“I was lucky in that I played 38 finals (Fletcher has 23). This is a list of records from the Australian Football League (AFL) since its founding in 1897. I watched a lot of the women’s games and it was in the back of my mind but more around how it’d be great if I had the chance. SEASON GUIDE All you need to know about the Lions. PLAYERS' SURVEY Who is the best midfielder in AFLW? FOLLOW THE LEADER Your club's 2020 captain and leadership group. His situation is unique in that in a sense he is almost institutionalised, having known no other workplace since leaving Penleigh and Essendon Grammar at the end of 1993. And when I have watched him this year he still seems to be getting a lot of the ball in that spare-man role they play him in defence. Sorry we couldn't find a match for that, please try again, Join the conversation, you are commenting as, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -, US election result looms as Trump dealt first legal setback, Dogs play hardball on Dunkley’s Essendon wish, How Saints turned one draft pick into trade bonanza, Virus finally eradicated from aged care sector. But AFL football is a very different game to cricket. “The two years off did me some good, it gave the body a rest and some time to focus on family. Our Stories, The Next Gen, Women of AFLW, The People A much-loved member of the Bomber family, it’s not unusual to see Fletcher sharing a cuppa with various staff members on his day off. Which players are on the comeback trail from injury? “It wasn’t a motivating factor as such. © Copyright 2017 AFL Players’ Association. "I'm learning different languages all the time. All Rights Reserved.

“And I have no doubt they manage them better these days. She had a strong 2019 season – finishing sixth in the best and fairest – and after a return to Melbourne during the winter to resume her job and some part-time media work, was offered another contract by the Lions. WHATEVER his ultimate retirement plan ends up being, 40-year-old Dustin Fletcher has elevated himself into a very rare sporting club by remaining in the top echelon over four decades. Michael Tuck, a hard-running ruck-rover who played a record 426 games in 20 seasons between 1972-91, says the last factor becomes a bigger factor than most would realise. 21 Mar 20. "It's an interesting case in wellbeing because I'm finding just focusing on footy and not doing a lot of work, I'm getting so much more out of my body. “When I played last time, I probably didn’t love training as hard as I did when I came back. Fletcher looked set for that reality two years ago but once again managed to keep the wolves at bay, although it should be said Essendon has been extremely mindful of ensuring the round-shouldered defender’s journey into the next life is as painless as possible. You start to think more about the positions you are putting yourself in,” said Tuck, 61, who played his last game at 38 and 95 days. Fletcher finds himself in some rare company on the international scene — cricketers Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies and Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan are both still playing Test cricket at 40. “I don’t know if jealousy is the right word. Lions veteran Lauren Arnell prepares for the 2020 season. The home of the NAB AFL Women's. here. She said the three things that will determine how long her career goes are her performance level, her health and her enjoyment. Brisbane gave Arnell a chance to extend her career, and in doing so, she took a secondment from her AFL job to play with the Lions. "It keeps you young that's for sure," she said. "As a footballer I feel like I'm so much further ahead than I have been. Leaving them in the Dust, star Tiger claims Finals MVP of the Week.