Few footballers have enjoyed the kind of rich vein of form this past decade that Eddie Betts was producing in 2015.
In his second year as a Crow, Betts had the city of Adelaide essentially eating out of his hand, creating Goal of the Year worthy highlights near-weekly.
He naturally earned his first All Australian honour that year, booting 63 majors for the season.
Eddie the Entertainer was essentially hosting one big party.
Ben Stratton famously doesn’t mind a party - the keen DJ would rarely say no to a festive occasion.
But one such exception came over a series of three games around that time.
Across Round 17 2014, Round 12 2015 and the ‘15 semi final, Betts managed just 25 disposals and two goals over that time - importantly, the Hawks went three of three from these games.
To add salt in the wound, that meeting with Stratton and the Hawks in 2014 was his 200th milestone game.
Betts had hit the scoreboard in each of his past 33 outings leading up to that semi final, kicking 96 goals over that span.
Amazingly Stratton denied Betts a single mark over those three games, a stat that can only be said for three other games of his entire 132 appearances over six years as a Crow.
What perhaps makes these scalps all the more impressive is that across the same season, Stratton also made victims of Cat Rhys Stanley, who stands at 200cm, Eagle Jack Darling (191cm) and then-Dog Jake Stringer (191cm).
Stratton’s durability, reliability and versatility should forever be remembered as a foundational piece of that golden era.