Zero Hanger’s Rolling All-Australian side – Round 20
IN: Daniel Rich, Jackson Macrae
With four rounds to go, we can begin looking in the rear-view at the season that was. As the September hopefuls round out their places, so does the team of the year.
Brisbane are currently the story of the year, a club starved of post-season opportunities are deep in the premiership hunt. Defender Daniel Rich has lived through the dark times, but is one that has relished under Chris Fagan’s attractive game style.
Playing every game this season, Rich is averaging a career-high in disposals (22.8), marks (6.4) and rebound 50s (6.2). With arguably the most dangerous kick across the competition, Rich ranks second out of all players for metres gained.
This week he comes in for Hawthorn utility James Sicily. In Tasmania last weekend, Rich influenced the outcome with 26 disposals (17 kicks) off the half back, while using the ball at 88% – another strength of his 2019 campaign.
Luckless star Lachie Whitfield has only managed 12 games this season, but it’s his super consistency that sees him charging home for a spot across the back flank or wing position. Essendon’s Adam Saad is doing himself no harm of a spot, the league’s best defenders continue to showcase their abilities as positions heat up.
Along with Grimes, premiership defender Jeremy McGovern is one to watch in the final weeks, with both players in a healthy position to take over the key position roles currently held by Mark Blicavs and Harris Andrews.
Through the middle, Bulldogs accumulator Jackson Macrae makes his maiden appearance in our 2019 side, replacing North Melbourne bull Ben Cunnington. Macrae has slightly outperformed Cunnington in several areas the past six weeks, and seems to remain the Dogs’ top distributor without ever falling out of form.
Macrae’s inclusion makes that three Bulldogs in our current outfit, with plenty of changes to come. Some names to consider; Adam Treloar, Clayton Oliver and Tim Taranto are all the premier ball-winners at their clubs, while Geelong’s Mitch Duncan is having as good as season as any teammate in this current team.
Gary Ablett’s spot becomes shaky, after not hitting the scoreboard as much as the little master would like. For two teams in the finals race in Collingwood and Brisbane, Jordan De Goey and Charlie Cameron are constant threats inside 50, and will remain a chance for this rolling forward line.
Check back next week for the changes to our rolling All-Australian side.