Geelong's Joel Selwood reveals why Cats' best and fairest awards are the worst part of being skipper

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Geelong’s Joel Selwood reveals why the days after the Cats’ best and fairest awards are the WORST part of being skipper – as he prepares to break captaincy record against Pies

  • Joel Selwood will play his 227th game for Geelong as captain on Saturday
  • That is an AFL record, surpassing Carlton great Stephen Kernahan
  • When asked what makes a great captain, Selwood had an unusual response
  • He thinks the periods after award nights are the hardest to handle 

Geelong’s Joel Selwood has revealed the unusual challenge he has struggled to deal with as the Cats’ skipper as he prepares to break the record for most AFL games as captain.

Selwood will lead the Cats out as skipper for the 227th time for Saturday night’s clash against Collingwood at the MCG. 

Selwood is chaired off the ground in game 250 during the round one AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Geelong Cats at the MCG in 2018

Selwood is chaired off the ground in game 250 during the round one AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Geelong Cats at the MCG in 2018

He will surpass Carlton great Stephen Kernahan after already topping some of the greats of the game including Michael Voss (210 games as captain), Team of the Century captain Ted Whitten (212) and St Kilda icon Nick Riewoldt (221). 

Asked on SEN Radio what makes a good AFL captain, Selwood had an unusual response. 

‘The worst part of captaincy I reckon is the first couple of days after the best and fairest [awards],’ he said.

‘Players don’t end up sitting where they want to sit on the leader board or something like that and then they probably feel a bit undervalued the next day.

‘That’s the worst time. It can be a burden for most captains.

‘I understand this group needs to continually grow so there are going to be different positions that I get found in along the way.

‘Just how you can help the team and enjoy that side of it and learn along the way, I’ve enjoyed it immensely.’

Jake Kolodjashnij of the Cats (centre) celebrates the win in his 100th game with Joel Selwood (left) after beating St Kilda

Jake Kolodjashnij of the Cats (centre) celebrates the win in his 100th game with Joel Selwood (left) after beating St Kilda

Kernahan said he was happy to pass on the torch and likened Selwood’s tough, no-nonsense brand of footy to Richmond champion Trent Cotchin.

‘I took it off Dick Reynolds, and he said some lovely things about me. I can say nothing but great things about Joel Selwood,’ Kernahan told The Age.

‘He has been around a long time, and he is still going. He is a warrior. I have always loved the way he played. I couldn’t think of a better, more apt, bloke to have it, and he is still getting it done.

‘Trent Cotchin changed his game to be a hard, contested midfielder, and Joel Selwood has always been that. If you have those sorts of blokes in the midfield leading your side, they are just gold. Cotchin has done it, Joel Selwood has done it for his whole career.

‘Good luck to him to have the record. He is the most deserving bloke to have it.’

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