The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 15. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 15 of the 2022 AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 15 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 repelled out of the defensive half for Carlton all afternoon in the win over Fremantle. Docherty finished with 30 disposals at 80 per cent, 14 marks, and four rebound 50s. Paddy McCartin put in a strong performance yet again with 13 disposals, seven intercept possessions, and eight marks, as well as holding star Saint Max King goalless. Jake Lever was freed up in the back-half following the return of Steven May and finished with 20 disposals at 90 per cent, eight marks, and 15 intercept possessions.

Despite the loss to Adelaide, Aaron Hall broke an AFL record with 1169 metres gained. Hall didn’t stop there, further collecting 38 disposals, 10 rebound 50s, and eight inside 50s. Nick Blakey continued his strong season with 31 disposals at 84 per cent, eight score involvements, and five rebound 50s. In the same fixture, Jake Lloyd returned to his previous form, which has earned him All-Australian selection. Lloyd gathered 39 disposals at 85 per cent, nine marks, and six score involvements.

Dan Houston has put together a very consistent season, and Sunday’s performance against Gold Coast proved to be no exception. Houston wound up with 30 disposals at 93 per cent, seven marks, and five rebound 50s. Jack Viney continued his purple patch of form, bringing up 34 disposals, eight score involvements, and seven tackles in the win against Brisbane. Jack Macrae continued his push towards an All-Australian selection on the back of 31 disposals, six score involvements, and six clearances against Hawthorn.

Gold Coast skipper Jarrod Witts took advantage of Port Adelaide’s decision to play without a recognised ruckman and finished with 41 hit-outs, 20 disposals, and eight clearances. Sam Walsh continued to take his game to new heights, and the performance against Fremantle was no exception. Walsh finished with 40 disposals, 543 metres gained, and seven clearances in Carlton’s statement victory. Clayton Oliver was far too much for Brisbane’s midfield to handle, finishing with 35 disposals, 11 score involvements, and 12 clearances.

Tyson Stengle caused headaches for the Richmond backline all game, kicking three majors from 18 disposals, and finished with seven score involvements. Darcy Fogarty stepped up in his 50th career game against North Melbourne. Fogarty finished with four goals, eight marks, and 10 score involvements. Connor Rozee continued his strong form against the Suns with 24 disposals at 79 per cent, two goals, and six clearances.

Fresh off signing a four-year deal, Hawthorn key forward Mitch Lewis finished with four goals, nine score involvements, and nine marks. Josh Kennedy was pivotal in helping West Coast snap a nine-game losing streak against Essendon. Kennedy kicked five goals, had nine score involvements, and took five marks. Taylor Walker was far too good for the North Melbourne defenders to handle, walking away with six goals, 10 score involvements, and seven marks.

Despite a tough loss to the Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn defender Jack Scrimshaw fought hard and finished with 26 disposals at 89 per cent, 12 marks, and five rebound 50s. Liam Baker never stopped fighting against Geelong, and it showed on the stats sheet with Baker claiming 24 disposals at 83 per cent, eight inside 50s, and a goal. Brayden Maynard was one of the main reasons why Collingwood conceded just 12 goals against the Giants, gathering 22 disposals at 86 per cent, nine marks, and six rebound 50s. Touk Miller did everything he could and almost dragged the Suns over the line, finishing with 30 disposals, nine clearances, and 10 tackles.

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