The All-Australian team was announced last Thursday and there was plenty of discussion about some of the glaring omissions.
The half forward and forward pocket slots were filled up by midfielders, while there was no recognised wingmen in the team.
— AFL (@AFL) September 24, 2020
The criticism came thick and fast with many believing the role of half forwards and wingmen had been completely overlooked.
Gotta feel for the actual guys who’s “primary” role of half fwd/ fwd pocket are and elite at it just, for it to be filled with “A” grade mids….
Kane Cornes has taken his chance to put forward the team he thinks should have been named on Thursday night.
It was a controversial All-Australian team this year, but @kanecornes believes his Team of the Year can not be criticised.
— Footy on Nine (@FootyonNine) September 27, 2020
One glaring omission from the official All-Australian squad was Steven May, who Cornes included in his final 22.
Notably, the wing positions are still occupied by players who aren’t seen as some of the league’s most prolific wingmen. Sam Menegola comes in for teammate Cam Guthrie while Macrae holds his spot.
Christian Petracca’s breakout year sees him slot in for Bulldog skipper Bontempelli who is demoted to the bench.
Cornes said May was the easiest inclusion.
“May had to be in this team, he wasn’t in the squad of 40 which was disgraceful.
“Finally someone has recognised the art of playing forward, Petracca was a good forward this year, Dangerfield spent time there as did (Dustin) Martin.
“Also recognition for the two best small forwards this year in Papley and Butler.”
A decision that seems odd considering Jonas, Port Adelaide captain, is in Cornes’ team.
Matthew Lloyd questioned Jonas’ place in the team, labelling it as “Port Adelaide bias”.
“He is the captain of the number one ranked side in the competition, don’t look at stats. You’ve got to watch him live and look at the work he has done.
“His leadership and lack of goals against and his courage… he should’ve been in the All-Australian team.”
Tom Papley’s place came under question after his season petered out in the second half of the season.
Cornes said there was more to his game than just the seven goals in his last nine games.
“He had 53 shots on goal and nine goal assists, Sydney weren’t winning unless Tom Papley was playing the way that he was.