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.
Jeremy Howe (Collingwood)
Howe was unstoppable for the Magpies, warranting a selection into the Hybrid Team of the Week for the first time in 2018. One of his best performances of 2018 so far, his 30 disposals and 11 marks were a big factor in an undermanned Collingwood’s spirited effort against Geelong on Sunday.
Tom Stewart (Geelong)
Stewart was more than solid in defence for the Cats in their big victory over Collingwood, controlling opponent Will Hoskin-Elliot well throughout the match, while also picking up 28 disposals, giving Geelong a much needed victory that lifts them all the way up to third on the AFL ladder.
Jimmy Webster (St Kilda)
Jimmy Webster joins the Hybrid Team of the Week for the second week running after another top notch effort for the Saints. Webster had 31 disposals for St Kilda on Saturday night, along with a handy four marks and in his side’s defeat at the hands of Fremantle.
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James Sicily (Hawthorn)
Sicily joins the Hybrid Team of the Week for the second week running following a 26 disposal and nine mark game against the Swans in his side’s narrow eight point point loss.
Cale Hooker (Essendon)
Despite his team’s poor performance,Hooker still stood strong for the Bombers at centre half-back with 23 disposals and eight marks, earning him a spot in this week’s Hybrid Team of the Week. His team faces a tense few weeks after a string of poor performances, including Saturday’s loss to Carlton.
Rory Laird (Adelaide)
Laird is welcomed back into the Hybrid Team of the Week after an absence of a few weeks, thanks to a clinical display for the Crows in their narrow loss to the Power on Saturday. Laird had 27 disposals along with a five marks in the thrilling Showdown battle, as the Crows relinquished their hold on Showdown supremacy.
Dayne Zorko (Brisbane)
Zorko shone once again, this time against the Western Bulldogs with 24 disposals, seven tackles and 115 fantasy points.After a poor start to the season it seems Zorko has managed to kick himself back into the form that has seen him blitz the competition in the past few seasons.
Ben Cunnington (North Melbourne)
Cunnington was on fire for the Roos on Sunday, picking up a colossal 38 disposals, seven tackles and 139 fantasy points, as his North Melbourne outfit took it right up to the reigning premiers in Richmond, only to fall narrowly by ten points.
Tim Taranto (GWS Giants)
21 disposals, eight tackles and 104 fantasy points were compiled by Taranto in GWS’s loss to West Coast at home, joining the Hybrid Team of the Week for the first of hopefully many times for 2018.
Matt Kreuzer (Carlton)
Kreuzer was a huge reason why Carlton was able to grab their first win of 2018 in such significant fashion, by 13 points. Kreuzer lead the Blues to victory with 31 hitouts and 20 disposals to join the Hybrid Team of the Week for the first time this season.
Touk Miller (Gold Coast)
Miller continued in his impressive start to the 2018 season with 28 disposals, eight tackles and 107 fantasy points in Gold Coast’s 69 point loss to the Demons at the Suns’ adopted home of the Gabba. If Miller continues this form he very well could be heading to a Best and Fairest, or even an All-Australian slot.
Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)
Fyfe continued his blistering start to the 2018 season with 36 disposals and four tackles for the Dockers in what turned out to be an easy victory against the Saints at home. Fyfe no doubt would be an early favourite to scoop up his second Brownlow after a great start to the season.
Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
Bontempelli was astounding for the Bulldogs in their thrilling 14 point win against the Western Bulldogs with 24 disposals, four goals and 117 fantasy points helping to grab the four points for the Doggies in a game they contested against a spirited opponent in the Lions.
Jack Darling (West Coast)
Darling continues to deliver for the Eagles, leading them to a huge victory off the back off a four goal haul. West Coast’s win streak now extends to seven games, with a huge match-up for top spot looming against Richmond on Sunday.
Josh Caddy (Richmond)
Caddy kicked four goals from his 21 disposals in Richmond’s win over North Melbourne, continuing his side’s ascendancy to a second straight premiership. A big test comes against the in-form West Coast, who are riding on the wave of their winning streak and a firm home ground advantage at the new Perth Stadium.
Ben Ronke (Sydney)
In just his third game of senior football, Ronke set shock waves through the footballing world off the back of hismatch winning performance against the Swans on Friday night. The youngster was simply unstoppable, slotting through seven goals and laying ten tackles in an inspiring victory for Sydney.
Tom Mcdonald (Melbourne)
Mcdonald was one of his side’s best in Melbourne’s 69 point to Richmond with seven marks and five goals up forward for the Demons. The Demons will challenge in September if they can manage to continue such hot form, having won their past three matches convincingly.
Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
Gray was the real difference in Port Adelaide’s thrilling Showdown win over the Crows, thanks to an electric 3rd quarter that saw him bag five goals, overturning a 21 point deficit to help the Power to a climactic five point victory over their cross-town rivals.