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 nine 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 8, 2008: Western Bulldogs 17.12 (114) defeated Fremantle 17.9 (111)
Fremantle led by 18 points midway through the final quarter of this thriller at Subiaco in 2008, before Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney dragged the Western Bulldogs back into it. His two goals in a minute sparked a run of four unanswered Dogs majors to finish the match, as the visitors ran riot in the dying stages to steal a dramatic three-point win.
Stats stars: Adam Cooney (24 disposals, two goals), Jason Akermanis (19 disposals, three goals), Peter Bell (29 disposals, seven tackles), Chris Tarrant (20 disposals, four goals)
Game eight – Round 22, 2004: Carlton 17.6 (108) defeated Collingwood 16.11 (107)
A five-goal third quarter had helped Carlton leapfrog Collingwood during this classic back in 2004, with Anthony Koutoufides producing a mighty performance. Heath Scotland's goal with five minutes remaining looked to have sealed the deal for the Blues, before the Pies made it close in the dying stages. But Carlton had the last laugh against its bitter old foes.
Stats stars: Anthony Koutoufides (22 disposals, three goals), Brendan Fevola (six disposals, three goals), Chris Tarrant (13 marks, five goals), Paul Licuria (36 disposals, one goal)
Game seven – Round 17, 2016: Hawthorn 11.9 (75) defeated Sydney 10.10 (70)
It had been a close contest all night, with hardly anything separating two of the great sides of the modern era. That was before Cyril Rioli would have the final say. Hawthorn trailed by one point when Rioli marked 55m out on the boundary line, delivering a stunning set-shot to sink Sydney. Shaun Burgoyne's two final-quarter goals were also pivotal on the night.
Stats stars: Shaun Burgoyne (26 disposals, two goals), Sam Mitchell (37 disposals, eight clearances), Luke Parker (35 disposals, one goal), Josh Kennedy (33 disposals, one goal)
Game six – Round 17, 2019: Essendon 12.14 (86) defeated North Melbourne 12.9 (81)
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s late goal helped Essendon snatch victory over North Melbourne last year. The Roos had fought from 18 points down at three-quarter time to take the lead at Marvel Stadium, before the star Bombers forward snapped truly with just seconds on the clock to claim victory.
Stats stars: Ben Brown (16 disposals, six goals), Zach Merrett (34 disposals, seven clearances), Robbie Tarrant (19 disposals, four tackles), Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (19 dispoals, four goals)
Game five – Round 21, 2016: Geelong 10.22 (82) defeated Richmond 12.6 (78)
Richmond led by 35 points at three-quarter time in this Sunday afternoon classic in 2016, before disaster struck. An inaccurate Geelong, who had kicked just four goals for the entire match up until that point, then kicked six unanswered majors to somehow steal the advantage. Ty Vickery's goal with 21 seconds left ultimately proved only a consolation.
Stats stars: Joel Selwood (30 disposals, one goal), Patrick Dangerfield (30 disposals, six clearances), Dustin Martin (36 disposals, four tackles), Bachar Houli (32 disposals, 11 marks)
Game four – Round 13, 2014: West Coast 15.13 (103) defeated Gold Coast 15.10 (100)
West Coast led by 35 points at three-quarter time, before Gold Coast sparked a frantic turnaround with six unanswered goals in the final term to somehow claim the lead. However, thrown forward by his coach, Jeremy McGovern bobbed up with a late goal to steady for the Eagles. Gary Ablett had the chance to steal victory, but hit the post.
Stats stars: Josh Kennedy (15 disposals, seven goals), Jeremy McGovern (10 marks, three goals), Dion Prestia (38 disposals, one goal), Gary Ablett (33 disposals, 11 clearances)
Game three – Round 4, 2008: Brisbane 18.16 (124) defeated Port Adelaide 16.8 (104)
What an incredible turnaround. Brisbane trailed by 47 points late in the third quarter, before stunning Port Adelaide with a remarkable comeback. The Lions kicked nine consecutive goals on either side of three-quarter time, with Daniel Bradshaw and Jonathan Brown starring in the victory. Bradshaw kicked three of his five goals in the final term.
Stats stars: Daniel Bradshaw (16 disposals, five goals), Jonathan Brown (16 disposals, four goals), Chad Cornes (27 disposals, two goals), David Rodan (26 disposals, two goals)
Game two – Round 1, 2015: Greater Western Sydney 12.15 (87) defeated St Kilda 11.12 (78)
A young Greater Western Sydney side kickstarted its 2015 season with a thrilling victory on the road over St Kilda. Adam Treloar and Lachie Whitfield had controlled the match, before a clever late goal from Dylan Shiel put the margin beyond the reach of the Saints. Still fighting to the death, the Giants held off a late fightback to begin their season with a victory.
Stats stars: Adam Treloar (32 disposals, one goal), Lachie Whitfield (31 disposals, one goal), Jack Steven (27 disposals, five clearances), David Armitage (25 disposals, one goal)
Game one – Round 7, 2014: Melbourne 11.4 (70) defeated Adelaide 9.13 (67)
A match dubbed the start of the 'Paul Roos Resurrection'. Chris Dawes was the surprise hero, as Melbourne journeyed to South Australia and saw off Adelaide. Leading by 16 points in the fourth quarter, two late goals had given the Crows a sniff. However, the Dees held on throughout a tense final 30 seconds to secure a confidence-booster on the road.
Stats stars: Chris Dawes (20 disposals, three goals), Dom Tyson (29 disposals, one goal), Patrick Dangerfield (25 disposals, two goals), Brodie Smith (30 disposals, seven marks)