Dreaming up AFL State of Origin teams
In the spirit of State of Origin, what would the AFL Queensland and New South Wales representative squads look like?
Based on the criteria that place of birth and junior club or clubs played for and or drafted from both qualify for eligibility, these are the teams that I have selected.
Firstly the New South Wales and ACT team:
F Justin Koschitzke Tom Hawkins Isaac Smith
HF Adam Schneider Taylor Walker Ben McGlynn
C Kieran Jack Lenny Hayes Craig Bird
HB Tony Armstrong L. Roberts-Thompson Mark McVeigh
B Dylan Addison Phil Davis Brent Staker
R Hamish McIntosh Daniel Cross Jarrad McVeigh
I Matthew Suckling Luke Breust Jacob Townsend
Sub Aiden Riley
Emg Jason Tutt Malcolm Lynch Nathan Gordon
And the Queenslanders:
F David Hale Kurt Tippett Jarrod Harbrow
HF Michael Osbourne Nick Riewoldt Ricky Petterd
C David Armitage Dane Beams Courtenay Dempsey
HB Brendan Whitecross Sam Gilbert Cheynee Stiller
B Luke McGuane Daniel Merrett Josh Drummond
R Shaun Hampson Simon Black Karmichael Hunt
I Rohan Bail Claye Beams Andrew Raines
Sub Joel MacDonald
Emg Zac Smith Brad Miller Peter Yagmoor
If I had to pick a winner, I would go with New South Wales. I feel their spine (Hawkins, Walker, Hayes, LRT and Davis) is very solid and their midfield just shades that of the Queenslanders. Even so, this would be a close game indeed.
Furthermore, St Kilda and Hawthorn each supply six players for these two teams. I am not sure if that is a coincidence or perhaps they invest heavily in scouting these two regions. The Western Australian clubs have zero representation in these two squads, which is an interesting point.
In addition to the attitudes of the clubs from a recruiting point of view, I believe that the development Queensland and NSW/ACT footballers has taken some huge leaps forward in the past decade to be able to produce this quantity and quality of players.
If these two teams were to play who do you think would win? Who would you put in your Queensland or New South Wales teams?
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