We’re only two rounds into the 2014 season and a major Brownlow contender has already ruled himself out through suspension. Nathan Fyfe, who started the season in impressive form, finds himself on the sidelines for two matches after being found guilty of rough conduct on Gold Coast’s Michael Rischitelli. This is sure to shake things up, and leave the door open for another contender to step forth and move up a spot in the Brownlow leaderboard come the coveted awards night.
As it stands at the end of round two, the other Brownlow fancies in Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury find themselves near the top of the BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard. Meanwhile, talls Aaron Sandilands and Nick Riewoldt lead all comers thus far, polling close to maximum votes in both rounds.
Richmond vs. Carlton
In a game that many titled ‘The Benny Hill Show’ for its comedic nature and lack of skill, it is naturally a hard game to narrow down the votes. One standout, however, came in the form of Dustin Martin who shone with a game-sealing goal among 21 disposals (10 contested), five marks, three inside 50s and 2.1.
For Carlton, both Chris Yarran and Marc Murphy stood tall, with the former accruing 21 disposals, five marks, eight inside 50s and 3.1, whilst the latter finished with 28 disposals (15 contested), nine clearances, three tackles and five inside 50s.
3. D. Martin
2. C. Yarran
1. M. Murphy
Others in calculations: M. Thomas, T. Vickery.
Essendon vs. Hawthorn
It was a tight game fought between two fierce rivals and, unlike the previous game, it certainly wasn’t light on for top performers. Shaun Burgoyne was the major standout for the Hawks, with his silky skills critical during crucial moments throughout the game. He finished with 30 disposals (14 contested), seven marks, seven clearances, five tackles and seven inside 50s.
Josh Gibson was rock-solid in what was an injury depleted and undermanned defence for the Hawks. Playing out of his height range on young-gun Joe Daniher for most of the match, he restricted him to a solitary behind, whilst also gathering 22 disposals, five marks, four rebound 50s, and 11 one-percenters.
For Essendon, Jobe Watson was a shining light, racking up 30 disposals (12 contested), seven marks, eight clearances and seven tackles.
3. S. Burgoyne
2. J. Gibson
1. J. Watson
Others in calculations: P. Chapman, B. Goddard, C. Rioli.
St Kilda vs. GWS
It wasn’t hard to determine who the best player on the day was in what was a hard-fought win by the Saints. Kicking 5.1 it was St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt who led his side to victory, with a dominant game also consisting of 24 disposals, 14 marks and seven inside 50s.
Saints ruckman Tom Hickey was also dominant in the middle, and up forward, with 19 disposals, eight marks, 20 hit-outs, four tackles and three goals.
For GWS, Devon Smith tried his best to snatch the win for his side, kicking 5.1 among 22 disposals and five marks.
3. N. Riewoldt
2. T. Hickey
1. D. Smith
Others in calculations: S. Mumford, C. Ward, D. Armitage.
Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide
Winning the Showdown Medal, Hamish Hartlett was superb with 29 disposals (12 contested), six marks, four clearances, four rebound 50s, three inside 50s and 1.1.
Brad Ebert should also expect to see votes come his way, as he picked up 21 disposals, 10 marks, nine tackles, six inside 50s and 1.1.
Chad Wingard was another who caught the eye for Port with a dazzling display of skills up forward with 17 disposals, six marks and 4.2.
3. H. Hartlett
2. B. Ebert
1. C. Wingard
Others in calculations: K. Cornes.
Fremantle vs. Gold Coast
It was a dominant display by Aaron Sandilands that put the cherry on top of what was a big Fremantle victory. With a career-high 58 hit-outs, the 211-centimetre big man conquered all as he came up against an undermanned Gold Coast ruck setup.
Also for Fremantle, David Mundy racked up the ball at will with 33 disposals (19 contested), five marks, eight clearances, four tackles and 6 inside 50s.
Michael Barlow should also be vying for votes with 32 disposals (10 contested), seven marks, four tackles, four inside 50s and 2.1.
3. A. Sandilands
2. D. Mundy
1. M. Barlow
Others in calculations: S. Hill.
Sydney vs. Collingwood
After a relatively quiet start with just a handful of disposals up to quarter time, Scott Pendlebury burst out of the gates from then on to acquire 33 disposals (16 contested), nine clearances, 10 tackles, 11 inside 50s and 1.1.
Dayne Beams was probably among the next most dominant of Collingwood’s midfielders with a superb game consisting of 30 disposals (15 contested), five clearances, six tackles, three inside 50s and a goal.
There wasn’t much to celebrate for the Swans, but Dan Hannebery tried his hardest to keep his side in the contest, finishing with 29 disposals (14 contested), three marks, three clearances and one goal.
3. S. Pendlebury
2. D. Beams
1. D. Hannebery
Others in calculations: N. Maxwell, H. Lumumba.
Brisbane Lions vs. Geelong
It was a sense of déjà vu as Brisbane stormed home late to try and snatch a victory against Geelong in similar fashion to their last encounter. But it wasn’t to be as Geelong’s class rose to the top, and it was the likes of Steve Johnson that helped steady the ship. In a polished display, he finished with 37 disposals (16 contested), five marks, six clearances, 10 tackles and eight inside 50s.
Dayne Zorko was solid for the Lions to stand out as one of their best, finishing with 30 disposals (16 contested), four marks, six clearances, eight tackles, six inside 50s and 1.1.
Also for Geelong, Joel Selwood continued his impressive start to the season with 25 disposals (17 contested), 13 clearances, seven tackles, seven inside 50s and one goal.
3. S. Johnson
2. D. Zorko
1. J. Selwood
Others in calculations: T. Varcoe.
Melbourne vs. West Coast
It was a day of horrors for Melbourne as West Coast did as they pleased to walk into what was a sizeable win.
Luke Shuey was everywhere for the visitors, racking up the ball at will to finish with 30 disposals (10 contested), nine marks, six clearances and 2.1.
Chris Masten also starred in the middle, along with Matt Rosa, both of whom picked up a bevvy of possessions.
3. L. Shuey
2. C. Masten
1. M. Rosa
Others in calculations: M. Priddis, N. Jones.
Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne
The impact of Brent Harvey was immense, and was a clear best-on-ground with 25 disposals, eight marks, six inside 50s and 3.1.
Nick Dal Santo was another who was a key contributor for North Melbourne, finishing with 32 disposals (11 contested), five marks and three rebound 50s.
For the Western Bulldogs, Luke Dahlhaus was among their most effective with 25 disposals (13 contested), five inside 50s and 1.3.
3. B. Harvey
2. N. Dal Santo
1. L. Dahlhaus
Others in calculations: S. Thompson, R. Murphy.
BFGN Brownlow Leaderboard:
5 – A. Sandilands
5 – N. Riewoldt
4 – J. Selwood
4 – J. Watson
4 – M. Barlow
4 – S. Johnson
3 – G. Ablett
3 – S. Pendlebury
3 – B. Harvey
3 – H. Hartlett