One well-known participant as soon as stated there will be no larger honour than to be thought-about brave by your friends.

Geelong captain Joel Selwood has been voted the AFLPA Most Brave Participant 4 instances by different gamers within the league.

Selwood is soccer’s final warrior, usually leaving the bottom with scars and bandages round his head. Leaving the bottom with blood dripping down his face, displaying over two hours of probably the most intense bodily motion one can endure is recurrently within the minds of many AFL followers.

Selwood will play his 350th sport when Geelong tackle the Western Bulldogs at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday evening.

He’ll develop into the primary Geelong participant to ever attain this milestone. In doing so, he additionally turns into the 21st participant in VFL/AFL historical past to succeed in 350 video games and the quickest to succeed in this momentous event.

Such is his standing among the many AFL, his resume features a swathe of accolades. He’s a triple premiership participant, a six-time All-Australian, and three-time captain of that group.

Selwood has gained the Carji Greeves Medal 3 times as Geelong’s greatest and fairest participant. In 2013, he narrowly missed out on a Brownlow medal, coming second to Gary Ablett Junior.

The ever-humble skipper says the tributes which have flown his method this week have been overwhelming.

“You do get overwhelmed, it’s actually particular,” the Cats skipper stated through the week.

“I really like this membership, I at all times have, even after I wasn’t right here. And I perceive it’s fairly particular for the membership.”

Chosen at choose seven within the 2006 AFL Draft, he made his debut in spherical 1 of 2007, below then-coach Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson. Selwood rapidly cemented his place in a star-studded line-up which included the likes of Gary Ablett Junior, Tom Harley, Matthew Scarlett, James Bartel, the mercurial ahead Steve Johnson and Cameron Ling.

He grew to become a key a part of the drought-breaking premiership later that 12 months and was very important within the Cats’ premiership triumphs in 2009 and 2011.

Recognised for his management, he was appointed captain at simply 23 years previous and has led the Cats since 2012.
The inspirational captain has continued to guide his group to continued success. They’ve reached finals virtually each single 12 months, and narrowly missed out on one other premiership in 2020 once they misplaced to Richmond within the Grand Closing.

He’s such a sturdy participant, having missed simply 30 video games since his debut, and by no means greater than 4 consecutive matches.

Selwood continues to be determined for that elusive fourth premiership flag.

The inspirational captain has had such a stellar profession, he has claimed the fourth-most wins by a participant in VFL/AFL historical past. Selwood has performed in 253 wins out of his 349 video games so far. The one different gamers who’ve featured in additional wins are Michael Tuck, Shaun Burgoyne and Kevin Bartlett, who all performed over 400 video games.

By the point he had his 30th birthday, he had already performed in 193 wins. That was extra wins than every other participant on the identical age.

Not solely is he an amazing of the competitors, he’s additionally a frontrunner in his household.

Joel Selwood is cheered off the ground.

Joel Selwood is cheered off the bottom after his 227th sport as captain. (Picture by Quinn Rooney/Getty Photos)

His three brothers Troy, Adam and Scott additionally performed AFL on the highest stage; however even mixed collectively they may not emulate his achievements. Joel has 253 wins so far, they usually had 222 wins from 431 video games mixed. He performed 14 video games towards his brothers and gained 12 of them.

He additionally holds the document of most video games as captain, having led his aspect in 239 video games to date and damaged Stephen Kernahan’s long-lasting document in the beginning of the 12 months.

And his coach Chris Scott was stuffed with reward for the Geelong skipper. He stated Selwood has had the largest affect of any participant on or off the sector that he has ever coached.

“He’s one of the best participant that I’ve seen in my time while you take every little thing into consideration”, the Cats coach stated.

“The one slight disappointment that I’ve as a coach is that I by no means bought the prospect to play with him as a result of that might have been the one, following him into battle.”

Excessive reward when you think about the calibre of the gamers Scott was fortunate sufficient to play with and towards. Among the sport’s most adorned gamers, together with triple premiership captain Michael Voss, his brother Brad Scott, Alastair Lynch, Jason Akermanis, Simon Black, Jonathan Brown, and opposition gamers corresponding to twin Norm Smith Medallist Andrew McLeod, twin Brownlow medallist Robert Harvey, Shane Crawford and James Hird simply to call a number of.

As for enjoying on right into a 17th season, the 34-year-old continues to be uncertain. Proper now his focus is on profitable a fourth premiership, this time as captain.

Geelong followers completely love how onerous Selwood goes at it and his braveness, by no means shirking away from the competition.
Followers from different golf equipment simply want he was taking part in for them.

His teammate Patrick Dangerfield was additionally stuffed with reward. “He’s a gladiator on the sector. He at all times stands up in large moments, he’s tremendous constant, his ceiling is extraordinary,” he wrote in his column for 7news.com.au.

And Dangerfield says that whereas his on-field actions are extremely inspirational, Selwood is simply as instrumental off the sector.

“His on-field exploits are unimaginable. What he’s been in a position to do in large moments for Geelong for 16 years, that half is famous and he will probably be a legend of the soccer membership if not already. Nevertheless it’s the stuff that we see as gamers and employees behind closed doorways that I believe is probably the most vital with Joel and why he’s made such a big effect on the membership,” Dangerfield stated.

The highest-of-the-ladder Cats face the eighth-placed Western Bulldogs in an important conflict on Saturday evening. The match might have enormous ramifications for the finals.

Final 12 months’s grand finalists will probably be doing every little thing they will to disrupt Selwood’s social gathering and maintain their finals probabilities alive.

By 24H

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