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Harvey at the 2017 AFL Grand Final parade
|Full name||Brent Harvey|
|Date of birth||14 May 1978|
|Place of birth||Preston, Victoria, Australia|
|Original team||Preston RSL (Vic)/Northern Knights|
|Draft||47th overall, 1995
Brent Harvey (born 14 May 1978), often known by his nickname "Boomer", is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He holds the record for most matches played by an individual in VFL/AFL history, breaking Michael Tuck's previous VFL/AFL record in 2016 with a total of 432 games played.
Drafted by the Kangaroos in the third round of the 1995 AFL Draft, Harvey played in his only premiership side in 1999, following an E. J. Whitten Medal victory playing for Victoria in the State of Origin series. He won the Syd Barker Medal in 2003, as well as the Jim Stynes Medal in the International rules series, captaining the Australian team in the 2008 International Rules Series.
A highlight of his 2003 season was against Carlton at the Telstra Dome in Round 22. Playing in his 150th game, Harvey kicked three goals in the Roos' record-breaking 124-point victory.
He was the only North Melbourne player to have played every game at Manuka Oval during North Melbourne's nine-year stint at the venue.
In 2007, Harvey polled 22 votes in the Brownlow Medal, finishing equal second, and in 2008 Harvey polled 17 votes to finish in eighth place despite being one of the favourites to win the award in both years.
In 2010, the week after a career-low five-possession game against St Kilda, Harvey led North Melbourne to a 25-point win over West Coast Eagles with a career-best 44 disposals, along with 11 marks, six goal-scoring assists, and one goal. Harvey also almost kicked a candidate for goal of the year, taking seven bounces of the ball in a run from defence before hitting the post with his shot at goal. Incidentally, Harvey holds the record for most career bounces, with 1,055. He is the only player to have crossed the thousand-bounce threshold. In 2011, playing his 312th game, he broke Glenn Archer's all-time club record for games played.
Harvey's grandfather Bill Harvey played two games for North Melbourne in 1948. His brother, Shane Harvey, played 14 games for Essendon and North Melbourne from 2002 to 2004.
In Round 17 of the 2015 AFL season, Harvey played his 400th career game, becoming the first North Melbourne player to do so and fourth overall. He kicked two goals in a performance that suggested his career was far from over.
In Round 19 of the 2016 AFL season, Harvey broke Michael Tuck's record for most VFL/AFL matches by a player; the previous record was held by Hawthorn's Michael Tuck. The Kangaroos wore the number 427 applied to the vertical royal blue bars of their guernseys, and the number 50 on the 50-metre arc was replaced by 29, the number Harvey had worn for his entire AFL career. In August, North Melbourne announced they would not renew his contract for the 2017 season.
On Friday 7 October 2016 at the 2016 Syd Barker Medal night, Brent Harvey announced his retirement from AFL football. He was the last remaining VFL/AFL player born in the 1970s, and the last who had played in the 1990s.
In 2022, he was inducted into the AFL Hall Of Fame in his first year of eligibility. At the time of the announcement, he remained the AFL/VFL all-time leader in games played with 432, with only four others achieving the feat: Tuck, Essendon's Dustin Fletcher, Richmond's Kevin Bartlett and Port Adelaide and Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne.
In elite Australian rules football (the VFL/AFL, SANFL and WAFL), Harvey is ranked third for most career premiership matches (home-and-away and finals matches) played behind Craig Bradley (464, including 89 SANFL matches for Port Adelaide) and Burgoyne (433, including 26 SANFL matches for Port Adelaide) as of 2022.
Harvey also played two matches for Victoria in State of Origin football, and 46 matches in pre-season/night series competition for North Melbourne (which are counted as senior in the SANFL and WAFL but not the VFL/AFL). If these are included, Harvey played a total of 480 career senior matches.
The AFL record Harvey's total as 445 career senior games, excluding his pre-season/night series matches but including 11 International Rules matches, which are counted as senior by the AFL. If his pre-season/night series matches are included here, Harvey played an overall total of 491 senior career matches.
Depending on the viewpoint taken, Harvey broke Tuck's elite Victorian football record in Round 16 of 2016 (using the AFL's total), in Round 10 of 2016 (excluding International rules matches), or in the first pre-season round of 2016 (including International Rules matches).
As of 2022, Harvey's career total of 445 senior career matches (using the AFL's total) ranks fifth behind Bradley (501), Peter Carey (467), Greg Phillips (447) and Russell Ebert (446), while if his pre-season/night series matches are included, Harvey's career total of 480 or 491 senior matches (depending on whether or not his International Rules matches are excluded) ranks second behind Bradley (519 or 528).
|Season||Team||No.||Games||Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Red / Italics = Ineligible|
- E. J. Whitten Medal: 1999
- Syd Barker Medal: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 (tied with Brady Rawlings)
- All-Australian: 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008
- Australian Representative Honours in International Rules Football: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 (C)
- Jim Stynes Medal: 2003
- Lou Richards Medal: 2007, 2008
- Herald Sun Player of the Year: 2008
- Archer–Hird Medal: 2009, 2011
- North Melbourne F.C. Team of the Century
- AFL Hall Of Fame (2022 Class)
- Most senior AFL games: 432
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