Gary-Ablett

Well, it’s happened. Gary Ablett is mortal after all, with the Suns champion sustaining a dislocated shoulder, ruling him out for the rest of the season. It also means that whatever Brownlow votes he has polled up until now will need to be enough to hold on and win if he is to collect his third ‘Charlie’.

It also has ramifications in terms of elevating the Brownlow prospects for the likes of Josh Kennedy, Scott Pendlebury and Joel Selwood who sit behind Ablett on the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard. The question remains: can ‘Gazza’ hold on and win, or will he be chased down by one of the aforementioned players, or perhaps another smokey?

North Melbourne vs. Hawthorn

North Melbourne stunned Hawthorn with an impressive 20-point win, and Nick Dal Santo was one player who was a clear standout. He finished with 36 disposals (11 contested), two marks, seven clearances, two rebound 50s, three inside 50s and one behind.

Levi Greenwood continued his scintillating run of form, accumulating 27 disposals (15 contested), six marks, eight clearances, seven tackles, six inside 50s and two goals.

Drew Petrie settled after an altercation with Brian Lake and lifted to kick 5.1 among 14 disposals (nine contested), five marks, four tackles and two inside 50s.

3. N. Dal Santo
2. L. Greenwood
1. D. Petrie

Others in contention: J. Gunston, L. Hansen.

Richmond vs. Brisbane

Trent Cotchin followed on from his solid showing last round with another standout game against Brisbane where he accumulated 37 disposals (16 contested), three marks, five clearances, three tackles, two inside 50s and one behind.

Tom Rockliff almost played a lone hand such was his outstanding form. He finished with 36 disposals (17 contested), five marks, seven clearances, 10 tackles, six inside 50s and one behind.

Dustin Martin was also a solid contributor for Richmond, picking up 34 disposals (four contested), five marks, two clearances, three rebound 50s, three tackles, four inside 50s and one behind.

3. T. Cotchin
2. T. Rockliff
1. D. Martin

Others in contention: T. Vickery.

GWS vs. Adelaide

As has been the case in nearly all of their previous encounters, Adelaide made very easy work of GWS. Rory Sloane led the charge, racking up 34 disposals (12 contested), nine marks, six clearances, two rebound 50s, five tackles, two inside 50s and two goals.

Eddie Betts was menacing around the goals, kicking a game-high 5.1 among 15 disposals, four marks, two clearances and two tackles.

Brad Crouch also caught the eye with 24 disposals (seven contested), five marks, four clearances, seven tackles, five inside 50s and 1.1.

3. R. Sloane
2. E. Betts
1. B. Crouch

Others in contention: B. Martin.

Gold Coast vs. Collingwood

When Suns captain Gary Ablett went down due to a shoulder injury, the younger midfield needed to step up in his absence, and David Swallow was one such player who did just that. He finished with 31 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, eight clearances, four rebound 50s, three tackles, and four inside 50s.

Jaeger O’Meara also shouldered the load in the middle for the Suns, picking up 25 disposals (10 contested), eight marks, three clearances, three rebound 50s, six tackles and four inside 50s.

For Collingwood, Scott Pendlebury was the only key contributor and should be in line for votes for his efforts. He finished with 25 disposals (12 contested), three marks, three clearances, nine tackles and five inside 50s.

3. D. Swallow
2. J. O’Meara
1. S. Pendlebury

Others in contention: None.

Melbourne vs. Fremantle

Nathan Fyfe put in yet another scintillating performance for Fremantle, accumulating 29 disposals (20 contested), three marks, six clearances, three tackles, five inside 50s and one behind.

Michael Barlow was also just as effective, picking up 29 disposals (13 contested), seven marks, five clearances, two rebound 50s, nine tackles, three inside 50s and one goal.

Lachie Neale also looked impressive with 30 disposals (12 contested), three marks, five clearances, two rebound 50s, eight tackles, three inside 50s and one goal.

3. N. Fyfe
2. M. Barlow
1. L. Neale

Others in contention: None.

Port Adelaide vs. Essendon

David Zaharakis was at his dominant best for Essendon, accumulating 30 disposals (12 contested), four marks, four clearances, three rebound 50s, seven tackles, five inside 50s and one behind.

Robbie Gray was a lone standout for Port Adelaide, finishing with 30 disposals (12 contested), three marks, four clearances, two tackles, three inside 50s and 1.1.

David Myers played a key role in his side’s win, looking prominent with 24 disposals (13 contested), three marks, eight clearances, three rebound 50s, eight tackles, two inside 50s and a goal.

3. D. Zaharakis
2. R. Gray
1. D. Myers

Others in contention: H. Hartlett.

Carlton vs. St Kilda

Playing at both ends of the ground with great effect, Andrejs Everitt was outstanding, picking up 23 disposals, 13 marks, two tackles, four inside 50s and two goals.

Andrew Walker was also very damaging with his turn of speed and strong marking around the ground, picking up 28 disposals (five contested), 10 marks, two clearances, six rebound 50s and two inside 50s.

Up forward, Lachie Henderson was among the most effective in front of the goals, kicking 4.1 among 14 disposals (nine contested), eight marks and three inside 50s.

3. A. Everitt
2. A. Walker
1. L. Henderson

Others in contention: S. Docherty, M. Murphy.

West Coast vs. Sydney

There’s no disputing Luke Parker was definitely best afield, running rampant in the middle to finish with 33 disposals (22 contested), three marks, seven clearances, six tackles, five inside 50s and two goals.

Ben McGlynn was the focal point in the forward half for Sydney, kicking 2.3 among 27 disposals (11 contested), three marks, five clearances, five tackles and six inside 50s.

Jarrad McVeigh was dominant running off half-back marshalling the defence, and picking up possessions in the middle. He finished with 27 disposals (10 contested), two marks, 10 tackles and four inside-50s.

3. L. Parker
2. B. McGlynn
1. J. McVeigh

Others in contention: M. Priddis, L. Jetta.

Geelong vs. Western Bulldogs

Steve Johnson proved the difference in the end, returning to form with 25 disposals (12 contested), five marks, seven clearances, 14 tackles, four inside 50s and 1.1.

For the Dogs, contested possession machine Tom Liberatore looked in fine touch with 32 disposals (20 contested), two marks, 12 clearances, two rebound 50s, seven tackles and five inside 50s.

Also for the Cats, Steven Motlop was menacing with every one of his 30 disposals (11 contested), five marks, two clearances, four tackles, three inside 50s and two behinds.

3. S. Johnson
2. T. Liberatore
1. S. Motlop

Others in contention: M. Duncan.

BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:

25 G. Ablett
18 N. Fyfe*
17 S. Pendlebury
15 J. Selwood
15 J. Kennedy
15 R. Gray
15 S. Thompson
14 N. Dal Santo
15 R. Gray
13 B. Harvey