Over the years, we have had stand out debuts but have also seen some very poor first games.

Some of the all-time greats have had horrid debuts, such as the likes of Jonathon Brown, Nick Riewoldt and Sam Mitchell.

While others have had impressive to unbelievable debuts, like Riley Thilthorpe's 16 disposals and five goals in round 6 this year.

John Coleman famously kicked 12 goals in his first game as well.

In this list we take a look at 10 of the best debut games since the year 2000.

Some honourable mentions from prior to 2000 include:

David Marshall (Adelaide, 1991)
29 disposals (22 kicks), seven marks and two goals

Dean Greig (St Kilda, 1991)

39 disposals, most ever on debut.

Daniel Metropolis (West Coast, 1992)

Six goals, including four from his first four kicks.

Adrian McAdam (North Melbourne, 1993) Seven goals and two behinds from 10 kicks on debut, left Wayne Carey to play second fiddle. Interesting to note, he followed this with 10 goals and six behinds the following week and seven goals the week after.

Scott Cummings (Essendon, 1994)

Eight goals from 10 kicks. Only three players have ever kicked more on debut.

Chris Judd (West Coast, 2002)

It has become football folklore, the beginning of Chris Judd's AFL career.

The No.3 pick in the 2001 Draft was overlooked by coach John Worsfold for round one, and Judd responded by absolutely torching West Perth in the WAFL, with 15 disposals and four goals.

Worsfold learned from his mistake, and the Sandringham Dragon never played in the WAFL again.

As for his AFL debut, it too was pretty handy.

At the home of football, the MCG, against a powerhouse club in Collingwood, the midfielder's dash caught the eye of the football world. And they never took their eye off him again.

He finished with 19 disposals, 12 contested possessions, six inside 50s, five clearances and a goal.

Everyone knows how the career of the 2021 Hall of Famer would pan out at both the Eagles and Carlton.


6. Dean Polo (Richmond, 2006)

A debut on the massive stage of 'Dreamtime at the G' is sure to phase many, but Dean Polo thrived on it.

Drafted in 2004 at pick 20, the Gippsland prospect finally debuted in round 6, 2006, in front of 58,439 spectators.

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Polo was instrumental in the Tigers' two-point win over the Bombers, with 28 disposals and three goals. His third of which levelled the score in the dying stages of the game.

His performance was rewarded with the Yiooken Award as best on-field and a Rising Star nomination.

Richmond faithful would have been delighted, as it looked like a future star was born, however, that day would be the highlight of his career.

A career that spanned eight years for just 77 games at both the Tigers and St Kilda.