SUCH were the performances across the Easter weekend, there were some seriously unlucky omissions in round four’s Team of the Week, brought to you by Accor Hotels.
Mids who were on the cusp of this week’s team included Demon Clayton Oliver, and Giants Josh Kelly and Tom Scully. Docker superstar Nat Fyfe would have been a walk-up start had he played the whole game against Melbourne like he did in the third quarter.
Jack Riewoldt and Jason Castagna kicked four each against the Brisbane Lions, but such was the evenness of Richmond’s win at the Gabba, it was hard to single out a Tiger for selection.
Crow Rory Laird narrowly missed out on a backline spot, with Saints’ duo Jarryn Geary and Dylan Roberton named for the first time this year following inspirational performances against Collingwood.
NICK HAYNES (Greater Western Sydney) – Impressed against Port Adelaide to put himself forward from a team where the same names are consistently raised. Had seven intercept possessions, 27 disposals, took nine marks and nine rebounds.
LACHIE HENDERSON (Geelong) – Held down the fort when Hawthorn was in the game and went forward to take a contested mark and kick a goal in the second quarter. Had 19 disposals and took six marks.
ELLIOT YEO (West Coast) – Another strong game off half back. Found the ball 29 times and took a whopping 11 marks (equal third most of the round), and contributed five rebounds.
JARRYN GEARY (St Kilda) – An inspirational game from the Saints’ skipper. Only had 17 disposals but took seven marks and threw in some outstanding acts of courage in one-on-one contests to lift his teammates.
JEREMY HOWE (Collingwood) – Took 10 marks and gave the Pies run with 506m gained; the second most of any of his teammates. Had 21 touches and withstood plenty of pressure in defence in a losing side. In excellent form.
DYLAN ROBERTON (St Kilda) – Racked up 32 disposals across half back, and mopped up a stack of errant Collingwood kicks. Also took a huge 12 marks and rebounded six times.
LUKE DAHLHAUS (Western Bulldogs) – Didn’t disappoint on football’s newest big stage of Good Friday. A good, solid contested game that featured 32 possessions, two goals and six tackles.
LACHIE NEALE (Fremantle) – The Dockers didn’t have many winners in the first half, but Neale was one who helped blow the game apart after the break. Kicked four goals – two after half time – and had 17 of his 22 possessions when the game needed to be won.
LUKE SHUEY (West Coast) – Typically hard at it on his way to 30 touches (12 contested), seven tackles and six clearances. Also kicked an important goal in the last quarter when the Swans were pressing.
TOBY GREENE (Greater Western Sydney) – Four goals from the half forward, including two in the last quarter after the Power led by four points at the final change. Has now kicked 12 goals from the last three games.
TAYLOR WALKER (Adelaide) – Set up the Crows’ big win over the Bombers with four goals in the first quarter and five before half time. Finished 10 marks and 19 disposals, and basically made life difficult for the Essendon defenders.
DAVID MUNDY (Fremantle) – Another Fremantle midfielder who showed his versatility to go forward and make an impact. Kicked three goals and took the ball inside 50 five times, to go with his 23 disposals.
EDDIE BETTS (Adelaide) – Leads the Coleman medal race (with Tom Hawkins), having booted six goals – one a contender for goal of the year – against Essendon after a difficult week following the racial abuse he was subjected to in the Showdown. Another classy performance from the Crows’ cult hero.
TOM LYNCH (Gold Coast) – The Suns’ resurgence has many heroes, and co-captain Lynch was one of them on Saturday night. Booted seven straight against the Blues, including five in the first half, and marked everything that came his way.
BRANDON MATERA (Gold Coast) – In red-hot form after starting his season last week against Hawthorn. Picked up 29 disposals, kicked three goals and took nine marks against Carlton, which was a fine encore to the six majors he booted against the Hawks.
STEFAN MARTIN (Brisbane Lions) – Important for the Lions. They might not have won the contest but they did get the points when it came to clearances. Martin threw down 52 hit-outs to help his side with first use, even surviving a bit of friendly fire.
RORY SLOANE (Adelaide) – Another gun game from the Brownlow medal fancy. Had 34 touches, laid nine tackles and won eight clearances. Continued to propel the Crows forward with eight inside 50s.
BEN CUNNINGTON (North Melbourne) – Big game from the inside mid. Had 33 possessions and won 10 clearances, and along with Jack Ziebell, did everything he could to get his team over the line.
JONATHON PATTON (Greater Western Sydney) – Six straight goals against the Power showcased the former No.1 draft pick’s undeniable talent. It hasn’t been a great start to the season for the big forward, but this was a huge step in the right direction.
MITCH DUNCAN (Geelong) – Hard to ignore with 32 touches and two goals. Flourishing as more of an inside midfielder this season with an average of four clearances a game.
STEVEN MOTLOP (Geelong) – His best game for the season. Kicked three goals and won 33 disposals, with an efficiency of nearly 82 per cent.
The fans’ pick
SEB ROSS (St Kilda) – The Saint narrowly pinched this week’s fan vote from Mitch Robinson for his job against Adam Treloar, who had less influence than usual. Also picked up 36 disposals himself in the win over the Pies.