UNBELIEVABLE performances from a glut of onballers mean they dominate the round eight Team of the Week, brought to you by AccorHotels.
Tim Kelly continued his outstanding 2019 season with a best-on-ground performance on Sunday with 36 disposals, 11 clearances and two goals.
Gary Ablett jnr was pretty handy too with four goals from 16 disposals as the Cats ran out 24-point victors against North Melbourne to maintain their spot atop the AFL ladder after eight rounds.
Hawthorn's James Sicily is in the conversation for best backman in the competition. Richmond had some sensational contributors, with David Astbury and Bachar Houli among them. Shannon Hurn isn't slowing down for West Coast, while Josh Battle's impressive season continued when he shut down Jack Darling. Somehow, Alex Keath has become the pillar of Adelaide's defence.
No-one expected Ricky Henderson, a delisted free agent aged 30, to put in a career-best campaign, but he's doing it. Clayton Oliver, Patrick Cripps and Kelly were immense, while Tom Phillips is putting in another fine year on a wing for the Pies. Brodie Grundy won the ruck battle, found the footy around the ground and kicked goals as well – he's the complete package.
In a losing effort, Orazio Fantasia booted four goals for Essendon. Crows forward Tom Lynch was instrumental in the Showdown victory. Nat Fyfe starred for Freo, while Shai Bolton put on a show in front of his home crowd. North Melbourne forward Ben Brown has shaken off a quiet early patch to be sitting second in the Coleman Medal. What Gary Ablett has done over the past month has been somewhat extraordinary, and he made his fourth successive Team of the Week.
Sydney co-captain Luke Parker refused to let his side lose again. David Swallow approached the Demons game with the same attitude, but the Suns were ultimately pipped in scarcely believable circumstances. Spending the full game in the midfield suits Josh Dunkley, who is thriving, while Tom Rockliff cracked in hard all night for Port.