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AFL team of the week: Round 14

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Roar Guru
23rd June, 2019
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The final week of the bye rounds has concluded, now lets see who made the team of the week in Round 14.

Back pocket – Brad Sheppard (West Coast)
Sheppard was simply superb in his stopping job on dangerous Essendon forward Orazio Fantasia on Thursday night, gathering 19 disposals and using the ball at an elite 94 per cent efficiency, taking 11 marks. Fantasia had a dirty night, tallying just six touches and no scoreboard impact.

Full back – Tom Clurey (Port Adelaide)
Clurey continues to improve week after week, and Saturday night was perhaps the best performance of his career yet. He had the massive job on Tom Hawkins, who went into the match having kicked 20 goals from his previous five games. Not only did Clurey keep him scoreless, but Hawkins didn’t manage a mark for the very first time in his long career.

Back pocket – Darcy Gardiner (Brisbane)
He doesn’t get a lot of credit from outside the club, but Gardiner has developed into a very dependable defender as Harris Andrews’s right-hand man. Darcy spent a lot of Saturday’s game against St Kilda on the dangerous Tim Membrey, who was held to one goal, with Gardiner having 14 touches at 92 per cent efficiency and taking nine grabs.

Half back – Daniel Rich (Brisbane)
Rich had his career-best season continued on Saturday against St Kilda, racking up 24 possessions at 87 per cent efficiency, taking 11 marks and booting a trademark goal on the run.

Centre half back – Cale Hooker (Essendon)
Hooker stood tall under a huge amount of pressure on Thursday night, repelling countless forward thrusts from West Coast to finish with 28 disposals and 15 marks, just one short of his career high.

Cale Hooker

(Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Half back – Callum Mills (Sydney)
Mills has put together a good month of footy, with arguably his best performance of the year coming on Friday night against Hawthorn. He picked up 21 touches, using it at a very safe 95 per cent efficiency, and he hauled in 13 marks.

Wing – Dan Houston (Port Adelaide)
Houston was given the job of tagging Brownlow Medal favourite Tim Kelly and completely shut him out of the game. The Geelong star finished with just 17 touches whereas Houston excelled with 26 possessions, three marks and six tackles.

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Centre – Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
Dangerfield continued his charge for a second Brownlow Medal with a very good display, albeit in a losing side, on Saturday night against the Power. He ended the game with 27 disposals, 14 of them contested, plus eight clearances, six marks, four tackles, and a goal.

Wing – Jackson Macrae (Western Bulldogs)
The hard-running Bulldog was everywhere on Sunday afternoon at Marvel Stadium, racking up a monster 42 possessions against Collingwood, while he also took eight marks and laid a huge 13 tackles.

Half forward – Jay Lockhart (Melbourne)
The Tasmanian-born Lockhart continued his remarkable journey as an AFL player with the best performance of his young career on Saturday against Fremantle. He seemed to be everywhere, particularly early when the Demons struggled to stay with the Dockers. He finished with 21 touches, six grabs, 2.2 and plenty of metres gained.

Centre half forward – Tom McDonald (Melbourne)
McDonald started down back but it was up forward where he won the game for Melbourne on Saturday, kicking the final two goals of the match to help his side overcome an undermanned Fremantle outfit. He finished the game with 3.2 and a season-high 28 disposals.

Half forward – Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
It’s no coincidence a stirring Port Adelaide victory coincided with a stellar performance from four-time All Australian Gray, who collected 31 touches, won seven clearances, took five marks and booted two goals.

Robbie Gray Port Adelaide Power AFL 2015

(AAP Image/Ben Macmahon)

Forward pocket – Brandon Matera (Fremantle)
Matera is having his best year in the AFL and it continued on Saturday afternoon against Melbourne at the MCG. The former Sun collected 18 possessions, took four grabs, laid five tackles, kicked three goals and had a hand in some very impressive pieces of play from the Dockers.

Full forward – Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)
It was controversial selecting him at full forward, but it was just impossible to leave both Grundy and Scott Lycett out of the starting 18. The Collingwood ruckman was simply outstanding, racking up 25 touches, 12 of them contested, taking eight grabs, laying four tackles, winning a monster 50 hit-uts and getting forward to slot two goals. Another three votes in the bank.

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Forward pocket – Charlie Cameron (Brisbane)
The Lions livewire was everywhere early on Saturday against the Saints, kicking three first-quarter goals to give his side the best possible start. Then, when the foot needed to be put to the throat after half-time, Cameron was there to provide it, kicking two more majors. He finished with five goals, which is an equal career-high for him and his best ever total in Brisbane colours.

Ruckman – Scott Lycett (Port Adelaide)
Lycett was given a huge vote of confidence on Thursday night when it was announced Ken Hinkley was dropping All Australian ruckman Paddy Ryder from the best 22, leaving Lycett as the No. 1 man. He repaid the faith with a monster effort against Geelong and Rhys Stanley, racking up 24 touches, 18 of them contested, winning nine clearances, taking five marks, laying three tackles and getting 41 hit-outs.

Ruck-rover – Elliot Yeo (West Coast)
Back in the side having recovered from a calf strain, Yeo put in a monster effort against the Bombers on Thursday night. He amassed 25 possessions, 11 of them contested, won seven clearances, laid a huge 12 tackles and kicked a goal.

Elliot Yeo West Coast Eagles AFL 2017

(Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Rover – Luke Parker (Sydney)
His form over the past five or six weeks has been as good as anyone in the competition, and we saw how effective he can be on Friday night against the Hawks. He accumulated 31 disposals, 12 of them contested, won seven clearances, took seven grabs and laid 12 crunching tackles.

Interchange – Dom Sheed (West Coast)
The grand final hero was sublime against Essendon on Thursday night, winning 36 possessions, 14 of them contested, taking five marks and kicking two goals, including a sensational checkside from the boundary line.

Interchange – Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)
Another week, another stellar performance from the former Port Adelaide skipper. Boak led the charge as Port upset ladder leaders Geelong on Saturday night, collecting 30 touches, 17 of them contested, winning 11 clearances, taking five marks and laying eight tackles.

Interchange – Dayne Zorko (Brisbane)
The Lions captain was a class above against the struggling Saints on Saturday, racking up 28 disposals, taking six grabs, laying four tackles and kicking a goal.

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Interchange – Adam Treloar (Collingwood)
Treloar got plenty of the ball, as he always does, on Sunday afternoon against the Bulldogs, finishing with 36 possessions, 16 of them contested, 11 clearances, four marks and eight tackles.

Adam Treloar

(Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Emergency – Jamie Cripps (West Coast)
Cripps had a very good game on Thursday against the Bombers, collecting 19 touches, taking six marks and booting a couple of goals.

Emergency – Tim Smith (Melbourne)
He enjoyed the best game of a short career that has spluttered to a total of 11 matches over the best part of three years. The 28-year-old had a big impact in the forward line, kicking 3.3 from ten disposals and four marks. With some straighter kicking it could have been a real day out for the man they nickname ‘Bull’.

Emergency – Ricky Henderson (Hawthorn)
The guy that just keeps on keeping on. He was very good again on Friday against Sydney at the SCG, racking up 29 possessions, taking eight marks, laying three tackles and kicking a goal. He has to be an All Australian lock.

Emergency – Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs)
He provided plenty of run out of the back half for the Bulldogs, amassing 35 disposals, taking six grabs, laying four tackles and slotting a goal.

On paper

FB: Brad Sheppard (West Coast), Tom Clurey (Port Adelaide), Darcy Gardiner (Brisbane)
HB: Daniel Rich (Brisbane), Cale Hooker (Essendon), Callum Mills (Sydney)
C: Dan Houston (Port Adelaide), Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong), Jackson Macrae (Western Bulldogs)
HF: Jay Lockhart (Melbourne), Tom McDonald (Melbourne), Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
FF: Brandon Matera (Fremantle), Brodie Grundy (Collingwood), Charlie Cameron (Brisbane)
R: Scott Lycett (Port Adelaide), Elliot Yeo (West Coast), Luke Parker (Sydney)
IC: Dom Sheed (West Coast), Travis Boak (Port Adelaide), Dayne Zorko (Brisbane), Adam Treloar (Collingwood)
EMG: Jamie Cripps (West Coast), Tim Smith (Melbourne), Ricky Henderson (Hawthorn), Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs)

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By team

Brisbane: Gardiner, Rich, Cameron, Zorko (4)
Collingwood: Grundy, Treloar (2)
Essendon: Hooker (1)
Fremantle: Matera (1)
Geelong: Dangerfield (1)
Hawthorn: Nil (0)
Melbourne: Lockhart, T.McDonald (2)
Port Adelaide: Clurey, Houston, R.Gray, Lycett, Boak (5)
St Kilda: Nil (0)
Sydney: Mills, Parker (2)
West Coast: Sheppard, Yeo, Sheed (3)
Western Bulldogs: Macrae (1)

Adelaide, Carlton, Gold Coast, Greater Western Sydney, North Melbourne and Richmond had the bye.