With Gary Ablett having another quiet week with little chance of votes, you would think the gap in votes between himself and the next best that trailed him would be narrowing. He can count himself lucky, however, as the likes of Joel Selwood and Josh Kennedy are only chances for minor votes at best in round 11. But if he wants to maintain the five-vote lead atop of the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard, he will need to recapture his blistering form.
The only notable movement on the leaderboard came in the form of Dayne Beams, who now sits equal fourth after a best-on-ground performance against St Kilda.
Sydney vs. Geelong
No one could have picked the result, as Sydney shocked Geelong to trounce them by a whopping 110 points.
Nick Malceski was one of the biggest catalysts behind the demolition, with his rebounding work off half-back helping to restrict Geelong to one of their lowest scores on record. He finished with 37 disposals, eight marks, eight rebound 50s, four tackles, six inside 50s, and two behinds.
Craig Bird was also dominant, accumulating 33 disposals (13 contested), seven marks, six clearances, five tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.
Kurt Tippett worked well in tandem with Lance Franklin once again, but stood out as the most dominant forward with his strong marking. He finished with 13 disposals, seven marks, five hitouts and 5.3.
3. N. Malceski
2. C. Bird
1. K. Tippett
Others in contention: D. Hannebery, J. Kennedy, K. Jack, L. Parker.
St Kilda vs. Collingwood
Dayne Beams was strong in Collingwood’s big win, accumulating 33 disposals (16 contested), four marks, eight clearances, seven tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal.
The much-maligned Travis Cloke finally hit the type of form that has alluded him all year, kicking 5.2 to go with 23 disposals (10 contested), 12 marks, four tackles and five inside 50s.
Josh Thomas – who was a late replacement for Dane Swan – made the most of his opportunity with 29 disposals (12 contested), seven marks, four clearances, five tackles, seven inside 50s and 3.2.
3. D. Beams
2. T. Cloke
1. J. Thomas
Others in contention: S. Pendlebury, C. Young.
Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide
Whilst the three votes aren’t assured, Robbie Gray looked to be the pick of the bunch for Port Adelaide, finishing with 25 disposals, two marks, five clearances, three tackles, three inside 50s and 2.1.
While Travis Boak was labouring early, he went on to finish as one of his side’s best with 28 disposals, five marks, six clearances, five inside 50s and 1.1.
Dom Tyson was the standout for Melbourne with 30 disposals (10 contested), nine marks, four clearances, three rebound 50s, four inside 50s and two goals.
3. R. Gray
2. T. Boak
1. D. Tyson
Others in contention: J. Westhoff.
Brisbane vs. Carlton
Tom Rockliff was superb with the run and drive he provided his side in the middle, racking up 36 disposals (22 contested), six marks, nine clearances, six rebound 50s and 13 tackles.
The opposing captain in Marc Murphy stood tall for Carlton, finishing with 38 disposals (11 contested), eight marks, four clearances, six tackles, seven inside 50s and 1.1.
Jack Redden also proved a handful in the middle for Carlton with his quality clearance work. He finished with 28 disposals (13 contested), nine marks, 10 clearances, four rebound 50s, four tackles and one goal.
3. T. Rockliff
2. M. Murphy
1. J. Redden
Others in contention: D. Zorko, S. Docherty.
Essendon vs. Richmond
Ben Howlett, Brendon Goddard and Jobe Watson finished in a three-way tie for the Yiooken Award, so its safe to assume all will be in line for votes, but as to who polls the top votes is up for conjecture.
Howlett was superb, kicking a career-high five goals along with picking up 25 disposals (10 contested), five marks, three clearances, five tackles and five inside 50s.
Goddard looked impressive around the ground, racking up 30 disposals (eight contested), 11 marks, two clearances, five rebound 50s, four inside 50s and a behind.
Watson also had a day out, finishing with 36 disposals (nine contesed), four marks, four clearances, four tackles and five inside 50s.
3. B. Howlett
2. B. Goddard
1. J. Watson
Others in contention: D. Zaharakis.
Adelaide vs. Gold Coast
Taylor Walker reminded the footballing public just why he was sorely missed up forward by Adelaide in his most influential game back from injury. In a dominant display, the powerful goal-kicker finished with 22 disposals (10 contested), 10 marks, eight inside 50s and 5.1.
For the Suns, David Swallow was very influential in a losing side, picking up 37 disposals (14 contested), four marks, four inside 50s and two goals.
Rory Sloane was another standout for the Crows, causing damage around the stoppages to accumulate 29 disposals (22 contested), six marks, eight clearances, five rebound 50s, six tackles and six inside 50s.
3. T. Walker
2. D. Swallow
1. R. Sloane
Others in contention: M. Jaensch.
Western Bulldogs vs. Fremantle
Stephen Hill had a huge impact on the game with his lightning quick pace and smooth movement through traffic, accumulating 24 disposals, four marks, three clearances, five tackles, eight inside 50s and four goals.
Michael Barlow also looked impressive, finishing with 28 disposals (11 contested), 10 marks, two rebound 50s, eight tackles, three inside 50s and two behinds.
For the Western Bulldogs, Tom Liberatore led by example with his usual tackling prowess and work in contested situations to finish with 31 disposals (18 contested), five marks, nine clearances, 10 tackles, five inside 50s and one behind.
3. S. Hill
2. M. Barlow
1. T. Liberatore
Others in contention: S. Higgins.
Hawthorn vs. GWS
In a surprise result, last year’s wooden-spooners in GWS took the fight up to reigning premiers Hawthorn, who managed to escape with a seven-point win.
Devon Smith deserved best-on-ground honours, slicing Hawthorn’s defense apart with 26 disposals (15 contested), three marks, four clearances, three rebound 50s, 10 tackles, three inside 50s and four goals.
Lachie Whitfield was also quite damaging in the middle for GWS, finishing with 32 disposals (12 contested), nine marks, four clearances, four rebound 50s, four tackles and two inside 50s.
Isaac Smith helped to steady the Hawks when they were challenged, picking up 23 disposals, seven marks, two rebound 50s, two tackles, two inside 50s and four goals.
3. D. Smith
2. L. Whitfield
1. I. Smith
Others in contention: L. Hodge.
West Coast vs. North Melbourne
Nick Dal Santo put his leadership on display in helping get his side over the line, finishing with 34 disposals (12 contested), six marks, seven rebound 50s, four inside 50s and a goal.
Ben Cunnington was another for the Roos who was also crucial in the win, picking up 33 disposals (17 contested), four marks, eight clearances, four rebound 50s, six tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.
Whilst Brent Harvey was held to just two possessions in the first quarter by Scott Selwood, he rallied from there onwards to have a sizeable impact. The veteran finished with 27 disposals (11 contested), two marks, three clearances, three tackles, four inside 50s and 1.1.
3. N. Dal Santo
2. B. Cunnington
1. B. Harvey
Others in contention: R.Bastinac, L. Greenwood.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
18 G. Ablett
13 J. Selwood
12 J. Kennedy
11 D. Beams
11 T. Boak
11 N. Dal Santo
11 S. Johnson*
10 S. Pendlebury
10 P. Dangerfield
9 M. Murphy