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 eight 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.
Continue to find ways to cheer on your side. If you're a Telstra AFL Live Pass subscriber, tune in throughout the weekend to watch the matches in full as they happened.
Game nine – Round 16, 2003: Fremantle 13.13 (91) defeated Adelaide 13.12 (90)
In a seesawing Subiaco clash, Fremantle trailed by 22 points at quarter time, led by 17 points at half-time, then trailed by eight points at three-quarter time. Still down by five points with just under two minutes on the clock, Jeff Farmer's goal from the boundary eventually reclaimed the lead for the Dockers. It was a lead they clung to at the death.
Stats stars: Peter Bell (33 disposals, six tackles), Jeff Farmer (five disposals, four goals), Mark Ricciuto (35 disposals, seven clearances), Andrew McLeod (25 disposals, two goals)
Game eight – Qualifying final, 1994: North Melbourne 15.24 (114) defeated Hawthorn 13.13 (91) after extra time
When David King's shot after the siren from well beyond 50m fell short, this qualifying final back in 1994 was sent to extra time. It was in the additional period where Wayne Carey dragged North Melbourne to victory over Hawthorn. His fourth helped the Roos outscore the Hawks 3.5 (23) to 0.0 (0) in extra-time to progress even further in September.
Stats stars: Wayne Carey (32 disposals, four goals), Corey McKernan (22 disposals, two goals), Darren Jarman (39 disposals, one goal), Jason Dunstall (eight disposals, four goals)
Game seven – Round 18, 2014: Port Adelaide 10.12 (72) defeated Melbourne 10.9 (69)
Two quick Melbourne goals had put the visitors three points clear with just under six minutes remaining of this clash back in 2014. However, Jay Schulz would come to Port Adelaide's rescue. His calm shot in the dying stages put the hosts back in front and ensured Dom Cassisi would taste victory in his 228th and final game for the club.
Stats stars: Ollie Wines (26 disposals, nine tackles), Robbie Gray (26 disposals, eight clearances), Dom Tyson (32 disposals, two goals), Nathan Jones (31 disposals, eight clearances)
Game six – Grand Final, 2006: West Coast 12.13 (85) defeated Sydney 12.12 (84)
The sequel was just as good as the original. One year after losing the Grand Final in heartbreaking circumstances to Sydney, West Coast would respond to claim the 2006 premiership. Forced to cling to a one-point lead for more than five minutes, the Eagles eventually survived – with Andrew Embley the hero at both ends of the field.
Stats stars: Andrew Embley (26 disposals, two goals), Chris Judd (28 disposals, one goal), Brett Kirk (27 disposals, nine tackles), Adam Goodes (22 disposals, one goal)
Game five – Round seven, 2003: St Kilda 16.17 (113) defeated Carlton 15.11 (101)
St Kilda charged out of the blocks and managed to hold Carlton at bay throughout the majority of this clash back in 2003. However, trailing by three goals at three-quarter time, the Blues eventually whittled away at the margin. Anthony Koutoufides brought them back to within a kick, before the superb Robert Harvey sealed a thrilling Saints win.
Stats stars: Lenny Hayes (34 disposals, two goals), Robert Harvey (31 disposals, one goal), Ryan Houlihan (21 disposals, two goals), Simon Beaumont (16 disposals, three goals)
Game four – Round 22, 2014: Collingwood 11.9 (75) defeated Greater Western Sydney 9.13 (67)
Greater Western Sydney led by 10 points at three-quarter time and retained that margin for the best part of the final quarter. However, with just over five minutes on the clock, Collingwood charged home. Three goals in an instant from Ben Sinclair, Josh Thomas and Steele Sidebottom steered the Pies home and kept their finals hopes alive.
Stats stars: Josh Thomas (29 disposals, three goals), Scott Pendlebury (28 disposals, nine clearances), Toby Greene (42 disposals, one goal), Devon Smith (24 disposals, two goals)
Game three – Round 15, 2011: Essendon 18.7 (115) defeated Geelong 16.15 (111)
In one of the biggest upsets of the 2011 season, Essendon withheld a late Geelong fightback under the roof at Docklands. The Bombers led by 22 points entering time-on, before the Cats – inspired by Steve Johnson's brilliance – kicked four of the next five goals to reduce the deficit to just four points. Enter Jake Melksham, who sealed the deal from the goal line.
Stats stars: Dyson Heppell (30 disposals, one goal), Angus Monfries (22 disposals, three goals), Paul Chapman (28 disposals, two goals), Steve Johnson (18 disposals, three goals)
Game two – Round three, 2019: Gold Coast 10.13 (73) defeated Western Bulldogs 9.14 (68)
Gold Coast had led for the entirety of the match at Marvel Stadium, before the Western Bulldogs engineered a late comeback. The Dogs had got the margin to within six points when Billy Gowers lined up from 45m out. However, his kick with just 28 seconds on the clock drifted wide of the target and the Suns held on in a thriller.
Stats stars: Jack Martin (23 disposals, one goal), Brayden Fiorini (27 disposals, five clearances), Marcus Bontempelli (34 disposals, six clearances), Tom Liberatore (30 disposals, 12 clearances)
Game one – Round nine, 2005: Richmond 12.15 (87) defeated Brisbane 12.11 (83)
Brisbane found itself eight points in front midway through the last quarter, before Nathan Brown arrived to save the game for Richmond. He kicked the final two goals of the match, the second a classy snap with just over two minutes to play, to help the Tigers get over the line. It was his fourth goal for the game in a best on ground performance.
Stats stars: Shane Tuck (31 disposals, six clearances), Nathan Brown (16 disposals, four goals), Michael Voss (25 disposals, two goals), Ashley McGrath (12 disposals, five goals)