MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - OCTOBER 01: Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs celebrates the win with fans during the 2016 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 1, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Media/Getty Images)
With the increase of potent left footers in the AFL over the past decade, Zero Hanger believe it’s time to reward the lefties, as we’ve named our All-Australian side made up entirely of left footers.
It was much harder than we thought to come up with our 22-man squad, with some very talented players missing out.
Let us know how we went with our side, and feel free to comment your best 22 below!
Dane Rampe (Syd) – Harry Taylor (Geel) – Josh Gibson (Haw)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 23: Harry Taylor of the Cats and Dane Rampe of the Swans compete for the ball during the 2016 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 23, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
The back line was quite straight forward to select, with premiership players Harry Taylor and Josh Gibson joined by 2016 All-Australian defender Dane Rampe.
Luke Hodge (Haw) – Steven May (GC) – Grant Birchall (Haw)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 28: Grant Birchall and Luke Hodge of the Hawks celebrate with the Premiership Cup after the Hawks won the 2013 AFL Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Fremantle Dockers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 28, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Hawthorn continue to stamp their dominance in our back six, with Grant Birchall and former skipper Luke Hodge either side of new
Gold Coast co-captain Steven May.
Andrew Gaff (WCE) – Dyson Heppell (Ess) – Jack Viney (Melb)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 25: Jack Viney of the Demons kicks the ball during the AFL 2017 JLT Community Series match between the Melbourne Demons and the Carlton Blues at Casey Fields on February 25, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
We’ve gone with a young centre line but that doesn’t take away from just how good these players are, Melbourne co-captain Jack Viney (22yo) alongside Dons skipper Dyson Heppell (24) and 2015 All-Australian midfielder Andrew Gaff (24).
Chad Wingard (PA) – Jarryd Roughead (vc) (Haw) – Jeremy Cameron ( GWS)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 05: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks celebrates winning the AFL 2nd Qualifying Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 5, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
The four-time premiership player has been named as the vice-captain of our All-Australian squad, and has been joined on the half-forward line by Chad Wingard and Jeremy Cameron.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 01: Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates a goal during the 2016 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 01, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Cyril Rioli (Haw) – Lance Franklin (Syd) – Michael Walters (Frem)
Sydney superstar Lance Franklin is joined by former Hawks teammate Cyril Rioli, while Michael Walters just edged out
Lindsay Thomas as the other small forward in our squad.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 12: Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies comes up the race during the 2016 AFL Round 21 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Collingwood Magpies at Etihad Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Todd Goldstein (NM) – Scott Pendlebury (c) (Coll) – Marcus Bontempelli (WB)
Scott Pendlebury has been named the captain of our side, and is one of the best left footers the competition has seen in years. Todd Goldstein is a well deserved selection in the ruck, while young gun Marcus Bontempelli takes the final spot on the field.
Matt Priddis (WCE) – Dan Hannebery (Syd) – Sam Mitchell (WCE) – Kieren Jack (Syd)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 26: Matt Priddis of the West Coast Eagles gathers the ball during the 2015 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Domain Stadium, Perth, Australia on September 26, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Two West Coast players and two Sydney players round out our All-Australian side, as all four players occupy important midfield positions for their team.
Notable absentees: Jordan Lewis (Melb), Nick Smith (Syd), Lindsay Thomas (NM), Isaac Smith (Haw), Tom Liberatore (WB), Zach Merrett (Ess)