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TBT: Stef's big day out

TBT: Stef's day out A look back at one of Stef's finest performances in the Lions' Guernsey.

Before Stef Martin plays his 100th match for the Club on Saturday against the Gold Coast Suns, take a look back at one of his finest performances to date in the Brisbane Lions' jumper. 

It was in Round 3 this year against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval - a ground that Lions have struggled on immensely in the past few years. 

Martin's form to start the year had been very strong, tallying 42 and 35 hit-outs in the first two rounds. 

Against the Power he amassed a whopping 49 hit-outs, and also collected the most touches on the ground with 30, to go with nine inside 50s, seven marks and seven tackles.

While the Lions eventually fell short by five points to Port Adelaide, Martin was everywhere around the ground and nearly dragged the team to victory.

The performance saw Martin, who has traditionally been overlooked as a top ruckman, finally receive some of the credit he deserves from the media.  

Chris Fagan and Port Adelaide's Coach Ken Hinkley rated Martin's output extremely highly, awarding him nine out of a maximum of 10 coaches votes. 

Martin tried to downplay his huge effort post-match. 

“I didn’t (feel like I was dominating) but I looked up at the scoreboard at half-time and it said I’d had 20 touches,” Martin said.

“It’s funny, some games you feel like you’re doing well and you don’t get near it.

“This was probably the opposite; I didn’t feel like I was killing it but it looked like I was doing well.”

On Saturday at Metricon Stadium, Martin will play his 100th match for the Lions, eight weeks after he reached his 150-game career milestone against Fremantle at Optus Stadium. 

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