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 seven of the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
Via AFL.tv and the AFL Live Official App, the historic encounters will begin on Thursday afternoon and roll throughout the entire weekend before concluding on Sunday evening.
Game 10 – Round 18, 2011: West Coast 8.17 (65) defeated Fremantle 9.10 (64)
Hayden Ballantyne, look away now. West Coast led by 22 points midway through the last quarter, before Fremantle finished with a flurry to kick the game's final three goals. Ballantyne had the chance to win the match after the siren for the Dockers, but his remarkable effort from 55m out on the boundary drifted agonisingly against the post.
Stats stars: Luke Shuey (26 disposals, one goal), Dean Cox (22 disposals, 42 hitouts), Michael Barlow (26 disposals, one goal), Nat Fyfe (19 disposals, one goal)
Game nine – Round six, 2006: Fremantle 12.16 (88) defeated West Coast 12.11 (83)
There had been 11 lead changes throughout a pulsating Derby, with the game reaching a climax inside its final two minutes. West Coast led by a solitary point, but Fremantle had the ball camped inside its forward 50. Peter Bell found an unmarked Paul Hasleby, with his composed set-shot with just 41 seconds on the clock sealing victory for the Dockers.
Stats stars: Josh Carr (26 disposals, three goals), Matthew Pavlich (14 disposals, four goals), Chris Judd (33 disposals, one goal), Brent Staker (21 disposals, three goals)
Game eight – Round 13, 2014: Melbourne 12.6 (78) defeated Essendon 10.17 (77)
A pair of late David Zaharakis goals looked as though they would break Melbourne hearts once again. However, a sweeping move from half-back resulted in an uncontested Christian Salem mark. He went back and coolly drilled his set-shot with just 19 seconds remaining, securing one of just four Demons wins for the entire season.
Stats stars: Lynden Dunn (29 disposals, 11 marks), Nathan Jones (27 disposals, one goal), David Zaharakis (31 disposals, four goals), Brendon Goddard (31 disposals, one goal)
Game seven – Round three, 2016: Hawthorn 14.9 (93) defeated Western Bulldogs 13.12 (90)
It was an incredibly dramatic finale to this clash back in 2016. Trailing by three points, Hawthorn surged forward. But as James Sicily marked, Western Bulldogs skipper Robert Murphy went down with a season-ending ACL injury. After the stop in play, Sicily kept his cool to kick his third goal of the final term and help the Hawks secure a thrilling win.
Stats stars: Sam Mitchell (29 disposals, eight tackles), James Sicily (seven marks, three goals), Luke Dahlhaus (33 disposals, two goals), Caleb Daniel (29 disposals, one goal)
Game six – Round 10, 2011: Sydney 10.12 (72) defeated North Melbourne 9.17 (71)
It was still all to play for when Ben McGlynn put Sydney one point ahead with more than six minutes on the clock in this thriller back in 2011. Or so it seemed. As hard as North Melbourne tried, it couldn't force through a score during what was a thrilling finale. The Swans held firm for a full 380 seconds of game time, clinging to a dramatic win.
Stats stars: Tadgh Kennelly (27 disposals, four marks), Ben McGlynn (21 disposals, three goals), Andrew Swallow (28 disposals, nine tackles), Drew Petrie (18 disposals, three goals)
Game five – Round 13, 2013: Brisbane 15.13 (103) defeated Geelong 14.14 (98)
A game so good it was dubbed 'The Miracle on Grass'. Brisbane was 52 points down late in the third quarter, before sparking a miraculous comeback at the Gabba. The Lions kicked 10 of the last 11 goals, going the length of the field in 18 seconds to get the ball to 200-gamer Ash McGrath at the death. His 55m bomb after the siren secured a stunning victory.
Stats stars: Simon Black (33 disposals, six tackles), Daniel Rich (25 disposals, two goals), Steve Johnson (31 disposals, two goals), Mathew Stokes (31 disposals, 11 marks)
Game four – Round 23, 2013: Carlton 15.14 (104) defeated Port Adelaide 15.13 (103)
Needing victory to qualify for the finals heading into the final match of the home and away season, Carlton found itself 29 points down at three-quarter time on the road to Port Adelaide. But an eight-goal final term was the catalyst for a remarkable win. Matthew Broadbent had the chance to steal victory back, but hit the post with 27 seconds left.
Stats stars: Marc Murphy (23 disposals, three goals), Bryce Gibbs (26 disposals, one goal), Brad Ebert (23 disposals, four goals), Kane Cornes (35 disposals, 12 marks)
Game three – Round nine, 2017: Greater Western Sydney 11.12 (78) defeated Richmond 10.15 (75)
Who could forget this classic? Richmond led by 27 points in the final quarter, only for Greater Western Sydney to kick the final five goals of the match. Trailing by three points deep into time added-on, the Giants went the length of the field to get the ball into the hands of Jeremy Cameron. His goal ultimately secured the stunning win.
Stats stars: Jeremy Cameron (14 disposals, three goals), Josh Kelly (32 disposals, six clearances), Dustin Martin (35 disposals, five clearances), Trent Cotchin (26 disposals, two goals)
Game two – Round 14, 2007: Collingwood 12.17 (89) defeated St Kilda 12.8 (80)
Fraser Gehrig's fourth goal had put St Kilda 21 points ahead less than a minute into the final quarter. However, from there, the Saints wouldn't hit the target again. Collingwood kicked 10 unanswered scores throughout the remainder of the match to overwhelm its opponents and secure a barnstorming nine-point win, with Dane Swan the star of the show.
Stats stars: Dane Swan (29 disposals, one goal), Josh Fraser (20 disposals, two goals), Sam Fisher (30 disposals, 14 marks), Fraser Gehrig (10 disposals, four goals)
Game one – Round 14, 2013: Adelaide 16.15 (111) defeated Gold Coast 11.17 (83)
Gold Coast shot out of the blocks to lead at quarter time, but from there it was all Adelaide. A seven-goal second term helped turn the tide in the Crows' favour and they never looked back. Gary Ablett and Dion Prestia might have starred for the Suns, but their efforts would prove fruitless against the rampant visitors.
Stats stars: Patrick Dangerfield (27 disposals, one goal), Matt Wright (16 disposals, four goals), Dion Prestia (42 disposals, two goals), Gary Ablett (30 disposals, two goals)