Essendon and Carlton with 16 premierships each.
East Fremantle with 29 premierships
Michael Tuck (Hawthorn) 7 premierships
As of May 2011, Essendon and Carlton share the honor of having won the most VFL/AFL Premierships with sixteen apiece.
Because they won the most premierships
Roosters are second.
The Boston Celtics with 17 Championships.
Melbourne has won 12 premierships
Which AFL team has won 10 premierships
Carlton have won 16 Grand Finals. Although Essendon have was 16 premierships, it has won only 14 grand finals. The premierships of 1897 and 1924 were decided by a round robin finals series and no grand final was played in those years.
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After some research, I believe the answer to be that there are 3 different people who answer to achieving the most premierships as VFL-AFL players and coaches: The first was Jock McHale, who won 2 premierships solely as a player for Collingwood - the first being in 1903 - his first year at the club. He then went on to coach Collingwood to a record 8 premierships = 10 total premierhips. The second was Norm Smith, who played for Melbourne Football Club from 1937. He played in 4 premierships for the club. Later he went on to coach 6 premierships over an 11 year period = 10 total premierhips. The third was Ron Barassi, who played for Melbourne, winning 6 Premierhips as a player only with that club. Following his time at Melbourne, he accepted a coaching opportunity with Carlton, which club won 2 premierships during his short stay with the club. He then went on to coach North Melbourne for a further 2 premierships = 10 total premierships! However, of those premierhips, some won by Ron Barassi and Jock McHale were achieved as playing coaches.