The fight at the top of the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard continues, as Joel Selwood appears to have moved a step closer to claiming the AFL’s most prestigious award.
Whilst his direct competition in Josh Kennedy and Scott Pendlebury had quiet games in comparison, Selwood put in a best-afield performance against GWS to reduce Gary Ablett’s lead.
Ablett still holds a narrow lead over all-comers, with only four votes separating him from the aforementioned players. But, with five rounds to play, it would appear it is only a matter of time before all hope of hanging on for a third Brownlow medal is lost.
Carlton vs. North Melbourne
Much-maligned Carlton forward Jarrad Waite shrugged off the critics for a week, as he completely dominated after a lengthy stint in the reserves. He finished with 19 disposals (10 contested), 11 marks, six tackles and 4.1.
Bryce Gibbs also continued his best season to date for Carlton, racking up 27 disposals (14 contested), three marks, seven clearances, five tackles, three inside 50s and two goals.
Lachie Henderson was also dominant up forward for Carlton, kicking a game-high 6.3 among 17 disposals, seven marks and one clearance.
3. J. Waite
2. B. Gibbs
1. L. Henderson
Others in contention: K. Simpson.
St Kilda vs. Fremantle
St Kilda pulled out one of the upsets of the season, with a comprehensive victory over one of the flag contenders in Fremantle.
Nick Riewoldt was immense, and led the charge for St Kilda with a dominant display of 30 disposals (eight contested), 16 marks, two tackles, six inside 50s and 4.1.
Rhys Stanley played by far his best game for the Saints, accumulating 19 disposals, 14 marks, 13 hit outs, two tackles, two inside 50s and 3.2.
Shane Savage also shone with 30 disposals (nine contested), eight marks, three clearances, four rebound 50s, one tackle and seven inside 50s.
3. N. Riewoldt
2. R. Stanley
1. S. Savage
Others in contention: L. Dunstan.
GWS vs. Geelong
Geelong captain Joel Selwood continued his run towards the Brownlow post-Ablett, picking up 39 disposals (14 contested), eight marks, four clearances, three rebound 50s, two tackles, five inside 50s and 1.3.
Steve Johnson should also feature in the votes for a impressive display of 30 disposals (eight contested), 12 marks, two clearances, six rebound 50s, four tackles, three inside 50s and 3.1.
For GWS, Callan Ward helped his side come agonisingly close to upsetting the Cats, with 31 disposals (17 contested), four marks, six clearances, five tackles, three inside 50s and 1.2.
3. J. Selwood
2. S. Johnson
1. C. Ward
Others in contention: T. Hawkins.
Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne
Melbourne youngster Dom Tyson should catch the eye of the umpires as the most dominant midfielder on the day, racking up 32 disposals (15 contested), five marks, five clearances, two rebound 50s, seven tackles, two inside 50s and two goals.
For Port Adelaide, Justin Westhoff played a key role in his sides rousing victory. He finished with 21 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, three hit outs, two tackles, one inside 50 and 2.1.
Robbie Gray also put in another impressive performance with 26 disposals (16 contested), four marks, eight clearances, one rebound 50, six tackles and four inside 50s.
3. D. Tyson
2. J. Westhoff
1. R. Gray
Others in contention: O. Wines, N. Jones.
Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon
It was only a month or so ago that Jake Carlisle was almost dropped for his lacklustre year, but fast-forward to now and he is Essendon’s most effective and important player. He again proved that this round, kicking a whopping 8.2 among 19 disposals (10 contested), 12 marks, seven tackles and one inside 50.
Jackson Macrae was the standout for the Western Bulldogs, finishing with 32 disposals (nine contested), seven marks, three clearances, three rebound 50s, four tackles, nine inside 50s and one goal.
Dyson Heppell was another who looked impressive for Essendon, finishing with 22 disposals (13 contested), four marks, 10 clearances, eight tackles and six inside 50s.
3. J. Carlisle
2. J. Macrae
1. D. Heppell
Others in contention: P. Ryder.
West Coast vs. Richmond
Matthew Priddis should once again be a regular feature in the votes for West Coast, with another stellar game featuring a massive 18 tackles in wet conditions. He also finished with 30 disposals (18 contested), one mark, nine clearances, one rebound 50 and eight inside 50s despite his side’s loss.
For Richmond, young-gun Anthony Miles continues his impressive first season with a standout 21 disposals (15 contested), nine clearances, two rebound 50s, six tackles, three inside 50s and one goal.
Brett Deledio was another who caught the eye for Richmond, finishing with 26 disposals (14 contested), three marks, four clearances, five tackles, seven inside 50s and two behinds.
3. M. Priddis
2. A. Miles
1. B. Deledio
Others in contention: D. Martin.
Brisbane vs. Gold Coast
Pearce Hanley is almost a lock for maximum votes for his Marcus Ashcroft Medal winning performance of 45 disposals (11 contested), nine marks, nine clearances, one rebound 50, five tackles, 11 inside 50s and 2.1.
Tom Rockliff also racked up the ball with his usual ease, finishing with 47 disposals (19 contested), five marks, 11 clearances, three rebound 50s, 10 tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.
Dayne Zorko showed flashes of brilliance through the middle and around the ground and should see votes for his performance, which comprised of 32 disposals (22 contested), four marks, 10 clearances, two rebound 50s, seven tackles, seven inside 50s and 2.4.
3. P. Hanley
2. T. Rockliff
1. D. Zorko
Others in contention: S. Martin, J. Green.
Hawthorn vs. Sydney
Jordan Lewis was the standout contributor in Hawthorn’s nail-biting win over Sydney, picking up 35 disposals (15 contested), six marks, five clearances, tow rebound 50s, two tackles and seven inside 50s.
For Sydney, Ben McGlynn was the most effective, accumulating 23 disposals (10 contested), seven marks, two clearances, one rebound 50, nine tackles, eight inside 50s and 3.1.
Jarryd Roughead had the upper-hand in his battle against Sydney’s Ted Richards, booting 4.4 and gathering 18 disposals, seven marks, three clearances, one rebound 50, three tackles and one inside 50 in his 200th game.
3. J. Lewis
2. B. McGlynn
1. J. Roughead
Others in contention: S. Mitchell, L. Franklin.
Collingwood vs. Adelaide
Dayne Beams worked tirelessly through the middle and was Collingwood’s best by a long way, racking up 29 disposals (15 contested), four marks, seven clearances, two rebound 50s, four tackles, eight inside 50s and two goals.
Patrick Dangerfield sent a scare through the Adelaide camp with a knee strain late in the final quarter. However, he ultimately stood up in the clinch moments and helped seal the tight win for his side in what was billed a virtual elimination final game. He finished with 26 disposals (14 contested), four marks, six clearances, five rebound 50s, four tackles, five inside 50s and a behind.
At 100 percent disposals efficiency, Brodie Smith was among the best for Adelaide, and could even sneak the three votes. He finished with 24 disposals, five marks, seven rebound 50s, three inside 50s and two goals.
3. D. Beams
2. P. Dangerfield
1. B. Smith
Others in contention: S. Sidebottom.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
25 G. Ablett
21 J. Selwood
21 N. Fyfe*
18 J. Kennedy
18 S. Johnson*
17 S. Pendlebury
16 P. Dangerfield
16 M. Priddis
16 R. Gray
15 S. Thompson