Stengle was given a lifeline by the Cats at the end of 2021 and has played a vital role in the Cats’ rise to the top of the ladder.
The 23-year-old kicked a career-best 46 goals in 2022, third behind teammates Tom Hawkins and Jeremy Cameron, who were also named All-Australians. Hawkins was named this year’s captain, while Carlton’s Patrick Cripps was named the vice-captain.
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Stengle is one of 12 first-time All-Australians in this year’s team, with seven members of the team returning from last year’s 22.
“It’s unreal. I got drafted with him,” Richmond’s Shai Bolton said of Stengle’s selection.
“It’s probably one of the biggest stories in the AFL to be honest. I’m super proud of him and how he’s played football.”
Also included as one of the first-time All-Australian selections was Fremantle star Andrew Brayshaw, who was also crowned the AFL Players’ Association MVP.
At just 22 years and 286 days of age, Brayshaw is the fifth-youngest player to be named the AFLPA MVP behind Tony Lockett, Nick Riewoldt, Greg Williams and Corey McKernan.
Collingwood youngster Nick Daicos took out both the AFL Rising Star and the AFLPA Best First Year award after a stunning debut season that has been widely touted as one of the best in the league’s recent history.
Geelong is the most well-represented of all 18 AFL clubs, with five All-Australians in Stengle, Hawkins, Cameron, defender Tom Stewart and the versatile Mark Blicavs.
2022 ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM
B: Tom Stewart (Geelong), Steven May (Melbourne), Brayden Maynard (Collingwood)
HB: Jack Sinclair (St Kilda), Sam Taylor (GWS Giants), Adam Saad (Carlton)
C: Touk Miller (Gold Coast), Clayton Oliver (Melbourne), Callum Mills (Sydney)
HF: Christian Petracca (Melbourne), Jeremy Cameron (Geelong), Shai Bolton (Richmond)
F: Charlie Curnow (Carlton), Tom Hawkins (C) (Geelong), Tyson Stengle (Geelong)
FOLL: Max Gawn (Melbourne), Lachie Neale (Brisbane), Patrick Cripps (VC) (Carlton)
INT: Mark Blicavs (Geelong), Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle), Isaac Heeney (Sydney), Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide)
FULL AFL AWARD RESULTS
AFL Players’ Association MVP: Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle)
AFL Coaches’ Association Player of the Year: Touk Miller (Gold Coast) & Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
Rising Star: Nick Daicos (Collingwood)
AFLPA Best First Year Player: Nick Daicos (Collingwood)
AFLPA Most Courageous Player: Liam Baker (Richmond)
AFLPA Best Captain: Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
AFL Coaches’ Association Best Young Player: Jai Newcombe (Hawthorn)
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