Gary Ablett looks to be building upon his lead at the top of the BFGN Phantom Brownlow Leaderboard, but another reigning Brownlow Medallist in Jobe Watson is staying within arms length, trailing by only two votes.

Sam Mitchell is also consolidating his spot in the top five, with a predicted two votes headed his way after an impressive display against Gold Coast.

ROUND NINE

Collingwood vs. Sydney

In a thrilling match over-shadowed much by sideline antics, the Swans broke their 13-year MCG hoodoo over the Pies.

Adam Goodes was the star on the night, running rampant with 30 disposals (12 contested), 11 marks and kicking 3.2.

Dan Hannebery is another who has continued his impressive form in recent weeks with 31 disposals (10 contested), six clearances and 2.1.

Also for the Swans, Ryan O’Keefe was a solid contributor, amassing 25 disposals (14 contested), five clearances, 14 tackles and four inside-50s.

3. A. Goodes
2. D. Hannebery
1. R. O’Keefe

Port Adelaide vs. Geelong

It looks as though Stevie Johnson might give the Brownlow a bit of a shake up, with recent performances catapulting him into contention. He was everywhere with 33 disposals (14 contested), seven marks, seven clearances, nine tackles, seven inside-50s and one goal.

Big bodied Tom Hawkins was unstoppable up forward for the Cats, kicking 6.1, whilst Jimmy Bartel was solid 27 disposals, eight marks, four inside-50s and a score of 1.1.

3. S. Johnson
2. T. Hawkins
1. J. Bartel

GWS vs. West Coast

Daniel Kerr was a dynamo in the middle for the Eagles, collecting 28 disposals (14 contested), 10 clearances, five inside-50s and a goal.

With Dean Brogan a late withdrawal for the Giants, Nic Naitanui monstered Jonathan Giles in the ruck. Naitanui finished with 13 disposals (nine contested), 30 hit-outs, six clearances, eight tackles and two goals.

Also having an impact through the centre was Matthew Priddis, with 27 disposals (12 contested), four clearances and nine tackles.

3. D. Kerr
2. N. Naitanui
1. M. Priddis

St. Kilda vs. Western Bulldogs

Koby Stevens starred in the Bulldogs’ upset win over the Saints, playing arguably his career-best game. He kicked three crucial goals to go with 31 disposals, eight marks, four clearances, four tackles and five inside-50s.

Captain Matthew Boyd is starting to work his way back into form after an impressive display comprised of 38 disposals (15 contested), six marks, seven clearances, seven tackles and nine inside-50s.

Ryan Griffen also helped combine in the Dogs’ engine room, providing important run. He finished with 30 disposals (17 contested), nine clearances, 11 inside-50s and two goals.

3. K. Stevens
2. M. Boyd
1. R. Griffen

Brisbane vs. Carlton

Jarrad Waite’s marked everything that came his way whenever Carlton entered their forward-50, clunking an impressive 12 marks and kicking 3.3.

With 26 disposals (17 contested), seven clearances, four inside-50s and a goal, Chris Judd was potent in the middle for the Blues as their most effective midfielder.

Mitch Robinson was crucial in providing his signature hardness at the footy, even shifting forward to chip in with 2.3, amongst 22 disposals (12 contested), four marks, and four inside-50s.

3. J. Waite
2. C. Judd
1. M. Robinson

Richmond vs. Essendon

Reigning Brownlow Medallist Jobe Watson starred for the Bombers as he helped dismantle a hapless Richmond outfit. He was impressive all night, accumulating 28 disposals (18 contested), six clearances, five tackles.

Brent Stanton was at his accumulative best with 39 disposals, five clearances, four tackles, seven inside-50s and 1.1.

Michael Hibberd was also solid, amassing 29 disposals, eight marks and four rebound-50s.

3. J. Watson
2. B. Stanton
1. M. Hibberd

Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast

It seems like it is becoming a regular occurrence, with Ablett expected to feature amongst the top votes yet again as he helped the Suns put in a respectable contest against the Hawks. The Suns captain was majestic, finishing with 37 disposals (17 contested), five clearances, five tackles, five inside-50s and 3.1.

For the Hawks, Sam Mitchell was the standout with 36 disposals, whilst Jordan Lewis also looked impressive with 31 disposals.

3. G. Ablett
2. S. Mitchell
1. J. Lewis

North Melbourne vs. Adelaide

It was another last-minute heartbreak for the Roos, as they squandered a seemingly unattainable lead to lose by a solitary point to Adelaide.

Youngster Sam Kerridge was the major catalyst behind the Adelaide victory, kicking three of his six goals in the last quarter, whilst also enjoying 24 disposals, eight marks and four inside-50s.

In a match where disposal efficiency was crucial, Richard Douglas’ precision with the ball was important in helping the Crows get the upper hand against the Roos as the match drew on. He finished with 28 disposals (11 contested), 82% disposal efficiency, nine marks, 10 inside-50s and two goals.

For the Roos, Jack Ziebell was among his sides best, picking up 23 disposals (12 contested), six marks, seven clearances, 10 tackles and 2.1

3. S. Kerridge
2. R. Douglas
1. J. Ziebell

Fremantle vs. Melbourne

The frequency of Melbourne’s losses has been second nature, but the extent to which they are getting beaten is becoming a major concern as the Dockers trounced the Dees by 90 points.

David Mundy was the standout in the win, collecting 34 disposals (16 contested), seven marks, 10 clearances, four inside-50s and 1.2.

Also combining in the middle with great potency for Fremantle was Nathan Fyfe whose contested work was impressive. He finished with 32 disposals (25 contested), seven clearances and one goal.

Michael Barlow also stood out with his tackling pressure, laying 11 tackles among 32 disposals (10 contested), seven marks, three clearances and one goal.

3. D. Mundy
2. N. Fyfe
1. M. Barlow

ROUND NINE PHANTOM BROWNLOW LEADERBOARD:

16 – G. Ablett
14 – J. Watson
12 – D. Hannebery
11 – S. Mitchell
10 – P. Dangerfield
10 – T. Boak
10 – S. Johnson
9 – N. Fyfe
9 – S. Pendlebury
9 – L. Hodge

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