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Team of the week: round 19

STAR Sydney Swan Josh Kennedy amassed a career-high 45 possessions against Fremantle on Sunday, and he leads this week's selections for the AFL's Team of the Week for round 19, brought to you by Accor Hotels.

Kennedy, who set a record at the Swans for most disposals in a single season last year, is on track to set a new mark in 2016 with four games plus the finals to come.

Teammates Isaac Heeney and Aliir Aliir were also brilliant against the Dockers in the visitors' 90-point thumping at Domain Stadium, and join Kennedy in this week's 22.

Geelong's new games record holder Corey Enright made his big night one to remember against the Western Bulldogs, as did Patrick Dangerfield and Rhys Stanley, who both caused plenty of headaches for the Dogs on Friday night.

Adelaide pair Rory Laird and Eddie Betts, and Collingwood trio Brodie Grundy, Scott Pendlebury and Taylor Adams were other notable standouts from the weekend, while Greater Western Sydney stars Heath Shaw, Tom Scully, Stephen Coniglio and Devon Smith made it a tough day for Richmond in Canberra.

COREY ENRIGHT (Geel) – The 34-year-old was outstanding in his 326th game, showing all his experience with 27 touches at almost 78 per cent efficiency and four tackles.

ALEX RANCE (Richmond) – The Tigers' losing margin of 88 points would have been double that if it wasn't for their All Australian defender, who had 26 possessions, nine marks and five rebound 50s.

HEATH SHAW (Greater Western Sydney) – Enjoyed the freedom and dominance of the Giants to gather another 26 kicks against Richmond, to go with 11 marks and eight rebound 50s.

RORY LAIRD (Adelaide) – The running defender was the leading possession-winner on the ground with 36 at 86 per cent efficiency, and had six rebound 50s for the Crows.

ALIIR ALIIR (Sydney Swans) – Showing more and more confidence with every outing, the athletic big man had 18 touches and four tackles against the Dockers.

JAMIE MACMILLAN (North Melbourne) – The consistent Kangaroo had 31 possessions at 80 per cent efficiency and seven rebound 50s for the winners, and topped off his work with a goal.

TOM SCULLY (Greater Western Sydney) – Richmond had no answer to the wingman's running power and he destroyed them with two goals, seven inside 50s and 30 disposals.

JOSH KENNEDY (Sydney Swans) – The best inside midfielder in the competition had 45 disposals, 22 of those contested, 11 clearances, three goals and six inside 50s in Perth. 

SHAUN BURGOYNE (Hawthorn) – Hawthorn's man for all occasions shone in a scrappy encounter, finishing with 25 touches, six rebound 50s, five tackles and a goal.

 

JACK WATTS (Melbourne) – Finally performing like a No.1 pick, Watts took 10 marks against the Suns, five of them inside 50, and kicked three goals, including the winner in the dying minutes.

JOE DANIHER (Essendon) – The young key forward still struggles to nail a set-shot drop punt but took 11 marks, six of them contested inside 50, and booted four goals against the Crows.

ISAAC HEENEY (Sydney Swans) – The young forward burst back to form with four goals against Fremantle, to go with three goal assists from 22 touches.

EDDIE BETTS (Adelaide) – Enhanced his standing as the best small forward in the game with five goals and plenty of excitement against the Bombers. 

RHYS STANLEY (Geelong) – A five-goal effort against the undermanned Dogs looks to have locked down a tall forward spot for the big man, who took five contested marks and was also handy in the ruck. 

DEVON SMITH (Greater Western Sydney) – The skilful forward laid 14 tackles for the Giants, had four inside 50s, two goal assists, and kicked one of his own from 17 touches at 88 per cent efficiency.

 

BRODIE GRUNDY (Collingwood) – Pressing hard for an All Australian ruck berth, Grundy dominated West Coast with 45 hit-outs, seven tackles and 19 touches.

PATRICK DANGERFIELD (Geelong) – Had a cracking but brief battle with Tom Liberatore, then took over when the Bulldog went off injured, finishing with three goals, 33 touches and 11 inside 50s.

TAYLOR ADAMS (Collingwood) – The Magpies' most in-form midfielder had 36 disposals against the Eagles, as well as 11 tackles, eight clearances and eight inside 50s.

PATRICK CRIPPS (Carlton) – Another monster inside game for the young Blue who had 11 clearances, 31 possessions, 18 of them contested, plus a goal.

STEPHEN CONIGLIO (Greater Western Sydney) – Continued his push for a first All Australian jumper with 33 touches and seven tackles, all while limiting the influence of Richmond captain Trent Cotchin. 

DAVID MUNDY (Fremantle) – Was overshadowed by Kennedy, but the Freo skipper racked up 44 touches, 24 contested, 13 clearances and kicked a goal in a heavy defeat. 

SCOTT PENDLEBURY (Collingwood) – The skipper led his team brilliantly with 13 tackles, to go with 34 possessions at 84 per cent efficiency, and six clearances.

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