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.
Rory Laird (Adelaide Crows)
Laird joins a select few who have been selected for the Hybrid Team of the Week every week of the 2018 season so far. Laird was once again dominate for the Crows in their comfortable victory over St Kilda on Saturday night, laying six tackles and gathering 32 disposals.
Tom Stewart (Geelong)
The Geelong fullback was solid all match for the Cats against West Coast on Sunday, restricting opponent Jack Darling to zero goals for the first three quarters. Stewart was influential, mitigating West Coast’s inside 50 attempts to put his team in a position to claw themselves back into the game for the third.
Reece Conca (Richmond)
Conca becomes the first Richmond player other than Dustin Martin to join this week’s Hybrid Team of the Week in the Tigers’ 13 point victory over Hawthorn. The consistent defender had 24 disposals and five clearances in his best showing of 2018 so far.
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Callum Mills (Sydney)
The Swans youngster was in fine form on Saturday in his team’s gutsy Derby victory over cross-town rivals GWS, with 26 disposals and 97 fantasy points helping his side to a handy 16 point win.
Michael Hurley (Essendon)
Hurley joins Hybrid Team of The Week for the second round consecutive after yet another disappointing loss for his Bombers outfit. His opponent Jack Redpath of the Bulldogs had little to no impact on the contest as the Bomber gathered 21 disposals and lead the ground for Rebounds from 50 with ten.
Nick Haynes (GWS Giants)
Haynes was terrific in the Giants’ narrow loss to Sydney, compiling 28 disposals off half back while limiting dangerous opponent George Hewitt to just nine disposals in a clinical display.
Jarryd Lyons (Gold Coast)
After a string of successful performances to begin 2018, Lyons finally makes it to the Hybrid Team of the Week thanks to a super effort of 151 fantasy points and ten tackles for the Suns. The former Crow has shone for Gold Coast thus far in 2018 as the Queensland based side aims for their maiden finals appearance.
Nathan Jones (Melbourne)
Jones continues to show why he’s not only one of the best captains in the league, but also one of the best midfielders as his Demons defeated North Melbourne on Saturday. Jones had 25 disposals and laid seven tackles to help snap Melbourne’s losing streak against the Kangaroos.
Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
For the second time this season does Steele Sidebottom make the Hybrid Team of the Week after yet another impressive showing against Carlton on Friday night. Sidebottom had a game high 34 disposals and booted 3 goals to lift his Magpies to their first win of 2018.
Stefan Martin (Brisbane)
Martin was on fire for the Lions as they dealt a massive scare to Port Adelaide on Saturday, winning a mammoth 49 hitouts combined with seven marks and 30 disposals to amass a phenomenal 177 fantasy points. Statistically a breathtaking and Herculean achievement in an unlucky loss for Brisbane.
Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)
Fremantle’s captain seems to have returned to his Brownlow winning form of 2015 with 38 disposals, eight tackles and 144 fantasy points helping the Dockers to an “away” win against the Suns at Perth Stadium.
Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn)
Mitchell continues his exhilarating start to 2018 with yet another place in the Hybrid Team of the Week for the third week running, this time off the back of another 42 disposals, eight tackles and 148 fantasy point showing for the Hawks against Richmond at the MCG.
Luke Dunstan (St Kilda)
Dunstan had 30 disposals and three tackles in another big loss for the Saints, this time to the tune of 49 points against the Adelaide Crows.
Jack Darling (West Coast)
In what could be seen as a somewhat controversial selection, Darling was very quiet in the first three quarters for West Coast, remaining goalless at three quarter time thanks to the brilliance of the Geelong defence. However, Darling stepped up for the Eagles in their time of need, booting two crucial goals to help them get over the line for their first win at their new home.
Sam Gray (Port Adelaide)
Gray seemed to be everywhere for the Power on Saturday against Brisbane, picking up 21 disposals and slotting through three goals to total 109 fantasy points. As the Lions continued to mount attacks on Port, Gray was terrific and was clearly his team’s best in their five point triumph.
Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs)
The 168cm dynamo was at his best on Sunday in the Dogs’ shock victory over the Bombers, picking up 27 disposals and taking eight marks all across Ethiad Stadium.
Levi Casboult (Carlton)
The much maligned Full forward dominated for the Blues on Friday night, slotting through four majors and chipping in with 11 hitouts in Carlton’s 24 point loss that leaves them winless after three matches in 2018.
Luke Mcdonald (North Melbourne)
Mcdonald had 21 disposals and took eight marks for the Kangaroos at the MCG in their loss to Melbourne, ending their much publicized winning streak over the Demons. However Mcdonald’s effort shows North Melbourne’s future is bright with young players like himself continuing to develop.