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)
For the fourth week running, Laird joins the Hybrid Team of the Week of the back of another strong showing for the Crows. Laird continued his stellar start to the 2018 season with another huge display of 37 disposals and 115 fantasy points against Collingwood on Friday.
Michael Hurley (Essendon)
Another player stringing together consecutive selections for the Hybrid Team of the Week is Hurley, who has been picked for the third week in a row thanks to a continued impressive run of form that saw him snatch B.O.G in the Bombers’ win over Port Adelaide. Hurley had 29 disposals and a huge 15 marks in his side’s surprising victory.
Dane Rampe (Sydney)
Rampe was instrumental for the Swans in their thrilling seven point win over the Western Bulldogs, with his 23 disposals and eight marks helping them over the line to victory.
Matt Suckling (Western Bulldogs)
Suckling provided the Bulldogs with great run and carry off the half-back line with 28 disposals, 11 marks and 115 Fantasy points in an effort that nearly lifted the Western Bulldogs to a win, only to fall by seven points to the Swans.
Jake Carlisle (St Kilda)
In what was another disappointing loss for St Kilda, Carlisle was among his side’s best with 18 disposals and five marks in their 47 point loss to Geelong, continuing the club’s losing streak at Kardinia Park.
Nick Haynes (GWS)
Haynes enters the Hybrid Team of the Week squad for the second week in a row following another top performance, this time against Fremantle. Haynes had 29 disposals and 15 marks in what were extremely tough conditions for football, with winds howling at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.
Ed Curnow (Carlton)
With 26 disposals and 115 fantasy points, Curnow was one of Carlton’s shining lights in what was a dismal showing by the Blues, falling to the tune of 86 points to North Melbourne.
Elliot Yeo (West Coast)
Yeo dominated for the Eagles in a best-on-ground winning performance as his team annihilated the Suns by 80 points. After a quiet week against Geelong, Yeo lit up Perth Stadium with 33 disposals, five tackles and 138 fantasy points to put West Coast second on the AFL ladder after the first month.
Steven Hill (Fremantle)
In the testing conditions of Canberra against the Giants, Hill was exceptional for the Dockers on the wing with 28 disposals, nine marks and 115 fantasy points in his side’s five goal loss.
Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)
Grundy was a huge part of Collingwood’s upset victory over Adelaide on Friday to make it two wins on the trot for the ‘Pies. Grundy had a statistically mammoth game, becoming one of just a small group of ruckmen to have 40 hit-outs and 30 disposals in the same game, destroying Adelaide’s Sam Jacobs in the ruck contest for Collingwood.
Dustin Martin (Richmond)
The league’s best player shows why he deserves such a title, tearing apart Brisbane with six goals for the Tigers (More than what Brisbane managed in the entire match). Martin showed how dangerous he can be playing up forward for Richmond rather than in the middle in what was a scary display of talent.
Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
After a breath-taking start to the 2018 season, Oliver finally earns a spot in the Hybrid Team of the Week thanks to a 28 disposal and 11 tackle performance in Melbourne’s dismal showing against Hawthorn on Sunday afternoon. Oliver’s form proves his potential to reach elite status in the coming seasons.
Luke Breust (Hawthorn)
Breust proved he is still one of the league’s best small forwards in Hawthorn’s 57 point win over the Demons with a clinical display of four goals. Breust also showed off the exceptional pressure side to his game with nine tackles, showing his value in the Hawthorn lineup.
Tom Lynch (Gold Coast)
Despite his team’s 80 point loss to West Coast, the Gold Coast captain was among his side’s best with a team high three goals and four marks. With the conclusion of the Commonwealth Games at the Suns’ home, Lynch and his team will be looking forward to arriving home after a string of away losses and a pseudo home-game in Perth potentially taking its toll on the squad.
Mitch Robinson (Brisbane)
It might seem like a quirky choice to pick a forward from a team that only managed two goals in an entire game, however Robinson was one of the few better players for the Lions with 21 disposals, seven marks and five tackles in their 93 point defeat at the hands of Richmond.
Daniel Menzel (Geelong)
Menzel booted five goals in a strong showing for the Cats to help his team back onto the winners list following two thrilling losses in the past few weeks to both Hawthorn and West Coast respectively. Three of those goals came in succession at the start of the second quarter to completely blow St Kilda away.
Ben Brown (North Melbourne)
The big man starred once again for the Kangaroos in what is becoming a reoccurring theme- a Brown bag and a big North Melbourne victory. Brown kicked five goals and took eight marks in front of his home crowd to send North to an 86 point win and a place in the top eight.
Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
Gray was once more huge for the Power, racking in 39 disposals and 117 fantasy points in a prolific display across the midfield and forward line. Gray once again showed what a vital cog he is in the Port Adelaide team despite their shock loss to Essendon by 22 points.