The 22Under22 final team for 2018 was announced at the 2018 AFLPA MVP Awards last night. We look at the numbers that define the team.
Top 10 Most Popular:
Charlie Curnow — 5079 votes
Jordan De Goey — 4950
Clayton Oliver — 4775
Isaac Heeney — 4739
Andrew McGrath — 4588
Marcus Bontempelli — 4575
Tom Doedee — 4566
Harris Andrews — 4426
Jaidyn Stephenson — 4407
Eric Hipwood — 4375
Melbourne, Collingwood and Brisbane (three players)
Fremantle, Sydney and Richmond (two players)
Marcus Bontempelli (again):
Marcus Bontempelli became the first player in history to be selected four times in the 22Under22 team in 2017, and remarkably eclipsed that feat in 2018 with a fifth selection. For the third season in a row, the Western Bulldogs’ star was voted as captain by the fans, being joined by Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver as vice-captain.
Stephenson’s debut year to remember:
Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson took all before him in his debut season, kicking 34 goals as the Pies climbed up the ladder and into the top four. Other players to have achieved this feat include, Jaeger O’Meara (2013), Tom Langdon (2014), Kade Kolodjashnij (2014), Marcus Bontempelli (2014), Luke McDonald (2014), Jake Lever (2015), Adam Saad (2015), Jacob Weitering (2016), Callum Mills (2016) and Andrew McGrath (2017).
Just one representative made it into the All-Australian team, with 22Under22 vice-captain Clayton Oliver receiving the accolade.
12 first-timers graced the 22Under22 team in 2018 (Alex Witherden, Conor McKenna, Tom Doedee, Jayden Short, Angus Brayshaw, Jade Gresham, Jordan De Goey, Ben Ronke, Jaidyn Stephenson, Sean Darcy, Ed Langdon and Tom Phillips).