All-Australian name game: part one
The All-Australian team is not only a great individual honour for those who get selected; it also serves as great discussion fodder for fans who get to make a case for dozens of deserving players throughout the year – many of whom will invariably miss the cut.
And while arguing over who was stiffest to get snubbed always makes for excellent debate, there are only so many times you can try to squeeze two dozen blokes into the 22-player jigsaw puzzle – especially when we've still got half a season to play.
So since we've still got plenty of time before this year's All-Australian team is announced, I've chosen to forgo crunching contested-ball numbers and comparing the value of intercept marks with the merit of metres gained until the end of the season, if at all.
Instead, I've embraced the lull of the bye rounds and named a squad I’d really like to see at year's end – based on nothing more than how I like the way the players' names line up on the team sheets.
(And like it or not, it wouldn’t be an All-Australian teams if we didn’t get a bit creative with a few positions.)
FB (the “dual-premiership player tribute” line):
Lewis (Haw), Roberts (WB), Thompson (NM)
HB (the “day in the back yard” line):
Gardiner (BL), Picken (WB), Lemmons (GC)
C (the “can she do yoga” line):
Shaw (GWS), Shiel (GWS), Stretch (Mel)
HF (the “shooter on safari” line):
Hunter (WB), Harmes (Mel), Lyons (Adel)
FF (the “golf star’s assistant” line):
Rich (BL), Young (Port), Caddy (Geel)
Followers (the “it’s red inside where” line):
Cox (Coll), Redden (WC), Sidebottom (Coll)
Interchange (the “worst nightmare” line):
Savage (StK), Bruce (StK), Lee (StK), Paine (BL)
Emergencies (the “womanising superhero” line):
Batchelor (Rich), Clarke (Freo), Kent (Mel)
To check out a similarly amusing team, click here.