The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 8. Design: Will Cuckson

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 8 of the 2022 AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best performing players from Round 8 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.

Sam Docherty dominated in the Carlton backline in its win over Adelaide. Docherty had 30 disposals, 10 marks and nine score involvements as the Blues cruised to victory. Melbourne full-back Steven May held St Kilda key forward Max King to just four disposals while collecting 16 disposals of his own at 94 per cent efficiency. Connor Budarick was terrific in the Suns’ shock win in Sydney with 19 possessions.

Mitch Duncan dominated across the back half for Geelong with 33 disposals, 12 marks and 11 score involvements in the win over GWS. Tom Stewart was also an excellent supporting act with 23 disposals and 11 marks of his own. Dyson Heppell led the Essendon backline superbly in its comeback win over Hawthorn with 25 disposals and 12 marks.

Melbourne wingman Ed Langdon continued his unbelievable season with 39 disposals in the win over St Kilda. Port Adelaide superstar Travis Boak wound back the clock with 30 disposals and a goal, dominating through the midfield in the win over the Bulldogs. Angus Brayshaw was very influential with 31 disposals, 13 marks and a goal, running amok on the MCG.

Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy dominated the experienced campaigner Todd Goldstein on Friday night, winning 42 hit outs, and booting a goal. Patrick Cripps ran rings around the Crows’ midfield at Marvel Stadium. Cripps had 35 disposals, 12 score involvements and two goals, further staking his claims for his first Brownlow medal. Will Brodie was electric in the Dockers’ win over the Kangaroos on Friday night, claiming 37 disposals at 89 per cent disposal efficiency, continuing his breakout season.

Charlie Cameron was dominant for the Lions in their win over the Eagles, kicking four goals as the Lions stormed to victory. Charlie Curnow staked his claim for the three Brownlow votes in the win over Adelaide, taking 10 marks, having 15 score involvements, and kicking six goals. Hugh McCluggage lit up the Gabba on Saturday night against West Coast, kicking four goals from 26 disposals.

Tyson Stengle showed why he was recruited to Geelong during the off-season with a dominant display against GWS. Stengle booted three goals, and was influential across the entire game, with 20 disposals and nine score involvements. Tom Lynch dominated the Collingwood backline on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. Lynch kicked six goals from 25 disposals and took 11 marks as the Tigers defeated their rivals. Peter Wright was enormous in Essendon’s comeback win, taking eight marks, and kicking six goals.

Shai Bolton electrified the MCG crowd in Richmond’s win over Collingwood. Bolton had 21 disposals and two goals, proving once again why he is one of the most exciting players in the competition. Christian Petracca dominated the Saints, with 36 disposals and eight inside 50s. Jack Crisp generated plenty of run for the Magpies in the defensive half, collecting 30 disposals and kicking a goal in the loss to the Tigers. Western Bulldogs star Bailey Smith tried everything he could to drag his side back into the contest against Port Adelaide, kicking two goals and winning 24 disposals.

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