Joining the game’s elite after being drafted as rookies, Sinclair and Wilkie tonight earned their second and first All-Australian blazers respectively.
The ultra-consistent Sinclair has starred off half-back with damaging stints in midfield, ranking elite in disposals (29 avg.), kicks (19.8), handballs (9.2) and metres gained (501.8).
His high-speed running, line-breaking play and precise decision-making have been pivotal in the Saints’ return to finals.
Sincs just being a good son before Father's Day 🥰 pic.twitter.com/N09bK5aI9G— St Kilda FC (@stkildafc) August 30, 2023
The 28-year-old also snared the highest kick count in the league with 456 across his 23 games this season, gathering a career-high 38 disposals against Geelong in Round 23.
Tonight’s recognition is just the latest accolade for Sinclair, who since moving to defence, has earned a maiden Trevor Barker Award (2022), consecutive All-Australian selections (2022, 2023), and joined the club’s leadership group.
Wilkie, 27, hasn’t missed a beat after joining St Kilda via pick No. 3 in the 2018 rookie draft, playing 108 consecutive games since his AFL debut in Round 1, 2019.
The unflappable, tenacious defender has regularly pushed the competition’s best forwards to their limits in a defence that has conceded the least points this season.
Ranked elite for disposals, kicks and tackles, Wilkie also leads the competition for marks taken in 2023 with a total of 204.
Elevated to vice-captain this season, Wilkie will no doubt seek to continue his strong direction on-field when he leads the Saints alongside captain Jack Steele in their first MCG final since 2010.
Sinclair and Wilkie were joined by ruckman Rowan Marshall in the initial All-Australian squad, while youngsters Mitchito Owens and Mattaes Phillipou also represented the club at tonight’s AFL Awards ceremony through their Rising Star nominations, with Owens finishing third in the voting behind Will Ashcroft (second) and Harry Sheezel (first).
Check out the full 2023 All-Australian team below.