Each and every year the AFL All-Australian squad causes uproar among fan bases with players being left out of the 40-man announcement.
The top of the table teams tend to dominate the squad with this year being no different, minor premiers Port Adelaide lead the way with five players being named, the same number as fourth placed finishers Geelong.
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Three teams in 2020 were left without a single representative in the 40-man squad, with Adelaide, Gold Coast and North Melbourne being left out.
Social media was quick to jump on the players they deemed seriously unlucky to miss out on a place in the squad with none gaining more traction than Melbourne’s Steven May.
“Just staggered May is not in the best 40. I’d have him in the team not the 40,” The Age’s Michael Gleeson wrote.
His name along with North’s Todd Goldstein and GWS’ Lachie Whitfield were prominently thrown around among the brutal snubs.
AFL 2020 ALL-AUSTRALIAN SQUAD
Adelaide – None
Brisbane – Harris Andrews, Hugh McCluggage, Lachie Neale
Carlton – Jacob Weitering
Collingwood – Taylor Adams, Brayden Maynard, Darcy Moore, Scott Pendlebury
Essendon – Jordan Ridley
Fremantle – Nat Fyfe, Luke Ryan, Matt Taberner
Geelong – Mark Blicavs, Patrick Dangerfield, Cam Guthrie, Tom Hawkins, Sam Menegola
Gold Coast – None
GWS – Nick Haynes
Hawthorn – Jack Gunston
Melbourne – Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Christian Petracca
North Melbourne – None
Port Adelaide – Travis Boak, Zak Butters, Darcy Byrne-Jones, Charlie Dixon, Tom Jonas
Richmond – Dylan Grimes, Dustin Martin, Nick Vlastuin,
St Kilda – Dan Butler, Jack Steele
Sydney – Tom Papley
West Coast – Andrew Gaff, Nic Naitanui, Liam Ryan, Brad Sheppard
Western Bulldogs – Marcus Bontempelli, Caleb Daniel, Jack Macrae
Along with the All-Australian squad being named, the young stars of the competition were named in the 22 under 22 team.
The eligibility rules are simple, only players under the age of 22 can be named with a host of rising stars making the squad with some fellow stars missing the cut.
AFL 2020 22UNDER22 TEAM
B: Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast), Jacob Weitering (Carlton), Jordan Ridley (Essendon)
HB: Hunter Clark (St Kilda), Noah Balta (Richmond), Liam Baker (Richmond)
C: Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane Lions), Andrew McGrath (Essendon), Sam Walsh (Carlton)
HF: Zak Butters (Port Adelaide), Aaron Naughton (Western Bulldogs), Gryan Miers (Geelong)
F: Izak Rankine (Gold Coast), Max King (St Kilda), Josh Daicos (Collingwood)
FOL: Sean Darcy (Fremantle), Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs), Tim Taranto (GWS Giants)
I/C: Nick Coffield (St Kilda), Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle), Adam Cerra (Fremantle), Ben King (Gold Coast)
Captain: Andrew McGrath
Vice-captain: Jacob Weitering
PLAYERS WHO MISSED OUT (FROM 40-MAN SQUAD).
Charlie Ballard (Gold Coast), Connor Budarick (Gold Coast), Jack Bowes (Gold Coast), Will Day (Hawthorn), Zac Bailey (Brisbane Lions), Jarrod Berry (Brisbane Lions), Caleb Serong (Fremantle), Noah Anderson (Gold Coast), Harry Perryman (GWS Giants), James Worpel (Hawthorn), Jy Simpkin (North Melbourne), Shai Bolton (Richmond), James Rowbottom (Sydney Swans), Harry McKay (Carlton), Ben Ainsworth (Gold Coast), Cameron Zurhaar (North Melbourne), Sam Powell-Pepper (Port Adelaide), Oscar Allen (West Coast)