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20th April, 2021
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It would be a great spectacle if a team made up of one-club players played against another team made up of players who have played for more than one club.

The teams would be selected based on the form of the players in season 2021 after five games. In order to be eligible for selection a player must have featured in all of the opening five games that have been played so far.

Check out the team made up of one-club players.

B: Daniel Rich (Brisbane), Harris Andrews (Brisbane), Brayden Maynard (Collingwood)
HB: Tom Doedee (Adelaide), Darcy Moore (Collingwood), Jayden Short (Richmond)
C: Zach Merrett (Essendon, co-captain), Clayton Oliver (Melbourne), Liam Duggan (West Coast)
HF: Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs), Toby Greene (GWS Giants), Sam Walsh (Carlton, co-captain)
FF: Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs, co-captain), Taylor Walker (Adelaide), Dustin Martin (Richmond)
Foll: Max Gawn (Melbourne), Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs), Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)
Int: Christian Petracca (Melbourne, Rory Laird (Adelaide), David Mundy (Fremantle), Nic Naitanui (West Coast)
Sub: Tim English (Western Bulldogs)
Emergencies: Brodie Smith (Adelaide), Luke Parker (Sydney), Jeremy McGovern (West Coast)

Coach: Luke Beveridge (Western Bulldogs)
He is undisputedly the best coach in the AFL in season 2021 after Round 5.

Backs
Daniel Rich has averaged the most metres gained of any player in the competition with an average of 676.80.

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Harris Andrews has the equal highest average of intercepts with Jake Lever with an average of 10.60 intercepts per game.

Brayden Maynard has the ability to play on small and tall forwards. He showed that when he didn’t concede a goal when playing on Toby Greene in Round 4. He was moved onto Greene after he had kicked five goals on another opponent.

Half backs
Tom Doedee has done a good job captaining Adelaide in the absence of Rory Sloane. Impressively, Doedee has an average of 8.60 intercepts per game.

Darcy Moore has averaged 9.20 intercepts per game, which is a lot given he only had one intercept in Round 5 as he played up forward and kicked three goals. That’s another reason why he was selected in this team as he Taylor Walker is the only tall forward in the team.

Darcy Moore

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Jayden Short has been a revelation for Richmond in season 2021. He has averaged the fifth highest metres gained of anyone in the competition with an average of 584.00 metres gained per game.

Centres
Zach Merrett has averaged the fourth most disposals of any player in the competition with an average of 31.00 disposals per game. He has the ability to play as an outside and inside midfielder.

Clayton Oliver has averaged the third most disposals of any player in the competition with an average of 31.80 disposals per game.

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Liam Duggan has the ability to play on the wing or in defence. He has averaged 5.60 intercepts per game, even though he has played on a wing.

Half forwards
Josh Dunkley has averaged the fifth most disposals per game in the competition with an average 30.60 per game. He has averaged 6.20 tackles per game, which is impressive.

Toby Greene has kicked at least one goal per game. He has been a pivotal part of the GWS Giants’ resurgence.

Sam Walsh has been a revelation for Carlton. He has averaged the seventh most disposals of any player in the competition with an average of 30.00 disposals per game. He leads by example and would relish the role of being a co-captain.

Forwards
Marcus Bontempelli is one of the most highly rated players in the competition and rightly so. He leads by example and is arguably the best captain in the competition.

Taylor Walker has scored 22 goals in five games, the most of any player in the competition by five goals.

Dustin Martin is a match winner. A lot of people regard him as the best player in the competition, because he steps up in the big moments.

Dustin Martin of the Tigers

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Followers
Max Gawn has undisputedly been the best ruckman in the competition. He has been one of the reasons why Melbourne is unbeaten in their first five games.

Jack Macrae has averaged the most disposals of anyone in the competition with an average of 35.20 disposals per game.

Travis Boak is an outstanding player this season, thus far. He is a player that’s one of the best in the competition.

Interchange
Christian Petracca is one of the form players of the competition. He has had at least 23 disposals in all five games in season 2021 and has only failed to kick a goal in Round 2. He has the ability to play up forward and in the midfield.

Rory Laird has averaged 29.00 disposals per game and 5.8 tackles per game. He is a big reason why Adelaide sits inside the top eight.

David Mundy is a pivotal part of the Fremantle team.

Nic Naitanui would be the second ruckman in this team and be an impact player, playing less game time, as Gawn gets the nod as the number one ruckman in this team.

Nic Naitanui of the Eagles takes the ball

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Sub
Tim English has the ability to play up forward and in the ruck.

Emergencies
Brodie Smith can play as a half back flanker mainly and do a good job at it.

Luke Parker is a midfielder who has arguably been Sydney’s best player this season.

Jeremy McGovern is a quality centre half back, but Darcy Moore’s versatility means he gets the nod.

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Check out the players that have played for more than one club.

B: Sam Docherty (Carlton, co-captain), Alex Keath (Western Bulldogs), Aliir Aliir (Port Adelaide)
HB: Nick Hind (Essendon), Jake Lever (Melbourne), Ryan Burton (Port Adelaide)
C: Ed Langdon (Melbourne), Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn, co-captain), Jack Crisp (Collingwood)
HF: Adam Treloar (Western Bulldogs), Joe Daniher (Brisbane), Lachie Weller (Gold Coast)
FF: Orazio Fantasia (Port Adelaide), Josh Bruce (Western Bulldogs), Hugh Greenwood (Gold Coast)
Foll: Toby Nankervis (Richmond), Tim Kelly (West Coast), Jack Steele (St Kilda, co-captain)
Int: Taylor Duryea (Western Bulldogs), Jarryd Lyons (Brisbane), Lachie Neale (Brisbane), Jarman Impey (Hawthorn)
Sub: Callan Ward (GWS Giants)
Emergencies: Rhys Stanley (Geelong), Isaac Smith (Geelong), Sam Collins (Gold Coast)

Coach: Brett Ratten (St Kilda)
He gets the role, because he is the only current AFL coach that’s coached more than one club in the AFL.

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten looks on

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Backs
Sam Docherty is a great leader and a good defender. His leadership has been one positive that Carlton can take out of their first games of season 2021.

Alex Keath has had a good season for the Western Bulldogs and is one of the reasons why they have won all five games in season 2021.

Aliir Aliir has averaged 7.80 intercepts per game. He has benefited from changing clubs and is arguably in All Australian form.

Half backs
Nick Hind has relished his opportunity to play every game at Essendon on a half back flank. He has averaged over 20 disposals a game and 7.40 intercepts per game.

Jake Lever has the equal highest intercepts average per game with an average of 10.60 intercepts per game.

Jake Lever

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Ryan Burton is an underrated part of Port Adelaide’s back six. He has averaged 19.40 disposals per game and 7.20 intercepts per game.

Centres
Ed Langdon has been an integral part of the Melbourne team. He has averaged 5.60 score involvements. He has kicked multiple goals in two out of the opening five matches.

Tom Mitchell has averaged the second most disposals of anyone in the competition with an average of exactly 34 disposals per game. He leads by example.

Jack Crisp has averaged the exact number of disposals per game as Christian Petracca: 28.40 disposals per game. Along with playing on the wing, Crisp can also play on a half back flank.

Half forwards
Adam Treloar has averaged exactly 25 disposals per game and 7.40 score involvements per game. He has been a pivotal part of the Western Bulldogs’ team in their first five matches.

Joe Daniher is a much more versatile player than he was at Essendon. In Round 5 he had 25 disposals. He has kicked at least one goal in every game in season 2021 up until Round 5.

Lachie Weller has kicked one goal in every game apart from Round 5. He has averaged 20.20 disposals per game and 4.20 tackles per game.

Forwards
Orazio Fantasia has averaged 7.60 score involvements per game.

Orazio Fantasia of the Power is congratulated by Darcy Byrne-Jones

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Josh Bruce has kicked the equal second most goals in the competition with 17 goals in five games.

Hugh Greenwood has 46 tackles, which is nine more than anyone else in the competition. He has the ability to pinch hit in the ruck as there’s no second ruck.

Followers
Toby Nankervis has been an important part of Richmond’s structure. He has relished the opportunity to play as the sole ruckman.

Tim Kelly has averaged 27.20 disposals per game. He has averaged 7.40 score involvements per game.

Jack Steele has had a good season with an average of 27.40 disposals per game. He has been a shining light for St Kilda. He has worked hard defensively as he has averaged of 6.80 tackles per game.

Interchange
Taylor Duryea has averaged 19.20 disposals per game and an average disposal efficiency of 89.58 per cent per game.

Jarryd Lyons has averaged 27.20 disposals per game and six tackles per game. His lowest disposal tally was 20 disposals in Round 2.

Lachie Neale has averaged 25.20 disposals per game, along with three tackles per game. He hasn’t had his best season, but is improving of late.

Jarman Impey has the capability to play on the wing or on a half back flank.

Sub
Callan Ward has averaged 25 disposals and two tackles per game. He helped revive the Giants’ season with a good performance in Round 4, when they had their first win of the season.

Emergencies
Rhys Stanley would be a back-up ruckman in the event of Toby Nankervis being injured.

Isaac Smith has had a reasonable season thus far. He has the capability to play on a wing and push forward and kick a goal.

Sam Collins has been a key part of the Gold Coast back six.

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