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Roar Guru
22nd June, 2021
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This combined team comprises the teams seventh to 12th in the competition as far as alphabetical order is concerned.

The combined team (part two of three) comprises three players from the following teams: Geelong Cats, Gold Coast Suns, Greater Western Sydney Giants, Hawthorn Hawks, Melbourne Demons and North Melbourne Kangaroos.

If you missed it, check out Part 1.

It’s an entertaining exercise to formulate the team as changing one player can have a domino effect. Of course, it’s a hypothetical exercise, but an entertaining one nonetheless.

Geelong Cats: Jeremy Cameron, Gary Rohan, Tom Stewart
Gold Coast Suns: Sam Collins, Ben King, Jack Lukosius
Greater Western Sydney Giants: Toby Greene, Josh Kelly (co-captain), Tim Taranto
Hawthorn Hawks: James Cousins, Jarman Impey, Changkuoth Jiath
Melbourne Demons: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver, Christian Petracca (co-captain)
North Melbourne Kangaroos: Ben Cunnington, Jy Simpkin, Jack Ziebell

B: Changkuoth Jiath (Hawthorn), Sam Collins (Gold Coast), Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne)
HB: Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast), Tom Stewart (Geelong), Jarman Impey (Hawthorn)
C: Josh Kelly (GWS, co-captain), Christian Petracca (Melbourne, co-captain), Jy Simpkin (North Melbourne)
HF: James Cousins (Hawthorn), Jeremy Cameron (Geelong), Tim Taranto (GWS)
FF: Gary Rohan (Geelong), Ben King (Gold Coast), Toby Greene (GWS)
Foll: Max Gawn (Melbourne), Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne), Clayton Oliver (Melbourne, co-captain)

Backs
Changkuoth Jiath would benefit from playing in a back pocket. He has played there in the past this season and has the capability to make a difference by providing run out of defence for the Hawks.

Sam Collins’ absence from their last two games has shown how valuable a player he is to them. He is the best defender in the team.

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Jack Ziebell has relished his new role of playing in the back six in season 2021. He has probably been North Melbourne’s best player.

Halfbacks
Jack Lukosius averages the fourth most metres gained in the competition, with an average 603.08 metres gained per game.

The Suns-Power game in Round 14 was the perfect example of him performing admirably, despite the Suns losing comprehensively, as he finished with 881 metres gained – the most of any player on the ground.

Tom Stewart has had a sensational season 2021 after playing 13 games. The manner in which he played in Round 14 against the Western Bulldogs in a thriller where he was arguably best on ground was indicative of how important to the Cats he is.

Jarman Impey has been a pivotal part of the Hawks team in season 2021 after their first 13 games.

Jarman Impey of the Hawks

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

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He averages the third most disposals of any Hawks players, with an average of 22.15 disposals per game. Along with winning the ball, he has often been one of the Hawks better players.

Centres
Josh Kelly has been instrumental in the Giants taking a giant leap, despite having plenty of injuries, as they are ninth and a chance to finish in the top eight. He has kicked multiple goals in two of the Giants’ last three games. He also has leadership qualities as he leads by example.

Christian Petracca is universally admired for being a good footy player when analysing his form in the opening 13 games of season 2021.

He has won plenty of the ball and kicked a goal in 11 of 13 games. He should be in contention for a top-ten finish, at least, in the Brownlow Medal for season 2021.

Jy Simpkin has averaged 26.23 disposals in a Kangaroos team that’s won just the one game so far. He has averaged an impressive 11.23 contested possessions per game, having featured in all 13 games. He has plenty of potential and is starting to deliver on that promise.

Half-forwards
James Cousins has averaged the fourth most score involvements of any Hawks player in the opening 13 games, with an average of 5.43 score involvements per game. He has had more than 20 disposals in five of the seven games that he has featured in.

Jeremy Cameron has averaged 3.12 goals per game in season 2021, with the Cats having won seven of the eight games that he has featured in. He has kicked at least one goal per game in season 2021.

(Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

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Tim Taranto has arguably been the Giants’ best player this season. He averages the most disposals of any of their players with an average of exactly 29 disposals per game.

He has an average of 5.69 score involvements per game. He averages the second most contested possessions of any Hawks player and the most tackles of any of their players.

Forwards
Gary Rohan showed he has class and composure around goal when he kicked the winning goal for the Cats after the siren in Round 14 against the Bulldogs. He has averaged exactly two goals per goals per game, featuring in 11 of the Cats’ opening 13 games.

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Ben King of the Suns has kicked the equal fourth most goals of any player in the competition after 13 games with 34 goals, in a team that has been deplorable at times.

Toby Greene of the Giants has averaged the most score involvements of any player in the competition, with an average of exactly nine per game in the 11 games that he has featured in.

Followers
Max Gawn has averaged 32.15 hitouts per game. He has been instrumental in the Demons sitting on top of the ladder after Round 14.

He has averaged 18.85 disposals per game, which is an impressive figure for a ruckman.

Ben Cunnington has averaged the second most contested possessions of any player in the AFL after Round 14, with an average of 16.18 contested possessions per game, having featured in 11 of the 13 games that the Kangaroos have played in season 2021 so far.

Clayton Oliver of the Demons has averaged the most contested possessions of any player in the AFL and the sixth most clearances of any player in the AFL, having featured in all of the first 13 games.

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