AFL Staff of the Week: Spherical 1

The primary spherical of season 2019 is within the books – right here’s my choose of the most effective 22 from Spherical 1, plus emergencies. Again Pocket – James Sicily (Hawthorn) Continued on from the place he left off final yr with an excellent outing in defence towards the Crows. Picked off loads of opposition assaults as he amassed 26 disposals and took ten marks. Full Again – Harris Andrews (Brisbane) Andrews dominated the Brisbane backline with an iron fist, and that fist was used to nice impact, getting his knuckles on the ball time after time as West Coast struggled for scoring alternatives. Ended up with 20 possessions and 6 marks. Now we have a mouthwatering contest between Andrews and Ben Brown to sit up for subsequent Sunday. Again Pocket – Jake Lloyd (Sydney) The Swans had been outplayed for majority of the night time, however gun defender Lloyd can maintain his head excessive. Offered loads of run with 35 touches at 85 per cent effectivity, whereas he hauled in ten grabs. Half Again – Christian Salem (Melbourne) Was Melbourne’s greatest participant on a bleak day for the pink and blue. Had 32 touches, with 30 of them coming by foot. Used it nicely too, working at 84 per cent effectivity. Centre Half Again – Sam Taylor (Higher Western Sydney) The inheritor obvious to Phil Davis had a sensational begin to the season, blanketing harmful Essendon ahead Jake Stringer. Was a giant motive why the Bombers had been held to only 5 objectives for the afternoon. Half Again – Bachar Houli (Richmond) One in all Richmond’s greatest performers again on Thursday night time towards Carlton. Was his normal damaging self with ball in hand, going at 91 per cent effectivity from 24 possessions and 7 marks. Wing – Travis Boak (Port Adelaide) Had an excellent JLT Collection and it continued into Spherical 1, the previous skipper relishing his new function as extra of an outdoor participant within the midfield. Helped himself to 34 possessions, took 9 marks, laid eight tackles and obtained ahead to place stress on the scoreboard, nonetheless he was wasteful with 1.2. Centre – Nat Fyfe (Fremantle) The captain set the tone for the Dockers, destroying the North Melbourne midfield with a hard-nosed efficiency. Racked up 32 disposals, a whopping 22 of them contested, whereas he gained ten clearances and kicked a aim. The Roos merely had no reply for him. (Picture by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Pictures) Wing – Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane) The graceful-moving Lion was vital to his aspect notching its first win over West Coast in practically seven years on Saturday night time. 20 touches, 4 marks, 5 tackles and a aim at 85 per cent effectivity. With competitors from Tom Stewart, McCluggage is arguably changing into the most effective participant from the 2016 draft. Half Ahead – Tim Taranto (Higher Western Sydney) One other participant from the 2016 crop of draftees who's growing at a charge of knots, Taranto was chic towards the Bombers. Was a menace within the center with 30 possessions, 13 of them contested, eight clearances and ten tackles, however he was additionally terrific up ahead, supplying two objectives. Might have used the ball a bit higher. Centre Half Ahead – Cam McCarthy (Fremantle) The place did that come from? Ushered into the aspect given the latest developments down at Fremantle, McCarthy took his probability with each fingers. Not solely did he boot an equal career-high 5 majors, he constantly offered a presence in assault, amassing 20 touches from 5 marks. Hastily, Fremantle only a obtained a complete lot extra fascinating with an in-form McCarthy inside 50. Half Ahead – Stephen Coniglio (Higher Western Sydney) Lacking stars Callan Ward and Josh Kelly, the Giants wanted a carry from their remaining midfielders and Coniglio offered it in spades. His 31 disposals, seven clearances, 9 marks, seven tackles and three objectives make him the most effective participant from the weekend for mine. Ahead Pocket – Lincoln McCarthy (Brisbane) Has all the time been a chic expertise, however might by no means present that on a constant foundation as a consequence of an unreliable physique. The transfer to the Lions may very well be the recent change McCarthy wanted to kickstart his AFL profession, highlighted by his 4 objectives on Saturday night time towards West Coast. Full Ahead – Aaron Naughton (Western Bulldogs) Many eyebrows had been raised when Luke Beveridge revealed that second-year defender Aaron Naughton can be used primarily as a ahead possibility in 2019, however any doubts or worries had been eased after Saturday night time’s efficiency. Naughton was arguably probably the most harmful participant on the bottom within the first half, booting three objectives. Because the Swans fought again after half time, went again and helped regular the ship. Ahead Pocket – Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide) Like a effective wine, Westhoff retains getting higher with age. The 32-year-old sparked the Energy in direction of an upset victory over Melbourne together with his 18 touches, 9 marks and 5 objectives. Main the Coleman after Spherical 1. Ruck – Toby Nankervis (Richmond) The Tigers’ greatest participant on Thursday night time towards the Blues, racking up 17 disposals across the floor, profitable 34 hitouts and, critically, had an impression going ahead with three objectives. Ruck Rover – Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) Was completely pivotal to the Bulldogs offering one of many greatest upsets of the spherical, given their poor JLT Collection type. Bontempelli helped himself to 29 touches, took 5 marks, laid seven tackles and his match-sealing aim was similar to the one he kicked within the 2016 preliminary ultimate towards the GWS Giants that put the Bulldogs in entrance late within the recreation. Rover – James Worpel (Hawthorn) The largest query mark surrounding Hawthorn going into the 2019 season was how Alastair Clarkson was going to plug the sizeable gap left by Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell and his unlucky leg harm. We obtained a giant have a look at that on Saturday because the Hawks upset the Crows on enemy turf. Second-year midfielder James Worpel was very good within the center, amassing 27 possessions, 12 of them contested, profitable six clearances, taking 4 marks and booting two objectives. (Picture by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Pictures) Interchange – Rory Sloane (Adelaide) The newly-minted co-captain of the Crows was a shining gentle in a bleak efficiency from the membership, profitable 36 touches, 22 of them contested, 11 clearances, laying 9 tackles and booting a aim. Interchange – Tim Kelly (Geelong) One in all Geelong’s greatest gamers in an excellent workforce efficiency towards Collingwood on Friday night time. Kelly gained loads of the ball, gathering 31 touches, profitable 9 clearances and laying 4 tackles. Interchange – Tom Rockliff (Port Adelaide) Much like his teammate Boak, Rockliff was chic within the pre-season after a so-so first yr on the Energy, and that type continued on Saturday on the MCG. Had probably the most disposals of any participant throughout the competitors with 44, whereas he took ten grabs and laid eight tackles. Interchange – Ben McEvoy (Hawthorn) Unfortunate to not be given the nod as the primary ruck. Offered a terrific presence across the floor, gathering 18 disposals, taking eight marks, profitable 23 hitouts and slotting two objectives. Emergency – Darcy Tucker (Fremantle) Appears to be like set for a breakout yr judging by his efficiency towards the Roos on Sunday. Had 24 possessions at 79 per cent effectivity, laid seven tackles and booted two majors. Emergency – Rhys Stanley (Geelong) An awesome begin to the yr from Stanley, and he wanted it given Geelong’s incapability to choose a primary ruck. Going up towards arguably the most effective ruck within the recreation in Brodie Grundy, Stanley gained 23 hitouts and 6 clearances from 18 touches and 4 marks. Emergency – Patrick Cripps (Carlton) No surprises who Carlton’s greatest participant on Thursday night time was, with captain Cripps profitable 32 touches, 21 contested, seven clearances and laying six tackles. Emergency – Tom Stewart (Geelong) Was a part of a really stable Cats backline on Friday towards the Magpies. The All-Australian gathered 26 possessions, hauled in seven grabs and helped take Mihocek out of the sport. On paper FB: James Sicily (Hawthorn), Harris Andrews (Brisbane), Jake Lloyd (Sydney) HB: Christian Salem (Melbourne), Sam Taylor (Higher Western Sydney), Bachar Houli (Richmond) C: Travis Boak (Port Adelaide), Nat Fyfe (Fremantle), Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane) HF: Tim Taranto (Higher Western Sydney), Cam McCarthy (Fremantle), Stephen Coniglio (Higher Western Sydney) FF: Lincoln McCarthy (Brisbane), Aaron Naughton (Western Bulldogs), Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide) R: Toby Nankervis (Richmond), Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs), James Worpel (Hawthorn) I/C: Rory Sloane (Adelaide), Tim Kelly (Geelong), Tom Rockliff (Port Adelaide), Ben McEvoy (Hawthorn) EMG: Darcy Tucker (Fremantle), Rhys Stanley (Geelong), Patrick Cripps (Carlton), Tom Stewart (Geelong)