There weren’t any sizeable movements on the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard, with the usual suspect in Gary Ablett in line for just the minor votes this time around.
Of the lesser lights, Robbie Gray is working his way up the leaderboard with a string of strong and consistent performances to sit a surprising equal-second. Meanwhile, tackling and contested possession machine Tom Liberatore has made his way into the Top 10 on the back of some white hot form.
Carlton vs. Hawthorn
Cyril Rioli proved a pest for Carlton for a majority of the match with his run, dash and slippery evasive skills. He finished with 20 disposals, five marks, three clearances, three tackles, three inside 50s and 3.3.
Bradley Hill was another who played in a similar mould to Rioli, with his goal-nous and burst impact through the middle. He racked up 21 disposals, four marks, seven inside 50s and a goal.
If you didn’t know that Chris Judd had returned from injury, you would be none the wiser considering he was showing no signs of laboring. He went on to put in one of his most solid performances in recent times and finish with 26 disposals (10 contested), three marks, three clearances, six tackles and six inside 50s.
3. C. Rioli
2. B. Hill
1. C. Judd
Others in contention: B. Gibbs, B. Sewell.
Richmond vs. Fremantle
Nat Fyfe was among the most solid contributors in his side’s win over a gallant Richmond outfit, accumulating 33 disposals (22 contested), four marks, eight clearances, three rebound 50s, three tackles and 1.1.
Hayden Ballantyne could very well seal the top votes for his outstanding performance up forward consisting of 11 disposals, six marks, three tackles, three inside 50s and 6.1.
For Richmond, Anthony Miles was the clear standout – which is amazing given he has only played a handful of games in his short career. He finished with 30 disposals (15 contested), 10 clearances, four tackles, six inside 50s and a goal.
3. N. Fyfe
2. H. Ballantyne
1. A. Miles
Others in contention: M. Barlow, D. Mundy.
Sydney vs. Port Adelaide
Lance Franklin proved the difference in the end, with five second-half goals helping seal the win for Sydney in a very tight encounter. In what was a virtuoso performance, he also finished with 23 disposals (10 contested), six marks and seven inside 50s.
For Port Adelaide, Robbie Gray was among the best, extending his career-best season with 35 disposals (16 contested), one mark, ten clearances, three tackles and two behinds.
Brad Ebert also looked impressive with 40 disposals (18 contested), five marks, nine clearances, five tackles, eight inside 50s and 1.1.
3. L. Franklin
2. R. Gray
1. B. Ebert
Others in contention: K. Jack.
West Coast vs. Gold Coast
Nic Naitanui put in another polished performance, stringing together solid form of a number of weeks now. He finished with 22 disposals (16 contested), two marks, 34 hitouts, six clearances and six tackles.
Josh Kennedy kicked yet another bag of goals to help his side overcome a relentless Gold Coast outfit. He finished with seven goals among 15 disposals and nine marks.
Gary Ablett was the most impressive for the Suns, but could be fighting it out for crucial votes with his teammate in Dion Prestia. Ablett racked up 33 disposals (16 contested), one mark, 11 clearances, eight tackles, five inside 50s and two behinds.
3. N. Naitanui
2. J. Kennedy
1. G. Ablett
Others in contention: M. Priddis, D. Prestia.
Brisbane vs. GWS
GWS’ promising midfielder, Lachie Whitfield looked superb and exemplified why he is a player of the future with 32 disposals (11 contested), five marks, four clearances, five inside 50s and 1.1.
Callan Ward led from the front and put in a fine showing with 31 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, 10 clearances, three rebound 50s, seven tackles and six inside 50s.
Brisbane’s Lewis Taylor could also be rewarded with minor votes for kicking three crucial goals to go with 19 disposals and four marks.
3. L. Whitfield
2. C. Ward
1. L. Taylor
Others in contention: S. Mumford.
Adelaide vs. North Melbourne
Brodie Smith should be vying for maximum votes for his performance which comprised of 29 disposals (10 contested), nine marks, six rebound 50s, four inside 50s and a goal.
Scott Thompson also had a profound influence through the middle, finishing with 30 disposals (11 contested), five marks, seven clearances, nine tackles and four inside 50s.
Livewire forward Eddie Betts was prolific in the forward-half, kicking 3.1 to go with 13 disposals (11 contested), one mark and four tackles.
3. B. Smith
2. S. Thompson
1. E. Betts
Others in contention: R. Sloane, S. Kerridge, B. Harvey.
Geelong vs. St Kilda
Jimmy Bartel offered his services all over the ground to great effect, finishing with 32 disposals, 13 marks, three clearances, five tackles, six inside 50s and 1.1.
Mathew Stokes was another key contributor for the Cats, accumulating 36 disposals (14 contested), seven marks, six clearances, five tackles, seven inside 50s and 1.1.
Mitch Duncan was also a stand-out, picking up 20 disposals, 13 marks, two clearances, three rebound 50s, four tackles and three goals.
3. J. Bartel
2. M. Stokes
1. M. Duncan
Others in contention: T. Hawkins.
Collingwood vs. Western Bulldogs
Tom Liberatore was in brilliant touch, continuing his solid form with 34 disposals (23 contested), one mark, 13 clearances and 10 tackles.
Ryan Griffen also put in an eye-catching display to respond to criticism about his recent form. He finished with 27 disposals (14 contested), one mark, eight clearances, six tackles, four inside 50s and two goals.
Travis Cloke tried his best to keep his side in contention for most of the match with a bag of 6.1 among 12 disposals and nine marks.
3. T. Liberatore
2. R. Griffen
1. T. Cloke
Others in contention: S. Pendlebury.
Essendon vs. Melbourne
David Zaharakis was enormous for Essendon in his side’s narrow loss, kicking late back-to-back goals to almost snatch the victory in the closing moments of the match. He finished with 31 disposals (13 contested), five marks, five clearances, nine inside 50s and 4.1.
Lynden Dunn was immense – as he has been over the past couple of weeks – racking up loose ball off the half-back line with ease. He finished with 29 disposals (nine contested), 11 marks, 16 rebound 50s and two tackles in a superb display.
Brendon Goddard was the next best for Essendon, picking up a bevy of possessions to finish with 31 disposals (10 contested), 10 marks, four clearances, eight tackles, five inside 50s and 1.2.
3. D. Zaharakis
2. L. Dunn
1. B. Goddard
Others in contention: N. Jones.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
21 G. Ablett
13 S. Pendlebury
13 J. Selwood
13 J. Kennedy
13 R. Gray
12 B. Harvey
11 D. Beams
11 N. Jones
11 T. Boak
11 T. Liberatore