World News – UA – Tribute to retired AFL players leaves out Dayne Beams, Tom Bellchambers, Ricky Henderson and Allen Christensen


As the iconic’ Up There, Cazaly ‘echoed through an empty MCG, AFL fans were left in awe of some big names who missed out

As the tribute to retired players was played ahead of the AFL grand final, fans quickly noticed that several players had missed the cup

Performed to Mike Brady’s iconic ‘Up There, Cazaly’, performed in an empty MCG accompanied by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the honor roll unfolded with warm farewells for some of the greats of the game

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There were goodbyes for Kade Simpson, 342 Carlton players, Bryce Gibbs, Matthew Kreuzer, Ben Stratton, Paul Puopolo, Justin Westhoff, James Frawley, Sam Jacobs, Alex Rance, Will Schofield, Nathan Brown, Travis Varcoe , Lynden Done, Brad Ebert and, of course, retired Geelong legend Gary Ablett

But fans were quick to jump in on some notable absences, including former Magpies and Lions star Dayne Beams, 2011 Cats Premiership winner and Lions star Allen Christensen, and Tom Bellchambers of Essendon

Bellchambers announced his retirement on September 15, ending a 12-year playing career with Essendon – and fans were not impressed that he appeared to have missed the AFL tribute

To be fair to the AFL, Christensen’s retirement was revealed on Wednesday when the 29-year-old revealed to his teammates his career was over

He played 65 games for Geelong, including winning the 2011 Grand Final, as well as 68 games over six seasons for the Lions

But he couldn’t make his way into the top team during the 2020 season as the Lions finished second before being knocked out in the preliminary final

Beams only revealed to the Herald Sun’s Sacked podcast this week that retirement was « one of the game’s worst hidden secrets » after taking indefinite leave in mid-2019 for a mental health battle

Beams has played 177 games, including 119 for the Magpies in two stints and 58 for the Lions, including the team captain in 2017 and 2018

Another player who missed a tribute is Adelaide and Hawthorn veteran Ricky Henderson, who announced his retirement in September

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World news – UA – Retired AFL players pay tribute to Dayne Beams, Tom Bellchambers , Ricky Henderson and Allen Christensen



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