Joel Selwood on SEN on Friday first revealed Geelong’s special guest for Saturday’s grand final. Check out how old is he in this article.

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Joel Anthony Selwood is a Former Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

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He is a quadruple premiership player, a six-time All-Australian, and three-time captain of the All-Australian team.

Selwood has captained Geelong since 2012, is Geelong’s games record holder, and has won the Carji Greeves Medal three times as Geelong’s best and fairest player.

A standout junior track and field athlete and footballer, Selwood entered top-level football early, joining the TAC Cup competition as a bottom-aged player.

His accomplishments as a junior included Most Valuable Player awards at state and international levels, and selection in the All-Australian and TAC Cup Team of the Year sides.


The 34-year-old is yet to go public with his retirement plans, but a clue during the premiership win signalled what may come.

He bowed out as the premiership skipper in the perfect goodbye to football.

Now, Joel Selwood may follow in his predecessor’s footsteps after his side’s 81 point thumping of Sydney on Saturday.

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The 34-year-old is yet to confirm his intentions for next year, but there was a massive hint dropped during the final stages of the win which might suggest what will happen.

Selwood kicked a brilliant goal with a right foot banana from 45 metres out and was mobbed by teammates from everywhere.

The skipper was visibly emotional after the goal, and players embraced him for an extended time, clearly making a point of savoring the moment, while Selwood’s family in the stands were all in tears.

Speaking to Channel 7’s Mitch Cleary after the game, Selwood said he was yet to make a decision on his future.

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Joel Selwood was born on 26 May 1988 to Bryce and Maree Selwood in the country town of Bendigo, Victoria.

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Personal information
Full name Joel Anthony Selwood
Date of birth 26 May 1988.
    Place of birth      Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Age 34 years old.
Draft No. 7, 2006 national draft
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder

He was raised in a family of sportspeople. His mother Maree was a top runner and tennis player, and elder twins Adam and Troy were identified as talented footballers at a young age.

As a two-year-old, Selwood was forced to wear splints on his leg to help overcome a walking disability.

Selwood displayed athletic talent from an early age. He was the state hurdling champion from under-10s through to the under-15s, and in one year held every running and jumping record at the Bendigo Sports Centre, except the 100 metres sprint.

Growing up with his older brothers, Selwood was accustomed to playing with bigger teammates and opponents.

By age eight, he played his first competitive game of football, against children four years his senior, and kicked three goals.

Selwood attended Catholic College Bendigo. After starting out with St Therese’s Maroon, he played most of his junior football with the Sandhurst Football Club until he was chosen to play for the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup competition throughout 2005.

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Following the retirement of Cameron Ling, Selwood was appointed as the club captain prior to the 2012 AFL season. His elevation made him the youngest captain of the Geelong Football Club in more than a decade.

At the time of his appointment, Selwood admitted to “always wanting to lead the Geelong Football Club in a manner, if I was captain or not captain” and being driven to “want to make this football club successful for a long time”.

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Club information
         Current club          Geelong
Number 14
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007–2022 Geelong 355 (175)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Victoria 1 (0)
International team honours
2014, 2017 Australia 3 (0)

Geelong proceeded to re-sign Selwood on a five-year contract—the first time the club had handed out a long-term contract of that length since Gary Ablett, Sr. in 1987.

During the season, Geelong coach Chris Scott praised Selwood as “probably the toughest player I’ve ever seen…he gets hit in the head a lot…he just sees the ball and he puts his head down and he goes as hard as anyone possibly could”.

Despite Selwood’s individual efforts, the Cats finished with a 15–7 win–loss record at the conclusion of the season to finish sixth on the ladder.

This represented the first time in Selwood’s career that the club had not qualified with a double chance for the finals series, setting them up for an Elimination Final match against Fremantle.

Despite Selwood’s contribution of a game-high 28 disposals and team-high six inside-50s, the Cats were defeated by 16 points and exited the finals series. 

By Rishabh

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