Round eight of the AFL season was an exciting one, with some big wins and some thrilling contests. Here are the best 22 players from across the competition in Fiasco Sports team of the week.
Essendon’s defence continued their strong form on the weekend, with Cale Hooker and Michael Hibberd playing exceptionally well.
Both had five rebound 50’s, along with 24 and 26 disposals respectively, while Hooker also took numerous intercept marks, which contributed to the defence only conceding four scoring shots after half time.
Travis Varcoe played his best game for Collingwood since his trade from Geelong, finishing the game with 29 disposals and two goals, with his disposal efficiency being at 100%.
During Richmond’s win over Port Adelaide, Brett Deledio was best afield. He started the game on fire with 10 possessions, two clearances, two tackles and a goal in the first term, and finished with 28 touches, 15 of those being contested.
James Frawley was outstanding for the Hawks, keeping Lance Franklin scoreless for the first time since 2009 and also restricting him to just seven disposals.
Jarrad McVeigh snuck up forward for Sydney during the crucial last half of the final term against Hawthorn and changed the momentum of the game, kicking two goals and setting up the sealer.
Nathan Fyfe celebrated his 100th game in style, gathering a career-best 37 disposals and 11 clearances in Fremantle’s big win over North Melbourne.
In another milestone game, Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury put on a special performance for his 200th appearance, finishing with 35 possessions and three goals, after setting the tone early with 11 touches, two goals and five score involvements in the first quarter.
A 36 possession and 11 clearances game by Dan Hannebery was an important factor in Sydney clinching a tight win over Hawthorn.
Shane Mumford was great for GWS, not only in the air with 47 hit-outs, but also at ground level, as he laid nine tackles and got four clearances.
Dylan Shiel benefitted from Mumford’s strong ruckwork, having 34 touches, four clearances, five inside-50’s and a goal in their win over Adelaide.
West Coast’s Luke Shuey was superb in their win over St Kilda, gaining 29 possessions, nine clearances and a goal.
While Fremantle’s Michael Walters kicked four goals in their demolition of North Melbourne, his defensive pressure that forced turnovers was just as impressive as his goal kicking.
Joe Daniher had a breakthrough game in Essendon’s win over Brisbane, kicking a career-best six goals and also taking eight marks, five of those contested.
Another career-high haul was kicked by Cat Jordan Murdoch with four goals, along with 26 possessions and eight marks.
Young Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan continued his rapid development against the Bulldogs, kicking three goals, taking nine marks and having 21 disposals.
Jack Riewoldt and Cam McCarthy both kicked four goals in strong performances for Richmond and GWS respectively, with McCarthy’s big weekend rounded off with a NAB Rising Star nomination.
Michael Barlow contributed to Fremantle’s win with 30 disposals and two goals, while Mark Blicavs continued his strong form for Geelong, having 15 hit-outs and 27 touches.
Bernie Vince played a quality game against the Bulldogs, restricting young gun Marcus Bontempelli to just 12 disposals while racking up 26 of his own, while also kicking two goals, including the sealer.
Jack Steven was a standout in St Kilda’s losing side, with 36 possessions, 12 tackles and 10 clearances.
Written by Kirralee Thomas @kirralee_thomas