05/03/2024
The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 15 of the AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 15 of the AFL season.

Defenders are rewarded for their defensive play, midfielders receive accolades for their dominance, while forwards receive a shout-out for hitting the scoreboard and applying pressure.

You can read last week’s team here.

Jack Scrimshaw stepped up in the absence of Jarman Impey and delivered his best game of the season. The smooth-moving leftie had 28 touches at 86 per cent efficiency. Dougal Howard was a key part of holding the reigning premiers to two goals for an entire match, limiting the influence of their impact on the contest. Jake Lever enjoyed a field day as the Bombers continually kicked it down his throat.

Daniel Rich continued his fine season, and is one of the league’s best kicks with 641 metres gained. Liam Jones continually denied the Crows with 10 intercept possessions, while Brayden Maynard made a costly mistake but had an otherwise terrific game, as he contributed 27 disposals at 89 per cent.

Bailey Smith had one of the best games of his career, racking up 31 touches and kicking two goals. Marcus Bontempelli has soared into Brownlow favouritism, and picked up another three votes with 29 disposals and three goals, including a goal of the year contender. Lachie Whitfield was instrumental for the Giants with 32 disposals.

Scott Lycett was brilliant in his return, kicking the sealer and beating Tom Hickey in the ruck with 38 hit-outs. Tom Mitchell did his thing at the MCG, collecting 40 touches and enjoying the freedom without a Matt de Boer tag. Sam Walsh had a career high 38 disposals, driving his side forward and willing them to victory.

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Cam Zurhaar is in incredible form, and had 24 disposals and two goals in an epic performance. Lance Franklin couldn’t carry his team to victory, but his four goals were sensational as he edges closer to the famous 1000. Dayne Zorko had 10 marks and 12 tackles to go with 24 touches in one of the most complete games of the season.

Dylan Moore was the match winner on Sunday; he kicked four goals and two in the last five minutes to seal the game. Aaron Naughton caught anything that came into his vicinity against the Eagles – he finished with nine marks and four goals. Charlie Cameron could have had a bigger game if not for wayward kicking again, but still dominated Tom Stewart and the Cats on the way to 14 disposals and three goals.

Travis Boak had a quiet half under the tag, then exploded in the second to end the game with 29 disposals and a goal. Jy Simpkin loves playing in Tassie, and kept it going with 30 touches and a goal. Zach Merrett collected a career high 41 disposals and nine tackles, and Lachie Schultz continued his underrated season with three goals and 21 pressure acts.

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