It isn’t much surprise to see Jobe Watson once again feature in the votes in round four. The Essendon skipper was virtually unstoppable in a clear best-on-ground performance that will have many pundits seriously considering his chances of winning back-to-back Brownlows.
Among the other flyers, Joel Selwood has made an early dash for the Brownlow, and now sits among the top few on the BFGN Phantom Leaderboard at the conclusion of round four. Gary Ablett, meanwhile, had a relatively quiet match by his standards and is slipping back from the pack.
Sydney vs. Geelong:
Joel Selwood was at his scintillating best, in arguably his best game for the year thus far. The Cats skipper amassed 30 disposals (18 contested), 10 tackles, eight clearances, seven inside 50s and a goal.
Having another great game was Mathew Stokes, whose presence was immense with 31 disposals (11 contested), three clearances and two goals.
For the Swans, Dan Hennebery was clearly the most influential in the middle with 29 disposals (13 contested), four clearances and two goals.
3. J. Selwood
2. M. Stokes
1. D. Hannebery
Hawthorn vs. Fremantle:
Rebounding defender has certainly flourished in the absence of Matt Suckling, building on his great start to the year with an amazing 37 disposals, 12 marks, six rebound 50s, and one goal.
Shaun Burgoyne shone in the Hawks midfield, and went on to finish with 28 disposals (11 contested), four clearances and 2.1.
Lance Franklin also kicked four goals in a solid display, as he fully capitalised on the late withdrawal of Luke McPharlin.
3. G. Birchall
2. S. Burgoyne
1. L. Franklin
Richmond vs. Collingwood:
In an unstoppable display, Travis Cloke gave the Pies the winning momentum in a match that began as seesawing affair with Richmond. Collingwood trailed by three points at half-time, but his marking and presence up forward helped turned the tide, as he kicked a career-high seven goals to go with his 20 disposals, 14 marks and eight inside 50s.
Dane Swan was just as impressive in his 200th game, gathering his usual bevvy of stats, which included 35 disposals (19 contested), seven clearances, nine inside 50s and one goal.
Steele Sidebottom was crucial in ensuring the Pies stayed within reach of the Tigers early; kicking four crucial goals throughout the match.
3. T. Cloke
2. D. Swan
1. S. Sidebottom
St. Kilda vs. Essendon:
As stated in the intro, Jobe Watson was once again outstanding, his performance reflected nicely on the stats sheet as he accumulated 37 disposals (18 contested), 81% efficiency, six clearances, and kicked two goals.
Also working tirelessly throughout the middle for the Bombers was Brent Stanton, along with Dyson Heppell.
3. J. Watson
2. B. Staton
1. D. Heppell
West Coast vs. Carlton:
Chris Yarran was electrifying all match, and his blistering pace was a major feature in helping the Blues overcome the inaccurate Eagles by 24 points. He went on to kick four majors.
Jeff Garlett worked in tandem with Yarran up forward, bagging a goal, but it was his defensive pressure that stood out.
For the Eagles, Mark LeCras was a standout with 23 possessions, and kicking 2.1.
3. C. Yarran
2. J. Garlett
1. M. LeCras
Gold Coast vs. Port Adelaide:
Whilst Ablett had a somewhat modest game, it was a bevvy of Port Adelaide players that stood out.
Among them was young-gun Hamish Hartlett, who was a catalyst in Port’s onslaught in the third quarter, as he kicked all three of his goals during that period. He also collected 29 disposals (11 contested).
Kane Cornes once again proved pundits wrong who thought his performances would diminish in the twilight of his career with 35 disposals and 16 marks.
Justin Westhoff also played another huge game with 20 disposals (11 contested) and three goals.
3. H. Hartlett
2. K. Cornes
1. J. Westhoff
Melbourne vs. GWS:
Nathan Jones was huge for Melbourne in their breakthrough win, amassing 28 disposals (10 contested), eight inside 50s and kicking one goal.
Shannon Byrnes kicked three crucial goals up forward for the Demons, and Grimes was impressive with 29 disposals (12 contested).
3. N. Jones
2. S. Byrnes
1. J. Grimes
Adelaide vs. Western Bulldogs:
For the Crows, there was an array of top performers; all of which came from within the engine room.
Among them was Rory Sloane, who was everywhere with in in-and-under work which was comprised of 29 disposals (17 contested) and eight clearances.
Patrick Dangerfield had an impact both in the middle and up forward, with 21 disposals (12 contested) and four goals.
Another who impressed was Scott Thompson who led the way with 30 disposals (17 contested) and six clearances.
3. R. Sloane
2. P. Dangerfield
1. S. Thompson
North Melbourne vs. Brisbane:
North defender Scott Thompson completely nullified Jonathon Brown, both keeping him goalless, and providing fantastic rebound and drive from the back half with 25 disposals, six rebound 50s, and one goal.
In the middle, both Jack Ziebell and Daniel Wells were overwhelmingly influential for their side as the North Melbourne midfield ran all over Brisbane.
3. S. Thompson
2. J. Ziebell
1. D. Wells
ROUND FOUR PHANTOM BROWNLOW LEADERBOARD:
8 – J. Watson
6 – J. Selwood
6 – N. Fyfe
6 – H. Hartlett
6 – J. Westhoff
5 – G. Birchall
5 – D. Armitage
5 – T. Boak
5 – P. Dangerfield
5 – J. McVeigh
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