LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: James Sicily of the Hawks punches the ball over Daniel Howe of the Hawks and Oscar McInerney of the Lions during the 2019 AFL round 19 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane Lions at UTAS Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Zero Hanger’s Rolling All-Australian side – Round 22

B: Shannon Hurn (C) | Harris Andrews | Tom Stewart

HB: James Sicily | Jeremy McGovern | Daniel Rich

C: Marcus Bontempelli | Patrick Cripps | Tim Kelly

HF: Dayne Zorko (VC) | Jeremy Cameron | Patrick Dangerfield


R:
 Brodie Grundy | Nat Fyfe | Jackson Macrae

I/C: Max Gawn, Travis BoakLachie Neale, Josh Dunkley

IN: James Sicily

OUT: Jake Lloyd

Just one to our All-Australian team with two weeks to play, with movements made down back.

Despite racking up another 30 possessions last weekend, Swans defender Jake Lloyd hasn’t taken the next step to secure his spot. When considering overall impact on game, and how a player’s disposals reflect the outcome of the match, another defender came to mind.

What Hawthorn’s James Sicily has provided all year has been stability and execution. Sicily averages elite for one percenters and intercept marks. After being used a swingman in parts of 2019, Hawks coach Alistair Clarkson realised he needed to be kept in defence.

Since then, Sicily has met expectations in whichever role he’s played down back, highlighted by his 33 disposals at 79% efficiency in the snow last weekend.

On the cusp

Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar has been a shining light in a bumpy second half of the season for his club. Since the round 13 bye, the former Giant has averaged 35 possessions per game and hasn’t dipped below the 30 disposal mark in that time.

Gary Ablett Jnr responded to his rolling AA omission last week, collecting 23 touches and 10 tackles in a best-on-ground performance by the Little Master. The Geelong star will look to push any of the small forwards out in the coming fortnight.

Battling for position alongside either of Hawkins, Jeremy Cameron as well as Tom Lynch, premiership power forward Jack Darling has taken his game to the next level in recent weeks.

A contested marking and tackling beast, Darling does his best work when he comes up the ground to impact contests – while Josh Kennedy is the stay-at-home forward. Darling has kicked a goal or more in all but two matches this season and remains a huge chance to collect his maiden All-Australian jacket.