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Year Awarded: 2009
Sport: Australian Football
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Essendon Football Team (Australian Football) - 2000

The Essendon team which won the 2000 Grand Final dominated the AFL competition that year. They won the preseason competition, 21 of their 22 home and away games and won all their three finals matches by impressive margins. Their season-long success culminated in a 60 point win over Melbourne in the Grand Final.

Competition
AFL

Coach
Kevin Sheedy

Captain
James Hird

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