It would seem only a month or two ago that many were pencilling in Gary Ablett as the 2013 Brownlow Medallist. Fast forward to now, with only two rounds remaining in the season, and Ablett has a red-hot challenger in a former teammate; Joel Selwood.
The Geelong skipper has been in such scintillating form as of late, remarkably he could potentially poll a maximum of 17 votes between rounds 15-21 alone.
During that same period, Ablett would be hard pressed to poll any more than three votes.
As we head into the final two matches, Selwood looks to have the upper ascendency given Geelong host both Sydney and Brisbane at Simonds Stadium. But Ablett may be saved by the fact Gold Coast come up against easy opposition in St. Kilda and GWS.
It’s a remarkable comeback by Selwood, and it could yet become a remarkable achievement if he can pip ‘Gaz’ for the medal that many believed already had his name etched on the back.
Hawthorn vs. Collingwood
Hawthorn swatted off another premiership challenger with ease, and on this occasion it was Collingwood who was on the receiving end.
Hawk’s skipper Luke Hodge was the clear best-on-ground, racking up 28 disposals, eight marks, three rebound-50s, three tackles and five inside-50s.
Dane Swan also ran rampant in his side’s loss, accumulating his usual bevvy of possessions with 35 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, eight clearances, six inside-50s and 1.1.
Feasting on the Pies yet again, Lance Franklin extended his run of dominance over them in recent times, kicking four goals – giving him a return of 54 goals from his last 13 games. He also racked up 20 disposals, five marks, five inside-50s.
3. L. Hodge
2. D. Swan
1. L. Franklin
Richmond vs. Carlton
Brock McLean was a driving force behind the win for Carlton, having an impact both in the middle and up forward, kicking three majors. He also went on to gather 27 disposals (10 contested), six marks, five clearances, seven tackles and six inside-50s.
Mitch Robinson – who spent a week in the seconds on the back of some poor form – delivered in spades in his return. With Carlton trailing by 30 points at quarter time, Robinson’s ferocity and intensity around the ball helped wrestle the game from Richmond’s grasp. He finished with 25 disposals (11 contested), nine marks, four clearances, five tackles, seven inside-50s and a goal.
For the Tigers, Brett Deledio tried valiantly to deliver the win for his side in their approach toward the finals. He finished with 29 disposals (nine contested), four marks, seven rebound-50s, seven tackles and four inside-50s.
3. B. McLean
2. M. Robinson
1. B. Deledio
Port Adelaide vs. Gold Coast
Port Adelaide despatched the Gold Coast Suns in a fierce encounter, catapulting them one step away from a guaranteed finals berth.
Port captain Travis Boak was superb, inspiring his young side with 35 disposals (16 contested), nine marks, six clearances, four tackles, seven inside-50s and 3.1.
Suns young gun Harley Bennell was among the best in his side’s loss, accumulating 28 disposals, four marks, four tackles, four inside-50s and 3.3.
Port’s Brad Ebert also put in a solid display, accumulating 29 disposals (11 contested), six clearances, seven tackles, four inside-50s and a goal.
3. T. Boak
2. H. Bennell
1. B. Ebert
Essendon vs. North Melbourne
Essendon were in the match up to half time, but from then on it was all North Melbourne, with Daniel Wells helping turn the tide for his team. He finished with 17 disposals, five marks, three inside-50s and four goals.
Up forward for the Roos, Drew Petrie was overly dominant, kicking 3.1 to go with 10 marks, 20 disposals (10 contested) and six hit-outs.
Meanwhile, Levi Greenwood had leather poisoning running through the middle, racking up the ball at will with 38 disposals (19 contested), four clearances, four tackles and six inside-50s.
3. D. Wells
2. D. Petrie
1. L. Greenwood
Brisbane vs. GWS
After a turbulent week off field with Michael Voss’ sacking, Brisbane came out firing against GWS to register a 60-point victory.
Among the best for the Lions was youngster Sam Mayes. Kicking four first half goals, Mayes also gathered 21 disposals, three clearances, five tackles and six inside-50s.
Stalwart Simon Black showed glimpses of his glory days, picking up 28 disposals (12 contested), five clearances, four tackles and four inside-50s.
Down back for the Lions, Joel Patfull was incredibly solid, helping restrict GWS young-gun Jeremy Cameron to two goals, whilst also gathering 20 disposals, eight marks and four tackles.
3. S. Mayes
2. S. Black
1. J. Patfull
West Coast vs. Geelong
Geelong made easy work of West Coast, and it was their onball brigade the led the way.
Among them was Geelong skipper Joel Selwood, whose awesome form continued with 29 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, three clearances, five tackles, four inside-50s and four goals.
Steve Johnson also ran rampant with 37 disposals (12 contested), seven marks, five clearances, seven tackles and seven inside-50s, whilst Mathew Stokes rounded out Geelong’s midfield dominance with 30 disposals (12 contested), six marks, four clearances, four tackles, five inside-50s and two goals.
3. J. Selwood
2. S. Johnson
1. M. Stokes
Melbourne vs. Fremantle
David Mundy was dominant for Fremantle, running through the middle with ease to gather 34 disposals (10 contested), eight marks, six clearances, four rebound-50s and six inside-50s.
Danyle Pearce was another who caught the eye for Fremantle, accumulating 32 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, three clearances, four tackles, four inside-50s and one goal.
Stephen Hill’s speed was also damaging, as he picked up 25 disposals, eight marks, three rebound-50s, four tackles, four inside-50s and two goals.
3. D. Mundy
2. D. Pearce
1. S. Hill
Sydney vs. St. Kilda
Josh Kennedy ran rampant for the Swans as they easily despatched a struggling St. Kilda outfit. He finished with 38 disposals (22 contested), 12 clearances, five tackles and seven inside-50s.
For the Saints, Jack Steven played a lone hand for his side with 35 disposals (10 contested), five marks, six clearances, seven inside-50s and 2.2.
Ex-Crow Kurt Tippett looked as though he was on his way to half a dozen goals until hamstring tightness forced him to be subbed off late in the third term with hamstring tightness. He finished with 5.1 and five marks.
3. J. Kennedy
2. J. Steven
1. K. Tippett
Western Bulldogs vs. Adelaide
Dogs young-gun Tom Liberatore helped celebrate Adam Cooney’s 200th game in style, with a resounding display that featured 30 disposals (14 contested), eight clearances, five rebound-50s, five tackles, and four inside-50s.
Tory Dickson also chimed in with a solid display of six straight goals and five marks, whilst the milestone-man Adam Cooney was solid up forward with 2.1. to go with his 23 disposals, nine marks and four inside-50s.
3. T. Liberatore
2. T. Dickson
1. A. Cooney