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.
So, let’s have a look at this week’s squad.
Shannon Hurn (West Coast)
The West Coast Captain won his second straight Ross Glendinning Medal off the back of a performance that yielded 31 disposals, 11 Marks and 124 Fantasy points, helping West Coast to a thrilling eight point victory over Fremantle in the first Western Deby at Perth Stadium.
Daniel Talia (Adelaide)
Daniel Talia joins the Hybrid Team of the Week for the first time with 19 disposals and eight marks at Full Back for the Crows. Talia was also able to hold Gold Coast’s star Full Forward Tom Lynch goalless, leading the Crows to a comfortable 48 point win.
Jimmy Webster (St Kilda)
Webster starred for the Saints with 25 disposals, nine marks and 100 Fantasy points against the Hawks on Saturday night in the cold of Launceston,joining the Hybrid Team of the Week for the second time in 2018.
Half Back line:
Jake Lloyd (Sydney)
This Swan joins the Hybrid Team of the Week for the first time thanks to a clinical display across the half back. Lloyd picked up 29 disposals, 10 marks and 120 fantasy points in an undermanned Sydney’s surprise victory away at Geelong on Saturday.
Steven May (Gold Coast)
The Suns’ Co-Captain was once again more than solid in defence against the Crows on Saturday night, stacking up 22 disposals and 10 marks in his side’s loss to join this week’s Hybrid Team of the Week.
Lachie Whitfield (GWS)
The number one pick of the 2012 AFL Draft was stunning for the Giants against Brisbane on Saturday, leading the game with 33 disposals, five tackles and eight marks, becoming yet another player to book themselves into a position in the Hybrid Team of the Week for the first time.
Adam Treloar (Collingwood)
The former Giant continued his terrific ANZAC Day Medal winning form with a game high 42 disposals for the Magpies, along with six marks and five tackles in Collingwood’s 43 point loss to Richmond on Sunday afternoon.
Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
“The Bont” lead the Bulldogs to just their second win of 2018 thanks to a terrific display of 122 Fantasy points, 30 disposals and seven marks to give the ‘Dogs a much needed 21 point victory.
Tim Kelly (Geelong)
Tim Kelly joins the Hybrid Team of the Week with 19 disposals, five tackles and a goal for Geelong in their loss to Sydney on Saturday. Kelly, having joined Geelong from WAFL club South Fremantle in the offseason, has been exceptional for the Cats so far in 2018 as a mature aged recruit.
Max Gawn (Melbourne)
Gawn had a huge impact for the Demons in their crucial six goal victory over the Bombers on Sunday, dominating Tom Bellchambers in the ruck with 42 hitouts and 135 Fantasy points. Gawn also slotted through two vital goals for Melbourne, including one from the boundary which disgusted a passionate Bombers supporter.
Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn)
The Hawthorn gun returned to his best with another mammoth total of 45 disposals and 147 fantasy points lifting the Hawks to a 35 point win over the Saints in Launceston. This performance means Mitchell now has reached over 40 disposals four times already this season.
Lachie Neale (Fremantle)
Neale staked his claim as the new “Mr Derby”, picking up his third Ross Glendinning Medal after sharing the medal with West Coast captain Shannon Hurn. Neale was unstoppable for the Dockers with 35 disposals, eight tackles and eight marks, earning him a spot in the Hybrid Team of the Week for the second time so far in 2018.
Sam Gray (Port Adelaide)
Gray was massive for the Power in their victory over North Melbourne on Saturday, snagging four goals along with nine marks to give Port Adelaide a much needed victory after a tough two weeks of disappointing losses to both Essendon and Geelong respectively.
Josh Caddy (Richmond)
With 21 disposals, four goals and five tackles, Caddy was hugely influential in Richmond’s victory over an in-form Collingwood side who challenged the Tigers for three quarters in their clash on Sunday. The Tigers sit pretty at first and look good money to defend their premiership if they continue their form.
Mitch Robinson (Brisbane)
Robinson was prolific for the Lions in their match against the GWS Giants in Sydney with 28 disposals and six tackles. However, despite his good form, Brisbane still sit winless after six rounds of action, with tough matches looming against Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs in Rounds 7 and 8 still to come.
Levi Casboult (Carlton)
The Carlton big man was solid up forward for the Blues despite their loss to the Bulldogs, with two goals and six marks from ten disposals to slide into this week’s iteration of Hybrid Team of the Week.
Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
Brown continued his strong form at Full Forward, continuing to lead the Coleman Medal with yet another bag of Four goals to put him at a seasonal total of 23, this time against Port Adelaide on Saturday. Despite being held by the Port Adelaide defenders, Brown still found a way to impact the game.
David Zaharakis (Essendon)
Not usually a forward pocket but was named there for Sunday’s clash against Melbourne, Zaharakis performed strongly with 28 disposals, seven tackles and a goal in the Bombers’ defeat at the hands of Melbourne on Sunday afternoon to join this week’s team of the week.