Geelong's current captain, Joel Selwood was 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, captaining Australia in the International Rules Series, and selection in the All-Australian and TAC Cup Team of the Year sides. Despite a serious knee injury during his final year of junior football, Selwood was selected with Geelong's first pick, and seventh overall, in the 2006 AFL Draft.
Selwood made his AFL debut in 2007, winning the AFL Rising Star Award and AFLPA Best First Year Player Award. He played in a flag-winning side in his first season, and has since become a triple premiership player, a two-time All-Australian, a Carji Greeves Medallist, and the youngest-ever recipient of the AFLPA Robert Rose Most Courageous Player Award. Selwood has also represented the Victorian state team as the youngest player to feature in the all-star event, and was awarded the Michael Tuck Medal following Geelong's 2009 NAB Cup victory. By the end of 2011, Selwood held the second highest winning–percentage record of any player in AFL history, helping the club reach three successive AFL Grand Finals from 2007–2009 and another in 2011.