THE HEAVYWEIGHT endurance battle between Eagle Andrew Gaff and Hawk Tom Scully might finally have run its race.

Scully still boasts the top five distances covered in a single game (peaking at 18.9km) since they went on public record from 2017, as well as six of the best seven and eight of the top 12.

All of those were from three years ago, when he was still a Giant, before the 29-year-old Telstra Tracker legend’s serious ankle injury in early 2018.

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Gaff’s always been thereabouts with Scully in a range of in-game measures, but he’s now the AFL’s endurance king, albeit with a familiar challenger.

Swan Ryan Clarke‘s extraordinary 15km effort against Gold Coast in round seven – remembering matches were far shorter this season – was the most in any single contest.

However, Gaff’s per-game average of 13.3km blew the competition away, and was even superior to the best single-match tallies of three clubs this year.

There were even outings where the 28-year-old midfielder never left the field.

Clarke, whose 17.3km figure in round nine last season was the 14th-most on record, was his closest competitor with an average of 12.8km.

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Clarke’s Sydney teammate, No.4 draft pick Dylan Stephens (12.5km average), looms as Scully’s and Gaff’s heir apparent, after setting three of the Swans’ top four single-game efforts in 2020.

Geelong forward Gryan Miers (12.6km), and Scully, Blue Sam Walsh, Essendon’s Will Snelling and Giant Tim Taranto were next-best on 12.4km.

Adelaide workhorse Ben Keays also warrants a mention as one of only five footballers, including Clarke, Stephens, Miers and Gaff, to run at least 14km in a match this season.

Adelaide Crows

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020             
Ben Keays, 14km v Western Bulldogs, round 12
Ned McHenry, 13.1km v Melbourne, round 10
David Mackay, 13.1km v Western Bulldogs, round 12
Ned McHenry, 12.9km v Gold Coast, round 3
Ben Keays, 12.8km v Melbourne, round 10

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020 
Ben Keays, 12.2km
Ned McHenry, 12.1km
Paul Seedsman, 12km
Lachie Sholl, 11.9km
Elliott Himmelberg, 11.5km

Brisbane Lions

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Hugh McCluggage, 13.1km v GWS Giants, round 7
Hugh McCluggage, 12.9km v Richmond, round 10
Hugh McCluggage, 12.7km v Adelaide, round 4
Callum Ah Chee, 12.5km v GWS Giants, round 7
Hugh McCluggage, 12.5km v Port Adelaide, round 5

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020 
Hugh McCluggage, 12km
Harris Andrews, 11.1km
Daniel McStay, 11.1km
Noah Answerth, 11.1km
Ryan Lester, 11.1km

Carlton

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Sam Walsh, 13.5km v GWS Giants, round 15
Sam Walsh, 13.4km v Fremantle, round 12
Sam Walsh, 13.1km v Sydney, round 16
Sam Walsh, 12.9km v Collingwood, round 14
Sam Walsh, 12.9km v Adelaide, round 17

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Sam Walsh, 12.4km
Ed Curnow, 11.6km
Michael Gibbons, 11.3km
Jacob Weitering, 11.2km
Marc Murphy, 11.1km

Collingwood

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Jack Crisp, 13.1km v Geelong, round 7
Steele Sidebottom, 13km v Sydney, round 10
Jack Crisp, 12.9km v North Melbourne, round 13
Steele Sidebottom, 12.9km v Richmond, round 2
Steele Sidebottom, 12.9km v Melbourne, round 12

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Jack Crisp, 12.1km
Steele Sidebottom, 12.1km
Tom Phillips, 11.5km
Isaac Quaynor, 11.3km
Scott Pendlebury, 11.2km

Essendon

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Will Snelling, 13.7km v Gold Coast, round 11
Will Snelling, 13.4km v Richmond, round 13
Brayden Ham, 13.4km v Richmond, round 13
Will Snelling, 13.3km v GWS Giants, round 10
Will Snelling, 13.1km v Adelaide, round 8

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Will Snelling, 12.4km
Devon Smith, 11.8km
Zach Merrett, 11.6km
Mitch Hibberd, 11.5km
Tom Cutler, 11.4km

Fremantle

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Brett Bewley, 13.9km v Geelong, round 8
Brett Bewley, 13.5km v Collingwood, round 9
Matt Taberner, 13.2km v St Kilda, round 6
Matt Taberner, 13km v Collingwood, round 9
Brett Bewley, 13km v Hawthorn, round 11

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Matt Taberner, 12.3km
Brett Bewley, 11.9km
Blake Acres, 11.6km
Rory Lobb, 11.5km
Jesse Hogan, 11.3km

Geelong Cats

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Gryan Miers, 14.5km v Carlton, round 3
Gryan Miers, 13.9km v Collingwood, round 7
Sam Menegola, 13.7km v Collingwood, round 7
Gryan Miers, 13.5km v Brisbane, round 6
Mark O’Connor, 13.5km v Collingwood, round 7

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Gryan Miers, 12.6km
Mark Blicavs, 12.2km
Sam Menegola, 11.9km
Lachie Henderson, 11.7km
Mark O’Connor, 11.7km

Gold Coast Suns

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Noah Anderson, 13.4km v West Coast, round 2
Touk Miller, 13.1km v Collingwood, round 17
Touk Miller, 13.1km v St Kilda, round 10
Jack Bowes, 13.1km v Collingwood, round 17
Wil Powell, 13km v St Kilda, round 10

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Brandon Ellis, 12.2km
Touk Miller, 11.8km
Noah Anderson, 11.6km
Ben Ainsworth, 11.6km
Alex Sexton, 11.6km

GWS Giants

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Lachie Whitfield, 13.9km v Port Adelaide, round 6
Lachie Whitfield, 13.7km v Collingwood, round 4
Lachie Whitfield, 13.6km v Essendon, round 10
Lachie Whitfield, 13.6km v Melbourne, round 17
Tim Taranto, 13.5km v Fremantle, round 14

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Tim Taranto, 12.4km
Lachie Whitfield, 12.3km
Josh Kelly, 12.1km
Nick Haynes, 11.6km
Zac Langdon, 11.5km

Hawthorn

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Tom Scully, 13.6km v GWS Giants, round 5
Tom Scully, 13.4km v Port Adelaide, round 13
Isaac Smith, 13.4km v Geelong, round 2
Tom Scully, 13.1km v Collingwood, round 6
Tom Scully, 13km v Essendon, round 14

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Tom Scully, 12.4km
Tom Mitchell, 11.5km
Isaac Smith, 11.4km
Jaeger O’Meara, 11.3km
Will Day, 11.2km

Melbourne

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Ed Langdon, 13.3km v Sydney, round 15
Christian Salem, 13.3km v Gold Coast, round 6
Ed Langdon, 13.1km v GWS Giants, round 17
Christian Salem, 13km v Collingwood, round 12
Christian Salem, 13km v GWS Giants, round 17

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Ed Langdon, 12.3km
Christian Salem, 11.9km
Adam Tomlinson, 11.5km
Clayton Oliver, 11.3km
Sam Weideman, 11.3km

North Melbourne

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Will Walker, 13.7km v Geelong, round 10
Ben Brown, 13.3km v Essendon, round 6
Trent Dumont, 13.2km v Essendon, round 6
Ben Brown, 13.1km v GWS Giants, round 2
Ben Brown, 13.1km v Hawthorn, round 4 

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Jasper Pittard, 11.8km
Curtis Taylor, 11.8km
Shaun Atley, 11.7km
Ben Brown, 11.6km
Trent Dumont, 11.5km

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Brad Ebert, 13km v Adelaide, round 2
Xavier Duursma, 12.9km v Gold Coast, round 1
Xavier Duursma, 12.9km v Geelong, round 12
Xavier Duursma, 12.6km v St Kilda, round 8
Darcy Byrne-Jones, 12.5km v Gold Coast, round 1

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Karl Amon, 11.8km
Xavier Duursma, 11.7km
Darcy Byrne-Jones, 11.6km
Dan Houston, 11.6km
Brad Ebert, 11.4km

Richmond

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Kane Lambert, 13.5km v Brisbane, round 10
Kane Lambert, 13.4km v Port Adelaide, round 11
Nathan Broad, 13.4km v Brisbane, round 10
Kamdyn McIntosh, 13km v North Melbourne, round 7
Kamdyn McIntosh, 12.9km v Port Adelaide, round 11

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Nathan Broad, 12.1km
Kane Lambert, 11.9km
Kamdyn McIntosh, 11.9km
Jack Graham, 11.4km
Noah Balta, 11.3km

St Kilda

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Jack Sinclair, 13.5km v St Kilda, round 9
Hunter Clark, 13.2km v St Kilda, round 9
Jack Billings, 13.1km v Port Adelaide, round 8
Hunter Clark, 12.7km v West Coast, round 17
Hunter Clark, 12.7km v Gold Coast, round 10

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Hunter Clark, 11.8km
Jack Billings, 11.8km
Bradley Hill, 11.5km
Jake Carlisle, 11.2km
Jarryn Geary, 11.2km

Sydney Swans

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Ryan Clarke, 15km v Gold Coast, round 7
Dylan Stephens, 14.3km v Brisbane, round 17
Dylan Stephens, 14.1km v Geelong, round 18
Dylan Stephens, 13.8km v Gold Coast, round 7
James Bell, 13.8km v Brisbane, round 17

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Ryan Clarke, 12.8km
Dylan Stephens, 12.5km
Jake Lloyd, 11.7km
Will Hayward, 11.6km
Justin McInerney, 11.6km

West Coast Eagles

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Andrew Gaff, 14.5km v St Kilda, round 17
Andrew Gaff, 14.2km v Geelong, round 9
Andrew Gaff, 13.7km v Richmond, round 14
Andrew Gaff, 13.7km v Sydney, round 5
Andrew Gaff, 13.7km v GWS Giants, round 13

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Andrew Gaff, 13.3km
Jarrod Brander, 11.5km
Tim Kelly, 11.5km
Liam Duggan, 11.4km
Jackson Nelson, 11.3km

Western Bulldogs

Top-five most distance covered in a game in 2020
Patrick Lipinski, 13.6km v Adelaide, round 12
Ryan Gardner, 13.5km v Adelaide, round 12
Marcus Bontempelli, 13.4km v Brisbane, round 11
Will Hayes, 13.4km v Geelong, round 14
Lachie Young, 13.1km v Essendon, round 7

Top-five most distance covered per game in 2020
Marcus Bontempelli, 12.1km
Lachie Hunter, 12km
Patrick Lipinski, 12km
Ryan Gardner, 11.8km
Caleb Daniel, 11.5km

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