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Four Hawks in Team of the Week

R13: Hawks light it up in third The side slotted seven unanswered goals during the third term to put the game out of reach.
I'd prefer to see Jack Gunston up forward for Hawthorn but he's doing a great job in defence and deserved a spot in my Round 13 Team of the Week.

It surprises me to see the sharpshooter down back but he can do the job down both ends of the ground for Alastair Clarkson.

Picking this week's side was tough with just six games played and it's fair to say the key forwards were lucky to be selected, but I'll touch on that below.

Geelong ruckman Rhys Stanley was unlucky to miss out as were St Kilda midfielder Jack Steven and Richmond star Alex Rance.

Read: Five talking points - Hawthorn v Adelaide

A couple from Sydney deserved selection: Jake Lloyd used the football well all night while Dane Rampe did the job on Josh Kennedy, despite giving up plenty of size. On form, Kade Simpson will go around again next year for Carlton. Gunston was excellent, as was James Sicily, who is a top-three kick in the competition. Meanwhile, Nick Vlastuin continues to show how important he is to Richmond's backline.

I've loved Elliot Yeo's move into the midfield – he's just so explosive from the contest. Ollie Wines has been outstanding recently and is using the football better. Hawthorn smashed Adelaide around clearances and Jaeger O'Meara was a big reason for that, as was Tom Mitchell. The tap work from Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder against the Western Bulldogs was as good as I've seen this season. it was a terrific captain's game from Joel Selwood, who almost carried Geelong over the line against Richmond.

In the first half especially, Lachie Neale was best-on-ground against Carlton. Lance Franklin was lucky to make the side. He bagged only two goals against West Coast but it could have been much more if he kicked straight. So important for Richmond is Shane Edwards, who is one of the best players in the competition. Robbie Gray was unbelievable. He does things only Gary Ablett can do, of the current players. I selected Tom Lynch, who like Franklin made it because there weren't many talls who performed well this week. However, the Gold Coast captain did slot three goals. For the opposition, Jade Gresham stood up when St Kilda needed it and snapped the match-winner.

The past three weeks for Tom Rockliff have been sensational. His creativity and ball use have been great. Another dominant performance from Nat Fyfe means he picks himself. Seb Ross put in another good effort while similar to Selwood, Josh Kennedy had a captain's game for Sydney.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs