Whilst Gary Ablett was missing from the votes after a quiet couple of weeks, he certainly hit back with a solid showing against Sydney that should attract umpire attention. This should help catapult him further into the lead on the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard, and leave some breathing space between himself and the next best, which at his stage are Joel Selwood and Josh Kennedy. The latter should also see votes on the weekend, and could even outpoll Ablett, but whether or not his game was superior enough for him to do that remains to be seen.
Geelong v. Carlton
Bryce Gibbs played arguably his best game for Carlton in a long time. He was everywhere the ball was and played a number of pivotal roles in his side’s narrow defeat. He finished with 29 disposals (11 contested), three marks, six clearances, six tackles, five inside 50s and 4.2.
Tom Hawkins was by far and away the most dominant forward on the night. Such was his sheer strength and presence, he saw a number of opponents rotated on him throughout the match. He kicked four goals straight and also racked up 17 disposals (11 contested), 10 marks and four inside 50s.
Matthew Stokes should also be in line for votes for his standout performance around the goals. He finished with 22 disposals (12 contested), six marks, five clearances, three inside 50s and 3.1.
3. B. Gibbs
2. T. Hawkins
1. M. Stokes
Others in contention: J. Selwood, C. Guthrie.
Hawthorn vs. West Coast
Jarryd Roughead was in such scintillating form he was kicking goals from everywhere: even one where he attempted to kick one on the goal line, only for the ball to miss his foot, bounce onto his other foot and go through for a goal. He finished the match with a bag of 8.2 along with 24 disposals (13 contested), eight marks, six tackles and five inside 50s in a best on ground display.
Luke Hodge was another who was dominant with 28 disposals (11 contested), four marks, six clearances, seven tackles, seven inside 50s and 1.1.
For the Eagles, Andrew Gaff was his side’s best, accumulating 26 disposals, eight marks, four rebound 50s, five tackles, four inside 50s and three goals.
3. J. Roughead
2. L. Hodge
1. A. Gaff
Others in contention: J. Lewis.
Port Adelaide vs. St Kilda
It’ll be a wrestle for top honours in this game, with such an even contribution across the board by top of the table Port Adelaide.
Hamish Hartlett was one such player who stood out for his game consisting of 36 disposals (14 contested), eight marks, three rebound 50s, five tackles, three inside 50s and 1.1.
Robbie Gray was pivotal rotating through the middle and up forward to finish with 25 disposals, six marks, four clearances, three tackles and 4.1.
Meanwhile, Chad Wingard sure caught the eye, with the electrifying youngster taking a potential Mark of the Year. He also finished with 23 disposals, 10 marks, four clearances, three tackles, seven inside 50s and 3.2.
3. H. Hartlett
2. R. Gray
1. C. Wingard
Others in contention: M. Lobbe.
GWS vs. Essendon
David Zaharakis put in a polished performance, as his side overcame a relentless GWS outfit. He finished with 34 disposals (11 contested), 4 marks, five clearances, five tackles, nine inside-50s and 2.1.
GWS’ Adam Treloar continues his meteoritic rise as the competition’s next player working their way into the ‘elite’ bracket, picking up 27 disposals (12 contested), seven marks, eight clearances, three rebound 50s, five tackles, six inside 50s and 3.1.
Devon Smith has also continued his solid form, finishing with 33 disposals (nine contested), six marks, four clearances, three rebound 50s, three tackles, six inside 50s and 1.1.
3. D. Zaharakis
2. A. Treloar
1. D. Smith
Others in contention: H. Shaw.
Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane
Jack Redden was overly impressive for Brisbane, racking up a bevy of possessions to finish with 26 disposals (11 contested), six marks, five clearances, nine tackles and two goals.
Jackson Macrae was the most impressive for the Western Bulldogs, picking up 35 disposals (10 contested), eight marks, three rebound 50s, six tackles and six inside 50s.
Rohan Bewick could also find himself with minor votes, finishing with 30 disposals (10 contested), three marks, five clearances, three rebound 50s, five inside 50s and one goal.
3. J. Redden
2. J. Macrae
1. R. Bewick
Others in contention: D. Zorko.
Gold Coast vs. Sydney
There’s no doubting who the best three players were, but the big question will be whether Ablett can snatch the three votes or have to settle for the minor votes.
Dan Hannebery looked superb with 30 disposals (15 contested), seven marks, six clearances, three tackles and five inside 50s.
Gary Ablett put in one of his trademark four-quarter efforts whilst racking up a handful of touches along the way to finish with 37 disposals (19 contested), five marks, nine clearances, nine tackles, eight inside 50s and 1.2.
Josh Kennedy was also in brilliant touch, continuing his solid form with 28 disposals (13 contested), three marks, eight clearances, four tackles, three inside 50s and two goals.
3. D. Hannebery
2. G. Ablett
1. J. Kennedy
Others in contention: K. Jack.
Fremantle vs. Adelaide
Fremantle giant Aaron Sandilands was in fine form in his side’s win over Adelaide, dominating both in the ruck and around the ground with his strong pack marking to finish with 20 disposals (12 contested), eight marks, 38 hitouts, four clearances and three tackles.
Lee Spurr also put in an eye-catching display with 32 disposals (13 contested), four marks, three rebound 50s, three tackles and three inside 50s.
David Mundy is another for Fremantle who could be on track for votes for a strong performance consisting of 32 disposals (16 contested), two marks, five clearances, four rebound 50s, four tackles and two inside 50s.
3. A. Sandilands
2. L. Spurr
1. D. Mundy
Others in contention: P. Duffield.
North Melbourne vs. Richmond
Brent Harvey flew the flag for North Melbourne in their comeback win against a disappointing Richmond side, with his second goal at the start of the third quarter sparking their resurgence. He went on to finish with 25 disposals (nine contested), six marks, two clearances, five tackles, four inside 50s and 3.2.
For Richmond, Dustin Martin looked to be in the finest touch before being quelled in the second half. Despite his quiet end to the game, he finished with 28 disposals, six marks, three rebound 50s, four tackles, three inside 50s and 4.1.
North Melbourne dominated the ruck, and it was due to the tireless work of Todd Goldstein who accumulated 43 hitouts along with 20 disposals (14 contested), six marks, five tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.
3. B. Harvey
2. D. Martin
1. T. Goldstein
Others in contention: L. Greenwood.
Melbourne vs. Collingwood
It was an arm-wrestle type affair for the Queen’s Birthday Clash, but Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury helped his side skip away to victory in the end with 26 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, six clearances, two inside 50s and a goal.
The opposing captain in Nathan Jones was another standout with 29 disposals (10 contested), three marks, five clearances, six tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.
Clinton Young’s raking left-foot bombs were crucial in a game where space was scarce. He finished with 26 disposals, 13 marks, four rebound 50s and five inside 50s.
3. S. Pendlebury
2. N. Jones
1. C. Young
Others in contention: L. Dunn.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
20 G. Ablett
13 S. Pendlebury
13 J. Selwood
13 J. Kennedy
12 B. Harvey
11 D. Beams
11 N. Jones
11 T. Boak
11 N. Dal Santo
11 S. Johnson*