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All-Australian snubs, squad of 44, most unlucky to miss out, robbed, analysis, Nick Daicos, Jordan Dawson, Sam Docherty

Youngster Nick Dykos missed out on Australia’s 44-man squad in a shock call-up announced on Monday.

Although the team expanded by four to reward more star players, Daikos was one of many surprising omissions.

The No.4 draft pick has been in impressive form in his first season, averaging 26 disposals at half-back and has almost 80 more effective disposals than any other Collingwood player this year.

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Magpie is considered a certainty for Rising Star and even a dark horse for the Brownlow Medal.

But AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan (panel chairman) and selection panel Kevin Bartlett, Jude Bolton, Nathan Buckley, Ken Korns, Andrew Dillon, Glenn Jackovich, Chris Johnson, Cameron Ling, Nick Riewoldt and Brad Scott had no place for Daicos. A group of 44 people.

Here’s another person who was very unlucky to lose.

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Jordan Dawson, Adelaide

The former Swan proved to be a good choice for the Crows, and finished with an elite season in 2022.

But there was no place for the latter in Australia’s 44-man squad.

Dawson proved the hero in the 3rd round showdown when he scored the winning goal after the siren.

Dawson was the third-best player for 50 rebounds in 2022, and is in the top 10 overall.

In the year He finished well as Adelaide’s top scorer in 2022, with 146 for the year – more than 50 more than Taylor Walker’s next best.

Part of the reason he faced Dawson was that he was ranked fourth in the race for the season.

Brandon Starchevich, Brisbane

Blocking and rebounding defenders get more recognition than blocking smaller defenders. But Starčević can consider himself stubborn to miss out on the 44-man squad.

The 23-year-old had a career-best season in 2022, averaging 15.6 disposals, 6.0 steals, 4.8 marks and 2.1 tackles.

But Starcevic’s ability to shut down the opposition was his biggest strength, finishing with 13.8 per cent of one-on-one defensive tackles – a better percentage than the All-Australian squad of Adam Saad, Brayden Maynard, Tom Stewart and Daniel Rioli. , who will now compete for back-pocket and half-back flank positions.

His work on Izak Rankin during the recent QClash was one of his best of the season.

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Sam Docherty, Carlton

Docherty failed to make the All-Australian squad following an encouraging return to action.

The defender finished in the top 10 in 2022, ranking second in effective tackles and second in effective clearances.

He ranks fourth for total points this season and finishes as Carlton’s second-highest possession winner for 2022 – ahead of fellow AA team member Patrick Cripps.

Docherty was Carlton’s best on the ball in 2022, posting nearly 500 effective clearances this season and +20 50s more than any of his teammates.

But the selectors surprisingly opted for Tigers’ Daniel Rioli instead of a player like Docherty – although we obviously don’t know if they’re a direct replacement.

Darcy Moore, Collingwood

The Collingwood defender was one of the game’s most sought-after fans before signing a massive six-year deal worth an estimated $5 million earlier this year.

But in the year He failed to make the second All-Australian team after receiving a nod in 2020.

Moore finished with 10 tackles and one defensive tackle.

He was second only to Jeremy Howe and returned 50s for Pace in a brilliant defensive combination.

But Moore has been overlooked by the likes of St Callum Wilkie, Blue Jacob Weitering and Docker Brennan Cox.

The main defense picks are always difficult and this year was no different.

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Peter Wright, Essendon

Wright finished fifth in the Coleman Medal race and, despite limited chances, was a dominant forward for Essendon all season.

Enjoying a career-best season, he finished sixth in the top 50 and tied for sixth in the championship standings.

But in the group of 44 people there was no place for a big person.

The selectors instead chose Crows big man Taylor Walker, Melbourne’s Bailey Fritsch and Tigers Tom Lynch for that forward role.

Wright was the Bombers’ best hope for All-Australian selection but the club ended up as one of only two full-backs in 2022.

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Sean Darcy, Fremantle

The big Freio ruckman failed to earn his All-Australian squad selection after a major upgrade in 2021.

In the year Despite making more of an impact than he did in 2022, Darcy missed out when Jarrod Witts and Max Gawn won the polls.

According to Official Player Ratings, Darcy finished the season -1 behind only Jarrod Witts in the 2022 scoring launch and +10 clear of teammate Max Gawn.

In the year In 2022, he ranked third for hits, and third for wins.

Cam Guthrie, Geelong

The Cats fielded five players but Guthrie was their best midfielder during a very consistent home-and-away campaign and could easily have had six.

Guthrie was the Minor Premiers’ leading ball-winner, and he also finished second at the club for tackles in a fine campaign.

The 30-year-old was the highest player to miss the cut for the All-Australian team in the AFL Coaches Association MVP vote.

In the year Guthrie, who made the All-Australian team in 2020, wasn’t necessarily an outlier, but it meant he was as fit as the rest of the midfielders in the squad.

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Luke Davies-Uniacke, North Melbourne

Young Roo has had a great season for a club that has only managed two wins for the year.

Davis-Unique never gave up in difficult situations, finishing as the club’s number one player in 50s, contested ball and effective throw and second in tackles.

The young gun ranked third for defensive half pressures in 2022 and in the top 10 for center clearance numbers in 2022.

But unfortunately the Rows couldn’t compete in the games for long enough to give Davies-Unique the best chance at the polls.

It wasn’t North Melbourne’s players who made the 44-man cut.

Ollie Wines, Port Adelaide

Not even making the cut in the 44-man squad for the emerging Brownlow Medalist is a stunning failure.

Port Adelaide had a tough season, Wine was still one of the side’s best in 2022.

He was ranked eighth in ground balls – ahead of teammates such as Jack McCrae and Jack Crisp.

In the year In 2022, Vine was still ranked in two categories – elimination and handball. He was above average for clearances and kicks.

The middle class is always a difficult logjam to figure out.

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Paddy McCartin, Sydney

It’s a remarkable turnaround for the former number one draft pick in Sydney.

After walking away from the sport due to a severe concussion, McCarthy returned in 2022 a completely different player and found a home for the Swans.

McCarthy, along with brother Tom, has been a rock for Sydney and topped the year for intercept marks.

2022’s kicking efficiency and overall player rating were also above average.

But there was no room for him in the 44-man squad, behind defenders Calum Wilkie and Steven May.

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Tom Liberatore, Western Bulldogs

Tom Liberatore has had a great season for the Bulldogs and finished off his side’s hotly contested possessions in 2022 – but he didn’t beat team-mates Marcus Bontempelli and Jack McRae.

The tough Bulldog is ranked third in the competition for tackles, with 559 for the season – ahead of all Australian team members Andrew Bryshaw, Clayton Oliver and Lachie Neale.

Liberatore was also fifth overall behind Nielle one and Patrick Cripps two.

He ranks fourth in ground balls contested, sixth in contested ball wins in 2022 – ahead of Christian Petracca.

The Bulldogs ranked eighth in center clearance and were an impressive third in stoppage clearance numbers for the season.

Liberatore was the top Dog Stop leader in 2022, with 100 confirmations to his name – ahead of Macrae (86) and Bontempelli (58).

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