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Picking the AFL's best players aged 27 to 29

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Roar Guru
7th April, 2020
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This age group was a difficult one as there are so many quality players to pick from. It was surprising, as it looked like an easy task on paper.

There are three co-captains: Nat Fyfe, Luke Shuey and Luke Parker. The captaincy decision was probably the easiest of the choices. The magnets had to be moved around at times, but the team came to fruition eventually.

AFL 27 to 29 line-up

B: Dylan Grimes (Richmond Tigers), Dane Rampe (Sydney Swans), Brad Sheppard (West Coast Eagles)

HB: Nick Haynes (Greater Western Sydney Giants), Jeremy McGovern (West Coast Eagles), Tom Stewart (Geelong Cats)

C: Andrew Gaff (West Coast Eagles), Nat Fyfe (Co-Captain- Fremantle Dockers), Mitch Duncan (Geelong Cats)

HF: Michael Walters (Fremantle Dockers), Jeremy Cameron (Greater Western Sydney Giants), Kane Lambert (Richmond Tigers)

F: Dustin Martin (Richmond Tigers), Tom J. Lynch (Richmond Tigers), Jack Darling (West Coast Eagles)

Foll: Max Gawn (Melbourne Demons), Luke Shuey (Co-Captain- West Coast Eagles), Luke Parker (Co-Captain- Sydney Swans)

IC: Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne Kangaroos), Dion Prestia (Richmond Tigers), Adam Treloar (Collingwood Magpies), Nic Naitanui (West Coast Eagles)

Emg: Dylan Shiel (Essendon Bombers), Daniel Talia (Adelaide Crows), Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood Magpies), Daniel Rich (Brisbane Lions)

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Backs

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Dylan Grimes was an important part of the Tigers winning the 2019 AFL premiership.
Dane Rampe was in the All Australian squad in 2019 and is capable of playing at fullback.
Brad Sheppard is a pivotal part of the West Coast Eagles back six.

Halfbacks

Nick Haynes is capable of providing a lot of run out of defence.
Jeremy McGovern is the best centre halfback in the competition.
Tom Stewart is a quality player in Geelong’s back six.

Jeremy McGovern

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Centres

Andrew Gaff is one of the best players in the competition.
Nat Fyfe is a pivotal part of the Fremantle midfield.
Mitch Duncan usually starts on a wing. He showed his quality in Round 1 of 2020 when he kicked three goals.

Half-forwards

Michael Walters is a pivotal part of the Fremantle Dockers forward line and also has the capability of playing on the wing.
Jeremy Cameron won the Coleman Medal in 2019.
Kane Lambert is a pivotal part of the Richmond team and can play on a half-forward flank and through the midfield.

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Jeremy Cameron

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Forwards

Dustin Martin is a quality part of the Richmond Tigers team who often plays midfield but is extremely dangerous in the forward 50.
Tom Lynch justified the Richmond Tigers decision to recruit him by helping to lift the premiership cup in 2019.
Jack Darling isn’t just a structurally important player but also finished high on the goal kicking list for the 2019 season.

Followers

Max Gawn is universally regarded as a quality ruckman.
Luke Shuey is a quality player and a good leader.
Luke Parker is a sensational player who also has leadership qualities.

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Interchange

Ben Cunnington showed his quality in Round 1. He isn’t only a tough player but also someone with a heap of ability.
Dion Prestia showed he may well be Richmond’s most important player with his performance in Round 1.
Adam Treloar has been a revelation for the Collingwood Magpies since joining them.
Nic Naitanui would be suited to playing less game time so he doesn’t get injured and can have even more impact on games than he already does.

Emergencies

Dylan Shiel would have been expected by Essendon to be in this team’s best 22 when they recruited him, so he can improve slightly, despite being a talented player.
Daniel Talia is a key player for the Adelaide Crows playing at fullback.
Steele Sidebottom being picked as an emergency shows how talented this team is.
Daniel Rich has plenty of ability. He creates a lot of run out of defence for the Lions.