AFL Team of the Week: Round 14

The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 14. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 14 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 was excellent in the back half for Carlton, notching up 31 disposals, 11 marks, and 10 rebound 50s. Mason Redman had arguably his best game for Essendon against St Kilda on Friday night. Redman had 31 disposals at 94 per cent, 11 marks, and eight score involvements. He also played a crucial role in ensuring Max King kicked just one goal. Jy Farrar had his best game at AFL level, curbing in-form Crow Shane McAdam to just 12 disposals. Farrar also excelled in the back-half of the ground with 15 disposals of his own at 93 per cent, five marks, and three rebound 50s.

Jayden Short was terrific for Richmond in the win over arch-rivals Carlton, driving his side forward at every opportunity. Short finished with 25 disposals, 16 inside 50s, and five marks. All-Australian key defender Aliir Aliir had his best game of 2022 with 16 disposals, five marks, and crucially, held superstar Swan Lance Franklin to just one goal. Andrew McGrath generated plenty of run for Essendon out of its back-half, finishing with 21 disposals at 91 per cent, 10 marks, and three rebound 50s.

Karl Amon has well and truly returned to form, and Saturday afternoon proved no exception. Amon had 31 disposals, seven marks, and four tackles as the Power cruised past the Swans. Jack Macrae had his best game of 2022 with 37 disposals, 10 score involvements, nine tackles, and eight inside 50s. Jordan Dawson did everything he could to drag Adelaide over the line against Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon, involved in nearly everything. Dawson finished with 32 disposals, six marks, 10 rebound 50s, and kicked a goal.

Tim English took advantage of GWS’ unfortunate ruck situation and ended up with 34 hit-outs, 23 disposals, and six marks. Reigning Brownlow medalist Ollie Wines tore Sydney’s midfield to pieces on Saturday afternoon at Adelaide Oval. Wines walked away with 34 disposals (14 contested) at 79 per cent, 10 clearances, seven inside 50s, and five marks. Cameron Guthrie was far too much for West Coast’s midfield to handle, racking up 25 disposals, 13 tackles, five inside 50s, and four clearances.

Isaac Heeney provided some resistance for Sydney in its loss to Port Adelaide. Heeney finished with 16 disposals, eight marks, and kicked four majors. Peter Wright returned to form stunningly with four goals, eight marks, and 12 score involvements. Stephen Coniglio continued his impressive run of form with 32 disposals at 78 per cent, 10 score involvements, and two goals.

Despite the loss, Toby Greene had one of the best individual performances of the season on Saturday night. Greene kicked seven goals and had 21 disposals, six marks, and 14 score involvements. Bulldogs superstar Aaron Naughton seems to improve each week, and round 14 was no exception. Naughton had another big bag of five goals and was dangerous in the air with six marks. Cody Weightman kicked five goals, had eight score involvements, and took six marks, all while picking up an injury in an impressive forward display.

Connor Rozee continues to improve each week, and Saturday afternoon showcased exactly that. Rozee finished with 29 disposals, eight inside 50s, and a goal. Rory Laird did everything he could to keep Adelaide in the contest against Gold Coast, finishing with 42 disposals at 81 per cent, six tackles, and seven score involvements. Dion Prestia was fantastic in Richmond’s victory on Thursday night with 33 disposals, 13 clearances, and four tackles. Jade Gresham was fantastic despite the loss, finishing with 28 disposals, seven inside 50s, and three goals.

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