As we await the 2020 season to recommence, it is as good a time as any to revisit some classic footy memories. In recent days I have found myself watching plenty of matches from the 1993 season.
The baby Bombers would win the Premiership. Gavin Wanganeen would capture the Brownlow and Gary Ablett would win the Coleman Medal.
Footy was at its entertaining best and as time passes, we remember the stars but sometimes forget some of the less profile players.
One player who had a remarkable year bursting onto the scene in 1993 was Adrian McAdam for North Melbourne.
Every club hopes a player they draft will have an impact at AFL level. Especially those early picks while later picks can be somewhat speculative.
Adrian McAdam, the brother of Greg and Gilbert who was at St Kilda was drafted with pick 98 in the 1992 draft and made the move from Alice Springs to Melbourne.
The forward would play 17 games and kick 68 goals in his debut season to finish the year ranked seventh in the league on the goal kicking list.
Speaking of seven, that would be the number of goals kicked on debut for the 22-year old against Richmond in round 5,1993.
In case you thought it was beginner’s luck the new Kangaroo kicked 10 the following week against Sydney and 6 the next week against the Bulldogs.
A brief but memorable AFL stint
A unique talent blessed with great skills and deadly accuracy in front of goals, Adrian McAdam would only play a total of 36 AFL games.
His last appearance at the top level a two-goal performance against the Western Bulldogs in round 8, 1995.
If he had his time again the forward admits he would do things differently.
“I bludged here and there, maybe because of the success I’d had I was a bit lazy. Wasn’t dedicated enough. I just didn’t do that extra hard training which the other blokes did. They pushed themselves to the limit, whereas I didn’t really do that.”
Regardless of what might have been, those who remember the 1993 season will not have forgotten the mercurial Adrian McAdam.