Crisp brings up an AFL ton

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MYRTLEFORD’S Jack Crisp will play his 100th AFL match this week­end.

A week af­ter Colling­wood team­mate and an­other North East prod­uct, Steele Side­bot­tom cel­e­brated his 200th game, Crisp will run out in his mile­stone match when the Pies take on West Coast.

Sun­day’s match against the Ea­gles will be Crisps 82nd for Colling­wood.

The 24 year-old hasn’t missed a game since join­ing the Pies in 2015 af­ter a trade from Bris­bane who se­lected him with pick 40 in the 2011 rookie draft.

Crisp fin­ished third in the best and fairest in his first cam­paign at Colling­wood but is en­joy­ing his best ever year, this sea­son.

His play off the half-back line has helped pro­pel Colling­wood to sec­ond on the lad­der through 15 games.

He’s av­er­ag­ing a ca­reer­high 24 dis­pos­als a game which ranks fifth at the Pies, is sec­ond in me­tres gained and at the club, third in in­ter­cepts and fifth in to­tal tack­les.

While Crisp has en­joyed an in­jury free run not just at Colling­wood but for most of his AFL ca­reer all four of the other lo­cal AFL play­ers are cur­rently side­lined.

Ben and Sam Reid can’t take a trick on the in­jury front with the broth­ers set to miss five to six weeks with knee and Achilles in­juries.

Ben (Colling­wood) had ar- thro­scope pro­ce­dures on both knees last week while Sam hurt his Achilles in just his sec­ond game back since quad surgery.

The Syd­ney for­ward lasted only five min­utes of Syd­ney’s re­serves match against Greater West­ern Syd­ney on Sat­ur­day.

He has played just one game this sea­son while Ben had ap­peared in six matches up to round 10.

Fel­low Bright prod­uct Matt Taberner also re­mains side­line but could re­turn in the next month from a foot in­jury.

Taberner was set for a break­out year as Fre­man­tle’s num­ber one for­ward while also ro­tat­ing through the ruck.

He started the sea­son strong av­er­ag­ing a ca­reer high 16 dis­pos­als and six marks be­fore go­ing down against the West­ern Bull­dogs in round five.

Taberner was re­stricted in the pre­sea­son as he re­cov­ered from a menis­cus in­jury sus­tained in last year’s WAFL grand fi­nal which the Dock­ers’ af­fil­i­ate Peel Thun­der won.

Ded­erang’s Ben McEvoy was fit, but is now set for a stint on the side­lines af­ter frac­tur­ing his cheek­bone in Hawthorn’s win over the Bull­dogs on Sat­ur­day night.

The 200cm ruck­man suf­fered the in­jury when he clashed heads with Dogs mid­fielder Josh Dunk­ley and was im­me­di­ately taken to hospi­tal.

He un­der­went surgery on Sun­day and is ex­pected to miss sev­eral weeks.

McEvoy, who turns 29 to­day, had played ev­ery game for the Hawks.

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