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Pavlich misses All-Australian selection?

Freo skipper Matthew Pavlich (centre) looks set to miss 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

18 comments so far

  • Forward pocket for Pav, Jack R for full forward. Reiwoldt had to play for Richmond remember. Hawkins shouldn't make it.

    Date and time
    September 17, 2012, 2:57PM
    • once they announce the team who are they going to play?

      Date and time
      September 17, 2012, 3:17PM
      • Wow, a bunch of B-Graders from B-Grade teams who didn't even make the finals are All Australian, but Pavlich isn't? As for Hawkins, apart from the difference of 6 goals, Travis Cloke took more contested marks and had better stats than he did.

        Tinfoil Pie
        Date and time
        September 17, 2012, 3:30PM
        • Stats are not everything! Your so called Million Dollar Man has gone missing in some big games! Its about how you influence a game and the impact, not just the number of marks!

          DOncaster East
          Date and time
          September 17, 2012, 4:23PM
      • Do the AFL seriously only invite the final 22?

        If so why hasn't the whole team leaked by now? I'd have thought making the squad of 40 is honor enough to deserve an invitation to the dinner.

        Date and time
        September 17, 2012, 3:34PM
        • No surprise if this is true.

          This competition still has that air of provincial about it.

          A "national" competition where:
          The real opening round game was Carlton v Richmond...again
          Something like 16 Friday night games were one Melbourne team vs another
          West Australian teams played in something like 5 1:45pm Saturday games - that's 11:45am in Perth, if you didn't know. A lot of people work on Saturdays.

          In my opinion the current AFL bosses do not have a clue about how to promote the game as national and Pav's non inclusion just reinforces the case that the AFL is still a provincial game based around Australia's second largest city.

          Not Melbourne
          Date and time
          September 17, 2012, 4:04PM
          • Too right. It's an extended VFL pretending to be national. People in South Australia stay away in droves because they're wise enough to see it for the scam that it is. The penny hasn't dropped for Western Australians quite yet though. It was at least credible as a state-based competition.

            Michael J.
            Date and time
            September 17, 2012, 4:18PM
        • hey tell me how many players from victorian clubs have won the wa and sa players of the year award i will give you one guess you right none bias bias when it suits you

          interstae whingers
          Date and time
          September 17, 2012, 4:29PM
          • What? Who is picking the All Australian squad this year, the Match Review Panel??

            Pip the Lip
            Date and time
            September 17, 2012, 5:01PM
            • Pavlich has caused Andrew Demetriou too much embarrassment. Remember he deliberately hit Chris Judd's elbow with his face when Demetriou had already agreed for Judd to win the Brownlow. It made it embarrassing and difficult for Demetriou to orchestrate Judd's win. Pavlich has not even said sorry to Demetriou. Demetriou has a long memory and is chairman of the All Australian panel. Pavlich has been rightly punished.

              The Goal Post
              Date and time
              September 17, 2012, 5:11PM

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