Welcome to Hybrid Team of the Week, a segment featuring weekly on Sporting HQ where we fill 18 positions on the ground with only one player from each team based on the weekend’s results. From the first to the final round, it’s 18 Clubs and 18 Players in one team of the week- it’s that simple. However, due to the Gold Coast and Port Adelaide bye this week we have decided to feature only a five man forward line and back line.
So, let’s have a look at this week’s squad.
Kade Simpson (Carlton)
Simpson finished as Carlton’s best player in a low quality match against the Cats on Saturday night, keeping his team in it with 23 kicks making up part of his 33 disposals to go with his 7 marks, proving a general in the backline.
Tom Stewart (Geelong)
At the opposite end of the ground to Simpson, Stewart also had a solid night to earn himself yet another Hybrid Team of the Week nomination, with 23 kicks at 78% efficiency and 12 marks with three contested.
Zac Jones (Sydney)
Jones helped the Swans hold off a spiteful Brisbane Lions outfit with seven contested possessions making up his 25 disposals that went at 80% efficiency, while he also had seven rebound fifties.
Daniel Talia (Adelaide)
In a dirty day for the Crows, and their backline who had 23 goals kicked on them, Talia is one who could perhaps hold his head a little higher than the rest. Talia held his opponent Tom Mcdonald to only two goals in what was a day out for the Dees forwards, while also having 10 one percenters to influence the contest.
Heath Shaw (GWS)
Shaw was great for the Giants operating out of their backline in what was a dirty day for the team, as he ended up with a huge 13 rebound fifties and 29 kicks to make up his 33 disposals.
David Zaharakis (Essendon)
‘Zaka’ played a big part in Essendon’s surprising win over GWS, as he contributed with six clearances and six inside fifties as part of his 33 disposals.
Toby Mclean (Bulldogs)
Mclean had a fantastic game in the middle of the ground on a night severely lacking positives for the dogs, as he tried his best with 10 tackles and 13 contested possessions in his 33 disposals.
Isaac Smith (Hawthorn)
Smith ran hard on the outside all game, racking up 16 uncontested possessions, 10 marks, 5 inside fifties and a goal, solidly earning a place in this week’s Hybrid Team of the Week.
Stefan Martin (Brisbane)
Big Stef Martin has picked up on the form he finished in last year, and even improved his output to be in contention for an All Australian birth. He monstered Sydney ruckman Cal Sinclair in the ruck contest to finish with 58 hitouts, while also having an impact around the ground with 15 disposals and 5 tackles.
Adam Treloar (Collingwood)
Treloar was simply brilliant in his best on ground performance on Friday night. He went huge, with 40 disposals and five clearances to go with two goals.
Andrew Gaff (West Coast)
Gaff’s value is only increasing with his form this season, and it looks as if the saints are going to need a very hefty check to lure him to Moorabbin. Gaff continued his fine run with his typical 35 disposals made up of 26 uncontested possessions and went with his 12 marks to demonstrate his gut running ability.
Jade Gresham (St Kilda)
Gresham played his best game for the year and one of the best of his career when he kicked six goals against a quality Richmond backline, while he also finished with five tackles.
Jarrad Waite (North Melbourne)
Recently, it certainly seems as though all the doubters were wrong and Waite is still one of the premier forwards of the competition at 35 years old. Waite got North over the line in Perth with seven scoring shots for four goals as well as four tackles, an admirable effort for a man of his size.
Michael Walters (Fremantle)
Walters worked hard to keep the Dockers in the game on Sunday evening, splitting his 27 disposals pretty evenly between contested and uncontested footy and running hard into space to finish with eight marks.
Jesse Hogan (Melbourne)
Hogan, along with all the Melbourne forwards and the team as a whole, had a day to remember against the Crows in Alice Springs on Sunday. He managed to kick five goals, while still having an influence up the ground with 20 disposals and 11 marks.
Josh Caddy (Richmond)
While Gresham was very good up one end, Caddy was probably even better as he booted six of his own. Caddy also chipped in with 5 clearances and 13 contested possessions, having a stellar individual game and one of the best of his career.