As I mentioned last week in Wishful Thinking Part One, I am an advocate of bringing back the tradition of State of Origin to the AFL. I also put forward in that article my ideas for what format it might take and what an Allies team might look like. If you missed that, or would like to refresh your memory, read it here.
For Part Two, I have moved on to South Australia and chosen my hypothetical "Croweaters" team. Not surprisingly, the team is dominated by selections from a South Australian club. Unlike the State of Origin of the 90s, though, it is not Adelaide. It is something of a measure of their recent success that Port Adelaide boast six of the starting 22. The next best in terms of representation is the tearaway leader of the 2015 season, Fremantle, with three.
B: Corey Enright (Geelong) Brian Lake (Hawthorn) Joel Patfull (GWS Giants)
HB: Travis Varcoe (Collingwood) Jared Rivers (Geelong) Shannon Hurn (West Coast)
C: Shane Edwards (Richmond) Bernie Vince (Melbourne) Chad Wingard (Pt. Adelaide)
HF: Justin Westhoff (Pt. Adelaide) Jay Schulz (Pt. Adelaide) Paul Puopolo (Hawthorn)
F: Angus Monfries (Pt. Adelaide) Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle) Lindsay Thomas
Foll: Brodie Grundy (Collingwood) Brad Ebert (Pt. Adelaide) Lachlan Neale (Fremantle)
Int: Ryan Griffen (GWS Giants) Matthew Broadbent (Pt. Adelaide)
Danyle Pearce (Fremantle) Brodie Smith (Adelaide)
Emer: Jack Redden (Brisbane) Bryce Gibbs (Carlton)
Will Minson (Western Bulldogs) Adam Cooney (Essendon)