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Dwyer's VFL milestone

Watch the best of Sam Dwyer during his final year with Port Melbourne in 2012. Rookie Draft selection No. 28
Sam Dwyer played 97 senior games for Port Melbourne before landing at Collingwood in December 2012.

Saturday’s VFL-AFL doubleheader marks two 100 game milestones.

The one we know about is Dayne Beams. His week has included a press conference, clippings dotted through the newspapers and highlight reels online.

The other will receive less attention. It’s certainly off broadway as far as the mainstream football public is concerned, but it’s no less significant than Beams’ AFL ton.

Saturday’s VFL match against Geelong marks Sam Dwyer’s 100th match in the Victorian Football League.

The 27-year-old played 97 senior VFL games for Port Melbourne between 2005 and 2012 before finally winding up on an AFL list ahead of last season.

Remarkably, given his experience in the competition and status as a mature aged rookie, Dwyer did not play one VFL match for Collingwood in 2013. Instead, he carved out a niche in the senior side that saw him average 16.57 disposals across 21 games.

An injury-interrupted pre-season saw him play two VFL games for the Magpies earlier this year, taking his tally to 99.

He is set to play his 100th against Geelong after being omitted from the side that lost to Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval last Thursday.

He remains in contention for an eleventh-hour recall to AFL ranks should he be required.

Dwyer’s rise from North Port Oval to the MCG has been retold countless times during his first 18 months at Collingwood, but his feats as a VFL player mustn’t be forgotten.

During his time at the Borough, Dwyer won the club’s best-and-fairest in 2009, represented the VFL against the Tasmanian State League in 2012 and played a vital role in the team’s incredible 2011 season that culminated in premiership glory.

Dwyer averaged 20.5 disposals in 20 games for Port Melbourne during a season in which it did not lose a single game.

He kicked 15 goals, including three in the Preliminary Final against the Casey Scorpions, before collecting 18 disposals and three score assists in the Grand Final triumph over Williamstown.

Collingwood congratulates Dwyer on his achievement and encourages all supporters to make use of the FREE entry at Victoria Park to get behind him as his team tackles Geelong at 12pm.