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Team of the week: round three

JUST like his in-form side, Sydney Swans star Luke Parker is three from three in 2016, with the tough midfielder's best-on-ground performance against Greater Western Sydney earning him another selection in the AFL's Team of the Week, brought to you by Accor Hotels.

Parker had 30 possessions, 16 of them contested, to go with seven clearances, six tackles and a goal to win the Brett Kirk Medal in last week's ninth Sydney Derby.

Fellow Swans Lance Franklin and Josh Kennedy join Parker in the line-up, with the Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast also having three representatives for round three.

In a great sign for the Dogs, exciting first-year defender Marcus Adams gets his second straight selection at full-back, with tenacious midfielders Caleb Daniel and Luke Dahlhaus also picked.

Ball-magnet Aaron Hall and mobile forward Tom Lynch, along with running defender Kade Kolodjashnij, were the Suns chosen after the club's third win of the year.

RORY LAIRD (Adelaide) – Unlucky to miss All Australian selection in 2015, the Crow continued his fine start to the season with 25 touches and six rebound 50s against Richmond.

MARCUS ADAMS (Western Bulldogs) – A tower of strength in the Bulldogs back six with 15 marks, the West Australian was again outstanding in a thriller against the Hawks.

GRANT BIRCHALL (Hawthorn) – One of the experienced Hawthorn stars to steady the side when they were under siege from the Bulldogs, Birchall's 23 possessions at 87 per cent efficiency were vital.

HEATH SHAW (Greater Western Sydney) – The reigning club champion fought a losing battle against the Swans but had 10 rebound 50s and 27 possessions in the Sydney Derby. 

BEN STRATTON (Hawthorn) – Put the blanket on Bulldogs gun Jake Stringer, and his job on the brilliant forward and an equal game-high nine one-percenters helped Hawthorn to a memorable win.

KADE KOLODJASHNIJ (Gold Coast) – The backman was a star for Rodney Eade's men and marshalled the Suns' defence beautifully with 26 possessions and 12 marks.

AARON HALL (Gold Coast) – Leading the competition for disposals after racking up another 40 against Carlton, Hall also kicked a goal and drove the ball inside 50 seven times.

JOSH KENNEDY (Sydney Swans) – Has wrecked the Giants in the past and had another massive game at the SCG with 29 touches, 16 of them contested, eight clearances and 13 tackles. 

LEIGH MONTAGNA (St Kilda) – The veteran stepped up to lead the Saints to a famous win when skipper Nick Riewoldt left the game with concussion, and blitzed Collingwood with 40 touches.

PATRICK DANGERFIELD (Geelong) – Another big night for the star recruit in his first game in front of the Cats faithful. Dangerfield booted three goals and had 26 disposals against the Lions.

TOM J. LYNCH (Gold Coast) – The vice-captain celebrated his mid-week contract extension with another quality display, kicking four goals from 23 possessions and 10 marks, six of those inside 50.

ROBBIE GRAY (Port Adelaide) – Another stellar showing from the Port star. Gray had an incredible 22 contested possessions and 12 clearances to go with two goals against the Bombers.


CALEB DANIEL (Western Bulldogs) – The Doggies' new cult hero rose to the occasion against Hawthorn with 29 possessions and six tackles, while also doing a serviceable job on Sam Mitchell in the second half.

LANCE FRANKLIN (Sydney Swans) – In a tight Sydney Derby Franklin had a fantastic battle with GWS co-captain Phil Davis, but his third straight four-goal haul proved pivotal for the Swans.

BRENT HARVEY (North Melbourne) – The man who refuses to age showed all his smarts and experience in game 412. Harvey steered the Kangaroos to victory over Melbourne with six goals on a windy day in Tasmania.     

TODD GOLDSTEIN (North Melbourne) – The game's best ruckman booted five goals in a match-winning performance for the Roos, to go with 19 touches and 38 hit outs against the Dees.

LUKE PARKER (Sydney Swans) – Could quite possibly be sitting on nine Brownlow medal votes after three rounds thanks to another sensational all-round game against the Giants.

LUKE DAHLHAUS (Western Bulldogs) – After a slow start to the year the gutsy Bulldog dragged his side back after they were in trouble early, and grabbed 21 contested possessions, seven clearances and a couple of goals against the Hawks.

JACK STEVEN (St Kilda) – the Saints' speedster continued his blistering start to the season with another 30 touches against Collingwood, with the Pies unable to counter his run. 

MAX GAWN (Melbourne) – Couldn't quite match Todd Goldstein's efforts, but did his utmost to keep Melbourne in the match with two goals, 18 disposals and 63 hit outs – the equal-fourth best tally in VFL/AFL history.

JOEL SELWOOD (Geelong) – showing no signs of his limited pre-season, the Cats' captain was instrumental in his side's easy win over Brisbane with 34 touches and 13 hard-fought clearances at Simonds Stadium.

MATT PRIDDIS (West Coast) – added a second Ross Glendinning Medal for best on ground in the Western Derby to his long list of awards, after piling on 31 disposals and 10 clearances against Fremantle. 

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