IT HAS been eight seasons since the winner of the Jim ‘Frosty’ Miller Medal kicked more than 50 goals and 15 since one kicked the now elusive century.
But if round one is anything to go by, Port Melbourne’s Dean Galea (55 in 2013 and 65 in 2012) could finally have some company.
Given there are only 16 games this season it might be a stretch to think Frankston’s Aaron Edwards (100 in 2006) will lose his title as the most recent century goalkicker, but indications are the new rules will have a similar effect in the VFL as they have in the AFL.
Let’s have a look at the forwards who got their season off to a prolific start.
7 – SAM WEIDEMAN (CASEY DEMONS)
The big Demon booted an equal career-best seven goals, but given his status as an AFL player, the form required to win the medal would most likely see him earn a call-up to the Melbourne team before he can build a big enough tally.
Sam Weideman finishes with seven goals as Casey def. Box Hill 118-67 pic.twitter.com/TBxEeyfvF0— 7AFL (@7AFL) April 18, 2021
6 – JOSH BEGLEY (FRANKSTON)
Delisted by Essendon last season, Begley ran out on Friday night with a point to prove and kicked five goals in 30 minutes and six for the game. If he keeps producing form like that, he will be looking either at Frosty or the mid-season draft.
6 – BILLY GOWERS (SOUTHPORT)
To kick six goals as a small forward is an amazing effort, and Gowers made a similar statement as Begley after losing his spot on the Western Bulldogs’ list at the end of last season. He was a key reason the Sharks came from the dead to beat Carlton.
5 – JOSH SCHACHE (FOOTSCRAY)
Has struggled for consistency during his AFL career, but enjoyed a strong start with a five-goal haul against an injury-riddled Gold Coast. Will need to back that up at least a couple more times before he gets a look-in for Luke Beveridge’s high-flying AFL team.
4 – WYLIE BUZZA (WERRIBEE)
The former Geelong and Port Adelaide cult figure played a lone hand up forward for Werribee in the disappointing loss to Collingwood, kicking four goals from limited opportunities. He can kick big bags.
4 – MATT HAMMELMAN (ASPLEY)
Won the past two NEAFL leading goalkicker awards, kicking 60 and 66, so knows how to rack them up. A strong performance first-up suggests the former Brisbane Lion will be a real contender.
4 – BEN JARVIS (GEELONG)
Kicked just three goals in 15 games in 2019, but enjoyed the freedom against an understrength opponent to already pass that tally. The question is whether he can continue in that vein.
4 – JOSH JENKINS (GEELONG)
Enjoyed a strong start to the season as he tries to win a spot in the Geelong AFL team, kicking four in a dominant win. Likely to be a Frosty contender given the strength of the Cats’ forward stocks.
4 – SHAUN MCKERNAN (SANDRINGHAM)
Likely to spend most of his time at Sandy, pending the fitness of Rowan Marshall, Paddy Ryder and Paul Hunter. He was easily the Zebras’ best player and finished with four of the team’s seven goals.
4 – JOEL OTTAVI (WILLIAMSTOWN)
The strong marking tall forward should have finished with a bigger bag after booting 4.4, but was a powerful presence and will be more than a handful for most opposition defences.
4 – MATT OWIES (CARLTON)
Made the most of his opportunities to kick four first-half goals as the Blues built a handy lead over the Sharks. Was quieter in the second half, but it will take a good opponent to shut him down.