MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 03: The Hawks celebrate winning the 2015 AFL Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the West Coast Eagles at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 3, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

We’ve ranked all the premiership sides of this decade, comparing the teams on paper to see who has the greatest crop since 2010.

Of course, comparing the best of the best is no easy task, and one side had to come in at No. 10 despite still being as elite as they come.



10. Western Bulldogs 2016

Unfortunately, one team had to be last, and it was the young pups who famously ended a 72-year drought in 2016. The Bulldogs edged their club into the history books with a fighting triumph over the Swans by 22 points.

The Bulldogs boasted some talented youngsters along with experienced heads and were the best team at the right time but not necessarily as good on paper, finishing seventh at the end of the season and defeating four strong sides along the journey.

None of the 22 selected had previously played in a grand final, but it made no difference on the day.

Veterans Matthew Boyd and Dale Morris stood tall while a young cast of Bontempelli, Liberatore, Boyd, McLean and Dunkley surprised us all with one of the best team performances of the decade. Key position players Joel Hamling, Zaine Cordy and Fletcher Roberts just don’t compare to some of the names from earlier in the decade.

Western Bulldogs
B:39 Jason Johannisen30 Joel Hamling5 Matthew Boyd
HB:24 Shane Biggs38 Dale Morris10 Easton Wood (c)
C:Lachie HunterMarcus Bontempelli42 Liam Picken
HF:11 Jackson Macrae12 Zaine CordyJake Stringer
F:29 Tory Dickson17 Tom Boyd14 Clay Smith
Foll:23 Jordan RougheadLuke Dahlhaus21 Tom Liberatore
Int:16 Toby McLean18 Fletcher Roberts20 Josh Dunkley
35 Caleb Daniel
Coach:Luke Beveridge
Robert Murphy and Easton Wood of the Bulldogs hold up the premiership cup during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)