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Winners and losers, ranking players that missed final cut, James Sicily, Tom Lynch

As always, there are winners and losers when the all-Australian team is announced.

Speaking on Fox Football AFL 360Dual Australian Leigh Montagna says there is a “very good mix” between youth and experience in the 2022 squad, while dual premiership Kangaroo David King is delighted to form the side.

“The two pillars in May and Taylor – very strong,” he said AFL 360. You’ve got the lock defender and you’ve got the two counter-attacking weapons at half-back – that’s the modern game. And Stewart is a bit of both – he’s a bit of everything.

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I think the balance of that back six is ​​spot on. And AFL 360 Review the biggest winners and losers from Wednesday night’s All-Australian team announcement.

The winners


The Cats were the big winners of the night, with all five players included in the 44-man Australian squad making the final 22-man squad.

Three forward means- Tom Hawkins, Jeremy Cameron And Tyson Stengle – Not only included in the same group, but also included in the same starting line.

To the shock of many, Hawkins was named in the side for the fifth time – and for the first time as captain

“This is unbelievable.” AFL 360’s Mark Robinson said.

“Most of the players are spinning, their bodies are giving up, this game is very difficult – what a performance.

He is still one of the key strikers in the game.

Tom Stewart Take a position in defense, while Mark Blikavs Named to the bench – perhaps the most appropriate position considering he is the most versatile player in the game.

“I honestly didn’t think he was going to be on this team with six weeks to go, maybe finding a spot for him would be a challenge,” King said. AFL 360.

“He played four games as a key defender, five or six games as a wing/ruck and then played the rest of the year as a midfield ruck switch. I’ve never seen a player use something like this before.

“I think it’s a great recognition of his versatility, which doesn’t always get that recognition.”

Brayden Maynard

You couldn’t wipe the smile off the Magpies defender. Brayden Maynard In front of the group when the back pocket is known.

Robinson said Maynard was Collingwood’s “spirit animal”, while Montagna was “so pumped” for Maynard of all the players selected.

“He didn’t get the best stats out of all the players that made this team … but what he did do was define Collingwood offensively – aggressive in the way they played defensively and offensively,” Montagna said.

“He’s been the leader of this Collingwood renaissance… he’s played the opposition’s best small forward when he’s had to, he can make tackles when he needs to, he can drive meters in attack, he can defend – he’s been a No. 2 pressure player in the game. Defensive midfield in the competition – he has become a star.

The losers

Forty-four is no match for 22 – and like every year, several members of Australia’s 44-man squad were strong enough not to miss the last 22.

Again, there was no room for a true wing man – although several were available from the squad for selection – and the absence of a key defender and star forward confused the Gunners. He reviewed and ranked the ‘Unlucky 22’ who did not make the 2022 All-Australian squad.

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1. James Cicely (Hawthorne)

The consensus among fans and pundits on Wednesday night was that Sicily was the unluckiest player. Two-time Australian Leigh Montagna pointed out that Sicily was the No. 1 key defender, had the most tackles as a key defender, was third in interceptions and conceded equal goals from Steven May and Sam Taylor. Both made the final team. Montagna told Fox Footy. AFL 360: “I think that was a huge bummer, when you look at his season … I think it was really hard for him to miss.

2. Tom Lynch (Richmond)

Voters have chosen Tom Hawkins, Jeremy Cameron and Charlie Curno as key forwards over Lynch. He finished second in the Coleman medal table but, having played just 18 games, could have been first if he had played a full season. Lynch ranks first in both competitive marks and goals.

3. Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)

He may not have the same numbers as players in the squad, but in terms of his impact on the game, Bontempelli has been “spectacular” this year, according to King, and he was unlucky not to receive the fifth Australian Blues. . He ranks fifth in the league in scoring involvement and has scored 22 goals – more than any other midfielder this year. King said. AFL 360: “There are enough ball-winners in this team, so it will probably lose in the rankings. But the reason they (Bulldogs) made eight and are still alive, in my opinion, is Marcus Bontempelli. The importance of one person to a team still fighting for the flag, I think, supersedes what any other couple can do as a team… Bont should have been on this team. The non-selection of Bontempelli and Jack McRae means no Bulldogs player has been selected in the final squad, despite sneaking into this year’s finals.

4. Jarrod Witts (Gold Coast Suns)

Wits He bounced back from injury in 2022 and was arguably leading the All-Australian race by mid-season. But, like the Suns, he was slightly below his best towards the end of the season and with Mark Blicavs named on the bench, only one pure ruckman was selected, Max Gawn getting the nod against Wits. But the king told him. AFL 360: “Witts has had a big year as a top ruckman but I think we’ll bring him back to Max because he does a lot on the ground and he’s not just a regular guy… I think Witts is a bit unlucky. I feel for him.”

5. Tom Barras (West Coast Eagles)

Barras has had an impressive season in a side that regularly averages over 50s. Even more impressively, in the same arc he made partner-in-crime Jeremy McGovern more widely. King Barras said he was “extremely unlucky”. AFL 360: “He’s been in a cornered backline all year. It’s incredibly difficult to play in a backline that’s never settled. His interception numbers have been ridiculous. If you look at the second half of the year, he’s had 55 interceptions over the last 11 games – the next best player in the competition was Sam Taylor with 38 … that’s a bit I think it’s disappointing.

6. Rory Laird (Adelaide Crows)

Many ball-winners have already been in the side, but few have won as much football this year as Laird. Still coming off the best year of his career, Leide ranked in the top five for disposals, clearances, contested possessions, tackles and points scored.

7. Charlie Cameron (Brisbane Lions)

He was attacked by Tyson Stengel as there was only one goal difference between the two players this season. Steagle had the most goal-heavy games, but Cameron had the big bags with four four-goal hauls – all of which were wins in Brisbane. He was more accurate than Stengle, launching a 47.18 to Stengle’s 46.25. A powerful call.

8. Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne)

Brayshaw may finally be caught behind Callum Mills. But the Devil had an impressive 2022 season, re-establishing himself as a gunslinging midfielder, as well as being an excellent interception defender at the start of the year. He was a consistent figure throughout the year, averaging a career-high 26.1 disposals and 7.4 marks.

9. Daniel Rioli (Richmond)

He was held by Adam Sade and Jack Sinclair for the front half gig. Richmond’s season was one of the greatest stories as he continued to reinvent himself as a defender.

10. Sam Walsh (Carlton)

Would it have been more appropriate on the wing? This season he was 1 player in 32.1 possessions and 4.7 inside 50s.

11. Hugh McClugage (Brisbane Lions)

He remains unlucky not to make the All-Australian cut. He has been named in the extended squad four times now but has failed to make the final squad.

The best of the rest…

12. Jack McCrae (Western Bulldogs)

13. Taylor Walker (Adelaide Krause)

14. Tom Papley (Sydney Swans)

15. Chad Warner (Sydney Swans)

16. Bailey Fritsch (Melbourne)

17. Josh Dykos (Collingwood)

18. Jacob Weitering (Carleton)

19. Jack Crisp (Collingwood)

20. Josh Kelly (GWS Giants)

21. Brennan Cox (Fremantle)

22. Callum Wilkie (St Kilda)

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