We’re not even a month into season 2013, and the Brownlow leaderboard already looks to be shaping up with some of the top contenders in scintillating form. Log-jammed at the top are some of the usual suspects, including the likes of Cotchin, Watson and Mitchell.
Fremantle vs. Essendon:
In terms of overall impact, Nathan Fyfe was a clear standout all night, gathering 27 disposals (14 contested), six clearances, eight inside 50s and two goals.
Jake Carlisle was a revelation in defense for the Bombers, as he resoundingly beat Matthew Pavlich, keeping him goalless.
Michael Hibberd was another who was solid all night, and was one of the driving forces behind Essendon’s resurgence in the third quarter.
3. N. Fyfe
2. J. Carlisle
1. M. Hibberd
North Melbourne vs. Sydney:
North Melbourne pushed Sydney for much of the match, until the reigning premiers broke away with a scintillating 11-goal third quarter and posted a solid 39 point victory.
Jarrad McVeigh played his role as captain beautifully, leading from the front for the Swans, kicking both of his goals during a crucial stage in that third quarter.
Among the others vying for votes, include Dan Hannebery with a solid return of 25 disposals and three goals, and Jude Bolton, whose four goals helped keep the Swan’s within reach of North Melbourne when they trailed early on.
3. J. McVeigh
2. D. Hannebery
1. J. Bolton
Melbourne vs. West Coast:
Melbourne tried valiantly to stay in touch with West Coast throughout the match, but they fell away as the match went on, with the Eagles running out 94-point winners. Given the margin, nearly every West Coast player could put a case forward for Brownlow votes, but the top honours would have to go to Chris Masten. Accumulating game-high stats of 39 disposals (20 contested), 11 clearances and one goal, he reigned supreme in the middle for the Eagles.
Dominating both in the ruck, and up forward, Dean Cox was another who caught the eye, amassing 24 disposals (12 contested), 23 hit-outs, and kicked 3.2.
In all honesty, the solitary Brownlow vote could go to any West Coast player, but have gone with Josh Kennedy for his tireless work-rate and sheer dominance up forward, kicking five goals.
3. C. Masten
2. D. Cox
1. Josh Kennedy
GWS vs. St. Kilda:
GWS went down to the Saints by 72 points, as they were outplayed at every turn. St. Kilda dominated in the middle, only exemplified by their 139 contested clearances compared to GWS’ poultry return of 109.
David Armitage was the Saints’ best, running riot with 31 disposals (10 contested), five clearances and four goals – all at an efficiency rating of 90%.
Also dominating in the middle for the Saints was Jack Steven, whose stats were equally impressive with 32 disposals (13 contested), three clearances and one goal, whilst Leigh Montagna bobbed up with 30 disposals and one goal.
3. D. Armitage
2. J. Steven
1. L. Montagna
Gold Coast vs. Brisbane:
Big man Jonathan Brown displayed his class and poise in wet-weather, clunking eight marks and kicking five goals.
For the Suns, Jared Brennan dominated all day, disposing of the ball at an efficiency rate of 80%; an amazing output considering the slippery conditions. He gathered 30 disposals (18 contested), a game-high 10 clearances and eight inside 50s.
Pearce Hanley was also solid for the Lions and topped it off with a late goal to seal the game in the dying minutes.
3. J. Brown
2. J. Brennan
1. P. Hanley
Geelong vs. Carlton:
Geelong outlasted a relentless Carlton to post a 16-point victory, and it was due largely to the impact of Taylor Hunt, whose blanketing job on Marc Murphy helped give the Cats the early ascendancy. He also went on to kick what proved to be three crucial goals in an arm-wrestling affair that went down to the wire.
Chris Judd was Carlton’s clear best, looking ominous in the engine-room all night with 28 disposals (12 contested), five clearances, six inside 50s, and one goal.
Mathew Stokes could also feature in the votes, racking up 30 disposals, 14 marks and one goal.
3. T. Hunt
2. C. Judd
1. M. Stokes
Richmond vs. Western Bulldogs:
Dustin Martin played one of his most complete games, consistency wise, and possibly his biggest for the club. Amassing a stunning 35 disposals, Martin ran riot with 10 marks, seven inside 50s and kicked 2.1.
Another who stood out was Brett Deledio, whose run, carry and drive was crucial to the scoring output of the Tigers; best evidenced by nine inside 50s. Among 27 disposals he also took a game high 11 marks and kicked 3.1.
Tigers captain Trent Cotchin will most likely feature in the votes yet again, as he played a major role in the middle, racking up 36 disposals (10 contested), four clearances and five inside 50s.
3. D. Martin
2. B. Deledio
1. T. Cotchin
Collingwood vs. Hawthorn:
Luke Hodge showed no ill-signs of the knee injury that hampered him throughout the pre-season, as he tore the game open in what was a virtuoso performance by the Hawks skipper. He finished the game with 31 disposals (17 contested), four clearances, six inside 50s and two goals.
Shaun Burgoyne was just as pivotal in the Hawks win, with his presence felt all over the field, and especially on the scoreboard as he nabbed three goals among his 23 disposals.
For the Pies, Travis Cloke worked tirelessly all day and was marking everything that came his way. He finished with an impressive tally of 5.3, along with 18 disposals and 12 marks (8 marks inside 50).
3. L. Hodge
2. S. Burgoyne
1. T. Cloke
Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide:
Travis Boak was superb, winning the Showdown Medal on is way to 30 disposals (16 contested), five clearances, eight inside 50s and three goals.
Meanwhile, Justin Westhoff is proving to be a revelation this season, coming close to BOG honours. In a dominant display, he kicked 4.4 whilst also accumulating 24 disposals (16 contested) and taking eight marks.
Also vital was Chad Wingard, who kicked consecutive goals – which included a miraculous dribbling shot tight in the pocket – to start the fourth quarter for his side and turn the tide in Port’s favour.
3. T. Boak
2. J. Westhoff
1. C. Wingard
ROUND THREE PHANTOM BROWNLOW LEADERBOARD:
6 – N. Fyfe
5 – T. Boak
5 – J. Watson
5 – S. Mitchell
5 – J. McVeigh
5 – D. Armitage
5 – J. Westhoff
4 – T. Cotchin
4 – K. Jack
4 – B. Deledio
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