Retired Geelong skipper Joel Selwood has hilariously revealed his bizarre grand final night, which included a young P-plater coming to his rescue at a Victorian servo.
The Cats great laughed as he recalled how the young woman had no idea who he was when she agreed to give him a lift after a missing keys fiasco.
But in typical Selwood style, the 355-gamer ensured Emily left with a photo with the premiership cup as a thank you for her kindness.
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When asked directly about his Saturday night at a Barwon Heads service station, Selwood dropped his head back and smiled before answering at Wednesday’s retirement press conference.
Opening the story, Selwood said he limited himself to “three beers” while celebrating his club’s 81-point premiership demolition of Sydney before opting to drive his pregnant wife Brit home.
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“I didn’t read the play that well and got back to the place she was at and forgot the key that was in my locker,” he recounted.
“So (former teammate now Cats staffer) Harry Taylor did the right thing and went and ran and got the key.
“But when he jumped back in the car and I dropped him off, he left it in his pocket,” he said to the crowd laughter.
Selwood said it wasn’t until he was at the APCO service station in Barwon Heads that he realised the mistake.
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“When I put it in gear, it probably then dawned on us that we were in a bit of trouble and we had no key,” he said smiling.
“There was a young P-plate girl that had been at the pub, her name was Emily. I asked Emily if she could drop me home.
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“I jumped in the car and asked her how her day was – she wasn’t in the best of moods to be honest. It was a busy day at the pub – Barwon Heads pub. She didn’t really pick up who I was at the time.
“She asked me how my day was and I said: ‘It was actually pretty good’ (to the crowd laughter).
“She said what did I get up to and I said: ‘I actually played in the game today’ and she still hadn’t picked up who I was which was a nice thing.
“She asked for my name and then started swearing at herself.
“We picked up the key, drove back to the car and I told Emily I actually had the cup in the car and would she like a photo? She got her photo and drove back home to Geelong.”
Cats CEO Steve Hocking and coach Chris Scott laughed and said “only you” as Selwood recounted the hilarious tale.
The kind gesture to offer Emily a photo is just another moment of Selwood’s goodwill, after he carried former teammate Gary Ablett Jnr’s son Levi out onto the MCG to run through the grand final banner and how he ensured lifelong fan Sam Moorfoot was involved in the celebrations – even ringing his mum to tell her he’d look after him in all the chaos.