Joel Selwood – Australian Rules Football Player
Joel Selwood was born on the 26th of May 1988 and is currently the Captain of the Geelong Football Club.
He grew up in the town of Bendigo, Victoria and grew up among a family of sportspeople. His elder twin brothers were identified as future football players early in their age and his mother was a start runner and tennis player during her younger days.
Selwood also showed sporting promise from an early age. He actually had to wear braces in his legs when he was around two years old to overcome a walking disability. Joel was the state hurling champion from under-10s to the under-15s and held almost all the records in athletics for his school except for the 100m sprint.
Selwood went to college at the Catholic College Bendigo and would start playing football with the Sandhurst football Club. He was eventually picked by Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup where he would play until 2005.
His talent was soon recognisable to everyone who saw him and Kevin Sheehan, the AFL Talent Manager would go on to proclaim that Selwood was the most talented 17 year old in Australia.
Selwood went on to receive a number of honours for his performances at the junior level like mid-year State honours for Victoria Country in the AFL National Championships, end-of-year All-Australian honours and the Most Valuable Player award for Victoria Country.
He also made the TAC Cup team of the year and won a scholarship to the prestigious AIS-AFL Academy. He captained players older than him at the U-18 International rules series in Ireland for which he earned the Ron Barassi Medal.
Joel Selwood would go into the final year of his junior football career as one of the most highly rated young players in recent history. He captained Bendigo for this season although he could not participate in the latter part of the season due to a knee injury.
Joel was the first selection for the Geelong Football Club and the seventh overall pick in the 2006 AFL draft. It was due to concerns over his knee injury otherwise experts feel he could well have been the top pick that year.
Selwood took to AFL like a duck to water. He was praised by observers of the game everywhere that he looked like a veteran in only his first season. He would help the Cats break their drought and win the Gran Final that year.
He played 21 games and averaged almost 20 possessions per game. He was named Geelong’s best first year player and also awarded the Ron Evans medal as the AFL’s rising star.
Selwood continued his meteoric start in the league in his second season as well. He would play in 24 games in the seasons and also his second straight Grand Final. He managed 607 disposals and 324 handballs over the season.
In fact, there were 21 games in which he had at least 20 disposals highlighting his consistency across the season. He managed 29 disposals on the Grand Finals day as well as 37 possessions in round 14 versus the Crows.
He was nominated for the All-Australian selection and garnered 19 Brownlow votes to finish in fifth place.
He would play in his third Grand Final in his third season and was also one of two players to play each and every game that season.
He was named to the Cats leadership group and he responded with career high numbers across categories.
He managed more than 25 possessions in seventeen games and more than 30 possessions in eleven games, set a new career record with 42 disposals versus Hawthorne, had more than ten handballs in 24 of the 25 games that season and totalled 386 handballs that season.
His performances earned him 16 votes in the Brownlow medal race while he won the Michael Tuck medal as best on ground in NAB Cup, as well as the most courageous player award by the AFL players association.
Joel Selwood continued to impress with over 20 possessions in 21 games and more than 30n possessions in eleven games. He managed new career high 29 handballs in the game against Richmond in round 6 of the season. He finished the season with 388 handballs, 677 disposals and 126 tackles.
He also made the All Australian team and finished fourth in the Brownlow voting.
Another season of brilliant performances would be capped by a third Premiership title. Selwood managed phenomenal stats of 28 possessions, 2 goals and seven tackles in the Grand Final that year playing an instrumental role in his team’s victory.
He was made vice captain of the team for the first time as he played 20 games across the season. He set a new career record of 43 disposals versus Melbourne in round 19 of the season. He also kicked a total of 15 goals that season, the most he kicked in a season.
He received 17 votes in the Brownlow voting that year.
This was his first season as captain and made sure it was a good one for him. He played 21 games in the season and finished second in the Best and Fairest award. He had 539n possessions across the season, making this the fifth consecutive time he had crossed 500 for the season.
He was nominated for the All Australian team for his consistency throughout the season. He had more than 20n possessions in 17 of the games he played that season.
His best season of his career so far, Selwood played all 25 games of the season. He was named as Captain of the All Australian team as well as awarded the best captain and most courageous player by the AFL players association.
He finished the season with 615 possessions, kicked four goals in a single game twice in the season, had 10 tackles twice, had 12 games with 25 or more disposals and kicked a career record 30 goals.
He was the runner up in the Brownlow medal tally with 27 votes.
Awards And Achievements
- Ron Evans Medal 2007
- Michael Tuck medal 2009
- Brownlow Medal runner up 2013
- All Australian 2009, 2010, 2013 (Captain)
- All Australian nominee 2008, 2011, 2012
- AFLPA most courageous player 2009, 2012, 2013
- AFLPA Best Captain 2013
- Best and fairest 2010, 2013
- Runner up best and fairest 2012
- Fourth best and fairest 2009
- Fifth best and fairest 2008
- Tom Harley award 2011, 2013
- Best first year player 2007