05/03/2024

The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 20. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 20 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.

Mason Redman continued his sensational form in Sunday afternoon’s big win over North Melbourne and now has a genuine chance of being selected in the All-Australian squad of 40. Redman picked up 32 disposals at 97 per cent, 10 marks, and booted a goal. In his second career game, Adelaide defender Josh Worrell did not look out of place. Worrell held Carlton big man Tom De Koning goalless and had 17 disposals and four rebound 50s himself. Shannon Hurn showed his class despite the tight loss to Gold Coast, collecting 26 disposals at 100 per cent efficiency.

Brodie Smith wound back the clock against Carlton, collecting a team-high 37 disposals, 13 inside 50s, and a remarkable 1019 metres gained. Tom Stewart excelled in his first game back from suspension with 22 disposals at 91 per cent, 10 marks, and eight rebound 50s. Keidean Coleman continued his season of improvement with 30 disposals, six inside 50s, and five marks in Brisbane’s tight loss to Richmond.

Connor Rozee did everything he could to drag Port Adelaide over the line in its tight loss to Collingwood. Rozee finished with 35 disposals at 80 per cent, eight inside 50s, and five tackles. Patrick Cripps was a shining light on a dark performance for Carlton, picking up 41 disposals, 13 clearances, and six tackles. Errol Gulden had a significant breakout performance in the Battle of the Bridge, collecting 33 disposals, 12 marks, 10 inside 50s, and kicked two goals.

Rowan Marshall did it all in Saturday afternoon’s win over Hawthorn, winning 35 hit outs, 30 disposals, and nine marks. Jack Viney was brilliant through the midfield for Melbourne in Friday night’s win over Fremantle. The star midfielder finished with 33 disposals, nine score involvements, and six tackles. Despite a tough loss to Essendon, Jy Simpkin continued his hot run of form with 41 disposals, seven score involvements, and six clearances.

In a new role as a defensive forward, Ben Keays took his game to a new level with 21 disposals and three goals, as well as significantly limiting Adam Saad’s impact on the contest. Mabior Chol continued his breakout season with another bag of five goals, this time against West Coast. Luke Parker claimed his fifth Brett Kirk Medal in the win over GWS, picking up 34 disposals, eight score involvements, and seven tackles.

Noah Cumberland responded to the heartbreak of last week by booting five majors against Brisbane, proving to be the difference in the game. Jack Darling attempted everything he could to give West Coast an unlikely win by booting six majors, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Jake Stringer starred in the eight-goal win over North Melbourne, kicking five of his own and picking up 11 score involvements.

Port Adelaide champion Travis Boak kicked a goal before the match even started against Collingwood and finished up with 27 disposals, eight score involvements, and two majors. Touk Miller continues his strong season, with 31 disposals, 15 clearances, and 10 tackles in the tight win over West Coast. Zach Merrett had one of the great second halves and finished the match with 38 disposals, 10 tackles, 10 score involvements, and eight clearances. Shai Bolton provided the x-factor Richmond was crying out for in the win over Brisbane, collecting 24 disposals, nine inside 50s, and booted two goals.

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