Another dominant season at AFL level has thrust Cobden football export Zach Merrett into the mix for AFL All Australian honours for the first time.
Merrett continued his incredible rise in the AFL this season, averaging 17.6 kicks, 4.4 marks, 12.8 handballs, and leading the Bombers to finals.
The 21-year-old capped off the home-and-away season with four goals and 31 disposals in the Bombers’ win against Fremantle yesterday.
Merrett is among 26 players in the AFL’s initial 40-man squad, released today, vying for AA honours for the first time.
See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for more.
2017 AFL ALL AUSTRALIAN SQUAD
Adelaide – Jake Lever, Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts, Rory Sloane, Matt Crouch, Tom Lynch, Sam Jacobs, Rory Laird
Brisbane – Dayne Zorko
Carlton – Sam Docherty, Matthew Kreuzer
Collingwood – Jeremy Howe, Adam Treloar
Essendon – Michael Hurley, Zach Merrett, Joe Daniher
Fremantle – N/A
Geelong – Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood
Gold Coast Suns – N/A
GWS Giants – Toby Greene, Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully, Josh Kelly
Hawthorn – Tom Mitchell
Melbourne – Neville Jetta, Michael Hibberd, Jeff Garlett
North Melbourne – Ben Brown
Port Adelaide – Robbie Gray, Tom Jonas, Patrick Ryder
Richmond – Dustin Martin, Alex Rance
St Kilda – Dylan Roberton, Seb Ross
Sydney Swans – Lance Franklin, Josh Kennedy
West Coast Eagles – Josh Kennedy, Elliot Yeo, Jeremy McGovern
Western Bulldogs – Marcus Bontempelli