By - Godlee84
Shaun Rehn tapping to Ricciuto, Goodwin, McLeod, Sloane, and Dangerfield. Edwards and Bickley very close.
Wynd down to Bont, Macrae, Dunkley, Libba & Treloar
Which Libba? Plus no West or Johnson?
I’m half joking, half serious. I would have Macrae ahead of west as the accumulator, Tom is shit loads better than Tony and Johnno was his best in the forward 50 not really in the midfield. This is easily the best midfield we’ve assembled in my lifetime.
What about Darcy as ruck?
No way, Wynd was better. There’s a reason he won a Brownlow.
Didn't watch the 90s, Tom over Tony, really? I know the game has changed but all I know is the brownlow.
This is super easy for Brisbane.
Voss, Black, Akermanis, Lappin, Neale. Martin as Ruck.
Surely Keating in the ruck. They would roll him out of hospital every finals series.
Clark "The Finals Consultant" Keating
Would it be as easy if you included Fitzroy heritage?
Ruck: Paddy Ryder
Mids: Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish, Jobe Watson, Jason Johnson, James Hird
Sandilands rucking for Fyfe Mundy Bell Hasleby, maybe Pav as the 5th?
EDIT: Crowley also a good shout as a tagger and still a very good mid
Sandilands and Fyfe those were the days, man the year Fyfe won his first Brownlow he was so good, I loved watching him play. Best first half of a season I have ever witnessed in my life. When I heard Cripps had the record for the most amount of votes in 8 rounds I think? I was so confused because there’s no way he played better than Fyfe
Would be an incredibly balanced midfield they were to actually play together as well.
Neale a bit rough to miss out but I can see why
J Carr for Hasleby - he’s halfway between Crowley and Hasleby so you get both!
Now that’s a Freo team I’d be afraid of lol.
Max Lynch to Pendlebury, Buckley, Beams, Shaw, Swan
I didn’t see Lynch play but I’m a little surprised you didn’t have Grundy or Sidebottom in there.
Was taking the piss a bit with the ruck pick, Sidebottom vs Beams could go either at but I think Beams best season was better than Sidebottoms
If you don’t want Grundy feel free to give him to us lol. Grundy and Nic Nat on the same team would rock.
The eagles have already stolen enough from us
Lol. Fair enough. Just trying to help a fellow bird out.
Carlton: Chic Breese tapping it, Harcourt Dowsley, Brighton Diggins, Wally O'Cock, Edric Bickford and Artie McSpeerin following. Wow, what a team that would have been, one can only dream. I know what you're saying though, how can you not include Otto Buck or Ernie Dingwall? Well...sometimes you have to make tough decisions.
Surely Devlin McGregor would get a run in there, or are you playing him off a halfback flank?
Ottens to Selwood, Ablett, Danger, Bartel, Johnson. Special mentions to Corey, Ling, Guthrie and Buddha who was my idol as a kid but I was too young to actually remember his play.
I'm definitely not biased but this wins.
Just the sheer number of Brownlow votes in that midfield.
I think I may be bias but the only ones I can see competing with this would be Eagles and Hawthorn. Watching all those players together in their primes would be awesome.
Cox gives you guys such an edge. Literally another midfielder.
Definitely Cox was brilliant. Although I think Ablett may count as 3 midfielders lol.
Surely Brisbane would compete with that batch?
Yeah I mentioned in another comment I totally forgot about Brisbane. Their best 5 mids would definitely be able to compete with the best of any team.
This was the one I was waiting for. Geelong has had some brilliant midfielders throughout different eras so I was interested to see which would make the cut.
Off the top of my head the only team that I think could be on par is West Coast's, or maybe Brisbane if you chuck in Neale with some of the three-peat-ers
Totally forgot about Brisbane. Voss, Black, Neale and whoever else (*Brisbane fan help me out) would make a formidable midfield.
Farmer for Ottens, Couch for Johnson. Williams probably doesn’t count for the Cats.
I’m with you on Polly but I’d go with Gary Hocking for Johnson. You need a bit of mongrel in that middle and he went hard in and under. Apologies to Billy Goggin, Selwood and Joel Corey who was underrated in those Geelong sides on and off the field.
Yeah don’t mind Buddha or Couch there
It’s a pretty decent midfield any way you slice it. Mark Bairstow is another overlooked mid.
If you wanted to go with Brownlow tallies the Ablett Jnr, Selwood, Danger, Buddha and Bartel.
And as much as I love our Mr September Brad Otten’s I think Sam Newman would be first reserve in the ruck
We should also save Johnson for the forward pocket. He was good in the middle but his best was in front of goal, surely.
He came third or fourth in a Brownlow count in a year he was suspended and that Joel came second in, he was pretty bloody good as a mid. I think he would have spent more of his career there if we hadn't been so stacked.
Buddha came in top four in the Brownlow 4 yearS in a row and Selwood’s number 9 on the all time Brownlow list and he’s got at least one 3 voter this year already.
Exactly, he was never a pure mid, if Gary Ablett Senior gets picked as a forward flank in Geelong’s team of the century,it tells you that either sometimes you have to make accommodations or we had a great full forward in Wade and some particularly special wingers with the Turners.
Can't fit Ablett Sr? I guess he played his best footy as a forward.
I'm limiting it to only people I've seen play
Im picking Ling over Johnson as i think we need a defensive midfielder and it balances it more
Ruck: Madden, Hird, Jobe Watson, Tim Watson, Zach Merrett, Dick Reynolds
Not too shabby
As an Eagles fan I’m taking Cox, Judd, Cousins, Yeo, Priddis and Matera
Yeah I think one or both of Priddis and Yeo are necessary among the other obvious Eagles options. At some point you start getting diminishing returns if you haven't got anyone laying tackles.
Yeah it was hard leaving Priddis and Yeo out but I went for more speed.
If we're looking for long term success
Cox, Shuey, Judd, Yeo, Matera, Kerr
If we want the 'fuck he's good but this cannot be a sustainable lifestyle' Midfield
Gardiner, Kerr, Cousins, Fletcher, Mainwaring, and of course Violent criminal Andrew Gaff.
Not sure if you're aware but ah, you've put kerr up there twice. I'm assuming by long term success you mean non drug taking party boys so unless you mean Sam Kerr, ol mate Kerr shouldn't be up the top. Also I hope it's satire about Gaffy
I'm going along the line of thinking that in the right environment, Daniel Kerr could probably stay out of trouble. But then again, who knows. If I had to swap him out, I'd chuck Dean Kemp or Pridda in there.
Sandilands and 5 Fyfes
Lol. They’d never kick a goal.
Here we are all having a good time then you go and say something hurtful like that
lol. Sorry mate. On the bright side they would kick so many points that you’d probably still win anyway. The scoreboard would be 2 goals and 124 points.
How many premierships in a row would that be?
One will do mate
Boak, Wines, Gray, Shaun Burgoyne, Chad Cornes and Ryder. Great balance of class, grunt and flair.
Francou probably stiff to miss out but I guess you’ve gone for a balance of styles.
Always thought primus was a bit overrated. Lade was the better tap ruckman. Him and Burgoyne were ridiculous together
They literally had to change the rules because Primus was dominating in the ruck so much. If we’re doing it for pure tap work though, probably Lade.
Ryder over Lade?
Was a toss up between the two, I just think Ryder fits the dynamic I would want in a hypothetical.
Grundy rucking to Buckley, Pendlebury, Swan, Sidebottom and Tony Shaw. Millane, Burns, Licuria, Ball and Adams next 5.
Harry Madden, Chris Judd, Patrick Cripps, Greg Williams on the inside with Craig Bradley and Anthony Koutoufides on the wings. Bench has Brett Ratten, Fraser Brown, Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs or Camporeale. Sam Walsh in the cradle.
Any era you say? Jack Dyer down to Dusty, Kevin Bartlett, Ian Stewart, Matty Knights and Cotch.
AFL era: Nank down to Dusty, Cotch, Prestia, Matty Knights and Wayne Campbell.
Goodes down to Kennedy, Parker, Jack, Hannebery and Stephens
No Paul Kelly?
Sometimes I just don't need to read the username, hello Plugger
Anyway, same goes for me but swap Stephens for Jolly or Tippett, move Goodes down to onballer
goodes won a brownlow as a ruck so imma go with him
Sandiland with Fyfe, Mundy, Neale, Hasleby and Bell.
Not really a mid.
won an AA there.
Laurie Keene in the ruck with Dean Kemp, Brayden Ainsworth, Matt Priddis, Brett Heady, and Dwayne Lamb. All Subiaco boys!
Six Brayden Ainsworths
It will be a six way tie for the Brownlow
Madden, Hird, Watson, Watson, Reynolds and Hutchison.
That's mine, too.
Graham Moss disappointed to miss the cut but you can't go past Simon Madden.
Simon Madden (r)
Dick Reynolds, Bill Hutchison, Tim Watson, James Hird, Jack Clarke
Lol, edited. It was early and I hadn’t had my 3 litres of coffee yet to normalise my brain.
Oh, right. I'd thought you'd dragged up someone from the 1890's Golden Era.
Simon O'Donnell, former Victorian and Australian all rounder (cricket), played a few games for St Kilda, IIRC.
Scott Wynd as the ruck. Tony Liberatore, Bont, Whitten, West and Hawkins.
Bont may be too early to call best 5 but whatever, it’s my 5 picks.
Also might need to replace Libba with someone with more outside run, but how can you leave him out? Have West be the main clearance guy and Libba the defensive mid.
Lina was as better than his boy inside and almost as good as Diesel Williams with his hand pass to outside. Only Sam Mitchell in modern times comes close with that quality. Adapting to become the premier tagged later in his careers Howe’s his bloody mongrel determination
Jolly, Swan, Pendlebury, Buckley, Beams
Probably Nank to Dusty, Cotchin, Campbell, Deledio and Edwards
I'd choose older players but it's harder to evaluate how good they'd be without really being familiar with them on anything other than reputation. Ruck is hard for us because we've never had a super dominant ruckman.
Clearly you don't remember premiership ruckman, Shaun Grigg! Obvious swap for Nank :D
We had Brad Ottens if you want a more recent ruckman.
Yeah I know, and I loved Ottens but he obviously had more success as a ruckman at Geelong. Correct me if I'm wrong but was he ever really our number one ruck? I recall him more playing 2nd tall forward/ruck as we still had Richo and Gale for most of his career.
Luke Jackson tapping it down to five other Luke Jackson’s
Ryder, Hayes, Harvey, Stewart, Smith, Goddard.
Fuck me just inserting Ryder into our 2009/10 teams would win us flags. He’s such a gun
Yup, especially since we lost Gardiner in the '10 final. Brutal.
Darren Jolly in the ruck supported by Adam Goodes, Paul Kelly, Josh Kennedy, Brett Kirk, and Dan Hannebery.
Luke Parker, Jude Bolton, Ryan O'Keefe, and Jarrad McVeigh all unlucky to miss out.
Where is the love for Bob Skilton?
Too far back in the past. I've been supporting the Swans since my first game in 92 so I decided to restrict my list to that period.
I feel Parker is super underrated
Otters Selwood Bartel Johnson Corey Ablett sounds pretty unreal to me…
Paul Salmon to Matthews, Crawford, Platten, Hodge and S.Mitchell
I wanna say McKernan tapping to Cunners, Stevens and Boomer with Rawlings and Wells on the wing?
As a sad Carlton fan
Kreuzer, Cripps, Walsh, Judd, Murphy and maybe Mitch Robinson for that extra edge
Salmon tapping to Hodge, Platten, Lethal, Crawf and Tuck/Smitchell/Bucky.