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Team of the week: round 21

WEST Coast midfielder Luke Shuey inspired his side to an amazing one-point win over Greater Western Sydney in round 21, and the midfielder has been named in the AFL's Team of the Week, brought to you by Accor Hotels.

Ruckman Nic Naitanui was the hero with the winning goal, but it was Shuey's enormous last quarter that helped the Eagles kick six goals to two to overrun the Giants, with the 26-year-old gathering 14 possessions, six clearances, and booting two goals in the final term at Spotless Stadium.

Western Bulldogs gun Marcus Bontempelli, Collingwood's Adam Treloar, Brisbane Lion Dayne Zorko and Essendon's stand-in skipper Zach Merrett were other star midfielders to earn themselves a berth in this week's 22.

Sydney Swans forward Lance Franklin burst back into goalkicking form against St Kilda, and he's joined in the team by teammates Luke Parker, Aliir Aliir and Callum Mills, giving the Swans four representatives for round 21, the most of any team this week.

ALIIR ALIIR (Sydney Swans) – Kept the dangerous Tim Membrey quiet while taking nine marks in defence, and looks to be playing with supreme confidence heading into the finals.

ROBBIE TARRANT (North Melbourne) – Curbed the influence of gun Hawk Jack Gunston in a losing side, while also gathering 19 touches and 10 marks for the Kangaroos.

RORY LAIRD (Adelaide) – The little man was a star against Fremantle across half-back and through the midfield, picking up 33 touches at almost 85 per cent efficiency, to go with four tackles.

CALLUM MILLS (Sydney Swans) – The NAB AFL Rising Star favourite was composed and polished in defence against the Saints, gathering a season-high 27 touches and also added four rebound 50s.

PATRICK AMBROSE (Essendon) – Helped keep Suns star Tom Lynch to three marks and two goals, while picking up 17 touches at 94 per cent efficiency, and having nine one-percenters.

COREY ENRIGHT (Geelong) – While most of the Cats struggled for most of the game against Richmond, the veteran was brilliant with 10 marks and 26 possessions at 88 per cent efficiency.

ISAAC SMITH (Hawthorn) – The running machine racked up 33 possessions at almost 76 per cent efficiency, plus seven tackles, six inside 50s and four clearances against North.

MARCUS BONTEMPELLI (Western Bulldogs) – Shook off the early tag of Magpie Levi Greenwood with ease, and finished the night with 26 possessions, eight tackles and two goals.

DAVID ZAHARAKIS (Essendon) – The star Bomber was everywhere in his side's second win of the season, finishing the day with an incredible 40 disposals and 80 percent efficiency.

 

LUKE PARKER (Sydney Swans) – One of a host of Swans midfielders to blitz St Kilda, Parker had 33 disposals, five clearances, five tackles and kicked three goals.

LANCE FRANKLIN (Sydney Swans) – Ran riot with 15 third-quarter possessions and three goals against the Saints, and finished a dominant night with 28 touches and six majors. 

MICHAEL WALTERS (Fremantle) – A rare strong performer for the Dockers in a horror year, the skilful forward booted five goals against the Crows to hit 34 for the season.

 

RORY LOBB (Greater Western Sydney) – Took four contested marks to be the Giants' best forward and kicked four goals, the last of which looked to have sealed the win before Naitanui snatched it at the death.

JOSH JENKINS (Adelaide) – The Crows' power forward capitalised on his team's demolition of Fremantle to boot 5.3 in Perth, taking his season tally to 57.

EDDIE BETTS (Adelaide) – Reached the 60-goal mark for the second straight season with his own half-dozen against the Dockers, his best return of the year.

 

MAX GAWN (Melbourne) – Took on and beat Port pair Matthew Lobbe and Jackson Trengove, while taking another five contested marks in the Demons' third straight win.

ADAM TRELOAR (Collingwood) – Just about trumped Bontempelli as the best midfielder on the ground in Friday night's cracker with 35 possessions, nine tackles, plus a brilliant second-quarter goal.

LUKE SHUEY (West Coast) – Led the Eagles' midfield superbly with 38 possessions, 23 of those contested, 13 clearances, and two crucial final-quarter goals against the Giants.

DAYNE ZORKO (Brisbane Lions) – One of the few Lions to perform consistently this year, Zorko had 27 disposals, 12 inside 50s, four goal assists and also booted three majors.

DOM TYSON (Melbourne) – Another 29 quality touches for the young star, who added eight tackles, seven clearances and a goal against the Power in Adelaide.

ZACH MERRETT (Essendon) – Given the role of captain in the absence of Brendon Goddard, Merrett shone against Gold Coast with 38 touches, and was highly influential in a tense final term.

DUSTIN MARTIN (Richmond) – The star Tiger did everything he could to get his side over Geelong, but 36 touches, nine inside 50s and four tackles wasn't enough.

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