Jack Redden to play 100th straight
AFL: Young Brisbane Lions midfielder Jack Redden reckons if Shane Woewodin had his way, he would be dropped for Sunday's home clash against Geelong.
Redden will this week become just the eighth player in VFL/AFL history to have played 100 consecutive games from debut - and he now has Lions assistant coach Shane Woewodin's mark of 107 straight in his sights.
Woewodin achieved the feat with Melbourne and Redden joked yesterday that the 20000 Brownlow Medal winner might be trying to get coach Justin Leppitsch to rest the on-baller.
"I think he's been in Leppa's ear to give me the arse," Redden said. "I just want to beat him and keep fronting up every week."
Jared Crouch holds the record for most consecutive games from debut with 194 for the Sydney Swans.
"It's (the 100 straight) something to look back on later in my career," he said.
"I was rapt to play my first game for this club and I didn't expect to play my 100th at the age of 23."
Redden said he would not be doing anything different as the number of games got bigger and was just concentrating on staying fit.
"I am not superstitious," he said. "I just wear my Speedos every week and go to battle."
Redden said he could not remember much about his first game, coincidentally against Geelong in round 15 in 2009, but was hoping for the same result. The Lions won that match by 43 points.
"It was all a bit of a blur," he recalled. "But I kicked a goal ... hopefully we can do the same on Sunday."
South Australian Redden will be joined in the 100 club by Daniel Rich against Geelong. Both were drafted by the Lions in 2008 and have become close friends down the years.
West Australian Rich said he was glad to be completing the milestone alongside his pal.
"It's gone pretty quick," he said of reaching his 100th game. "It's good to be playing it with Jack as well. We got drafted together and we are pretty close mates.
"It's like having a draw in a running race but it's all good fun."
The only disappointment for both Rich and Redden is that vice-captain and fellow 2008 draftee Tom Rockliff would be missing Sunday's game through suspension.
Rockliff accepted a one-game ban for engaging in rough conduct against Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell during the Lions' 48-point season-opening loss last Saturday.
It is the first time Rockliff has been reported in his 84-game career.
100 off the bat
100 consecutive games from debut
Jared Crouch (194, Syd)
John Murphy (158, Fitz)
David Mundy (124, Fre)
Steven Wallis (113) Foot)
Allan Woodley (110, Haw)
Shane Woewodin (107, Mel)
Ian Law (100, Haw)