In the wake of Gary Ablett now officially being ruled out for the season – and effectively the Brownlow race – it throws open the award to a number of contenders. Josh Kennedy is one who right in the mix, so too Scott Pendlebury and Joel Selwood. All bar Pendlebury are in the mix to receive votes this week, and with ‘Gaz’ needing to hold on in order to win his third Brownlow Medal, all three must start polling at a consistent pace in order to catch the Suns champion within the next six rounds.

Adelaide vs. Hawthorn

Patrick Dangerfield seemed unstoppable and proved a handful for Hawthorn all night, finishing with 41 disposals (27 contested), two marks, nine clearances, four rebound 50s, six tackles, seven inside 50s and three behinds.

Sam Mitchell also looked composed in the middle for Hawthorn, helping dismantle Adelaide with 28 disposals (nine contested), three marks, three clearances, eight tackles and three inside 50s.

Brad Crouch is certainly cementing his spot in the Adelaide midfield with 40 disposals (21 contested), nine clearances, three rebound 50s, two tackles and five inside 50s.

3. P. Dangerfield
2. S. Mitchell
1. B. Crouch

Others in contention: J. Jenkins, L. Hodge.

Melbourne vs. Geelong

Geelong captain Joel Selwood pushed his claims towards this year’s Brownlow Medal with 31 disposals (13 contested), five marks, seven clearances, six tackles, five inside 50s and two behinds.

Steve Johnson made easy work of the Melbourne midfield and was just as effective in the forward half with 27 disposals (seven contested), eight marks, two clearances, seven tackles, eight inside 50s, and two goals.

Steven Motlop was another for the Cats who provided x-factor and flair, finishing with 26 disposals (nine contested), seven marks, two clearances, eight inside 50s and 1.1.

3. J. Selwood
2. S. Johnson
1. S. Motlop

Others in contention: H. McIntosh, J. Kelly.

North Melbourne vs. St Kilda

St Kilda were totally outclassed all day by North Melbourne, and Todd Goldstein was one such player who led the charge with 39 hitouts among 20 disposals (10 contested), five marks, four clearances, five tackles, two inside 50s and two goals.

For St Kilda, David Armitage put in a solid showing to finish with 29 disposals (12 contested), five marks, 10 clearances, 11 tackles, eight inside 50s and two goals.

3. T. Goldstein
2. B. Harvey
1. D. Armitage

Others in contention: S. Wright.

Western Bulldogs vs. Gold Coast

Jackson Macrae was by far and away the best man afield, racking up his highest possession tally in his career to date and running rings around a hapless Gold Coast outfit. He finished with 43 disposals (10 contested), six marks, two clearances, five tackles, seven inside 50s and two goals.

After being pressed by the Suns early, Luke Dahlhaus was one of the most effective runners through the middle, helping get the game back on the Dogs’ terms. He finished with 24 disposals (16 contested), four marks, two clearances, four tackles, four inside 50s, and 1.3.

For the Suns, Jaeger O’Meara was one of the few standouts, finishing with 22 disposals (12 contested), three marks, five clearances, three rebound 50s, nine tackles, five inside 50s and 2.1.

3. J. Macrae
2. L. Dahlhaus
1. J. O’Meara

Others in contention: M. Boyd.

Brisbane vs. West Coast

Luke Shuey led from the front in his side’s narrow win over a gallant Brisbane outfit. He finished with 30 disposals (15 contested), two marks, nine clearances, two rebound 50s, two tackles, seven inside 50s and 2.1.

Also catching the eye was Matthew Priddis, who continued his outstanding season with another performance that is sure to warrant votes. He accumulated 25 disposals (14 contested), two marks, five clearances, six rebound 50s, six tackles, three inside 50s and two behinds.

Ryan Harwood could be in line for votes with 28 disposals (six contested), two marks, four rebound 50s, four tackles, two inside 50s and a goal.

3. L. Shuey
2. M. Priddis
1. R. Harwood

Others in contention: S. Martin.

Sydney vs. Carlton

Josh Kennedy helped elevate his Brownlow chances with a prolific performance for Sydney, serving it up to Carlton with a whopping 41 disposals (29 contested), two marks, 12 clearances, five tackles, five inside 50s and two behinds.

Lance Franklin seems to be becoming a regular fixture in the polling stakes as of late, with another eye-catching performance, particularly in the third quarter where he booted five of Sydney’s 10 goals for the term. He went on to finish with 18 disposals (nine contested), seven marks, three tackles, five inside 50s and 6.2.

Luke Parker was another for the Swans who impressed, picking up 27 disposals (13 contested), three marks, seven clearances, five tackles, two inside 50s and 2.2.

3. J. Kennedy
2. L. Franklin
1. L. Parker

Others in contention: J. McVeigh.

Richmond vs. Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak tried his hardest to drag his side over the line against Richmond with a standout performance in which he accumulated 39 disposals (21 contested), four marks, eight clearances, three rebound 50s, six tackles, five inside 50s and a goal.

The opposing captain in Richmond’s Trent Cotchin was superb from start to finish, picking up 26 disposals (19 contested), two marks, eight clearances, two rebound 50s, four tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.

Brett Deledio also stood out for Richmond, finishing with 26 disposals (15 contested), four marks, seven clearances, two rebound 50s, two tackles, 10 inside 50s and 1.2.

3. T. Boak
2. T. Cotchin
1. B. Deledio

Others in contention: A. Miles, J. Riewoldt.

Essendon vs. Collingwood

Jake Carlisle was an unstoppable force for Essendon at both ends of the ground, marking everything that came his way and proving a massive problem for Collingwood to contain. He finished with 26 disposals (12 contested), 19 marks, two tackles, four inside 50s and 4.2.

Brent Stanton looked impressive with 32 disposals (eight contested), 14 marks, five rebound 50s, four tackles, six inside 50s and a goal.

Likewise, Paul Chapman shone up forward with 20 disposals, three marks, two clearances, two rebound 50s, eight tackles, four inside 50s and three goals.

3. J. Carlisle
2. B. Stanton
1. P. Chapman

Others in contention: D. Heppell.

Fremantle vs. GWS

Fremantle dynamo Nathan Fyfe must be ruing his suspension from earlier on in the season as he edges closer and closer to Ablett with every passing week. Again he will come very close to polling maximum votes for his game consisting of 29 disposals (15 contested), five marks, eight clearances, six inside 50s and two goals.

Pesky forward Hayden Ballantyne put on a clinic in front of goals, kicking 5.3 among 13 disposals, seven marks, one tackle and two inside 50s.

Lachie Neale was another solid contributor for Fremantle with 24 disposals (nine contested), five marks, three clearances, three tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.

3. N. Fyfe
2. L. Neale
1. H. Ballantyne

Others in contention: T. Greene.

BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:

25 G. Ablett
21 N. Fyfe*
18 J. Selwood
18 J. Kennedy
17 S. Pendlebury
16 S. Johnson
15 R. Gray
15 S. Thompson
15 B. Harvey
14 P. Dangerfield