One clear omission from 2019 All Australian squad

Every year there is debate when the AFL names it’s All Australian squad.

Not an easy process to settle on a final 22 when you consider that up to 40 players would be worthy of selection.

Perhaps it’s time for the AFL to consider naming a B Team.

Just like the NBA, who name a second starting five at the end of the season.

The fact that the likes of James Sicily, Isaac Heeney, Robbie Grey, Travis Boak, Steele Sidebottom, Lachie Whitfield, Ben Brown, Hugh McCluggage, Dustin Martin, Luke Shuey, Nick Vlastuin and a certain Gary Ablett can’t crack the side proves what a difficult task it is for All Australian selectors.

However, if becoming an All Australian is based on consistency then one player was incredibly unlucky not to be named this year.

The fact he didn’t make the starting 18 was surprising, but to miss out on a spot on the bench is bewildering.

That player is GWS Giants defender Nick Haynes.

His omission is worse than West Coast’s Shannon Hurn not being named All Australian captain for a second straight year.

No offence to Nat Fyfe, but Hurn has guided West Coast to great heights in recent years.

Anyone seriously think that the Eagles would win the premiership last year?

Not here to bag anyone – but there are at least five players who were lucky to make the 2019 All Australian squad.

Critics argue that there should be a criteria, a formula if you will, when it comes to naming the squad.

Picking a player in his rightful position instead of finding a spot in the squad for one of the many outstanding midfielders and on-ballers who dominate the AFL landscape.

In other words, a squad comprising the best forwards, defenders, midfielders, on-ballers and followers, as well as four players who can play more than one position.

Someone like former West Coast premiership player Adam Hunter, who could play as a forward and as a defender.

Or former St Kilda and Hawthorn star Peter Everett, a high quality ruckman, who could go forward and kick crucial goals.

And why doesn’t the AFL name an All Australian coach?

It should be on the agenda.

Brisbane’s Chris Fagan would have been a worthy winner in 2019.

What a pity the All Australian squad doesn’t get to play a game.

When would a player have the opportunity to take the field with the other members named in the All Australian squad?

In a perfect world, wouldn’t it be great to see the All Australians play a representative match at the start of the season the following year.

One year against Victoria, the next against South Australia followed by games against Western Australia and the Allies.

It would make for a spectacular start to a new season.

The All Australians and there opponents would get a run under their belt during the pre-season.

Injuries occur in any sport, no matter what time of year, but a game between the All Australians and a Victorian State of Origin team at the start of a season makes more sense than AFLX.

Add a few more players to the bench for the pre-season game that would launch the new season – just like when the Big V played the All Stars in the last genuine representative match the AFL staged in 2008.

Representative football where by the best players in the AFL take on Ireland in International Rules just doesn’t cut it.






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