The Sporting News 2022 Rolling All-Australian Team

FB Sam Docherty (CAR) Steven May (MEL) James Sicily (HAW)
HB Nick Daicos (COLL) Paddy McCartin (SYD) Jack Sinclair (STK)
C Hugh McCluggage (BRIS) Andrew Brayshaw (FRE) Sam Walsh (CAR)
HF Shai Bolton (RICH) Jeremy Cameron (GEE) Charlie Curnow (CAR)
FF Charlie Cameron (BRIS) Tom Hawkins (GEE) Tyson Stengle (GEE)
R Jarrod Witts (GC) Clayton Oliver (MEL) Lachie Neale (BRIS)
INT Mark Blicavs (GEE) Callum Mills (SYD) Patrick Cripps (C) (CAR)
  Toby Greene (GWS)    

Son-of-a-gun Nick Daicos has forced himself into the side, after a 40-disposal, three-goal performance that dragged Collingwood over the line against Adelaide.

Not only is it his first year, but Daicos is clearly dominating the level, averaging 27 touches at 77 per cent efficiency and being the key catalyst for the Pies’ revival in 2022.

Deployed all over the ground, the 19-year-old has done his best work off the half back line but is just as damaging up forward, with opposition clubs showing little respect to the number four draft pick in 2021.

Mark Blicavs returns to the side after a mini hiatus following his impressive performances in back-to-back weeks.

Blicavs’ versatility is a dream come true for coach Chris Scott, who can lock down the best key forward or roll into the midfield and curb the influence of the best rover.

Over the past fortnight, the former steeplechaser was able to limit the impact of Christian Petracca and Patrick Cripps (by the lofty standards), as Geelong went on to win both games convincingly.

Blicavs is on his way to winning a third Carji Greeves Medal and wouldn’t shock anyone if he’s selected in the All-Australian for 2022.

Next in line: Peter Wright, Rory Laird, Christian Petracca, Connoz Rozee, Noah Anderson, Jordan Dawson, Sam Taylor

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