After each AFL round comes to a close, Fiasco Sports AFL writer Matt Sampson will be bringing you the Team of the Week. Did your favourite player have a cracker of a game over the weekend? Will he make the cut and join the exclusive Rosewood Building Team of the Week? Check out this weeks best 22 below.
After the dominant showing from tall forwards in round five, round six proved to be a better week for key defenders.
Brisbane’s Joel Patfull (11 disposals, six marks, five tackles and six one-percenters) held Nick Riewoldt to 12 possessions and one goal, Carlton’s Michael Jamison (14 disposals [at 92.9% efficiency], four marks, six rebound 50s and eight one-percenters) held Josh Kennedy to nine touches and two goals, while Port Adelaide’s Alipate Carlisle (10 touches [at 80% efficiency] and a game-high seven one-percenters) held Tom Hawkins to just nine touches at 55.6% – Hawkins kicked three goals, but after kicking his first in the first quarter, he wouldn’t strike again until the lead was unassailable for Geelong in the fourth.
His Giants squad may have lost the battle of the expansion clubs, but Greater Western defender Heath Shaw did his best to repel every Gold Coast forward venture, racking up 27 possessions (at 88.9% efficiency) and 12 rebound 50s.
Luke Hodge did as he pleased against Richmond, roaming the ground for 30 possessions (12 contested), seven clearances, two goals and two goal assists.
Meanwhile, Sam Gibson (31 disposals, seven marks, five rebound 50s, five tackles and two goals) stepped up for North Melbourne in the absence of Scott Thompson as they upset Fremantle at Patersons Stadium.
Port Adelaide stamped their claim as a genuine contender for the flag as they dismantled Geelong at Adelaide Oval. Ruckman Matthew Lobbe (13 touches, 32 hit-outs, four clearances, four tackles and two goals) was instrumental in the Power dominating the stoppages against the Cats.
Travis Boak (32 possessions [16 contested, 81.2% efficiency and zero clangers], nine clearances, two goals and a goal assist) made the most of Lobbe’s ruck work and had his way through the middle of the ground, winning the Anzac Round Medal for his efforts.
The Anzac Day match between Collingwood and Essendon is one of the most anticipated clashes of the home and away season. This season’s encounter did not disappoint, with the sixth-largest regular season crowd (91,731) piling into the MCG.
Dane Swan was once again the standout of the historic clash, collecting his second Anzac Day Medal after delivering a 26-dipsosal (12 contested), five-tackle and four-goal master class against the Dons.
Gary Ablett made it six-for-six appearances in the Team of the Week after collecting 30 touches (21 contested), 12 clearances, 11 tackles, six inside 50s, two goals and a goal assist in a win over the Giants.
Entering the round, Brisbane versus St Kilda did not have the hype of it’s fellow Anzac Day clash, but the two teams provided their fan bases with an exciting affair.
Brisbane’s Jack Redden spurred his side to their first victory of the season, gathering 29 possessions (16 contested), 10 clearances, five tackles, seven inside 50s and two goals in the Lions three-point victory.
Meanwhile, Leigh Montagna was awarded the Anzac Day Medal for his gallant attempt to push the Saints over the line, collecting 37 disposals (14 contested), eight marks, eight clearances, six rebound 50s, six tackles, five inside 50s and two goals on the night.
It was a good weekend for footy if your name was Tom Lynch.
Gold Coast spearhead Lynch was in fine form against GWS, gathering 17 possessions (12 contested) and eight marks (five contested and five inside 50) while booting five goals in a 40-point win.
Meanwhile, his namesake for the Crows also played an influential role in a victory. The Adelaide-based Lynch finishing with 25 touches (13 contested), seven marks (four contested), two goals and two goal assists as the Crows beat the Western Bulldogs by nine points.
Hawthorn’s Cyril Rioli responded to those critical of his slow start to the year in emphatic fashion, decimating Richmond with 17 disposals (at 100% efficiency), six tackles, four goals and a goal assist on Sunday evening.
Round five was the week of the tall forward, but round six saw the small speedsters take the spotlight in front of goals.
Jeff Garlett (14 possessions, five tackles, three goals and two goal assists), Dayne Zorko (24 touches [11 contested], five clearances, 12 tackles, seven inside 50s, one goal and two goal assists) and Robbie Gray (20 touches, 10 marks, two goals and a goal assist) all sparked their sides to victory over the weekend.
Magpie midfielder Steele Sidebottom was second in voting for the Anzac Day Medal with 26 touches (10 contested), six tackles, three goals and a goal assist against Essendon.
Carlton captain Marc Murphy continued to rebound from a rough start to the season with 32 touches (14 contested), nine clearances, 11 tackles, five inside 50s and a goal in Carlton’s thrilling come-from-behind win over West Coast.
Brad Ebert (28 touches, seven clearances, seven rebound 50s, five tackles, five inside 50s and a goal assist) was at the top of his form as the Power took down the Cats.
Rounding out the interchange, Kangaroos’ veteran Brent Harvey (29 touches (10 contested), five tackles and five inside 50s) was best afield in North Melbourne’s upset away win over Fremantle.
Written by Matt Sampson – find him on Twitter @BallSoHardNBA