My Team of the Week in the AFL Round 19
This team consists of players that performed well enough to make my team of the week in the round 19 of the AFL:
B: Jarryn Geary (Saints), David Astbury (Tigers), Heath Shaw (Giants)
HB: Rory Laird (Crows), Michael Hurley (Bombers), Jayden Short (Tigers)
C: Lachie Whitfield (Giants), Patrick Cripps (Blues), Marc Murphy (Blues)
HF: Sam Menegola (Cats), Harry Himmelberg (Giants), Jaeger O’Meara (Hawks)
FF: Luke Breust (Hawks), Tom Hawkins (Cats), Josh Thomas (Magpies)
Foll: Todd Goldstein (Kangaroos), Ben Cunnington (Kagaroos), James Harmes (Demons)
Int: Jackson Trengove (Bulldogs), Scott Pendlebury (Magpies), Tom Mitchell (Hawks), Paul Ahern (Kangaroos)
One of the most underrated leaders in the competition has to be Jarryn Geary, he led from the front managing to gather thirty possessions. As I expected David Astbury had a solid game, he collected twenty-one disposals, the most he has had for the season. Heath Shaw was one of the Giants best players providing a lot of run out of defence. Rory Laird continued his stellar season with a quality performance. Lance Franklin may have kicked two goals, but Michael Hurley kept him to just seven disposals. One of the most improved players in the competition has to be Jayden Short, who played a descent game for the Tigers, even managing to drift forward and kick two long goals!
Someone who has to be in All Australian contention for this season is Lachie Whitfield, who continued his good form last weekend. It will be interesting to see who gets the three Brownlow votes for the game between the Suns and the Blues; it will be tough to choose between Patrick Cripps and Marc Murphy.
Sam Menegola played yet another good game; he is definitely one of the unsung heroes at the Cats. Harry Himmelberg put in a fantastic performance kicking four goals. Jaeger O’Meara had a classy game, he kicked a goal and accumulated the most disposals that he has had in a game this season, with thirty-three possessions. Luke Breust kicked four goals to make a late charge for the Coleman medal! Tom Hawkins managed to kick seven goals for the second week in a row. Josh Thomas put in a quality display with four goals.
Todd Goldstein managed to play a tremendous game against the Eagles ruck duo of Scott Lycett and Nathan Vardy. One of the reasons why the Kangaroos upset the Eagles was the way in which Ben Cunnington performed. James Harmes not only tagged Rory Sloane out of the game, but got a fair bit of the ball himself.
Jackson Trengove was forced to play as a ruckman, due to an injury to Jordan Roughead. Trengove was possibly the Bulldog’s best player. Scott Pendlebury showed great leadership for the Magpies with a quality display against the best team in the competition. Tom Mitchell showed why he is the Brownlow favourite with a dominant performance. One of the Kangaroos best players on the weekend was Paul Ahern.
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