MAX Solomon has booted his way into the record books and into the hearts of country footy fans.
The Omeo and District league star has become the first Victorian footballer to kick 100 goals this season.
The 28-year-old made his mark on the leading goalkickers tally booting 30 goals in the first six rounds — and sealed the achievement with a whopping 70 goals in the six matches that followed.
But it was Solomon��s 17-goal haul during last weekend’s match against Swan Reach that really had the crowd at Lindenow South on its feet — including his wife and two sons who were there to see it.
But the humble indigenous player didn’t want to make a fuss.
“I didn’t really want to make it all about me,’’ Solomon said.
He knew he’d notched* up a ton, but only became aware later that he was the first country player to achieve the feat this season.
“It felt pretty good,’’ he said.
Coach Noel Jansz said poaching Solomon had proved a smart move.
“He hasn’t missed a game all season, it’s impressive stuff,’’ Jansz said.
“That’s 100 goals in just 12 games. He’s really exceeded* our expectations.’’
He said Solomon was a smart player.
“He always seems to know where the ball is going and how to respond,’’ Jansz said. `
“He just keeps going.
“Off the field he is very family orientated. He is an enormous asset at the club.’’
Lindenow South is on track to cruise to its third consecutive* grand final appearance with many confident that Solomon’s dominance will help seal a premiership hat-trick*.
CENTURY NO SMALL FEAT
Max Solomon has achieved something most professional players can only dream of.
It is increasingly being rare for an AFL player to reach 100 goals in a season and it hasn’t been done for almost a decade since Hawthorn’s Lance Franklin kicked a ton in 2008.
He scored 102 that season, not including the finals.
Before him was Tony Lockett in 1998, kicking 107 for the Sydney Swans.
The Coleman Medal is awarded each year to the AFL player who kicks the most goals in the home and away season.
It is named after former Essendon full forward John Coleman, who scored a whooping 537 goals in his 98-game career.
Tony Lockett is the all-time top goal scorer in VFL/AFL history with 1360 goals in a career of 281 games.
consecutive: one after another
hat-trick: three in a row
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Activity 1. Fact frenzy
Set a timer for 10 minutes.
Race the clock to see how many facts you can write down about Max Solomon before the timer goes off.
Each fact must be different, based on information from the article and written as a sentence.
Make a list of 10 encouraging things you could say to a teammate during a game of footy.
Time: allow 10 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Health and Physical Education
Activity 2: An Average Goal
During the first six games of the season, what was Max’s average number of goals scored?
During the next six games what was Max’s average number of goals scored?
What is Solomon’s average number of goals scored for all 12 games?
If there were two matches left and Solomon kept up with his average, how many goals would you expect him to end the season on? Round to the nearest who number.
What was John Coleman’s average over his career?
What was Tony Lockett’s average over his career?
Find out what the Coleman Medal looks like and draw a picture of it.
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: Mathematics
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)
Rewrite the dialogue in the article using your own creative flair.
There are many ways you could change the overall tone of the article by changing the language used in the dialogue.
Here are some ideas to get you going:
• make it ridiculous
• make it super serious
• make it hilarious
• make it like something really bad has happened
• set it in the future
Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP
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