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Brisbane, Geelong, Hawthorn and now Richmond.

Since 2000, the AFL has seen clubs put together dominant periods featuring multiple premiershi­ps.

But just how do the Tigers of 2017-19 compare to what are considered three of the greatest teams of all-time?

BRISBANE (2001-04)

P: 101 W: 75 D: 1 L: 25 W%: 74.3

Premiershi­ps: 3

Coached by the great Leigh Matthews and led by one of the best midfields of all-time, the Lions dominated the early 2000s. Captain Michael Voss, Simon Black, Nigel Lappin and Jason Akermanis were nicknamed the ‘Fab Four’. Brisbane had Mal Michael and Justin Leppitsch guiding the backline to go with Scott brothers Chris and Brad, and Alastair Lynch and an emerging Jonathan Brown up forward.

GEELONG (2007-11)

P: 125 W: 105 D: 0 L: 20 W%: 84

Premiershi­ps: 3

Under the guidance of Mark Thompson and later Chris Scott, the Cats made four grand finals in five years. Its success was built off the likes of Gary Ablett Jr., Jimmy Bartel, Joel Selwood and Cameron Ling, the defensive work of Matthew Scarlett, Tom Harley, Harry Taylor and Darren Milburn and the magic of Steve Johnson and Paul Chapman and forward Tom Hawkins, plus underrated pair Corey Enright and Joel Corey.

HAWTHORN (2012-15)

P: 101 W: 80 D: 0 L: 21 W%: 79.2

Premiershi­ps: 3

After a grand final loss in 2012, Alastair Clarkson’s Hawks went on an incredible run. Luke Hodge, Jordan Lewis, Sam Mitchell, Jarryd Roughead, Shaun Burgoyne, Cyril Rioli, Josh Gibson, Grant Birchall, Brian Lake, Jack Gunston. It was a star-studded Hawthorn. And two of its premiershi­ps came after the departure of one of the best forwards in AFL history in Lance Franklin, who joined Sydney.

RICHMOND (2017-19)

P: 74 W: 56 D: 0 L: 18 W%: 75.7

Premiershi­ps: 2

Its run has, thus far, been shorter than the dominance of Brisbane, Geelong and Hawthorn, but Richmond has enjoyed a spectacula­r period under Damien Hardwick, even though it fell short despite 18 home-and-away wins in 2018. Dustin Martin is one of just four players to have won multiple Norm Smith Medals, while stars Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt, Alex Rance, Tom Lynch, Shane Edwards, Dion Prestia and Bachar Houli have had a more than capable supporting cast.

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