The AFL’s everywhere man, Gold Coast’s Jack Hombsch, will enter new territory on Saturday when he extends his record as the footballer to play at the most number of venues in history.
Riverway Stadium in Townsville will become the latest official AFL venue when the Suns host St Kilda in a Saturday afternoon clash.
For Hombsch, a former Port Adelaide and GWS Giants utility, it will be ground No.21 – two more venues than any other player in VFL/AFL history.
Hombsch went out in front as the solitary record holder last year – going past 300-gamers Paul Salmon and Robert Harvey – when playing for the Power at MARS Stadium in Ballarat in a clash against Western Bulldogs.
The 110-gamer, who made his debut for the Giants just seven years ago, has accrued footy’s equivalent of frequent flyer points mainly because he was a GWS player in their inaugural season when they had a stack of different home venues.
Remarkably, Hombsch managed to play at 10 different AFL venues in his first 10 matches, including his nine matches for the Giants in 2012 and his debut for Port Adelaide in Darwin midway through the following season.
Among his catalogue of footy venues, Hombsch has also played for Port Adelaide in China and Alice Springs.
Interestingly, Hombsch’s new Gold Coast teammate Jarrod Harbrow draws level with Salmon and Harvey on playing at 19 different venues in Saturday’s clash against the Saints.