Back Pocket: Tom Stewart (Geelong)
Stewart was a huge reason Melbourne’s 72 inside 50s only resulted in six goals, recording 27 disposals, six intercept marks, five tackles and 13 rebound 50s.
Full Back: Sam Collins (Gold Coast)
Collins was a colossus against his former club, thwarting multiple of their offensive thrusts. Collins recorded 18 disposals at 83% efficiency, eight intercept marks including a huge contested mark in the final minute and seven one percenters. Gold Coast’s defensive unit was able to restrict the Dockers to eight goals after 21 the week before.
Back Pocket: Jack Crisp (Collingwood)
Crisp took advantage of Collingwood’s ability to hold possession and move forward systematically, recording 32 disposals, 14 marks and three tackles.
Half Back: Jarrod Harbrow (Gold Coast)
Harbrow was one of Gold Coast’s best against the Dockers after recording 32 disposals at 78% efficiency, as well as nine marks, three rebound 50s and seven inside 50s.
Centre Half Back: Jeremy McGovern (West Coast)
McGovern was influential against the Giants, recording 18 disposals and 11 marks (10 intercept marks) and was able to effectively stop multiple promising forward forays by the Giants. He mainly matched up on Harry Himmelberg who remained goalless.
Half Back: Lachie Whitfield (GWS)
After Hutchings was sent to Stephen Coniglio it became clear that Whitfield was going to have a big day. He finished with 33 disposals and 13 marks where his signature run and carry was evident throughout the night.