Pavlich misses All-Australian selection?
Freo skipper Matthew Pavlich (centre) looks set to miss All-Australian selection.
Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich looks likely to be a shock omission from tonight's All-Australian team, after telling a media conference today that he was not invited to the awards ceremony in Melbourne.
Pavlich, whose 69 goals in 2012 included 62 in the home-and-away season, was considered to be a near certainty to earn a seventh All-Australian jumper - with some judges calling for him to be named captain of the squad.
But at a press conference today, Pavlich let slip that he had not received an invite to the All-Australian presentation.
Teammate Luke McPharlin is already on his way to Melbourne for the ceremony.
"I'm not heading across, so I don't know what that means," Pavlich said.
"I haven't been invited. I guess we'll find out tonight. Individual awards aren't what you play footy for, it's team success - so it's not a focus.
"I'm looking forward to having a break and getting ready for next year."
Pavlich kicked 51 goals in his final 12 home-and-away games of the season, including a haul of five against Collingwood, batches of six versus Richmond and the Western Bulldogs, seven goals against GWS and eight majors in the western derby thrashing of West Coast.
The All-Australian team is selected only on home-and-away performances and does not including finals games, such as Pavlich's six goals in Fremantle's elimination final win over Geelong.
"I started a bit slow and probably mirrored the group, the team in general," Pavlich said.
"When you are a forward you are probably a byproduct of what happens up field a bit.
"I didn't have the greatest start to the year but certainly felt like I really contributed towards the end of the year and impacted and influenced the games really strongly."
Pavlich was one of seven potential key forwards named in the 40-man All-Australian shortlist a fortnight ago, alongside Adelaide's Taylor Walker, Hawthorn's Buddy Franklin, Geelong's Tom Hawkins, North Melbourne's Drew Petrie, Richmond's Coleman medallist Jack Riewoldt and St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt.
His apparent omission did not escape the attention of commentators on the other side of the country, with SEN's Morning Glory radio show tweeting that the Freo star was its listener's choice as All-Australian full-forward:
"We ran a poll this morning who should get the nod for FF spot - Pav, Hawkins, Riewoldt or Franklin? Pav won hands down."
Had Pavlich been named All-Australian he would have moved to the outright lead ahead of Carlton's Chris Judd for active players with the most AA jumpers.
He would also have moved within two AA selections of Craig Bradley, Stephen Kernahan, Simon Madden, John Platten and Paul Roos for the all-time record.
Pavlich is now set to undergo hip and Achilles surgery for injuries he has carried for much of the season in which he broke Glen Jakovich's record for games by a WA-based player.
The 30-year-old seemed well below his physical best when well-held by Adelaide's Ben Rutten during the Dockers' semi-final loss in Adelaide on Friday night.
Pavlich is expected to take six to eight weeks to recover from an arthroscopy on his hip and surgery to repair his Achilles tendon and will be fit to start pre-season with the Dockers in November.
- with AAP