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Best of the Bush

Fans flocked to see John Coleman fly for marks and kick loads of goals throughout his short but brilliant career.

Ahead of the Country Festival this Saturday, Essendon Legend Kevin Sheedy has taken on the task of selecting his ten best players from the bush. 

The four-time premiership Coach gave honourable mentions to Jack Dyer, Luke Hodge, Tim Watson, Bernie Quinlan, Matthew Scarlett, Barry Hall, Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield.

But such is the quality of the top ten, they didn’t make final cut.

Here are Kevin Sheedy’s best country players:

1. John Coleman

From: Port Fairy, Hastings

Club: Essendon

Games: 98

Goals: 537

Honours: 2x premiership player, best and fairest winner, 4x VFL leading goal kicker, 6x Essendon leading goal kicker, Essendon Team of the Century, AFL Team of the Century

2. Tony Lockett

From: Ballarat

Clubs: St Kilda, Sydney

Games: 281

Goals: 1360

Honours: Brownlow Medal winner, 4x Coleman Medal winner, 5x All-Australian, 3x Best and Fairest, Sydney Team of the Century, St Kilda Team of the Century

3. Gary Ablett Senior

From: Drouin

Clubs: Hawthorn, Geelong

Games: 248

Goals: 1030

Honours: 3x Coleman Medal winner, Norm Smith Medal winner, 4x All-Australian, 9x Geelong leading goal kicker

4. John Nicholls

From: Maryborough

Club: Carlton

Games: 328

Goals: 307

Honours: AFL Team of the Century, 2x premiership Captain, Carlton Team of the Century

5. Gary Ablett Junior

From: Jan Juc

Clubs: Geelong, Gold Coast

Games: 295

Goals: 384

Honours: 2x premiership players, 2x Brownlow Medal winner, 8x All-Australian, 5x Best and Fairest winner

6. Ron Barassi

From: Guildford, Castlemaine

Clubs: Melbourne, Carlton

Games: 254

Goals: 330

Honours: 6x premiership player, 3x All Australian

7. Doug Wade

From: Horsham

Clubs: Geelong, North Melbourne

Games: 267

Goals: 1057

Honours: 4x Coleman Medal winner, 2x premiership player, Geelong Team of the Century, Geelong Best and Fairest winner

8. Francis Bourke

From: Nathalia

Club: Richmond

Games: 300

Goals: 71

Honours: 5x premiership player, Richmond Team of the Century, AFL Team of the Century

9. Adam Goodes

From: Merbein, Horsham

Club: Sydney

Games: 372

Goals: 464

Honours: 2x Brownlow Medal winner, 2x premiership player, 4x All-Australian

10. Greg Williams

From: Bendigo

Clubs: Geelong, Sydney, Carlton

Games: 250

Goals: 217

Honours: 2x Brownlow Medal winner, 2x All-Australian, 2x Best and Fairest winner, Norm Smith Medal, Premiership player, AFL Team of the Century, Carlton Team of the Century, Sydney Team of the Century