FOOTY will take a trip down memory lane this weekend as we continue 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 will begin on Friday afternoon and roll throughout the entire weekend before concluding on Monday night.
Game 10 – Round 20, 2014: Geelong 12.9 (81) defeated Fremantle 11.13 (79)
David Mundy has a good record of converting after the siren, but not in this game. A late Fremantle fightback had made things interesting and brought the margin to just five points in the dying stages against Geelong. However, Mundy's wayward set-shot from beyond 50m after the buzzer missed the chance to secure victory.
Stats stars: Harry Taylor (27 disposals, 19 marks), Joel Selwood (27 disposals, one goal), Michael Barlow (33 disposals, one goal), Nat Fyfe (25 disposals, two goals)
Game nine – Round 12, 2012: Adelaide 17.13 (115) defeated St Kilda 16.15 (111)
There was a brave fightback from St Kilda, but ultimately it wasn't enough as Adelaide held on back in 2012. The Crows led by 27 points as the game ticked into time-on, before the Saints stormed home to kick four goals in nine minutes. All of a sudden, there was a thrilling finish, only for the hosts to narrowly cling to a four-point win.
Stats stars: Scott Thompson (39 disposals, eight clearances), Kurt Tippett (15 disposals, five goals), Nick Dal Santo (34 disposals, two goals), Leigh Montagna (29 disposals, two goals)
Game eight – Round 19, 2006: Port Adelaide 14.21 (105) defeated Western Bulldogs 13.13 (91)
It was a barnstorming final quarter that claimed victory for Port Adelaide back in 2006. Trailing by 17 points at three-quarter time in Darwin, the Power kicked five of the last six goals to completely overrun the Western Bulldogs. The Cornes brothers inspired the victory, while Michael Pettigrew kicked the game's decisive final two goals to secure victory.
Stats stars: Kane Cornes (34 disposals, seven clearances), Chad Cornes (31 disposals, four marks), Scott West (33 disposals, seven marks), Brad Johnson (10 marks, four goals)
Game seven – Round 5, 2012: Collingwood 11.14 (80) defeated Essendon 11.13 (79)
Following a gripping, tight contest, it looked as though Brent Stanton had pinched victory for Essendon with his late goal with just two minutes on the clock. But Jarryd Blair would prove the ultimate hero. His close-range toe-poke forced intervention from the goal review system, before it eventually awarded Collingwood victory in a thriller.
Stats stars: Dane Swan (42 disposals, three goals), Scott Pendlebury (34 disposals, five clearances), David Zaharakis (24 disposals, two goals), Alwyn Davey (10 disposals, three goals)
Game six – Round 5, 2009: Essendon 13.15 (93) defeated Collingwood 12.16 (88)
Undoubtedly the most memorable Anzac Day for Essendon supporters. Trailing by a point with mere seconds remaining, David Zaharakis marked and – for a moment – seemingly inexplicably played on. But it was an inspired decision, as the young midfielder slammed through a stunning last-gasp goal to hand the Bombers a truly remarkable victory.
Stats stars: Paddy Ryder (16 disposals, 27 hitouts), Brent Stanton (34 disposals, one goal), Dane Swan (37 disposals, 11 marks), Leon Davis (32 disposals, two goals)
Game five – Round 20, 2016: Greater Western Sydney 14.8 (92) defeated Gold Coast 13.6 (84)
In perhaps the most tightly contested bout between the two expansion sides, Gold Coast led at three-quarter time. However, having trailed for much of the game, Jeremy Cameron's goal with just under five minutes remaining eventually claimed the lead for Greater Western Sydney. Toby Greene's major barely a minute later then sealed the deal.
Stats stars: Stephen Coniglio (33 disposals, five clearances), Jeremy Cameron (15 disposals, four goals), Steven May (27 disposals, 14 marks), Tom Lynch (19 disposals, four goals)
Game four – Round 3, 2004: North Melbourne 17.9 (111) defeated Carlton 16.10 (106)
It was an incredible last-gasp victory for North Melbourne. Trailing by one point with just nine seconds remaining, Daniel Wells proved the hero. Having profited from a fortunate umpiring decision, the youngster's incredible set-shot from well beyond 50m out on the boundary sailed through as the Kangaroos snatched victory in the final seconds.
Stats stars: Adam Simpson (25 disposals, nine clearances), Daniel Motlop (10 disposals, four goals), Matthew Lappin (28 disposals, two goals), Brendan Fevola (10 marks, four goals)
Game three – Round 6, 2016: Sydney 15.7 (97) defeated Brisbane 14.10 (94)
Having played out a fiercely fought contest all afternoon, Luke Parker was ultimately the hero in the dying stages of this clash at the Gabba. His late goal secured victory for Sydney, who were aided by a five-goal haul from superstar Lance Franklin. One final Josh Walker goal brought Brisbane back into it, but it was too late for the hosts.
Stats stars: Luke Parker (29 disposals, three goals), Lance Franklin (19 disposals, five goals), Dayne Zorko (33 disposals, one goal), Pearce Hanley (25 disposals, two goals)
Game two – Round 14, 2006: West Coast 17.12 (114) defeated Hawthorn 16.8 (104)
West Coast trailed heading into the final three minutes, but showed its class in the dying stages. Andrew Embley's clever soccer off the ground helped the eventual premiers reclaim the lead, with Quinten Lynch and Chris Judd starring as the visitors secured a dramatic victory at the MCG.
Stats stars: Quinten Lynch (12 marks, five goals), Chris Judd (33 disposals, 10 clearances), Sam Mitchell (35 disposals, six clearances), Mark Williams (13 disposals, five goals)
Game one – Round 18, 2009: Richmond 12.14 (86) defeated Melbourne 12.10 (82)
Played amid a scrap at the bottom of the ladder, Ricky Petterd's goal with just over 90 seconds remaining looked as though it would seal an unlikely Melbourne win. But as the siren sounded, Jordan McMahon marked. His bomb after the buzzer from beyond 50m secured a dramatic Richmond victory and sparked wild scenes of celebration.
Stats stars: Ben Cousins (27 disposals, five clearances), Nathan Brown (21 disposals, three goals), James McDonald (28 disposals, six tackles), Ricky Petterd (25 disposals, two goals)
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