Another game, another certain three votes it would seem for Gary Ablett, and he is showing no signs of slowing.
Due to Joel Selwood being well held to a tag by Hawthorn, it now sees Ablett bridge the vote gap to sit one vote behind the Geelong captain near the top of the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard.
Among the other contenders, Patrick Dangerfield has finally put his name on the leaderboard with a near-certain three vote performance, whilst Nick Riewoldt and Trent Cotchin steadily make their move towards the top.
Brisbane vs. Richmond
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin led from the front and shone in his side’s scrappy win against the struggling Lions. He finished with 32 disposals (12 contested), five marks, seven clearances, seven tackles, five inside 50s and a goal.
Up forward for the Tigers, Jack Riewoldt was most potent, kicking 4.1 along with gathering 15 disposals and nine marks.
For the Lions, Tom Rockliff was one of their few shining lights, picking up an impressive 32 disposals, five marks, three clearances, five rebound 50s and six tackles.
3. T. Cotchin
2. J. Riewoldt
1. T. Rockliff
Others in calculations: J. Brown, D. Martin.
Collingwood vs. North Melbourne
After struggling to find form in the early rounds of this season, it looks as though Dane Swan is finally starting to hit his straps. He finished with 35 disposals, 11 marks, three clearances, three rebound 50s, five tackles and three inside 50s.
Steele Sidebottom was another who stood out in Collingwood’s victory over North Melbourne, accumulating 34 disposals, 12 marks, six rebound 50s, three tackles and five inside 50s.
It would also seem Alex Fasolo is relishing his new role off half-back, picking up 32 disposals, seven marks and three tackles.
3. D. Swan
2. S. Sidebottom
1. A. Fasolo
Others in calculations: S. Pendlebury, T. Cloke.
Sydney vs. Fremantle
Sydney’s Josh Kennedy was outstanding from start to finish, racking up 38 disposals (21 contested), four marks, four clearances, three tackles, four inside 50s and 1.2.
For Fremantle, the inside work of David Mundy was a standout. He finished with 31 disposals (13 contested), five marks, four clearances, five rebound 50s, five inside 50s and 1.1.
Similarly, Matthew Pavlich was a focal point up forward for the Dockers, kicking 4.1 among 22 disposals (11 contested), nine marks and five inside 50s.
3. J. Kennedy
2. D. Mundy
1. M. Pavlich
Others in calculations: N. Fyfe, D. Rampe.
West Coast vs. Port Adelaide
The class of Robbie Gray shone through with his disposal efficiency of 83 percent testament to his effectiveness. He finished with 24 disposals (13 contested), eight marks, five clearances, four tackles, three inside 50s and two goals.
Brad Ebert was another impressive player in Port’s gutsy win, accumulating 26 disposals, 10 marks, three rebound 50s and 2.1.
Meanwhile, ex-Lion Jared Polec is proving to be one of the pick-ups of the off-season, with another scintillating performance consisting of 27 disposals, seven marks, four tackles and five inside 50s.
3. R. Gray
2. B. Ebert
1. J. Polec
Others in calculations: M. Priddis, J. Darling, C. Wingard.
Essendon vs. St Kilda
With a five-goal haul, St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt looked unstoppable and was the clear standout on the night. He also finished with 17 disposals and 10 marks.
Another veteran in Lenny Hayes also looked super classy with 32 disposals (11 contested), seven marks, six clearances and five tackles.
Leigh Montagna was another who combined in the middle to great effect, as he went on to gather 31 disposals (13 contested), six marks, eight clearances, five rebound 50s, seven tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.
3. N. Riewoldt
2. L. Hayes
1. L. Montagna
Others in calculations: A. Schneider.
Adelaide vs. GWS
After a relatively slow start to the season, Patrick Dangerfield has promptly blown off the cobwebs with a massive performance consisting of 33 disposals (18 contested), seven marks, nine clearances, six inside 50s and 5.2.
Veteran Scott Thompson also had a sizeable impact, winding back the clock to put on a clinic in his 250th game. He finished with 38 disposals (11 contested), nine marks, nine clearances and three tackles.
Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs was influential both in the ruck and around the ground, finishing with 25 disposals, eight marks and 20 hit outs.
3. P. Dangerfield
2. S. Thompson
1. S. Jacobs
Others in calculations: R. Sloane.
Melbourne vs. Gold Coast
No surprises here, with Gary Ablett almost certain to lock in yet another three votes with another impressive performance. He finished with 32 disposals (17 contested), four marks, eight clearances, two tackles, four inside 50s and 2.1.
For Melbourne, Nathan Jones was far and away his side’s best player, racking up 30 disposals (16 contested), 10 clearances, five tackles, nine inside 50s and a goal.
A handful of players will be in the running for the minor vote, but Michael Rischitelli was one in particular who stood out with 25 disposals (11 contested), six marks, three clearances and five inside 50s.
3. G. Ablett
2. N. Jones
1. M. Rischitelli
Others in calculations: D. Swallow, G. Broughton, C. Dawes.
Western Bulldogs vs. Carlton
Carlton finally broke through with their first win of the season, and Marc Murphy was the catalyst behind the side’s impressive showing. He finished with 28 disposals (12 contested), five marks, five clearances, 12 tackles, six inside 50s and 2.1.
Lachie Henderson also proved to be a handful for the Bulldogs defence, kicking 5.3 whilst picking up 16 disposals and eight marks.
Much-maligned utility Bryce Gibbs was another who could be in line for votes for his standout performance consisting of 29 disposals (15 contested), five clearances, five tackles, six inside 50s and a goal.
3. M. Murphy
2. L. Henderson
1. B. Gibbs
Others in calculations: K. Simpson, R. Griffen.
Geelong vs. Hawthorn
Geelong tall Tom Hawkins continued his good record against Hawthorn with a spirited display that should put him in contention for maximum votes. He finished with a game-high 5.3, along with 16 disposals and 10 marks.
Whilst Hawthorn may have been successful in containing Joel Selwood, in doing so they allowed Steve Johnson to roam free and wreak havoc with 34 disposals (11 contested), 10 marks, six clearances, six inside 50s and 3.1.
For the Hawks, Jack Gunston can hold his head high, kicking 3.2 and taking nine marks.
3. T. Hawkins
2. S. Johnson
1. J. Gunston
Others in calculations: J. Bartel, M. Duncan.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
10 – J. Selwood
9 – G. Ablett
8 – N. Riewoldt
8 – S. Johnson
7 – S. Thompson
6 – N. Jones
6 – S. Pendlebury
5 – T. Cotchin
5 – S. Mitchell
5 – N. Dal Santo