Footy is so tribal.

The AFL have just announced their best team of the last 25 years.

I’m a West Coast Eagles man.  So, like most other AFL fans around the nation, the first thing I did was to see how many players from my team made the final 22 man team.

There were 4 of them.

I’m happy with that.

We scored Coxy and Chris Judd on the ball. I’m a big wrap for Dean Cox, but is he really the best ruckman of the last 25 years ?

Happy to take the spot, but were there not others who shone ?  There were those who showed patches of brilliance, but Cox was so consistent over such a long period of time.

I note that in the official pic of the team, Juddy is wearing a West Coast jumper. 

We scored Peter Matera on the wing.  What an amazing player he was ?  He was a joy to watch.

Glen Jackovich is holding down Centre Half Back.

So the team in it’s entirety.

B – Wanganeen, Silvagni, Scarlett

HB – Hodge, Jackovich, McLeod

C – Matera, Voss, Buckley

HF – Ablett Snr, Carey, Franklin

F – Brent Harvey, Lockett, Dunstall

Ruck – Cox, Judd, Ablett Jnr

Interchange, Reiwoldt, Hird, Goodes, Robert Harvey

Coach – Leigh Matthews

What a combination ?

When you look at a team that squeezes Buddy Franklin onto a half forward flank and can’t even find a starting spot for Jimmy Hird, it’s a ripper.ablett

I’m  a huge fan of Boomer Harvey…but I don’t know I could find a spot for him on this forward line.

And who should be captain ?

Carey ? Ablett Jnr ? James Hird ?

I’d be going with Michael Voss.

What are your thoughts ?


In closing, I couldn’t help but mention the Fremantle Dockers.  As a West Coast man, the rivarly between the cross town Perth teams is as strong as it’s ever been.  Right at the moment, the Dockers have got the wood on the Eagles.  I’m scanning this team list looking for the Dockers players and I can’t find any.

Better luck in the next 25 years hey ?