Throughout the final years of the 1990s, AFL clubs across the land looked backwards rather than forward, with selectors, historians and superstars converging to name their Teams of the 20th Century.

So, as we near the quarter-time mark of the 21st century, what better time to run the rule on which players are likely to feature when the selectors of tomorrow get together in several decades' time?

While every club has an array of deadset legends that can be called on, we here at Zero Hanger have employed the following rules of selection:

  • Only statistics recorded and achievements accrued since the start of the 2000 AFL season will be acknowledged.
  • Any player selected must have played at least 100 senior games for their respective club since the start of the 2000 AFL season.

Second up, we head to Lions' Den to break down the best names to have played for Brisbane.



10. Alastair Lynch (2000-2004)

4 x leading goalkicker (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2023)
3 x premiership player (2001, 2002 and 2003)
102 games, 318 goals, 3.1 goals per game

Having played with Fitzroy, the Bears and the Brisbane Lions, Lynch once sat at the intersection of the club's past, its present and its future, especially when acting as a mentor to Jonathan Brown.

A former defender swung forward, the Tasmanian proved potent in the three-peat years, even going out with a bang in the 2004 grand final.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Alastair Lynch of the Brisbane Lions and Darryl Wakelin of Port Power fight during the AFL Grand Final between the Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide Power at the Melbourne Cricket Ground September 25, 2004 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Stuart Hannagan/Getty Images)