St Kilda’s Lenny Hayes is seven tackles shy of the AFL record.
St Kilda’s Norm Smith Medallist Lenny Hayes doesn’t play for individual glory, although another honour sits within his reach with one game of the AFL regular season remaining.
The 34-year-old former skipper will play his farewell game for the bottom side on Sunday against the Crows at Adelaide Oval.
Hayes has made a name for himself not only as a skilful onballer with a great sidestep but also as one of the game’s best tacklers.
Ex-Swan Jude Bolton holds the AFL’s tackling record with 1490, seven ahead of Hayes who averages 5.01 in 296 games.
“Lenny is such a good tackler primarily because he wants to tackle,” St Kilda coach Alan Richardson told the club’s website on Thursday.
“He has a really good appetite for the hard stuff and to get after the opposition when they have the footy.”
Hayes is a product of the Pennant Hills club in Sydney and says he played rugby as a schoolboy.
THE AFL’S TOP TACKLERS
* Jude Bolton (Sydney) 1490, 325 matches
* Lenny Hayes (St Kilda) 1483, 296
* Simon Black (Brisbane) 1283, 322
* Brett Kirk (Sydney) 1278, 241
* Tony Liberatore (Western Bulldogs) 1225, 279