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.

However, for the league's young expansion clubs, the chance to sit down and select their finest sides has not yet arisen.

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.
  • All statistics and awards must have been accrued while playing for the club in question.
  • 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 head to Sydney's west tos ettle which Giants tower above the rest.



10. Phil Davis (2012-2023)

174 games 

Alongside his great mate Callan Ward, Davis acted as skipper for the first eight seasons of the Giants' history.

And though neither he nor his team would win any awards under his stewardship, the former Crow set a foundation to build off in Sydney's west.

As a life member, Davis' name is sure to bob up when selectors eventually converge to name their greatest Giants side of this century.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Co captain Phil Davis of the Giants welcomes Co captain Callan Ward of the Giants into the huddle during the 2017 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the GWS Giants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 23, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)