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Cats legend given huge new honour

November 24, 2023 8:02 am in by
Cats legend Joel Selwood and Kardinia Park Stadium Trust CEO Gerard Griffin. (Image: Kardinia Park Stadium Trust website).

Geelong legend Joel Selwood will receive the huge honour of having the new northern stand at Kardinia Park named after him.

The premiership captain, four-time premiership player and Geleong games-record holder will be given the honour just over a year since announcing his retirement.

The 35-year-old retired with several league records including most games as club captain and played a record 40 finals.

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The announcement comes off the back of Selwood attending the AFL Draft on Monday night, to hand over his now famous number 14 jumper to new Cats recruit Connor O’Sullivan.

“It was amazing,” O’Sullivan said on Monday night.

“To get it given to me by him is just something that words can’t describe.

“He’s a legend of the game, not just the Geelong footy club, so to have it given to me by him, it’s an amazing feeling and I wouldn’t trade it for the world right now.”

The $142 million redevelopment of the northern stand replaces the old Ford Stand with a 14,000 seat grandstand, but the Gary Ablett Terrace will remain, along a Fred Flanagan Room

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The Kardinia Park Stadium Trust also announced earlier this week the name of the new Djilang Plaza behind the northern stand, recognising the traditional Wadawurrung name for the region.

The Trust said the naming process was extensive and involved consultation with key stakeholders, including the general public, Geelong Football Club and the community, while working closely with Geographic Names Victoria.

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