The Canberra Brave have emerged as the surprise leader in ACT sport power rankings from the past five years following an study by Gain Line analytics.
The Australian Ice Hockey League grand finalists of last season moved into the top 10 of all Australiasian sporting teams. It's a remarkable rise given the Brave rose from the ashes of the Canberra Knights, who went bust in 2014.
The Brave were ranked No. 9 on the overall list, with the Melbourne Storm beating the Canterbury Crusaders and NSW Breakers for the No. 1 slot.
The Brave, who won their first ice hockey Goodall Cup last year, have been a dominant force in the first five years of their existence, attracting sell-out crowds to most of their home games at Phillip.
The Canberra Cavalry was the No. 2 Canberra team, coming in at No. 43.
The Canberra Raiders made their first grand final since 1994 this year and were No. 52, just beating the ACT Brumbies (53) and Canberra United (54).
The analysis evaluates sustained success, the strength of 16 different competitions and how teams performed over the past five years.
It took into account 8210 individual matches involving 138 teams.
The Storm won with an overall score of 3.2426, with the Brave making it inside the top 10 with 2.0480.
The Brave lost just twice during the 28-game regular season this year, but were knocked out of championship contention in the play-offs.
The ACT was the best-performed area for male teams, while women's teams were fourth after some lean years for the Canberra Capitals and Canberra United.
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The Brave's rise to the top follows an analysis by the same company last year, which determined the Brumbies to be the best Canberra team over a 25-year period.
Gain Line Analytics director and former Wallabies and Brumbies prop Ben Darwin said the study looked to determine which side was the most "stable".
"It's about running a club in a good manner, and one of the things we focus on is clubs that develop instead of buying the answer," he said. "You can either have a short term fix or long term success."
"The Storms and Crusaders, they have an internal focus on how they recruit."
Further down the line, Super Rugby side Hurricanes came in 5th, with Victoria for the Sheffield Shield placed 6th. The first AFL team on the list, the Richmond Tigers came in 7th.
Sydney Roosters were the second NRL side on the list, coming in at 8th, followed by the Cronulla Sharks who were the third NRL team at 25th.
The year differs from last year's inaugural analysis which previously looked at the past 25 years. With the sliming down to the past five this year, the analysis has been able to add A-League and Big Bash sides.
The top 25 includes a range of sports, both women and men, including water polo and baseball sides.
"We wanted to shine a light on teams that normally don't of a lot of attention," he said. Just because they don't get attention doesn't mean they're not excellent."