Blight opted for Collingwood skipper Scott Pendelbury in the centre, who senior journalist Mike Sheahan deemed was “no longer an A-grader” in March.
Where are spearheads Tom Hawkins and Buddy Franklin? Tomahawk is listed on the interchange, while Franklin did not make the cut at all, as Blight chose Coleman leader Ben Brown and Tigers champion Jack Riewoldt to hold down his forward spine.
Blight picked Demons big man Max Gawn in the ruck over emerging Pie Brodie Grundy, who finds himself on the bench.
Here is Blight’s full 2018 All-Australian team, courtesy of the Advertiser.
B: Tom Jonas (PTA), Alex Rance (RIC), Shannon Hurn (WCE)
HF: Shaun Higgins (NM), Jack Riewoldt (RIC), Steele Sidebottom (COL)
F: Luke Breust (HAW), Ben Brown (NM), Dustin Matin (RIC)
Fol: Max Gawn (MEL), Patrick Cripps (CAR), Tom Mitchell (HAW)
Notable omissions: Clayton Oliver (MEL), Buddy Franklin (SYD), Dayne Beams (BL), Jack Macrae (WB), Jordan De Goey (COLL), Jesse Hogan (MEL), Daniel Talia (ADE), Tom Stewart (GEE), Jake Lloyd (SYD), Jack Darling (WCE), Patrick Dangerfield (GEE), Stephen Coniglio (GWS), Nat Fyfe (FRE), Ben Cunnington (NM), Lachie Neale (FRE), James Sicily (HAW), Dyson Heppell (ESS), Devon Smith (ESS), Joel Selwood (GEE), Justin Westhoff (PTA), Jayden Short (RIC).