15/04/2024

Sir Doug Nicholls Round's Deadliest Team of the Week.

Sir Doug Nicholls Round brought out the best of the AFL's Indigenous talent. This is the deadliest team of the week for round 11.

Sir Doug Nicholls Round celebrated the incredible achievements Indigenous Australians have made to the game of Australian Rules Football, and the abundance of Indigenous talent in the league was on display for all to see.

Every player is selected in the position they played on the weekend. 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.

The Inner Sanctum has made a team comprised of the best-performing Indigenous players of Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

You can view last week’s team of the week here.

Jarman Impey has been a vital component of the Hawks’ under siege defence this year, and contributed 15 disposals at 80 percent against the Suns. Liam Jones had his work cut out against Buddy, but had five intercept possessions and went at 83 percent by foot. Zac Williams is beginning to find his feet in the Carlton backline, and recorded 17 disposals, six rebound 50s and an important goal for the Baggers.

Shaun Burgoyne returned in Sir Doug Nicholls Round for his historic 396th game of AFL. ‘Silk’ slotted straight back in with 16 disposals out of the backline. In All-Australian form, Steven May again commanded the airways for Melbourne with 22 disposals and seven intercepts. The renaissance of Aaron Hall as a running defender continues, and he racked up big numbers against the Saints. He had 33 disposals and 12 rebound 50s in a standout performance for the Roos.

Karl Amon broke Kane Cornes’ Port Adelaide record for disposals in the first quarter with 16. He ended with 27 and a goal as he pushes for an All-Australian blazer. In the absences of Cam Guthrie and Mitch Duncan, Brandan Parfitt stepped up and won the footy 30 times for the Cats. Similarly, Quinton Narkle continued his good form with 25 touches to back up his career-high 34 the week prior.

With Rowan Marshall out, Paddy Ryder stepped up his workload and reminded everyone of how good he is. One of the best tap ruckmen in the league, the big-man had 33 hit-outs and six clearances for the Saints. Tarryn Thomas has been a shining light for the Roos, and delivered a standout performance again with 17 disposals and two goals from the middle. Shai Bolton kept Richmond in the game early, and dominated throughout his return match to finish with 23 disposals and a goal.

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Izak Rankine once again showed up in Sir Doug Nicholls Round, kicking four goals and three in the game’s first 10 minutes. Sam Powell-Pepper produced early goals as well, finishing with three for the match and 20 disposals (nine contested) at 85 percent. Kozzy Pickett was as dangerous as always, and applied incredible forward pressure on the Dogs. He finished with a goal and 19 pressure acts.

Eddie Betts delivered in the Marngrook game; one of his two majors was another goal of the year candidate. Lance Franklin was dominant in the same match as he kicked three goals in his side’s win. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has stamped his credentials for an All-Australian selection, kicking another two goals as the Bombers stormed home against the Eagles.

North’s midfield held its own thanks to the work of Jy Simpkin who had 26 disposals and six tackles against the Saints. Hawks dynamo Chad Wingard continued his good form of late with 24 disposals and an incredible 31 pressure acts. Charlie Cameron‘s game isn’t reflective of the statistics with the live-wire passing off goals for fun. He finished with a goal and nine score involvements. Finally, Steven Motlop has continued his great 2021 form as a high-half forward, ending the match with 24 touches and five score involvements.

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