AFL coach to combine for 400 games as player and coach. It will be timely, as the Cats take on Scott's former club Brisbane, where he played 215 games for the Lions, including two premierships.
 

Catch up against the Blues
In round 10 at GMHBA Stadium, the Cats have the chance to notch their 100th club win against Carlton. In 212 games against the Blues to date, the Cats record is 99-2-117. It will be their first game against the Blues in their own backyard since 1997.

Dangerwoodlett hunts votes
With 132 Brownlow Medal votes on offer for the season ahead, can Gary Ablett, Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield crack 650? Currently they have 580 between them and are 1,2,3 at the top of the current players. For the record the order sits – Ablett (234), Selwood (181) and Dangerfield (165). - Mitch Cleary

GOLD COAST

Pearce Hanley, 150 games
The former Lion is currently sidelined with a dislocated shoulder but expected to return soon. He's stuck on 142 games, so if everything plays out, Hanley will reach the mark just after the bye. Reaching 150 games is something only three Irishmen – Jim Stynes, Earl Spalding and Tadhg Kennelly – have done. Cat Zach Tuohy is on 146.

Michael Barlow, 150 games
One of the pioneers of the 'mature recruit', Barlow needs to get cracking to reach this mark. Starting the season on the outside of the best 22, the workaholic midfielder is stranded on 138 games. Coach Stuart Dew says he will play an integral part though, so an injury or two should see Barlow jump into the team and start closing in later in the season. 

David Swallow, 100 games
The No.1 pick from 'Gold Coast's draft' in 2010, Swallow has travelled a long road, but should reach the ton against Port Adelaide in round three. He missed most of 2015 and all of 2016 through knee injuries but returned last year to finish second in the club's best and fairest. No.3 pick from the same draft – Sam Day – will beat Swallow by one week when he runs out against Carlton on Saturday.

Tom Lynch, 250 goals
He's one of the biggest name free agents this year and it's little surprise why. Lynch was a slow-burn with his development as a key forward, but since kicking 46 goals in 2014, the competition has been on notice. Lynch currently has 234 career goals and if he keeps his career average of two a game going, will reach the milestone against Port Adelaide in China in round nine.

Drought breaker
Seven years into their existence, the Suns are still yet to beat two teams – Sydney and Adelaide. The Crows are a perfect 10-0 and Sydney are unblemished from eight matches between the clubs. The chances look slim of breaking the drought this year too unfortunately, with a trip to Adelaide in round six and one to Sydney in round 18 the only opportunities. - Michael Whiting 

GWS

Ryan Griffen, 250 senior games
The veteran had his milestone plans ruined by two serious ankle problems last year, and despite having a good summer on the track, injury has derailed him again. Griffen won't play this week and no date has been set for his return. Luckily, he has time to really get the injury right, and play a big part in the Giants' year.

Callan Ward, 200 senior games/150 games for GWS
The former Western Bulldog has been an exemplary co-captain and one of the club's best signings, if not No.1. Ward rarely misses a match and is on target to bring up game 200 in round eight against West Coast at Spotless Stadium. Ward is the games record holder at GWS with 133, and if he doesn't miss a match this year, will be the first to reach the 150-mark for the club in round 19 against St Kilda.

Stephen Coniglio, 100 senior games
The club's second-ever draft pick was earmarked for a leadership role from the moment he walked in the door and was elevated to vice-captain last year. The West Australian would have reached triple figures last year but suffered two serious ankle injuries, so will be looking to crack the 100 in round five against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium. Coniglio is set to be joined in the 100 club later in the year by the likes of Adam Tomlinson, Lachie Whitfield, Josh Kelly and Nick Haynes.

Jeremy Cameron, 300 career goals
The star forward started 2018 with a lazy six against the Dogs last week and needs just 13 more to reach 300. Cameron has kicked 45 goals or more in four of his six seasons in the competition, and has won the club's goalkicking in all six seasons (tied with Jon Patton and Toby Greene last year). His mobility for a big man is phenomenal and when he's in form his brilliance makes him one of the game's must-see forwards.

Hoodoos to be broken
They've broken new ground in plenty of categories over the past two seasons and nabbing a win against Geelong and Adelaide on the road look to be the next big challenge. The Giants meet the Cats in Geelong in round seven, then play the Crows at Adelaide Oval in round 11, and if they can take those eight points against their fellow premiership contenders, it will go a long way towards securing a top-two spot. - Adam Curley

HAWTHORN

Shaun Burgoyne, 350 games
The champion Hawk is the oldest player in the competition and there are no signs he is slowing down as he approaches a milestone just 15 other players have reached. He is sitting on 342 so if he plays every game until round nine, the silky midfielder will hit 350 against Brisbane at the Gabba. For anyone hoping Alastair Clarkson gives Burgoyne a rest so he can reach the mark in Melbourne, that will mean ending the four-time premiership player's consecutive games streak, which sits at 106. 

Grant Birchall, 250 games
There's no certainty the gun backman hits the milestone this season after having had right knee surgery three times since last August. He will miss the first half of the year and the left-footer still has five more matches before he makes it to 250. 

James Frawley, 200 games
After starting at Melbourne before moving to Hawthorn at the end of 2014, the key defender needs to play 12 more games. If he doesn't miss any football, that will come in round 14 against Gold Coast at University of Tasmania Stadium.

Cyril Rioli, 200 games
Remember how there were doubts about whether the maestro would play round one after a disrupted pre-season? He made that idea look foolish with a standard Cyril game against Collingwood, and could mark his 200th match against the Western Bulldogs in round 16 at Etihad Stadium, assuming he does not miss any football. 

Jarryd Roughead's 100th goal at the University of Tasmania Stadium
No one has kicked more than the captain's 99 goals in the Tasmanian stadium formerly known as York Park, and he just needs one more to be the first ever player to hit triple figures. That could come in round six against St Kilda.

A double ton at the home of football
Hawthorn needs just one more win to notch up its 200th at the MCG. The Hawks have lost 145 games there and drawn just once, against North Melbourne in 1985. That milestone win could come as early as this coming Monday against Geelong. 

Pouring it on against St Kilda and Carlton
The Hawks are on the verge of scoring their 14000th point against both the Saints and the Blues. They need to kick 15 points against St Kilda in round six and a further 67 against Carlton, which will likely happen when the two sides face in round 18. - Dinny Navaratnam

Shaun Burgoyne should become just the 16th player to reach the 350-game mark. Picture: AFL Photos

MELBOURNE

Jordan Lewis, 300 games
The four-time premiership Hawk is set to bring up the magical 300-game milestone in round 17, based on the proviso he plays every game this season. Lewis is still part of the fabric of the Hawthorn Football Club, but his impact at Melbourne has been profound and he was named co-vice-captain this season. It will be a milestone for both clubs to celebrate. 

Nathan Jones, 250 games
Jones is the heart and soul of the club and when he plays his 250th game in round 11 Melbourne will celebrate accordingly. The co-captain was the only Demons player part of the club's last finals appearance in 2006 and given the level of dedication and commitment he has given to his club it would be appropriate if he was there leading the Demons into September this season. 

Jack Viney, 100 games
The uncertainty around when Viney (who has played 88 career matches) will be ready to return to the field after a foot injury makes this milestone celebration difficult to predict. However, given his father Todd's long association with the club and the career that Jack is carving out, the co-skipper's return will be eagerly awaited by Demons fans. 

Melbourne's 70-year premiership anniversary
The first drawn Grand Final in VFL/AFL history saw Essendon and Melbourne locked on 69 points apiece at the end of the 1948 Grand Final. The Demons triumphed by 39 points in the Grand Final replay, with Jack Mueller, brought out of retirement for the finals, kicking 20 goals in three games, including six in the replay. 

Ivor Warne-Smith's 90-year Brownlow milestone
This year marks the 90th anniversary of Melbourne legend Ivor Warne-Smith's historic second Brownlow medal victory. The Demons great was the first player in history to win two Brownlow medals, in 1926 and 1928. Warne-Smith served in both World War one (postponing his football career) and World War two. He is an Australian Football League hall of famer and was named at centre half-forward in Melbourne's team of the century. 

Jeff Garlett, 300 goals
Speedy Melbourne forward Jeff Garlett needs to kick just five more goals to reach the 300-goal mark. Garlett booted 183 of those goals at Carlton where he played 107 matches between 2009 and 2014. The Demons goal sneak has kicked 112 goals in 61 career matches for Melbourne after being traded at the end of the 2014 season. - Ben Guthrie

NORTH MELBOURNE

Jarrad Waite, 250 games
The former Blue was 19 games from reaching this milestone when he entered 2018, a tally he has reached in just one of the past 10 seasons – his first at Arden St, 2015. Will his 35-year-old body hold up long enough for him to get there? Waite is a safe bet, however, to bring up his 50th game for North, which he is due to reach in round three against Melbourne at the MCG. The spearhead also needs 14 goals to register 100 majors for North, having kicked 252 over 184 games for Carlton from 2003-14.

Todd Goldstein, 200 games
The 2015 All Australian ruckman is due to reach his milestone in round 10 against Fremantle at Perth's new Optus Stadium. Goldstein has largely shouldered North's ruck division on his own since Hamish McIntosh's departure to Geelong at the end of 2012, although his form has slipped in the past two seasons. The 29-year-old is determined to re-establish himself as one of the competition's premier ruckmen in 2018.

Shaun Higgins, 200 games
Last year's Syd Barker medallist is 16 games from entering the '200 club', having played 129 games with the Western Bulldogs before joining North at the end of 2014. Since moving to Arden St, Higgins has taken his game to a new level as the Kangaroos' classiest midfielder.

Brad Scott, 200 games
The dual Lions premiership player will become just the third man to coach North in 200 games in round 22 against Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, joining Wally Carter (220 games) and Denis Pagan (240). Scott will pass the games tally of two-time Kangaroos premiership coach Ron Barassi (198) a round earlier, while he will become North's longest-serving coach if he completes his existing contract, which expires at the end of 2020.

Blight Brownlow 30th anniversary
It's now been four decades since AFL Legend Malcolm Blight won the 1978 Brownlow Medal, defeating high-flying Hawthorn defender Peter Knights by one vote. At the time, Blight's triumph was North's third Brownlow win in six years – Keith Greig had saluted in 1973-74 – but the Kangaroos have produced just one winner since, Ross Glendinning in 1983. - Nick Bowen

PORT ADELAIDE

The big 500
The Power's round 16 clash with St Kilda at Adelaide Oval will be the club's 500th game in the AFL since joining the competition in 1997. The club's 250th win could come as soon as this Sunday's game against Sydney at the SCG. The current ledger stands at 249 wins, 232 losses and five draws.

Twenty years since Tredrea's record bag
In just his eighth career game, Warren Tredrea wrote his name into the record books, booting 8.4 against Carlton in round seven of the 1998 season. It stood by itself as the most goals kicked by a Port Adelaide player in a single game until Jay Schulz booted 8.2 against the Western Bulldogs in round 14, 2014. 

Robbie Gray, 200 games
After missing round one through suspension, Gray needs the Power to reach the finals to bring up game No.200. The talented small forward – who received his second All Australian honour in 2017 – is also devastating through the midfield and around stoppages, as evidenced by his brilliant match-winner against St Kilda last year. Gray also needs another 42 goals to reach 300 for his career. 

Hamish Hartlett, 150 games
The dashing half-back flanker will play his 150th game for the Power this Sunday against Sydney at the SCG. Put on the trade table at the end of 2016, Hartlett has fought his way back by adapting to his new role and providing vital experience in the Power's defence. Steven Motlop (currently on 136 games) and Chad Wingard (127) could also reach the 150-game milestone this year.

Justin Westhoff, 250 games
Currently sitting on 227 games, the durable 31-year-old can reach the 250-game milestone if the Power reach at least the second week of the finals. 'The Hoff', who debuted in 2007, would also move into third on the Power's all-time list of AFL games played behind Kane Cornes (300) and Warren Tredrea (255). He has played at least 22 games in each of the past six seasons. - Lee Gaskin

If Port reaches the finals, Robbie Gray could play his 200th. Picture: AFL Photos

RICHMOND

Trent Cotchin, 200 games
The Tigers' captain will line up for his 200th game against Adelaide in the Grand Final rematch in round two. It will be at Adelaide Oval – a venue Cotchin has played seven times at for three wins and four losses – and comes just days after he was treated in hospital for a migraine.

Shaun Grigg, 200 games
The premiership midfielder is scheduled to play his 200th game in round eight against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium, if he plays every game until then. Grigg has played at the Docklands venue 30 times for 13 wins and 17 losses, and with no Richmond games scheduled there until that week, will be looking to celebrate his milestone with his 14th victory at the stadium.  

Damien Hardwick, 400 games as player and coach combined
In round 11 against Essendon in Dreamtime at the 'G, the 2017 premiership coach will rack up his 400th game as a player and coach after running out for 207 games between 1994 and 2004. Hardwick played 153 games for Essendon and 54 for Port Adelaide before his retirement after the Power's 2004 premiership win. He will then coach his 200th game in round 19 against Collingwood at the MCG.

Dustin Martin, 200 games and 200 goals
If he echoes the feat of the last three seasons and plays every game, the 2017 Brownlow medallist will celebrate the Tigers' round 23 clash with the Western Bulldogs with his 200th game milestone. Also awaiting Martin this season is the achievement of 200 goals, which he should reach in about round nine against West Coast if he maintains last year's average of 1.48 goals per game. He will become the 12th player in the club's history to kick 200 goals when he does.

Alex Rance, 200 games
There's a few 'ifs' surrounding when the four-time All-Australian will run out for his 200th game. He'll finish the home-and-away season on 97 games IF he plays every one (as he did in 2017). He'll reach his milestone in the preliminary final IF the Tigers make it AND lose in the first week. IF they plough through to the decider having won in week one, the reverse of the Grand Final banner will feature his face and the words "200 games". It would be quite a game to celebrate his personal milestone in, especially if it was combined with a second premiership medal. 

Jack Riewoldt, 250 games and 600 goals
The heart-and-soul Tiger is in the same boat as Rance. He'll finish the season on 247 games, which means he's also a chance to reach a personal milestone on Grand Final day IF the Tigers make through having lost in week one (and Riewoldt has played every game). The goalkicker is also a chance to become the fourth Tiger to reach 600 goals, having entered round two on 541. Riewoldt will need to average 2.8 goals a game to do it by round 23, which shouldn't be too much of a hardship since he started the season with a bag of four against Carlton. And, if he boots an additional eight beyond 600, he'll overtake Michael Roach on the club's all-time goal-kicking table to be ranked fourth behind Jack Titus (970), Matthew Richardson (800) and Kevin Bartlett (778).

Bragging rights
The Tigers will play Fremantle in round seven at the MCG and could notch up their 20th win against the Perth club. The two clubs have met 35 times and have stuck to a win-loss pattern for eight consecutive games, stretching back to 2013. History says it's the Dockers' turn for a win, but a Tiger victory will give them a nice, round number of triumphs against them. - Jennifer Phelan

ST KILDA

Sam Gilbert, 200 games
The rangy backman needs to play another three games to hit the milestone but when that happens, if it does, is up in the air, since Gilbert wasn't selected in the round one side. St Kilda has a relatively settled defence but the left-footer is versatile and can play tall or small, and his experience will make him hard to keep out of the side for too long.

Seb Ross, 100 games
It's been a steady rise for the midfielder, who started slowly and dealt with a serious hamstring injury before winning last year's Trevor Barker Award. He sits on 82 games so he could hit triple figures against the Western Bulldogs in round 20 at Etihad Stadium.

Jack Newnes, 100th consecutive match
Just 11 matches to go for the wingman to make it to 100 consecutive games. It's the fifth-longest active streak in the AFL, behind Zach Tuohy (Geelong), Brandon Ellis (Richmond), Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn) and Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide). If he makes it to the century, it will be against Sydney in round 12 at Etihad Stadium.

Remembering Banger's Brownlow
Saints fans will have fond memories of one of their all-time greats, Robert Harvey, polling 32 votes to go back-to-back in the Brownlow Medal. It was a comprehensive victory in 1998, with Collingwood champion Nathan Buckley (24) and Western Bulldogs ball-winner Scott West (23) rounding out the top three.

"There's a pig at full-forward"
In round 18, 1993, a pig was released on to the SCG with champion forward Tony Lockett's No.4 and 'Pluga' painted on it. Swan Darren Holmes eventually caught the animal. Funnily enough, Lockett wasn't even playing that day 25 years ago, but was watching on television.

Goals galore
Two teams have never scored more points in a match than 40 years ago, when St Kilda beat Melbourne at the MCG, 204-141 in round six, 1978. George Young booted seven goals and Russell Greene kicked five, while Peter Johnston slotted four for the Demons. - Dinny Navaratnam

SYDNEY

Heath Grundy, 250 senior games
He's often underrated outside the club, but the key defender has been a rock for the Swans' back half for almost a decade. Grundy has played 20-plus games in each of his past nine seasons, and if he maintains that consistency, is on track to play game 250 in round 13 against West Coast on a Friday night at the SCG. 

Kieren Jack, 250 senior games
The former co-captain, club champion, All Australian and 2012 premiership star had a rough season last year with a hip injury, but has started this season well. The midfielder-turned-small forward is an inspirational leader and will run out for game 250 in round 22 against the Giants at Spotless Stadium if he remains injury-free. 

Dan Hannebery/Nick Smith, 200 senior games; Josh Kennedy, 200 club games
The trio have been stars for the Swans over the years and three of the club's most durable players. Hannebery, a gun wingman who turned himself into an elite inside midfielder, needs seven games to reach 200, while Smith, one of the game's best small defenders, and Kennedy, the competition's best contested ball winner, both need eight games to reach their milestones.

Lance Franklin, 900 career goals
The superstar Swan booted 73 goals last year to win his fourth Coleman Medal and finished the year in 10th spot on the VFL/AFL all-time goalkickers list. Currently on 868 majors, another good season will see Franklin overtake Peter McKenna (874) in coming weeks, and Leigh Matthews (915) and Matthew Lloyd (926) later in the year. The best forward in the game is showing no signs of losing his brilliance either, so the milestones will keep coming. 

Gary Rohan, 100 senior games
It's been a long road to three figures for the speedy forward who suffered an horrific broken leg in 2012 and has been battling injuries ever since. Rohan needs just five games to reach the 100-game mark but his season is on hold as he awaits the complicated birth of his twins with wife Amie. - Adam Curley

Lance Franklin is on track to kick his 900th goal this season. Picture: AFL Photos

WEST COAST

Mark LeCras, 200 games
The veteran had his detractors last year but he was outstanding in the Eagles' blockbuster Optus Stadium opener to prove he still has plenty of good football left. LeCras, who sits third on the club's all-time goalkicking, will notch his 200th game in round four at home against Gold Coast.  

Josh Kennedy, 200 games for West Coast
The former Blue reached 200 career games late last year but the double ton for West Coast will be a special milestone for the much-loved Eagles spearhead. Kennedy might not be back before round five this year from an ankle issue but will hopefully squeeze in the required 15 appearances to reach the mark.  

Jack Darling, 300 goals
Needs 26 more majors to become just the fifth Eagle to kick 300 goals. Darling has been ultra-consistent in hitting the scoreboard, slotting at least 39 goals in five of the past six years, and made a strong start to 2018 with three majors against Sydney. 

Eric Mackenzie, 150 games
It would mean plenty to the 2014 club champion to hit life membership qualification this year. He only needs three more appearances but there are doubts whether he will be back at all after trouble with his feet over the off-season.  

Nic Naitanui, 150 games
It was heartwarming to see the 201cm big man back in round one after 19 months out, and Naitanui should share in Mark LeCras' milestone in round four against Gold Coast when he qualifies for life membership.

Adam Simpson, 100 games as coach
Simpson is already the Eagles' third-longest serving senior coach behind John Worsfold and Mick Malthouse and will ton up in the round six 'away' Western Derby against Fremantle. Simpson has a 62 per cent winning record since taking over from Worsfold in 2014. - Travis King

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Dale Morris, 250 games
The highly respected veteran has had injury-interrupted past two seasons, but he is every chance reach his next milestone late in the season if his partially-torn ACL heals by mid-year as expected. Despite playing 241 games for the club, the 35-year-old is still an important cog in the Bulldogs' defence.

Liam Picken, 200 games
A heart-and-soul player for over a decade, the tagger-turned-playmaker recently sustained a sickening concussion, leaving his return to the field unclear. Stuck on 198 games, expect the 31-year-old to chalk up the marvellous milestone sooner or later.

Matt Suckling, 150 games
While he's likely to remembered as a two-time premiership player with Hawthorn, the versatile flanker has been serviceable at Whitten Oval. With 142 games to his name, the left-footer should reach the mark in round nine.

Luke Dahlhaus, 150 games
The much-loved Bulldog has been a victim of media speculation as to whether the club put him up for trade at the end of last year, but the former rookie will validate the Dogs' punt on him, all going well, by running through a banner in round 12 against North Melbourne to celebrate a much-deserved milestone.

Marcus Bontempelli, 100 games
Has there been a better 86 games in the red, white and blue? Some might argue Ted Whitten and Chris Grant were better at that stage, but the back-to-back club best and fairest in a certified superstar of the competition, and the brilliant playmaker is on track to reach the ton against Hawthorn in round 16. - Ryan Davidson