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Five All-Australian gongs for Pendles

Watch the very best of Scott Pendlebury's 2014 season, a year that saw him named in the All-Australian team for the fifth consecutive season. Watch the very best of Scott Pendlebury's 2014 season, a year that saw him named in the All-Australian team for the fifth consecutive season.
Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury was named in the All-Australian team for the fifth successive season.
Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury has reaffirmed his claim as one of the leading players of the current era as he was named to a fifth consecutive All-Australian team on Tuesday evening.

The midfielder, who was earlier this year appointed the 46th captain in Collingwood history, added another accolade to a typically outstanding first year in the leadership role with selection as one of the four players on the interchange bench.

While it has now descended to the rank of cliché to describe Pendlebury as poised, he perhaps stands as the game’s finest exponent at finding space in congested scenarios, his customary sidestep and loping stride approaching trademark status.

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Collecting 30 disposals or more on nine occasions, Pendlebury remains among the most prolific ball getters in the game, ranking sixth in the competition for average disposals (28.4), while he sits eighth in the contested stakes (13).

Meanwhile, Pendlebury led all Collingwood players in total disposals, disposals per match, tackles and goal assists, emphatically demonstrating the captaincy has proven no burden on his ability to impose himself on affairs.

Among Pendlebury’s outstanding performances this season included a match winning 33 possession, 10 tackle, nine clearance exhibition against Sydney during round two, a stirring 32 disposal display as Collingwood overhauled the West Coast Eagles in round 10, and a characteristically influential effort on the biggest stage as the Magpies emerged triumphant over Essendon on ANZAC Day.

With his fifth All-Australian selection, Pendlebury rises to sit alongside Dane Swan in equal second among all Collingwood players, only sitting behind current coach Nathan Buckley, who secured the honour seven times.

10. Scott Pendlebury

Senior: 21
VFL: 0
NAB Challenge: 3

Senior: 13
VFL: 0
NAB Challenge: 2

Key 2014 AFL Statistics (averages in brackets)
Disposals: 596 (28.4) Marks: 75 (3.6) Tackles: 116 (5.5) Inside 50s: 72 (3.4) Contested Possessions: 273 (13.0) Clearances: 113 (5.4) Score Assists: 22 (1.0)

2014 AFL All-Australian Team
Cale Hooker (Essendon), Daniel Talia (Adelaide), Nick Smith (Sydney)
HB: Nick Malceski (Sydney), Alex Rance (Richmond), Brodie Smith (Adelaide)
C: Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle), Josh Kennedy (Sydney), Dyson Heppell (Essendon)
HF: Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide), Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda), Luke Breust (Hawthorn)
F: Hayden Ballantyne (Fremantle), Lance Franklin (Sydney), Jarrud Roughead (Hawthorn)
Foll: Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle), Joel Selwood (Geelong), Gary Ablett Junior (Gold Coast)
Int: Travis Boak (Port Adelaide), Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn), Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood), Tom Rockliff (Brisbane)