Allan Jeans, the iconic VFL premiership coach of St Kilda and Hawthorn, was named coach of the team with Neale Daniher his assistant.
Colless served as chair of the selection panel, which also included former News Corp writer Mike Sheahan, commentator Gerard Healy, Ian Granland, the president of the NSW AFL History Society, AFL NSW/ACT chief executive Sam Graham and AFL commissioner Gabrielle Trainor.
It was a painstaking task for the panel, who had to balance the quirks of 140 years of history with the achievements of nearly 500 players from NSW who played senior football in the VFL/AFL, as well as those who reached the SANFL and WAFL.
NSW GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME
FB: Chris Lethbridge (Sydney YMCA/Fitzroy), Leo Barry (Deniliquin/Sydney Swans), Ross Henshaw (North Albury/North Melbourne)
HB: Jarrad McVeigh (Pennant Hills/Sydney Swans), Gordon Strang (East Albury/Richmond), Dennis Carroll (Albury Tigers/Sydney Swans)
C: Shane Crawford (Finley/Hawthorn), Lenny Hayes (Pennant Hills/St Kilda), Neil Davies (Central Broken Hill/Glenelg)
HF: Terry Daniher (vice captain – Ungarie Football Club/Essendon), Wayne Carey (captain – North Wagga/North Melbourne), Luke Breust (Temora/Hawthorn)
FF: Paul Kelly (vice captain – Wagga Tigers/Sydney Swans), Bill Mohr (Wagga Tigers/St Kilda), John Longmire (Corowa-Rutherglen/North Melbourne)
R: Bruce McGregor (West Broken Hill/West Adelaide), Brett Kirk (North Albury/Sydney Swans), Haydn Bunton (West Albury/Fitzroy)
INT: Mark Maclure (East Sydney/Carlton), Isaac Smith (Wagga Tigers/Hawthorn), Kieren Jack (Pennant Hills/Sydney Swans), Tom Hawkins (Finley/Geelong)
EMERGENCIES: Dane Rampe (UNSW Bulldogs/Sydney Swans), Stan Lloyd (Newtown/St Kilda), David Murphy (Finley FC/Sydney Swans), Rick Quade (Ariah Park-Mirrool/Sydney Swans), Don Ross (North Albury/Footscray), Bernard Toohey (Barooga/Sydney Swans), Geoff Kingston (Wagga Tigers/West Torrens), Daniel Cross (Albury/Western Bulldogs), Perc Bushby (Narrandera/Essendon)
COACH: Allan Jeans
ASSISTANT COACH: Neale Daniher
Vince is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.