The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 7. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 7 of the 2022 AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 7 of the 2022 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 team here.

Adam Saad had arguably his best game in the navy blue against the Kangaroos. Saad had 25 disposals at 88% efficiency and seven score involvements. On the back of his seven-goal effort against North Melbourne, Griffin Logue had the matchup on superstar Geelong forward Jeremy Cameron and kept him goalless, constantly repelling against the Cats’ attack. Caleb Daniel had 32 disposals in the Bulldogs’ back half as they defeated the Bombers.

Despite the loss to Fremantle, Geelong defender Tom Stewart showcased why he is one of the best defenders in the competition. Stewart had 40 disposals, 14 marks, and nine rebound 50s. James Sicily continued his outstanding season against the competition’s best with 26 disposals and 13 marks. Although he began the game slowly, Collingwood defender Jack Crisp quickly kicked into gear and finished with 28 disposals, seven clearances, and a goal against Gold Coast.

Pat Lipinski had his best game for Collingwood in the win over Gold Coast on Sunday afternoon at the MCG. Lipinski finished with 30 disposals, including 12 score involvements, proving he was an important pickup for the Magpies. Touk Miller got back to his best, running riot against Collingwood, and had one of the most dominant performances of his career. Miller finished with 36 disposals and two goals in a damaging display. Josh Kelly staked his claim as the best wingman in the comp, dominating against the Crows. Kelly finished with 41 disposals, seven clearances, and 11 score involvements in the Giants’ win.

Matching up against the inexperienced Max Lynch, Demons captain Max Gawn was huge in the win over the Hawks. Gawn had 29 disposals, 11 score involvements, 35 hit-outs, and booted two goals. Ollie Wines is well and truly back to his Brownlow medal-winning form and proved that against St Kilda, gathering 27 disposals and kicking a goal in Port Adelaide’s come from behind win. Lachie Neale was dominant from the opening bounce against Sydney, collecting 37 disposals, laying nine tackles, and kicking a goal in Brisbane’s statement win.

Josh Dunkley showed why he is demanding a massive deal in the upcoming off-season in a massive outing against the Bombers. Dunkley had 29 disposals, two goals, and six inside 50s in the Bulldogs’ win. Harry McKay was a force to be reckoned with for Carlton on Saturday night, dominating the North Melbourne backline at every opportunity. McKay kicked four goals and made his presence felt in the air, clunking 11 marks, including four contested marks. Richmond superstar Shai Bolton was electric on Friday night against West Coast, kicking three goals, collecting 30 disposals and chipping in with a remarkable 15 score involvements.

In just his second game of 2022, GWS star Toby Greene proved why he is one of the most damaging players in the competition with a brilliant outing against Adelaide. Greene managed 17 disposals and 11 score involvements, all while kicking four goals. Tom Lynch was enormous on Friday night against the Eagles with seven goals and 14 marks, including eight contested. Dylan Moore is firming for an All-Australian selection and proved that against Melbourne with 33 disposals, 11 marks, and a goal.

Lance Franklin wound back the clock on Sunday afternoon against Brisbane, momentarily putting Sydney in a winning position. Franklin’s dominance was noticeable in the third quarter, with four goals in that term alone. Franklin would finish with six majors in the game, as the Lions defeated the Swans. Carlton superstar Patrick Cripps continued his excellent form with 35 disposals and a goal as the Blues defeated the Kangaroos. Ryan Burton constantly repelled St Kilda’s attacks, finishing with 25 disposals, including 12 rebound 50s. Fremantle wingman Blake Acres was brilliant in its win over Geelong, finishing with 27 disposals, eight inside 50s, and a goal.

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