'Plugger’, ‘Banger’, ‘Spida’ and ‘Buckets’ said it all.

This was a decade of larger-than-life characters and even bigger moments.

Over the next fortnight, we're taking a trip down memory lane to celebrate the ‘90s as part of our new Through the Ages series.

Here are our contenders for the coveted No. 1 ruck spot in the 1990s Team of the Decade.

Peter Everitt

Games: 180 (St Kilda), 72 (Hawthorn), 39 (Sydney)
Career: 1993-2002 (St Kilda), 2003-2006 (Hawthorn), 2007-2008 (Sydney)
Goals: 299 (St Kilda), 67 (Hawthorn), 17 (Sydney)
Accolades: Trevor Barker Award winner (2001), leading goalkicker (2000), 3 x All Australian (1997, 1998, 2005), Rising Star nominee (1993), St Kilda Hall of Fame inductee

Peter Everitt was of St Kilda’s most eccentric characters, whose wide-ranging skillset was as numerous as his varied hairstyles throughout the 1990s. 

What couldn’t be argued was Spida’s raw talent and mobility both up forward and in the ruck, which earned him two All Australian nominations with the Saints. 

The imposing ruckman also boasted the ability to kick big bags, with nine-goal haul against the Cats one of his most memorable performances. 

Lazar Vidovic

Games: 80
Career: 1989, 1991-1997

The big, galloping Lazar Vidovic was one of the Saints' cult figures throughout the 1990s.

Strong and awkward to play on, the hard-working ruckman evolved into an important part of the Saints' line-up.

Vidovic was called up into the senior side at the pointy end of the 1997 season, before he and Everitt went down through injury just before the finals run.

Brett Cook

Games: 25 (Fitzroy), 18 (St Kilda)
Career: 1994-1996 (Fitzroy), 1997-1999 (St Kilda)

Brett Cook was in the backseat during the reign of Peter Everitt and Lazar Vidovic, but was quickly thrown into pole position after the pair suffered respective shoulder and knee injuries in the lead-up to the 1997 finals series.

The former Fitzroy ruckman was recalled for the Preliminary Final after a nine-week absence from the senior side, and was ultimately selected in the 1997 Grand Final team. 

Tim Elliott

Games: 47
Career: 1997-2001

Tim Elliott broke into the senior side after a lengthy run in the reserves, going on to play 47 games for the club.

The towering Saint was used in the ruck and as a key defender, with the bulk of his games coming in a solid 1999 campaign in tandem with Peter Everitt.

Wayne Thornborrow

Games: 13
Career: 1994-1995 

The Glenelg recruit Wayne Thornborrow had limited time at the Saints, but made sure to chime in when it counted.

Thornborrow once booted four against the Hawks in 1995, and kicked a crucial major in the final quarter during the Saints' stunning comeback against Sydney in 1994.

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