The ‘little master’ Gary Ablett might not feature in the votes for his performance against Carlton, but he is still expected to be leading all-comers at this stage, and remains the favourite to take out the 2013 Brownlow Medal with five rounds remaining.

Among the other contenders, Joel Selwood and Dane Swan look to be making a late charge home, whilst Sam Mitchell could be eyeing off his third consecutive second-place finish with another strong performance on the weekend.

Essendon vs. Hawthorn

Hawthorn gave their old rival Essendon a whack to the tune of 56 points, and they were led by the awesome form of Lance Franklin who kicked eight goals on return after a layoff due to injury.

In the centre for the Hawks, Sam Mitchell was superb with 31 disposals (six contested), seven marks, seven clearances and four inside-50s.

Luke Hodge was another for Hawthorn that stood out, racking up 30 disposals (10 contested), 12 marks and three inside-50s.

3. L. Franklin
2. S. Mitchell
1. L. Hodge

Gold Coast vs. Carlton

Matthew Kreuzer stood tall in the win for Carlton, capitalizing on the injury to Gold Coast’s promising ruckman Tom Nicholls to record 42 hit-outs and five clearances.

Kade Simpson continues his resurgence into form late in the season with another impressive performance. He finished with 28 disposals, 13 marks, four rebound-50s and four inside-50s.

Up forward for Carlton, Lachie Henderson looked right at home – as he has for the past month – as he went on to kick 4.3, among 16 disposals and seven marks.

3. M. Kreuzer
2. K. Simpson
1. L. Henderson

Melbourne vs. North Melbourne

Youngster Ben Cunnington stood up in what was a massive win for North Melbourne, accumulating 34 disposals (20 contested), six marks, nine clearances, seven tackles, five inside-50s and 2.1.

Veteran Brent Harvey was in fine fiddle, racking up a game-high 35 disposals, eight marks, six clearances, 10 inside-50s and a goal.

Meanwhile, Todd Goldstein made easy work Melbourne’s young ruck stocks, recording 49 hit-outs along with 20 disposals (10 contested), five tackles and 2.1.

3. B. Cunnington
2. B. Harvey
1. T. Goldstein

Collingwood vs. GWS

Collingwood were pushed to the brink early by a young GWS side that was relentless in the first-half of the match. Jeremy Cameron led the charge, kicking his first seven-goal haul, and making claim to becoming the competitions next big power-forward of the future.

For the victors, Dane Swan was impressive, racking up 39 disposals (13 contested), nine marks, three tackles, four inside-50s and kicking 3.3.

Steele Sidebottom also put in a solid performance, accumulating 31 disposals, eight marks, four clearances, four tackles, seven inside-50s and three goals.

3. D. Swan
2. J. Cameron
1. S. Sidebottom

Geelong vs. St. Kilda

Geelong captain Joel Selwood starred as his side thumped St. Kilda by 101 points. He finished with 32 disposals (10 contested), six marks, four clearances, five inside-50s and 3.1.

Steven Motlop was everywhere, picking up 15 disposals up until half time to eventually finish with 29, along with six marks, and four goals.

In the forward half for Geelong, Tom Hawkins was dominant with five goals and six marks.

3. J. Selwood
2. S. Motlop
1. T. Hawkins

Fremantle vs. Adelaide

Nathan Fyfe is in such good form at the moment, if Gary Ablett wasn’t so dominant and he wasn’t ineligible, he may have been in contention for the Brownlow this season.

When the match was swaying in Adelaide’s favour, Fyfe was crucial in helping wrestle back the momentum, racking up 29 disposals, nine marks, three clearances, four inside-50s and kicking 4.2.

Adelaide’s Rory Sloane did he best to try and get his side back into the contest, picking up 10 disposals, six marks, three tackles and three goal assists alone in a massive third quarter. He went on to finish with 30 disposals (17 contested), seven marks, seven clearances, seven tackles and four inside-50s.

Also for Fremantle, Stephen Hill looked impressive and was immense with his disposals efficiency of 92.6%, accumulating 27 disposals, six marks, four rebound-50s and kicking 1.1.

3. N. Fyfe
2. R. Sloane
1. S. Hill

Port Adelaide vs. Brisbane

Port Adelaide skipper Travis Boak led his side to a narrow nine-point win over a gallant Brisbane outfit. He finished with a game-high 27 disposals (10 contested), five marks, six tackles and eight inside-50s.

For the Lions, Tom Rockliff was the standout, recording 28 disposals (12 contested), 10 clearances and six tackles.

Hamish Hartlett also featured among the best, and could have had more of an impact had he converted the three behinds he recorded. Hartlett finished 26 disposals, five marks, four tackles and six inside-50s.

3. T. Boak
2. T. Rockliff
1. H. Hartlett

Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast

Electrifying Luke Dahlhaus ran rampant, kicking four goals whilst racking up 29 disposals (16 contested), two clearances, six tackles and seven inside-50s.

In the back-half Robert Murphy was solid as a rock with six rebound-50s along with 29 disposals, two marks, three inside-50s and 1.1.

Adam Cooney also looked to be in fine form, finishing with 30 disposals, four marks, five clearances, three inside-50s and 1.2.

3. L. Dahlhaus
2. R. Murphy
1. A. Cooney

Sydney vs. Richmond

Kieren Jack was superb for the Swans all match, accumulating 26 disposals, two clearances, 10 tackles, nine inside-50s and two goals.

Also running through the midfield with great effect was Ryan O’Keefe who finished with 30 disposals (14 contested), four clearances, five tackles and six inside-50s.

Up forward, Jesse White was the most effective forward, kicking a game-high four goals.

3. K. Jack
2. R. O’Keefe
1. J. White