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The 22 Under 22 team (stylised as 22under22) is an honorary representative Australian rules football team created by the AFL Players' Association that seeks to recognise the best young talent in the Australian Football League (AFL) competition each year.[1] To be eligible for selection, players must be aged 22 or under for the entire AFL season (including finals). An initial squad of 40 is selected by the AFL Players' Board, before fans select a final team of 22 by voting via social media.[2]

Selection processEdit

The 22 Under 22 team is the only AFL award decided by fans. Supporters were asked to pick their best teams via Facebook, or vote for individual players via Twitter.

The concept proved to be popular amongst AFL players, with many high-profile footballers voting and sharing their teams on social media.[3] Current stars Gary Ablett, Drew Petrie, Brad Sewell, Luke Ball, Andrew Swallow and Isaac Smith all selected sides, as did former players Cameron Mooney, Daniel Harford and Warwick Capper.

Several AFL journalists, including Mick Warner and Warwick Green, also voted and shared their teams.

TeamsEdit

2012Edit

In the lead-up to the first 22 Under 22 team being announced, the AFL Players' Association selected a retrospective side from the 2012 season. Adelaide's Patrick Dangerfield was named captain, while young stars Trent Cotchin, Dayne Beams and Nic Naitanui were amongst those selected.[4]

B Phil Davis (Greater Western Sydney) Daniel Talia (Adelaide) Alex Rance (Richmond)
HB Dyson Heppell (Essendon) Jackson Trengove (Port Adelaide) Callan Ward (Greater Western Sydney)
C Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood) Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide) (c) Dan Hannebery (Sydney)
HF David Zaharakis (Essendon) Jack Darling (West Coast) Dustin Martin (Richmond)
F Luke Breust (Hawthorn) Taylor Walker (Adelaide) Steven Motlop (Geelong)
R Nic Naitanui (West Coast) Trent Cotchin (Richmond) Dayne Beams (Collingwood)
I/C Michael Hurley (Essendon) Jack Redden (Brisbane Lions)
Rory Sloane (Adelaide) Jeremy Howe (Melbourne)

2013Edit

The inaugural 22 Under 22 team was announced at the 2013 "Be the Influence" AFL Players' MVP Awards on September 10.[5] Essendon midfielder Dyson Heppell was named as the side's captain, with North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell selected as the vice-captain.[6]

Gold Coast had the most players selected of any club, with five Suns being picked in the final team – Jaeger O'Meara, Dion Prestia, Rory Thompson, Tom Nicholls and Trent McKenzie.

Rather than being awarded a medal or trophy, each player selected was presented with a New Era 22 Under 22 cap, designed by former North Melbourne player Daniel Pratt.[7]

B Brandon Ellis (Richmond) Rory Thompson (Gold Coast) Daniel Talia (Adelaide)
HB Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood) Jake Carlisle (Essendon) Trent McKenzie (Gold Coast)
C Nat Fyfe (Fremantle) Dyson Heppell (Essendon) (c) Dan Hannebery (Sydney)
HF Dustin Martin (Richmond) Jack Darling (West Coast) Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
F Luke Breust (Hawthorn) Jeremy Cameron (Greater Western Sydney) Steven Motlop (Geelong)
R Tom Nicholls (Gold Coast) Jaeger O'Meara (Gold Coast) Tom Liberatore (Western Bulldogs)
I/C Aaron Mullett (North Melbourne) Dion Prestia (Gold Coast)
Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne) (vc) Michael Walters (Fremantle)

2014Edit

The 2014 22 Under 22 team was announced at the 2014 AFL Players Association awards on September 9. Essendon midfielder Dyson Heppell was named as the side's captain for the second year in a row, with Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston selected as the vice-captain.[8]

Gold Coast had the most players represented in the side, for the second year in a row, with six representatives – Harley Bennell, Kade Kolodjashnij, Steven May, Trent McKenzie, Dion Prestia, and David Swallow.

B Tom Langdon (Collingwood) Daniel Talia (Adelaide) Trent McKenzie (Gold Coast)
HB Brodie Smith (Adelaide) Steven May (Gold Coast) Kade Kolodjashnij (Gold Coast)
C Luke Parker (Sydney) Dyson Heppell (Essendon) (c) Harley Bennell (Gold Coast)
HF Adam Treloar (Greater Western Sydney) Jack Darling (West Coast) Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
F Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide) Jack Gunston (Hawthorn) (vc) Jamie Elliott (Collingwood)
R Jarrod Witts (Collingwood) Tom Liberatore (Western Bulldogs) Dion Prestia (Gold Coast)
I/C Luke McDonald (North Melbourne) David Swallow (Gold Coast)
Brandon Ellis (Richmond) Jake Carlisle (Essendon)

2015Edit

The 2015 22 Under 22 team was announced at the 2015 AFL Players Association awards on September 15. Western Bulldogs forward Jake Stringer was named as the side's captain, with Sydney midfielder Luke Parker selected as the vice-captain.[9]

Greater Western Sydney had the most players represented in the side, with four selections – Jeremy Cameron, Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith, and Adam Treloar.

B Rory Laird (Adelaide) Jack Hombsch (Port Adelaide) Kade Kolodjashnij (Gold Coast)
HB Adam Saad (Gold Coast) Jake Lever (Adelaide) Elliot Yeo (West Coast)
C Lachie Neale (Fremantle) Patrick Cripps (Carlton) Adam Treloar (Greater Western Sydney)
HF Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs) (c) Jesse Hogan (Melbourne) Luke Parker (Sydney) (vc)
F Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide) Jeremy Cameron (Greater Western Sydney) Tom Lynch (Gold Coast)
R Brodie Grundy (Collingwood) Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) Ollie Wines (Port Adelaide)
I/C Tom Langdon (Collingwood) Dylan Shiel (Greater Western Sydney)
Brandon Ellis (Richmond) Devon Smith (Greater Western Sydney)

2016Edit

The 2016 22 Under 22 team was announced 13 September. Western Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli was named as the side's captain, with Essendon midfielder Zach Merrett selected as the vice-captain.[10]

B Rory Laird (Adelaide) Jacob Weitering (Carlton) Sam Docherty (Carlton)
HB Callum Mills (Sydney) Jake Lever (Adelaide) Zac Williams (Greater Western Sydney)
C Zach Merrett (Essendon) (vc) Patrick Cripps (Carlton) Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)
HF Isaac Heeney (Sydney) Jesse Hogan (Melbourne) Christian Petracca (Melbourne)
F Jake Stringer (Western Bulldogs) Joe Daniher (Essendon) Darcy Moore (Collingwood)
R Brodie Grundy (Collingwood) Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) (c) Jack Viney (Melbourne)
I/C Jack Martin (Gold Coast) Tim Membrey (St Kilda)
Ollie Wines (Port Adelaide) Lachie Hunter (Western Bulldogs)

2017Edit

The 2017 22 Under 22 team was announced 12 September. Western Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli was named as the side's captain for the second consecutive season, with Essendon midfielder Zach Merrett selected as the vice-captain also for the second consecutive season.[11]

B Andrew McGrath (Essendon) Harris Andrews (Brisbane Lions) Callum Mills (Sydney)
HB Jayden Hunt (Melbourne) Jake Lever (Adelaide) Ryan Burton (Hawthorn)
C Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) (c) Clayton Oliver (Melbourne) Josh Kelly (Greater Western Sydney)
HF Jack Billings (St Kilda) Charlie Curnow (Carlton) Jack Martin (Gold Coast)
F Orazio Fantasia (Essendon) Eric Hipwood (Brisbane Lions) Tom Papley (Sydney)
R Peter Wright (Gold Coast) Zach Merrett (Essendon) (vc) Matt Crouch (Adelaide)
I/C James Sicily (Hawthorn) Isaac Heeney (Sydney)
Ollie Wines (Port Adelaide) Daniel Rioli (Richmond)

2018Edit

The 2018 22 Under 22 team was announced 30 August. Western Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli was named as the side's captain for the third consecutive season, with Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver selected as the vice-captain.[12]

B Alex Witherden (Brisbane Lions) Harris Andrews (Brisbane Lions) Andrew McGrath (Essendon)
HB Conor McKenna (Essendon) Tom Doedee (Adelaide) Jayden Short (Richmond)
C Angus Brayshaw (Melbourne) Clayton Oliver (Melbourne) (vc) Isaac Heeney (Sydney)
HF Jade Gresham (St Kilda) Charlie Curnow (Carlton) Jordan De Goey (Collingwood)
F Ben Ronke (Sydney) Eric Hipwood (Brisbane Lions) Jaidyn Stephenson (Collingwood)
R Sean Darcy (Fremantle) Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) (c) Zach Merrett (Essendon)
I/C Ed Langdon (Fremantle) Christian Petracca (Melbourne)
Tom Phillips (Collingwood) Dan Butler (Richmond)

2019Edit

The 2019 22 Under 22 team was announced 29 August. Brisbane Lions key defender Harris Andrews was named as the side's captain, with Western Bulldogs midfielder Josh Dunkley selected as the vice-captain.[13]

B Sydney Stack (Richmond) Harris Andrews (Brisbane Lions) (c) Callum Mills (Sydney)
HB Alex Witherden (Brisbane Lions) Jacob Weitering (Carlton) Dan Houston (Port Adelaide)
C Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane Lions) Clayton Oliver (Melbourne) Sam Walsh (Carlton)
HF Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide) Eric Hipwood (Brisbane Lions) Liam Ryan (West Coast)
F Jade Gresham (St Kilda) Aaron Naughton (Western Bulldogs) Harry McKay (Carlton)
R Tim English (Western Bulldogs) Tim Taranto (Greater Western Sydney) Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs) (vc)
I/C Wayne Milera (Adelaide) James Worpel (Hawthorn)
Andrew McGrath (Essendon) Cameron Zurhaar (North Melbourne)

ReferencesEdit

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