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Team of the Week: Three Lions named

Three Lions were named amongst the league's best players during Round 1 of the 2019 AFL Season.

Harris Andrews, Charlie Cameron and Hugh McCluggage all featured in AFL Media's Team of the Week, the equal most players to represent a Club. 

Here's a look at Round 1's best performers:

A huge reason Geelong upset Collingwood on Friday night was Tom Stewart's performance.

Young GWS backman Sam Taylor did plenty of work to nullify Essendon duo Jake Stringer and Shaun McKernan.

The Pies saw what Darcy Moore can offer after an injury-interrupted 2018, while Hawthorn's James Sicily demanded a spot with an absurd 15 rebound 50s.

It was a quiet opening term for Andrews but West Coast had no answer for him after that. 

Christian Salem was best in a Dees side that struggled and stood up in the third term when his side won the lead back.

The Giants dominated Essendon in the contested stakes, with Stephen Coniglio and Tim Taranto running rampant. 

Tom Rockliff was prolific with 44 disposals while Marcus Bontempelli was back to his best as the Western Bulldogs upset Sydney. 

Ben McEvoy was the standout ruck and Geelong will be even more desperate to keep Tim Kelly after his best-on-ground display.

Travis Boak was relentless at the contest and Justin Westhoff booted five goals.

There's no replacement for Tom Mitchell but James Worpel put his hand up as the Hawks beat Adelaide.

Richmond had three players kick three goals, one of whom was Jack Higgins.

It was astonishing to see Cam McCarthy be so good after only receiving a selection reprieve because of Jesse Hogan's absence.

Having Cameron back from a serious foot injury was pivotal for the Lions – he helped turn the game against West Coast in the second quarter, was always dangerous and booted a goal few others would have been capable of.

 

Every time Hugh McCluggage touched the footy, good things happened for the Lions. McCluggage collected 20 disposals, five clearances and one goal.

Patrick Cripps and Nat Fyfe were typically dominant through the middle, while Trent Cotchin unsurprisingly led the way for Richmond.


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