I saw most of Matthews’ career and most of Bartlett’s. In terms of finals played, possessions and goals they have near enough identical records.Rubbish. You've been sucked in by social media.
Lethal's final record is far better. See above.
Just enjoy the ride while it lasts.I saw most of Matthews’ career and most of Bartlett’s. In terms of finals played, possessions and goals they have near enough identical records.
Matthews was a great player, and of course a great finals player. So was Bartlett. Brent Croswell was said to be a great finals player. But footy was different back then and you just cannot compare them fairly with players in the modern era.
The thing is there would have been players like Dick Reynolds, Ron Barassi, and the Colliers and Coventrys and god knows who else I cannot name who were truly great finals players in times prior to our recollection.
For anyone to pop up with Dustin Martin as the greatest finals player of all time with no supporting analysis, is just worthless really, in terms of an assessment. i guess what they are really saying is in this moment they can’t imagine a player having been better in finals.
Having said that, I am not sure I can recall anyone kicking 4 such good goals and being the legitimate best on ground and the difference in a game of this sort of magnitude before. I have read through the thread here and this is well acknowledged as I am sure it would be almost universally by footy followers.
In truth, Dustin Martin may not even be the greatest Tiger finals player, we have had plenty of great ones. And Matthews may not have been the greatest Hawk finals player, you have had plenty of great ones. But all these guys are talked about the way they are because for some period of football at the highest level, they seemed unsurpassable. And right at those times, they were.