This team consists of players that performed well enough to make my AFL Round 17 team of the week in 2018.
B: Dan Houston (Power), Joel Hamling (Dockers), Nathan Wilson (Dockers)
HB: Rory Laird (Crows), Jeremy Mcgovern (Eagles), Alex Witherden (Lions)
C: Dyson Heppell (Bomber), Zach Merrett (Bombers), Dion Prestia (Tigers)
HF: Hugh Mccluggage (Lions), Patrick Dangerfield (Cats), Angus Brayshaw (Demons)
FF: Mitch Wallis (Bulldogs), Jesse Hogan (Demons), Jaeger O’Meara (Hawks)
Foll: Max Gawn (Demons), Tom Mitchell (Hawks), Jack Steven (Saints)
Int: Rory Sloane (Crows), Dayne Beams (Lions), Clayton Oliver (Demons), Lachie Whitfield (Giants)
Backs: Dan Houston was a shinning light for the Power in defense. Joel Hamling was just about the Dockers best player, helping to keep the Power to just seven goals. Nathan Wilson put in an outstanding performance as he provided a lot of run out of defense for the Dockers. Rory Laird did what Rory Laird does week in week out for the Crows as he amassed plenty of the ball. Jeremy Mcgovern was just about the Eagles most effectual player against the Magpies. Alex Witherden played his role well for the Lions, he was especially prolific in the last quarter.
Midfielders: Dyson Heppell and Zach Merrett were both good for the Bombers as they collected over thirty possessions respectively. Dion Prestia was influential once again as he was in round 16.
Forwards: Hugh Mccluggage thoroughly deserved his spot in the team of the week. Patrick Dangerfield had a typical Patrick Dangerfield game with plenty of the ball and hitting the scoreboard. Angus Brayshaw has been a revelation since fighting his way into the Demons team. Mitch Wallis deserves a new contract as his form as been superb since coming back into the Bulldogs team. Jesse Hogan managed to kick an impressive four goals as did Jaeger O’Meara.
Followers: Max Gawn dominated in his dual with Jarryd Roughead. Tom Mitchell was prolific, particularly early on, while Jack Steven proved that he may well be regarded as one of the stars of the competition.
Interchange: Rory Sloane played the way I thought he would following the announcement that he had resigned with the Crows. Dayne Beams has been very influential of late since renouncing the captaincy; he clearly made the right decision to step down from the captaincy role. The way Clayton Oliver performed on the weekend proved that he is one of the Demons most important players. Lachie Whitfield accumulated an impressive thirty-five possessions.
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