The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 22 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.
Luke Ryan was sensational for the Dockers with 26 touches, eight intercepts, 11 rebound 50s and 664 metres gained. Jayden Laverde held Ben King scoreless all game, and picked up nine intercepts to go with his lockdown role. Blake Hardwick stepped up for the Hawks with 24 touches (20 kicks) and 471 metres gained out of the backline.
Nick Hind generated everything from half-back for the Dons with his 30 touches, 12 intercepts and eight score involvements. Aliir Aliir had another stellar game with 14 intercepts and 19 touches at 90 per cent for the Power in a huge win. Isaac Cumming was all class with 24 touches and 500-plus metres gained on Friday night.
Daniel Howe had his best game at the top level with 34 touches and a goal for the Hawks. Caleb Serong kicked a miracle goal in the final quarter, had another in the first half, and picked up 31 touches as his side claimed the Derby. Sam Menegola came alive in the second half to lead the Cats back, collecting 35 touches and kicking a goal.
Sean Darcy was a man possessed in the final quarter to get Freo over the line. He ended with 29 hit-outs, 17 disposals and a goal. Jarryd Lyons was at his best on Saturday night with 29 touches at 86 per cent and a goal. Josh Kelly had 32 disposals and 500 metres gained to go with 11 tackles to set the standard for the Giants.
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Will Hayward got the Swans over the line in the last quarter and finished the game with three goals from his 17 disposals. Joe Daniher looked like he would single handedly beat Collingwood in the first quarter; he finished with three goals in an electrifying display. Jake Stringer was his dominant best with five goals, 11 score involvements and four clearances.
Charlie Cameron enjoyed a day out against the Pies with six goals straight from his 12 touches. Bayley Fritsch kicked a career-high seven goals to boost his credentials for a spot in the All Australian side. Tim Taranto might regret playing so well up forward, kicking four goals to put the game away by half-time.
Mark O’Connor’s job on Jack Steele in the second half was simply stunning, coinciding with the turnaround that the Cats had. The stats won’t tell it, but Adam Cerra was phenomenal on Sunday afternoon with his 21 disposals and a goal. Christian Petracca picked up more Brownlow votes on his way to 23 disposals and two goals against the Crows. Patrick Dangerfield had an insane 24 contested disposals to go with his goal as the Cats fought back to win.
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