Robbie-Gray

After grabbing the equal lead on the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard with Gary Ablett last round, Joel Selwood failed to extend it into an outright lead.

He was expected to poll against Hawthorn given his favourable polling history of 12 votes in 15 games, but unfortunately he was left ruing a missed opportunity, being well held by the Hawks and is likely to miss out on votes.

Gary Ablett certainly wouldn’t have thought he would still be in contention at this stage of the season, and he is one player who will be hoping Selwood misses out on even more votes when he faces Brisbane in the last round of the home and away season.

Sydney’s Josh Kennedy also makes his return this week as he makes a last ditch attempt at votes.

Meanwhile, Robbie Gray and Lance Franklin are the latest smokies to come from the clouds and catapult themselves into contention on a back of great performances.

With just one round to come, who will come out on top?

Port Adelaide vs. Carlton

The Brownlow smokie in the form of Robbie Gray did his medal chances no harm with yet another scintillating game. He tore Carlton’s lacklustre midfield to shreds with 31 disposals (16 contested), five marks, seven clearances, three rebound 50s, five tackles, three inside 50s and 4.2.

Hamish Hartlett was another of Port’s midfield that caused havoc, accumulating 27 disposals (nine contested), five marks, three clearances, two rebound 50s, two tackles, four inside 50s and 1.1.

Travis Boak rounded out the trifecta of dominant midfielders for Port Adelaide, picking up 27 disposals (eight contested), six marks, four clearances, one rebound 50, two tackles, nine inside 50s and one goal.

3. R. Gray
2. H. Hartlett
1. T. Boak

Others in contention: B. Gibbs.

North Melbourne vs. Adelaide

Jack Ziebell was immense in the second half, especially in last quarter for his work in the forward half. He finished with 4.5 along with 25 disposals (14 contested), eight marks, three clearances, one rebound 50, three tackles and two inside 50s.

Richard Douglas was one of the few shining lights for Adelaide as his side dropped off in the last quarter. He finished with 27 disposals (13 contested), five marks, 10 clearances, five tackles and seven inside 50s.

Andrew Swallow could be in line for the minor votes for his dominant clearance work in the second half, where he picked up 24 disposals (15 contested), two marks, 11 clearances, five tackles and five inside 50s.

3. J. Ziebell
2. R. Douglas
1. A. Swallow

Others in contention: N. Dal Santo.

Essendon vs. Gold Coast

When the game was in the balance and there to be won, Brendon Goddard stood up and delivered when it mattered and should be a safe bet for maximum votes. He finished with 28 disposals (10 contested), nine marks, three clearances, two rebound 50s, three tackles, six inside 50s and 3.2.

Michael Hurley was nearly as effective for Essendon, racking up 27 disposals (seven contested), 12 marks, five rebound 50s, one tackle, two inside 50s and two goals.

David Zaharakis also chipped in with two goals of his own, along with 24 dispsoals (seven contested), seven marks, two clearances, four tackles, six inside 50s and two goals.

3. B. Goddard
2. M. Hurley
1. D. Zaharakis

Others in contention: D. Prestia, D. Swallow.

GWS vs. Collingwood

Josh Thomas was a clear best onground for a dominant overall game both in the middle and up forward. He finished with 29 disposals (10 contested), four marks, three clearances, one rebound 50, eight tackles, two inside 50s and 3.1.

Toby Greene was a ball magnet for his side and one the umpires will find it hard to miss, racking up a whopping 42 disposals (16 contested), seven marks, five clearances, four rebound 50s, five tackles, six inside 50s and 1.1.

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury shouldered much of the responsibility when Dane Swan went down with injury midway through the match. He looked classy as always, accumulating 28 disposals (16 contested), two marks, nine clearances, four rebound 50s, eight tackles and three inside 50s.

3. J. Thomas
2. T. Greene
1. S. Pendlebury

Others in contention: S. Mumford.

West Coast vs. Melbourne

Mark LeCras inflicted the most damage on a hapless Melbourne outfit, kicking 4.2 along with 23 disposals (eight contested), eight marks, three clearances, six tackles and four inside 50s.

Chris Masten looked damaging in the middle for West Coast, picking up 32 disposals (four contested) at 90 percent efficiency, nine marks, one clearance, two rebound 50s, two tackles and seven inside 50s.

Andrew Gaff also put in a solid performance consisting of 29 disposals (10 contested), four marks, six clearances, three rebound 50s, seven tackles, one inside 50 and one goal.

3. M. LeCras
2. C. Masten
1. A. Gaff

Others in contention: L. Shuey.

Hawthorn vs. Geelong

Will Langford put in one of the more impressive games of his short career to date, with solid marking and ability to weave his way in and out of traffic. He finished with 23 disposals (13 contested), four marks, three clearances, two rebound 50s, two tackles, three inside 50s and 2.1.

Mitch Duncan was a clear standout for Geelong in the absence of some of his side’s bigger names. He finished with 37 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, six clearances

Jordan Lewis continued his impressive run of form with 25 disposals (nine contested), seven marks, four clearances, two rebound 50s, four tackles, three inside 50s and 1.1.

3. W. Langford
2. M. Duncan
1. J. Lewis

Others in contention: A. Mackie.

Brisbane vs. Fremantle

Stephen Hill was a livewire throughout the match and is certainly in line for maximum votes. He finished with 26 disposals (12 contested), four marks, six clearances, three rebound 50s, three tackles, seven inside 50s and 1.1.

David Mundy was the next best for Fremantle, racking up 24 disposals (12 contested), three marks, eight clearances, one rebound 50, two tackles, one inside 50 and 2.1.

For Brisbane, Dayne Zorko was the most impressive, accumulating 38 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, eight clearances, one inside 50, five tackles and three inside 50s.

3. S. Hill
2. D. Mundy
1. D. Zorko

Others in contention: H. Ballantyne, T. Rockliff.

Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney

Luke Parker amazingly overshadowed Lance Franklin’s virtuoso performance up forward, tearing a scythe through the Western Bulldogs midfield with a dominant display. He finished with 32 disposals (18 contested), three marks, 10 clearances, three rebound 50s, 11 tackles, four inside 50s and 1.1.

Franklin was simply unstoppable, kicking 6.2 to go with 18 disposals (eight contested), nine marks, two clearances, one tackle and four inside 50s.

Jarred McVeigh was the leading possession getter on the ground, picking up 33 disposals (nine contested), two marks, three clearances, one rebound 50, six tackles, four inside 50s and two behinds.

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

Others in contention: N. Malceski.

Richmond vs. St Kilda

As is usually the case against the Saints, Jack Riewoldt had another day out, dining on their lacklustre defence with 6.2 along with 11 disposals and six marks.

Of Richmond’s midfielders, Brett Deledio looked the most impressive, racking up 26 disposals (nine contested), seven marks, one clearance, one rebound 50, three tackles, five inside 50s and 2.1.

For the Saints, David Armitage stood out with 26 disposals (13 contested), five marks, four clearances, two rebound 50s, two tackles, five inside 50s and one goal.

3. J. Riewoldt
2. B. Deledio
1. D. Armitage

Others in contention: B. Houli, N. Riewoldt.

BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:

25 J. Selwood
25 G. Ablett
24 N. Fyfe*
22 R. Gray
19 J. Kennedy
19 M. Priddis
18 S. Pendlebury
18 L. Franklin
18 T. Rockliff
18 S. Johnson*