The 2017 All-Australian squad was released earlier this week. Like death and taxes, quality players are sure to be snubbed from All-Australian selection every season. Whilst nobody can discredit any of the forty players who made the initial squad, there were plenty of great players who would not be out of place earning All-Australian spots.
There were so many players with valid claims who missed the cut, in fact there was enough that an ‘all-snub’ All-Australian team that is still pretty bloody strong. With such an even regular season, there were many players who put their case forward to be in the top forty players in the league in 2017.
The obvious snubs were the first names on the team sheet. Richmond skipper, Trent Cotchin was actually my tip for All-Australian captain and he didn’t even make the squad. Melbourne young gun, Clayton Oliver is another midfielder who many feel should have been in the squad.
Who are the All-Australian snubs?
From there, the most obvious omissions were from the back line. The selectors managing to fit eight Crows into the All-Australian squad and still didn’t include Daniel Talia is blasphemous. The most underrated key-defender in recent times continues to not get the credit he deserves. Dane Rampe is a major part of the best back line in the league and deserves a selection in the forty-man squad. Some may argue Rampe’s lack of games as a factor, however the Swans’ record with him out of the team should solidify his spot if anything. David Astbury emerged from Alex Rance’s shadow this season and was a key factor in Richmond’s season. Robbie Tarrant had a great year, holding up the back-line for the struggling Kangaroos.
Joining Cotchin and Oliver in the midfield is a slew of talent. The league just has that many gun midfielders. Joining the two aforementioned players are Carlton skipper, Mark Murphy; Brisbane captain, Dayne Beams; emerging Geelong stud, Mitch Duncan; and Magpie, Taylor Adams.
The forward line is still filled to the brim with match-winners, which is impressive considering most of the leading goal-kickers made the All-Australian squad. Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard and Charlie Dixon lead the charge in the forward fifty. Tigers solitary big, Jack Riewold holds the other key-forward role and has had a mighty-impressive season. Saints’ Jack Billings is stiff not to be included in the squad and Bulldog, Jack Macrae was a top performer for the reigning premiers. Essendon live-wire, Orazio Fantasia brings some (more) excitement into the forward line.