The Bound For Glory News Team of the Week will be a selection of the best twenty two players that week, whilst fitting into a team structure. As round one has been split over two weeks, the first four games will have a team this week and the next five games will have a team next week.
Honourable mentions: Tom Langdon, Kane Cornes, Kade Simpson, David Ellard, Phil Davis and Matthew Warnock.
Without further ado, here is the team:
B: H.Hartlett, L.McPharlin, S.Coniglio
HB: C.Ward, M.Johnson, B.Gibbs
C: D.Prestia, G.Ablett, M.Barlow
HF: O.Wines, J.Cameron, A.Treloar
F: H.Ballantyne, J.Westhoff , R.Gray
Foll: A.Sandilands, D.Beams, T.Cotchin
INT: J.Polec, S.Mumford, D.Ellard, B.Deledio
Hamish Hartlett: 21 possessions and two massive goals are just about standard for the match winner. His hairstyle resembled that of Gary Ablett senior, but his game was far different. Hartlett provided plenty of attack as well as solid defending.
Luke McPharlin: He managed a reasonable 11 disposals and five marks without giving any free kicks away. More importantly though, McPharlin kept Travis Cloke scoreless to three quarter time, with Cloke ending up with just one behind and seven touches.
Stephen Coniglio: It was a great game from the former pick two. Coniglio was a real competitive beast with 11 tackles, 27 touches and a goal. It was a wonderful all round performance.
Callan Ward: Ward was pivotal in the way the game unfolded. He went head to head with Josh Kennedy and came out on top with 32 possessions, five tackles and a goal. He was so influential in the third quarter to give the Giants a sniff.
Michael Johnson: Johnson played the loose man role well, with 23 touches all up. He provided plenty of drive out of the back half and continues to show why he is worthy of the title “most underrated man in football”.
Bryce Gibbs: Gibbs was one of Carlton’s better players, despite many of his touches being cheapies. Two goals and 23 possessions is a good haul for him. He is starting to come of age.
Dion Prestia: Prestia is reaching an almost elite level now. 32 possessions and a goal was a solid statline for the ‘Human Meatball’ , but what was more impressive was his seven marks. He moved so well around the ground to set up play.
Gary Ablett: It was a typical game from the maestro as the Suns got up over the Tigers. He gathered 42 possessions and two goals, despite being tagged by Matt Thomas.
Michael Barlow: Barlow’s second quarter was huge, and he had a big hand in turning the game into a blood bath. 29 possessions, seven marks and nine tackles was a respectable night from a guy who churns those sorts of numbers out regularly.
Oliver Wines: If you weren’t on the bandwagon before, jump on now! Wines recorded 28 touches, two goals, nine tackles and six marks. Those goals came at important times too. The kid is a match winner already.
Jeremy Cameron: I tossed up between Cameron and Jon Patton, but went with the guy who ended up kicking four. It was not a massive game, but showed how well he can work with other star forwards, and four goals straight from nine possessions is the kind of efficiency Leon Cameron will love.
Adam Treloar: Treloar is a wonder kid. He had plenty of contested possession in the last quarter as the Giants stormed home. 34 possessions and eight tackles sums up his ball winning ability and the pressure that the Giants applied.
Hayden Ballantyne: Ballantyne did not have a huge night, but definitely looked to turn around from his abysmal Grand Final. He kicked three goals and had a decent 10 possessions. Ben Sinclair is no slouch so Ballantyne can be relatively happy with his own game.
Justin Westhoff: I haven’t seen such a dominant quarter for a while, and it reminded me why I love football! Despite being crunched by Andrew Walker in the second quarter, he dominated Matthew Watson, marking everything and kicking four goals in the second term. He finished with five for the game as well as 20 touches and eight marks.
Robbie Gray: Gray was creative and provided an effective foil for Westhoff. His four goals from 17 possessions is great on paper. His influence on the game was even more than that. He is so damaging on his day.
Aaron Sandilands: Sandilands had a massive night out. He looks like he hasn’t missed any games at all, with an unbelievable 39 hitouts, 19 possessions and seven marks. He just got the nod over Shane Mumford in the starting ruck position.
Dayne Beams: Beams was probably Collingwood’s best player with 31 touches and nine tackles. He seemed to be just about everywhere and beat David Mundy in a head-to-head clash.
Trent Cotchin: You can’t ask for much more. The Richmond captain tallied 38 disposals and a goal against the Suns. All that he needed was the win.
Jared Polec: Polec basically started the run of goals off his own boot in the last quarter. His 24 possessions sounds fair, but he seemed to be everywhere in the last quarter. He ended up with a goal himself too and showed the class he was known for at the Lions.
Shane Mumford: 45 hitouts were what ultimately won the Giants the game. Their control of the possession count in the last quarter was largely due to Mumford’s ability to beat Sydney’s Mike Pyke in the ruck. He ended up with 13 disposals and seven tackles in what was an impressive start in a Giants uniform.
David Swallow: Swallow is finally starting to break loose. The former number one pick has been disappointing so far, but he tore it up on Saturday night. 27 disposals and nine marks are great numbers, and he would have made the starting team if his one goal and four behinds was a little straighter.
Brett Deledio: Deledio was moved off Ablett but still had a hot game himself. 33 touches, a goal and eight marks was a solid way to start the season.