The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 20 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.
Zach Guthrie had his best game ever, collecting 28 touches and a career-high 11 intercepts. Kyle Hartigan kept Joe Daniher to one goal, a huge effort considering he was an avenue for the Lions all day. Nick Haynes was all class with his 28 disposals in the back half, including seven intercepts.
Jack Scrimshaw got the Hawks going forward all day as they upset the top-four fancy Brisbane Lions. Ben McKay put in a great showing for North against powerhouse Geelong, holding Tom Hawkins to a single goal which came late in the fourth quarter. Caleb Daniel orchestrated everything from the back half with 32 touches, and went into the middle and had five clearances for the Dogs.
Karl Amon is playing at an All Australian level and had another 31 touches and a goal on Sunday night. Callum Mills started the game hot after two weeks off due to Covid protocol and kept going, finishing with 33 touches and an important goal. Bailey Smith has been in a rich vein of form and had 29 disposals to go with 644 metres gained.
Brodie Grundy didn’t win the hit-out battle, but he did beat Nic Naitanui around the ground with 22 disposals and a goal. Andy Brayshaw took charge of the Fremantle midfield, having a staggering 39 disposals against the reigning premiers. It was all too easy for Christian Petracca, who had a casual 32 touches and kicked a goal for the Dees.
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Chad Wingard was everywhere against the Lions with 32 touches, two goals and four clearances. Luke Jackson is staking his claim for the Rising Star, kicking four goals against a disappointing Suns outfit. Sam Walsh has added goal kicking to his game and he’s now the complete midfielder, kicking three against the Saints from his 26 touches.
Tom Papley was red-hot for Sydney with four lightning-quick goals. Harry McKay solidified his spot at the top of the Coleman race with five goals in a dominant showing. Jordan De Goey the midfielder has been superb, and he had another 34 disposals on the weekend.
Jack Steele was excellent in his 36 disposals, laying 14 tackles including a season-high for any player eight tackles in the first term. Jaeger O’Meara produced a stunning display, collecting the ball 35 times and kicking a goal for the underdog Hawks. Zach Merrett kept Essendon in the game on Sunday, having 35 disposals and kicking two goals in an almighty display. Steele Sidebottom covered for Scott Pendlebury’s absence beautifully, collecting 33 touches and killing the Eagles on the outside to round of the team of the week for round 20.
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