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Fish joins club 50

Fish flies to 50 games Zac Fisher speaks to Carlton Media ahead of his 50-game milestone.

When Zac Fisher chests the banner in game No.50 on Saturday afternoon, he joins a coveted corps of former Carlton 50-gamers, amongst them the current caretaker coach David Teague.

That the SCG provides the backdrop for Fisher’s milestone match is pertinent, for so it did for Teague in the final home and away round of 2006, when the latter fronted for his 50th and last match at senior level in Dark Navy.

On that occasion, Trent Sporn and Cory McGrath also completed their 50th and final Carlton appearances, while Adrian DeLuca and Barnaby French hung them up after 46 and 71 senior games respectively.

French, who told teammates of his decision to hang them up at the three quarter-time huddle, fittingly booted the Blues’ last goal of the match. Not that it particularly mattered, as the visitors found themselves on the receiving end of a 92-point hammering - which overtook the previous record winning margin of 78 set four years previous when the two teams met in the second round of the 2002 season at Princes Park.

 

Contributing statistician Stephen Williamson advises that Fisher will become Carlton’s 329th  member of Club 50, achieving the milestone at the age of 21 years and 27 days.

The youngest to 50 was Robert Walls at 19 years and 98 days and the oldest Jim Flynn at 35 years and 101 days. 

David Teague’s 50th and final Carlton match, Round 22, 2006 v Sydney, SCG

B:        Sam Cranage             Luke Livingston        Ang Christou

HB:     Simon Fletcher         Bret Thornton           Simon Beaumont

C:        Anthony Franchina  Andrew Eccles          Adrian Hickmott (a/c)

HF:     Ryan Houlihan          Ian Prendergast        Trent Sporn

F:         Simon Wiggins          Lindsay Smith           Matthew Lappin

Ruck:  Corey McKernan       Justin Murphy          Scott Camporeale

I/C:     Trent Hotton             Michael Mansfield    Jordan Doering         Jim Plunkett

Coach: Wayne Brittain

Emg:   Brendan Fevola        David Gallagher       Andrew Merrington