24/04/2024

The Inner Sanctums Team of the Week for Round Six. (Photos: @AFL on Twitter/ Western Bulldogs/ Brisbane Lions

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week, comprised of the best-performing players from Round 6 of the 2023 AFL season.

Defenders are rewarded for defensive play, midfielders receive accolades for their dominance, while forwards are praised for hitting the scoreboard and applying pressure.

You can read last week’s team here.

The selected side for round six is…

Defenders 

Nick Haynes was strong in defence for the Giants in their 21-point defeat to the Lions. With Sam Taylor going down during the match due to injury, Haynes stepped up and regained possession for his side. Haynes was busy in defence, finishing the match with 27 disposals, seven marks, and 11 intercept possessions.

Collingwood skipper Darcy Moore led from the front when it came to his performance against Essendon on Anzac Day. Coming into the match, the Magpies came in undersized with the loss of Nathan Murphy due to concussion but Moore was just about everywhere in the Magpies defensive half. Moore finished the match with 17 disposals, seven marks, and 11 intercept possessions. 

Tom Stewart is continuing his fine run of form since returning from injury three weeks ago, Stewart was once again the general in the Geelong defence against a struggling Sydney outfit. Stewart finished with 23 disposals, eight pressure acts, seven marks, and seven intercept possessions.

Continuing his terrific start to 2023, Jack Sinclair played a key role in St Kilda’s 21-point victory over Carlton. Once again using his speed across halfback to restart the attack on turnover. Along with a perfect 10 in the coaches’ votes, Sinclair finished with 27 disposals, nine pressure acts, and seven intercept possessions.

Mason Redman was among the best for the Bombers on Tuesday, doing a good job in the first three quarters to stop the Magpies from getting on a run inside forward 50. Redman was the only Essendon player to poll in the ANZAC Day medal tally and finished with 23 disposals, seven intercept possessions, and 540 metres gained.

There’s not much more one can say when it comes to Nick Daicos but the second-year Magpie was everywhere on Tuesday, earning himself the ANZAC Day medal. Whilst starting off half-back, Daicos also spent time in the middle and up forward where he scored two important fourth-quarter goals. The 20-year-old finished with 40 disposals, 11 pressure acts, and two goals.

Midfielders

Going head to head with the ruck duo of Sean Darcy and Luke Jackson, Tim English once again proved why he’s one of the best ruckmen in the competition this season. Whilst Darcy got the edge when it came to hit outs it was English’s work around the ground that made a big impact. English finished the match with 34 hit outs, 20 disposals, and one goal.

Marcus Bontempelli proved in the match against the Dockers why he’s once again one of the premier midfielders in the competition, continuing a strong run of form leading into his 200th game this weekend. The Bulldogs skipper was everywhere for his side and as he always does stood up when the game was on the line. Bontempelli finished with 31 disposals, eight clearances, and two goals. 

It was a vintage performance from Patrick Dangerfield on Saturday night in the Grand final rematch. After a slow start to 2023, the Cats skipper was firing on all cylinders down at GMHBA Stadium playing a key role in the Cats midfield. Dangerfield was on fire for most of the match, finishing with 31 disposals and seven clearances.

Tim Taranto was arguably best on ground for the Tigers, really stepping up in the Tigers’ midfield when needed. Whilst getting 33 disposals it was his pressure that really stood out on the weekend, recording 32 pressure acts for the match as well as 10 tackles and 13 ground ball gets. Taranto played that strong, bold and fierce game that is so well-known with Richmond over the last couple of seasons.

Much like Dangerfield, it was a vintage Steele Sidebottom performance on the weekend. Whilst not dropping form in any stretch, Sidebottom played a strong role for the Magpies in the middle, especially on transition outside defensive 50. Getting involved in a few chains of play to get the ball inside the Magpies’ attacking half. Sidebottom finished with 30 disposals, second to only Nick Daicos along with three goal assists, five tackles, and a goal.

One player’s performance that has sort of flown under the radar this week is Bulldog Jack Macrae. Whilst not winning as much of the footy as Bontempelli or Adam Treloar, At times, when he wasn’t right in the action Macrae was hanging back off the stoppage and coming in for the centre clearance once the ball was bounced, sharing that role with Caleb Daniel at times on Friday night. Macrae finished with a game-high 14 centre clearances from 78 per cent of time on the ground along with 29 disposals.

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Forwards

Connor Rozee is continuing to back up what was an impressive 2022 campaign and this week was no different with the 23-year-old playing a key role in Port Adelaide’s win over West Coast on Saturday afternoon. Rozee, who was awarded his second Peter Badcoe VC medal post-match, finished the game with 29 disposals, seven tackles, six marks, and two goals.

Jeremy Cameron continues to be in the conversation for one of the best players in the competition at the moment with yet another strong performance this time against Sydney down in Geelong. Cameron was just about everywhere on the weekend, if he wasn’t inside 50 scoring a goal he was up the ground helping his side bring the ball down. Cameron remains on track for a career-best season, finishing the match with 18 disposals, six marks, and five goals with the strong duo up forward of Cameron and Tom Hawkins still wreaking havoc despite a slow start to the season.

Charlie Cameron lit up Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday afternoon with the Lions star just about everywhere inside forward fifty. Helping his side secure a third consecutive win Cameron put on a show with his seven goals which included a goal of the year contender, to go with 15 disposals and six marks.

With the Crows just getting over the line against the Hawks down in Tasmania, former skipper Taylor Walker played a crucial role up forward, whilst working nicely with young gun Darcy Fogarty. Walker finished with a game-high four goals along with 20 disposals and eight marks.

In what could be considered his best game since returning from an ACL injury Ben King was a strong target up forward for the Gold Coast Suns in the side’s impressive 43-point win over the struggling Kangaroos. King finished with a game-high five goals to go along with five marks and 10 disposals.

Jeremy Finlayson is continuing to put together a career-best season. Standing up in the absence of Charlie Dixon up forward as well as Todd Marshall who was subbed out during the second quarter of the game due to a head knock. Finlayson proved to be a strong avenue to goal for Port Adelaide, scoring five goals to go with his 14 disposals and five marks.

Interchange

Adam Treloar continued his strong start to the season with the Bulldogs against the Dockers. It was a performance that Treloar is known for, using his speed to burst down the field or out of a stoppage to either hit up a target inside fifty or go for goal. Finishing with 35 disposals, 468 metres gained, and two goals, Treloar continues to be a weapon in the middle for the Bulldogs.

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It was a classic performance from Jack Viney on Monday night, playing that in-and-under role with that level of tenacity that so many are used to. Viney was a part of that brigade of players that helped bring home the win for the Demons, despite an almighty scare from the Tigers. Viney finished with 30 disposals, 18 pressure acts, five clearances, and a goal.

Round Six proved to be the weekend of the key forwards with Tom Hawkins also having a strong performance in the Grand Final rematch on Saturday night. Whilst not getting as much of the footy as his partner in crime Jeremy Cameron did, getting the eight disposals he was just as dangerous on the scoreboard scoring five goals along with five marks.

Rounding out the team of the week for round six is Richmond’s Jayden Short, who came into the Tigers side this week for his first game since round two. He proved to be a strong part of the Tigers’ game and helped the side really lift after a string of disappointing performances. Short finished with 30 disposals, seven marks, and three tackles.

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