MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Dustin Martin of the Tigers celebrates after the final siren during the 2019 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

One great finals game is all it can take see your name etched amongst the greatest to pull on the boots.

Max Gawn’s performance last Friday against Geelong is one of these performances. Honestly, I was shocked he didn’t crack the double ton on Supercoach.

19 disposals, five goals, six tackles 33 hit-outs and five clearances is a stat line any ruckman would give their left leg for.

'Big Maxy’s prelim' performance left me pondering some of the greatest acts seen over the last 50 years.

Excluding Grand Finals and brilliant quarters such as Nick Davis ‘Come to Savis’ and Anthony Koutoufidies' efforts in '99, I have narrowed down a top 10 of individual games that will go down in the annals of Australian rules history.


10. Leigh Matthews - 1976 Preliminary Final

33 disposals, 31 kicks, seven marks, two handballs and 7.6

Seeking revenge for the devastation of the 1975 Grand Final, Hawthorn, led by their goal-kicking rover Leigh Matthews, put to bed any doubts of their quality with a scintillating performance.

'Lethal’s game was sheer brilliance, with the mustachioed maestro kicking seven of the Hawks 14 goals, as well as picking up 14 more disposals than anyone from North Melbourne -including his opponent that day, the legendary Barry Cable.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - 1980s: Leigh Matthews of the Hawthorn Hawks looks on during a VFL match. (Photo by Getty Images)