Patrick Cripps knew the camera was there.
And he couldn’t resist the opportunity to lob a cheeky shot at the AFL All-Australian selectors’ Charlie Curnow decision.
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“Won the Coleman … forward pocket?” the smirking Cripps said, as spotted by keen Blues fans on social media.
Curnow was a lock for the final All-Australian team after kicking a league-best 64 goals.
But he was unable to repeat Carlton teammate Harry McKay’s effort last year in winning the Coleman and being named full forward in the team of the year.
Curnow was nudged out of the role by Geelong’s 59-goal star Tom Hawkins and into a pocket, with Jeremy Cameron named at centre half-forward.
It’s the fourth time in the past 10 years that the league’s leading goalkicker has not been named full forward in the team of the year – and just the second time in the same period they’ve been moved to a pocket.
The 2019 Coleman medallist Cameron was named at centre half-forward in front of full forward Hawkins, and in 2017 Josh Kennedy earned the position over Coleman winner Lance Franklin.
But those decisions can be reconciled by the players’ respective game styles.
The last Coleman medallist to be moved into a pocket was Jarryd Roughead in 2013 when the team featured a young Cameron at full forward and Travis Cloke at centre half-forward.
Perhaps the only argument for Curnow and Roughead being named in the pocket is their height, with the pair coming in a few centimetres shorter than Cameron, Hawkins and Kennedy.
Hawkins was this year named captain of the All-Australian team despite not holding a formal leadership role with the Cats.
“Pretty remarkable. If you couldn’t tell from the (post-match speech) I had no idea,” he said after the event on Wednesday night.
“I’ve always looked at the captain of the All-Australia side and thought firstly to make it into the side is an honour.
“But the word that comes to mind is it’s cool to be a part of. It’s an elite side, so very proud.”