14/04/2024

The Inner Sanctum has selected a Team of the Week for Round 14 of the 2023 AFL season. (Photos: @CarltonFC, @RichmondFC, @WesternBulldogs, Twitter) 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 2023 AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best-performing players from Round 14 of the 2023 AFL season.

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

You can read last week’s team here.

The selected side for round 14 is…

Defenders

After returning to form against Fremantle last weekend, Nick Vlastuin continued the hot streak on Saturday night at the MCG. Accumulating 23 disposals, nine marks, and six rebound 50s.

Port Adelaide key defender Aliir Aliir continued his strong form with another brilliant performance, this time against Geelong. Finishing with 16 disposals, 12 marks, and eight intercept possessions.

It was a return to form for experienced Sydney defender Jake Lloyd despite the loss on Friday night against Brisbane. The dashing half-back picked up 27 disposals at 85 per cent, six rebound 50s, and five marks.

Sam Docherty starred for Carlton on Sunday afternoon at the MCG, generating plenty of run off half-back. He was everywhere with 32 disposals, eight rebound 50s, nine marks, and 518 metres gained.

Sam Taylor kept the in-form Jye Amiss goalless from just five disposals as GWS recorded a massive win at home against Fremantle. The 24-year-old is renowned for his intercept work, and this was on display as he picked up seven intercept possessions.

Dan Houston showed why he is in All-Australian contention with a strong performance across half-back in Thursday night’s win. The veteran picked up 31 disposals, seven marks, and six clearances as Port Adelaide jumped to the top spot on the ladder.

Midfielders

Oscar McInerney dominated the ruck battle against the Hickey and McLean duo, winning 46 hitouts along with 18 disposals, eight clearances and a goal.

Richmond star Tim Taranto boosted his Brownlow medal chances with yet another electrifying performance in the win over St. Kilda on Saturday night. Picking up 38 disposals, 10 tackles, and booted a goal.

Marcus Bontempelli reminded the competition just how good he can be with a brilliant performance in the win over North Melbourne. He dominated with 32 disposals, 14 score involvements, 11 tackles and three goals.

As Carlton returned to the winners’ list, captain Patrick Cripps enjoyed a significant return to form, showcasing just how good he can be. Dominating the Suns in all facets with 27 disposals, 11 score involvements, seven clearances, and three goals.

Josh Kelly was far too strong for a young Fremantle side, with a damaging display on Saturday evening. Collecting 33 disposals at 84 per cent, alongside eight clearances, and three goals as the home side recorded its biggest win of the year.

Adam Treloar generated plenty of drive out of the midfield in the Bulldogs’ win over North Melbourne on Sunday afternoon. Picking up 34 disposals, 13 score involvements, and seven clearances in the 21-point win.

Forwards

Zac Bailey put together a damaging display as Brisbane locked itself inside the top four in their Friday night win over Sydney. He electrified the GABBA with 26 disposals, and 11 score involvements, as well as kicking two majors.

Jake Riccardi enjoyed a career-best game at AFL level as GWS recorded a smashing 70-point win over Fremantle on Saturday evening. He dominated the Dockers’ backline with 15 disposals, eight marks, and career-high five goals.

Errol Gulden has consistently been a shining light for the Swans, with Friday night being no exception . The youngster finished with 27 disposals, eight score involvements, and two goals in a tough outing at the GABBA.

Greater Western Sydney skipper Toby Greene was too much for the Fremantle backline to handle, with a terrific outing up forward. The Giants’ talisman finished with 16 disposals, five marks, and four goals, rising to fifth place in the Coleman medal race.

Jeremy Finlayson is an outside chance to make the All-Australian squad, and his performance in Thursday night’s win over Geelong did not harm his chances. The 27-year-old was very efficient up forward with another four-goal outing from seven marks.

The North Melbourne backline was no match for Western Bulldogs dynamo Cody Weightman who dominated on Sunday afternoon. The livewire booted a remarkable six goals from 13 disposals, helping see his side into the top eight.

Interchange

In game 300, Richmond veteran Trent Cotchin rose to the occasion with an outstanding performance in the gritty win over St. Kilda on Saturday night. The former skipper was everywhere with 29 disposals, five clearances, and two goals.

North Melbourne young gun Harry Sheezel enhanced his chances for the Rising Star award with another strong performance, this time in the loss to the Western Bulldogs. Amassing 32 disposals, six rebound 50s, and five clearances.

Adam Cerra is one of the favourites for the Carlton Best and Fairest award, and his efforts on Sunday afternoon showed why. Booting two majors from his 27 disposals and eight clearances in a big win against the Suns.

Richmond superstar Dustin Martin was back to his best on Saturday night, with a dominant performance out of the midfield. The Brownlow medallist collected 35 disposals, along with eight score involvements and eight inside 50s.

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