With yet another three-vote game in the bag for Gary Ablett, it looks as though injury or suspension will be the only thing that can halt his march towards claiming his third Brownlow Medal.
Also boosting Ablett’s chances is the suspension of one of his main competitors in Steve Johnson, who was offered a one-match ban for headbutting Fremantle’s Ryan Crowley.
Of the other contenders that are in pursuit of the Suns champion on the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard, Joel Selwood, Josh Kennedy and Patrick Dangerfield should all poll maximum votes in their games. Melbourne’s Nathan Jones, meanwhile, continues to show solid form and should be in the votes once more.
Adelaide vs. Collingwood
Patrick Dangerfield has continued his blistering form with a scintillating display in his side’s win over Collingwood. He finished with 32 disposals (20 contested), four marks, 12 clearances, eight tackles and nine inside-50s.
Josh Jenkins also proved a handful for Collingwood defenders, picking up 15 disposals and five mark, whilst kicking 4.2.
Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury was the clear best in a losing side, finishing with 33 disposals (18 contested), seven clearances, five rebound-50s, five tackles, four inside-50s and a goal.
3. P. Dangerfield
2. J. Jenkins
1. S. Pendlebury
Others in contention: S. Thompson.
Essendon vs. Sydney
Sydney’s Josh Kennedy led all-comers, punishing Essendon with every one of his possessions, finishing with 39 disposals (22 contested), six marks, 10 clearances, three rebound-50s, five tackles, seven inside-50s and 1.1.
Lance Franklin also continued his dominance over Essendon, who struggled to contain his stranglehold on the game. He finished with 18 disposals (10 contested), eight marks, six inside-50s and 5.1.
Luke Parker was also a menace up forward and through the middle, accumulating 26 disposals, six marks, three clearances, eight tackles and two goals.
3. J. Kennedy
2. L. Franklin
1. L. Parker
Others in contention: K. Jack.
Richmond vs. Melbourne
It was a battle of the opposing captains as Nathan Jones and Trent Cotchin faced off, with the former coming away with the honors as the most dominant player. He led from the front and finished with 33 disposals (17 contested), nine clearances, four tackles, five inside-50s and a goal.
Jack Watts played one of his best games for his club, marking all that was kicked in his direction and punishing Richmond at every opportunity. He finished with 19 disposals, 11 marks, four tackles, four inside-50s and three goals.
For Richmond, Dustin Martin was a standout showing off his trademark fend-off, and taking the game on. He finished with 31 disposals (12 contested), six marks, seven clearances, six inside-50s and one goal.
3. N. Jones
2. J. Watts
1. D. Martin
Others in contention: D. Tyson.
North Melbourne vs. Brisbane
It was hard to ignore the overriding influence Brent Harvey had on the game, as he was simply everywhere. With over 12 disposals to half-time, the nuggety North Melbourne captain went on to finish with a very respectable 39 disposals (eight contested), seven marks, six clearances, three tackles, six inside-50s and 2.1.
Another player who had the ball on a string was Sam Gibson, accumulating 35 disposals (four contested), 10 marks, three clearances, four rebound-50s and three inside-50s.
Lindsay Thomas was among the most effective forward on the day, picking up 19 disposals, six marks, four inside-50s and kicking 4.2.
3. B. Harvey
2. S. Gibson
1. L. Thomas
Others in contention: N. Dal Santo.
Fremantle vs. Geelong
Whilst many assumed Fremantle’s tagging dynamo in Ryan Crowley would wear Joel Selwood like a glove, he instead was put on Steve Johnson. This allowed Selwood to get off the leash and have a field day with 35 disposals (18 contested), eight marks, seven clearances, seven tackles and four inside-50s.
Nathan Fyfe was among the standouts for Fremantle, showing his usual turn of speed and dominance in the air with 25 disposals (13 contested), seven marks, four clearances, six tackles, three inside-50s and 1.1.
David Mundy was another who was overly dominant, finishing with 34 disposals (15 contested), four marks, six clearances and four inside-50s.
3. J. Selwood
2. N. Fyfe
1. D. Mundy
Others in contention: S. Hill.
St Kilda vs. Gold Coast
Yet again, Gary Ablett put on another clinic to help Gold Coast to their sixth win of the season. He lit up the game from the outset, kicking three of the Suns’ eight first-quarter goals, to eventually finish with an almost perfect game consisting of 37 disposals (22 contested), eight clearances, three rebound-50s, four tackles, seven inside-50s and four goals.
Jaeger O’Meara looked polished and composed, and was another of the Suns midfielders that dominated, picking up 29 disposals (16 contested), nine clearances, eight tackles and six inside-50s.
Brandon Matera’s was dangerous with his x-factor in front of the goals, finishing with 17 disposals and 4.1.
3. G. Ablett
2. J. O’Meara
1. B. Matera
Others in contention: D. Swallow, L. Hayes.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
18 G. Ablett
13 J. Selwood
12 J. Kennedy
11 S. Johnson*
10 P. Dangerfield
9 N. Jones
8 B. Harvey
8 N. Dal Santo
8 N. Riewoldt
7 J. Watson