Of those featuring in the upper echelon of the BFGN Phantom Brownlow Count this week, Jobe Watson once again goes into round six leading. Port duo Travis Boak and Hamish Hartlett continue to impress, and are biting at the heels of the Essendon captain. Gary Ablett has also nabbed top votes for his game against the Giants, propelling him into the top five contenders and within arms reach of the top.
Essendon vs. Collingwood
Very much deserving of his Anzac Day Medal, David Zaharakis was spectacular with 34 disposals (14 contested), six clearances, six inside-50s and four goals.
Essendon captain Jobe Watson was another who helped tear the Magpie midfield to shreds, gathering 31 disposals (15 contested), eight clearances and two goals.
On what was a grim day for the Magpies, Steele Sidebottom could at least hold his head high as he tried tirelessly all match.
3. D. Zaharakis
2. J. Watson
1. S. Sidebottom
St. Kilda vs. Sydney
Despite missing out on winning the Anzac Day Medal, Nick Riewoldt’s influence was among the best of anyone on the field. He finished with 27 disposals (14 contested), 13 marks, seven tackles and 2.1.
Luke Parker was equally as effective as Dan Hannebery – who won the Anzac Day Medal.
3. N. Riewoldt
2. L. Parker
1. D. Hannebery
Fremantle vs. Richmond
Fremantle won the match in controversial circumstances, but it was the clearance work and all over influence of Michael Barlow that helped the Dockers get over the line. He accumulated 31 disposals (12 contested), six clearances and six tackles.
Also having a big hand in the win was Luke McPharlin, whose inclusion back into the side proved pivotal. He kept Jack Riewoldt to just one mark, and a goal (which came from a free kick).
Ruckman Jon Griffin was almost like an extra midfielder, gathering 21 disposals (16 contested), seven clearances to go with his 23 hit-outs.
3. M. Barlow
2. L. McPharlin
1. J. Griffin
GWS vs. Gold Coast
Gary Ablett was back to his magical best, single-handedly sealing the game for the Suns as they powered away from the Giants in the last quarter. Racking up disposals at will, he amassed 32 disposals (14 contested), and kicked 3.1.
Youngsters Charlie Dixon and Jaeger O’Meara also stood up for the Suns; the former kicking a club record six goals, whilst the latter gathered 25 disposals (14 contested), 11 clearances and kicked 2.3.
3. G. Ablett
2. C. Dixon
1. J. O’Meara
Carlton vs. Adelaide
Whilst he wasn’t as much of an influence in terms of clearance work in comparison to previous weeks, Brock McLean’s performance cannot be underestimated. As Carlton’s best on the night, he provided valuable run and carry through the middle with 29 disposals (11 contested), and even chipped in with 2.1.
Andrew Walker was dominant in the back half for the Blues with 32 disposals and eight rebound 50s.
Meanwhile, Jeff Garlett helped Carlton kick away from Adelaide as they made a late charge, and provided a solid target up forward.
3. B. McLean
2. A. Walker
1. J. Garlett
Port Adelaide vs. West Coast
Hamish Harlett continues to impress, helping Port stage a thrilling comeback to surprise West Coast by five points. He finished with 23 disposals (10 contested), seven clearances and two goals.
Port captain Travis Boak’s polish was invaluable throughout the match – particularly in the last quarter – whilst Scott Selwood was among the best for the Eagles.
3. H. Hartlett
2. T. Boak
1. S. Selwood
Western Bulldogs vs. Geelong
Harry Taylor proved to be the ultimate swingman, as the Geelong defender looked at home up forward, where he collected 11 marks to go with an amazing tally of five goals.
Also featuring on the scoresheet was Steven Motlop, who took 10 marks and kicked three goals.
In the middle, Steve Johnson was the most dominant with 30 disposals (10 contested), 10 tackles and scoring 1.3.
3. H. Taylor
2. S. Johnson
1. S. Motlop
Brisbane vs. Melbourne
In his milestone game, Brent Moloney played superbly against his old side, racking up 36 disposals (16 contested), 10 clearances, and seven inside 50s.
Of the others, Dayne Zorko finished with 29 disposals and kicked 3.4, whilst Tom Rockliff proved a formidable duo with Moloney, picking up 34 disposals (13 contested), seven tackles and one goal.
3. B. Moloney
2. D. Zorko
1. T. Rockliff
Hawthorn vs. North Melbourne
Despite suffering a hamstring injury, Cyril Rioli proved the difference in the end, kicking three of his four goals in the third quarter when the game was in the balance.
In a narrow loss, Daniel Wells performed valiantly for his side, and was brilliant around the stoppages with 27 disposals (14 contested), 10 clearances, 10 inside 50s and one goal.
Andrew Swallow was another who stood up for North Melbourne, amassing 35 disposals (14 contested), nine clearances and seven inside 50s.
3. C. Rioli
2. D. Wells
1. A. Swallow
ROUND FIVE PHANTOM BROWNLOW LEADERBOARD:
10 – J. Watson
9 – H. Hartlett
7 – T. Boak
6 – N. Fyfe
6 – J. Selwood
6 – G. Ablett
6 – J. Westhoff
5 – G. Birchall
5 – P. Dangerfield
5 – M. Barlow
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