After Andrew Demetriou reads out the votes for round 22, there could well be a Brownlow style duel-standoff heading into the final round.
The two men in question, of course, are opposing skippers Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood.
Whilst both players may struggle for votes this round, it only means round 23 is ever more crucial for their respective Brownlow aspirations. And as fate would have it, both Geelong and Gold Coast face relatively easy opponents (Brisbane and GWS) that both Selwood and Ablett will be expected to poll against.
Either way the cards fall, there is no doubt it is make or break for both players, and come the conclusion of round 23, odds indicate one will likely be crowned the 2013 Brownlow Medallist. As to who that will be, we will just have to wait and see.
Collingwood vs. West Coast
Collingwood’s depth and youthful talent was on full display on Friday night with a dominant game by youngster Josh Thomas, who had 22 disposals and a goal up until half time, and went on to finish with 35 disposals, eight marks, four clearances, four rebound-50s, seven inside-50s and 1.2.
Midfield dynamo Dane Swan also had his usual bevvy of possessions, and will be fighting out the two votes with his partner-in-crime Scott Pendlebury.
Swan finished with 34 disposals, seven marks, three clearances, four inside-50s and 2.1, whilst Pendlebury racked up 37 disposals (11 contested), five marks, five clearances, four rebound-50s, five tackles and four inside-50s.
3. J. Thomas
2. D. Swan
1. S. Pendlebury
Adelaide vs. Melbourne
It was a mix of young and old among those dominant for the Crows, with their lesser lights shining through to give a glimpse of the future.
Scott Thompson was at his dominant best, accumulating 33 disposals (18 contested), seven marks, nine clearances, seven tackles, four inside-50s and 1.1.
Young forward Lewis Johnston thrived in the absence of Tom Lynch, taking six marks and kicking 6.2 in a resounding display.
Another youngster in Brad Crouch worked brilliantly in tandem with Scott Thompson, picking up 31 disposals, five marks, five clearances, five tackles and five inside-50s.
3. S. Thompson
2. L. Johnston
1. B. Crouch
North Melbourne vs. Hawthorn
Hawthorn was made to play all the way up until the final siren against a desperate North Melbourne side eyeing off the prospect of finals.
Sam Mitchell starred in the middle for the Hawks as he went on to pick up 27 disposals, four marks, four clearances, four tackles and four inside-50s.
Hawks skipper Luke Hodge was another who stood out, playing a dominant role across halfback. He finished with 21 disposals, eight marks, three clearances, three rebound-50s and three tackles.
For the Roos, Daniel Wells was outstanding with 27 disposals (14 contested), six marks, four clearances, three inside-50s and 1.1.
3. S. Mitchell
2. L. Hodge
1. D. Wells
Geelong vs. Sydney
Geelong put Sydney to the sword from the first siren onwards, beating them comprehensively by 44 points.
Mathew Stoke was unstoppable, accumulating 37 quality disposals (15 contested), three clearances, seven tackles and five inside-50s.
The ever-mercurial Steve Johnson outplayed his opponents with a dominant game comprised of 26 disposals (12 contested), six marks, four clearances, five tackles, five inside-50s and 4.3.
Whilst Joel Selwood might not have had a bevvy of possessions, it was the quality at which they came which was most notable. He finished with 24 disposals (13 contested), six clearances, six tackles, six inside-50s and 2.1.
3. M. Stokes
2. S. Johnson
1. J. Selwood
Carlton vs. Essendon
On the back of some horrid form by Essendon, they once again stood up in the face of controversy and toppled an inaccurate Carlton side that was desperate to win to keep its finals hopes alive.
Whilst there weren’t many highlights for Carlton, Kade Simpson was one of them. He worked tirelessly all game and finished with a respectable 33 disposals (13 contested), five marks, nine rebound-50s, three tackles and three inside-50s.
For Essendon, Jobe Watson had a supreme influence with 27 disposals (11 contested), five clearances, four tackles and 2.1.
Brendon Goddard also stood out with 27 disposals (14 contested), eight marks, six tackles, six inside-50s and a goal.
3. K. Simpson
2. J. Watson
1. B. Goddard
Fremantle vs. Port Adelaide
Fremantle made easy work of Port Adelaide, and it was the performance of Hayden Ballantyne that underpinned their dominance. Despite heading into the match under an injury cloud, Ballantyne ran amok, kicking 4.1.
Youngster Lachie Neale also continues to impress, picking up 28 disposals (14 contested), six clearances, four inside-50s and 1.1.
Meanwhile, Zac Clarke proved to be a dominant figure both in the ruck and up forward, finished with 15 disposals, five marks, 30 hit-outs and two goals.
3. H. Ballantyne
2. L. Neale
1. Z. Clarke
St. Kilda vs. Gold Coast
St. Kilda registered their fourth win of the season against what looked like a tiring Gold Coast outfit.
Leigh Montagna was superb with 33 disposals, six marks, two clearances, five inside-50s and 3.1.
Nick Riewoldt also starred up forward for the Saints, with his inaccurate kicking only letting him down. He finished with 26 disposals, 15 marks (10 inside-50), six inside-50s and 4.5.
Also cutting the Gold Coast midfield to shreds was Nick Dal Santo who went on to finish with 31 disposals, seven marks, four rebound-50s, two inside-50s and a goal.
1. L. Montagna
2. N. Riewoldt
3. N. Dal Santo
GWS vs. Richmond
Richmond ran all over an insipid GWS, with Dustin Martin stealing the show among a handful of top Richmond contributors.
Martin was dominant in the middle for the Tigers, accumulating 33 disposals, eight marks, three clearances, five tackles and five inside-50s.
Ivan Maric also stood out with a game consisting of 17 disposals, six marks, 22 hit-outs, four clearances, five inside-50s and 2.1.
Reece Conca could also find himself in line for Brownlow votes with a 28 disposal (12 contested), seven marks, seven inside-50s and three goals.
3. D. Martin
2. I. Maric
1. R. Conca
Brisbane vs. Western Bulldogs
Tom Rockliff continued his rich vein of form, putting in another eye-catching performance with 33 disposals (10 contested), 10 marks, five clearances, seven tackles and three inside-50s.
For the Dogs, Tom Liberatore was at his clearance-winning best picking up 27 disposals (18 contested), 14 clearances, six tackles and six inside-50s.
Matthew Leuenberger was another who was overly dominant for the Lions, finishing with 17 disposals, four marks, 22 hit-outs, six clearances and two goals.
3. T. Rockliff
2. T. Liberatore
1. M. Leuenberger