The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 17. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 17 of the 2022 AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 17 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.

Blake Hardwick was rock solid in the Hawthorn backline, accumulating 32 disposals at 87 per cent, eight marks, and seven score involvements. Despite the loss, Ben McKay was fantastic for North Melbourne with 14 disposals, 10 marks, and five rebound 50s. This was all done while keeping the in-form Brody Mihocek to one goal. In Carlton’s win over West Coast, Sam Docherty collected 28 disposals at 85 per cent, eight marks, and seven inside 50s.

Jordan Clark had his best game for Fremantle in the win over St Kilda on Saturday night. Clark picked up 30 disposals at 83 per cent, four marks, and four tackles. Paddy McCartin continued his ultra-consistent season in Friday’s win over the Western Bulldogs. McCartin had 22 disposals at 86 per cent, 14 marks, and five rebound 50s. Rising Star favourite Nick Daicos was electrifying in the last quarter in Collingwood’s win, finishing with 21 disposals at 90 per cent and a goal.

Chad Warner continued his breakout season in fine style, picking up 25 disposals, 11 inside 50s, and booting two goals. It was an excellent all-around game from Jye Caldwell in Essendon’s upset win over Brisbane on Sunday afternoon. Caldwell had 26 disposals, seven tackles and a goal, all while tagging superstar Lachie Neale to just 21 disposals. Just one week after his milestone game, Mitch Duncan showed his class with 32 disposals, 11 marks, and two majors.

Sean Darcy showed why he is one of the premier ruckmen in the competition on Saturday night, picking up 16 disposals at 87 per cent, 27 hitouts, and kicking two goals. In the same fixture, Andrew Brayshaw took full advantage with 36 disposals, 10 tackles, and a goal. Luke Davies-Uniacke‘s potential was on full display on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. Davies-Uniacke had 33 disposals, 12 clearances, and 11 tackles.

Connor Rozee was at his game-breaking best in Saturday night’s win over GWS. Rozee picked up 24 disposals, 11 score involvements, and did his best work in front of the big sticks with four goals. Charlie Curnow was far too much for West Coast’s backline to handle, taking eight marks and making it count on the scoreboard with five goals. Shai Bolton was terrific for Richmond, despite the tight loss to Gold Coast, picking up 29 disposals, 11 score involvements, and three goals.

Despite inaccuracy in front of goal, Tom Papley was brilliant around the ground for Sydney in the win over the Western Bulldogs. Papley recorded 24 disposals, 17 score involvements and managed two majors. Mitch Lewis tore the Adelaide backline to shreds, particularly in the first half, and finished with five goals. Nick Larkey had his best game of the season, collecting 19 disposals at 78 per cent, six marks, and booted five goals.

Harry McKay provided a vital presence up front for Carlton on Sunday, finishing with seven marks and five goals. Kyle Langford provided a spark up forward for Essendon in the shock win over Brisbane, booting four majors from 18 disposals. Isaac Heeney was far too good for the Western Bulldogs’ backline to handle, collecting 18 disposals at 82 per cent, nine score involvements and four goals. As well as booting the after the siren winner, Noah Anderson picked up 26 disposals at 88 per cent, nine marks, and two goals.

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