Port Adelaide (5th) vs Geelong (3rd) at the Adelaide Oval, Thursday 7:10pm ACST
Something you may have seen pop up in the news recently is that with Geelong captain Joel Selwood playing his 322nd game, the four Selwood brothers (Adam, Troy and Scott being the others) will have played a collective 753 games, overtaking the long standing record of 752, held by the Daniher brothers Terry (293), Anthony (233), Chris (124) and the ever prominent Neale (82), who set the current benchmark after Chris retired from playing at Essendon in 1997:
As for the other Selwoods, Adam Selwood played 187 games for West Coast, Scott Selwood played 169 for West Coast and Geelong, and Troy Selwood played 75 games for the Brisbane Lions, before he was delisted, went back to Victoria and retired after captaining Geelong’s VFL team to the 2012 premiership.
Sydney Swans (6th) vs Hawthorn (17th) at the SCG, Friday 7:50pm AEST
Round 12 last week was the 30th game between the Swans and St Kilda the SCG, and in some small coincidence, this weekend will mark the 30th game at the SCG between the Swans and Hawthorn, who also played at the SCG against the Gold Coast in Round 11.
The Hawks lead the head-to-head at the ground by a narrow 15-14, although the Swans have won the last 2 encounters in 2019-20, and oddly enough, the last time the teams played in Melbourne was Round 8 of 2018, when a certain Ben Ronke kicked 7 goals for the Swans, who won by 8 points.
True story, ‘Ben Ronke’ is now used as a bogeyman by Hawks supporters to frighten their kids into behaving.
Peel Thunder Fremantle (11th) vs Gold Coast (13th) at Optus Stadium, Saturday 2:15pm AEST
Despite winning their last 2 games against the Dockers, the Suns are one of only three teams who have never recorded a win at Perth Stadium, having lost all four of their games at the venue – The other teams still winless at the not-so new ground are St Kilda (0-3) and Adelaide (0-3).
The Suns’ only win in Perth came in Round 2 of 2016, when they defeated Fremantle by 26 points in a high scoring game at Subiaco Oval – Collectively, the gents from the Glitter Strip are 1-13 in Perth.
On an off note, the Suns kicked 19 goals that night – 5 years on, players who accounted for 18 of those goals are no longer at the club.
The lone exception is Alex Sexton.
St Kilda (12th) vs Adelaide (15th) at Cazaly’s Stadium, Saturday 7:25pm AEST
This is the first time either St Kilda or Adelaide have played in Cairns, although this is actually St Kilda’s second visit to North Queensland – The first was when they played the Suns at Riverway Stadium in Townsville back in Round 13 2019, winning by 4 points, in what was Alan Richardson’s last win as Saints coach.
North Melbourne (18th) vs GWS Giants (10th) at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, Sunday 3:20pm AEST
The most noteworthy milestone of the round is that Giants defender Sam Reid, who actually retired due to injury in 2013, only to come back via coaching in the NEAFL + the Giants rookie list, plays his 100th AFL game, 12 years and 9 months after he made his debut for the Western Bulldogs in Round 22 of 2008.
It’s the 7th-longest wait to reach 100 games in league history, and the longest in the Post-War era of VFL/AFL football, overtaking Dean Wallis’ wait of 12 years, 1 month and 18 days to play 100 games for Essendon in 1999, after debuting in 1987.
West Coast Eagles (7th) vs Richmond (8th) at Optus Stadium, Sunday 5:20pm AWST
A game moved because Richmond had a bye in Round 13 before they played the Eagles on a Thursday in Round 14, only for the Tigers to realise they’d have to spend an extra week in a Perth hotel given they’d been in Melbourne inside the last 2 weeks, so they went back to Sydney.
Moving on to the random fact, West Coast hasn’t lost to Richmond in Perth since Round 18 of 2014 at Subiaco Oval, having only played the Tigers twice in the West in that time, in 2016 (Round 4) and 2018 (Round 9), winning both games by 68 and 47 points respectively.
Richmond’s last win against the Eagles in Perth was perhaps best remembered for Ty Vickery knocking out Dean Cox with a pre-meditated round arm in a ruck contest, earning Vickery a 4-game suspension:
The Big Freeze at the ‘G, just not that ‘G
Melbourne (1st) vs Collingwood (16th) at the SCG, Monday 3:20pm AEST
The 240th game between Melbourne and Collingwood, and Big Freeze 7 will serve as a contrast for Nathan Buckley and Simon Goodwin, with Bucks resigning as Collingwood after what will be his 218th game in charge (For 117 wins and 2 draws), the 4th most games for a coach in Collingwood’s history, and just to be cruel, if the Magpies do lose, it’ll be his 100th defeat as a coach.
On the other hand, Demons coach Simon Goodwin will have something in common with the inspirational ‘Reverend’ Neale Daniher after Monday, because it’ll be his 100th game in charge of Melbourne, joining Norm Smith (310), Checker Hughes (258), Daniher (223), John Northey (167) and Ron Barassi (111) as the only people to coach at least 100 games for the Demons.
Another random fact, out of all those well-known coaches, Ron Barassi, despite being the greatest name in Demons history, is the only one who didn’t coach the club in a finals game.