The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 13 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.
The Pies backline stood up to the top-of-the-table Dees with thanks to Brayden Maynard, who repelled time and time again on his way to nine intercepts from his 32 disposals. Alex Pearce, in his comeback game, didn’t put a foot wrong by holding Ben King to zero goals for the first time this year. Nick Vlastuin helped to nullify Jack Darling (no goals) and managed 11 intercepts and two contested marks.
Changkuoth Jiath had a stunning first quarter, and finished with 28 disposals at 86 percent and 553 metres gained for the match. Inaugural Giant Nick Haynes replicated his form of 2020 against North, with 14 intercept possessions and 14 marks. Will Powell has been brilliant for the Suns down back, and had a polished game with 10 intercepts and 587 metres gained on the weekend.
Adelaide has gotten the best out of Paul Seedsman this year – the winger spent a lot of time on-ball to have 717 metres gained in tough conditions. Josh Kelly has recaptured his immense ability in the past six weeks with another huge display; he had 39 disposals and two goals. Touk Miller continues his super underrated season, carrying his Suns with 31 disposals, eight clearances and six score involvements.
Nic Naitanui had a sensational 31 hit-outs, 15 contested possessions and a goal against the reigning premiers. Scott Pendlebury collected the Neale Daniher medal with 20 contested possessions and 12 intercepts. Ben Cunnington continues his fantastic season, kicking two goals and enjoying nine clearances.
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The Cats forward line was on fire against the Power, with Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins combining for nine goals and 23 score involvements. The Tomahawk also clocked up over 14 kilometres. Kane Lambert returned to the AFL in beautiful fashion, with 19 disposals in the first half and a couple of goals.
Connor Rozee lit up the Adelaide Oval with four goals in the first quarter, finishing with five for the game. Josh Kennedy won’t stop kicking goals – he had another four on the weekend and kicked the brilliant curling winner for the Eagles. Charlie Dixon was superb for the Power with tall forward stocks lacking. He had four goals and importantly took four contested marks around the ground.
Jack Steele was best on ground again in a losing effort, with 34 disposals, 12 tackles, nine clearances and 34 pressure acts for the Saints. Tom Mitchell was damaging with his 34 disposals, recording five rebound 50s, four inside 50s and a goal. Sean Darcy dominated Zac Smith on his way to 40 hit-outs and a goal, while David Mundy kicked two important goals and had eight score involvements from his 20 disposals to round out the AFL team of the week.
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