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 11 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 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.
>> No screen size restrictions apply to these matches, so you can watch full screen on your TV via the website and App
>> AFL Live Pass Holders can watch the game here on AFL.com.au
Sunday, May 31
12pm AEST – Round 21, 2016: Essendon 11.9 (75) defeated Gold Coast 9.15 (69)
A depleted Essendon side full of top-up players trailed by seven points at three-quarter time, only to start the final term with four straight majors to get the match back on its terms. That's not to say Gold Coast didn't have its opportunity to secure victory. The Suns kicked nine consecutive behinds on either side of three-quarter time to blow their chances.
Stats stars: David Zaharakis (40 disposals, six tackles), Zach Merrett (38 disposals, six marks), Touk Miller (39 disposals, one goal), Tom Lynch (18 disposals, two goals)
2.20pm AEST – Round 11, 2008: Geelong 19.13 (127) defeated North Melbourne 17.12 (114)
This was a genuine shootout, with 32 goals kicked before three-quarter time. Geelong shot out of the blocks, taking the lead early in the first quarter thanks to a seven-goal term, before holding that advantage throughout the remainder of the game. North Melbourne fought hard, narrowing the margin to seven points in the last quarter, but it wasn't enough.
Stats stars: Gary Ablett (39 disposals, two goals), Cameron Mooney (18 disposals, seven goals), Brent Harvey (28 disposals, two goals), David Hale (16 disposals, four goals)
4.40pm AEST – Round 1, 2011: Fremantle 13.16 (94) defeated Brisbane 14.8 (92)
How did Fremantle engineer this round one comeback back in 2011? Trailing by 16 points midway through the final quarter, the Dockers kicked the final three goals of the match to steal victory on the road. Michael Walters came up clutch when it mattered, nailing the winning goal from the boundary with just two minutes remaining on the clock.
Stats stars: Nat Fyfe (29 disposals, one goal), David Mundy (24 disposals, one goal), Tom Rockliff (29 disposals, five clearances), Daniel Rich (21 disposals, two goals)
>> Continue to find ways to cheer on your side. If you're a Telstra AFL Live Pass subscriber, tune in over the weekend to watch Toyota Fixture Throwback matches.
Saturday, May 30
12pm AEST – Round 11, 2018: GWS 14.13 (97) defeated Adelaide 11.15 (81)
Two goals in a minute actually had Adelaide in front midway through the final quarter of this clash back in 2018, before Greater Western Sydney ran rampant on enemy territory. The Giants booted the final three goals in quick succession to reclaim both the lead and the momentum, with two decisive Jeremy Cameron majors proving the ultimate difference.
Stats stars: Dylan Shiel (29 disposals, one goal), Stephen Coniglio (24 disposals, two goals), Bryce Gibbs (36 disposals, nine clearances), Matt Crouch (36 disposals, seven clearances)
2.20pm AEST – Round 1, 2003: Melbourne 16.10 (106) defeated Hawthorn 15.10 (100)
Talk about surviving by the skin of your teeth. Melbourne led by 38 points midway through the final quarter, before Hawthorn kicked six unanswered goals in the space of 12 minutes to level the scores in the dying stages. Just when it looked as though the Demons were done, Brad Green saved his side's blushes with a calm set-shot with just over a minute to go.
Stats stars: Cameron Bruce (23 disposals, two goals), David Neitz (14 disposals, five goals), Angelo Lekkas (22 disposals, two goals), Peter Everitt (18 disposals, three goals)
4.40pm AEST – Round 13, 2017: Sydney 12.8 (80) defeated Richmond 10.11 (71)
Richmond led by 15 points early in the last quarter and looked to have the match on its terms, only for Sydney to kick five of the last six goals and storm home. Josh Kennedy was heroic in the final stages as the Swans edged ahead, before Gary Rohan's clever snap with just 10 seconds on the clock sealed the deal amid a frantic finish at the MCG.
Stats stars: Jake Lloyd (25 disposals, one goal), Josh Kennedy (23 disposals, eight tackles), Trent Cotchin (28 disposals, one goal), Dustin Martin (23 disposals, two goals)
Friday, May 29
3pm AEST – Round 17, 2012: Carlton 16.6 (102) defeated Western Bulldogs 12.12 (84)
Missing superstar Chris Judd through suspension, Carlton looked on the ropes when it found itself five points down to the Western Bulldogs at three-quarter time. But a six-goal final term was enough to fire the Blues home. Eddie Betts was the hero in the last quarter, booting two crucial goals, while Levi Casboult performed admirably in the ruck in his debut.
Stats stars: Brock McLean (29 disposals, six tackles), Andrew Collins (21 disposals, three goals), Tom Liberatore (28 disposals, 10 clearances), Luke Dahlhaus (11 disposals, four goals)
5.20pm AEST – Round 10, 2014: Collingwood 17.7 (109) defeated West Coast 15.11 (101)
Despite trailing by six points at three-quarter time, Collingwood was the beneficiaries of a final quarter shootout back in 2014. The two sides traded 10 goals in the final term as the lead changed hands three times in a matter of minutes, before the Pies eventually took control thanks to the work of midfield dynamos Scott Pendlebury and Dayne Beams.
Stats stars: Scott Pendlebury (32 disposals, one goal), Dayne Beams (31 disposals, two goals), Matt Priddis (35 disposals, two goals), Andrew Gaff (26 disposals, nine marks)