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Cal Twomey's AFL First XI

14 March 2022

It's the AFL pre-season list to end all AFL pre-season lists. AFL.com.au expert Callum Twomey becomes Chairman of Selectors and reveals his AFL First XI. Did he get it right?

Shannon Hurn (West Coast)

The West Coast premiership skipper gave up a rookie contract with South Australia's cricket team to join the Eagles, where he has forged one of the great careers at the club. A powerful batsman who represented SA at under-17 level.

Sam Sturt (Fremantle)

Even weeks before his draft in 2018, Sturt was trailing with Cricket Victoria. But after dedicating his time to that, the left-footer turned his focus to footy and was a first-round pick by the Dockers.

Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)

Cricket courted the Giants co-captain as he weighed up a footy career against one in the whites, having played at under-15 and under-17 level for Western Australia, including making an unbeaten hundred in the final of the 2009 national championships.

Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide)

Was a member of underage South Australian cricket squads and a talented batsman before sticking with footy, where Rozee has become a star for the Power. Even played some cricket locally over the off-season.

Tom Liberatore (Western Bulldogs)

Played cricket through his youth and locally but Liberatore is in this squad mainly for his famous speech after winning the Grand Final with the Western Bulldogs in 2016 when he said on the boundary line that it was "good to win the Ashes Test match" and that he'd made a hundred.

Caleb Serong (Fremantle)

The Dockers Rising Star winner used to spend so much time focusing on his cricket in the summer that he had to cram in a footy pre-season ahead of round one. Went through the Victorian cricket pathway programs. 

Alex Keath (Western Bulldogs)

Keath chose cricket when a member of the AFL Academy and was a tall all-rounder who bowled medium pace for Victoria and the Melbourne Stars. Returned to footy in 2016 and joined Adelaide, then the Western Bulldogs, as a key defender.

Touk Miller (Gold Coast)

The wicketkeeper of this line-up. The Gold Coast co-captain was a gifted sportsman, debuting as a 15-year-old in premier cricket in Victoria before being drafted to the Suns.

Nathan Murphy (Collingwood)

Represented Australia at under-16s level against Pakistan in 2015 and also played for his state at the same level before being plucked from school football to join the Magpies.

Todd Marshall (Port Adelaide)

Toured England with the Australian combined high schools team as an off-spinner having come through the New South Wales talent academy before settling on football and joining Port Adelaide as a goalkicking tall forward.

Jordan Clark (Fremantle)

The former Geelong defender turned Docker has a nice resume for this team – a junior hat-trick for his country. The fast bowler ran through Pakistan in an under-16s game for Australia in 2017 when he claimed 5-39.