The Inner Sanctum has selected a Team of the Week comprised of the best performing players in Round 4. (Design: Will Cuckson)

The Inner Sanctum has selected a Team of the Week comprised of the 21 best performing players in Round 4 of the 2022 AFLW season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in Round 4 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.

As the Western Bulldogs and Fremantle played two games, their performances will be averaged between the two. You can read last week’s team here.

Carlton’s Paige Trudgeon had the best game of her short career, keeping Tahlia Randall to just one goal while having 19 disposals and two marks. While Aine Tighe was rested for the game against the Bulldogs, she earns her spot for doing one of the best lockdown jobs on Collingwood’s Chloe Molloy the competition has seen.

Roos captain Emma Kearney continued her hot start in her new defensive role, a constant driving force off half back with 17 disposals and averaging three rebound 50s. Sarah Allan was an aerial brick wall, rejoining the TOTW after missing in Round 3. Kate Dempsey has jumped into the half back line for the second week in a row, this time also adding a goal to her game.

Is there anything Orla O’Dwyer can’t do when she has ball in hand? In a game that was a scrappy and contested affair, she broke through the Geelong pressure to find 14 touches and a goal. Emily Bates has jumped into the team for the second week straight, also contributing a goal while collecting 24 disposals, seven clearances, six tackles and four marks. Jenna Bruton is such a significant part of a North Melbourne midfield that is absolutely humming, picking up 28 disposals in a career-high.

Celine Moody dethrones her sister this week for our ruck spot, beating both Erin McKinnon and Mim Strom around the ground with her damaging ball use by foot. Ali Drennan put in a career-best shift in the guts, with 27 disposals, nine clearances and five marks. Hayley Miller, our super captain, is now the only player to appear in the TOTW for every round so far, kicking two goals against Collingwood while racking up seven tackles against the Bulldogs.

Superstar veteran Erin Phillips takes to the field this week with a three goal effort to claim the all-time competition goalkicking lead over Darcy Vescio, keeping her Crows undefeated. Tara Bohanna didn’t miss a beat after a week off for the Suns, forming a dynamic forward partnership with Sarah Perkins. She kicked two goals, to go along with 16 disposals and eight marks. Chloe Scheer kicked three of Geelong’s four goals in a low-scoring, tense affair against Brisbane to nearly snatch victory.

Nicola Barr waited 34 games to kick her first goal, but as they say, when it rains it pours. She finished with an efficient three goals from three marks and 10 disposals to help lead the Giants to victory. Katie Brennan is the picture of consistency after four rounds, kicking another two goals.

Anne Hatchard‘s around the ground marking and hard-running is continuing to take her game to another level. Ash Riddell still leads the competition for disposals after another 30 disposal show, and is fifth overall for clearances. Lauren Butler worked hard in a rough day for the Collingwood backline, helping weather 41 Fremantle inside 50s while collecting 16 disposals. What’s left to say about Kiara Bowers? The reigning league best and fairest is well on track to win another one, helping keep her team undefeated and averaging 23 disposals, 10 tackles and 4.5 clearances across her two matches this round. Eleanor Brown deserves a shout for being the Dogs’ most consistent defender in two difficult losses, averaging 16.5 disposals and 3.5 marks across them.

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