Golden Undies 2016: who went from champs to chumps
AFL: While the AFL handed out its prestigious All-Australian jumpers last night, it's time now to present the not-so-coveted Golden Undies to those named in our annual team of underperformers for 2016.
JAMIE BENNELL (WC)
One of the premier back pockets in 2014 has found himself not just in the WAFL, but in the reserves for East Perth.
ERIC MACKENZIE (WC)
The 2014 B&F winner starred in his return from a knee reconstruction (24 disposals in round one), but the fullback has played two of the past 11 games.
COLIN GARLAND (Melb)
Re-signed for a further three years last summer, only for the tall defender to make six error- riddled appearances this season.
MARLEY WILLIAMS (Coll)
After an outstanding 2015, the rebounding halfback injured his foot and then struggled for form, twice dropped back to the VFL.
KRISTIAN JAKSCH (Carl)
Carlton gave up pick seven in the 2014 draft for the key backman (and Mark Whiley), but new coach Brendon Bolton is not a fan, playing him once.
NICK SUBAN (Frem)
May be heading home to Victoria after the one-time go-to run-with player was dropped twice to the WAFL, falling out of favour with coach Ross Lyon.
LEWIS JETTA (WC)
The premiership wingman moved home from Sydney to reignite his career, but has been a smouldering mess, dropped three times to the WAFL.
JACK REDDEN (WC)
Never got going after an adductor injury and hernia operation soon after arriving from Brisbane. The onballer hasn't played since round 18 after averaging 16 disposals.
BRANDON ELLIS (Rich)
The Tigers' new No.1 whipping boy, the outside-midfielder is among the many second- stringers failing to support Trent Cotchin and Dustin Martin.
ZAC CLARKE (Frem)
The lumbering ruckman was in and out of the team, despite the long-term injury to No.1 big man Aaron Sandilands.
PEARCE HANLEY (BL)
Failed to make his usual impact. Lacked his renowned run, shown up in him having just 19 bounces, compared to 49 in 2013.
HAMISH HARTLETT (PA)
All went downhill after being made vice-captain. Season bookended by hamstring and calf injuries. In between averaged a lowly 18 disposals.
CHRIS MAYNE (Frem)
The half-forward who returned to his non-goalkicking ways (just 18 from 22 games) looks headed for a move east, possibly to North Melbourne.
CAM McCARTHY (GWS)
Remember him? The homesick - and still contracted - Giant was content to act as runner for WAFL club South Fremantle but wasn't allowed.
JAKE STRINGER (WB)
All-Australian in 2015, "The Package" was sent packing back to the VFL after being accused of playing "bruise-free" footy.
TOM BOYD (WB)
Just pipped Richmond's Ty Vickery for the ruck-forward post after a season that included a club-imposed ban and poor form - and 10 goals in 11 games.
TRAVIS CLOKE (Coll)
Not since his second season (2006) has his output been so bad - 13 games, 17 goals. But did became a drawcard in the VFL.
JOSH GREEN (BL)
The two-time club leading goalkicker booted 10 majors from 11 games and, sadly to report, had the worst efficiency of any player with more than 100 disposals (55.8%).
LEWIS TAYLOR (BL)
A great kid but the busy half-forward averaged just 14 touches and kicked 18 goals ... and at one stage felt the axe for the first time in his career.
SHAUN EDWARDS (Ess)
The outside mid Andrew McLeod once wanted at Adelaide played three games, despite there being so many opportunities.
JONO O'ROURKE (Haw)
GWS took him at pick two (2012) and the Hawks then gave up their first-rounder in 2014. But the midfielder is failing to give back, averaging 14 touches in seven games.
TROY MENZEL (Adel)
The talented forward has had some concussion issues in his first year at Adelaide, but didn't arrive from Carlton in the best shape - and hasn't played a single game.