Tony Modra: 100 goals
The football phenomenon that was Tony Modra hit another level when he booted his 100th goal of the 1993 AFL season.
Modra became the first Crow – and the 25th player in VFL/AFL history – to kick 100 goals in a season when he booted seven goals in a losing side against Fitzroy at Princes Park in Melbourne.
The exciting full forward started the round 19 match on 98 goals (from 17 games) and was mobbed by hundreds of fans after he kicked his second goal early in the second term.
Teammates, trainers and security staff circled him as the masses closed in. But in his true laid-back style, Modra strolled casually back to the goalsquare while surrounded by a sea of supporters.
The mayhem continued the next day. Hundreds of Crows fans welcomed Modra and the Crows when the team returned via Adelaide Airport the following day.
Modra made his AFL debut in 1992 but then exploded onto the scene in 1993 when he kicked 10 goals against Richmond in the opening round.
The goals kept coming, rapidly: six the following rounds against West Coast and Fitzroy, then five, seven, five, ten, three, seven, seven, two, one, seven, a club record 13.4 against Richmond in round 16, and then four goals the round before the Fitzroy clash.
Modra finished the minor round with 119 goals and kicked another ten goals in three finals. He was one of three men to reach the 100-goal mark that season and finished runner-up in the Coleman Medal race to Geelong’s Gary Ablett (124 goals in minor round). Hawthorn star Jason Dunstall also reached triple figures.
Modra remains the only Crow to reach the ton in a single season.