The 18-year-old is on track to set one of the most peculiar records in the AFL.
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St. Kilda youngster Jack Billings is on track to set one of the most peculiar records in the AFL.
According to AFL.com.au, if the 18-year-old does not concede a free kick in the final four matches he will be the first player not to give away a free kick in a season since 1999.
Incredibly, Billings has not given away a single free kick in his first 15 games in the AFL.
Only 47 of the 642 players who have played in the AFL this season have not given away a free kick, and if Billings manages to get through the rest of the season he’ll set a record that didn’t really exist until his incredible streak reached the 15-game mark.
Billings’ closest competitors in this ‘category’ are Scott McMahon, Ben Lennon and Nick Graham, who’ve all gone just five games without conceding a free.
However, Billings does not yet hold the record most games since debut without giving away a free kick.
Former Hawthorn and Carlton player Brett Johnson did not concede a free kick for 23 matches, though the record was stretched over three AFL seasons from 2000 to 2002.
For the sake of a ridiculous record, let’s hope Razor Ray and co. can keep the whistle away whenever Billings in amongst the action.
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