Nathan-Fyfe

Such is Nat Fyfe’s influence on Fremantle’s fortunes in recent weeks, there is now a serious possibility he could have his name in the history books as the next player to ‘win’ the Brownlow Medal whilst ineligible.

Fyfe was involved in an incident that was deemed a “high bump” against Gold Coast in round two, and as a result had to serve two weeks on the sidelines.

Corey McKernan polled the equal-most votes in 1996, but was ineligible due to a suspension he sustained earlier in the season.

Chris Grant mirrored that same feat a season later, when in 1997 he polled 27 votes to win the Brownlow outright, but had to forfeit the medal to Robert Harvey due to an earlier suspension ruling him ineligible.

Meanwhile, Joel Selwood edges closer to claiming top spot on the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard with another best-on-ground performance against North Melbourne. He now sits one vote behind Gary Ablett, and if his recent form is anything to go by, it is only a matter of time before he claims the top mantle.

Fremantle vs. Carlton

Very few players have the ability to drag a team over the line to win a close game, but Nat Fyfe did just that for Fremantle. He was immense in the clinches and proved the difference with 28 disposals (21 contested), four marks, three hitouts, 13 clearances, one rebound 50, two tackles, four inside 50s and two goals.

Chris Judd showed flashes of his old brilliance to stand among Carlton’s best performers. He finished with 22 disposals (15 contested), three marks, nine clearances, two rebound 50s, four tackles, four inside 50s and 1.1.

Michael Barlow was also another Docker who stood up when it mattered to finish with 24 disposals (seven contested), 10 marks, three hitouts, two clearances, two rebound 50s, four tackles, three inside 50s and 2.1.

3. N. Fyfe
2. C. Judd
1. M. Barlow

Others in contention: K. Simpson.

Sydney vs. Essendon

Luke Parker put in a scintillating display, accumulating 35 disposals (18 contested), three marks, seven clearances, three rebound 50s, five tackles, four inside 50s and two behinds.

Ben McGlynn also proved a menace running through the middle and up forward, picking up 25 disposals (14 contested), five marks, five clearances, two rebound 50s, four tackles, five inside 50s and 2.1.

Essendon’s Michael Hurley was as solid as a rock in defence, finishing with 29 disposals (14 contested), seven marks, two clearances, four rebound 50s, three inside 50s and one goal.

3. L. Parker
2. B. McGlynn
1. M. Hurley

Others in contention: N. Malceski, J. McVeigh.

Adelaide vs. West Coast

Andrew Gaff’s slick movement and goals late in the match helped give West Coast the leg up the needed when pressing for the win. He finished with 31 disposals, five marks, three clearances, two tackles, eight inside 50s and three goals.

Josh Kennedy also ran riot after his direct opponent in Daniel Talia had to be subbed out of the match due to a concussion. He finished with 5.4 among 17 disposals and 11 marks.

Brad Crouch was a standout for Adelaide in his side’s shock loss, finishing with 30 disposals (13 contested), one mark, six clearances, three rebound 50s, five tackles, two inside 50s and two goals.

3. A. Gaff
2. J. Kennedy
1. B. Crouch

Others in contention: M. Priddis.

Richmond vs. GWS

It was business as usual for an in-form Richmond outfit as they easily accounted for a lacklustre GWS.

Brett Deledio was one of the major driving forces behind the win, racking up 31 disposals (eight contested), 10 marks, four clearances, four rebound 50s, one tackle, seven inside 50s and two goals.

Brandon Ellis also continued his strong season to finish with 34 disposals (eight contested), five marks, one clearance, five rebound 50s, one tackle, five inside 50s and one goal.

Meanwhile, Tigers captain Trent Cotchin looked impressive with 30 disposals (18 contested), five marks, six clearances, four rebound 50s, two tackles, two inside 50s and one goal.

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

Others in contention: C. Ward.

Gold Coast vs. St Kilda

Dion Prestia led the way for the Suns, and was damaging with every one of his disposals, accumulating 31 touches (11 contested), two marks, six clearances, three rebound 50s, six tackles, four inside 50s and one behind.

For St Kilda, Lenny Hayes was the clear standout with 24 disposals (14 contested), six marks, five hitouts, five clearances and nine tackles.

Tom Lynch proved the best forward on the day as the Suns focal point in their attacking half. He finished with 4.2 along with 14 disposals (nine contested) and six marks.

3. D. Prestia
2. L. Hayes
1. T. Lynch

Others in contention: M. Rischitelli.

North Melbourne vs. Geelong

Joel Selwood once more took another step towards claiming his first Brownlow Medal, with a impressive display of 29 disposals (11 contested), 12 marks, five clearances, one rebound 50, four tackles, seven inside 50s and one goal.

Mitch Duncan was also prolific, kicking 3.2 to go with 24 disposals (11 contested), eight marks, three clearances, two rebound 50s, two tackles and two inside 50s.

Allen Christensen was another solid contributor for Geelong in their hard-fought win, racking up 29 disposals (10 contested), four marks, five clearances, three tackles, eight inside 50s and 1.3.

3. J. Selwood
2. M. Duncan
1. A. Christensen

Others in contention: T. Goldstein.

Melbourne vs. Brisbane

The resurgence of the forgotten man in Stefan Martin has been incredible since his inclusion into the side. He shone against his former side with both his ruck work and use of the ball to finish with 24 disposals (14 contested), six marks, 23 hitouts, eight clearances, one rebound 50, three tackles and five inside 50s.

Melbourne captain Nathan Jones was important in helping his side win the contested ball, whilst racking up 30 disposals (14 contested), two marks, seven clearances, two rebound 50s, two tackles, four inside 50s and a goal.

Tom Rockliff should also feature in the votes for his outstanding game consisting of 32 disposals (10 contested), three marks, seven clearances, four rebound 50s, seven tackles and three inside 50s.

3. S. Martin
2. N. Jones
1. T. Rockliff

Others in contention: D. Tyson.

Hawthorn vs. Western Bulldogs

Jarryd Roughead commanded the ball up forward for Hawthorn, and dined on the Western Bulldogs defence to finish with 6.1 along with 15 disposals (nine contested) and five marks.

Liam Shiels stood out for his work in tight to finish with 28 disposals (12 contested), three marks, seven clearances, two rebound 50s, eight tackles, three inside 50s and a behind.

Jordan Lewis also caught the eye for his contested play, picking up 26 disposals (15 contested), four marks, three hitouts, nine clearances, one rebound 50, three tackles, two inside 50s and 2.1.

3. J. Roughead
2. L. Shiels
1. J. Lewis

Others in contention: R. Griffen.

Collingwood vs. Port Adelaide

Dayne Beams stood up when it mattered and the game was on the line in a must-win match for Collingwood. He finished with 32 disposals (18 contested), five marks, 10 clearances, one rebound 50, seven tackles, six inside 50s and 1.1.

Hamish Hartlett helped surge his team back to life in the third term, when he kicked three goals and looked almost unstoppable. He went on to finish with 23 disposals, three marks, five clearances, eight tackles, three inside 50s and four goals.

Steele Sidebottom also continued his hot run of form with another outstanding performance featuring 31 disposals (eight contested), eight marks, two clearances, three rebound 50s, four tackles, four inside 50s and 2.2.

3. D. Beams
2. H. Hartlett
1. S. Sidebottom

Others in contention: S. Pendlebury.

BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:

25 Ablett
24 Selwood
24 Fyfe*
18 Kennedy
18 Johnson*
17 Pendlebury
17 Beams
16 Priddis
16 Dangerfield
16 Gray