IT’S A huge round of milestones in the Smithy’s VFL this weekend, with three history making feats being achieved.

Williamstown will play its 1150th match at Williamstown Cricket Ground when it takes on Carlton on Saturday afternoon, aiming to spring an upset and increase what is an imposing record at its home ground – 740 wins, 390 losses and 19 draws – although a win for the Blues will be their 100th away from home in VFA/VFL footy.

Coburg runs out for its 1800th VFL/VFL match on Sunday against Geelong at Ballarat’s MARS Stadium, with the Lions also taking in a positive record of 935-846-18.

Liam Hunt will miss with injury, but his Seagull teammates will still throw everything at Carlton in their 1150th VFA/VFL match at Williamstown Cricket Ground on Saturday. Picture: AFL Photos

But the biggest celebration will be at Metricon Stadium where Port Melbourne captain Tom O’Sullivan will become just the third presently listed VFL player to reach 150 matches, behind only Essendon’s Ben Jolley (290) and Sandringham’s Sam Dunell (165).

O’Sullivan will share his milestone with teammate Campbell Walker, who is one of five players scheduled to reach the 50-game mark, with Coburg’s Mitch Podhajski, Northern Bullant Billy Murphy, Southport’s Jesse Joyce and Sydney’s Harry Morrison also raising the bat.

Last week, Southport lost at Fankhauser Reserve for the first time since 2019 and Brisbane Lions went down at Moreton Bay for the first time since 2016 in remarkable results on the same day, with Gold Coast’s win over the Lions being the first time they had beaten big brother since 2017, while Richmond’s 55-point win over Williamstown was its first against the Seagulls at Punt Rd since 1907 and broke a margin record that had stood for 124 years.

In the Frosty Miller Medal, Box Hill Hawk Fergus Greene made it 11 goals in two games and has hauled in a seven-goal deficit to Gold Coast’s Chris Burgess, who was held to a single major against the Lions.

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FROSTY MILLER MEDAL LEADING GOALKICKER

42 Chris Burgess (GC) 1
42 Fergus Greene (Box) 5
33 Ben Cavarra (Box) 5
32 Ben Crocker (Car) 2
29 Sam Day (GC) 3
28 Shannon Neale (Gee) bye
28
Jacob Townsend (Sou) 1
27 Joel Amartey (Syd) dnp
26 Mitch Brown (Cas) 0
25 Sam Fowler (Col) dnp
25
Billy Gowers (Sou) 1

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SMITHY’S VFL ROUND 18 PLAYER MILESTONES

  • 100 VFL matches: Nil
  • 100 NEAFL/VFL matches: Nil
  • 50 VFL matches: Nathan Drummond (Footscray/Richmond) 11 goals
  • 50 NEAFL/VFL matches: Nil
  • 50 club matches: Anthony Anastasio (Port Melbourne) 52 goals
  • 100 VFL goals: Fergus Greene (Box Hill Hawks/Footscray) 48 matches
  • 50 NEAFL/VFL goals: Hayden McLean (Sydney/Sandringham) 36 matches (17/33)

SMITHY’S VFL ROUND 18 CLUB MILESTONES

  • Southport lost at Fankhauser Reserve in the VFL for the first time (11-1). It was the Sharks' first loss at Fankhauser since September 15, 2019 (NEAFL Grand Final v Brisbane Lions)
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  • Brisbane Lions lost at Moreton Bay in the VFL for the first time (7-1). It was the Lions' first loss at Moreton Bay since April 2, 2016 (v Sydney) and only their second overall (12-2)
  • Box Hill Hawks squared their record v Northern Bullants at Preston City Oval (16-16-1)
  • Box Hill Hawks defeated Northern Bullants for the sixth time in a row (last loss June 11, 2016)
  • Brisbane Lions hosted Gold Coast in the VFL for the first time (0-1)
  • Carlton v GWS happened for the first time (1-0)
  • Casey Demons defeated Footscray at Whitten Oval for the first time (1-2)
  • Essendon defeated Southport for the first time (1-1)
  • Essendon took the lead in VFA/VFL away matches (112-111-19)
  • Gold Coast broke a nine-match losing streak v Brisbane Lions (previous win August 12, 2017)
  • Gold Coast defeated Brisbane Lions for the first time in the VFL (1-1) and at Moreton Bay (1-2)
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  • GWS fell behind in VFL away matches (5-6)
  • GWS squared its record in NEAFL/VFL away matches (39-39-1)
  • Port Melbourne defeated Sandringham at Trevor Barker Oval for the fourth time in a row (last loss August 9, 2015)
  • Richmond defeated Williamstown at Punt Rd Oval for the first time since July 27, 1907 (1-3 in the VFL era)
  • Sydney v Frankston happened in Sydney for the first time (1-0)
  • Sydney defeated Frankston for the first time and squared their win-loss record (1-1)
  • Sydney took the lead in VFL matches at Lakeside Oval (4-3)

SMITHY’S VFL ROUND 18 RECORDS

(Figures in brackets are the previous record)

  • 13.11 89 Brisbane Lions' lowest score v Gold Coast at Moreton Bay (12.24 96, 2018)
  • 9.12 66 Casey Demons' lowest score v Footscray at Whitten Oval (10.13 73, 2015)
  • 13.9 87 Essendon's highest score v Southport (10.11 71, 2021)
  • 8.10 58 Footscray's lowest score v Casey Demons (Casey Fields, 2016 QF; 12.12 84, Whitten Oval, 2016)
  • 6.9 45 Frankston's lowest score v Sydney (9.18 72, 2021)
  • 13.13 91 Gold Coast's highest score v Brisbane Lions at Moreton Bay (12.6 78, 2014)
  • 55 Richmond's biggest win v Williamstown (51, WCG, 2019; 6gl, Punt Rd, 1898)
  • 12.13 85 Southport's highest score v Essendon (11.9 75, 2021)
  • 12.17 89 Sydney's highest score v Frankston (6.8 44, 2021)

SMITHY’S VFL ROUND 18 DEBUTS

(Round 18 total: 10. Season total: 287. NEAFL games counted)

  • Box Hill Hawks (total 20): Kai Windsor
  • Brisbane Lions (6): Shadeau Brain
  • Essendon (23): Archie Perkins
  • GWS (20): Angus Edwards, Luke Lawrence, Mackinley Miller, Jaelen Pavlidis
  • Richmond (16): Josh Gibcus
  • Sandringham (16): Joe Nowell, Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera

SMITHY’S VFL ROUND 18 FIRST GOALS

(Round 18 total: 7. Season total: 240. NEAFL goals counted)

  • Box Hill Hawks (13): Kai Windsor (debut)
  • Carlton (13): Mitchell Moschetti (2nd), Archie Stevens (5th)
  • Essendon (21): Paul Pascu (2nd)
  • Footscray (16): Cody Raak (17th)
  • Port Melbourne (8): Oskar Manton (7th)
  • Sandringham (12): Joe Nowell (debut)
Footscray's Cody Raak broke through for his first VFL goal in his 17th match. Picture: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images via AFL Photos

SMITHY’S VFL ROUND 19 MILESTONES

  • 1800 VFA/VFL matches: Coburg (935-846-18)
  • 1150 VFA/VFL matches at Williamstown Oval: Williamstown (740-390-19)

SMITHY’S VFL POSSIBLE ROUND 19 MILESTONES

  • 100 VFA/VFL away wins: Carlton (99-96-15)
  • 150 VFL matches: Tom O’Sullivan (Port Melbourne)
Port Melbourne captain Tom O’Sullivan will play his 150th VFL match against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Sunday morning. Picture: Graham Denholm/AFL Photos
  • 50 VFL matches: Sam McLarty (Coburg/Essendon/Williamstown/Collingwood); Billy Murphy (Northern Bullants/Box Hill Hawks); Mitch Podhajski (Coburg); Campbell Walker (Port Melbourne)
  • 50 NEAFL/VFL matches: Joel Amartey (Sydney); Jesse Joyce (Southport/Gold Coast); Harry Morrison (Sydney/Sydney University); Sam Naismith (Sydney)
  • 100 VFL goals: Wylie Buzza (Brisbane Lions/Werribee/Geelong) needs 2; Billy Gowers (Southport/Footscray/Northern Bullants) needs 6; Corey Rich (Williamstown/Frankston) needs 9
  • 100 NEAFL/VFL goals: Billy Murphy (Northern Bullants/Aspley/Box Hill Hawks) needs 2; Mike Manteit (Southport/Sydney Uni/Sydney/Collingwood) needs 8
  • 50 VFL goals: Jed Anderson (North Melbourne/Box Hill Hawks) needs 1; Matt Hanson (Werribee) needs 2; Joe Maishman (Werribee) needs 2; Bayley Fritsch (Casey Demons) needs 4; Mitch Wooffindin (Port Melbourne) needs 4; Dan Butler (Sandringham/Richmond/North Ballarat) needs 5; Bailey Dale (Footscray) needs 5; Paddy McCartin (Sydney/Essendon/Sandringham) needs 5
  • 50 NEAFL/VFL goals: Sam Wicks (Sydney/Brisbane Lions) needs 5; Reuben William (Werribee/Footscray/Brisbane Lions) needs 6

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