Brent Harvey plays a record breaking 427th game today. We recount his best goals.
North Melbourne forward, Brent Harvey, is poised to break Hawthorn legend, Michael Tuck's record for the most VFL/AFL appearances on Saturday night. The 38-year old will play his 427th match against the Saints and has spent his entire his career with the Kangaroos, having shown incredible longevity over the past two decades. Known for his work ethic, consistency and ultra competitive nature, Boomer has produced plenty of highlights since debuting in 1997.
Round 5, 1997 vs Richmond
Would you believe Harvey's first ever goal came in Round 5 against the Tigers in 1997 at the MCG. The then 19-year old receives the ball just outside the goal square and, with no defenders in sight, boots it emphatically through the big sticks from point blank range. North Melbourne went on to win the match by 95 points. The goal that started it all.
Round 16, 2001 vs Essendon
Despite being on the wrong side of the Bomber's historic 69 point comeback, Boomer kicked an absolute pearler in the fourth quarter. The little man takes a mark 60 metres out, directly in front of the posts, and thinks about having a set shot. In a classic case of commentator's curse, we're told "too far out obviously for Brent Harvey, surely", before he scores a spectacular long-range torpedo goal, giving the Kangaroos a 10 point lead.
Round 19, 2008 vs Western Bulldogs
With Western Bulldogs players attempting a scrappy rushed behind in the first quarter, Boomer had other ideas. Harvey cheekily keeps the footy in play soccer-style by chipping it off the line with his foot and regathers possession. He then plays a one-two with a Kangaroos teammate, before finishing off a remarkable passage of play with a goal from 18 metres out. Breathtaking stuff.
Round 10, 2013 vs St Kilda
Harvey turned back the clock with a vintage run and finish in the second quarter against the Saints in his 350th match. The four time All-Australian cuts in from the wing, burning St Kilda halfback, Sam Fisher, with his pace. Harvey takes four bounces and carries the footy all the way to the square and scores, reminding everyone watching he's still got it.
Round 3, 2016 vs Melbourne
Playing in gusty Hobart conditions earlier this year at Blundstone Arena, Boomer lined up from 42 metres deep in the forward pocket and nails a trademark banana in the third quarter. The diminutive forward reads the strong breeze perfectly, starting his attempt outside the far post, with the strong breeze dragging his kick back to land directly behind the goal umpire.
Round 3, 2010 vs West Coast
Dubbed the 'point of the century', Harvey runs the length of the field, taking seven bounces, dummies a West Coast defender, before having a snap at goal at the start of the fourth quarter. His shot fades at the last moment to hit the post, denying Boomer what would have been an absolute gem. The greatest goal never scored.