Every once in a while, there comes an accolade so prestigious that receiving it immediately provides a boost to the recipient’s ego and public standing.
Here at From The Sideline, we figured that it wasn’t enough to simply accept the wider football media’s proffered teams. We figured that if you want to reach the lofty heights of not only elite AFL footballer, but elite human being, you have to make our All-Australian team. So we put the word out to our writers, every single one of them. Give us your AA team, and together we can create an Avengers-like superteam, a coming-together of football’s best-of-the-best.
What follows is the result of heated debate, a number of incidents involving bribery, and insane amounts of bias.
At the end of it all, 22 magnificent warriors emerge from the cauldron-like atmosphere of the From The Sideline office, proudly (we assume) wearing their nominations for the FTS All-Australian team front-and-centre on their chests. An almagamation of outstanding individuals, brought together for one purpose – to let me write this article.
Without further ado, without added pomp or primping, may we at From The Sideline News present to you, our loyal readers, whom we love very much: The Official FTS All-Australian team for 2012!
FB: Darren Glass (West Coast) – Ted Richards (Sydney) – Beau Waters (West Coast)
HB: Brett Deledio (Richmond) – Luke McPharlin (Fremantle) – Grant Birchall (Hawthorn)
C: Trent Cotchin (Richmond) – Jobe Watson (Essendon) – Dane Swan (Collingwood)
HF: Dayne Beams (Collingwood) – Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle) – Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide)
FF: Stephen Milne (St. Kilda) – Tom Hawkins (Geelong) – Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
R: Dean Cox (West Coast) – Josh. P. Kennedy (Sydney) – Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)