All-Australian Snubs, Team 44, Unluckiest To Miss, Stolen, Analysis, Nick Daicos, Jordan Dawson, Sam Docherty
Youngster Nick Daicos missed Australia’s 44-man squad in a shock call that emerged on Monday.
Daicos was one of many surprise omissions, even as the squad was expanded by four in a bid to reward more superstar players.
The No. 4 draft pick has been in exceptional form in his first season, averaging 26 takedowns on the back half, while he has had nearly 80 more effective takedowns than any other Collingwood player this year .
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The magpie is considered a certainty for the rising star and even a dark horse for the Brownlow Medal by some.
But AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan (panel chairman) and selection panel Kevin Bartlett, Jude Bolton, Nathan Buckley, Kane Cornes, Andrew Dillon, Glen Jakovich, Chris Johnson, Cameron Ling, Nick Riewoldt and Brad Scott don’t There was no room for Daicos in the 44-man squad.
Even his coach Craig McRae admits Daicos was “a little stiff” to miss out on Monday, while his brother Josh got the nod.
Coach Gerard Healy admitted he felt “sorry” for a number of players who missed out.
“It’s hard work, I feel sorry for half a dozen guys who might even be in the senior squad and they’re not even in the squad,” he told Sportsday Radio.
“That’s how tight it is, it’s the same every year.”
Here’s who else was the unluckiest to miss.
Jordan Dawson, Adelaide
The former Swan proved to be an excellent choice for the Crows and finished with an elite ranked season in 2022.
But there was no place for the backman in Australia’s 44-man squad.
Dawson proved the hero in Round 3 Showdown when he scored the winning goal after the siren.
Dawson was the third highest ranked player for 50 rebounds in 2022 and in the top 10 for total ratings.
He finished well as Adelaide’s leading scorer in 2022, with 146 for the year – more than 50 ahead of next best Taylor Walker.
One factor that may have worked against Dawson was his ranking fourth in turnovers in the competition.
Brandon Starcevitch, Brisbane
Interception and rebound defenders tend to earn more recognition than smaller lockout defenders. But Starcevich can consider himself stiff to miss the 44-man squad.
The 23-year-old had his career-best season in 2022, averaging 15.6 slides, 6.0 steals, 4.8 marks and 2.1 tackles.
But Starcevich’s ability to stop his opponent was his greatest strength, finishing with a head-to-head contested defensive loss rate of 13.8% – a better percentage than All-Australian team members Adam Saad , Brayden Maynard, Tom Stewart and Daniel Rioli. , who will now compete for the rear pocket and rear flank positions.
His work on Izak Rankine during the last QClash was one of his best performances of the season.
Docherty couldn’t knock out the All Australian squad after his inspirational comeback in the game.
The defender finished in the top 10 in eliminations in 2022 and was ranked second in effective kicks and second in effective eliminations in the competition.
He was ranked fourth in total marks this season and was Carlton’s second possession winner in 2022 – ahead of AA team member Patrick Cripps.
Docherty was Carlton’s best ball in 2022, with nearly 500 effective kills this season and +20 rebounds 50 over any teammate.
But the coaches opted for the run of Tiger Daniel Rioli instead of a player like Docherty in a surprise omission – although we obviously don’t know if it was a direct swap.
Darcy Moore, Collingwood
The Collingwood defender was one of the game’s most in-demand backmen earlier this year before signing a whopping six-year deal, worth $5million.
But he couldn’t work his way into his second-team All Australian, having been given the nod in 2020.
Moore finished in the top 10 for loot and played defensive one-on-ones.
He was second to Jeremy Howe in total marks taken and rebounded 50 for the Pies in a brilliant defensive duo.
But Moore was overlooked by Saint Callum Wilkie, Blue Jacob Weitering and Docker Brennan Cox.
Key defensive picks are always tricky and this year was no different.
Peter Wright, Essendon
Wright finished fifth in the Coleman Medal race and was Essendon’s dominant forward all season, despite limited opportunities.
He finished sixth in ratings under 50 and tied for sixth in disputed ratings as he had his career-best season.
But there was no room for the versatile big man in the 44-man squad.
The selectors instead opted for Crows big man Taylor Walker, Melbourne’s Bayley Fritsch and Tiger Tom Lynch for the forward role.
Wright had been the Bombers’ best prospect for All Australian selection, but the club finished as one of two to miss out completely in 2022.
Sean Darcy, Fremantle
Great ruckman Freo was unable to earn his second consecutive selection for Team Australia, having been the big improver in 2021.
Although he arguably had more impact in 2022 than in 2021, Darcy missed the cut as Jarrod Witts and Max Gawn won the selectors.
According to official player ratings, Darcy finished the season -1 behind only Jarrod Witts in scoring throws for 2022 and +10 ahead of team member Max Gawn.
He was ranked third in hits in 2022 and third in home run hits.
Cam Guthrie, Geelong
The Cats had five players in the squad, but they could easily have had six because Guthrie was their best midfielder in an ultra-consistent home and away campaign.
Guthrie was the first-ball winner of the Minor Premiers, while he was also ranked second at the club in tackles during an excellent campaign.
The 30-year-old was the highest-ranked player in the AFL Coaches’ Association MVP voting who missed out on the All-Australian team cut.
Guthrie, who made the All-Australian squad in 2020, isn’t necessarily a glaring omission, but you could argue he was just as worthy as the other midfielders in the squad.
Luke Davies-Uniacke, North Melbourne
Young Roo has had a stellar season for a club that have won just two wins for the year.
In difficult conditions, Davies-Uniacke never gave up, finishing his club’s first player for 50 years, ball contested and efficient eliminations, and second in clearances.
The young gun was ranked third in defensive half-pressure acts and in the top 10 for center clearance numbers in 2022.
But unfortunately, the Roos simply couldn’t get in games long enough to give Davies-Uniacke the best chance at selection.
There were no North Melbourne players who made the 44-man cut.
Ollie Wines, Port Adelaide
It’s a remarkable fall from grace for medalist Brownlow to not even make the 44-man cut.
Granted, Port Adelaide have endured a difficult season, Wines was still one of his side’s best in 2022.
He placed eighth in the competition for the ground ball – ahead of team members such as Jack Macrae and Jack Crisp.
In 2022, Wines was still ranked elite in two categories – eliminations and handballs. He was above average in clearances and kicks.
The midfield is always a difficult block to understand.
Paddy McCartin, Sydney
It was a remarkable turnaround for Sydney’s former number one draft pick.
After stepping away from the sport due to a serious battle with a concussion, McCartin fired a completely different player in 2022 and found a home for the Swans.
McCartin was a rock for Sydney, along with his brother Tom, and finished the year in the elite rankings for interception marks.
He was also above average for kicking efficiency and overall player rating in 2022.
But there was no place for him in the 44-man squad, behind defenders Callum Wilkie and Steven May.
Tom Liberatore, Western Bulldogs
Tom Liberatore had a great season for the Bulldogs and finished with his team’s most contested possessions in 2022 – but fell short of teammates Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae.
The tough Bulldog was ranked third in the competition for acts of pressure, with 559 for the season – above Australian team members Andrew Brayshaw, Clayton Oliver and Lachie Neale.
Liberatore also finished fifth overall in clearances, just one behind Neale and two behind Patrick Cripps.
He was ranked fourth in the competition for ground balls and sixth in contested ball wins in 2022 – ahead of Christian Petracca.
The Bulldog was ranked eighth in center clearances and a remarkable third in save clearances for the season.
Liberatore was the Dogs’ save master in 2022, with 100 clearances to his name – ahead of Macrae (86) and Bontempelli (58).