We’re going through all 18 AFL clubs and picking their best sides from the last 20 years.

A player’s body of work during the 21st century is a key part of our criteria, therefore someone like Carlton great Stephen Silvagni loses value as he only played two seasons.

EVERY CLUB’S TEAM OF THE CENTURY: Adelaide, Brisbane, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon and Fremantle

We continue our series with the Geelong, Gold Coast and GWS

GEELONG CATS

One of the strongest performers over the last 20 seasons, reaching the top eight on 15 occasions and featuring in 10 preliminary finals.

The Cats were led by just the two coaches since the turn of the century, with Chris Scott taking over the reigns from Mark Thompson for the 2011 season.

Three premierships and four grand final appearances between 2007 and 2011 had the Geelong side considered as one of the strongest of the last 30 years.

The loss of star midfielder Gary Ablett jr. and coach Thompson wasn’t enough to bring the club’s premiership successes to a halt, winning their prized third premiership to ice the cake.

The Cats have had 18 separate players make an All-Australian side this century, adding to an astonishing total of 45 selections.

GEELONG CATS TEAM OF THE CENTURY

FB: Corey Enright, Matthew Scarlett, Darren Milburn
C: Mitch Duncan Joel Selwood (c), Joel Corey
HF: Cameron Ling, Cameron Mooney, Patrick Dangerfield
FO: Brad Ottens, Gary Ablett Jr., Jimmy Bartel
IC: Tom Stewart, Mark Blicavs, Matthew Stokes, Tom Harley

Coach:
Mark Thompson

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 01: Mitch Duncan and Corey Enright of the Cats celebrate with the Premiership Cup after winning the 2011 AFL Grand Final match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

GOLD COAST SUNS

A difficult entrance into the AFL so far for the Suns.

The club is yet to taste finals football in their nine seasons in the league, with their best season coming in 2014, where they finished 12th with a 10-12 record.

Gold Coast’s failure to maintain their key players has been their major downfall, with a flowing class of players moving onto greener pastures.

The Suns have just the one 150-game player in their near 200 game existence, with 10 of their 16 most experienced players having already left the club.

The issues throughout the club don’t just fall to the lack of security around their players, but their failed names in the coaches box.

All three of the Suns coaches have failed to reach 100 games in charge of the club and are yet to reach a 30% win rate.

GOLD COAST SUNS TEAM OF THE CENTURY
HB: Adam Saad, Steven May, Touk Miller
HF: Jack Martin, Tom Lynch, Sam Day
FO:Jarrod Witts, Gary Ablett Jr. (c), Dion Prestia

Coach:
Guy McKenna

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 18: David Swallow of the Suns in action during the round 22 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

GWS GIANTS

Dissimilar to the Suns, the other new boys on the block in the Giants have made a strong impression on the compassion in short time.

A tough start for a young promising side would build the foundations for what was to come, with the club having to endure 57 loses across their first three season in the league.

GWS reached September in their fifth season, narrowly missing the Grand Final after a thriller against eventual-premiers in the Wester Bulldogs.

The club has since reached the finals in every year since and came one step away from premiership glory in 2019.

A number of stars players remain with the club while a host of their best names have departed their clubs over the last eight seasons.

Collectively, the club can master a side as strong as any in less than a decade and stand a chance to remain at the top for years to come.

GWS GIANTS TEAM OF THE CENTURY
FF: Devon Smith, Jonathan Patton, Rory Lobb

Coach:
Leon Cameron

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MAY 28: Toby Greene of the Giants celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 10 match between the West Coast Eagles and the GWS Giants at Domain Stadium on May 28, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)