JED’S HUM­BLE RIDE TO 200

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - DAMIEN STAN­NARD

JUST two things re­main un­changed in the 11 years be­tween Jed Ad­cock’s de­but and his 200th AFL game to­mor­row night at the Gabba.

So many faces and for­tunes have changed at the Lions, yet Ad­cock finds him­self in the same po­si­tion and fac­ing the same op­po­si­tion in his mile­stone out­ing against the Kan­ga­roos. Ad­cock was a hum­ble but am­bi­tious 18year- old when he lined up as a for­ward against North Mel­bourne’s David King that Satur­day in Mel­bourne.

Those were the dy­ing days of a golden era for Bris­bane, with Ad­cock re­plac­ing in­jured Michael Voss in a team that in­cluded club greats Alastair Lynch, Si­mon Black and Jonathan Brown.

Nigel Lap­pin, Luke Power, Jason Ak­er­ma­nis, Shaun Hart, Daniel Brad­shaw and now- coach Justin Lep­pitsch were also part of that side.

Ad­cock did not dis­ap­point, boot­ing a goal and gath­er­ing nine dis­pos­als and three marks be­fore mak­ing way for Voss the fol­low­ing week.

He played only two games that first sea­son.

“I was lucky to get a few games that first year, and again the fol­low­ing year be­cause Chris John­son was in­jured,’’ said Ad­cock, who has played the ma­jor­ity of his ca­reer as a back­man.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing too much. It was a hard team to get into.”

And coach Lep­pitsch’s view: “I don’t re­mem­ber Jed’s de­but. I might have yelled at him a cou­ple of times.”

Pic­ture: CHRIS HYDE

MILE­STONE MAN:

Bris­bane’s Jed Ad­cock will play his 200th match for the Lions against North

Mel­bourne to­mor­row night.

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