2011 All-Australian Team…agree or disagree?
With only a few weeks to go before the finals series commences, I have assembled what the All-Australian should look like; do you agree or disagree?
Dales Morris: Has been one of the shining lights for the Western Bulldogs this year; if it weren’t for him in many cases they would’ve suffered more defeats.
Matthew Scarlett: key forwards he has played on haven’t bothered the scorekeeper greatly this year as well as being ranked highly in disposal efficiency.
Heath Shaw: has been instrumental for the Pies this year from the back line. It is a great sight-seeing Shaw take a few bounces down the wing and deliver it nicely to the big forwards.
Jimmy Bartel: A marketing and tackling machine who continues to fly under the radar by continually beats his opponent.
Ben Reid: effective key back who can stop the big forwards; season highlights include 21 disposals and 10 marks against St Kilda on the weekend and 31 disposals with 11 marks and a goal vs. Hawthorn.
James Kelly: has stepped it up a gear this year; Kelly has been excellent in applying fierce pressure inside 50. Kelly is ranked 3rd in tackles per game and is averaging 24 disposals. Against highly ranked clubs, Kelly has produced quality. Against Collingwood he racked up 22 touches, 7 tackles and a goal; 11 tackles and 24 disposals vs. Hawthorn; and 24 possessions, 14 tackles and a goal when Geelong played West Coast in Perth.
Matthew Boyd: gaining more than 30 possessions per game, 5.3 tackles and 2nd in total inside 50s; also, never stops running for his team.
Sam Mitchell: has dominated this year with contest possessions, a blonde diesel Williams?
Joel Sellwood: started the year off slow but has picked up and as we all know, he is one of the toughest players who puts his head over the ball at all times.
Dale Thomas: averaging 25.2 touches per week; applying fantastic tackling pressure and slotting through the goals.
Lance Franklin: Ranked 1st in goals per game.
Marc Murphy: one of the main challengers against Judd for Charlie.
Andrew Walker: versatile player who will win mark of the year; best season from him – winning the ball, kicking goals and making tackles.
Travis Cloke: Not only has he been in good kicking form, Cloke has stepped up his ability to apply pressure inside 50.
Garry Ablett Jnr: will be up there in the Charlie stakes.
Dean Cox: best in the business and Leigh Matthews has stated possibly the best ruckman ever.
Chris Judd: about to become a triple Brownlow medallist.
Scott Pendlebury: Norm Smith medallist who has continued his scintillating form this year. Ranked 7th in disposals per game and in tackles, in addition to being positioned 12th in goal assist per game.