The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 18 of the AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 18 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.

Aaron Hall was again masterful out of the backline with 31 disposals (all uncontested and 28 of them kicks), and 734 metres gained. Dougal Howard held Charlie Dixon goalless through three quarters, giving up a late opportunity to keep him to one goal. John Noble provided 25 disposals and 455 metres gained for the Pies out of the backline in a great showing.

Shannon Hurn is proving he can go around again, and finished the game with 24 disposals and nine marks. Harry Edwards shut down Taylor Walker as well as anyone has this season; Tex only kicked the one goal at Adelaide Oval. Bailey Williams continues to be one of the most underrated players in the league, working defensively and also moving up the ground for six marks and three inside 50s.

Jeremy Sharp had his breakout game. The West Australian produced a 30-disposal, 10-mark day for the Suns against the blistering Dogs. Sam Walsh might be the best player in the competition at the moment, with another 39 disposals and out-of-this-world goal capping a dominant MCG performance. Sam Menegola has found form late in the season for the second straight year, collecting 30 touches from the wing and continuing his goal kicking appetite.

Tom Hickey was superb in the ruck again for the Swans with 36 hit-outs, 17 disposals and a goal. Tom Mitchell has found great form in the middle part of the season, with the ball magnet accumulating another 39 touches and kicking a goal for the Hawks in a brilliant display. Ollie Wines produced spectacular numbers with 36 touches and a goal of his own.

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Matthew Kennedy is in the best form of his career, and collected 26 touches to go with a goal on Sunday. Jack Riewoldt was scintillating is his 300-game milestone, kicking six goals in a boiler at Metricon. Luke Parker had 31 touches and a goal as he willed his side back in the second half of their blockbuster clash with GWS.

Tom Papley kept the Swans in it in the first half with much-needed goals – he finished with four. Peter Wright had his best game for the Bombers, providing a focal point all day with seven marks and three goals. Jamie Cripps equalled his career high of five goals, and also contributed 25 disposals from a forward flank.

Tarryn Thomas dominated in the first half, and finished the game with 23 touches, nine marks, seven tackles and a goal. Jack Steele has put together an irresistible campaign, and delivered again with 37 disposals and a goal. Ben Keays kept the Crows in the game at times, with 30 disposals and two brilliant goals on the day. Jack Graham sealed the game with one of his two goals in a huge effort from the Richmond midfielder to round of the round 18 team of the week.

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