Gary Ablett continued his dominant season to extend his lead atop the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard with another performance that should warrant multiple votes.
Among the other contenders, Scott Pendlebury should be in line for votes, as should Josh P. Kennedy for his strong performance in his side’s narrow win over Richmond.
Richmond vs. Sydney
Richmond were certainly gallant in defeat, pushing the Swans right up until the end. Whilst they fell away and were overcome by the premiership favourites, there were still some strong individual performers in yellow and black.
Dustin Martin was prolific all game for Richmond, serving it up to the Swans with a career-high 36 disposals (12 contested), five marks, five clearances, five rebound-50s, four tackles and three inside 50s.
Lance Franklin is becoming a clutch player in his first season at the Swans, igniting in the second-half to finish with 17 disposals, four marks, seven tackles and four goals.
Josh Kennedy was one of the most effective runners through the middle, helping to get the game back on Sydney’s terms when the Tigers pushed for the win. He finished with 24 disposals (17 contested), seven clearances, 12 tackles and four inside 50s.
3. D. Martin
2. L. Franklin
Others in contention: L. Parker
Port Adelaide vs. Western Bulldogs
Bulking Power forward Jay Schulz put on a clinic in front of goal, kicking 8.2 among 22 disposals (11 contested), 14 marks, two tackles and four inside 50s.
Oliver Wines looked composed in the middle, helping dismantle the Dogs with 30 disposals (17 contested), 11 clearances, six tackles and two inside 50s.
Justin Westhoff also inflicted damage in the forward-half, finishing with 25 disposals, 10 marks, five hitouts, six tackles and 3.1.
3. J. Szhulz
2. O. Wines
1. J. Westhoff
Others in contention: C. Wingard, R. Gray.
Hawthorn vs. Collingwood
In what proved an arm-wrestle early in the match, Hawthorn flexed their muscles to finish as sizeable victors over Collingwood.
Brad Sewell starred in his side’s win, accumulating 26 disposals (11 contested), six marks, three clearances, seven inside 50s and one goal.
Scott Pendlebury worked tirelessly in the middle for the Pies, finishing with 35 disposals (13 contested), five marks, four clearances, three rebound 50s, three tackles and five inside 50s.
Sharp-shooter Luke Breust continued his near-perfect conversion rate up forward, finishing with four goals, along with 20 disposals (11 contested), three marks, five tackles and five inside 50s.
3. B. Sewell
2. S. Pendlebury
1. L. Breust
Others in contention: T. Cloke, L. Hodge.
Gold Coast vs. Geelong
Harley Bennell ran riot both in the middle and up forward, kicking a massive 6.3 to go with 27 disposals, 11 marks, two clearances and four inside-50s.
The little master Gary Ablett continues to shine week after week, with another strong performance consisting of 33 disposals (17 contested), five marks, nine clearances, four rebound 50s, eight tackles, five inside 50s and a goal.
Dion Prestia was another Sun who put in a solid showing to finish with 28 disposals (10 contested), 11 marks, three clearances, six tackles, and four inside 50s.
3. H. Bennell
2. G. Ablett
1. D. Prestia
Others in contention: J. Selwood.
Fremantle vs. Brisbane
Fremantle had a crushing win over a hapless Brisbane side, and the newly signed Nathan Fyfe was one of the main driving forces behind the result. He finished with 29 disposals (19 contested), 11 clearances, six tackles and seven inside 50s.
Michael Barlow will also be vying for votes for his solid game of 26 disposals (10 contested), three marks, four clearances, four tackles, five inside 50s and 2.1.
Brisbane’s Tom Rockliff put in a massive performance considering he was on the losing team, finishing with a whopping 45 disposals (21 contested), five marks, 13 clearances, six rebound 50s, 12 tackles and three inside 50s.
3. N. Fyfe
2. M. Barlow
1. T. Rockliff
Others in contention: D. Mundy.
Essendon vs. Adelaide
Brendon Goddard was relatively subdued in his performance for most of the match, but he was immense in the last term, accumulating 16 disposals and helping steady Essendon in their narrow victory over Adelaide. He finished with 32 disposals, 12 marks, four clearances, five tackles, seven inside 50s and 1.1.
Adelaide’s Scott Thompson will be vying for top honors for his performance consisting of 41 disposals (15 contested), six marks, 10 clearances, seven tackles and three inside 50s.
Dyson Heppell was another standout for Essendon with 27 disposals (13 contested), five marks, seven clearances, four tackles and four inside 50s.
3. B. Goddard
2. S. Thompson
1. D. Heppell
Others in contention: M. Hibberd, S. Jacobs
GWS vs. Carlton
GWS captain Callan Ward led from the front, with the victory over Carlton marking the side’s first back-to-back wins in the club’s history. He finished with 29 disposals (14 contested), four marks, seven clearances, eight tackles, seven inside 50s and 1.2.
Shane Mumford made easy work of his opponent Robert Warnock in the ruck, finishing with 55 hitouts among 18 disposals (11 contested), five marks, three clearances, three rebound 50s, nine tackles and four inside 50s.
Mitch Robinson was one of the few shining lights in what was a dark day for Carlton, finishing with 31 disposals (14 contested), nine marks, 10 clearances, five tackles and five inside 50s.
3. C. Ward
2. S. Mumford
1. M. Robinson
Others in contention: S. Coniglio, D. Shiel, B. Gibbs.
St Kilda vs. West Coast
Matt Rosa was one of the standouts for the Eagles, accumulating 37 disposals (10 contested), four marks, two clearances and four inside 50s.
Matt Priddis also shone with his usual contested attack at the ball, picking up 30 disposals (18 contested), three marks, eight clearances, four tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.
For St Kilda, Jack Billings was a worthy Rising Star Nominee for this performance, finishing with 25 disposals (100 percent disposal efficiency), eight marks, four rebound 50s, six inside 50s and three goals.
3. M. Rosa
2. M. Priddis
1. J. Billings
Others in contention: M. LeCras.
Melbourne vs. North Melbourne
Bernie Vince looked impressive all match and should be in line for top votes for a performance that consisted of 41 disposals, nine marks, three rebound 50s, five tackles, four inside 50s and three goals.
For North Melbourne, Levi Greenwood continued his impressive season with 30 disposals (11 contested), eight marks, five clearances, four tackles, three inside 50s and 2.2.
The evergreen Brent Harvey was another who impressed for the Kangaroos with 28 disposals, five marks, three clearances, three tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.
3. B. Vince
2. L. Greenwood
1. B. Harvey
Others in contention: N. Jones.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
23 G. Ablett
15 S. Pendlebury
14 J. Kennedy
13 J. Selwood
13 R. Gray
13 B. Harvey
13 N. Fyfe*
13 S. Thompson
11 D. Beams
11 T. Boak