FOOTY'S trip down memory lane continues in our Toyota Fixture Throwback series.
In the absence of live action, we will air classic matches from years gone by featuring the teams that were initially set to do battle in round five of the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
Via AFL.tv and the AFL Live Official App, the historic encounters start on Friday and continue until Monday.
Game nine: Round 22, 2019: Richmond 13.10 (88) defeated West Coast 13.4 (82)
The game billed as a potential Grand Final preview lived up to the billing in wet conditions at the MCG. The tough and willing contest had a number of swings, before Jack Riewoldt slotted home the match-winner to give the Tigers a six-point win.
Stat stars: Dustin Martin (35 disposals, one goal), Shane Edwards (29 disposals, 11 clearances), Jamie Cripps (three goals), Luke Shuey (25 disposals)
Game eight: Round six, 2009: Hawthorn 16.10 (106) defeated Carlton 15.12 (102)
A genuine shoot-out that ended in the Hawks' favour after a late miss by Carlton star Brendan Fevola. Fevola missed a simple set shot at goal from 15 metres out in the final two minutes as the Blues fell to the reigning premiers Hawthorn by two points. It would have been a match-winning ninth goal for Fevola, with the Blues running rampant late in the game having been 25 points down at the 18-minute mark of the final term. Jarryd Roughead was the hero for the Hawks with eight goals.
Stats stars: Jarryd Roughead (eight goals, 20 disposals), Sam Mitchell (35 disposals), Brendan Fevola (eight goals), Marc Murphy (33 disposals)
Game seven: Round 19, 2003: North Melbourne 15.8 (98) defeated by Fremantle 15.9 (99)
The Dockers looked set to clinch their first finals appearance deep into the 2003 season but trailed the Kangaroos for most of the day at the MCG. They remained two goals behind with only minutes remaining before Matthew Pavlich stepped up with a late goal from 50m out, before setting up another major to now Dockers coach Justin Longmuir. Des Headland then slotted the crucial point which ensured Fremantle were finals bound in just their third win at the MCG.
Stats stars: Brent Harvey (33 disposals, two goals), Adam Simpson (27 disposals, two goals), Matthew Pavlich (25 disposals, two goals)
Game six: Round 20, 2017: Brisbane 13.11 (89) defeated by Western Bulldogs 14.19 (103)
Not for the first time and certainly not for the last, Bulldogs superstar Marcus Bontempelli dragged his side over the line with a brilliant final term. The reigning premiers' season was on the brink when they trailed by 11 points of the final term at the Gabba, before Bontempelli kicked two last-term goals to help his side run over the top of the Lions. The Bulldogs didn't end up making the finals that season but the thrilling comeback kept them in the race until the dying rounds of the year.
Stats stars: Jack Macrae (32 disposals), Toby McLean (28 disposals, one goal), Marcus Bontempelli (23 disposals, two goals), Daniel Rich (24 disposals, two goals)
Game five – Qualifying final, 2002: Collingwood 16.12 (108) defeated Port Adelaide 14.11 (95)
This was a brave victory on the road. Up against a Port Adelaide side that had claimed the minor premiership in 2002, Collingwood pulled off a shock upset with a wire-to-wire victory. Paul Licuria had the ball on a string, as the Pies withheld a number of strong fightbacks to book their place in the preliminary final. The defeat would ultimately cost the Power a spot in the Grand Final.
Stats stars: Paul Licuria (40 disposals, eight clearances), Leon Davis (eight disposals, three goals), Peter Burgoyne (14 disposals, three goals), Stuart Dew (11 disposals, three goals)
Game four – Round 19, 2012: Adelaide 16.8 (104) defeated Essendon 15.10 (100)
Trailing by 22 points at half-time, Patrick Dangerfield inspired a stunning Adelaide revival in this thriller back in 2012. Seven goals in the third quarter swung the momentum the way of the Crows, with the lead then changing four times in a thrilling final term. Eventually, Adelaide got the upper hand to narrowly edge Essendon.
Stats stars: Patrick Dangerfield (29 disposals, three goals), Taylor Walker (seven marks, four goals), Jobe Watson (31 disposals, one goal), Jason Winderlich (10 disposals, four goals)
Game three – Round one, 2014: Greater Western Sydney 15.9 (99) defeated Sydney 9.13 (67)
The changing of the guard? After five attempts, the Giants finally got their first victory over their big brother Swans in 2014. After the match was delayed midway through the game because of thunderstorms, the Giants found themselves seven points down midway through the final quarter. However, seven unanswered goals to end the match secured a memorable win.
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Stats stars: Stephen Coniglio (27 disposals, 11 tackles), Adam Treloar (34 disposals, eight clearances), Josh Kennedy (22 disposals, eight clearances), Luke Parker (23 disposals, six tackles)
Game two – Round 14, 2009: St Kilda 14.7 (91) defeated Geelong 13.7 (85)
In one of the most hotly anticipated games in memory, for the first time in VFL/AFL history, two sides met after starting their respective seasons with a 13-0 win-loss ratio. The record Marvel Stadium crowd of 54,444 were treated to an all-time classic. With scores level and just over a minute left on the clock, St Kilda ruckman Michael Gardiner took a soaring pack mark and converted his set shot to give the Saints a lead they would not surrender.
Stats stars: Lenny Hayes 33 disposals, 12 clearances), Michael Gardiner (20 hitouts, four goals), Paul Chapman (39 disposals, one goal), Jimmy Bartel (37 disposals, six tackles)
Game one – Round 19, 2016: Melbourne 9.12 (66) defeated Gold Coast 9.10 (64)
A grim 21-9 quarter-time scoreline greeted the Dees as they played host to Gold Coast on an unseasonably sunny July Sunday at the MCG. A big second quarter gave the Dees the lead at the main break but the Suns clung on and actually grabbed the lead halfway through the last quarter. A cool Jack Watts set shot wrestled back the lead for the Dees with two minutes remaining before Tom Lynch slid a tough one from 50m across the face after the siren.
Stats stars: Dom Tyson (31 disposals), Aaron vandenBerg (18 disposals, three goals), Max Gawn (60 hitouts), Tom Lynch (20 disposals, two goals)
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