After polling in nearly every game prior to Gold Coast’s bye in round 13, Gary Ablett has since failed to poll a BFGN Phantom Brownlow vote in the three games that have followed.
Whilst alarm bells aren’t ringing yet, the pressure may mount as the blistering form of Scott Pendlebury means he could well be closing in on the Suns captain who is expected to be leading all-comers for the Brownlow at this stage of the season.
Collingwood vs. Adelaide
Scott Pendlebury capped off a dominant past few weeks worth of performances with a clear best-on-ground showing against Adelaide on Friday night. Picking up a career best 42 disposals (16 contested) along with; six marks, eight clearances, five tackles, eight inside 50s and 2.1.
Working in tandem with Pendlebury with great effect was Dane Swan, who amassed 31 disposals (14 contested), six clearances, five inside 50s and two goals.
In his 200th milestone match, Luke Ball was another who was superb for the Pies, racking up 30 disposals (18 contested), seven clearances, five tackles, six inside 50s and a goal.
3. S. Pendlebury
2. D. Swan
1. L. Ball
Port Adelaide vs. Hawthorn
Jarryd Roughead was unstoppable up forward for the Hawks, showing his dominance and relishing in the absence of Buddy. He finished with 5.2 and seven marks.
Captain Luke Hodge’s efficiency was a highlight, running at 80% disposal efficiency to go with 26 disposals (11 contested), six clearances, four tackles, six inside 50s and a goal.
Also having an impact both in the middle and up forward was Isaac Smith, who finished with three goals, 26 disposals, eight marks, nine tackles and three inside 50s.
3. J. Roughead
2. L. Hodge
1. I. Smith
Geelong vs. Melbourne
Inspirational skipper Joel Selwood was in fine form in his 150th milestone game, leading the way with 29 disposals (13 contested), nine clearances, 10 tackles and eight inside 50s.
Despite recording a disposal efficiency of 34% in scrappy conditions, Steve Johnson was highly influential, accumulating 38 disposals (24 contested), six marks, 15 clearances, eight tackles, five inside-50s and 1.2.
Youngster Josh Caddy was another who stood out for Geelong, finishing with 22 disposals (10 contested), five clearances, seven tackles, five inside 50s and 2.1.
3. J. Selwood
2. S. Johnson
1. J. Caddy
Richmond vs. Gold Coast
Much maligned Daniel Jackson has silenced his critics in recent weeks with strong performances, and his showing against Gold Coast will help continue that trend. In scrappy, wet conditions, he finished with 24 disposals (16 contested), eight clearances, four tackles and two goals.
Dustin Martin was another who was prolific for the Tigers, racking up 31 disposals (11 contested), five marks, four tackles and four inside 50s.
Also for Richmond, skipper Trent Cotchin was solid with 29 disposals (11 contested), nine marks, three clearances and three inside 50s.
3. D. Jackson
2. D. Martin
1. T. Cotchin
Brisbane vs. North Melbourne
It was yet again another day of heartbreak for North Melbourne, squandering a sizable lead and getting toppled when it looked as though victory was all but assured.
Tom Rockliff was one standout, helping spark the Lions to life after working his way into the game to finish with 28 disposals (14 contested), eight clearances, 11 tackles and five inside 50s.
Irishman Pearce Hanley’s run and dash was a feature, working to great effect as he pushed up forward to kick three crucial goals.
Meanwhile, for North Melbourne, Drew Petrie was his side’s best with seven marks and five goals.
3. T. Rockliff
2. P. Hanley
1. D. Petrie
Carlton vs. St. Kilda
Chris Judd wound back the clock as he helped carry Carlton to a win almost single-handedly with an overly dominant performance against the Saints. He finished with 26 disposals (13 contested), five marks, six clearances, four inside 50s and 1.1.
Kade Simpson is another who is sure to feature in the votes with a standout performance – arguably one of his best for the season. He finished with 28 disposals (nine contested), nine marks, five rebound 50s and three inside 50s.
With Jarrad Waite once again ruled out with injury, Lachie Henderson filled the void perfectly, finishing with 12 marks and four goals in a dominant display.
3. C. Judd
2. K. Simpson
1. L. Henderson
Sydney vs. GWS
Like expected, Sydney trounced GWS by 129 points, and Jarrad McVeigh was one of the main driving forces behind their dominance. Working his way around the ground with ease, he picked up 35 disposals, 11 marks, three rebound 50s and six inside 50s.
Nick Malceski’s run and carry work was a standout, sling-shotting the ball out of the Swans’ defensive 50 on a whopping 10 occasions, whilst accumulating the ball 30 times and kicking a goal.
Josh Kennedy’s contested game was probably the best of all Sydney players on the day, as he racked up 29 disposals (17 contested), five marks, seven clearances and kicked 2.2.
3. J. McVeigh
2. N. Malceski
1. J. P. Kennedy
Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon
Jason Winderlich was lively playing half-forward, kicking a game-high four goals; one of which was a goal of the year contender.
Dyson Heppell was another who was among Essendon’s best, accumulating 27 disposals (12 contested), five marks, six clearances, five tackles, six inside 50s and two goals.
Meanwhile, for the Dogs, Tom Liberatore tried valiantly all day and was the clear standout for his side, finishing with 33 disposals (18 contested), 11 clearances, six tackles, six inside 50s and a goal.
3. J. Winderlich
2. D. Heppell
1. T. Liberatore
West Coast vs. Fremantle
Chris Mayne was solid for the entire game for the Dockers, putting in a four-quarter effort to help get his side over the line against their archrivals in the Eagles. He finished with 21 disposals, six marks, nine tackles and three goals.
Nathan Fyfe was another standout for Fremantle, picking up 30 disposals (14 contested), eight marks, seven clearances, four tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.
For Fremantle, another who caught the eye was Michael Barlow, as he took out the Ross Glendenning Medal. Along with a game-high nine clearances, he also racked up 26 disposals (17 contested), nine clearances, six tackles and two goals.
3. C. Mayne
2. N. Fyfe
1. M. Barlow