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Debut Winning Streaks

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  1. FitzroyPete

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    Leon Harris (debut 1979) and Bernie Harris (debut 1984) both made dream starts to their Fitzroy careers.
    Not so much in terms of dazzling individual performances but team success.
    How many successive wins did each brother play in before experiencing their first Lions loss?
    The brothers' number of wins differ but both are below 10.
    Harry (bizarrely similar to Harris) Clarke holds the Fitzroy record, with his first 13 games in 1898-99 all being wins.
     

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  2. FitzroyPete

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    Ah well, it is cricket season after all - here's hoping the Aussies can play a lot better than what they've shown so far in 2018.
    Leon Harris's first nine games - Rounds 5 to 13 in 1979 - were all victories, by an average margin of 45.56 points.
    Bernie Harris only started with six straight wins - Rounds 17 to 22 in 1984 - by an average of 38.83 points.
    I'd be very surprised if two brothers have had such glorious starts to their careers, certainly in the modern era.
     
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    Seem to remember Leon's first game was against a strong North at North.He had a sensational game on the wing,possibly against Schimma,and we won easily.Leon was a magnificent long kick,until an injury curbed that,but he was unbeatable one on one.That game was 1979.
     
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    The North game (Round 8, 1979) was Leon's fourth VFL game, Len.
    https://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/L/Leon_Harris.html
    You're spot on about Leon having a good game against North, with 27 disposals to Schimma's 13.
    I only saw a replay of the second half of that match over here in Perth, but we took the Kangaroos to the cleaners after half-time (shades of the 1978 Night Grand Final and Round 13, 1983).
    https://afltables.com/afl/stats/games/1979/061219790526.html
     
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    Yes the Lions small brigade, led by Irwin,Wilson,Allen and Harris,ran amock after half time.Another young star who played well in that game was Lorenzo Serafini,who took care of Blight,whoad to be moved.The Lions really fired up after Keays was hit behid play by a frustrated South Australian recruit, who now inhabits the dark depths of Crow radio, or did.
     
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    Of course, the same SA recruit turned Crow radio man lasted just five games in his one VFL season.
    Based on what I've read and footage of the game, Superboot was pretty dominant at Arden St that day.
    Our dismal 1980 season was very frustrating after some of the Lions' epic performances in 1979.
    Subconscious complacency after ending a 19-year finals drought, inadequate recruiting, a run of injuries and the uncertainty of a possible relocation to Sydney were perhaps some of the reasons we went from 4th to 12th (but amazingly back up to 4th in 1981).
     
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