The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 19 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.
Jack Crisp has played more and more down back over recent weeks and had a day out against Port with 30 disposals and 13 marks. Sam Taylor had 21 disposals for the Giants and was able to hold Cale Hooker to a single goal. Aaron Hall once again dictated terms for North with 500 metres gained out of his 25 disposals from the backline.
Lachie Whitfield sliced Essendon apart with his 35 disposals to get GWS over the line. Dane Rampe was excellent with his 21 touches and helped keep Fremantle to eight goals for the game. Caleb Daniel was dominant against the Demons with 34 disposals and a goal.
Dom Sheed had 32 disposals, but more importantly kicked two great goals to keep the Eagles ahead in the fourth term. Rory Laird was spectacular with his 36 touches and two goals against Hawthorn to lift his side over the line. Mitch Robinson ran the wing all day and kicked two goals to go with his 23 disposals.
Reilly O’Brien had 23 touches for the Crows and got the better of his opponents in the ruck. Jack Macrae had another 38 disposals and over 500 metres gained for the Dogs. We know Brayden Fiorini is a ball magnet, but he had the ball on a string against Brisbane with 41 disposals in just 71 per cent time on ground.
Charlie Dixon was dominant with four goals and three behinds on Friday night. Max King had it all working as he brought St Kilda to the brink against West Coast with six goals from 13 touches. Tarryn Thomas also kicked foru goals for North and has come into his own over the past month. He’ll miss next week with delayed concussion symptoms.
Isaac Heeney was everywhere for the Swans with five goals and 22 touches across the wing and up forward. Nick Larkey kicked a career high seven goals against the Blues and it seemed like he could do no wrong in the forward 50, finding the ball everywhere. Tom Hawkins was all class with his four goals against the reigning premiers.
Patrick Dangerfield was impressive again with 28 disposals and a goal for the Cats. Willem Drew is one of the most underrated players in the competition, and had 32 disposals on Friday night. Another 31 disposals and two goals showcased all of Marcus Bontempelli’s ability. Lincoln McCarthy is great to watch with his clean hands, and kicked another four goals on the weekend.
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