Category: All-Star Teams

Port Adelaide Magpies Player of the AFL Draft Era: Vote for yours on our Instagram channel

PORT ADELAIDE MAGPIES are up next in our Player of the AFL Era series which will be run through our Instagram channel starting at 12.30pm today. The Perth Demons All-Star voting was completed yesterday with Lance Franklin announced as the winner and captain of the Demon’s All-Star side.

Port Adelaide Magpies have a star littered side that was hard to pick seeds because of the top-end quality involved in the players. In the end, Collingwood legend Nathan Buckley earned the top seed, but was one of three Brownlow Medallists hailing from the Magpies, including 300-gamers Andrew McLeod and Gavin Wanganeen.

The voting will run over the next four days starting today, with the winner to be decided by Wednesday night (unless extra time and the full 24 hours is needed in the final vote). The next club involved in the voting process is Sandringham Dragons starting on Thursday. All eligible players were selected thanks to the Draft Guru site.

Draft Central All-Star Team: Perth Demons

PERTH Demons’ All-Star team has some serious quality key position players, as well as some electric smalls around the ground. One of the greatest ever key forwards in Lance Franklin earned the nod as the team’s captain thanks to your voting via our Instagram page.

TEAM

The team itself is solid without being outstanding, though there are quite a few underrated players in the side. The top-end elite talent is very strong, particularly in the key position areas, whilst a number of players can slot into multiple positions. The depth drops off towards the end, but there are some up-and-coming players who might have a say in the next few years to squeeze into the team.

defence 

The back six is highlighted by a couple of All-Australian talls in Darren Glass and Michael Johnson. Playing for opposite West Australian sides, Glass was one of the best full-backs of the modern era with four All-Australian nods and three best and fairests. He is paired up with Johnson who earned one All-Australian selection in his 244 games for the Dockers. A couple of talls who could also play against bigger opponents are Western Bulldogs’ Ryan Hargrave, and utility Scott Stevens who fill out the back pockets.

At half-back, a couple of midfielder-defenders slot in, with Tiger-turned-Docker Reece Conca and recently retired Pie-turned-Eagle Sharrod Wellingham rounding out the defensive end. Both provide plenty of speed and have some serious talent through there. Off the bench, Robbert Haddrill and Tendai Mzungu could play roles if required there.

MIDFIELD

The middle has some serious future talent in its onball group with Zac Fisher and Jaeger O’Meara likely to end their careers in the top five of Perth’s All-Time players at AFL level. Fisher has only played the 55 games but looks a natural at the level, while O’Meara has won a Rising Star and now he has overcome early injuries, is set to play his 100th game this year and be a star in Hawthorn’s midfield. They are joined by honest Fremantle midfielder Troy Cook, who won a best and fairest for the Dockers and played just shy of 200 games.

On the wings, a couple of tough players in their hey day, Richmond’s Mark Coughlan and Hawthorn’s Chance Bateman provide some extra depth across the ground. The midfield is quite deep, and the likes of David Myers and Steven Armstrong off the bench, and then Chris Mayne from half-forward gives it some flexibility when looking at the magnets. Sydney Stack might only have one season worth of experience, but he is another who could slot in through the forward half of the ground. Daniel Bandy might be a little undersized to play as the number one ruck, but he can also go forward and provide another target.

FORWARD

The front six is the most dangerous led by Franklin at centre half-forward. His career includes a whopping eight All-Australians, four Coleman Medals, one best and fairest, two premierships and a further three All-Australian 40-player squad nominations. A player who retired long before Franklin graced the field takes the other key position spot, with 200-game forward Earl Spalding booting 169 snags in 211 games.

The excitement machines in Collingwood utility, Leon Davis – a two-time All-Australian playing off half-back but was best known for his miraculous goals – is in a pocket along with high-flyer Winston Abraham best known for his mark at Manuka in 1999. Andrew McDougall is a third tall option in the other pocket, booting 50 goals in a short 43-game stint, while Mayne is at half-forward but could float into the midfield. Damon White is another key option who can influence off the bench.

DEPTH

The only 50-gamer to miss out on the side was Dion Woods (59 games), while Cruise Garlett (32), Brennan Stack (21) and Brad Fox (21) were the others to reach at least 20 games. Of the current players, Quinton Narkle (12 games prior to the season) and Ian Hill (eight) are among those talented ones expected to make the jump in the coming years.

Draft Central All-Star Team: Peel Thunder

THERE is no denying that Peel Thunder’s All-Star Team of the AFL Draft era is one that lacks a fair bit of punch compared to other sides. That is not to say there is some class and grunt in there, but with only 23 players who have been drafted and gone onto play at the elite level, each player has been handed a spot in the team. It also marked the first time a player who did not play an senior AFL match made an All-Star squad.

TEAM

There is no shortage of high picks in the team, but a number of players have ultimately had careers cut short through no fault of their own, and rather it be injury that ended their AFL journey’s prematurely. However there is plenty of speed and class, as well as some strong marking options across the ground, and even some tagging options who could negate opposition midfields.

DEFENCE

The back six is anchored by key defenders, Paul Bower and Blayne Wilson. Bower played 70 games for Carlton and was a reliable defender during that time, while Wilson managed nine games in his time with West Coast. Also in the back pockets are Matt Riggio and Daniel Haines, combining for 26 games for North Melbourne and Fremantle respectively.

Half-back is among the strongest area on the ground with Tiger, Kamdyn McIntosh and GIANT-turned-Docker Nathan Wilson providing plenty of run there. Wilson is the fifth highest games holder coming out of the Thunder, with 116 matches prior to season 2020. McIntosh has played 90 games in his time in the yellow and black.

MIDFIELD

Peel’s clear standout player is Daniel Wells, with the Kangaroo and Pie captaining the side after winning the All-Star voting on Instagram today. He played 258 games – a Peel Thunder record at AFL level – and won two best and fairests and two All-Australian 40-player nominations. Had his career not had its injury issues, he may well have played more than 300 games with more accolades.

Also in midfield are the second and fourth most games played coming out of Peel Thunder, with 209-game Dog, Saint and Roo, Farren Ray, as well as Essendon 124-gamer Ben Howlett. They shape the onball brigade with James Hawksley (32 games) and Anthony Morabito (26) on the wings, the latter of whom was another elite player who just had too many anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries to make a proper go of it. The ruck is Essendon’s Danny Chartres who did not play a game for the Bombers, but was the tallest player remaining – 194cm – outside the 23 who did play a game at the elite level. Chartres did spend time in the ruck for Bendigo Bombers the year after he was drafted.

FORWARD

In the front six, one of the most promising AFL talents in Western Bulldogs’ Aaron Naughton is at centre half-forward. He has played 41 games and booted 34 goals prior to season 2020, but is one who could end up as one of Peel’s best ever players. Lining up in another key position spot in Scott Gumbleton, another unlucky high pick who succumbed to multiple injuries over his time, playing 35 games and booting 45 goals.

The other four inside 50 are players with both marking and crumbing abilities, led by Harley Bennell (83 games, 95 goals) who is yet another high pick that has had injuries stunting his development at the elite level, but is one of the most talented players going around. Hayden Ballantyne played 171 games and booted 254 goals to be a one-time All-Australian, and the only Peel Thunder player with a league-recognised accolade. Aaron Black and Kyle Reimers round out of the forward 50, combining for 117 games and both booting 69 goals.

DEPTH

In this case, the depth are those not named on the field. Josh Schoenfeld has played the most games of those on the bench, managing the 15 games for Gold Coast. Kristin Thornton (eight), Brock O’Brien (three), Brad Walsh (three), Jason Carter (two) and Darren Bolton (two) round out the bench. Of those players, only Carter is still on a list and could make his way onto the starting field with a strong season.

Aside from Carter, Wilson, McIntosh, Bennell and Naughton who are the current players on AFL lists, Durak Tucker and Jarvis Pina were both drafted over the past two seasons, with Rucker picked up by Sydney and Pina recruited by Fremantle.

Peel Thunder Player of the AFL Era: Vote for yours via our Instagram channel

PEEL THUNDER are up next in our Player of the AFL Era series which will be run through our Instagram channel starting at 12.30pm today. The Oakleigh Chargers All-Star voting was completed yesterday with Luke Shuey and Toby Greene announced as the dual winners and co-captains of the Chargers’ All-Star side.

Peel Thunder has had a number of high-end picks who have unfortunately had injury concerns over the journey. Daniel Wells is the clear standout player from the Thunder during the AFL era, whilst Farren Ray and Hayden Ballantyne both surpassed 200 and 150 games respectively.

The voting will run over the next four days starting today, with the winner to be decided by Tuesday night (unless extra time and the full 24 hours is needed in the final vote). The next club involved in the voting process is Perth Demons starting on Wednesday. All eligible players were selected thanks to the Draft Guru site.

Draft Central All-Star Team: Oakleigh Chargers

OAKLEIGH Chargers have a wealth of current and recently retired players in their All-Star Team of the AFL Draft era. Over the past decade, a heap of new players have really come to the fore, with not many 1990s representatives, but have bolstered their draft numbers since the turn of the century.

THE TEAM

The Chargers have plenty to like about their side, with a strong midfield, and lots of damaging smalls and medium types. Their key position line is a little short, with their most damaging players being sub-195cm. However they also have some great versatility across the field and would be really difficult to match up on most days.

DEFENCE

The defence has an old-school feel to it, with just one current player in the back six. That player being Collingwood key position utility Darcy Moore, who holds down centre half-back with just 71 games – to start the year – to his name, the least of any player in the side. He joins Carlton 189-gamer and reliable full-back Bret Thornton there as holding down the key posts, whilst two-time best and fairest winner and one-time All-Australian Josh Gibson can operate as the third tall and loose man.

The talls will have some freedom given the three other players have the capability of locking down on their respective opponents. Nick Smith sits in a back pocket after 211 games and an All-Australian nod and premiership with the Swans. On the flanks, Hawthorn and Gold Coast’s Campbell Brown and Carlton’s Andrew Carrazzo round out the defensive line. The versatile David Mackay is also coming off the bench which could help with rotations in that back six.

MIDFIELD

The midfield is simply elite, and hard to squeeze just five midfielders around Todd Goldstein as the standout ruck. Goldstein is a best and fairest winner and All-Australian with almost 250 games to his name. He will ruck to Carlton captain Marc Murphy – who has two best and fairests and an All-Australian – and Jack Macrae – one All-Australian – onball.

The centre line is three-time All-Australian Dan Hannebery in the middle, flanked by Andrew Gaff and Luke Shuey on the wings. The West Coast duo have played 400 games between them, and also combined for three best and fairests, two All-Australians and four All-Australian 40-player squad nominations.

With versatility being the strength of the side, 300-gamer and Chargers’ club games record holder at AFL level, Luke Power is able to play off half-forward – his All-Australian came in a forward pocket – whilst the nearly all of the forward six could play through the middle. Throw in Heath Black, Jack Viney, Tom Phillips and Daniel Jackson off the bench, as well as Mackay, and the Chargers have a wealth of midfield options at their disposal.

FORWARD

Whilst not tall, the front six has plenty of X-factor and an ability to do some serious damage there. Adam Tomlinson is the major key position player, but could rotate with Moore in defence, or have Moore thrown forward for extra size. The only other key position tall is Ashley Hansen off the bench, but the lack of height is not an issue considering the smalls running around in there.

Although not all of the players are ‘smalls’ as such, with the almost-key position height of Jordan De Goey chosen at full-forward, flanked by equally damaging talents in Toby Greene and Jack Billings. All three have the capability of winning games off their own boot. The same could be said for Power at half-forward, alongside Robbie Gray on the other flank. Gray may well be the most accoladed player of the lot, with four All-Australians and three best and fairests, putting his claim in as one of the best Port Adelaide players of the modern era.

DEPTH

Whilst the 24 players that made the squad deserve it, there are a lot of unlucky players missing out. Many of whom were strong role players over the journey, such as Jamie MacMillan (157 games), Sam Gibson (135), Ryan Lester (126) and Sam Power (123). Also just missing out on the side were other 100-gamers in Robin Nahas, Stephen Gilham and Dom Tyson, whilst the likes of Luke McDonald, Jack Sinclair, Darcy Byrne-Jones, Toby McLean and Jake Kelly are among current players who could force their way into the side over the next few years.

Oakleigh Chargers Player of the AFL Era: Vote for yours via our Instagram

OAKLEIGH CHARGERS are up next in our Player of the AFL Era series which will be run through our Instagram channel starting at 12.30pm today. The Norwood Redlegs All-Star voting was completed yesterday with Tom Harley announced as the winner and captain of the Redlegs’ All-Star side.

Oakleigh has a great core of players across the ground, with some accolade-riddled CVs from 300-game premiership player Luke Power to the modern day talents of Robbie Gray, Todd Goldstein and Marc Murphy.

The voting will run over the next four days starting today, with the winner to be decided by Friday night (unless extra time and the full 24 hours is needed in the final vote). The next club involved in the voting process is Peel Thunder starting on Wednesday. All eligible players were selected thanks to the Draft Guru site.

Norwood Redlegs Player of the AFL Era: Vote for yours via our Instagram

NORWOOD REDLEGS are up next in our Player of the AFL Era series which will be run through our Instagram channel starting at 12.30pm today. The Northern Knights All-Star voting was completed yesterday with Brent Harvey announced as the winner and captain of the Knights’ All-Star side.

Norwood has a lot of consistent players and you get the feeling that the team would be hard to beat if your side is underperforming. Most of the side play to a solid level each and every week, and it was hard to determine the top seeds. In the end, reliable defenders Heath Grundy and Tom Harley lead the charge, though any one of the players in the draw might advance victorious.

The voting will run over the next four days starting today, with the winner to be decided by Monday night (unless extra time and the full 24 hours is needed in the final vote). The next club involved in the voting process is Oakleigh Chargers starting on Tuesday. All eligible players were selected thanks to the Draft Guru site.

Draft Central All-Star Team: Northern Knights

NORTHERN KNIGHTS have some elite players in their All-Star team of the AFL Draft era led by captain and VFL/AFL games record holder Brent Harvey.

THE TEAM:

The Knights have a well balanced side with some quality talls, an elite midfield and plenty of hardened players who could roost the football and impact on the big stage.

DEFENCE:

The balance of offensive and negating defenders is healthy within the Knights defence, led by key talls, Simon Prestigiacomo and Michael Hurley. The pair could not be more different with ‘Presti’ being one of the best negating defenders of the modern era, though he also rarely reached double-figure disposals. Hurley on the other hand could be an offensive weapon racking up plenty of disposals and rebounds for the Bombers, having made the All-Australian team twice.

A third tall included in the back six is Richmond premiership defender Dylan Grimes, an All-Australian in his own right. Surrounding the talls are some quality smalls with Brisbane legend and two-time All-Australian Chris Johnson, and Collingwood premiership player, Ben Johnson, as well as Sydney premiership player and now North Melbourne coach, Rhyce Shaw. With the exception of Grimes, the other five players are 200-plus game players. On the bench, Nick Vlastuin could easily slot in as a rebounding defender.

MIDFIELD:

The midfield has a relative mix of current and past players. Its onball brigade of Marcus Bontempelli and Trent Cotchin shows a couple of the elite players in the AFL, as the pair have a Brownlow, three All-Australians, six best and fairests and three flags between them. Leading the ruck division is the incredibly talented Matthew Kreuzer who has had his fair share of injuries over the years, but still played almost 200 games.

Through the centre line, North Melbourne 300-gamer Adam Simpson stands out, having won an All-Australian and best and fairest to go with his two flags in the 90s. He is flanked on either wing by another couple of talented midfielders in 287-gamer Leigh Montagna (two All-Australians) and two-time best and fairest Magpie, Paul Licuria. The core five would be a difficult midfield to stop, with a hardened attack on the ball and one that could use tagging to effect.

On the bench, the midfield runs deep with Nick Stevens, Brent Stanton, John Barker and Daniel Harford all capable of running through the middle.

FORWARD:

Up forward, there is a nice balance between the talls and smalls, with strong marking key forwards, Anthony Rocca and Lance Whitnall providing some big marking targets. Rocca booted 415 goals in 242 games, renowned as one of the ‘super boots’ of the competition, often launching goals from 70 metres out. Whitnall managed 348 goals in 216 games, but also earned an All-Australian place and a best and fairest in his time with the Navy Blues.

Jarrod Molloy was best known for his work with the Lions before critically being traded in a huge deal for Mal Michael. As history would have it, Molloy missed out on a flag as Michael established himself in the three-peat Lions outfit. Still, Molloy booted 200 goals in 169 games as a really strong forward. The biggest name inside 50 is VFL/AFL games record holder, Harvey with the small forward booting 581 majors in 432 games, winning five best and fairests and four All-Australians in his time. Blake Caracella (187 games, 218 goals) and David Zaharakis (207 games, 125 goals) round out the front six.

Josh Caddy and Harford are among those on the pine who could come on and have an impact in the team if given the opportunity.

DEPTH:

Whilst the 24-player team itself is pretty strong, Northern Knights have a number of players just outside that core group who could understandably make it. Of the 100-game club not in the side, Angelo Lekkas (180), Jack Newnes (155) and Daniel Wheatley (135) are the next three highest in terms of games played, whilst Shane Clayton (117), Ricky Dyson (114), Anthony Franchina (105) and Jack Grimes (100) all reached the triple-figure milestone.

High-flyer Gary Moorcroft (98 games) went close to squeezing in despite falling just short of the ton, whilst Kane Lambert (95) – though drafted out of the VFL as a mature-ager – Aidan Corr, Jayden Short, Jason Castagna, Brayden Fiorini, Jade Gresham and Darcy MacPherson are among other modern day players who could squeeze into the All-Star side in the coming years.

Northern Knights Player of the AFL Era: Vote for yours via our Instagram

NORTHERN KNIGHTS are up next in our Player of the AFL Era series which will be run through our Instagram channel starting at 12.30pm today. The North Adelaide Roosters All-Star voting was completed yesterday with Wayne Carey announced as the winner and captain of the Roosters’ All-Star side.

The Northern Knights have a lot of elite talents running around the park with the VFL/AFL games record holder in Brent Harvey leading a number of modern star champions in Trent Cotchin, Heath Shaw and Marcus Bontempelli as seeds.

The voting will run over the next four days starting today, with the winner to be decided by Thursday night (unless extra time and the full 24 hours is needed in the final vote). The next club involved in the voting process is Norwood Redlegs starting on Monday. All eligible players were selected thanks to the Draft Guru site.

Draft Central All-Star Team: North Adelaide Roosters

NORTH Adelaide Roosters have some elite players in their All-Star team of the AFL Draft era led by captain Wayne Carey who was the clear standout during the All-Star voting.

THE TEAM:

This balanced Roosters side has a number of well-established modern-day players mixing with a strong tier of up-and-coming future stars, supplemented by a handful of the greats of yesteryear. The likes of Jarman and Hart are household names at Prospect but a couple of young, talented former Roosters are hoping to make a name for themselves in the AFL, too. Having moved to Victoria prior to being drafted, Melbourne midfielder Jack Viney was excluded from consideration.

DEFENCE:

Current GWS Giants captain Phil Davis anchors the backline of the Roosters “best side of the AFL era”. Davis has been one of the competition’s premier key defenders for over a decade, leading the Giants to their first Grand Final appearance in 2019. In the back-pocket is former-Demon and Cat Jared Rivers, who played 194 games at AFL level as a serviceable defender. Premiership Crow and AFL Hall of Famer Ben Hart is one of the genuine stars of this Roosters side. A Crows club legend, Hart played 311 games in the tri-colours, winning two best and fairest awards and being named an All-Australian on four occasions.

Sean Wellman was an obvious inclusion for the role at centre-half-back, having appeared in 212 AFL matches, originally with Adelaide and later Essendon. A member of the ‘Dons 2000 premiership side, Wellman was a dual All-Australian. Although both still competing at AFL level, Power duo Sam Mayes and Ryan Burton have shown glimpses of their high potential in their 101 and 63 games respectively.

MIDFIELD:

Roosters and Crows great Andrew Jarman made his debut at SANFL level in the red and white at just 17 years of age, before going on to kick 92 goals in 110 games with the Crows. Centreman in the Crows team of the decade, Jarman was renowned for his lighting hands in tight and amassed 47 Brownlow votes during his time in the AFL. Dual Premiership Tiger Shane Edwards has rather-quietly racked up 255 games and 161 goals with Richmond. A vital cog in the Tigers recent successes, Edwards was named an All-Australian in 2018 and fits in on the wing of the Roosters side. Although just one year into his career, Connor Rozee is destined for stardom and slots in on the wing for North Adelaide. Runner-up to Sam Walsh for the 2019 Rising Star, Rozee is silky smooth, lightning fast and appears set to be one of the games best outside players in the coming seasons.

Mark Jamar was a regulation choice as the lead ruckman for North Adelaide, having played 160 AFL games, 155 of which came during his time with Melbourne. Despite the Demons struggles and a series of injury set-backs, Jamar was regarded as one of the league’s best ruckman and was named an All-Australian in 2010. Former-Power star Josh Francou has been named as a follower. A 156-gamer, three-time Showdown Medalist and inaugural member of the Power, Francou hit his peak in the early 2000s, finishing third and second in the 2001 and 2002 Brownlow Medal counts. Tough, contested-ball winning Swan George Hewett caps off a battle-hardened yet skilful on-ball unit for the red and white. Hewett is one of the most reliable negators in the competition, as shown by his second-placed finish in the clubs 2019 best and fairest count.

FORWARD:

Regarded as one of the greatest to ever play the game, Carey is without doubt the star of this side. A dominating centre-half-forward, Carey played junior and reserves grade football with the Roosters before moving to North Melbourne and than the Crows. He kicked 727 goals in 272 games and collected 127 Brownlow votes. The Wagga product was a seven-time All-Australian, four-time best and fairest winner and two-time premiership player with the Kangaroos in the mid-to-late 90s. Swans forward Will Hayward has shown plenty of promise in his 53 AFL games and he gains selection on the half-forward flank. Darren Jarman joins his brother in the Roosters side. Jarman is a South Australian footballing icon, best known for his miraculous goal sense and for almost single-handedly dragging the Crows over the line by kicking five goals in the 1998 Grand Final. He kicked 386 goals in 230 games, 109 of which came with Hawthorn. Along with his three premierships and a best and fairest, Jarman was also a three-time All-Australian. Daniel Motlop adds serious x-factor to a forward line already oozing with talent. Ben Holland and his brother Nick complete the starting attack. Both were dangerous talls in their prime, kicking 179 and 239 goals respectively.

DEPTH:

Former-Crow Matthew Wright headlines the interchange options. A serviceable, nuggety small forward or rotating midfielder, Wright kicked 136 goals in 94 games with the Crows and 65 with the Blues. Brandan Parfitt has turned some heads in his first few seasons in the AFL with Geelong. Albeit difficult to break into a star-studded Geelong midfield, Parfitt has shown glimpses of his talent in 54 games. Jack Graham has played 39 games with Richmond and was a key contributor to the Tigers 2017 premiership victory. Pocket-rocket Matt Campbell offers an injection of speed and versatility off the bench. Chris Ladhams and Darel Hart also made the final cut.