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Team of the week: Rd 1

BTV: RD 1 | Highlights vs Hawks Highlights of our Round 1 clash with Hawthorn.

Three Essendon players have made it into the AFL's round one Team of the Week, the equal most of any Club.

Zach Merrett, Dyson Heppell and Orazio Fantasia were all recognised for their performances against the Hawks.

OLLIE WINES (Port Adelaide) – A dominant midfield display with 33 disposals and nine clearances against the Swans. Also recorded the most metres gained (531m) of any Power player.  

ZACH MERRETT (Essendon) – Was best on ground to half-time and helped make the Hawks look slow. Ended with 37 disposals and moved the ball well, with 749m gained (second overall in the League).

DAYNE BEAMS (Brisbane Lions) – Had an incredible first half to set the Lions up with 21 disposals (28 for the match), and found himself in the middle of most things good. Was awarded the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as best afield. 

CHARLIE CAMERON (Adelaide) – Big game from the small forward. Kicked two goals but did his best work up the field, where he drove the ball inside 50 six times and won eight clearances. Also laid six tackles and won 14 contested possessions from his 23.

JOSH KENNEDY (West Coast) – Not only kicked seven goals to streak above the field in the race for the Coleman, but was also second in the competition for scoring involvements with 13.  

ORAZIO FANTASIA (Essendon) – Lively throughout the whole match to finish with a game-high four goals, including a terrific left-foot snap in the third quarter. Provided plenty of excitement as the most prolific forward on the ground. 

MAX GAWN (Melbourne) – The Demons' midfield dominance over the Saints started here. Monstered Tom Hickey with 49 hit-outs and consistently gave his teammates first use. Had the biggest influence of any big man this round.

SCOTT PENDLEBURY (Collingwood) – His team didn't win, but the Pies skipper took out the Rose-Sutton Medal as best afield against the Dogs for his 35 possessions – 24 contested – and 10 clearances. 

DYSON HEPPELL (Essendon) – Huge game – his first in 566 days - from the Bombers' new skipper. Kicked three goals but most notably lifted in the third quarter when the game had to be won.