All Australian Farce
The 2006 AFL All Australian Team team is:
Backs N Bassett D Glass L Gilbee
Half Backs C Bolton J Bowden A McLeod
Centres S Goodwin S West A Goodes
Half Forwards A Didak B Hall (vc) R O’Keefe
Forwards B Johnson (c) B Fevola N Riewoldt
Ruck B Lade C Judd B Cousins
I/change S Burgoyne D Cox J McDonald M Pavlich
Top 4 teams Home/Away
1. West Coast (4 players)
2. Adelaide (3 players)
3. Fremantle (1 player, on the bench)
4. Sydney (4 players)
According to East Coast judges, Fremantle’s finish in the top 4 this year is either due to
A:) Such an even team effort that no one person can be singled out
B:) The most herculean solo effort in the history of football by Matthew Pavlich.
Alan Didak (41 goals) gets a game as the designated goal sneak ahead of Jeff Farmer (50 goals) and Mark Williams (60 goals). It’s anyone’s guess what the thinking was here. My first though was that Collingwood must have 1 player selected or they will riot, but surely James Clement or Ben Johnson is more deserving of a spot if that was the case.
At least 2 of Shane Parker, Peter Bell and Jeff Farmer should have made this list. If anything Bell and Farmer’s seasons have been better than Pavlich’s, but as you can see by the selection of Andrew Mcleod, some players just get selected every year if they can manage to run through the banner at least 15 times in a year.
It’s pretty tough to separate Pavlich’s Season from Riewoldt’s, which makes me wonder how they decided which of them got the honour of being named on the field. I’m guessing it wasn’t a coin flip.