The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 16 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 AFL Team of the Week here.
Christian Salem was a shining light for the Dees with his 31 touches at 84 per cent and a goal when he drifted forward. Marcus Adams was a brick wall all day as he had 14 intercept possessions and four contested marks. Charlie Ballard was superb on Jack Riewoldt, collecting 17 disposals (eight contested) at 88 per cent and 12 intercept possessions for the game.
Jack Sinclair was superb at the MCG, enjoying 24 disposals and 173 metres gained in the final quarter to help his side hold on. Jacob Weitering continued his stunning form, collecting 20 disposals (nine intercepts) and 10 marks in his 100 per cent game-time. Jordan Dawson had 25 disposals (11 contested) and kicked two goals off of half-back against the Eagles.
Patrick Dangerfield had his best game of the season with 37 disposals and a goal on Friday night. Darcy Parish collected his third Best on Ground medal of the season in the Country Game, collecting an unbelievable 43 disposals with 28 of those contested, which is the third-most all time. Touk Miller is covering the ground as well as anyone in the league and helped himself to another 36 disposals and nine clearances in the Suns’ mammoth win.
Sean Darcy is laying claim to be a top-three ruckman in the league, and monstered his way to 20 disposals, 40 hit-outs and a goal. Jack Steele was on pace to break the tackles record at halftime, and finished with 36 disposals and 14 hugs to will his side home. Ben Cunnington is having an excellent season and hit the scoreboard with two goals to go along with his 26 disposals against the top-of-the-table Dogs.
Lance Franklin continued his stellar form with three goals in the Swans’ demolition; he also provided two goal assists. Charlie Dixon was the biggest difference on Saturday night, kicking four goals and applying 16 pressure acts in the forward half. Zac Bailey continued his ascent to stardom with 26 touches and three goals, all of them brilliantly explosive and classy.
Cody Weightman had an unbelievable opening quarter, and finished with four goals as he overshadowed his teammates in the forward line. Tom Hawkins produced a clinic in the wet for a key forward, reading the ball better than anyone to kick six goals. Jack Silvagni had 19 disposals and two goals for the Blues, but the numbers don’t do justice to his insatiable work rate and desire for the contest.
Callum Mills is still underrated and produced 35 disposals with only three turnovers and 659 metres gained on the weekend. Tom Liberatore kicked two goals from the middle, and had a 25 disposals with just four turnovers. Cam Zurhaar is in a purple patch and continued with four goals and eight score involvements in a losing side. Linc McCarthy goes from strength to strength, kicking four goals and showing off some of the best hands in the league.
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