15/04/2024

Marcus Bontempelli, Lance Franklin and Clayton Oliver starred in round 10.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 10 of the AFL season.

The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players in round 10 of the AFL season.

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.

You can read last week’s team here.

AFL Team of the Week: Defenders

Brandon Starcevich

Starcevich continues to take scalps in his breakout season, adding the great Dustin Martin to his list of medium and small forwards he has blanketed already in the first 10 weeks this season. Starcevich also collected 17 disposals (10 contested possessions) and 4 clearances in the Lions’ big win on Friday night.

Jordan Roughead

After missing last week, Roughead returned to the Collingwood team and was a real pillar in defence. The key defender hauled in 15 marks in his 50th game for the Magpies and the most part, in tandem with Darcy Moore, quelled the influence of the Port Adelaide talls.

Aliir Aliir

At the opposite end of the ground, Aliir Aliir was one of the key reasons Port Adelaide was able to stay in the contest in the first half on Sunday afternoon. His job on Jordan De Goey, who had no influence on the game, along with collecting 14 disposals and 7 intercepts himself, was another strong performance in a stellar season.

Darcy Moore

Working in tandem with Jordan Roughead who was influential himself, Moore also hauled in an impressive 15 marks and continues to prove to the Collingwood coaching staff that his positioning should not be shuffled around again.

Sam Taylor

The young Giant is becoming one of the most accomplished key defenders in the game with another tremendous performance on the weekend, working with Jack Buckley and restricting the Eagles spearheads Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy to only 1 goal each. Unfortunately for the Giants, they will be without the rising defender for a while as he suffered a syndesmosis injury.

Bailey Dale

In a team full of quality ball users, Bailey Dale has improved to become one of the best and one of the Bulldog’s key weapons off the half-back line this season. 34 disposals at 80 percent efficiency and 2 goals in the mauling of the Saints was another big performance in a big year so far for Dale and the Dogs.

AFL Team of the Week: Midfielders

Ben Keays

The Adelaide midfielder continues his second coming as an AFL player as the best performing Crow on the ground in the upset win against Melbourne. Keays collected 34 disposals, had 7 tackles, and kicked 2 crucial goals in what was the best game of his career.

Sam Walsh

It was another best-on-ground performance for the young Blue who did as he pleased during the first half on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. Walsh finished with another 30 disposal game (20 in the first half) leading his side to a much-needed victory against Hawthorn.

Jack Macrae

As night follows day, Jack Macrae continues to rack up possessions of the Sherrin in every game he plays. For the tenth straight week, Macare recorded more than 30 possessions, finishing with 41 possessions and 9 clearances in a dominant Bulldogs win.

Brodie Grundy

The Dual All-Australian ruckman was back to his best at the MCG on Sunday afternoon. Grundy ripped the contest open early and continued on his merry way all day against Peter Ladhams. He finished with 23 disposals, 2 goals, 5 tackles, and 33 hit-outs, doing everything he could to try to drag his team across the line.

Joel Selwood

With the absence of Patrick Dangerfield and Cameron Guthrie, Joel Selwood went back into the midfield and he wasted no time re-acquainting himself with the position, leading his side to what ended up being a comfortable win. Selwood collected 39 disposals and 10 clearances in what was a real captain’s performance down at the Cattery.

Clayton Oliver

Clayton Oliver keeps on enhancing his reputation as one of the top midfielders in the competition with one of the most complete second-half individual performances you will ever see. The young bull finished with 38 disposals, 27 contested possessions, 9 tackles, 13 clearances, 3 goals, and 600-plus metres gained.

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AFL Team of the Week: Forwards

Zac Bailey

Quickly becoming one of the most exciting players in the game, Bailey exploded to kick four goals straight on Friday night. He added 15 disposals at 80 percent efficiency as the Lions ran over the Tigers.

Aaron Naughton

Naughton put on a clinic in forward craft to bag five goals on a sensational night for the Dogs. He could have added another couple with four behinds as well but was still the best key forward on the ground with 15 touches and nine marks (three contested). 

Marcus Bontempelli

The Dogs have the luxury of playing the Bont forward for a large duration of games, and he delivered in their thrashing of the Saints. Bontempelli had 26 disposals and six tackles, and did the majority of his work in front of goal, finishing with 4.3 for the game in another best on ground performance.

Rory Lobb

Lobb has now put together some great form for the Dockers, and on the weekend played a vital role in getting his side across the line. He kicked four goals straight for the match, and also had 18 disposals (10 contested), nine marks (four contested), and went the entire match without a rest.

Lance Franklin

Buddy put on a show out in the West on his way to kicking six goals. A couple of vintage running goals from outside 50 dazzled the crowd as he reminded everyone that he is still the greatest showman in the AFL.

Robbie Gray

Still one of the classiest players going around, Gray delivered on the MCG for his side when they needed him most. He kicked three goals straight, including one in a frantic final term, and picked up 18 disposals at 82 percent efficiency for the match.

AFL Team of the Week: Bench and Sub

Hugh Greenwood

The Cats would have blown the Suns away if it weren’t for the contested work of Greenwood on Saturday. He had 18 touches (12 contested) and seven clearances for the game, but his defensive work was off the charts. Greenwood laid a staggering 16 tackles for the match and recorded 48 pressure acts to prevent the Suns from getting blown out.

Darcy Parish

He’s in the midst of the best form of his career, and Parish added to it on Sunday with another lazy 36 disposals, 11 clearance game. He went at 89 percent with the ball as the Essendon midfield (Zach Merrett 31 touches at 87 percent and Andy McGrath 31 touches at 100 percent) ran all over North. 

Nat Fyfe

When the game was on the line, captain fantastic stepped up for his side with seven disposals and an all-important goal in the final quarter. Fyfe finished the match with 27 disposals (19 contested) and 13 clearances to will his team to victory against an impressive Swans outfit.

Luke Breust

They didn’t quite walk away with the win, but Breust got the Hawks very close to a boilover at the MCG on Saturday. The crafty forward finished with three goals straight for the day; his determination and footy smarts saw him convert half-chances and create something out of nothing for a side that desperately needed it.

Zach Guthrie

With Mitch Duncan subbed out with a head knock, Zach Guthrie stepped up and had one of his best games in the hoops. In just 53 minutes on the ground, he had 12 disposals (six contested) and ran hard to attain the ball in the forward and defensive 50s from his role on the wing. 

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