Eight years on from his debut, Stewart Crameri has finally played his 100th AFL game.
With 399 days passing from his 99th game — played in round two of the 2017 season, the 29-year-old finally reached the three-figure milestone on Friday night, lining up with his third club, Geelong, for the first time.
With the recent years of his career ruined by a ban stemming from the Essendon supplement saga and a chronic hip injury which eventually saw him delisted by the Western Bulldogs at the end of last season, Crameri put his turbulent past behind him on Friday, playing a key role in Geelong’s 61-point win over Greater Western Sydney.
Playing as a high forward for the Cats, Crameri had 11 disposals and kicked two goals in the 14.9 (93) to 4.8 (32) win.
It was his first goal that came late in the second quarter that was one of the highlights of Friday’s match.
Following a strong mark deep in the forward line, Crameri calmly nailed the set shot and was swarmed by every Geelong teammate on the field at that stage of the game in celebration.
“It was awesome,” Crameri told reporters post-game.
“I was hoping for a goal there at some stage and the boys got around me and it was just an amazing feeling, because I haven’t felt that for a while. Even the backmen came in and gave me a pat on the back.
“First game back for a while and the 100th — it’s all sort of cumulated into one great moment. I’ll remember it forever.”
— AFL (@AFL) May 4, 2018
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