Posted: 19 September, 2016
by Footy Newsroom
Some Huge Finals Milestones On The Line This Weekend
History in the making!
Some big impending milestones are on the line this weekend as all eyes turn to the Preliminary Finals.
History will be made in Western Sydney on Saturday night as the first ever final is played at Spotless Stadium.
The result will be significant regardless of the result; either GWS will be playing in the club's first Grand Final, or the Western Bulldogs will end the longest wait in VFL/AFL history between Grand Final appearances.
The Dogs have played 1212 matches since their last appearance - the 1961 VFL Grand Final.
According to the AFL's media release, the next longest gaps belong to Fitzroy (1070 games between R1, 1945 to R22, 1996); South Melbourne/Sydney Swans (1041 games between R1, 1946 to preliminary final, 1996); St Kilda (883 games between R1, 1914 to second semi final, 1965) and Richmond (755 games currently active since R1, 1983).
Jimmy Bartel is set to move into equal 7th place in VFL/AFL history for the most finals played by playing his 28th this Friday night.
He draws level with Adam Goodes, Jason Akermanis, Chris Mew, Bill Hutchison and Gary Ayres.
The Preliminary Final between Geelong and Sydney also sees the opportunity for Lance Franklin to move into the top five finals goalkickers in VFL/AFL history.
Three goals will bring Buddy to 65 in total - drawing level with Alastair Lynch and Stephen Kernahan.