The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 13. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 13 of the 2022 AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 13 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.

Sam Docherty found plenty of the football in Friday night’s win over Essendon. Docherty had 33 disposals at 88 per cent disposal efficiency, nine marks, and seven rebound 50s. In the same game, key defender Lewis Young had 18 disposals at 100 per cent disposal efficiency, seven marks, and six rebound 50s. Young did this while holding Peter Wright to no goals. Brayden Maynard was rock solid for Collingwood in its Queen’s Birthday win over Melbourne. Maynard recorded 25 disposals, four marks, and laid four tackles.

Hayden Young had a career-best game in Fremantle’s win over Hawthorn on Saturday afternoon. Young had 31 disposals at 87 per cent efficiency, 10 marks, and six rebound 50s. In his new role in the defensive half of the ground, Harry Himmelberg had 37 disposals at 95 per cent efficiency, along with 16 marks and 10 rebound 50s. Collingwood young gun Nick Daicos further advanced his claims for the Rising Star Award following 33 disposals, five rebound 50s, and six marks.

Angus Brayshaw has returned to form in emphatic fashion in season 2022, and Monday afternoon was no exception. Brayshaw had 29 disposals, 11 marks, and six rebound 50s in an impressive outing. Andrew Brayshaw gave his Brownlow Medal hopes a boost in the victory over Hawthorn with 37 disposals at 84 per cent efficiency, nine score involvements, and a goal. Hugh McCluggage was pivotal in Brisbane’s win over St Kilda on Saturday night. McCluggage recorded 33 disposals, seven score involvements, seven clearances and booted a goal.

Mason Cox performed brilliantly in Collingwood’s win over Melbourne on Monday afternoon. Cox had 21 disposals, eight marks, and kicked a goal. Star Demons midfielder Clayton Oliver was fantastic despite the loss. Oliver had 43 disposals at 81 per cent efficiency, eight inside 50s, seven marks, and kicked a goal, this led to him receiving the Neale Daniher Trophy as the best player on the day. Brisbane superstar Lachie Neale did his Brownlow Medal chances no harm, picking up 37 disposals, eight score involvements and seven clearances.

Michael Walters had his best game of the 2022 season, recording 22 disposals at 86 per cent efficiency, 11 score involvements, six marks, and kicked two majors. Port Adelaide key forward Todd Marshall is one of the competition’s most improved performers, and this was showcased on Thursday night. Marshall took six marks and kicked three goals in the narrow loss to Richmond. Stephen Coniglio has been back to his best since Mark McVeigh’s takeover, and Sunday afternoon was no exception. Coniglio picked up 34 disposals, 11 score involvements, six marks, and kicked three goals.

Collingwood livewire Jamie Elliott gave Melbourne’s backline headaches all afternoon on Monday with 19 disposals, three goals, and eight score involvements. Harry McKay was far too much for the Bombers’ backline to handle on Friday night. The reigning Coleman medalist booted three goals, took eight marks, and had eight score involvements. Brody Mihocek was the difference-maker for Collingwood, picking up 16 disposals, 10 marks, seven score involvements, and kicking four majors.

Liam Baker has been much improved in season 2022, and Thursday night was no exception. Baker gathered 26 disposals, nine score involvements, seven inside 50s, and kicked a goal. Port Adelaide wingman Karl Amon had his best game of the year with 29 disposals, one goal, 10 marks, and six score involvements. Jack Crisp will be a contender in Collingwood’s Best and Fairest count once again, and he did himself no harm on Monday afternoon. Crisp gathered 29 disposals at 83 per cent efficiency, six score involvements, one goal, and also laid six tackles. Nick Vlastuin was rock solid in defence for Richmond, recording 20 disposals, nine marks, and eight rebound 50s.

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