Between Jeremy Cameron, Tom Lynch, Tom Hawkins and Coleman medalist Charlie Curnow, four out of three failed to go for the 2022 AFL All Australian team.
And so it was that Cameron, Hawkins and Curnow made the cut for a stacked forward line that also featured Christian Petracca, Shai Bolton and Tyson Stengle.
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Curnow was a suspension for his 64 goals and led the league a year after Carlton’s teammate Harry McKay won the Coleman, while Hawkins and Cameron both managed 59 for Geelong, the latter doing so in a game less.
“As of last year, I’ve had a couple of injuries, which was a bit frustrating for me,” Cameron said after receiving his second All Australia blazer.
“Playing pretty much all season was great.”
Lynch’s tally of 60 goals in 18 games for Richmond was a remarkable achievement.
But four missed games appear to have cost him despite averaging 3.33 goals per game, versus Curnow’s 2.91, Cameron’s 2.81 and Hawkins’ 2.68.
Hawkins was made All Australian captain with Carlton skipper Patrick Cripps as his deputy.
“You embarrassed me a bit, I’m not sure who else to thank,” Hawkins joked in his speech.
“Not very good leadership skills, I have to admit, but I wasn’t expecting (the honour).”
Elsewhere, Brayden Maynard capped Collingwood’s rise from 17th last year to fourth this season with his first all-Australian selection.
“It’s wonderful. It’s an absolute honor and privilege,” he said.
Melbourne captain Max Gawn earned the ruck honors despite averaging just 26.5 goals per game – his lowest tally since 2014 – when he shared the role with Luke Jackson.
However, the 30-year-old averaged even more clearances and contested possessions than in 2021.
Hawthorn’s James Sicily was a notable absentee from the final team, while Brisbane star Hugh McCluggage and Adelaide’s Taylor Walker now share the unwanted record of most All Australian Squad Selections (four) without being named in the final team.
The All Australian Selection Panel was chaired by AFL chief Gillon McLachlan and consisted of Kevin Bartlett, Jude Bolton, Nathan Buckley, Kane Cornes, Andrew Dillon, Glen Jakovich, Chris Johnson, Cameron Ling, Nick Riewoldt and Brad Scott.
2022 AFL All Australian Team
Facebook: Tom Stewart, Steven May, Brayden Maynard
HB: Jack Sinclair, Sam Taylor, Adam Saad
C: Touk Miller, Clayton Oliver, Callum Mills
HR: Christian Petracca, Jeremy Cameron, Shai Bolton
FF: Charlie Curnow, Tom Hawkins (C), Tyson Stengle
Consequences: Max Gawn, Patrick Cripps (VC), Lachie Neale
I/C: Mark Blicavs, Andrew Brayshaw, Isaac Heeney, Connor Rozee
AFL Awards Winner
AFL Coaches Association Best Young Player: Jai Newcombe
AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year: Clayton Oliver and Touk Miller
AFL promoted: Nick Daicos
Coleman Medal: Charlie Curnow
AFL Players Association Best First-Year Player: Nick Daicos
AFL Players Association Bravest Player: Liam Baker
AFL Players Association Best Captain: Scott Pendlebury
AFL Players Association Most Valuable Player: Andrew Brayshaw
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