Keeping Lance Franklin goalless is hard enough at the best of times but to do so in his 250th game was even more impressive. Schade annoyed Buddy at every contest while collecting 16 touches at 100% efficiency himself.
Docherty was everywhere for the Blues – particularly in the last quarter – in a traditionally scrappy wet weather game. The defender had 20 touches, took nine marks and gained 499m in a game which Carlton controlled in territory.
Arguably best afield in Melbourne’s loss, Hunt was as exciting as ever with pure speed off half back which resulted in 706m gained from his 30 touches and nine marks.
Playing on Jack Darling, Rance was superb, gathering 20 touches to go along with six rebound 50s and 16 (!) one percenters as he and Astbury kept the Eagles’ twin talls quiet and further exposed a serious flaw in the West Coast game plan.
Hill was best on ground in the Dockers’ upset win over the reigning premiers as he racked up 33 touches (13 contested), laid four tackles and had four clearances in the win. He stood up when the match was in the balance, getting his side over the line.
Wing – Josh Kelly (GWS)
Not sure if you’ve heard already but apparently North Melbourne has offered $9 million over nine years to Josh Kelly (Thanks Brenton Speed).
Kelly was superb against his potential next employer as he gathered 31 touches, six clearances and laid seven tackles in the Giants win.
Centre – Marc Murphy (Carlton)
A captain’s performance against an old rival capped off by a goal of the year contender meant a happy Sunday afternoon for Marc Murphy.
Murphy had 32 touches, tallied up six clearances, laid 10 tackles and kicked two goals as the Blues registered their first win of the season.
Rich was Brisbane’s most prolific ball-winner on Sunday as he notched up 32 touches at 78% efficiency while gaining 838m (the most in the league) for his side in the loss.
He also managed eight rebound 50s and nine inside 50s while enhancing his ability to break the lines.
Half Forward – Dustin Martin (Richmond)
Is this guy the best player in the league right now?
Martin is doing it all for the Tigers. On Saturday, he amassed 40 touches, nine inside 50s and kicked two goals – one that was stiff not to be nominated for goal of the round – in a telling display in the wet conditions.
Oh, and he managed 15 clearances – 11 in the first half. No big deal though.
Centre Half Forward – Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
Talk about turning back the clock!
Nick Riewoldt did exactly that on the weekend as he returned from what initially looked like a career-ending injury to tally 28 possessions, 12 marks and three goals in a performance that no doubt brought a smile to the whole footy world.
Half Forward – David Mundy (Fremantle)
The Dockers’ former skipper came to the party in a big way on Saturday night.
He had a big hand in producing their first win of the season by racking up 30 possessions, five clearances, seven tackles, seven marks and two goals.
Forward Pocket – Daniel Menzel (Geelong
The feel good story of 2016 has returned with a bang this season.
After 33 majors last year, Menzel already has 10 this season following four-goal haul against the Demons. He’s a big part of why the Cats are 3-0.
Full Forward – Taylor Walker (Adelaide)
Tex Walker was as influential as it gets for a key forward, plucking 10 marks (four inside 50), laying three tackles and kicking four goals – including a 65m sealer – to lead his side to a Showdown win.
Forward Pocket – Tom Hawkins (Geelong)
Not your stereotypical forward pocket, but Tomahawk deserved a spot in this team following another bag of five against the Dees.
Hawkins was more than just his bullish self, laying six tackles to go along with his 17 touches.
He also managed 13 touches around the ground and a pair of clearances himself to cap off the Suns’ biggest win in their history.
Ruck Rover – Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
The Showdown Medallist was apt reward for Sloane who’s prevailed in the showdown of the two midfields on Saturday night.
24 of his 31 touches were contested as he gathered eight clearances and laid nine tackles to earn a bit of jewellery around his neck.
Rover – Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
This man just keeps on impressing. He steps up whenever the Cats need him most as his 36 touches, nine clearances and three goals pushed Geelong over the line against Melbourne.
David Swallow (Gold Coast)
It didn’t take long for David Swallow to find his feet at AFL level.
A 22-touch first half performance set the platform for the Suns to run away with it in the second half. He would finish with 34 touches, nine clearances and six tackles in a warming sight for Suns fans.
Adam Treloar (Collingwood)
While his disposal wasn’t the cleanest it’s been – to his own admission – his impact around the ground was not to be denied.
Five clearances, seven inside 50s, a booming 55m goal to go along with 15 hard-hitting tackles meant the Pies would sing their famous song for the first time this season.
Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)
There’s a reason this guy is the captain of this football club.
He led by example on Saturday night to the tune of 33 touches, seven clearances, six tackles and five marks in a stellar performance.
Brandon Matera (Gold Coast)
In his first game of the season, Matera didn’t let the coaches down.
Six goals straight from his 19 touches (at 90% efficiency) including a nice mid-air kick in the goal square.