The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 10 of the 2022 AFL season.
Defenders are rewarded for 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.
Tom Stewart was excellent defensively for Geelong in the win over Port Adelaide on Saturday afternoon. Stewart recorded 27 disposals at 89 per cent efficiency, along with eight marks, eight score involvements and six rebound 50s. In a career-best performance, Callum Wikie was excellent for the Saints on Saturday night with 19 disposals and seven marks. However, the most impressive part was holding star Crow Taylor Walker to just one goal. Despite the loss, Daniel Rich wound back the clock on Sunday against Hawthorn. Rich had 33 disposals at 85 per cent efficiency, six rebound 50s and also booted a goal.
Jack Sinclair‘s breakout season continued in fantastic fashion on Saturday night against the Crows. Sinclair provided lots of run and carry, he had 32 disposals at 88 per cent efficiency, six rebound 50s, and five marks. Jacob Weitering is in All-Australian form, and Friday night’s performance was no exception. Weitering had 14 disposals at 93 per cent efficiency and seven marks, he also held superstar Swan, Lance Franklin to just six disposals. Liam Baker was fantastic for Richmond in the annual Dreamtime fixture on Saturday night against Essendon. Baker had 30 disposals at 90 per cent efficiency, eight score involvements, six tackles and five marks, and could have won the Yiooken Award for the best player on the ground.
Sam Walsh has been pivotal to a lot of Carlton’s success so far this season, and Friday night’s performance was no different. Walsh had 34 disposals, along with seven score involvements and recorded four tackles in the win over Sydney. It has been a relatively slow start to 2022 by Tom Mitchell‘s standards, but he returned to form in the win over Brisbane on Sunday. Mitchell gathered 36 disposals, seven tackles, and also booted a goal. Bailey Smith continued his All-Australian season on Saturday afternoon against the Suns. Smith put on a match-winning display with 34 disposals, seven clearances, eight inside 50s and kicked a goal.
In his first game of being the solo ruckman since Round 5, Matt Flynn took the opportunity with both hands, winning 41 hit outs and 18 disposals in the Giants’ win. Dion Prestia was a deserving recipient of the Yiooken Award in the Dreamtime match with 36 disposals, and eight score involvements. Clayton Oliver is a favourite for the Brownlow Medal and he did his chances no harm in Narrm’s win over North Melbourne on Saturday. Oliver had 45 disposals along with 11 clearances, and 13 inside 50s.
Stephen Coniglio was sensational in the Giants’ first win without Leon Cameron on Sunday afternoon. Coniglio gathered 36 disposals at 92 per cent efficiency, along with 10 score involvements, and also took six marks. Max King may have only had seven disposals on Saturday night but he proved why he is one of the best players in the competition. King booted six majors and was dangerous in the air with six marks. Despite starting the game as the medical sub in Collingwood’s win over Fremantle, Ollie Henry certainly made his presence felt. Henry had 13 disposals, five marks, and four goals in a match-winning display.
Tyson Stengle was back to his game-breaking best in Saturday afternoon’s win over Port Adelaide. Stengle had 12 disposals, seven score involvements and booted three goals. Charlie Curnow tore the Swans to shreds on Friday night with six goals, but he was influential all over the ground. Curnow also recorded six marks and had 10 score involvements in the Blues’ win. Young Sun Joel Jeffrey tried everything he could to win Gold Coast the game on Saturday afternoon with five majors from five marks.
Jai Newcombe is one of the favourites for the Rising Star award and he boosted his credentials in Sunday’s upset win over Brisbane. Newcombe gathered 27 disposals, and was at his damaging best with 12 score involvements, six tackles and a goal. Despite the loss to Collingwood, Will Brodie gave it his all with 36 disposals, six tackles and a goal. Brad Hill was brilliant on the road against Adelaide on Saturday night. Hill had 30 disposals at 90 per cent efficiency, 10 marks and kicked a goal. Cam Guthrie had his best game of the year with 38 disposals, 13 score involvements and 10 clearances in the victory against the Power.
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