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Where's the recognition for Pav?

  • Where's the recognition for Pav?

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 09: Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers acknolwedges the fans after the Dockers defeated the Saints during the round 19 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Fremantle Dockers at Etihad Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Unfortunately for us that live in Victoria, we don't hear much about "interstate teams" or "non-Victorian" teams, but there's one thing that has really saddened me this week.

The lack of recognition for Fremantle star Matthew Pavlich is blindingly obvious and it's been happening his entire career.

There's no question in my mind that if Matthew was playing at an AFL club within Victoria, there would be a significant change in coverage for the former Dockers captain. 

With all due respect to Brent Harvey, Corey Enright and Jimmy Bartel on this momentous occasion, Pavlich far and away stands at the top of the tree in my humble opinion.

Pavlich's ability throughout his career to lead his team to victory was something that yours truly hasn't seen all that often. His will and urge to get the absolute best out of himself was something very admirable.

Unfortunately for the former South Australian, Pavlich won't win the elusive premiership the other three milestone men do have multiples of. He won't win a Brownlow Medal like Jimmy Bartel, but he has just about everything else.

Here's a man that has won All-Australian's as a defender, as a midfielder and as a forward. If that's not valuable to your side, then I don't know what is. 

He is a six time best and fairest winner. Six times, no matter what level you play goes to show that you're more than reasonable footballer. 

If we had to compare the four players and we only got the chance to pick one, there would be no hesitation in my eyes to take the former Fremantle captain, because players like him, are once in a generation. 

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