With it looking likely that yet another three votes will be awarded to Gary Ablett for this round, it would appear his grip on this year’s Brownlow Medal is tightening – and it’s only round seven!
But his dominance has been curbed by the uprising of an old Geelong teammate of his in Steve Johnson, who has now surpassed Joel Selwood on the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard to trail Ablett by just four votes.
Among the other main contenders, Patrick Dangerfield continues to make a steady climb up the leaderboard.
Carlton vs. Collingwood
Dayne Beams dominated for a majority of the match and his presence was felt both through the middle and up forward, as he punished Carlton with limited possessions. He finished with 21 disposals (11 contested), eight clearances, six tackles, four inside 50s and 4.1.
Jamie Elliott was a force in the forward half for Collingwood, clunking 11 marks and kicking three goals among 20 disposals.
Pies youngster Tom Langdon earned himself the Rising Star nomination for the round with a standout performance in just his sixth career game. He finished with a composed 23 disposals (10 contested), eight marks, four rebound 50s, four tackles and four inside 50s.
3. D. Beams
2. J. Elliot
1. T. Langdon
Others in contention: S. Pendlebury, D. Swan.
Hawthorn vs. St Kilda
Hawthorn made easy work of St Kilda, despatching them by a whopping 145 points, so they weren’t light on for key contributors.
Shaun Burgoyne showed class through the midfield and roaming through defence, picking up 33 disposals, five marks, nine clearances, six inside 50s and two goals.
Jarryd Roughead was one of the key forwards for the Hawks who inflicted the most damage on the scoreboard, kicking 4.2 and gathering 23 disposals and five marks.
Also chipping in with four goals was Luke Breust, who also picked up 29 disposals (13 contested), five marks, five clearances, six tackles, four inside 50s.
3. S. Burgoyne
2. J. Roughead
1. L. Breust
Others in contention: Any Hawthorn player!
GWS vs. Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide recruit Jared Polec continues to impress in his new colours as arguably one of the best off-season recruits for this season. He displayed poise and class with 30 disposals (10 contested), four clearances, nine inside 50s and three goals.
For GWS, Callan Ward led by example to finish with 40 disposals (15 contested), 11 marks, 10 clearances, six rebound 50s and eight tackles.
A shift into the middle looks to have done wonders to Robbie Gray, who ran amok with 30 disposals (14 contested), five marks, seven clearances, four tackles, six inside 50s and 1.2.
3. J. Polec
2. C. Ward
1. R. Gray
Others in contention: M. White.
Adelaide vs. Melbourne
Youngster Dom Tyson continues his strong year to finish among Melbourne’s best performers on the day with 29 disposals (11 contested), six marks, four clearances, three rebound 50s, three inside 50s and 1.1.
Chris Dawes provided an imposing target up forward for Melbourne, and he was one of the driving forces behind setting up the win for his side. He finished with 20 disposals (14 contested), five marks, four inside 50s and three goals.
For Adelaide, Patrick Dangerfield was among their best after a strong performance, finishing with 25 disposals (19 contested), six clearances, four tackles, seven inside 50s and 2.2.
3. D. Tyson
2. C. Dawes
1. P. Dangerfield
Others in contention: B. Smith, B. Vince.
Brisbane vs. Sydney
Josh Kennedy was superb in the Sydney’s big win over a hapless Brisbane outfit, accumulating 34 disposals (12 contested), five marks, five inside 50s and 2.2.
Kieren Jack was another from the Sydney midfield that proved they don’t have to be overly reliant on their forwards to kick goals, finishing with 2.2 along with 26 disposals (15 contested), six marks and three inside 50s.
Jarrad McVeigh had a blistering start to the game with 14 first-quarter disposals, and he carried the form throughout the rest of the match to finish with 35 disposals (10 contested), seven marks, five clearances, four inside 50s and 1.1.
3. J. Kennedy
2. K. Jack
1. J. McVeigh
Others in contention: D. Hannebery, T. Rockliff.
Essendon vs. Western Bulldogs
Running off half-back and through the middle, Shaun Higgins looked to have his own footy, accumulating 36 disposals, five marks, four rebound 50s, six inside 50s and a goal.
Luke Dahlhaus is benefiting from more game time in the midfield this season, racking up 32 disposals (10 contested), eight marks, three clearances, five inside 50s and 2.2.
It may seem like a surprise given the result was in Essendon’s favour, but Brendon Goddard was one of the few shining lights for his side. He finished with 22 disposals, seven marks, six clearances, four inside 50s and 1.3.
3. S. Higgins
2. L. Dahlhaus
1. B. Goddard
Others in contention: D. Fletcher
North Melbourne vs. Gold Coast
Surprise surprise, Gary Ablett looks to have another three votes locked in. He was well held in the first half, but the Suns champion sprung to life in the last quarter, kicking three last quarter goals to help his side snatch the win away from North Melbourne. He finished with 28 disposals (14 contested), four marks, five clearances, three tackles, four inside 50s and 4.1.
It hasn’t taken long for Harley Bennell to regain his touch after time out of the side, with the classy Sun accumulating 23 disposals, seven marks, five inside 50s and 2.2.
Nuggety midfielder Dion Prestia was another who was among the best for the Suns, finishing with 28 disposals (12 contested), six clearances, five inside 50s and a goal.
3. G. Ablett
2. H. Bennell
1. D. Prestia
Others in contention: J. O’Meara, B. Cunnington.
Geelong vs. Richmond
Whilst Joel Selwood looks to have missed out on the votes once again, Steve Johnson has risen to potentially grab maximum votes for his scintillating performance consisting of 29 disposals (12 contested), five marks, eight clearances, seven tackles, six inside 50s and 1.1.
Jimmy Bartel was another Cat who stood up to help steady the ship for Geelong when Richmond was pressing. He finished with 24 disposals (10 contested), four marks, four clearances, nine tackles, six inside 50s and 1.3.
For Richmond, Reece Conca stood tall in his side’s gallant loss with 28 disposals (10 contested), four marks, four clearances, nine tackles and seven inside 50s.
3. S. Johnson
2. J. Bartel
1. R. Conca
Others in contention: H. Taylor.
West Coast vs. Fremantle
Lachie Neale is almost assured of maximum votes for his standout performance that netted him the Ross Glendinning Medal for best-on-ground honours. He finished with 32 disposals (13 contested), four marks, four clearances, three inside 50s and a goal.
Aaron Sandilands was also dominant in his 200th game, coming out on top of Cox and Naitanui with 21 disposals (10 contested), six marks and 38 hit outs.
Nat Fyfe could also be in line for votes after gathering 13 opening quarter possessions. But Scott Selwood went on to wear him down and limit him to 26 disposals, six marks, three clearances, five tackles and 1.1.
3. L. Neale
2. A. Sandilands
1. N. Fyfe
Others in contention: H. Ballantyne, S. Selwood.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
15 – G. Ablett
11 – S. Johnson
10 – J. Selwood
8 – N. Dal Santo
8 – N. Riewoldt
7 – P. Dangerfield
7 – D. Beams
7 – J. Kennedy
7 – M. Murphy
7 – A. Sandilands