AFL Workforce of the Week: Spherical 1

The primary spherical of season 2019 is within the books – right here’s my decide 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 in opposition to 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. We now have a mouthwatering contest between Andrews and Ben Brown to stay up for subsequent Sunday. Again Pocket – Jake Lloyd (Sydney) The Swans have been outplayed for majority of the evening, 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 purple and blue. Had 32 touches, with 30 of them coming by foot. Used it effectively too, working at 84 per cent effectivity. Centre Half Again – Sam Taylor (Larger Western Sydney) The inheritor obvious to Phil Davis had a sensational begin to the season, blanketing harmful Essendon ahead Jake Stringer. Was a giant purpose why the Bombers have been held to only 5 objectives for the afternoon. Half Again – Bachar Houli (Richmond) Certainly one of Richmond’s greatest performers again on Thursday evening in opposition to Carlton. Was his traditional 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 amazing JLT Collection and it continued into Spherical 1, the previous skipper relishing his new position as extra of an out of doors participant within the midfield. Helped himself to 34 possessions, took 9 marks, laid eight tackles and received 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 received ten clearances and kicked a objective. The Roos merely had no reply for him. (Photograph by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Pictures) Wing – Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane) The sleek-moving Lion was important to his facet notching its first win over West Coast in almost seven years on Saturday evening. 20 touches, 4 marks, 5 tackles and a objective at 85 per cent effectivity. With competitors from Tom Stewart, McCluggage is arguably turning into the most effective participant from the 2016 draft. Half Ahead – Tim Taranto (Larger Western Sydney) One other participant from the 2016 crop of draftees who's creating at a fee of knots, Taranto was chic in opposition to 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 facet given the current developments down at Fremantle, McCarthy took his probability with each palms. Not solely did he boot an equal career-high 5 majors, he repeatedly supplied a presence in assault, amassing 20 touches from 5 marks. Hastily, Fremantle only a received a complete lot extra fascinating with an in-form McCarthy inside 50. Half Ahead – Stephen Coniglio (Larger Western Sydney) Lacking stars Callan Ward and Josh Kelly, the Giants wanted a elevate from their remaining midfielders and Coniglio supplied 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 at all times been a chic expertise, however may by no means present that on a constant foundation resulting from an unreliable physique. The transfer to the Lions could possibly be the contemporary change McCarthy wanted to kickstart his AFL profession, highlighted by his 4 objectives on Saturday evening in opposition to West Coast. Full Ahead – Aaron Naughton (Western Bulldogs) Many eyebrows have been raised when Luke Beveridge revealed that second-year defender Aaron Naughton could be used primarily as a ahead choice in 2019, however any doubts or worries have been eased after Saturday evening’s efficiency. Naughton was arguably essentially 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 positive wine, Westhoff retains getting higher with age. The 32-year-old sparked the Energy in the direction of an upset victory over Melbourne along 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 evening in opposition to 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 objective was similar to the one he kicked within the 2016 preliminary closing in opposition to 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 damage. We received 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. (Photograph by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Pictures) Interchange – Rory Sloane (Adelaide) The newly-minted co-captain of the Crows was a shining mild in a bleak efficiency from the membership, profitable 36 touches, 22 of them contested, 11 clearances, laying 9 tackles and booting a objective. Interchange – Tim Kelly (Geelong) Certainly one of Geelong’s greatest gamers in an amazing staff efficiency in opposition to Collingwood on Friday evening. Kelly received 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 essentially 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 principle ruck. Offered a terrific presence across the floor, amassing 18 disposals, taking eight marks, profitable 23 hitouts and slotting two objectives. Emergency – Darcy Tucker (Fremantle) Seems to be set for a breakout yr judging by his efficiency in opposition to the Roos on Sunday. Had 24 possessions at 79 per cent effectivity, laid seven tackles and booted two majors. Emergency – Rhys Stanley (Geelong) An important begin to the yr from Stanley, and he wanted it given Geelong’s incapability to choose a primary ruck. Going up in opposition to arguably the most effective ruck within the recreation in Brodie Grundy, Stanley received 23 hitouts and 6 clearances from 18 touches and 4 marks. Emergency – Patrick Cripps (Carlton) No surprises who Carlton’s greatest participant on Thursday evening 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 in opposition to 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 (Larger Western Sydney), Bachar Houli (Richmond) C: Travis Boak (Port Adelaide), Nat Fyfe (Fremantle), Hugh McCluggage (Brisbane) HF: Tim Taranto (Larger Western Sydney), Cam McCarthy (Fremantle), Stephen Coniglio (Larger 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)