Who's the best Indigenous player ever?

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PhatBoy

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Farmer by popular consensus, Buddy is probably the best I’ve seen just ahead of McLeod who I think gets overlooked a lot on these sorts of things.

My favourite to watch easily is The Wizard
 

Istina

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dinnaz

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I won't say anyone I haven't seen so that rules out any pre AFL GOAT's
The best peak: Peter Matera, Lance Franklin
The best for the longest: Andrew Mcleod, Adam Goodes
 

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Can only comment on who I've seen (so no maurice, polly etc)

1 - buddy
2 - mcleod
3 - goodes
4 - wanganeen
5 - cyril
6 - long
7 - betts
8 - tippa
9 - matera
10 - winmar

Hon. mention - silk burgoyne.
 
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dinnaz

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Obviously not the best but Betts I feel gets overlooked a bit in these discussions. Better than Cyril.
Better highlights and a longer career but less's influence on games. But as a defender I wouldn't want my face in a goal of the year highlight which will be replayed forever:tearsofjoy:
 

Dirty Bird

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Buddy, Goodes, McLeod - order depends what sort of player you value - from the players I have seen.
Agree with this 100%

And I think you take era into account to determine what you value

pre 2005 - 1. McLeod, 2. Franklin, 3. Goodes
2005-2020 - 1. Goodes, 2. Franklin, 3. McLeod
2020-present - 1. Franklin, 2. Goodes, 3. McLeod
 

Fade to Gray

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Agree with this 100%

And I think you take era into account to determine what you value

pre 2005 - 1. McLeod, 2. Franklin, 3. Goodes
2005-2020 - 1. Goodes, 2. Franklin, 3. McLeod
2020-present - 1. Franklin, 2. Goodes, 3. McLeod

Pre 2005 Buddy hadn't played a game for Hawthorn, so no idea how you could rank him ahead of Goodes, who had won a Brownlow in that period.
2020 - Present, only Buddy is still playing AFL, so it's pretty meaningless.

They are all champion players, who played different roles so it's hard to compare.

I would rank them - Buddy, McLeod, Goodes - but it could easily be in any other order.
 

Tiger2709

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I'm biased of course but Maurice is the best I've seen, in fact one of the best players indeginous or not but most that saw him play say Polly is the best.

Buddy stands comfortably amongst the top few, 1000 goals in the modern era is mind boggling.
 

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