As Brent Harvey prepares to enter the AFL’s exclusive 400-game club, spare a thought for Jed Adcock.
The former Brisbane Lions skipper has been landed with possibly the worst week to celebrate his own 200-game milestone, which will inevitably be overshadowed when the wooden spooners-elect host North Melbourne on Saturday night.
Adcock feels fortunate enough to have stayed in the game for as long as he has, but can barely wrap his head around the fact that Harvey, 37, has doubled his output.
“I know for a fact I’m not getting to 400 and I think there’s a fairly good chance I’m not getting to 300,” Adcock said.
“I couldn’t imagine doing it for another 10 years and doing what he’s done.
“Unfortunately for him we won’t be helping him celebrate his 400.
“He’s coming to the Gabba, so we’re here to win a game of footy and that’s it.”
While the rest of the AFL world will zero in on Harvey as he becomes just the fourth player in VFL/AFL history to reach 400 games, Lions coach Justin Leppitsch has promised Adcock’s achievements won’t be forgotten.
“He won’t get overshadowed up here, by our fans and by our football club, that’s for sure,” Leppitsch said.
“We haven’t had many 200-game players in our football club. (Adcock) has been a real mainstay behind the footy club so it’s a great reward for him.”
But unless Brisbane can pull a rabbit out of the hat, it looms as a likely sour night for Adcock and the club.
The Lions have lost their last eight games in a row and despite the return of most of their sidelined stars over the last few weeks, remain as mediocre a side as they have been this year.
Last week’s shocking loss to Melbourne was arguably their lowest point this far, prompting Leppitsch to describe his players as “reluctant runners”.
However, they have been boosted by the fitness of Dayne Beams (shoulder) and Pearce Hanley (hamstring), who were in danger of missing out this week but will play barring any pre-match issues.
While most metrics point to a Kangaroos win, there is one that is giving the Lions and Leppitsch plenty of hope – Brisbane have won 13 out of 17 games against North Melbourne at the Gabba, including the last six.
“All I know is when we go to Melbourne, they thump us, and when they come up here we’re a bit more competitive. Let’s hope that continues,” Leppitsch said.