The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 19. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 19 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.

Adam Saad further boosted his All-Australian credentials, picking up 25 disposals (22 of which were kicks), 12 marks, and six score involvements, as well as a Mark of the Year contender. Tom Barrass had another strong performance for West Coast, gathering 26 disposals and eight marks, including keeping star St Kilda forward Max King to 12 disposals. Sam Docherty was fantastic for Carlton, particularly in the final term, finishing with 26 disposals, 10 marks, and four rebound 50s.

Nick Blakey provided Sydney with a lot of run in the win over Adelaide, finishing with 26 disposals, eight rebound 50s, and seven marks. Despite another tough afternoon for North Melbourne in Tasmania, Ben McKay stood strong and walked away with 17 disposals at 94 per cent and 10 marks. Hayden Young‘s potential was on full display on Friday night as he gathered 31 disposals, 14 marks, and 10 intercept possessions.

Karl Amon showed why he is one of the competition’s most sought-after players on Saturday, picking up 25 disposals, 13 marks, and 606 metres gained against Geelong. Tom Mitchell was at his best on Saturday afternoon against North Melbourne, gathering 32 disposals at 91 per cent, 10 score involvements, and seven marks. Marcus Windhager had his best game against West Coast in Perth, finishing with 23 disposals and seven inside 50s. All this while holding superstar Tim Kelly to just four disposals in an exceptional tagging performance.

Jarrod Witts dominated in the ruck, notching up 50 hit outs, and also picked up 14 disposals, and seven tackles. Jack Steele was at his best against West Coast, collecting 40 disposals at 80 per cent, 10 clearances, and 10 marks. Patrick Cripps dominated the GWS midfield, winning 34 disposals, six inside 50s, along with a goal.

Prior to signing a two-year contract extension, livewire forward Dan Butler was terrific for St Kilda in its drought-breaking win, booting five majors. Jack Gunston was fantastic in his return game, booting five goals, taking seven marks, and having 11 score involvements. Jamarra Ugle-Hagan shocked the footy world with a breakout game against Melbourne, kicking five goals, including the match-winner. This performance would also earn him the Round 19 Rising Star nomination.

Charlie Curnow was far too much for the GWS backline to handle, booting four goals and taking 10 marks from 18 disposals. Tom Hawkins starred for Geelong up front against Port Adelaide on the road, kicking four goals, and taking six marks. Will Hayward tore the inexperienced small defenders from Adelaide to shreds, picking up 14 disposals at 79 per cent and kicking three goals.

Rory Laird continued his stellar season, further enhancing his claims for All-Australian selection by gathering 38 disposals, 14 inside 50s, and 11 clearances. Tom Atkins stood up well for Geelong, picking up 24 disposals, seven tackles, and five clearances. Touk Miller put in a strong performance for Gold Coast, despite the loss in the Q-Clash. Miller finished with 34 disposals, 10 score involvements, and seven tackles. Jai Newcombe continues to cause headaches for opposition coaches with how to combat his midfield dominance, and Saturday afternoon’s performance was no exception. Newcombe finished with 30 disposals, nine clearances, and two majors.

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