The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 23. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 23 of the 2022 AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 23 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.

Small defender Michael Hibberd was terrific in the Melbourne backline, keeping Brisbane’s superstar forward Charlie Cameron goalless. Sam Taylor continued his breakout season in fine style and is a genuine chance for the All-Australian side. Taylor finished with 20 disposals at 85 per cent, and 12 marks. Hawthorn’s James Sicily was everywhere in the tight loss to the Western Bulldogs in Tasmania. Sicily collected 33 disposals, 17 marks, and 9 rebound 50s.

Small defender Ben Long was allergic to dropping marks for St. Kilda in its last game of season 2022. Despite being reported, Long picked up 27 disposals at 96 per cent, 17 marks, and a goal. Aliir Aliir returned to his outstanding 2021 form with a brilliant performance in the Showdown win over Adelaide. Aliir had 100 per cent disposal efficiency and took seven marks, all while holding superstar Crow Taylor Walker to just one goal. Sam Docherty tried everything he possibly could to keep Carlton in the contest against Collingwood, picking up 29 disposals, seven tackles, and 10 inside 50s.

In what was his final game for Port Adelaide, winger Karl Amon departed with a strong showing. Amon picked up 31 disposals, six inside 50s, and booted a goal in the win over Adelaide. Carlton champion Patrick Cripps did everything he possibly could to drag his team over the line in the loss to arch-rivals Collingwood. Cripps gathered 35 disposals, 12 clearances, and eight inside 50s.

Josh Daicos continued his excellent season and will be heading into the finals in very good form. Daicos collected 28 disposals, eight marks, and seven score involvements in the win.

Adelaide big man Reilly O’Brien gave his midfielders first use on Saturday night, winning 50 hitouts, 18 disposals, and sneaking forward for a rare goal. Zach Merrett finished his 2022 season in fine style despite the heavy defeat to Richmond. Merrett picked up 37 disposals at 81 per cent, eight clearances, and six tackles. Port Adelaide excitement machine Connor Rozee was at his game-breaking best on Saturday night with 34 disposals at 79 per cent, 11 inside 50s, and a goal. This performance would lead to Rozee winning his first ever Showdown Medal.

Josh Dunkley was a strong performer for the Western Bulldogs, willing the side to victory over Hawthorn with a strong performance. Dunkley picked up 29 disposals, 10 score involvements, nine tackles, and eight clearances. Todd Marshall finished his breakout season with another strong performance, this time against Adelaide. Marshall took 10 marks and booted four goals as he was a consistent threat for Port all night. Alex Sexton had arguably the best performance of his career, kicking six majors for Gold Coast in its big win over North Melbourne on Saturday afternoon.

Max King bounced back from the previous week’s horror show in strong fashion, kicking five goals straight in the tight loss to Sydney. Tom Lynch ultimately finished second in the Coleman Medal race after a strong performance in the big win over Essendon on Saturday night. Lynch took nine marks and booted five majors. Melbourne small forward Kysaiah Pickett was everywhere in the big win over Brisbane on Friday night, causing plenty of headaches for the opposition backline. Pickett kicked four goals, with all of them coming in the first half.

Without his trusty sidekick Jeremy Cameron out injured, Tom Hawkins picked up the extra responsibility in perfect fashion, accumulating 13 score involvements, nine marks, and four majors. Reigning Brownlow medallist Ollie Wines put in a massive performance in the win over Adelaide. Wines finished with 35 disposals, six tackles, and a goal. Veteran Gold Coast midfielder David Swallow wound back the clock in the win over North Melbourne on Saturday afternoon. Swallow finished with 33 disposals, nine clearances, and a goal. Fremantle young gun Caleb Serong has taken his game to a new level in season 2022, and Saturday afternoon was no exception. The youngster was a pivotal part of the come from behind victory, racking up 32 disposals at 75 per cent, 11 clearances, and a goal.

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