I think it’s a good discussion to have considering we havn’t seen a performance like this in a long time. Chris Judd played a ripper in sydney in the wet the night of the royal wedding from memory.Fev's 8 vs Essendon during our greatest comeback of all time, SOS keeping Ablett goalless in the GF, Kouta's '99 PF, etc.
Then you have champions like Kernahan, Williams, Dominator, Jezza, Doull... it's really hard to pick. I'd pick a dominant game where it actually matters (finals, GF) so as much as that was Cripps' best game for us, I wouldn't say it was the best of all time.
Kouta had 38 and 5 vs North for Ratten's 200th in 2000.
Just scored and created things at will that day.
I came here to mention this performance.Just the 8 marks but 3 contested, and 24 contested possessions according to the records.
That was indeed a day out for Beaumont. If my memory is correct though, he blotted the copybook in the 2nd half though when he dumped a simple handpass at SOS's bootlaces and the great man ripped his hammy off the bone picking it up.Simon Beaumont’s 8 goals in the first half vs Collingwood in 1999
Apparently not good enough to get the 3 Brownlow votes that day but it was the greatest day out I’ve witnessed in person. From the moment he tried to pass to Ratten in the goal square, miskicked and then saw the shank slide through for his first goal, to his opponent slipping and gifting him his 8th, via 2 incredibly dodgy free kicks and a couple of others where no one was within 50 metres of him - one of the truly most random, lucky, amazing games I’ve been too.
To me Kouta's 99 prelim is the best game as an individual I have seen just because of the opposition and it was a tight prelim final.
But Cripps was immense today a true leader of men I can't wait for him to hold up number 17 and he will.