The Sporting News 2022 Rolling All-Australian Team

FB Tom Stewart (GEE) Steven May (MEL) James Sicily (HAW)
HB Sam Docherty (CAR) Jacob Weitering (CAR) Jack Sinclair (STK)
C Bailey Smith (WB) Patrick Cripps (C) (CAR) Ed Langdon (MEL)
HF Shai Bolton (RICH) Jeremy Cameron (GEE) Charlie Curnow (CAR)
FF Charlie Cameron (BRIS) Max King (StK) Jack Ginnivan (COLL)
R Max Gawn (VC) (MEL) Clayton Oliver (MEL) Christian Petracca (WB)
INT Lachie Neale (BRIS) Callum Mills (SYD)  Hugh McCluggage (BRIS)
  Callum Wilkie (StK)    

Almost half way through season 2022, we thought it’d be interesting to see what the best 22 would look like if the season stopped now.

Reigning premiers Melbourne still have the most in the side with five, which include Brownlow fancies Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca. 

Captain Max Gawn also looks set to receive his sixth AA jacket and fifth in a row as the standout ruckman of the competition, while Demon winger Ed Langdon finally recognised for the work he does. Steven May also makes it back-to-back All-Australians.

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Carlton’s rise to top four contention, led by skipper Patrick Cripps, sees their side with the second most, as Sam Docherty’s season off halfback has been nothing short of amazing given his traumatic off-season setbacks and Charlie Curnow’s on-field performances coming off a string of injuries has him leading the Coleman.

Cripps is tipped to take home the game’s highest individual honour come season’s end and could lead the Navy Blues to the promised land that is September.

Arguably Carlton’s most important player, Jacob Weitering, is acknowledged for his work so far this season, lining up along the half-back for his consistent performances, including keeping Lance Franklin to six touches and two goals. 

Jacob Weitering - Carlton

Despite their pre-season critics, Geelong are still thereabouts in the race to the finals in 2022. Tom Hawkins makes way for his partner-in-crime Jeremy Cameron this week after the ex-Giant put together an impressive display against the Power whilst Mark Blicavs also found himself out of the side.

Surprising names include some of St Kilda’s defenders, with Jack Sinclair retaining his spot but is joined by Callum Wilkie who takes his place on the bench. Wilkie has been an underrated cog of the Saint backline and is finally receiving recognition.

Max King also finds his place in the side, after kicking six against the Crows and winning another game off his own boot.

Callum Mills (Syd), Bailey Smith (WB), James Sicily (Haw) and Hugh McCluggage (Bris) are all first-time inclusions into the side. McCluggage has been a part of the 40-man squad in recent years and finally makes the jump into the starting line-up while midfielders Mills and Smith have taken #1 spot at their respective clubs in the middle.

Antagonist and goal-sneak Jack Ginnivan has made room for himself in the team, with the Magpie forward being one of the most watchable players at the moment. Ginnivan has kicked goals in all of his eight games this year and 19 overall, hitting the scoreboard frequently and setting his teammates up.

Jack Ginnivan - Collingwood

Sicily’s return to form after injury has proven just how pivotal he is to the Hawthorn line-up, with his strength in ground position and ball-use key features of his game.

Lively forwards Shai Bolton and Charlie Cameron were preferred over other smalls given their scoring ability and creativity as well as defensive pressure around the ball.

Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale returns to the side in what potentially appears to be a better season than the 2020 year that saw him take home Charlie.

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