A GIANT win equals a Giant presence in the AFL’s round two Team of the Week, brought to you by Accor Hotels.
Jeremy Cameron kicked six and Toby Greene five as Greater Western Sydney staged a record-breaking 102-point win over Gold Coast at Spotless Stadium.
Both were locks for roles in the forward half, as was Phil Davis for a spot in the backline after he shut down Tom Lynch, while Josh Kelly’s 27 touches and three goals have earned him spot on the interchange bench.
It was a powerful performance from Port Adelaide over Fremantle, with Robbie Gray and Charlie Dixon contributing 10 of the Power’s 22 goals between them.
Ollie Wines was unlucky to miss out this week after 31 disposals, but there was red-hot competition for midfield spots with Patrick Dangerfield, Rory Sloane, Jobe Watson and Trent Cotchin impossible to ignore.
Such was the list of worthy contenders, the likes of Dayne Beams, Brad Ebert, Joel Selwood, Clayton Oliver, Zach Merrett, Marcus Bontempelli, Tom Mitchell and Seb Ross were also stiff not to be selected.
Lance Franklin and Orazio Fantasia have been picked in the forward line for the second week running after four and five goals each, while Sam Jacobs edged out Stef Martin for the ruck spot after dominating against Hawthorn.
PHIL DAVIS (Greater Western Sydney) – Took on Gold Coast’s Tom Lynch and won. Kept the Suns’ co-captain goalless and had 15 touches with 93 per cent efficiency, as well as eight intercept possessions.
ROBBIE TARRANT (North Melbourne) – Played on Tom Hawkins and kept him to minimal influence despite four goals from the Geelong forward. Had 10 intercept possessions from his 28 and made the second-most metres gained for the Roos with 498m.
SHANE BIGGS (Western Bulldogs) – Found himself on Buddy at times in the first half and did well, while providing the Dogs with plenty of rebound (seven) and intercepts (10).
CHRISTIAN SALEM (Melbourne) – Had 11 intercepts across half-back in a silky, four-quarter performance against Carlton. Gave the Demons excellent drive with 31 touches and was second to captain Nathan Jones in metres gained with 537m.
DANIEL TALIA (Adelaide) – Played on Jarryd Roughead and did well, but showed another attacking element to his game with 20 disposals and 14 intercept possessions.
ELLIOT YEO (West Coast) – Couldn’t be overlooked after being unlucky last week. Played an attacking game with 25 touches and 13 marks against the Saints, and was outstanding with his ball use and intercepts across half-back.
LIAM PICKEN (Western Bulldogs) – Won the game for the Dogs with a stunning period in the last quarter. Notably ran from one end to the other to set up Bontempelli for a crucial goal, before he booted two himself to help ice the victory.
PATRICK DANGERFIELD (Geelong) – Sparked the Cats’ final quarter surge with partner-in-crime Selwood. Won 11 of his 37 possessions and five clearances after three-quarter time, having broken the shackles applied by Trent Dumont until then.
SHAUN HIGGINS (North Melbourne) – Set up the Kangaroos’ early lead against the Cats with five first-quarter inside 50s, and ended with 27 possessions, nine inside 50s and two goals; both of which were impressive bombs from outside the arc.
TOBY GREENE (Greater Western Sydney) – Five goals isn’t a bad way to celebrate your 100th game. Add 22 disposals – 11 contested – six marks, four inside 50s and 14 scoring involvements and you’re laughing.
LANCE FRANKLIN (Sydney Swans) – Wasn’t a four-quarter contributor but made the most of a purple patch that started late in the third. Nailed three consecutive goals from outside 50 in the first 10 minutes that looked to have won the Swans the game.
ROBBIE GRAY (Port Adelaide) – Did what he does best through the midfield for 30 disposals, and deep in the forward line for six goals. Was also involved in a further five scores after a quiet round one performance.
ORAZIO FANTASIA (Essendon) – In for the second week running after a bag of five goals; the fourth of which came at the nine-minute mark of the last quarter and put his team in front for the last time. Also took four marks inside 50 and laid four tackles.
JEREMY CAMERON (Greater Western Sydney) – Kicked six to narrow the gap to just one behind Coleman medal frontrunner Josh Kennedy. Also took 12 marks and gave the Giants something in defence as well.
CHARLIE DIXON (Port Adelaide) – Gave the Power a strong target inside 50 where he found space to take five of his seven marks on his way to four goals.
SAM JACOBS (Adelaide) – Led the Crows’ fight back after the Hawks kicked five of the first six goals of the game. Dominated in the ruck with 43 hit-outs but also provided a presence around the ground with six marks and 15 touches.
TRENT COTCHIN (Richmond) – Answered critics yet again with a captain’s game that saw him feature prominently in the last quarter with excellent pressure that included two goal-saving tackles in the final five minutes.
RORY SLOANE (Adelaide) – Laid a massive 15 tackles and won 15 contested possessions from his 25. Was a bull at the clearances with eight won, and got his team moving with the 507m gained – the most of any Crow.
JOBE WATSON (Essendon) – Stood tall in his second game back from the anti-doping suspension with 34 disposals and six clearances, and inspired his midfield teammates with an important three-quarter time message despite no longer holding the official captain title.
DANIEL MENZEL (Geelong) – Kicked four goals – including a converted set shot in the final term that cut the margin to six points – and moved the ball well, with his 14 disposals coming with an efficiency of 93 per cent.
JOSH KELLY (Greater Western Sydney) – Three goals, 27 possessions and a massive eight inside 50s summed up an excellent game from the 22-year-old, who had a hand in a total of 15 scoring involvements.
The fans’ pick
LUKE SHUEY (West Coast) – Every round this season, we’ll invite you to make the call on the final interchange spot in Team of the Week. In this week’s Twitter poll, Shuey, courtesy of his two goals and 30 disposals against the Saints, edged out teammate Andrew Gaff with 58 per cent of the vote.