The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 23 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.
Jake Lloyd produced huge numbers out of the backline with 36 disposals and 615 metres gained at 94 per cent. David Astbury was brilliant for the Tigers in his final game, bowing out with a career-high 13 marks to go with 20 disposals. Mason Redman snuck down to deliver two goals, but was great out of the backline as well with his 21 disposals and 521 metres gained.
Daniel Rich was as consistent as ever with his 29 disposals from the back half, and even finished off a goal when he found himself running into the forward 50. A rock in defence, Jimmy Webster had 18 disposals and nine marks as he chopped every Freo attacking foray off. Jordan Dawson has huge for the Swans with 33 touches, 689 metres gained and a goal in the final round of the year.
Ben Keays finished off his season strongly with two goals out of the midfield and 38 disposals in a great outing by the Crows. Clayton Oliver racked up another three votes with his sensational 37-disposal, two-goal game down at the Cattery. Isaac Heeney has been getting up the ground and imposed himself on the game with three goals to go with his 20 disposals.
Nic Naitanui was huge for the Eagles with 53 hit-outs, 24 possessions and 11 clearances out of the ruck. Travis Boak kept Port moving forward for the whole night with 31 touches and two crucial goals to claim a top-two spot. Callan Ward was vital out of the middle for the Giants with 27 touches, plus two important goals.
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Devon Smith had his best outing this year with a couple of goals, four goal assists and 23 touches in a great forward-half display. Peter Wright was again dominant in the air with four goals in the first half to put the game beyond any doubt. Chad Wingard has ended the season superbly, collecting another 30 touches to go with two goals and two goal assists.
Ed Curnow may have found a new position for 2022, kicking four goals from his 25 touches for the Blues. Lance Franklin was at his brilliant best with six goals to edge ever-closer to the legendary 1000-goal mark. Dons fans around the country rejoiced when Cooper Sharman took the game over for the Saints, kicking four goals.
Max Gawn came up clutch, but also had a huge game otherwise with 25 disposals and 39 hit-outs. Jack Steele finished the season strongly with 36 touches and six clearances, and could go close on Brownlow night. 40 disposals from Rory Laird capped a remarkable season from the defender-turned-midfielder, as well as 10 clearances and eight tackles. Ollie Wines finished off his regular season in great fashion with a hard-fought 34 disposals and a magnificent goal against the Dogs.
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