Best thing Perth did was to let Bevo Go, and get Gleeson to coach going for his 3 championship.
Bevo wouldn't have done any worse.
Grace Fisher Vlahov Crawford and co. coached by Dpc Hurley were the greatest. More depth and teams to gp through back then as well.
Yes, not having an 0-28 Geelong team in the mix makes things much easier now.
Hey Kobe, don't forget the 1993 Grand Final as well. Try as I might, I am unable to.
I was counting it when this was going through my mind on the way home last night, obviously slipped my mind between then and posting.
What's impressive about the early era is it really went from 87-03, with 11 SF appearances, two lost GFs and four titles, and they stayed up the top through the league going way up in standard from the late 90s.
98/99 was the closest they came to missing the playoffs until this season, and they were promptly bundled out (as they had been the year before). I'm not sure you can stretch it that far.
the league in the 90's was more competitive in my opinion
The team that finished second-last this year missed the playoffs by one game.
The difference is that back then, our stable core were also our best players.
In the recent grand final era most of our top players have been imports, so it's not really comparing apples with apples.
Yeah, this is what my last paragraph was getting at. In terms of era I think the current eight-year run has it easily, but in terms of core it's a closer discussion.
Once Grace and Fisher naturalised, their imports were role players.
Todd Lichti, role player. That's a new one.
Grace and Fisher also didn't naturalise until after the 1987-1995 window.
Yep the 90s can't be beat. 2000 championship was 1999-2000 season. Four in ONE decade.
If they win this year, that gives them three more years to get another in order to tie it, with more grand final appearances. Had Redhage and Martin not gone down in 2011 & 2013, they'd probably have surpassed it already.
But I also think it's silly to claim that the 2000 team has much at all in common with the 90-95 teams.