Champion midfielder Luke Shuey will lead West Coast’s AFL premiership assault next season after being appointed Shannon Hurn’s successor as captain.
Round 6 in the AFL has come and gone, and here are the top three players from each side last weekend.
Nick Vlastuin was in a class of his own against the Demons, taking many intercept marks. Kane Lambert took his game to the next level with an outstanding display.
Sydney Stack may not have had the greatest game from a statistical perspective, but his attack on the footy was ferocious and his bump on Jack Viney was the catalyst for the Tigers running away with the game.
Angus Brayshaw was prolific for the Demons, making a difference every time he touched the footy. Michael Hibberd restricted the influence of Dustin Martin on the contest.
Max Gawn dominated the game from a hit outs perspective and worked hard around the ground.
Zach Merrett played an outstanding game for the Bombers, making an impact on the contest every time he was near the footy.
Adam Saad provided plenty of run off the half back flank, while Joe Daniher was a great asset to the Bombers showing signs of importance to the team, even though they fell short.
Scott Pendlebury’s importance to the team was obvious to anyone who watched the game, with the Magpies captain not only winning plenty of the ball, but using it well.
Brodie Grundy showed how mobile he is with a quality display, not only in the ruck, but around the ground too. Jeremy Howe formed an important part of the Magpies defence, finishing with an impressive 10 marks.
Port Adelaide Power
Travis Boak did what he has been doing all year, which is to lead from the front. Sam Gray was an important cog for the Power kicking four goals at important times in the match. Connor Rozee youthful exuberance was infectious, the youngster was a key part of the Power prevailing.
North Melbourne Kangaroos
Ben Cunnington played a pivotal role for the Kangaroos in the absence of Shaun Higgins, while Todd Goldstein’s work around the ground was particularly impressive. Nick Larkey was impressive kicking 3 pivotal goals for the Kangaroos, which almost helped them ascertain an unlikely victory.
Gold Coast Suns
Ben Ainsworth and Brayden Fiorini were stand outs for the Suns, while David Swallow proved exactly why he is the skipper, showing great endeavour.
Lachie Neale was the best player on the field. Meanwhile, Mitch Robinson kicked 3 important goals and Hugh McCluggage showed why he is one of the most underrated players in the competition.
St Kilda Saints
Shane Savage provided plenty of run off half back for the Saints. Sebastian Ross showed why he is so important with 8 tackles, while Jack Steven displayed why he has won the best and fairest for the Saints on several occasions.
Alex Keath was possibly the most influential player on the field, while Taylor Walker led from the front with 4 goals. When Brodie Smith accumulates 30 disposals there is a fair chance you win the game and that was the case for the Crows.
Luke Parker tried to get the Swans back into the game with 2 goals. Jordan Dawson showed that he should be a permanent fixture in the Swans best 22 and Zak Jones showed his value with seven tackles.
Tim Taranto displayed why he should be considered as an elite player of the competition with ten tackles, while Stephen Coniglio kicked four goals and Shane Mumford controlled the ruck battle.
Brandon Matera and Nat Fyfe led the way for the Dockers, while David Mundy played exactly like you’d expect him to in a milestone encounter.
When Caleb Daniel gets 30 possessions, you know you are going to be competitive as he has an impact on the game every time he touches the ball. Supported well by Lachie Hunter and Hayden Crozier.
Liam Shiels was outstanding with three goals, often keeping the Hawks in the game. James Sicily provided plenty of run off the half back line and Jaeger O’Meara almost single handily kept the Hawks in the contest with 42 disposals.
Sam Walsh was important for the Blues with 27 possessions. Harry Mckay provided a tall target for players up the field and Matthew Kreuzer was a key player for the Blues and one of the reasons they nearly won the game.
Gary Rohan showed his importance to the Cats with three first-quarter goals, Patrick Dangerfield had seven tackles and 30 crucial touches in a quality display, and Gary Ablett continued to impress with three goals.
West Coast Eagles
Andrew Gaff had 29 possessions and was a shining light for the Eagles. Jeremy Mcgovern is a pillar for the club and he showed why; the Eagles would have lost by more without him.
Tom Hickey looked to grab the number one ruck role with both hands, grabbing 25 possessions and making five tackles.