The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 16. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 16 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.

Daniel Rioli had one of his best games for Richmond, finishing with 28 disposals at 86 per cent, nine score involvements, and even snuck forward for a goal. Steven May kept the backline calm for Melbourne with 18 disposals at 83 per cent, 11 marks, and 12 intercept possessions. Nathan Broad put together a strong performance for Richmond in the win over West Coast. Broad finished with 25 disposals at 88 per cent, eight rebound 50s, and 11 marks.

Jack Sinclair further staked his claims for an All-Australian blazer in Friday night’s win over Carlton. Sinclair finished with 37 disposals at 89 per cent, 11 marks, and six inside 50s. Brandon Zerk-Thatcher had his best performance at AFL level with 18 disposals at 83 per cent, nine marks, and seven rebound 50s. Zerk-Thatcher also showed maturity with some match-defining plays in the final moments of the game. Nick Daicos showed why he is the favourite for the Rising Star Award in Saturday night’s win over Gold Coast. Daicos finished with 37 disposals at 84 per cent, eight rebound 50s, and seven score involvements.

Chad Warner generated plenty of run despite Sydney losing Essendon on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. Warner finished with 25 disposals, three goals, 10 score involvements, and 13 inside 50s. Christian Petracca proved why he is regarded as one of the competition’s best midfielders in the win over Adelaide. Petracca finished with 33 disposals, three goals, 11 score involvements, and six tackles. Josh Daicos was terrific for Collingwood in its win with 19 disposals, six marks, and three goals.

Despite only winning 13 hit outs, Rory Lobb dominated around the ground for Fremantle against Port Adelaide, particularly up forward. Lobb was an aerial threat, taking six marks, and making them count, kicking five goals. Fresh off signing a seven-year deal during the week, Clayton Oliver put Adelaide to the sword with 36 disposals, 13 tackles, and six clearances. Tim Kelly tried everything he could to will West Coast over the line against Richmond. Kelly amassed 40 disposals, nine clearances and booted two goals.

Marlion Pickett had his best game for the Tigers on Sunday afternoon, picking up 25 disposals, seven marks, and kicking two goals. Jeremy Cameron was far too strong for North Melbourne’s backline, picking up 12 score involvements, 10 marks and four goals. Impressively, Cameron also picked up 30 disposals, an equal career-high. Jamie Cripps had his best game of 2022, gathering 24 disposals, nine score involvements, 11 inside 50s, and made it count on the scoreboard with three majors.

Charlie Cameron took the game away from the Bulldogs early, teaching youngster Anthony Scott a footballing lesson by booting four goals and picking up five-goal assists. Tom Hawkins rocketed himself to third in the Coleman medal race, kicking six majors, however, he did not stop here. Hawkins also had 14 score involvements, 10 marks, and 19 disposals. Izak Rankine was the most significant threat on the ground for Gold Coast in the narrow loss to Collingwood. Rankine had 18 disposals, four goals, and three tackles.

Lachie Whitfield had one of his best games of the season on Sunday afternoon in the win over Hawthorn. Whitfield collected 32 disposals at 78 per cent, seven marks, and laid four tackles in the wet conditions. Ollie Wines was at his Brownlow Medal winning form, gathering 39 disposals, six marks, and five clearances. James Aish had one of his best games for Fremantle, picking up 29 disposals, eight marks, and two goals. In Saturday afternoon’s shock win over Sydney, Zach Merrett was a constant in the midfield for Essendon. Merrett finished with 24 disposals, six marks, and three majors.

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