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Crawford absentee from All-Aussie team

By Adam Cooper 09/09/2003 10:46:26 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn captain Shane Crawford was the most notable absentee from the 2003 AFL All-Australian team, named on Tuesday.

Crawford, the equal-fourth favourite for the Brownlow Medal, was left out of the team despite an excellent season.

Sydney tagger Brett Kirk, who was strongly favoured to make the team after winning a string of battles with the league's best onballers, also missed out.

Brisbane skipper Michael Voss was named All-Australian captain for the second successive year, with Collingwood's Nathan Buckley the vice-captain.

Fremantle was rewarded for its best-ever AFL season with three inclusions, the equal-highest with reigning premier Brisbane.

Dockers Matthew Pavlich, Peter Bell and Paul Hasleby were named along with Lions Michael Voss, Justin Leppitsch and Nigel Lappin.

Minor premier Port Adelaide had two players - Warren Tredrea at centre half-forward and Gavin Wanganeen in a back pocket - while Carlton, Richmond, Melbourne and the Kangaroos all missed out.

But the bottom-placed Western Bulldogs had Rohan Smith named on a half-back flank.

Six of the 2002 All-Australian side retained their spots: Pavlich, Voss, Lappin, Leppitsch, Tredrea and Adelaide captain Mark Ricciuto.

There were eight first-time inclusions in Hasleby, Geelong's Matthew Scarlett, St Kilda's Lenny Hayes, Collingwood's Chris Tarrant, Sydney pair Adam Goodes and Paul Williams and West Coast duo Phil Matera and Michael Gardiner.

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