19/04/2024

The Inner Sanctum's Team of the Week for Round 10. (Design: Will Cuckson)

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in Round 10 of the 2022 AFLW season.

For the final time this season, The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in Round 10 of the 2022 AFLW 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.

Sarah Wright had a near career best game, intercepting everything that came her way. Sarah Verrier’s move to the backline after starting life in purple as a forward has paid dividends, and she was everywhere in defence with 20 disposals and five marks.

Roos skipper Emma Kearney has all but locked herself in a spot in the All-Australian backline with another impressive rebounding display. Ruby Schleicher is the competition’s best intercept marker, and did it again against the Tigers. Ange Stannett has quietly flown under the radar this season. Already an elite lockdown small defender, she’s added a damaging offensive presence to her game in 2022.

It’s amazing that Kaitlyn Ashmore has yet to earn a selection in our TOTW yet in 2022, such has been the quality of wingers on display. Emily Bates was a machine in and under, gathering 18 disposals (16 contested) and laying 11 tackles after her huge defensive display last week. Aishling Sheridan was given license to roam higher up the ground against the Tigers, and found a career high 22 disposals doing so.

Breann Moody comprehensively dominated fellow AA ruck contender Lauren Pearce as the Blues fell just one point short of the flag fancies. 42 disposals speaks for itself: Ash Riddell is a genuine gun. With 15 of those possessions contested and 480 metres gained, she did her best work both on the inside and outside. Jaimee Lambert waylaid any injury fears with a typical ‘Choppy’ performance, picking up 31 disposals and laying eight tackles.

Greta Bodey has come along leaps and bounds in 2022, and finishing the home and away season with 10 goals, has been one of the most consistent Lions all year. Cora Staunton finished her year off with a high with three goals, finishing equal second in the league goalkicking. Jasmine Garner is the competition’s best mid/forward, and two goals to go with 26 disposals and 10 marks was as complete a game as you’ll see.

Alyssa Bannan did her chances of taking out the Rising Star no harm with another three goal performance. The rangy tall has seemed at home both on the wing and deep forward, giving her a level of versatility not many other key position players in the AFLW can offer. Daisy Pearce has been the ‘little helper’ all year long, and another two goals saw her finish with a career high 13 majors.

Kiara Bowers‘ return was nothing to scoff at, laying a huge 17 tackles in typical ‘Turbo’ fashion. Erin McKinnon broke the record for most hit outs in an AFLW game with 47 in a dominant display of ruck craft. Ebony Marinoff proves week after week why she is one of the competition’s premier midfielders, with her clearance work and tackle pressure once again shining. Chloe Scheer kicked another two goals and provided spark as a link up option. Amy McDonald has been overlooked one too many times in a losing Geelong side, but this week, her in and under dominance was too hard to ignore.

Stay tuned for The Inner Sanctum‘s AFLW Team of the Year, coming shortly!

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