Rohan “The King of the Hill” Roach has been named in the AFL Grand Finals All Australian team, while Jack Viney and Nathan Wilson are among those named to the side for the match at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
Key points:Roach has had his season cut short after a knee injuryCrows co-captain Taylor Walker is on the All Australian benchRoach was on the bench for the opening round win against Hawthorn in Round OneHowever, Roach missed the first round win over the Western Bulldogs in Round Three after he tore his ACL at the end of the season.
The Crows’ captain is on standby for the finals match at the Adelaide Oval but is unlikely to be available for selection.
The 32-year-old is currently in the twilight of his career, having missed all but one of his previous nine games in the league.
Roach is a two-time All Australian who was part of the 2010 squad that won the AFL Premiership and has also played for the Western Suburbs Tigers and the Brisbane Lions.
He was named on the squad for the 2010 Grand Final, where he scored his 100th game and the first-ever AFL goal.
He will be joined by the likes of Nick Dal Santo, Ben Cunnington and Sam Mitchell in the squad that has been chosen by the AFL Players Association.
“I’m really excited to be in the All-Australian side,” Roach said.
“It’s going to be a really good squad, it’s a great group of guys and it’s going be really hard to beat.”
Roach’s injury is a blow to the Crows, who are expected to be without key players in the finals.
Rohan “the king in the field” Roacock was a member of the AFL’s 2010 All-Star team, playing a crucial role in their triumph over Hawthorn at the MCG.
He scored a hat-trick in the second quarter against the Hawks to lift the Cuckoos to a 49-point win.
The 33-year old also scored two goals in the match, including the first goal in the final term.
Roch’s knee injury, which sidelined him for the rest of the year, limited him to just 14 games in 2011, the final year of his AFL contract.
Roaches form dipped again last year, but he returned to the field for the final four matches of the 2015 season.
RoACH’S CAREER CAREER Wins: 626Games: 463Points: 462Re-Entry Draft Picks: 16Lives: 15Total games: 5,837Lives with Crows: 9,715Gains: 1,979Games with Cuckoo’s Footy Club: 489Lives played in AFL grand final: 7,000Crows won the grand final against Hawthorns in Round Four.
The All Australian selection has been announced by the CSA, which also announced that former Melbourne midfielder Matt Crouch will be included on the list.
Crouch is also a member.
He joined the Crowters as a free agent last year after a lengthy spell at Gold Coast and has played 11 games this season.
He is a four-time club champion and has a total of 16 caps for the Cumbrians.
Crows coach John Worsfold has named four players on the team, with four-goal ruckman Jacob Townsend and midfielders Michael Barlow, Ryan Griffen and Rory Laird, the latter of whom was a rookie last year.
“We’re very excited about this team,” Worscroft said.
“They’re all players we’ve worked with and played against before.”
Roaches best game of the summer: Round two against the SaintsCrows captain is in the line-up for the grand finals match.
Roaching back into form, Roaches best in-season performance saw him finish the year with eight goals and nine disposals in 16 matches, while he also scored six goals in round two against Collingwood.
The 22-year‑old is an All Australian and a five-time premiership player, and his return to the senior squad was boosted after a year-long injury layoff.
“His form has improved and he’s going from strength to strength,” Woring said.
Roakes first game back after injury: Round one at the CWSThe All-AFL team is made up of players who have played in the CFA Premiership, CFA Rising Star and the NAB AFL Rising Star.
“There’s a lot of young players that are making the All Aussies side and I think that’s fantastic,” Woles said.
Players who have been part of AFL’s grand final team:Taylor Walker, Sam Mitchell, Nick Dal Sosa, Ryan Gilbert, Josh Kelly, Jack Vine and Jack Grimes.
Players from AFL’s CFA Premier Division: Taylor Walker, Jake Kolodjashnij