AFL Rolling All-Australian Team: Premier ruckman, key forwards amongst changes


The Sporting News 2022 Rolling All-Australian Team

FB Tom Stewart (GEE) Steven May (MEL) James Sicily (HAW)
HB Sam Docherty (CAR) Paddy McCartin (SYD) Jack Sinclair (STK)
C Bailey Smith (WB) Andrew Brayshaw (FRE) Sam Walsh (CAR)
HF Shai Bolton (RICH) Jeremy Cameron (GEE) Charlie Curnow (CAR)
FF Charlie Cameron (BRIS) Tom Hawkins (GEE) Tyson Stengle (GEE)
R Max Gawn (MEL)  Clayton Oliver (MEL) Lachie Neale (BRIS)
INT Mitch Lewis (HAW) Callum Mills (SYD)  Patrick Cripps (C) (CAR)
  Callum Wilkie (StK)    

Melbourne’s Max Gawn reclaims his spot as the premier ruckman in The Sporting News’ rolling All-Australian team.

Despite the loss to the Swans, Gawn almost singlehandedly carried his side to victory, kicking three goals from his 28 touches.

Playing 97 per cent game time, the 208cm was instrumental, back to his best form and is on track for yet another All-Australian jacket.

Replacing the injured Jacob Weitering, Paddy McCartin’s comeback to AFL footy has been nothing short of remarkable, dealing with long and extensive rounds of concussion since he was drafted in 2014.

McCartin has been a revelation down back in 2022 for the Swans, intercepting the ball from opposition as well as rarely losing one-on-one contests.

The former Saint had 10 intercepts, nine spoils and five contested defensive wins in the game against the Demons.

Paddy McCartin - Sydney

Veteran Tom Hawkins has also found himself in the side, playing a consistent level across the season so far.

Being the perfect partner-in-crime to Jeremy Cameron, Hawkins is second in score involvements (95) and had another eight against the Dogs as well as kicking two goals himself.

The no.26 plays the perfect role for the Cats, providing plenty of scoring opportunities for all his teammates.

Hawthorn’s Mitch Lewis has claimed one of the key forward spots, with his four goal performance in the wet against Collingwood.

Lewis has kicked 27 majors from his nine games in 2022 and looks dangerous every time he goes near the football.

In the midst of the byes, the 23-year-old has demanded more recognition based on his performances and has put down a strong case for being the future of the Hawks.

Mitch Lewis - Hawthorn

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