The All-Australian team for 2018 was announced last night and, as has become common, it seems talking about who didn’t make the A team gets more attention as opposed than those who actually did make it.
With that in mind, we have gone through all the All-Australian teams since the current format of a nominated squad before a team is announced was implemented back in 2007,
There’s no room for sentiment here.
Every selector didn’t have a clue and INSERT PLAYER HERE should of made the team.
Ben Brown (North Melbourne) and Dayne Beams (Brisbane) – 2018
Had it not been for Jack Riewoldt kicking a bag of 10 against the Gold Coast Suns in Round 21, there was every chance North’s Ben Brown would have been named All-Australian full forward last night.
As for Beams, after giving up the Lions captancy, the man played some of his best football averaging 29.1 disposals a game.
Perhaps being in a team that plays off-Broadway and doesn’t win regularly doesn’t get enough attention from the selectors.
Special mention also goes out to the likes of Tom Hawkins, Dylan Grimes, Scott Pendelbury and Devon Smith who also didn’t make the cut and will be subject to many facebook comments, tweets and talkback calls as to why they should have made the team.
Toby Greene (GWS) and Sam Jacobs (Adelaide) – 2017
Everyone’s favourite player Toby Greene was denied a spot in the All-Australian side that year in favour of Eddie Betts.
While Green averaged more goals per match he played five less games than Betts, which denied him a spot.
Meanwhile, Sam Jacobs was also extremely unlucky to miss out on selection that year.
The selectors did not go for a second ruck option, which denied Jacobs a spot.
It was Paddy Ryder from Port Adelaide that was selected instead, even if Jacobs carved him up in the ruck during the showdown in Round 20 of that season.
Scott Pendelbury (Collingwood) and Lachie Neale (Fremantle) – 2016
He set a new record for disposals in the home and away season, but Fremantle’s Lachie Neale was denied a spot in the final 22 of the 2016 All-Australian team.
Collingwood fans and footy lovers in general also remain baffled as to why Scott Pendlebury didn’t make the squad in 2016 given the vital role he played week in, week out for the Magpies and that season he scored more Supercoach points than any other player.
Not that points in fantasy football should matter, but for a team that never plays it kind of does.
Putting my tin-foil hat on, not selecting Pendlebury was the AFL’s way of getting click bait.
Josh Kennedy (Sydney), Taylor Walker (Adelaide) and Nic Naitanui (West Coast) – 2015
Footy fans were stunned when these three players were omitted from the final 22 of the 2015 edition of the All-Australian team.
The selectors opted for Jack Riewoldt at half-forward instead of Tex, Todd Goldstein instead of Nic Nat and Sydney’s Josh Kennedy was extremely unlucky to not make the cut.
When talking to the media about Josh Kennedy’s omission selector Cameron Ling said “His name was thrown in there with the bench, but we didn’t want to have all the same type of player. Everyone has their own strengths, but with Sam Mitchell David Mundy, Josh Kennedy, they’re all predominantly inside midfielders. We wanted to throw a bit of explosiveness off the bench as well.” That’s right – he didn’t even make the bench.
Selectors of the 2015 All-Australian team regard it as one of the hardest ones to choose but the glaring omissions, especially in the case of Kennedy, remains baffling.
Luke Parker (Sydney) – 2014
The then Swans young-gun Luke Parker was a glaring omission from the All-Australian squad in 2014.
Parker, who dominated in the midfield for the Swans that season and went on to win the best and fairest, was snubbed in the final 22 with the selectors opting for Dan Hannebury and Andrew Gaff instead.
Perhaps his all-Australian snub inspired Parker to play a blinder in the preliminary final against North Melbourne where he took a Capper-esque mark in the goalsquare, but he’s a team man first and foremost.
Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle), Luke Hodge (Hawthorn) – 2013
The selectors that year opted to give Garry Ablett his seventh straight All-Australian selection over Luke Hodge, who’s omission from the final 22 stunned footy fans everywhere.
Hodge played 20 games for the Hawks that season and was a vital part in getting the Hawks the first premiership of their threepeat from 2013-15 at half-back.
People were also stunned that Nat Fyfe had also missed out and the selectors clearly didn’t rate Freo (Who made the Grand Final that season) with the club only gaining one selection out of five nominations.
In a year where the Essendon drug-scandal was rife and the Bombers were suspended from the finals, Jobe Watson was named on the interchange bench and, despite being stripped of his 2012 Brownlow medal, his All-Australian selection that season still stands.
Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle), Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn), Ivan Maric (Richmond), Sam Jacobs (Adelaide), Jack Riewoldt (Richmond) – 2012
Footy fans were stunned when both Pavlich and Mitchell missed out on the final 22 of the 2012 All-Australian team.
Pavlich was part of Freo’s form revival that season when he overcame an Achilles tendon injury to kick 62 goals in 21 games during the home and away season.
Although he was nominated, Pavlich revealed he hadn’t even received an invite to the All-Australian function.
Meanwhile, Hawks fans still remain shocked that Sam Mitchell was snubbed despite playing a pivotal role in a year the club won the minor premiership.
There was also controversy about Nic Naitanui being named ruckman over Ivan Maric from Richmond and Sam Jacobs from Adelaide.
Despite winning the Coleman Medal that season kicking 65 goals – Tiger Jack Riewoldt was also snubbed for Lance Franklin and Tom Hawkins.
He would be the first Coleman Medalist to miss the team since the G-train Fraiser Gehrig back in 2005.
Steve Johnson (Geelong) – 2011
He made the initial squad but the selectors opted not to go all the way with Stevie J and instead picked the likes of Steven Mine, Buddy Franklin and Adam Goodes instead.
The man kicked 50 goals that season and was still a force in a season where he could be hit and miss.
Not that it mattered, he overcame a potentially season-ending injury in the preliminary final to go on and play the next week in Geelong’s premiership over Collingwood.
Lenny Hayes (St.Kilda) – 2010
In a year where St.Kilda made the Grand Final and Hayes dominated in the midfield, the then Saints vice-captain was snubbed from the final 22.
The selectors opted for Leigh Montagna, Luke Hodge (who was named captain) and Joel Selwood in the midfield but not Lenny.
Hodge was named the captain of the All-Australian team despite not being the captain of the Hawks that season – a trend that has become very common in recent seasons.
Mark LeCras (West Coast) – 2009
Despite kicking more goals than those selected, LeCras being snubbed selection in the 2009 All-Australian team was a disgrace.
It most certainly did not please the West Coast Eagles.
LeCras was denied a spot in favour of Collingwood’s Leon Davis and Dane Swan along with Paul Champman from Geelong.
It was clearly a case of Eastern States bias.
Bob Murphy (Western Bulldogs) – 2008
Back when he was still being referred to as Robert Murphy, Bob was a certified match winner for the Bulldogs.
The Dogs faced a few close shaves that season and made it all the way to the first of three preliminary finals and had it not been for Bob the season could have gone another way.
Bob also played a vital role in getting Ladbrokes’ own Adam Cooney his Brownlow Medal.
Unlike the 2016 Grand Final, where Luke Beveridge gave him his medal, none of the defenders named in the 2008 All-Australian team were game enough to do something similar.
Hamish McIntosh (North Melbourne) – 2007
McIntosh was one of the first All-Australian nominees denied a spot in the ruck by Dean Cox of the West Coast Eagles.
Ruckmen was always going to be one of the most competitive positions in the All-Australian side that season, but McIntosh dominated for the Roos in the ruck that year averaging 18.5 hit-outs a game and played arguably his career-best footy that season before injury got the better of him.
For a player that had only 18 games before the start of the 2007 season, Hamish McIntosh was unlucky to be playing at the same time as Dean Cox.