Geelong ninth best team of all time

GEELONG is the ninth best side ever according to one email floating around Melbourne. Geelong defeated Collingwood on Saturday to win their third flag in five years. Geelong would be the second best side of the AFL era thus far (1990-2011), with promises of more to come with the likes of Dan Menzel, Nathan Vardy waiting in the wings to go with young and relatively young Allen Christensen, Mitch Duncan, Joel Selwood, Trav Varcoe, Taylor Hunt, Stephen Motlop, Mitch Brown, Cam Guthrie, Billie Smedts, Josh Cowan, even the hyphen George Horlin-Smith. No worries about doing a Brisbane or Essendon just now.

The era is defined by
1. Winning a Premiership
2. Not missing 3 consecutive Grand Finals

The order is then decided by
1. Most Premierships
2. Most Grand Finals
3. Most Years in Era

Era must include the side winning at least 2 premierships.

1. Hawthorn 1983 – 1991, 8 GF’s in 9 years winning 5 (1983,1986,1988,1989,1991)
2. Melbourne 1954 – 1960
, 7 consecutive GF’s winning 5 (1955,1956,1957,1959,1960)
3. Essendon 1941 – 1951
, 9 GF’s in 11 years winning 4 (1942,1946,1949,1950)
4. Fitzroy 1898 – 1906
, 7 GF’s in 9 years winning 4 (1898,1899,1904,1905)
5. Collingwood 1925 – 1930
, 6 consecutive GF’s winning the last 4
6. Richmond 1967 – 1974
, 5 GF’s in 8 years winning 4 (1967,1969,1973,1974)
7. Carlton 1968 – 1973
, 5 GF’s in 6 years winning 3 (1968,1970,1972)
8. Carlton 1906 – 1910
, 5 consecutive GF’s winning the first 3
9. Geelong 2007 – 2011
, 4 GF’s in 5 years winning 3 (2007,2009,2011)
10. Brisbane 2001 – 2004
, 4 consecutive GF’s winning the first 3
11. Carlton 1979 – 1982
, 3 GF’s in 4 years winning all 3 (1979,1981,1982)
12. Melbourne 1939 – 1941
, 3 consecutive GF’s winning all 3
13. Richmond 1927 – 1934
, 7 GF’s in 8 years winning 2 (1932,1934)
14. Collingwood 1952 – 1960
, 6 GF’s in 9 years winning 2 (1953,1958)
15. Collingwood 1915 – 1922
, 6 GF’s in 8 years winning 2 (1917,1919)
16. Collingwood 1935 – 1939
, 5 consecutive GF’s winning first 2
16. North Melbourne 1974 – 1978
, 5 consecutive GF’s winning 2 (1975,1977)
18. Collingwood 1901 – 1905
, 4 GF’s in 5 years winning 2 (1902,1903)
19. Hawthorn 1975 – 1978
, 3 GF’s in 4 years winning 2 (1976,1978)
19. West Coast 1991 – 1994
, 3 GF’s in 4 years winning 2 (1992,1994)
19. North Melbourne 1996 – 1999
, 3 GF’s in 4 years winning 2 (1996,1999)
22. Carlton 1914 – 1916
, 3 consecutive GF’s winning first 2
22. Geelong 1951 – 1953
, 3 consecutive GF’s winning first 2 (1951,1952)
22. Essendon 1983 – 1985
, 3 consecutive GF’s winning last 2 (1984,1985)
25. Essendon 1911 – 1912
, 2 consecutive GF’s winning both
25. Essendon 1923 – 1924
, 2 consecutive GF’s winning both
25. Adelaide 1997 – 1998
, 2 consecutive GF’s winning both

About Ben Jensen

Geelong fanatic back in town after a few years away.

Comments

  1. Andrew Else says:

    Wouldn’t mind using prelims as a tie breaker. I’d rank the ’96 Roos ahead of 78 Hawks then the 91 Eagles because they made prelims in the two years before and the one after their GF years. Mind you, there used to be only one prelim…so that’s a tad problematic

    You could get into the whole debate about the draft era, salary cap, number of teams in the comp etc, but its still a pretty fair list.

    Was actually having a debate earlier about how you define an ‘era’. I threw up that maybe it means a club winning multiple flags with at least one player playing in all of them…So, if the Bombers were to win the flag next year, with D Fletcher in the backline, we could talk of the Essendon ’93-’00-’11 era…..We can cross that bridge when we get to it I guess……

  2. Andrew Else says:

    ..sorry…. ’93-’00-’12…even better

  3. Is Fletcher playing on in 2012?!? They could win it next year ;o)

  4. Rick Kane says:

    I love that 9 different teams are represented in the Top 10, and that the Top 10 reasonably covers the last 100 years of footy. How democratic and balanced. Oh, and I particularly note and love that the Hawks are are top of this ladder :)

  5. Melbourne 1954 – 1964 8 Grand finals in 11 years winning 6

    …. and going to the top of the table.

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