On April 8, 2012, Toby Greene gathered 30 possessions for the first time in his young career.
It was just a fortnight after his (and the club’s) AFL debut when Greene and his GIANTS teammates played their first away game against North Melbourne in Hobart.
With number 35 on his back, Greene gathered 31 possessions and took six marks as the competition’s new boys went down to the ‘Roos by 129 points.
Having his hands on the ball 30 times in a game became quite the habit for the beloved GIANT, who has gone on to reach the milestone 25 times in his career across 146 AFL games so far.
Playing mainly as a midfielder in his early days, Greene developed a reputation as a ball magnet before moving to a more permanent role in the forward line in 2016.
This was also the year Greene was named in the Virgin Australia AFL All Australian team as the GIANTS reached the Preliminary Final in their first taste of September action.
Despite spending more time in the forward line, Greene still gathered 30 possessions or more on six occasions in 2019, including the semi-final win against Brisbane where most experts considered him best on ground.
Greene’s debut season in 2012 remains the season in which he gathered the most possessions with 539 at an average of over 28 disposals a game. This was more than any GIANT that year.
He was runner up in the inaugural Kevin Sheedy medal and would have taken out the Rising Star award if it wasn’t for a one-match ban earlier in the season.
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