The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 2 of the 2022 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.
Jack Scrimshaw was brilliant for Hawthorn in its victory with 22 disposals at 86 per cent efficiency. Scrimshaw also collected six marks and eight rebound 50s. In just his second game for the Swans, Paddy McCartin was superb in a lockdown role on Jeremy Cameron. McCartin took nine marks and had five rebound 50s in the role. Jake Bowey received a Rising Star nomination for his performance in Melbourne’s win on Saturday night. Bowey gathered 34 disposals and nine marks.
Jayden Short returned to form in stunning fashion on Sunday afternoon with 33 disposals and 10 marks in Richmond’s win. James Sicily was dominant in Hawthorn’s win over Port Adelaide with 20 disposals, eight rebound 50s, seven marks and nine intercept possessions. Jack Crisp had 26 disposals, 10 tackles and six marks as he returned to form in Collingwood’s victory over Adelaide.
Callum Mills was brilliant in Sydney’s win over Geelong on Friday night. Mills had 29 disposals, six clearances, and a goal while shutting down Patrick Dangerfield. Patrick Cripps continued his red-hot start to the year with 35 disposals, 11 clearances and two goals in the victory over the Western Bulldogs. Andrew Brayshaw collected a career-high 40 disposals, 10 marks, eight tackles and a goal in the loss to St Kilda.
Luke Jackson had a breakout game on Saturday Night with 16 hit outs, 21 disposals, and two goals in the win. Christian Petracca continued his sensational form with 40 disposals and 14 inside 50s against Gold Coast. Lachie Neale found his Brownlow medal form with 41 disposals, 12 clearances and two goals in Brisbane’s win over Essendon.
Jordan De Goey continued his brilliant start to the season with 24 disposals and a goal in Collingwood’s win. Mitch Lewis had a career-best game in the win over Port Adelaide with five goals up forward. Jack Higgins was electric in St Kilda’s win with four goals and 16 disposals in the west.
Isaac Heeney stole some of the limelight on Friday night with five goals and seven score involvements from 21 possessions against Geelong. Charlie Curnow had his best game since 2019, with five goals straight and four marks against the Bulldogs. Nick Larkey dominated up forward on Sunday afternoon against the Eagles with six goals against an inexperienced West Coast backline.
Touk Miller attempted everything in his power to steal an unlikely victory against Melbourne with 38 disposals, nine clearances and seven tackles. Harry McKay provided more than enough support for Curnow in the Carlton forward line with four goals from 12 marks. Lance Franklin made headlines for his 1000th career goal. However, his performance throughout the entire match was outstanding. Franklin had four goals, seven marks and five score involvements in the victory. Brad Close proved to be a formidable target for Geelong with four goals from 18 disposals in the loss.
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