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For so long a staple in the typical football week, we must sit and wait for the return of the flurry of line-ups dropping at 6.20pm AEDT.

So instead, we're winding back the clock to pull apart one match-up.


This week it's one of the most heated rivalries between Carlton and Collingwood who were due to do battle on Sunday at the MCG.

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Rivals Highlights: Pies and Blues, a fierce history

Collingwood and Carlton have been arch rivals in the game for over a century

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Given Wayne Harmes' tap from the 1979 decider remains etched in folklore between the two sides, we've decided to go back to that day.

Here's how the team line-ups would look with the best side's picked from the respective outfits from 1979 to now.

CARLTON 1979-2020

B: Wayne Harmes, Stephen Silvagni, Geoff Southby
Bruce Doull, David McKay, Ken Hunter
Craig Bradley, Greg Williams, Chris Judd
Wayne Johnston, Mark Maclure, Anthony Koutoufides
Brendan Fevola, Stephen Kernahan, Rod Ashman
Mike Fitzpatrick, Brett Ratten, Jim Buckley
Justin Madden, Andrew McKay, Kade Simpson, David Rhys-Jones
Coach: David Parkin 

Stephen Kernahan celebrates the 1987 premiership. Picture: AFL Photos

It's no surprise that the majority of this side is made up from players involved in Carlton's teams that won three premierships during the 1980s. Alex Jesaulenko misses out after leaving the Blues at the conclusion of 1979, while Peter Jones is likewise absent having retired that year. Brendan Fevola, who now sits second all-time for goals kicked for the club, joins modern day greats like Chris Judd and Kade Simpson in the team. Peter Bosustow is unlucky, but only played three seasons, as are three-time premiership players like Ken Sheldon, David Glascott, Alex Marcou and Peter McConville and dual premiership star Peter Dean. Tom Alvin and Fraser Brown can also consider themselves unlucky. From 2000-onwards, the likes of Eddie Betts, Marc Murphy and Lance Whitnall are stiff to miss out, while Patrick Cripps might be a certainty by the end of his career. – Riley Beveridge 

COLLINGWOOD (1979-2020)

B: Heath Shaw, Simon Prestigiacomo, James Clement
HB: Shane Morwood, Billy Picken, Scott Burns
C: Darren Millane, Nathan Buckley, Mick McGuane
HF: Gavin Brown, Travis Cloke, Steele Sidebottom
F: Peter Daicos, Sav Rocca, Alan Didak
R: Peter Moore, Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan
Inter: Tony Shaw, Brodie Grundy, Dale Thomas, Paul Licuria
Coach: Mick Malthouse 

Tony Shaw after winning the 1990 Norm Smith Medal. Picture: AFL Photos

This midfield will have Carlton's measure. Moore edges out Grundy for the starting ruck position given his Brownlow Medal over a pair of best and fairests each, while the rest of the starting bounce is star-studded. Millane is a certainty and McGuane pips Graham Wright for the other wing slot. Brown could play anywhere but adds grunt to a front half that includes an amazing mix of magic and star factor. Cloke and Sav Rocca were picked over Anthony Rocca and Brian Taylor for weight of goals. Prestigiacomo edges out Michael Christian, while Clement, Burns and Heath Shaw are locks. It came down to Morwood or Gavin Crosisca for the final spot, with the former picked by the smallest of margins due to his star factor. Norm Smith medallist Tony Shaw is a given while Dale Thomas' peak and Paul Licuria's dual Copeland's in Grand Final years got them the final spots ahead of other unlucky players including Denis Banks, Tony Francis, Scott Russell, Mark Williams and Chris Tarrant. – Mitch Cleary


Overall: Carlton 43 wins, Collingwood 42 wins
Finals: Carlton three wins, Collingwood two wins

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Big Bags: Beaumont's eight goals before the break stuns the Pies, 1999

Carlton utility Simon Beaumont made a mess of Collingwood in the first half of Round 17, 1999

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Craig Bradley v Darren Millane: Both in the conversation as the greatest wingmen of their generation and were both selected there in respective club Team of the Century sides. Bradley's stamina and strength allowed him to go all day, while Millane proved himself as one the competition's most skillful players before his tragic death at the age of 26.  

Brett Ratten v Scott Pendlebury: Two stoppage kings of their generations. Watching these two go head-to-head all day at the centre square would be a joy. 

Bruce Doull v Gavin Brown: One for the diehards. Both favourite sons and fearless competitors at the contest. Would be fascinating seeing how Doull handled Brown.

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Fantastic Five: Brendan Fevola's best moments

A prodigious kick and a goalkicking star, Carlton and Brisbane full forward Brendan Fevola knew how to appeal to the masses

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Wayne Johnston (R1, 1980): In the Grand Final rematch following the Blues' 1979 triumph, 'The Dominator', led the Pies to victory with seven majors in just his 21st League match.

Peter Daicos (SF, 1984): Booted seven goals against a backline that included Bruce Doull and Wayne Harmes to earn the Pies a berth in a preliminary final.

Brendan Fevola (R12, 2008): Eight weeks after bagging seven goals against the Pies, Fevola dropped another eight on them at the MCG. The spearhead had 14 shots on goal and took five contested marks in a show of his brilliance. 

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Fantastic Five: Peter Daicos' best moments

The 'Macedonian Marvel' thrilled Collingwood supporters through his audacious ability to kick goals from any angle

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It's the passage of play that still keeps Collingwood fans awake to this day. With the clock ticking down in the 1979 Grand Final, Wayne Harmes lunges to tap the ball back into play in the right forward pocket, gifting teammate Ken Sheldon a goal and the Blues a five-point win. But was it in or out?