Martin misses All-Australian

August 28, 2019 10:30 pm in by
Richmond star Dustin Martin in action against Collingwood in Round 2. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

RICHMOND star Dustin Martin and Geelong veteran Gary Ablett are notable omissions from the AFL All-Australian team.

Reigning premiers West Coast and minor premiers Geelong had four players apiece named in the 22-man honorary team, while Brisbane’s stunning rise to power has them boasting three picks – their first multiple selections in 15 years.

WA’s captains have the leadership spots, with Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe named All-Australian skipper and West Coast defender Shannon Hurn is his deputy.

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Martin, the 2017 Brownlow Medallist, had made the last three All-Australian teams and was a popular choice to pull off four in a row.

The Tigers ace had a barnstorming finish to the season after a quieter start.

Ablett would have been the first player in the game’s post-carnival era to earn nine All-Australian selections had he made the 22.

The two-time Brownlow Medallist played more of a permanent forward role this season and excelled, playing 21 games.

Ablett’s teammate Patrick Dangerfield continued his stellar All-Australian run, making his seventh team.

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He has only missed out once, in 2014, since his 2012 debut while at Adelaide.

Cats defender Tom Stewart also repeated while Geelong forward Tom Hawkins is in his first team since 2012.

Boom Geelong recruit Tim Kelly is their fourth selection.

Jeremy McGovern joined Hurn as repeat All-Australian selections and the Eagles also have Elliott Yeo and key forward Jack Darling in the 22.

Brisbane’s three selections are defender Harris Andrews, forward Charlie Cameron and onballer Lachie Neale.

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GWS star Jeremy Cameron, who won the Coleman Medal in round 22 with a nine-goal haul, was named at centre half-forward.

The night after he won the AFL Coaches’ Award, Western Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli was picked on a wing.

While Martin missed out, teammates Dylan Grimes and Bachar Houli are first-time selections.

The two Richmond backmen have had stellar seasons, with the Tigers defence rising to the challenge after Alex Rance went down with a season-ending knee reconstruction in round one.

After Melbourne’s Max Gawn was named first ruck last year in the All-Australian team and Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy was chosen on the bench, they switched honorary spots this season.

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Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury, Carlton young gun Patrick Cripps, Bulldogs onballer Jack Macrae and Fremantle forward Michael Walters round out the team.

Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko, North Melbourne pair Ben Brown and Ben Cunnington and Port Adelaide onballer Travis Boak were other notable members of the 40-man squad who did not make the final team.

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