Throughout the final years of the 1990s, AFL clubs across the land looked backward 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.
Next up, we're crossing over to Olympic Park to catalogue the cream of Collingwood's crop of champions.
10. Chris Tarrant (2000-2006 & 2011-2012)
5 x leading goalkicker (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005)
1 x All-Australian
172 games, 289 goals, 1.7 goals per game
Whether flying through the air to take Mark of the Year or splitting the big sticks at will, Tarrant was the Pies' first true talisman in the post-millenium era.
While his time in black and white would be divided by a stint out west with the Dockers, there have been few more popular Magpie trades of this century than when the Woods brought 'Taz' home after the 2010 premiership.