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    AFL Team - 1997-Present

    I thought we could do an AFL "best of" team in the style of Bagapath's "best of" cricket team threads - ie. a series of polls by specialisation within the team. I reckon with footy, even more so that cricket, you can't really make a sensible decision between players you haven't seen, so I think we should limit it to the modern era.

    The AFL annouced it's official team of the Century in 1996 (1897-1996):
    Quote Originally Posted by THE AFL TEAM OF THE CENTURY
    B: B. Smith, S. Silvagni, J. Nicholls
    HB: B. Doull, T. Whitten (c) K. Murray
    C: F. Bourke, I. Stewart, K. Greig
    HF: A. Jesaulenko, R. Hart, D. Reynolds
    F: L. Matthews, J. Coleman, H. Bunton
    R: G. Farmer, R. Barassi, B. Skilton
    I/C: G. Ablett, J. Dyer, G. Williams
    I reckon we should go 1997- onwards, to avoid overlap with those guys. 12 years ago should place it within the time frame most of us AFL fans here have been watching footy.

    I thought we could have 7 categories:
    - Midfielders
    - Rucks
    - Key Position Forwards
    - Non-key Position Forwards
    - Key Position Backs
    - Non-key Position Backs
    - Run-with players

    The number of each category can be decided as we go, in the same way Bagapath handled the 3 or 4 quicks, or 1 or 2 spinners. We'll have the polls for the core number of each category, and in the end give people the choice, for instance, between a 3rd key forward, a 3rd non-key forward, or a 9th midfielder, in the one poll.

    Run-With player is really a sub-category of midfielder, but I think the best teams have had a guy who can do a job on the opposition's most dangerous player WHILE still contributing to their team and I think it is worth having at least one such specialist in the team. Happy to go with group opinion however.

    Obviously some of the categories are a bit blurry, especially around the midfielder category, eg is someone like James Hird or Koutafides a midfielder, a non-key forward, or even a key forward. Is McLeod a non-key back or a midfielder. I think if there's doubt we can nominate them for both, and obviously we can take into account, for instance, that we have Hird as a midfielder when deciding how many dedicated forwards we want, or vice versa.

    The first step will be to get nominations for each category. I'll post some, but I'll obviously miss stacks in all likelihood, so grateful for further noms. Also I'm not trying to be biased towards Collingwood, but I've seen more of them play than anyone else in this time, so I'll probably include some that others will disagree with!
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    MIDFIELDERS:
    Nathan Buckley
    Michael Voss
    Robert Harvey
    James Hird
    Gary Ablett Jr
    Chris Judd
    Ben Cousins
    Daniel Kerr
    Brent Harvey
    Adam Goodes
    Andrew McLeod
    Mark Rusciutto (can never spell this right)
    Simon Black
    Sam Mitchell
    Shane Crawford
    Leon Davis
    Nick Stevens
    Josh Carr
    Jimmy Bartel
    Adam Simpson
    Anthony Stevens
    Anthony Koutafides
    Joe Misiti
    Paul Williams
    Scott Burns
    Scott West

    And no doubt stacks more. Please feel free to add.

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    RUN WITHS:
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    RUCKS:
    Dean Cox
    Paul Salmon
    Aaron Sandilands
    David Hille
    Darren Jolly
    Luke Darcy
    Stephen King
    Clarke Keating
    Peter Everitt
    Matthew Primus


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    Key Position Forwards:

    Tony Lockett
    Peter Everitt
    David Neitz
    Wayne Carey
    Jonathon Brown
    Brendan Fevola
    Matthew Lloyd
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    KEY POSITION FORWARDS (this category will be a ****-fight)
    Matthew Lloyd
    Wayne Carey
    Jonathon Brown
    Warren Tredrea
    Alistair Lynch
    Tony Modra
    Lance Franklin
    Nick Riewoldt
    Barry Hall
    Saverio Rocca
    Anthony Rocca
    Justin Kosinthcke (sp?)
    Brendan Fevola
    Matthew Pavlich
    Matthew Richardson
    Scott Lucas
    David Neitz
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    Quote Originally Posted by cameeel View Post
    Key Position Forwards:

    Tony Lockett
    Peter Everitt
    David Neitz
    Wayne Carey
    Jonathon Brown
    Brendan Fevola
    Matthew Lloyd
    When did Lockett play until?

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    KEY POSITION BACKS:
    Matthew Scarlett
    Mal Michael
    Darren Glass
    Dustin Fletcher
    Simon Prestigiacomo
    Max Hudgton
    Trent Croad
    Justin Leppitsch
    Sean Wellman
    Chris Grant (could equally be a key forward)
    Shane Wakelin

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    NON-KEY POSITION FORWARD
    Steve Johnson
    Jason Akermanis
    Cyril Rioli
    Paul Medhurst
    Alan Didak
    Nick Davis
    Stephen Milne
    Mick O'Laughlin (key or not?)
    James Hird
    Ryan O'Keefe
    Phillip Matera
    Jeff Farmer
    Last edited by Matt79; 13-06-2009 at 10:39 PM.

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    NON KEY-POSITION BACKS
    Taegh Kennally
    James Clement
    Tom Harley
    Leo Barry
    Heath Shaw
    Darryl White
    Darren Milburn
    Chris Johnson
    Andrew McLeod

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    When did Lockett play until?
    2002 - although he retired for two years there, so he played 97, 98, 99, 2002, in the period in question. Consider him nom'd.

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    Add Darren Jarman as a non-key position forward, and Rutten as a key position back. Leppitsch as a key position back, and Bradshaw and Chad Cornes as either a back or a forward. Kane Cornes as a "run with" I guess, and Lade as a ruck.

    Maybe Rehn as a ruck too too, but he didn't play a lot in the time period in question, similar to guys like Lockett etc. Not sure how that should work.
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    Agree re Jarmen, Bradshaw, Rutten, and the Cornes boys. Leppitsch was already in as a key back.

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    Brad Johnson would probably be a chance at non-key forward.

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