Keeping Tom Lynch quiet is no easy task but GWS’ co-captain managed to do exactly that. He kept the Suns’ star forward goalless while notching up 15 touches that included eight intercept possessions.
28 touches (10 intercept) and nine marks for the 2016 best and fairest and kept Tom Hawkins’ impact to a minimum when matched up on him one-on-one. He also gained a tick under 500m for the Roos, which went a long way to them nearly snatching the four points.
26 touches, eight marks and four tackles for Roberton in a strong performance against a West Coast side looking to get the ball in quick and fast inside 50. He also had seven intercept possessions and five rebound 50s for his efforts.
Half Back – Elliot Yeo (West Coast)
Yeo leads the league in total marks, contested marks and intercept possessions following a strong two weeks for the 2-0 Eagles. Yeo had 25 touches (11 contested) to go along with 13 mark and three inside 50s in his side’s win.
Talia controlled his match up with Jarryd Roughead for large parts of the match and managed to rack up 20 touches – 14 of which were intercept possessions – and eight marks for his troubles
Half Back – Christian Salem (Melbourne)
31 touches for Salem in the best game of his career thus far will have Demons fans gushing at the potential of the youngster. Seven marks, three tackles, a goal and 537m gained rounded out his Sunday afternoon performance.
Wing – Luke Shuey (West Coast)
The West Coast hard nut took control of the game when the Eagles needed it most and finished with 30 touches, 11 tackles, four marks and two goals in the win.
Centre – Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
Sloane took control of their game against Hawthorn in the third quarter which included laying a whopping 15 tackles. He also mustered up eight clearances from his 25 touches, eight clearances and a goal.
A real captain’s performance from Cotchin, particularly in the final quarter when the Tiges needed it most. Cotchin had 26 touches, seven tackles, seven clearances, eight inside 50s and two goals in a sloppy but important win for his side.
After a quiet opening round, Gray put on a show at Adelaide Oval on Sunday afternoon with 30 touches (14 contested) seven marks and six goals.
Centre Half Forward – Jeremy Cameron (Greater Western Sydney)
Cameron had a day out against a non-existent Gold Coast defence and finished with six goals from his 15 kicks.
Half Forward – Shaun Higgins (North Melbourne)
Higgins was everywhere in North’s heart-breaking loss. He finished with 27 touches, nine inside 50s, seven tackles and two goals in a best on-ground performance.
With a bag of five, ‘Razzle Dazzle’ was impossible to ignore for a second week in a row. His forward pressure was again on show and kicked truly in the final quarter to put the Bombers back in front.
Full Forward – Sam Reid (Sydney)
Buddy might’ve stolen the show with two pieces of brilliance but Reid’s performance was vital in keeping the Swans in the game. He finished with a six-goal haul from 15 touches and five marks. Nine goals to start the season, don’t sleep on this Swans key tall.
Forward Pocket – Toby Greene (Greater Western Sydney)
22 touches (11 contested), 14 scoring involvements, six marks and four inside 50s added up to a day out for one of game’s premier small forwards.
A toss of the coin between Grundy and Sam Jacobs for the ruck position but it’s Grundy who gets the nod this week. Was dominant in a losing effort, racking up 45 hit outs, 23 touches, six clearances and a goal.
Ruck Rover – Oliver Wines (Port Adelaide)
This kid is just 22 years old and already tearing up the competition. 19 of his 31 touches were contested as he complemented that with five marks, four tackles and two goals.
Rover – Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
Oliver was touted to have a break out season this year and breaking out he is. The 19-year-old racked up 35 touches (16 contested), laid nine tackles, took seven marks and had five clearances for the Dees as they grinded out a win against Carlton.
Sam Jacobs (Adelaide)
Stiff to miss out on the starting role, Jacobs had 43 hit-outs and 15 disposals in Adelaide’s win over Hawthorn. He also presented a target up the ground for the Crows with six marks.
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
Came up big for the Cats in the final term with 11 of his 37 touches coming in the fourth quarter. He also mustered up 11 clearances, seven marks and six tackles in the win.
Josh Kelly (Greater Western Sydney)
Kelly had arguably the best game of his career on Saturday, registering 27 touches (11 contested), five marks and eight inside 50s in GWS’ dominant win. Is he worth the reported nine-year, nine million-dollar contract North Melbourne are offering?
The Brisbane skipper was influential in his sides loss to Essendon. He was the catalyst in their third quarter comeback, totalling 33 touches at 79%, five inside 50s and two goals.