MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 03: Jake Stringer of the Bombers celebrates a goal with Darcy Parish of the Bombers during the 2021 AFL Round 03 match between the Essendon Bombers and the St Kilda Saints at Marvel Stadium on April 03, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
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Changkuoth Jiath

One of the two players that make our 22-man side despite featuring in a losing side on the weekend.

CJ offered the Hawks plenty of run and pace out of defence and was a shining light for his side in their narrow defeat to Geelong.

Would have had votes locked should the Hawks have gotten over the line.

Jordan Ridley

Continues to dominate in the Bombers’ backline and is perhaps the first-choice option when selection defender from their Round 3 outings.

In what was a stellar win over the Saints, Ridley commanded from the back and once again proves to be a steal for Essendon.

Despite the difficult start for the Bombers early on this season, Ridley looks to be a leading contender to secure his place in the All-Australian side.

Liam Jones

Solid as a rock in the Blues’ win over Fremantle.

With 20 touches, nine marks and over 600 metres gained, Jones played a major role in securing Carlton’s first win of the season.

Callum Mills

One of the Swans’ best in their emphatic win over the Tigers at the MCG on Saturday.

Played majority midfield, but his defensive efforts and go-to role on Dustin Martin lands him a place in our back six.

Beginning to stamp his mark as an elite member in the engine room and has been key to the Swans’ impressive start.

Daniel Rich

Clinical in the dying minutes to aid his side to a one-point win against Collingwood on Thursday.

Once again gave plenty of run and carry out of the backline and booted a scintillating major late into the match from outside 50 on no easy angle.

Pinpoint kick to hit-up Zac Bailey for the winner after dashing through the middle of Marvel Stadium too. Was immense for the Lions late on.

Shannon Hurn

Cool, clam and collected as always. The veteran defender was at his best in the Eagles’ dominance over Port Adelaide in Perth.

26 disposals – 21 of which were kicks – at 92.3% disposal efficiency once again had Hurn amongst the best.

Seem unaccounted for from the Power’s point of view, with the 33-year-old gaining over 500 metres of ground with his ball use.

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