Club MVP: Round Seven

Jeremy Cameron (pictured against Gold Coast) was just one of the players who was best on ground in Round Seven. Photo Credit: Daniel Cohen/The Inner Sanctum

The Geelong utility is in rare form, going where he likes on the ground, collecting possession and marks at will and hustling forward to be a prime target, with nine marks and five goals in a best on ground performance.

Round Seven provided plenty of highlights as clear top seeds emerged, while the rest of the contenders are anyone’s guess.

The Inner Sanctum makes their picks for the Best On Ground in Club MVP each week, to highlight the best-performing players each round of the 2024 AFL Season.

Richmond Vs Melbourne


3. Toby Nankervis: Two ruckmen, Two skips. Nank continues to lead by example every week, and in an error-riddled match, his 94% disposal efficiency deserves special attention, as does his 11 contested possessions. 

2. Thomson Dow: Dow has grown steadily to start 2024, and with the Richmond midfield down a few members, including Jacob Hopper getting subbed out, his game-high eight tackles were important to the Tigers. 

1. Maurice Rioli Jr: Another fast-rising Tiger, only Rioli Jr’s finishing held him back, with 2.2 from seven marks up forward. 


3. Steven May: The rock of the Melbourne defence was working hard from the moment the ball was bounced, with five marks in the first quarter alone, eventually finishing with an equal game-high 12 to go with 23 disposals. 

2. Max Gawn: While slightly less efficient than Nankervis, Gawn more than made up for it by beating the Tigers ruckman in hitouts, and clunking 10 marks as well. 

1. Daniel Turner: ‘Disco’ got the party started in the third quarter, with two goals to break the game open for the Dees, seemingly confirming a permanent move forward. 

Collingwood Vs Essendon


3. Nick Daicos: Daicos was strong for Collingwood in the draw on Thursday and while he didn’t rack up the high amount of disposals fans are used to, he was still a key contributor for the Collingwood lineup, finishing the game with 27 touches, four tackles and a goal. 

2. Brody Mihocek: Besides a shaky fourth quarter, Mihocek was solid for Collingwood in the forward fifty, and was especially important in the second quarter when the Magpies were able to get themselves back into the game after an Essendon flurry of goals to start.

1. Darcy Moore: Skipper Moore was solid in the backline for the Magpies, and was able to hold down the fort when Essendon were pressing in the fourth quarter, overall finishing with 23 disposals and eight marks. 


3. Zach Merrett: Merrett was given the honour of the ANZAC Day Medal after being the best on ground on Thursday, with the captain standing up when his side needed him and finishing with 30 disposals and eight tackles.

2. Kyle Langford: A force-up forward for the Bombers on ANZAC Day, Langford was right there in contention for the ANZAC Day Medal with yet another strong performance on the special day, finishing the match with four goals and seven marks. 

1. Andrew McGrath: McGrath was another Bomber who was in contention to take out the ANZAC Day medal as he would also step up when the Bombers needed it, finishing with 31 disposals.

GWS Vs Brisbane


3. Finn Callaghan: Callaghan put in a strong effort all night, running up and down Manuka Oval with good pace and speed, helping the Giants with their impressive and efficient counterattack on the Lions, finishing the night with 32 disposals.

2. Darcy Jones: Jones had a good start to his AFL career at Manuka Oval, where the young midfielder showed his talent and good decision-making skills with 15 disposals and two goals.

1. Tom Green: Green had a good performance at Manuka Oval on ANZAC Day in front of his fan club with the key midfielder helping move the footy across the field with pace, finishing the game with an impressive 37 disposals, five tackles and a goal.


3. Charlie Cameron: Cameron pulled off a great performance against the Giants, constantly going towards the ball and using his speed and great athleticism, finishing a disappointing night for the team with 13 disposals and five marks. 

2. Hugh McCluggage: McCluggage put on a great performance in the nation’s capital where he contributed significantly to the Lions midfield helping the team move forward, and finished the night with 26 disposals.

1. Josh Dunkley: Dunkley was impressive for the Lions, creating opportunities for fellow midfielders to help move the ball forward with ease while also working hard for the team under immense pressure, wrapping up a disappointing night in Canberra with 20 disposals and nine tackles.

Port Adelaide Vs St Kilda

Port Adelaide

3. Jase Burgoyne: Burgoyne’s growth reached new heights in the narrow win over the Saints, with a personal best and equal team-high 27 disposals, 11 of which were contested. 

2. Charlie Dixon: In a game where Port’s forwards were heavily wayward, Dixon was gun-barrel straight from start to finish, with his four goals straight crucial in a narrow win. 

1. Jordon Sweet: From Soldo to Sweet, Port’s second ruck recruit looks set to more than rise to the occasion for his team, taking full advantage of a proppy Marshall to win the ruck battle, helping the Power secure victory. 

St Kilda 

3. Jack Sinclair: Sinclair has been slow to get going in 2024, but he showed just what he can do off half-back, with a game-high 28 disposals, even sneaking forward to kick a goal to keep the Saints alive. 

2. Darcy Wilson: The Rising Star raised the bar once again this week, with 538 metres gained from his 21 touches, showing his ability to earn the footy around the ground. 

1. Jack Steele: Subdued slightly with a knee issue, Steele had to make his impact another way, and he did so by laying a team-high eight tackles, providing plenty of pressure for the Saints all game. 

North Melbourne Vs Adelaide

North Melbourne 

3. Colby McKercher: The Tasmanian youngster showed ability beyond his years to push through a large workload on a challenging day in his home state with 32 disposals, and was a constant presence for the Kangaroos all match.

2. Cameron Zurhaar: The epitome of experience and composure, Zurhaar fought a losing hand despite kicking three goals. Nevertheless, Zurhaar was solid in a game where North Melbourne lacked leadership and shining lights.

1. George Wardlaw: The Round Two Rising Star nominee was solid across the board again for the Kangaroos. The on-baller was involved in pieces of everything for the home team in Hobart, leading his side in both tackles and clearances with six and eight respectively as well as notching a goal.


3. Rory Laird: Laird was instrumental in everything the Crows executed as they found their way back to the winner’s circle. A game-high 34 disposals and 13 clearances underlined a typically strong showing from Adelaide’s premier midfielder.

2. Izak Rankine: The 2018 number three draft pick was a key cog in the forward line, making the Kangaroos pay with the Crows first two goals as he constantly found space inside 50, and finished the match with four goals, including two from tight angles in the third quarter, to lead all comers.

1. Taylor Walker: A textbook Walker performance, key involvements and smart touches, played a hand in several key passages for the Crows. Walker selflessly looked to provide assists to teammates in better positions multiple times throughout the match to finish with three goal assists and two goals of his own.

Geelong Vs Carlton 


3. Jeremy Cameron: The Geelong utility is in rare form, going where he likes on the ground, collecting possession and marks at will and hustling forward to be a prime target, with nine marks and five goals in a best on ground performance.

2. Max Holmes: Newly signed to a four-year contract extension, Holmes’s pace off halfback often set up slingshot attacks and enabled his forwards to work back towards goal in open space with 26 disposals and a vital goal in an impressive display.  

1. Gryan Miers: His precision by foot was on display against the Blues, going at 81% disposal efficiency for his 22 touches, being involved in 10 score involvements and kicking two goals. 


3. Sam Walsh: Although at times his disposal efficiency lets him down, his breakaway from stoppages and gut running is second to none and while Walsh had 31 disposals and seven score involvements, it was his centre-square work that was most impressive as even when not the direct clearance winner, he was laying shepherds or tackles or part of the clearance chain.

2. Patrick Cripps: Cripps was important early in Carlton’s clearance domination, amassing eight of his own to go with 29 disposals and two goals. His contribution dropped a little in the second half, but he is still in great form and leading the Blues magnificently.

1. Harry McKay: A whopping 10 marks, three of which were contested, to go with two goals and 19 touches was a fine performance from the Carlton forward.  His ability to be the outlet kick from defence and then turn and provide his forwards first use was most impressive. 

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Fremantle Vs Western Bulldogs


3. Nat Fyfe: Winding back the clock was the theme of the evening for Fyfe, who led the Fremantle midfield to victory like he has done so many times before, with an equal game-high 37 disposals. (18 contested) 

2. James Aish: Aish played an eye-catching game in defence for Fremantle, with not only 28 disposals at 86% but a game-high 12 marks. 

1. Caleb Serong: From old to new in the Freo midfield, Serong matched Fyfe with 37 disposals but also had a huge 17 clearances, nearly double the next-best on the field. 

Western Bulldogs

3. Tim English: It was an interesting ruck duel between English and Sean Darcy, and while Darcy had the edge in the ruck, it was English getting the points via his work around the ground, including a goal up forward and 23 disposals.

2. Bailey Dale: It turns out a stint as sub is the spark Dale needed, as his run from half-back was key once again, with him also bobbing up to kick two goals. 

1. Liam Jones: Seven marks, nine intercept possessions and 100% efficiency made Jones the Dogs best defender on a disappointing night. 

Gold Coast Vs West Coast

Gold Coast

3. Matt Rowell: Gold Coast’s solid citizen in the middle of the park once more revelled in the grunt work that goes so far towards establishing a winning base. 18 of his 22 possessions were contested, and this allied to 10 clearances and a game-high 13 tackles.

2. Noah Anderson: Anderson took his side inside the attacking 50-metre area 11 times and gained 508 metres for the Suns, both more than any other Gold Coast player, as he created space and opportunities all game.

1. Jarrod Witts: Witts was instrumental in leading his team into the game after the Eagles had kicked the first three goals, and one of the Suns’ prime movers as they took control in the third term and had 47 hitouts in a dominant display.

West Coast

3. Jake Waterman: Waterman continued his recent excellent form with four goals. While by no means big for a key forward, it is his agility that allows him to find the space he needs to provide a dangerous target.

2. Jack Petruccelle: It wasn’t a massive day in terms of statistics, but Petruccelle did a lot to keep the Eagles in the game, gaining 465 metres for the Eagles from his 13 kicks, and nine tackles made him his team’s leading defensive midfielder.

1. Elliot Yeo: Yeo is playing his best football in years after having been blighted by injury, and is relishing his role as his side’s leading clearance weapon.  Another performance that relied upon quality ahead of quantity, much of what was good about West Coast’s game included Yeo’s involvement.

Sydney Vs Hawthorn


3. Nick Blakey: Electric from the opening bounce, Blakey has rarely put a foot wrong for Sydney this season, and once again dominated in defence with 30 disposals and an equal game-high 12 marks.

2. Isaac Heeney: You just can’t keep him down. Heeney was given some attention for the first time by Finn Maginness and responded in style by going forward and kicking an equal game-high three goals. 

1. Jake Lloyd: The veteran has had an indifferent start to 2024, but was able to get back to something resembling his best against the Hawks, with an equal game-high 12 marks, suggesting his days aren’t as numbered as first thought. 


3. Lloyd Meek: Meek was one of few winners on a difficult day at the G, having the edge slightly on Brodie Grundy for most of the match, and drifting forward to kick one of Hawthorn’s few goals. 

2. Dylan Moore: Moore was once again one of Hawthorn’s best, providing plenty up forward and around the ground, with a team-high 25 disposals. 

1. Jack Scrimshaw: If not for Scrimshaw, the ugly result would likely have been worse for Hawthorn. Scrimshaw pulled in a team-high eight marks, four of which came in the last quarter to prevent a blowout getting even worse.

Leaderboard after Round Seven:

1st: Isaac Heeney (Syd) 15 votes

Eq. 2nd: Zach Merrett (Ess) Matt Rowell (GCS) 14 votes

Eq: 4th: Shai Bolton (Rich) Harry Sheezel (NM) 13 votes

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