AFL 2023: Round Three Team Of The Week

Some big changes in the team of the week for Round Three with some massive upsets this weekend.

We saw massive crowds, historic matches and even the return of Tony Lockett in this round. Now just three teams remain undefeated this season with St Kilda leading the ladder during their 150th anniversary week.

Some new faces pop into the Team of the Week after the Edge of the Crowd AFL team put their heads together to come up with the best performed 22 from the week that was Round Two.

Full Backs

Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)

While Sidebottom is obviously a midfield player it was his efforts on the defensive end that get him in this side. He seemed to go back with every play sitting in the back pocket and intercept marking as well as running the ball forward. With 24 disposals and 437 metres gained, he is a lock for this team.

Callum Wilkie (St Kilda)

Saturday night was a massive game for the St Kilda Football Club and no player showed the fight that is entrenched with the Saints more than Wilkie. He kept the Dons quiet with his 13 marks across half-back while getting his hands on the ball on 19 occasions.

Will Day (Hawthorn)

It was a tight tussle for much of the Hawk's game against the Kangaroos but eventually, the Sam Mitchell-led boys got over the old master. Day was the leading disposal getter on the ground with 29 touches along with five clearances. Laying four tackles can never hurt either.

Half Backs

Liam Baker (Richmond)

While Richmond couldn't get the win on the weekend they were certainly competitive. Their defensive effort was good but it was a lack of goal-scoring that saw them lose. Baker was quality off the back flank running the ball forward for 449 metres gained from his 32 disposals.

James Sicily (Hawthorn)

The combination of Day and Sicily in the backline looks to be one that's going to play a big part in the rebuild of Hawthorn. The captain had 28 touches with a massive 18 marks in the backline to gain 344 metres for the mighty Hawks.

Jake Kelly (Essendon)

The occasion seemed to get a few Essendon players, but Jake Kelly certainly wasn't one of them. He managed 29 touches running off half-back as well as taking 11 marks. He's a future superstar of the competition and just a part of an Essendon lineup that is going to be competitive for a very long time.


Nick Daicos (Collingwood)

Daicos has made this team every week this year. He's the most underpaid player in the AFL and yet continues to dominate for the Pies. He kicked one goal to go with 28 touches and seven clearances out of the middle.

Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)

We might as well pencil Oliver in at this position for the rest of the season. Petracca playing forward more often allows Oliver to get even more touches than before. Oliver had 25 touches, two goals and laid seven tackles in a massive match for the Demons as they showed their domination over the Swans.

Mason Wood (St Kilda)

While Wilkie was finding the ball at half-back it was Wood who managed to run it through the middle more than any other. He had 27 touches in a massive effort that saw him kick a goal of his own while setting up plenty of others. With 11 marks, Wood showed that he can also get it done in the air as along the ground.

Half Forwards

Izak Rankine (Adelaide)

Adelaide winning the Showdown was certainly a surprise to most. They simply ran over the top of the Power in the final moments of the match and Rankine was a big part of it. Rankine kicked four goals in a 17-disposal match for the small forward. Bringing him in from the Gold Coast has certainly paid off.

Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast)

There seems to be something special happening on the Gold Coast at the moment. Players want to stay, they want to play for Dew and finally, they are beating good teams such as Geelong. Lukosius kicked five goals in a 12-disposal and 12-mark match for the forward. With the ability to go into the ruck and move up the field when needed, Lukosius is going to be serious talent over the next decade.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Western Bulldogs)

It wasn't just a big week for the Dogs, getting a good win but for Ugle-Hagan who gave a defining performance and gave an important message in standing up to racism. With five goals up forward he deserves everything positive that comes this week. Hopefully, he doesn't have to deal with the rubbish that was highlighted last weekend, ever again.

Full Forwards

Michael Walters (Fremantle)

Fremantle is obviously a much better team than the Eagles at the moment but to win the Derby by 41 points is never easy. Walters was the best on the field with four goals and a clearance. With Freo just outside of the eight this first win of the season for them should give them some momentum going forward.

Riley Thilthorpe (Adelaide)

The young forward line seems to be learning plenty from the more experienced men such as Taylor Walker. Thilthorpe came onto the scene last year with a five-goal bag and he's done the same in the showdown. He also took three marks and had five hit outs when temporarily taking over in the ruck.

Connor Rozee (Port Adelaide)

Despite a disappointing loss in the Showdown, Rozee certainly deserves a spot in this side. The small forward/midfielder had 28 touches to go along with his goal. He really was the only shining light in a pretty difficult loss for the Power who seem a little bit nowhere this season.


Sean Darcy (Fremantle)

Jarrod Witts from the Gold Coast has finally been dethroned as the ruckman of the week. With Nic Naitanui out for the Eagles, the Fremantle rucks of Darcy and Jackson simply dominated. Darcy had 52 hit outs in a 20-disposal and one-goal game. He was simply excellent all around the ground.

Jordan De Goey (Collingwood)

The coach's votes had De Goey on 10 and the next best on four, such was his domination this weekend. He had 35 touches, 23 kicks and six marks to go along with nine clearances. It's just a shame he can't kick straight, having scored three points without finding a major.

Patrick Cripps (Carlton)

A solid away win for the Blues has now cemented them in the top four as one of only three teams to not lose a match in 2023. Cripps had a massive 42 touches in a 13-clearance game. No doubt that he was the best-performing player of the round.


Jack Higgins (St Kilda), Caleb Serong (Fremantle), Harry Sheezel (North Melbourne), Jeremy Cameron (Geelong).