Author(s): Brent Harvey
Brent "Boomer" Harvey is a North Melbourne FC legend and an icon of the AFL. Born into a sports-mad family (his grandfather Bill played two games for North Melbourne in 1948), Brent was always told he was too small to make the big time. This drove the pocket rocket to ever-greater heights until the schoolboy star for Preston and the Northern Knights was drafted by the Kangaroos in 1995. The knockers were silenced for good in 1999 when Harvey won a premiership with NMFC, following an EJ Whitten Medal for Victoria as best afield in that year's State of Origin series. Harvey is the only remaining player from that side still playing today. In 2016, he enters his 21st and possibly final season with 410+ games and 485 goals to his name and Michael Tuck's all-time record of 426 games well within range.
Brent "Boomer" Harvey, 37, is the longest-serving North Melbourne footballer in history, a former club captain, a premiership player, a NMFC 'Team of the Century' member, former Australian captain and, after 21 seasons, a much loved legend of the AFL. Harvey is just the fourth man to play over 400 games and, barring injury, will become the AFL's games record holder in July 2016, breaking the longstanding record of 426 held by Michael Tuck. Brent lives north of Melbourne with his wife Shayne and three children Lacey, Cooper and Hudson. His energy drink Sparks by Boomer launched in 2015 and he remains a proud ambassador for Wildlife Victoria.