Fresh off finally captaining Geelong to a premiership, Joel Selwood has retired after 16 seasons, featuring in 15 finals series, a Cats-record 355 games, a VFL/AFL record 245 games as captain, 4 premierships, and in that time he had 4,975 rolls of Elastoplast applied to his bonce.
This means that for the first time since 2002, there won’t be a Selwood brother in the AFL next season.
Kickstarting the run, Adam Selwood was drafted by West Coast 53rd overall in 2002, debuting in Round 19 of 2003 and ultimately playing in the Eagles’ 2006 premiership team, eventually retiring in 2013 after 187 games.
Adam’s twin brother Troy Selwood was drafted 19th overall by the Brisbane Lions in 2002, but didn’t debut until 2005, eventually playing 75 games before he was delisted in 2010, moving back to Victoria and captaining Geelong’s VFL team to the 2012 premiership.
Scott Selwood (The youngest Selwood) was drafted 22nd overall by West Coast in 2007, debuted in 2008 and played 135 games for the Eagles until 2015, winning the club Best & Fairest in 2012, before joining Joel at Geelong in 2016 and playing 34 games for the Cats until 2019, after which he unofficially retired due to hamstring injuries.
Fun fact, Scott and Joel were the only two of the Selwood brothers to play as teammates in an AFL game.
And of course, Joel Selwood was drafted 7th overall by Geelong in 2006, debuted for the Cats in 2007, won the NAB Rising Star and played in a Premiership that season (He was the first player to ever do that double), played in 2 more flags in 2009 & 2011, became Geelong captain in 2012 after Cameron Ling retired, appeared in 6 All-Australian teams, won Geelong’s Best & Fairest 3 times, surpassed Corey Enright’s Geelong games record in the 2021 Semi Final, broke Stephen Kernahan’s record for the most VFL/AFL games as a captain in Round 3 of this year, broke Michael Tuck’s record for the most finals appearances when he captained the Cats to the 2022 Premiership, after which he retired on 355 games, now sitting as the only 4-time premiership player in the history of the Geelong Football Club.
And I didn’t even include most of the other awards he won.
A record 786 games for a set of brothers, surpassing the Danihers, and as I close off, here’s all the brothers together after Adam played in the Eagles’ 2006… This was so long ago that Joel was still two months away from being drafted by Geelong, and Scott was only 16.
What about that bloody shirt on Joel.