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hawthornfc.com.au  August 28, 2017 4:16 PM

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ADELAIDE could dominate the 2017 Virgin Australia AFL All Australian team, with eight players named in the 40-man squad on Monday.

The minor premiers are represented by captain Taylor Walker, superstar forward Eddie Betts, midfielders Matt Crouch and Rory Sloane, ruckman Sam Jacobs, defenders Rory Laird and Jake Lever, and forward Tom Lynch. 

A massive 26 players are jockeying for their first ever selection in the All Australian team, which will be finalised on Wednesday, while 12 players from last year's team have been nominated for back-to-back selections.

Notable omissions include Richmond captain Trent Cotchin, Sydney midfielder Luke Parker, Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy, Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver and Geelong half-back Zach Tuohy.

Walker is one of three club captains named in the squad, alongside Geelong skipper Joel Selwood and Sydney leader Josh Kennedy.

Coleman medallist Lance Franklin is in line for his seventh All Australian selection, with star goalkickers Josh Kennedy (West Coast), Ben Brown (North Melbourne) and Joe Daniher (Essendon) also selected. 

The selectors have named three ruckmen, with Jacobs joined by Port Adelaide's Paddy Ryder and Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer. All three are pushing for their first selections, while Jacobs has been nominated in the squad twice (2012, 2014).

There are 14 midfielders in the squad, including Greater Western Sydney trio Josh Kelly, Tom Scully and Dylan Shiel, who are all pushing for their first selections.

Hawthorn accumulator Tom Mitchell has also earned his first nomination after a brilliant season that saw him break the record for overall possessions (787) and the most games with 30 or more possessions in a season (20).

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Superstars Patrick Dangerfield and Dustin Martin were natural inclusions, while Dayne Zorko (Brisbane Lions), Adam Treloar (Collingwood), Zach Merrett (Essendon), Seb Ross (St Kilda) and Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) were given the nod.

The selectors have gone with three key defenders in Alex Rance (Richmond), Michael Hurley (Essendon) and Jeremy McGovern (West Coast), as well as versatile Port Adelaide backman Tom Jonas.  

There is a lot of competition for half-back and small defender spots, with six in contention for their first All Australian selections – Sam Docherty (Carlton), Jeremy Howe (Collingwood), Michael Hibberd (Melbourne), Neville Jetta (Melbourne), Dylan Roberton (St Kilda) and Elliot Yeo (West Coast).

Three small forwards have been named, with Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide) jockeying for his third selection in four years and Toby Greene (GWS) in contention for back-to-back selections. Melbourne's Jeff Garlett has been nominated in the squad for the first time.

The final team of 22 will be named on Wednesday and selected to "best fit team balance as if to play a match".

The All Australian selection panel is Gillon McLachlan (chairman), Kevin Bartlett, Luke Darcy, Andrew Dillon, Danny Frawley, Glen Jakovich, Chris Johnson, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson and Warren Tredrea.

Eddie Betts. All Australian 2015 and 2016. 21 games in 2017. 192 kicks, 71 marks, 93 handballs averaging 9.1 kicks, 3.4 marks, 4.4 handballs. 49 goals (equal sixth in the AFL), 30 behinds. 26 clearances, 50 inside 50m, one rebound 50m. 71 tackles.

Matt Crouch. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 295 kicks, 63 marks, 431 handballs (third in the AFL) averaging 13.4 kicks, 2.9 marks, 19.6 handballs. Six goals, seven behinds. 126 clearances, 69 inside 50m, 43 rebound 50m. 102 tackles.

Sam Jacobs. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 169 kicks, 83 marks, 151 handballs averaging 7.7 kicks, 3.8 marks, 6.9 handballs. Eight goals, five behinds. 63 clearances, 882 hit-outs (first in the AFL) averaging 40.1 hit-outs per game, 50 inside 50m, 25 rebound 50m. 64 tackles.

Rory Laird. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 325 kicks, 117 marks, 337 (ninth in the AFL) handballs averaging 14.8 kicks, 5.3 marks, 15.4 handballs. Three goals, one behind. 25 clearances, 55 inside 50m, 107 rebound 50m (equal sixth in the AFL). 50 tackles.

Jake Lever. Never previously All Australian. 17 games in 2017. 175 kicks, 107 marks, 100 handballs, averaging 10.3 kicks, 6.3 marks, 5.9 handballs. One goal, one behind. Two clearances, 30 inside 50m, 59 rebound 50m. 31 tackles.

Tom Lynch. Never previously All Australian. 20 games in 2017. 256 kicks, 141 marks, 153 handballs averaging 12.8 kicks, 7.1 marks, 7.7 handballs. 28 goals, 22 behinds. 17 clearances, 66 inside 50m, nine rebound 50m. 40 tackles.

Rory Sloane. All Australian 2016 (vice-captain). 22 games in 2017. 290 kicks, 66 marks, 250 handballs averaging 13.2 kicks, 3.0 marks, 11.4 handballs. 18 goals, six behinds. 139 clearances (eighth in the AFL), 101 inside 50m (ninth in the AFL), 33 rebound 50m. 176 tackles (first in the AFL).

Taylor Walker. Never previously All Australian. 20 games in 2017. 209 kicks, 126 marks, 96 handballs averaging 10.5 kicks, 6.3 marks, 4.8 handballs. 49 goals (equal sixth in the AFL), 32 behinds. Two clearances, 80 inside 50m, two rebound 50m. 40 tackles.

Dayne Zorko. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 341 kicks, 79 marks, 185 handballs averaging 16.2 kicks, 3.8 marks, 8.8 handballs. 34 goals, 27 behinds. 112 clearances, 104 inside 50m (sixth in the AFL), 44 rebound 50m. 147 tackles (fifth in the AFL).

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Sam Docherty. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 460 kicks (first in the AFL), 199 marks (first in the AFL), 153 handballs averaging 20.9 kicks, 9.0 marks, 7.0 handballs. Three goals, three behinds. 25 clearances, 43 inside 50m, 126 rebound 50m (second in the AFL). 72 tackles.

Matthew Kreuzer. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 206 kicks, 69 marks, 115 handballs averaging 9.8 kicks, 3.3 marks, 5.5 handballs. 12 goals, 12 behinds. 94 clearances, 665 hit-outs (eighth in the AFL) averaging 31.7 hit-outs per game, 58 inside 50m, 32 rebound 50m. 107 tackles.

Jeremy Howe. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 294 kicks, 181 marks (second in the AFL), 164 handballs averaging 14.0 kicks, 8.6 marks, 7.8 handballs. Three goals, two behinds. Seven clearances, 48 inside 50m, 86 rebound 50m. 33 tackles.

Adam Treloar. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 275 kicks, 54 marks, 353 handballs (fifth in the AFL) averaging 13.1 kicks, 2.6 marks, 16.8 handballs. 13 goals, 11 behinds. 114 clearances, 95 inside 50m, 34 rebound 50m. 133 tackles (equal 10th in the AFL).

Joe Daniher. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 235 kicks, 147 marks (10th in the AFL), 100 handballs averaging 10.7 kicks, 6.7 marks, 4.5 handballs. 62 goals (fourth in the AFL), 37 behinds. 19 clearances, 77 hit-outs averaging 3.5 hit-outs per game, 69 inside 50m, 11 rebound 50m. 30 tackles.

Michael Hurley. All Australian 2015. 20 games in 2017. 339 kicks, 151 marks (equal sixth in the AFL), 168 handballs averaging 16.9 kicks, 7.5 marks, 8.4 handballs. Three goals, one behind. Four clearances, 24 inside 50m, 141 rebound 50m (first in the AFL). 21 tackles.

Zach Merrett. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 370 kicks (sixth in the AFL), 93 marks, 268 handballs averaging 17.6 kicks, 4.4 marks, 12.8 handballs. Nine goals, eight behinds. 91 clearances, 86 inside 50m, 63 rebound 50m. 116 tackles.

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Patrick Dangerfield. All Australian 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. 21 games in 2017. 277 kicks, 93 marks, 360 handballs (fourth in the AFL) averaging 13.2 kicks, 4.4 marks, 17.1 handballs. 38 goals, 24 behinds. 162 clearances (first in the AFL), 119 inside 50m (equal second in the AFL), 19 rebound 50m. 123 tackles.

Joel Selwood. All Australian 2009, 2010, 2013 (captain), 2014 (captain), 2016 (captain). 18 games in 2017. 217 kicks, 61 marks, 248 handballs, averaging 12.1 kicks, 3.4 marks, 13.8 handballs. Six goals, three behinds. 114 clearances, 73 inside 50m, 28 rebound 50m. 90 tackles.

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Toby Greene. All Australian 2016. 16 games in 2017. 195 kicks, 95 marks, 99 handballs, averaging 12.2 kicks, 5.9 marks, 6.2 handballs. 41 goals, 26 behinds. 21 clearances, 60 inside 50m, five rebound 50m. 44 tackles.

Josh Kelly. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 294 kicks, 72 marks, 320 handballs averaging 14.0 kicks, 3.4 marks, 15.2 handballs. 18 goals, 20 behinds. 106 clearances, 102 inside 50m (eighth in the AFL), 32 rebound 50m. 133 tackles (equal 10th in the AFL).

Tom Scully. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 210 kicks, 77 marks, 274 handballs, averaging 10.0 kicks, 3.7 marks, 13.0 handballs. 14 goals, six Behinds. 67 clearances, 74 inside 50m, 33 rebound 50m. 60 tackles.

Dylan Shiel. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 306 kicks, 64 marks, 300 handballs averaging 13.9 kicks, 2.9 marks, 13.6 handballs. 11 goals, 13 behinds. 146 clearances (equal third in the AFL), 96 inside 50m, 33 rebound 50m. 83 tackles.

Tom Mitchell. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 307 kicks, 117 marks, 480 handballs (second in the AFL) averaging 13.9 kicks, 5.3 marks, 21.9 handballs. 10 goals, 10 behinds. 137 clearances (tenth in the AFL), 76 inside 50m, 46 rebound 50m. 143 tackles (seventh in the AFL).

Jeff Garlett. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 171 kicks, 56 marks, 65 handballs averaging 8.1 kicks, 2.7 marks, 3.1 handballs. 42 goals, 28 behinds. Nine clearances, 51 inside 50m, seven rebound 50m. 74 tackles.

Michael Hibberd. Never previously All Australian. 18 games in 2017. 305 kicks, 97 marks, 188 handballs averaging 16.9 kicks, 5.4 marks, 10.4 handballs. One goal, one behind. 16 clearances, 48 inside 50m, 123 rebound 50m (fourth in the AFL). 23 tackles.

Neville Jetta. Never Previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 151 kicks, 94 marks, 164 handballs, averaging 6.9 kicks, 4.3 marks, 7.5 handballs. Three goals, zero behinds. Six clearances, seven inside 50m, 38 rebound 50m. 68 tackles.

Ben Brown. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 180 kicks, 120 marks, 76 handballs averaging 8.2 kicks, 5.5 marks, 3.5 handballs. 63 goals (third in the AFL), 30 behinds. Nine clearances, 35 hit-outs averaging 1.5 hit-outs per game, 44 inside 50m, three rebound 50m. 27 tackles.

Robbie Gray. All Australian 2014 and 2015. 22 games in 2017. 220 kicks, 93 marks, 186 handballs averaging 10.0 kicks, 4.2 marks, 8.5 handballs. 47 goals (ninth in the AFL), 28 behinds. 61 clearances, 60 inside 50m, 18 rebound 50m. 52 tackles.

Tom Jonas. Never Previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 186 kicks, 111 marks, 100 handballs, averaging 8.9 kicks, 5.3 marks, 4.8 handballs. Zero goals, Zero behinds. Three clearances, 28 inside 50m, 55 rebound 50m. 54 tackles.

Paddy Ryder. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 167 kicks, 71 marks, 104 handballs averaging 8.0 kicks, 3.4 marks, 5.0 handballs. 11 goals, seven behinds. 88 clearances, 777 hit-outs (second in the AFL) averaging 37.0 hit-outs per game, 67 inside 50m, 14 rebound 50m. 58 tackles.

Dustin Martin. All Australian 2016. 22 games in 2017. 434 kicks (second in the AFL), 97 marks, 233 handballs averaging 19.7 kicks, 4.4 marks, 10.6 handballs. 32 goals, 23 behinds. 146 clearances (equal third in the AFL), 137 inside 50m (first in the AFL), 22 rebound 50m. 78 tackles.

Alex Rance. All Australian 2014, 2015 and 2016. 22 games in 2017. 196 kicks, 111 marks, 161 handballs averaging 8.9 kicks, 5.0 marks, 7.3 handballs. One goal, zero behinds. Three clearances, one hit-out, 18 inside 50m, 83 rebound 50m. 54 tackles.

Dylan Roberton. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 385 kicks (third in the AFL), 137 marks, 123 handballs averaging 17.5 kicks, 6.2 marks, 5.6 handballs. Five goals, Four behinds. nine clearances, 39 inside 50m, 124 rebound 50m (third in the AFL). 38 tackles.

Sebastian Ross. Never previously All Australian. 22 games in 2017. 318 kicks, 79 marks, 339 handballs (eighth in the AFL) averaging 14.5 kicks, 3.6 marks, 15.4 handballs. Five goals, nine behinds. 112 clearances, 89 inside 50m, 43 rebound 50m. 94 tackles.

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Lance Franklin. All Australian 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016. 22 games in 2017. 299 kicks, 151 marks (equal sixth in the AFL), 84 handballs averaging 13.6 kicks, 6.9 marks, 3.8 handballs. 69 goals (first in the AFL), 56 behinds. 10 clearances, Two hit-outs, 118 inside 50m (fourth in the AFL), five rebound 50m. 51 tackles.

Josh Kennedy. All Australian 2012, 2014 and 2016. 19 games in 2017. 230 kicks, 47 marks, 313 handballs averaging 12.1 kicks, 2.5 marks, 16.5 handballs. 14 goals, six behinds. 131 clearances, 77 inside 50m, 27 rebound 50m. 94 tackles.

Josh Kennedy. All Australian 2015 (vice-captain) and 2016. 17 games in 2017. 154 kicks, 107 marks, 52 handballs averaging 9.1 kicks, 6.3 marks, 3.1 handballs. 65 goals (second in the AFL), 38 behinds. Five hit-outs, 27 inside 50m, 0 Rebound 50m, 24 tackles.

Jeremy McGovern. All Australian 2016. 22 games in 2017. 236 kicks, 169 marks (third in the AFL), 125 handballs averaging 10.7 kicks, 7.7 marks, 5.7 handballs. 10 goals, 14 behinds. 11 clearances, 50 hit-outs averaging 2.3 hit-outs per game, 50 inside 50m, 52 rebound 50m. 40 tackles.

Elliot Yeo. Never previously All Australian. 21 games in 2017. 319 kicks, 148 marks (ninth in the AFL), 178 handballs averaging 15.2 kicks, 7.0 marks, 8.5 handballs. Eight goals, seven behinds. 50 clearances, 83 inside 50m, 66 rebound 50m. 75 tackles.

Marcus Bontempelli. All Australian 2016. 22 games in 2017. 285 kicks, 88 marks, 220 handballs averaging 13.0 kicks, 4.0 marks, 10.0 handballs. 20 goals, 29 behinds. 90 clearances, three hit-outs, 100 inside 50m (equal 10th in the AFL), 28 rebound 50m. 138 tackles (ninth in the AFL).