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A rich 150 games

Jessie Grewar  May 4, 2017 12:32 PM

Rich hits 150 Daniel Rich will play his 150th game against Sydney this weekend, relive his thumping left foot highlights.

Daniel Rich will play his 150th AFL match on Sunday against the Sydney Swans at the SCG.

Debuting in the season opener of 2009, Rich had the football world talking, unanimously voted and awarded as the 2009 AFL Rising Star by all nine judges, winning Lion’s Rookie of the Year award and being honoured by the AFLPA, the Best First Year Player in 2009 alone.

Rich has consistently shone among the Lions top performers in the midfield throughout his career with his excellence seeing him finish as Runner-Up of the Lion’s Club Champion award in 2012.

In 2013, Daniel Rich has went on to become the first player in merged Club history to receive the Michael Tuck Medal as the best on ground in the 2013 NAB Cup Grand Final and achieved such honour whilst leading his team as Vice-Captain.

During Round 3 of the 2017 season, Rich was voted as Player of the Round by fans after wreaking havoc against St Kilda with a game-high 32 possessions and a powerful 60-metre goal.

Possessing a lethal left boot, Rich has amassed 96 career goals, averaged 19.3 disposals per game and polled 24 Brownlow votes to date. 

The 27-year-old was drafted to the club as triple premiership champions Simon Black, Jonathan Brown and Luke Power were in the twilight of their careers, and has relished in leading his younger teammates with his experience.

“I had the likes of Jonathan Brown, Simon Black and Luke Powers looking out for me when I was younger," Rich told FoxSports last year.

“You’ve got no choice but to play a mentor role with where we are at as a club,” said Rich. 

This season, 'Richy' has continued his impressive on field talent, and was voted the Player of the Round for his Round 3 performance v St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

After a quieter 14-disposal performance against Essendon in Round 2, he was superb versus the Saints, racking up 32 disposals, nine inside-50s, eight rebound-50s and a goal.

Rich's lethal left foot helped the Lions, and he nailed a goal from the centre square in the second term.

Senior Coach Chris Fagan moved Rich to the backline after playing him in the midfield for the first two matches of the season and said after the game Rich deserved the attention that came his way.

"His work rate was right up. On the old metres gained stat, he was about 850m for the game, which is significant," Fagan said.

"That's probably the best game that Daniel's played for a long time.

"He copped a bit of criticism last week from commentators for his output. He probably deserved that, but his response today was fantastic and he showed us what he was capable of.

"He's set the bar now and the challenge each week will be to perform at or around that level on a consistent basis."

Watch: Richy's 'Player of the Round' performance

This week, Rich expressed his excitement in reaching such a milestone ahead of Sunday’s match.

“It’s a privilege to play 150 games for such a great club, it will be nice,” said Rich.

“I love Brisbane and I love the Club, it’s such a great place. I’ll be here for another five years including this one.”

Mitch Robinson is also expected to share this same milestone in the coming weeks. Robinson has played 148 games throughout his Lions career and will be expected to reach his 150th with during Round 8 against Hawthorn.