2016 All-Australian team

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The 2016 All-Australian team represents the best performed Australian Football League (AFL) players during the 2016 season. It was announced on 1 September, as a complete Australian rules football team of 22 players. The team is honorary and does not actually play any games.

Selection process[edit]

The selection panel for the 2016 All-Australian team consisted of chairman Gillon McLachlan, Kevin Bartlett, Luke Darcy, Mark Evans, Danny Frawley, Glen Jakovich, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson and Warren Tredrea.[1]

Team[edit]

The chosen team was announced on 1 September. Sydney had the most selections with five. Geelong captain, Joel Selwood, was announced as the All-Australian captain, with Adelaide midfielder, Rory Sloane, announced as the vice-captain.[2] The team saw nine players selected in an All-Australian side for the first time in their career.[3]

2016 All-Australian team
B: Dane Rampe (Sydney) Alex Rance (Richmond) Jeremy McGovern (West Coast)
HB: Heath Shaw (Greater Western Sydney) Daniel Talia (Adelaide) Corey Enright (Geelong)
C: Dan Hannebery (Sydney) Josh Kennedy (Sydney) Rory Sloane (Adelaide) (vice-captain)
HF: Toby Greene (Greater Western Sydney) Lance Franklin (Sydney) Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
F: Eddie Betts (Adelaide) Josh Kennedy (West Coast) Tom Lynch (Gold Coast)
Foll: Max Gawn (Melbourne) Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) Joel Selwood (Geelong) (captain)
Int: Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) Luke Parker (Sydney) Dustin Martin (Richmond)
Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs)    
Coach: Luke Beveridge (Western Bulldogs)

Note: the position of coach in the All-Australian team is traditionally awarded to the coach of the premiership team.

Initial squad[edit]

The initial 40-man squad was announced on 29 August. Adelaide had the most nominations with six, while the two Sydney clubs, Sydney and Greater Western Sydney, had five nominations each.[4] The two worst-performed teams during the season, the Brisbane Lions and Essendon, were the only clubs not to receive a nomination, with Brisbane's Dayne Zorko, Carlton's Patrick Cripps, Essendon's Zach Merrett, St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt and Sydney's Heath Grundy among those considered unlucky to miss selection.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmook, Nathan (29 August 2016). "AFL All Australian 40-man squad named". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ Schmook, Nathan (1 September 2016). "All Australian: Five Swans in 2016's best 22". AFL.com.au. Telstra Media. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  3. ^ "The 2016 All-Australian Team Has Been Announced". Triple M. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  4. ^ Beveridge, Riley (29 August 2016). "All-Australian 40-man squad announced". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  5. ^ Olle, Sarah (29 August 2016). "The five players unlucky to miss out on the All-Australian 40-man squad". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 1 September 2016.