AFL 2023: Round Nine Team Of The Week

Some big changes in the team of the week after some clear stand-out performances.

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 Nine.

Full Backs

Brodie Smith (Adelaide)

Despite being named in the back pocket Brodie Smith was all over the ground having 32 disposals and kicking a goal. He was instrumental in the Crows win gaining more than 700 metres while taking nine marks.

Harris Andrews (Brisbane)

The combination of Andrews and Daniher down back and up forward will be the key to a Brisbane premiership this season. Andrews had 19 touches from the backline tasking 12 key marks to gain almost 400 metres.

Mason Redman (Essendon)

It's not often two backmen get in the side from a team that played against each other but here we are with Andrews and Redman. Playing in the pocket and travelling up forward Redman had 30 touches, laid a tackle and took seven marks.

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Half Backs

Nick Daicos (Collingwood)

The Brownlow favourite continues to pick up votes and keeps his spot on the halfback flank. He got back over the 40 disposal mark this week while taking three marks, getting a clearance and a goal assist to gain 539 metres.

Nathan Broad (Richmond)

The big backman was key in stopping a hot Geelong forward line, giving Richmond a much-needed victory after several weeks at the bottom of the completion. Broad had 19 touches and seven marks to gain 361 metres.

Daniel Rioli (Richmond)

Rioli plays a very similar role to Nick Daicos just off the other half-back flank and of course not quite getting as many touches. Rioli had 23 touches as well as kicking a goal when going up forward. With an assist and 513 metres gained he was impossible to leave out the side.

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Errol Gulden (Sydney)

Across a weekend of great performances, there was no better than Errol Gulden, even better considering it was in the losing side. Gulden had 39 touches through the middle while picking up eight clearances and kicking two goals. Simply incredible.

Christian Petracca (Melbourne)

The Melbourne midfield continues to be the most dominant in the competition and Petracca was a big part of that on the weekend. He had 30 touches and six clearances through the middle but a massive five-goal assist is the most impressive.

Matt Rowell (Gold Coast)

Rowell looks back to his best after a couple of seasons in and out with injury. He was best on ground in a huge win for the Suns in which Rowell had 29 touches, kicked a goal of his own, had six clearances and had three goal assists.

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Half Forwards

Zac Butters (Port Adelaide)

Port Adelaide pushed their way into the top four once again with a big win over the Roos in Hobart. Butters seemed to be everywhere on the field with his 32 disposals and three clearances while also laying a couple of tackles.

Joe Daniher (Brisbane)

Daniher has had a great last couple of weeks and that continued against Esseondon with six majors and a behind. He also spent a little bit of time in the ruck having a couple of hit outs and clearances to add to a great match to put him fourth overall in the Coleman race.

Dustin Martin (Richmond)

Who else but Dustin Martin? He was back to his best on the weekend leading the win against Geelong with four goals, and a couple of key clearances when playing through the middle. He might not do it as often but Martin is still one of the best match-winners in the competition.

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Full Forwards

Jordan De Goey (Collingwood)

De Goey continues a good season on the field after being in the media plenty off the field to begin the year. Against the Giants the midfielder/forward had 31 touches while grabbing seven clearances and a goal.

Ben King (Gold Coast)

The big forward from the Gold Coast is again pushing his case for a big contract in Melbourne after another bag of goals. This weekend it was four goals and three behinds in a 15-disposal match that saw him gain 447 metres and also have a goal assist.

Taylor Walker (Adelaide)

The big man up forward was the clear difference between these sides. He had 16 touches when going up the ground but the main point is five goals and eight marks while in the forward line.

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Sean Darcy (Fremantle)

The big ruckman was dominant this weekend largely going up against Tom Hickey. Darcy had 44 hits outs leading to nine clearances for himself as well as 18 disposals.

Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)

Oliver was once again the Brownlow votes this weekend and is pushing towards taking that little medal home at the end of the year. This weekend it was 34 touches and a goal that gets him this position in the team of the week.

Sam Walsh (Carlton)

In a midfield and team of stars, Sam Walsh was the best of them in Carlton's loss over the Dogs. Walsh had 29 touches and kicked a goal while going up forward as well as producing a couple of goal assists.

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