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Team of the week: round seven

KEY FORWARDS have commanded plenty of attention so far this season but there's been just as many gun goalkickers at ground level, with three of the best earning selection in the AFL's Team of the Week for round seven, brought to you by Accor Hotels.

Hawthorn premiership star Luke Breust showed the way with a six-goal haul on Friday night against Richmond, while Geelong speedster Steven Motlop carved up West Coast with four of his own on Saturday and Sydney Swans jet Isaac Heeney grabbed a handful against Essendon later that night.

That's not to say the talls went empty-handed. Adelaide's Josh Jenkins was a one-man show against the Western Bulldogs with his bag of eight, Heeney's teammate Lance Franklin kicked six, and St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt was again brilliant in a tight loss to North Melbourne.

The back six is full of run and experience with Greater Western Sydney's Heath Shaw, Hawk Josh Gibson, Carlton's Kade Simpson, Bulldog Dale Morris, Port's Jasper Pittard all selected again, along with St Kilda veteran Sean Dempster.

Hawthorn's Isaac Smith and Blue Bryce Gibbs add class and creativity on the wings with Geelong skipper Joel Selwood right at home in the centre. Melbourne big man Max Gawn leads the ruck again, with Dogs star Marcus Bontempelli and Giant Stephen Coniglio are at his feet.

Port on-baller Ollie Wines, Geelong's Jimmy Bartel, Demon Jack Viney and Kangaroo Jack Ziebell provide the back-up with plenty of hardness and contested ball-winning ability off the bench to round off this week's 22, with all four players instrumental in their side's important wins in round eight.

SEAN DEMPSTER (St Kilda) Continued his late-career purple patch by shutting down the in-form Jarrad Waite (one goal) as the Saints pushed the undefeated Kangas to the brink of defeat.  

DALE MORRIS (Western Bulldogs) – Kept the dangerous Eddie Betts goalless from just four kicks for the night in a brilliant shutdown performance to help the Bulldogs to an important win.

JASPER PITTARD (Port Adelaide) – One of few consistent performers at Port this season, the running defender was a star with 30 possessions and a goal against the Lions. 

KADE SIMPSON (Carlton) – The experienced Blue has been rock-solid in defence over the past month and gave his side plenty of drive from half-back with another 31 touches.

JOSH GIBSON (Hawthorn) – The dual club champion was at his nullifying best against the Tigers and had 15 sacrificial acts to go along with 19 touches. 

HEATH SHAW (Greater Western Sydney) – Brilliant for the Giants in their breakthrough win in the West with 24 kicks and another nine rebound 50s for the winners.

 

ISAAC SMITH (Hawthorn) – Bounced back to some form after a few quiet games against Richmond and finished the night with 25 hard-running disposals and a goal.

JOEL SELWOOD (Geelong) – Set the tone for the Cats who were too committed for West Coast, with nine clearances and 35 touches, 17 of them contested. 

BRYCE GIBBS (Carlton) – One of Carlton's best in its three-game winning streak and was a key player again with 30 disposals and three crucial goals against bitter rivals Collingwood.

 

STEVEN MOTLOP (Geelong) – Sparked the Cats and tormented the Eagles all day with four brilliant goals to go with his 25 possessions.

 

NICK RIEWOLDT (St Kilda) – The skipper is just about unstoppable in this sort of form. Riewoldt had 24 touches, took 16 marks and booted three goals against the Kangaroos.

LUKE BREUST (Hawthorn) – Burst out of the blocks against the Tigers with three goals in the opening term and carved them up again with three more in the last to finish with half a dozen.

 

LANCE FRANKLIN (Sydney Swans) – The triple Coleman medallist continued his love of kicking goals against the Bombers with another six in a big win at the SCG.

 

JOSH JENKINS (Adelaide) – The Crows would have lost by a lot more if not for the power forward's eight-goal one-man show against the Dogs.

ISAAC HEENEY (Sydney Swans) – Kicked three first-half goals when the rest of the side was off the boil and finished with five in a career-best haul for the 20-year-old.

MAX GAWN (Melbourne) – Dined out on the struggling Suns with 46 hit-outs and showed how versatile he's become by floating forward to kick two goals. 

MARCUS BONTEMPELLI (Western Bulldogs) – A sensational game from the young star, who grabbed 30 possessions, 16 of them contested, and kicked two goals including the sealer.

STEPHEN CONIGLIO (Greater Western Sydney) – Maintained his form with another 32 touches and two goals against the Dockers, relishing a return to his home town.

 

OLLIE WINES (Port Adelaide) – The Power brute was in his element in the wet against the Lions with six clearances and six tackles, along with 30 possessions and a goal.

JACK VINEY (Melbourne) – Ignited the Demons when the Suns challenged them in the first half and continued his early-season form to finish with 24 disposals, seven clearances, seven tackles and two goals before sitting out most of the final quarter.

JIMMY BARTEL (Geelong) – Showing no signs of slowing down at age 32, Bartel was another Cat to excel against West Coast with 28 disposals and a goal.

JACK ZIEBELL (North Melbourne) – One of the League's hardest midfielders, Ziebell worked deep into defence to help his team and still racked up 28 possessions, half of them contested.

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