Another week means another possible three votes for the Suns maestro in Gary Ablett. He put in yet another blinder of a performance against GWS, and is surely in line to get two votes at the very least if he misses out on maximum votes.
Speaking of missing out on votes, Joel Selwood is expected to miss out altogether, meaning that Ablett leapfrogs him to jump atop of the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard to lead by two votes.
Among the others that were standout performers, Dane Swan is a lock for three votes, whilst Patrick Dangerfield continues his resurgence up the leaderboard.
Collingwood vs. Essendon
With a game consisting of 26 disposals (12 contested), four marks, three clearances, five tackles and 4.2, it was only fitting that Dane Swan was awarded the Anzac Day Medal. It was his work in close and ability to turn the game at crucial stages that stood out.
Steele Sidebottom also started like a house on fire, and despite tempering as the match wore on, he still played a crucial hand in Collingwood’s comeback win. He finished with 26 disposals (10 contested), three marks, four clearances, five rebound 50s, six tackles, four inside 50s and three goals.
Brent Stanton stood out as the clear best for Essendon, picking up 32 disposals, seven marks, five clearances, seven tackles, nine inside 50s and a goal.
3. D. Swan
2. S. Sidebottom
1. B. Stanton
Others in calculations: D. Beams, S. Pendlebury, D. Heppell.
St Kilda vs. Brisbane
Despite playing in the losing side, Leigh Montagna took out the Anzac Day Medal for his dominant performance of 37 disposals (14 contested), eight marks, eight clearances, six rebound 50s, six tackles, five inside 50s and two goals.
Jack Redden was a standout performer in the middle for the Lions, finishing with 29 disposals (16 contested), three marks, 10 clearances, five tackles, seven inside 50s and two goals.
Lenny Hayes was another who looked impressive for St Kilda, finishing with 34 disposals (13 contested), three marks, seven clearances, five rebound 50s, eight tackles and six inside 50s.
3. L. Montagna
2. J. Redden
1. L. Hayes
Others in calculations: J. Aish, D. Zorko.
Fremantle vs. North Melbourne
Nick Dal Santo was instrumental in North Melbourne’s surprise interstate win against Fremantle, racking up 28 disposals (14 contested), six clearances, four rebound 50s, four tackles and a goal.
For Fremantle, Nat Fyfe was among their best, picking up his usual bevvy of possessions, whilst also having an influence when pushed up forward. He finished with 33 disposals (18 contested), four marks, 10 clearances, four rebound 50s, three tackles, six inside 50s and two goals.
Brent Harvey was also quite effective – especially early on – but was quelled in the last quarter; otherwise he would be in line for maximum votes. He finished with 29 disposals (10 contested), three marks, five tackles and five inside 50s.
3. N. Dal Santo
2. N. Fyfe
1. B. Harvey
Others in calculations: S. Gibson.
Gold Coast vs. GWS
I probably don’t need to mention who nabs the three votes in this game, as it is starting to become somewhat of an expectation that Gary Ablett gets them. Of course, there is a strong chance he could once again poll maximum votes, with 30 disposals (21 contested), 12 clearances, 11 tackles, six inside 50s and two goals.
After struggling to recapture the promising form he showed last season, Jaeger O’Meara bounced back with a scintillating performance that could even pip Ablett for maximum votes. He finished with 30 disposals (16 contested), five clearances, 10 tackles and seven inside 50s.
Up forward for the Suns, Tom Lynch was the pivotal scoring option, with a career-high 5.1 along with 17 disposals (12 contested) and eight marks.
3. G. Ablett
2. J. O’Meara
1. T. Lynch
Others in calculations: D. Prestia, D. Swallow, C. Ward.
Carlton vs. West Coast
Carlton skipper Marc Murphy led the charge throughout the entire match, and was clearly the best player on the night. He finished with 32 disposals (14 contested), five marks, nine clearances, 11 tackles, five inside 50s and a goal.
Matt Priddis played a lone hand for West Coast in trying to get his side across the line with a standout performance of 35 disposals (17 contested), four marks, four tackles and seven inside 50s.
Brock McLean was also quite prominent in his sides win, picking up 32 disposals (16 contested), four marks, nine clearances, five tackles, three inside 50s and 1.1.
3. M. Murphy
2. M. Priddis
1. B. McLean
Others in calculations: L. Shuey.
Melbourne vs. Sydney
Dan Hannebery looks to have recaptured the same form that saw him come into early season Brownlow calculations last year. Running amok against Melbourne he accrued 34 disposals (18 contested), five marks, 13 clearances, three tackles, two inside 50s and a goal.
Kieren Jack also looked influential both in the middle and up forward, finishing with 23 disposals, five marks, seven tackles, six inside 50s and 2.1.
Meanwhile, Rhyce Shaw was also a significant contributor with 34 disposals, seven marks and five inside 50s.
3. D. Hannebery
2. K. Jack
1. R. Shaw
Others in calculations: N. Jones.
Western Bulldogs vs. Adelaide
Despite injury concerns, Patrick Dangerfield defied soreness and a tag from the Western Bulldog’s Lin Jong to go on and finish with a prolific 28 disposals (21 contested), three marks, seven clearances, seven tackles and six inside 50s.
For the Dogs, Matthew Boyd tried valiantly to keep his side in the contest with a superb performance of 33 disposals (15 contested), six marks and six clearances.
Tom Lynch caused the most damage up forward for the Crows, kicking 2.1 to go with 25 disposals (13 contested), seven marks and four inside 50s.
3. P. Dangerfield
2. M. Boyd
1. T. Lynch
Others in calculations: R. Sloane, A. Cooney.
Richmond vs. Hawthorn
Cyril Rioli lit up the MCG with a scintillating performance, after a much-maligned performance last week against Geelong. With a disposal efficiency of a perfect 100 per cent, he also kicked four goals in the third quarter alone to finish with 17 disposals (11 contested), four marks, three rebound 50s, six tackles and four goals.
Luke Hodge was also a key player in his side’s win, racking up 30 disposals (12 contested), four marks, seven clearances, four inside 50s and 2.1.
Among those vying for the single vote, Sam Mitchell should come into calculations with a well-rounded performance that featured 36 disposals, 12 marks, three rebound 50s, four tackles and four inside 50s.
3. C. Rioli
2. L. Hodge
1. S. Mitchell
Others in calculations: B. McEvoy.
Port Adelaide vs. Geelong
Travis Boak inspired his side to a breakthrough win over the previously unbeaten juggernaut in Geelong, with a polished performance consisting of 32 disposals (16 contested), five marks, nine clearances, four tackles, five inside 50s and two goals.
Hamish Hartlett also helped get the better of the classy Geelong midfield with 29 disposals (12 contested), eight marks, five clearances and 2.1.
Another who continued their great form was Brad Ebert who finished with 28 disposals (13 contested), five marks, seven clearances, seven rebound 50s, five tackles and five inside 50s.
3. T. Boak
2. H. Hartlett
1. B. Ebert
Others in calculations: R. Gray.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
12 – G. Ablett
10 – J. Selwood
8 – N. Dal Santo
8 – N. Riewoldt
8 – S. Johnson
7 – M. Murphy
7 – S. Thompson
6 – D. Swan
6 – B. Ebert
6 – N. Jones
6 – P. Dangerfield
6 – S. Pendlebury