Shaw leads a largely ageing AA defence. Only Boyd (102.2) averaged higher than Shaw (101.8) but Shaw managed to avoid Alan Didak and played every game. Simpson and Docherty weren’t far behind and also put together excellent seasons while playing every game. Boyd surprised many by playing 20 games this year and Kelly also showed his resilience by playing 20 games and averaging 99. Rory Laird missed games through injury but his average of 96.7 is enough to give him the nod over the also injured Johannisen and Houli as well as the more durable but less prolific Newnes.
Dangerfield put together a dominant season to be the highest averaging and highest scoring player this season. The captain armband sits comfortably on him. Treloar, Neale, Parker and Hannebery also had productive and consistent seasons playing every game of the year and averaging over 108. Rockliff earns the final spot on the field due to his 117 average despite an injury interrupted beginning to the year that saw scores of 24 and 33 amongst his 17 games for the season. Pendlebury has put together another solid and unassuming season and rounds out the midfield narrowly pipping Kennedy.
All hail Gawn as the new ruck king. Vipers should be able to enjoy him for years to come. Easily the simplest line to pick as Gawn, Grundy and Goldstein were undisputed highest averaging and points scoring ruckman for the season. Grundy is even younger than Gawn and a 101 average for the season is very impressive. Goldy fell away this season but still holds a spot on the bench and it’s daylight between him and the next best ruckman.
Even if Merrett doesn’t make the AFL 40 man AA squad he definitely makes the UKL AA squad coming only 7 points behind Dangerfield for the season. In fact, he even earns vice captaincy and at 20 years old the Barbs will be thrilled to have him. All the remaining forwards averaged above 103 for the year and pretty much pick themselves having outstanding seasons and playing no less than 20 games each for the year. Hall narrowly misses out due to games played.
For those playing at home the distribution of AA players per team is as follows:
- 4 – Gators
- 3 – Barbarians, Ducks, Titans, Wolverines
- 2 – Outlaws, Vipers
- 1 – Scorpions, Jackals
- 0 – Badgers