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. 9 despite still being as elite as they come.
HERE IS HOW WE RANKED EVERY PREMIERSHIP SIDE OF THE DECADE, COUNTING DOWN FROM 9-1:
9. 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.
|B:||39 Jason Johannisen||30 Joel Hamling||5 Matthew Boyd|
|HB:||24 Shane Biggs||38 Dale Morris||10 Easton Wood (c)|
|C:||7 Lachie Hunter||4 Marcus Bontempelli||42 Liam Picken|
|HF:||11 Jackson Macrae||12 Zaine Cordy||9 Jake Stringer|
|F:||29 Tory Dickson||17 Tom Boyd||14 Clay Smith|
|Foll:||23 Jordan Roughead||6 Luke Dahlhaus||21 Tom Liberatore|
|Int:||16 Toby McLean||18 Fletcher Roberts||20 Josh Dunkley|
|35 Caleb Daniel|