AFL Team of the Week with Jai Bednall

Written By malwan milad on Rabu, 28 Mei 2014 | 12.50

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Mick Malthouse at his press conference after Carlton's win. Picture: Colleen Petch. Source: News Corp Australia

IN his press conference following Carlton's win against Adelaide on Sunday, Mick Malthouse appeared to suggest the media's tendency to base best players on statistics often saw them overlook role players.

"It's difficult to say who are the better players," Malthouse said.

"Well I suppose if you look at numbers — if they're the better players, well they're the better players.

"But you can look at other areas that may not have great numbers, but also contributed.

"You blokes will write down who your first five best are and they'll go by stats. In my case we'll just look at the side the way the jobs were.

"You won't know all the particular jobs so therefore we don't expect you to ..."

Malthouse then referenced Dennis Armfield's second half job on Patrick Dangerfield and — after being asked for his thoughts on Andrejs Everitt's performance on Rory Sloane — also praised his role.

But when the AFL Coaches Association votes (which are supposed to be chosen by both head coaches although there's reason to believe this task is often handballed on to someone else in the football department) were published this week, neither Armfield, Everitt — or Sam Rowe who kept one of the AFL's most inform forwards Josh Jenkins goal-less — got a sniff.

The votes instead went to Kade Simpson — who had the most disposals in the game — and fellow midfielders Chris Yarran, Bryce Gibbs and small forward Troy Menzel.

So either Malthouse isn't doing his own votes or perhaps it's not the worst idea to use the stats sheet as part of your overall assessment of the game and who played well.

For what it's worth Rowe did make our AFL Team of the Week for round 10, as did Simpson and Yarran.

Jai Bednall's team of the week. Source: The Advertiser

DEFENCE

Darren Glass (West Coast)

Collingwood key forwards Travis Cloke and Jesse White combined for just 12 disposals on Saturday and Glass was a big reason why.

Darren Glass smashes the ball away. Source: Getty Images

Alex Rance (Richmond)

The Tigers won by 113 points against the Giants despite only taking the ball inside 50m on 11 more occasions. Rance played his part in restricting GWS to five goals.

Nick Maxwell (Collingwood)

We're not exactly sure what counts as a one percenter but Maxwell had 11 of them against the Eagles, more than anyone outside of Alan Toovey (12).

Heritier Lumumba (Collingwood)

If Lumumba stays healthy he'll reach the 200 game milestone in round 23 against Hawthorn. He's in great nick at the moment.

Sam Rowe (Carlton)

Rowe regularly outpositioned Jenkins and is progressing well after a move to defence.

James Kelly (Geelong)

Was outstanding early to help put the game out of North Melbourne's reach.

MIDFIELD

Jared Polec (Port Adelaide)

Polec was so good in traffic on Saturday night and was probably best on at three quarter time.

Jared Polec looks to get the pass off. Picture: Simon Cross. Source: News Corp Australia

Jimmy Bartel (Geelong)

Bartel knew someone had to pick up the slack with Steve Johnson out and he delivered with 32 disposals and two goals.

Chris Yarran (Carlton)

Would be in the top three in Carlton's best and fairest right now along with Simpson and Gibbs.

ATTACK

Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)

The Hawks had to put their hands up on several occasions in the first half and simply say 'too good' to Wingard. On a night when so many fumbled, he was always clean.

Tom Lynch (Gold Coast)

Lynch was paying $3 to score 19 total points or more against the Bulldogs. He finished with 4.1 to earn back to back Team of the Week honours.

Dustin Martin (Richmond)

Lost amid all the drama at Tigerland in the past few weeks has been the purple match Martin is enjoying.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick with Dustin Martin after huge victory over the GWS. Source: News Corp Australia

Eddie Betts (Adelaide)

Was the best forward on the ground on Sunday, kicking four goals to give the Crows a chance.

Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)

Seriously, how entertaining is this man? An 11 goal haul was the perfect response to a bizarre week. We need more like him.

Tom Hawkins (Geelong)

Hawkins kept pace with the rest of the Coleman Medal favourites with four goals against the Roos.

FIRST RUCK

Sam Jacobs (Adelaide)

If the All-Australian team was named today Jacobs would probably just pip Aaron Sandilands for first ruck. His 23 disposal, 38 hit out effort against Carlton was his best of the year.

Cameron Wood and Sam Jacobs battle it out. Picture: Michael Klein. Source: News Corp Australia

Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)

Pendlebury is doing his best to revive hopes of a semi-interesting night at the Brownlow. He might not catch Gaz but he should be at least in the ballpark.

Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)

His outside game still isn't at the level of last year but it doesn't matter when you're dominating like Boak is inside the contest.

INTERCHANGE

Dion Prestia (Gold Coast)

Prestia is averaging close to 30 disposals a game this season and more than picked up the load as Gary Ablett took his time to get going against the Dogs.

Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn)

Rose to the challenge at Adelaide Oval, tallying 38 disposals and two goals to finish as arguably the best player on the ground.

Jordan Lewis celebrates a goal. Picture: Simon Cross. Source: News Corp Australia

Kade Simpson (Carlton)

While Mick's comments on the media were slightly off the ball, everything he said about Simpson's courage was spot on.

Matt Priddis (West Coast)

Priddis always finds plenty of the footy but he added two goals against the Pies to complete a fine performance.


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