Ultimate Footbal Team Final

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To come up with three contenders for each spot our experts had to trawl through all the AFL play lists from 1990 to today� 2093 in all plus the records of 64 coaches then through a democratic mix of conscientious objections, some home-town bias and finally a show of hands, they got there.

So let's begin with the forwards, a classy lot who've kicked more than four thousand goals between them. Michael Voss, Wayne Carey and James Hird across half forward with Magpie Peter Daicos in a pocket as unanimous choices.

But full forward was their biggest headache. In the end Jason Dunstall got the nod.

With Gary Ablett senior in a pocket and "Plugger" Tony Lockett getting punted.

Across the centre no real surprises here Magpie Nathan Buckley and Eagles Peter Matera with Carlton's Greg Williams at centre.

In defence Adelaide's Andrew McLeod and the Swans legend Paul Roos are alongside West Coast Eagles man-mountain Glen Jakovich at centre half back.

The last line has the tightest markers the game has seen� the cats Matthew Scarlett and Port's Gavin Wanganeen in the pockets with Carlton's Serge Silvangi, the full back.

The first ruck reflects the dominance of West Coast playmakers, big man Dean Cox, Ben cousins and Chris Judd who this season switched to Carlton.

On the bench Saints Robert Harvey, Adelaide's Mark Riccuito, Lions Simon Black and much to everyone's relief, save Cornsey, Tony "Plugger" Locket.

The ultimate coach for this team of champions was a no brainer. The canny Leigh Matthews with 5 Grand Finals, 3 straight flags with the Lions and that face-saver for Collingwood with a success rate of 59 %.

As for the ultimate team's leaders... unanimous choices again, James Hird Vice Captain while Wayne Carey stands supreme as Skipper.

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