Triple treat: Bontempelli, Macrae, Dale earn AA honours

Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and Bailey Dale named in the 2021 All Australian team of 22.

The Western Bulldogs are celebrating a triple treat of All-Australian selections, with Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and Bailey Dale all named in the team of 22. 

It is a fourth selection for Bontempelli (2016, 2019, 2020), a third-consecutive honour for Macrae (2019, 2020) and a maiden blazer for Dale.

Dale’s revolutionary pre-season switch from the forward-line to back-line well and truly paid off, with the 25-year-old enjoying a standout season in defence.

Named on the half-back flank, he averaged 24.5 disposals, 528.5 metres gained, and 5.3 rebound 50s while travelling at an average disposal efficiency of 80.3%.

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All-Australian | Macrae, Dale, Bontempelli

Jack Macrae, Bailey Dale and Marcus Bontempelli have all been named in the final 22-man squad of the 2021 All-Australian team.

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Bontempelli was a proven match-winner for the Bulldogs this year, averaging 27.2 disposals, 5.5 clearances, 6.6 inside 50s and 545.8 metres gained.

The skipper also finished as the Club’s third-best goalkicker, slotting 26 majors.

He was named on the half-forward flank, while claiming All-Australian vice-captaincy honours for the first time in his career.

Macrae also started the season in fine form, producing a run of 15 consecutive games with at least 30 disposals.

Named as ruck-rover, the ball-magnet registered an average of 33.8 possessions, 4.8 tackles, 6.8 clearances and five inside 50s.

The trio of All-Australians were announced as part of a virtual broadcast event on Fox Footy on Thursday night.

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