Betfair’s Brownlow experts will be assigning votes to each AFL game at the end of the round (usually complete by Tuesday noon).

There is a voting skew towards midfielders or high possession players, given they dominate the recent history of the award. No ruckmen or power forward has won the award for 25 years and key position defenders are even less common.


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Six votes are assigned to each game, however, the Betfair predictive method does not follow the 3-2-1 formula of the AFL. Votes vary from 0.5 to 3, allowing for more than three players to be acknowledged. This means less players are overlooked, and when the model is confident, more votes can be allocated to a particular player. The trap of allocating 3-2-1 is that there are many matches with few standout players, and impactful 3s and 2s can be allocated to players that the umpires’ didn’t notice.

Voting Tiers:

3 votes: Clearly the best player on the ground

2.5 votes: Questionably the best player on the ground

2 votes: Clear second best player on the ground or possible best in a crowded field

1.5 votes: Potentially second best player on the ground, often shared by multiple players

1 vote: Likely third best, but can be shared by multiple players

0.5 votes: Wasn’t the standout but their influence should be acknowledged


Round by Round Predictions

Port Adelaide 72 – Richmond 58

Adelaide Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Justin Westhoff2
Ollie Wines2
Chad Wingard1
Jared Polec1

A seven goal to two 2nd Quarter was enough to capitalise on a Dusty-less Tigers outfit.  Victorian clubs were left salivating watching out of contract Ollie Wines put up a statline that had 29 disposals, 16 contested, 7 clearances, 10 I50’s and 12 tackles in what will go close to a best on ground performance.

Geelong 96 – North Melbourne 59

GMHBA Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Gary Ablett3
Shaun Higgins1.5
Tom Hawkins1.5

In his 200th game for the Cats, Gary Ablett will poll 3 votes.  Aside from his 34 possessions it was his 16 contested possessions and late goal that highlighted to the competition that the little master sill has a few tricks up his sleeve.

GWS 134 – Gold Coast 26

Metricon Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jeremy Cameron2.5
Josh Kelly2
Callan Ward1
Dylan Shiel0.5

The game lived up to the lack of hype and delivered a shocker.  Gold Coast were lambs to the slaughter as GWS continued its mid-season resurgence demolishing the Suns by 108 points.  Many have claims to poll votes however 6 goals and 26 disposals is hard to ignore from Coleman medal chance Jeremy Cameron.

St Kilda 55 – Sydney 126

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Josh Kennedy2.5
Isaac Heeney2
Lance Franklin1
Luke Parker0.5

A Swans blitz saw the Saints concede nine first quarter goals. The Swans were every bit impressive with Josh Kennedy (31 possessions, six clearances and one goal) and the classy Isaac Heeney (27 possessions, six clearances and one goal) dominating from the first bounce.

Brisbane 62 – Essendon 84

Gabba

PlayerProjected Votes
Zach Merrett2.5
Harris Andrews2
Jake Stringer1.5

In what was a scrappy encounter all day, Essendon managed to edge out a gallant Brisbane to record their 5th win of the season.  Without an obvious best on ground, we have Zach Merrett’s  29 disposals edging out Harris Andrew’s 24 touches, 12 marks, despite most pundits awarding the three to the Lions  Vice Captain.

Fremantle 71 – Adelaide 68

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Brennan Cox2.5
Bryce Gibbs1.5
Adam Cerra1.5
Connor Blakely0.5

Brennan Cox was rightly awarded the Round 12 Rising Star nomination and will go close to landing his first 3 vote game.  A career best four goal haul and 19 possessions has us allocating the forward 2.5 votes and edging out fellow promising young Dockers, Adam Cerra and Conor Blakely.

Melbourne 91 – Collingwood 133

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Jordan De Goey3
Mason Cox2
Steele Sidebottom1
Adam Treloar1

The Dees were outclassed and out muscled by a rampaging Collingwood in front of an 83000 strong crowd.  Jordan De Goey’s 12 I50’s and 30 possessions and a career game from big man Masox Cox kicking 6 and winning the Neale Daniher Trophy for best afield should be the front runners to poll the three votes.

Sydney 91 – Carlton 61

SCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Isaac Heeney2.5
Callum Sinclair2
Luke Parker1
Josh Kennedy0.5

Carlton were competitive and took it to the sluggish Swans before five unanswered goals in the 3rd term put any chance of an unlikely victory to bed. Isaac Heeney’s 22 possession and 2.3 in front of goal won the Goodes O’Loughlin Trophy for best on ground. By no means is it a lock for the three, with Callum Sinclair also finding the ball 22 times, 26 hitouts, 12 contested possessions and two goals in a performance highlighted by John Longmire post game as one of his best.

Western Bulldogs 51 – Melbourne 100

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Tom McDonald2.5
Angus Brayshaw2
Jesse Hogan1
Clayton Oliver0.5

The Premiership hangover continues. The Bulldogs provided little resistance after Q1 as Melbourne notched up their sixth-straight win with some of their most recognised faces playing starring roles. Tom McDonald was outstanding with four goals from 24 disposals and should be favourite to collect the three votes.

Hawthorn 64 – Port Adelaide 61

University of Tasmania Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Shaun Burgoyne3
Tom Mitchell1.5
James Sicily1
Jack Gunston0.5

Managed right, Shaun Burgoyne could go until he’s 40. The classy half-forward’s 26 disposals was the standout in an arm wrestle all afternoon. Tom Mitchell will again be in the votes also with the ball magnet collecting a game high 28 touches and two goals.

Gold Coast 36 – Geelong 121

Metricon Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Gary Ablett3
Mitch Duncan1.5
Tim Kelly1
Joel Selwood0.5

No doubt a bittersweet night for Gary Ablett. The ex Sun was best-afield against his old side who, after kicking two goals in the first seven minutes of the game, only manged two thereafter in what was a stinker for their first home game at Metricon.

Essendon 43 – Richmond 114

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Shane Edwards3
Josh Caddy2
Dustin Martin1
Jake Stringer0.5

Shane Edwards was the clear best-afield and rightly awarded the Yiooken Award  with a game-high 30 possessions and two goals. Not to be outdone though, Josh Caddy, in an age where so many players struggle in front of goal,  kicked another four-straight making his season tally 27.6 and putting him right in the conversation for more votes.  

West Coast 101 – St Kilda 88

Optus Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Josh J Kennedy 2.5
Tim Membrey1.5
Shannon Hurn1
Andrew Gaff1

West Coast chalked up their 10th consecutive win against a dogged St Kilda and in doing so, recorded their best winning streak since 1996. Josh Kennedy and Tim Membrey participated in an old fashioned shoot out kicking 12.1 between them making it easy to include both in the voting.  In what was an even spread of contributors for the Eagles, we have the forwards 6.1 slightly edging out the likes of Andrew Gaff’s 29 disposals. 

North Melbourne 141 – Brisbane 87

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Shaun Higgins3
Dayne Beams2
Ben Cunnington1

It’s full steam ahead for the Kangaroos’ charge towards September. A five goal to none first quarter set the scene for a comfortable win with Shaun Higgins game high 38 disposals and one goal the standout.

Collingwood 138 – Fremantle 77

MCG

Player Projected Votes
Tom Phillips3
Steele Sidebottom2
Will Hoskin Elliot0.5
Brodie Grundy0.5

Tom Phillips (36 disposals and three goals) and Steele Sidebottom (37 disposals) were best on ground in the 61 point victory. However all is overshadowed by the 1 week suspension handed down to Brownlow medal favourite Nat Fyfe.

Adelaide 81 – GWS 97

Adelaide Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Dylan Shiel2
Josh Kelly1.5
Stephen Coniglio1.5
Bryce Gibbs1

The best match was saved to last with GWS breathing new life into its season landing a huge 16 point victory away from home. The usual suspects of the ‘orange tsunami’ played a pivotal role in the victory while Bryce Gibbs shone brightest for the Crows amassing 9 clearances amongst his 36 possessions.

Collingwood 90 – Western Bulldogs 55

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Adam Treloar2.5
Tom Phillips2
Brodie Grundy1
Scott Pendlebury0.5

Difficult not to allocate all the three votes to Adam Treloar (40 possessions, six inside 50s and two goals) who’s running game and clearances were vital in the Pies’ comeback win. Tom Phillips provides the threat though, who was awarded the Bob Rose-Charlie Sutton medal for best on ground on the night.

Richmond 105 – St Kilda 77

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Josh Caddy3
Trent Cotchin2
Jade Gresham1

Jake Carlisle’s wayward forearm was a blessing in disguise for forward Josh Caddy. In what was an arm wrestle all day, Jack Riewoldt’s concussion gave Caddy open air in the forward 50 and he delivered in spades, kicking 6 goals in a best on ground performance. Trent Cothin was again impressive through the midfield, while St Kilda small forward, Jade Gresham ended up with six goals of his own.

Brisbane 49 – Sydney 67

GABBA 

PLayerProjected Votes
Josh Kennedy1.5
Dayne Beams1.5
Mitch Robinson1.5
Isaac Heeney1
Allen Christensen0.5

Mostly untroubled all day, the Swans continued a winning streak against the Lions that dates back to 2009 with an 18 point victory without any notable standout performances. Perennial wet tracker Josh Kennedy was a bull with 34 possessions whilst big games from Dayne Beams and cement-head Mitch Robinson kept the lions in touch for most of the day.

Geelong 73 – Carlton 45

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Patrick Dangerfield2
Tom Stewart2
Patrick Cripps1.5
Kade Simpson0.5

In what was a very forgettable match and one that will cast doubt over Geelong’s top four credentials, Patrick Dangerfield (29 possessions and a goal) and Tom Stewart (26 possessions including 11 intercepted) shone brightest. Patrick Cripps’ 22 contested possessions and 8 clearances makes it hard for the umpires not to consider in the votes either. While Kade Simpson also battled hard all day off half back.

GWS 60 – Essendon 95

Spotless Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
David Zaharakis 2
Dyson Heppell2
Devon Smith1.5
Heath Shaw0.5

If it wasn’t for Mark Neeld would Essendon be 10 and zip? Essendon supporters are reemerging from their slumber after notching their second win a row thanks to impressive displays from midfielders Dyson Heppell (28 possessions), David Zaharakis (33 disposals and a goal) and the competitions number one tackler, Devon Smith (21 disposals, 13 tackles and a goal).

Hawthorn 60 – West Coast 75

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Andrew Gaff3
Jaeger O'Meara1
Isaac Smith1
Nic Naitanui0.5
Elliot Yeo0.5

It was no MCG, but a win in Melbourne will silence a few West Coast critics nonetheless. Stocks are rising down at the Eagles and Andrew Gaff is one of the reasons why. 35 possessions, 12 marks and a goal has us comfortably allocating the three. In what was another even contribution for the Eagles, Elliot Yeo and Nic Naitanui may feature in the minor votes. While, Jaeger O’Meara and Isaac Smith were the best for the Hawk.s

Melbourne 146 – Adelaide 55

Marrara Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Angus Brayshaw2.5
Jesse Hogan1.5
Alex Neal-Bullen1
Jack Viney1

Melbourne obliterated the Crows up in Alice Springs and in doing so, made it the hardest game for us to allocate votes with any confidence. Relevant media outlets/AFL pundits are no help either with votes spread across half a dozen players. We’re applying the Shane Woewodin/Akermanis bleached hair theory to the helmet though and allocating 2.5 to Angus Brayshaw’s 29 disposal/three goal game. As good a reason as any.

Fremantle 58 – North Melbourne 86

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Nat Fyfe2
Michael Walters 2
Jarrad Waite1
Ben Jacobs1

Another massive game from Nat Fyfe sees him reclaim the top spot on the leaderboard. Arguably the first player to beat the Ben Jacobs tag this season,  however a loss combined with another huge game from Michael Walters is enough for us to steer clear of giving the Freo captain the full three votes.

Adelaide 63 – Western Bulldogs 26

Adelaide Oval

Player Projected Votes
Eddie Betts2
Jack Macrae2
Rory Laird1.5
Hugh Greenwood0.5

Goals were at a premium at the rain-soaked Adelaide Oval on Friday night and in his 100th game for the club, Eddie Betts was all class up forward kicking four and punishing the inaccurate Bulldogs. Jack Macrae did his Brownlow chances no harm with another clinical game through the midfield, collecting 36 disposals of which, 25 were contested.

North Melbourne 112 – GWS 69

Blundstone Arena

PlayerProjected Votes
Jarrad Waite2.5
Ben Brown2
Jed Anderson1
Dylan Shiel0.5

North Melbourne strengthened its top eight claims with another impressive win against an undermanned GWS side.  Focal points Jarrad Waite (3 goals in the first quarter and 4 in total) and Ben Brown (5 goals in the third term) provided headaches all day for the makeshift GWS defensive line while Jed Anderson continues to improve collecting 26 disposals and a goal.

Port Adelaide 82 – Gold Coast 42

Jiangwan Stadium (China)

PlayerProjected Votes
Travis Boak2.5
Sam Powell-Pepper1.5
Tom Rockliff1
Ollie Wines0.5
Aaron Hall0.5

Port Adelaide continued its undefeated streak on the continent of Asia dismantling a disappointing Gold Coast side who only managed two goals after quarter time. In what was an even spread of contributors for the Power, we’ve got Travis Boak’s 29 possessions and a goal as the standout.

Essendon 84 – Geelong 50

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Cale Hooker2
Zach Merrett2
Shaun McKernan1.5
Orazio Fantasia0.5

A week is a long time in football and that proved true in this clash. Shaun Mckernan channeled his inner Corey Mckernan circa 1996 to kick 4.4 and provide the focal point for a blistering Essendon midfield lead by the shackle-free Zach Merrett. Cale Hooker was awarded the Tom Wills Medal for best on ground though and will be the man to beat for the three votes come September.

St. Kilda 72 – Collingwood 100

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jordan De Goey2.5
Steele Sidebottom2
Scott Pendlebury1.5

If you believe the hype, Jordan De Goey can write his own cheque on current form. Six goals to the in form forward has us allocating 2.5 votes ahead of the 28 and 30 possession games from classy midfielders Steele Sidebottom and captain Scott Pendlebury.

Sydney 111 – Fremantle 52

SCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Jake Lloyd3
Jarrad McVeigh2
Isaac Heeney1

Lance Franklin returned on the weekend and in doing so, joined only Tony Lockett in booting 300 goals for two separate clubs. The power forward was impressive kicking kicking three goals among 19 disposals. However, it was a 41 disposal game from half back Jake Lloyd who also managed a goal that has us allocating the full 3 too. Impressive performances from Jarrad McVeigh and Isaac Heeney should see them feature in the minor votes.

Melbourne 159 – Carlton 50

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Max Gawn2
Jake Melksham1.5
Nathan Jones1
Patrick Cripps1
Tom McDonald0.5

On the topic of a ‘week is a long time in football,’ Carlton were atrocious. Though, Patrick Cripps was again huge but in what was a 109 point loss he’ll do well to poll anymore than one here. Max Gawn, Jake Melksham, Nathan Jones and Tom McDonald all have claims to poll ahead of him.

Brisbane 129 – Hawthorn 73

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Dayne Beams2
Dayne Zorko2
Tom Mitchell1.5
Tom Cutler0.5

Tom Mitchell is making the allocation hard as he finished with 46 possessions and a goal in a game they lost by 56. We’ve settled on 1.5 and behind the big contributions of Dayne Beams and Dayne Zorko who lead the way in Brisbane’s first win of the season.

West Coast 130 – Richmond 83

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jack Darling3
Elliot Yeo1.5
Nic Naitanui1
Jeremy McGovern0.5

Nine rounds in and Jack Darling is arguably the in-form player of the competition. 21 disposals and 6.2 in this top of the table clash should land him the three and have him rocket up the Brownlow outright ladder. Elliot Yeo’s second half and Nic Naitanui’s masterclass in the ruck should jostle it out for the minor votes.

Hawthorn 71 – Sydney 79

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Ben Ronke3
Luke Parker2
Jake Lloyd0.5
Isaac Heeney0.5

Not a bad 3rd career game for Ben Ronke. Seven goals including the winner and 10 tackles surely lands him the three votes. Luke Parker, contentious bump aside, was also instrumental collecting 28 possessions and kicking the goal late in the last quarter to put the Swans in front.

GWS 61 – West Coast 86

Spotless Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jack Darling2
Elliot Yeo1.5
Andrew Gaff1
Jack Redden1
Callan Ward0.5

West Coast continued their rich vein of form accounting for a lackluster GWS side thanks to another impressive display by forward Jack Darling. His four first half goals set up the 25 point victory while solid performances from the likes of Elliot Yeo and Andrew Gaff should see them figure in the voting also.

Gold Coast 77 – Melbourne 146

The Gabba

PlayerProjected Votes
James Harmes2
Tom McDonald2
Christian Salem1
Clayton Oliver1

Melbourne equaled the record of most I50’s in a match and in doing so romped home to their third victory in a row.  A difficult one to allocate votes however we’ve rated James Harmes 33 possessions (18 contested) and Tom McDonald’s five goals as the standouts ahead of Christian Salem and another consistent performance from midfielder Clayton Oliver.

Port Adelaide 95 – Adelaide 90

Adelaide Oval

 

Port AdelaideAdelaide
Robbie Gray3
Justin Westhoff1
Rory Atkins1
Ollie Wines0.5
Tom Rockliff0.5
Candidate for game of the year or at the very least finish of the year. Power star Robbie Gray claimed his third Showdown Medal and best on ground for his six-goal performance, including five in what was an incredible third quarter fight back. Justin Westhoff was again pivotal in a diverse role while Rory Atkins was the best for the Crows.

Western Bulldogs 107 – Brisbane 93

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jack Macrae2.5
Marcus Bontempelli2
Dayne Zorko1
Toby McLean0.5

It’s probably time for opposition coaches to do some homework on stopping Jack Macrae and his influence through the midfield. Another 47 possessions should see him collect another best on ground performance however 24 possessions and four goals from Marcus Bontempelli has us hesitant to allocate the full three to the in form midfielder.

Fremantle 89 – St Kilda 59

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Nat Fyfe3
Connor Blakely1
Lachie Neale1
Ed Langdon0.5
Jimmy Webster0.5

With another strong performance, Nat Fyfe moves into outright favoritism for the Brownlow and rightly so. His 36 possessions of which 25 were contested played a pivotal role in seeing off a gallant but once again, inaccurate St Kilda team.

North Melbourne 72 – Richmond 82

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Ben Cunnington2.5
Trent Cotchin2
Josh Caddy1
Nick Vlastuin0.5

In what was a tight contest all day and Richmond absorbed the kitchen sink thrown at them by North until wrestling back the lead in the dying minutes. In doing so, they remain atop  the ladder. There’s no guarantees of a Tigers player collecting three votes though with Kangaroos midfielder Ben Cunnington amassing a stat line that read 38 total possessions, 32 contested and 14 clearances. However, Trent Cotchin’s classy display though the midfield should go close to stealing the maximum votes.

Collingwood 45 – Geelong 66

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Tom Stewart2
Sam Menegola2
Patrick Dangerfield1
Adam Treloar1

In what was a scrappy contest most of the day, Geelong eventually wore down a battle-weary Collingwood to record a 21 point victory. Tom Stewart did his All Australian credentials no harm collecting 28 disposals and winning some critical contests when it mattered most. While Sam Menegola’s three goals and Danger’s late flurry of contested footy should see them in the votes come September.

Geelong 93 – GWS 32

GMHBA Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Tim Kelly2
Tom Hawkins2
Mitch Duncan1
Patrick Dangerfield1

The Cats don’t lose two games in a row at home too often and Friday was no exception. An injury depleted GWS hardly gave a yelp as the recruit of the year Tim Kelly (30 possessions, 14 contested) and a rejuvenated Tom Hawkins lead Geelong to a comfortable win.

Western Bulldogs 81 – Gold Coast 72

MARS Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jack Macrae3
Lachie Hunter1.5
Toby Mclean1.5

Another 40 possession game from Jack Macrae and arguably his best game yet has us allocating another three to the prolific ball winner. Lachie Hunter was again a solid support act collecting a valuable 34 possessions, while Toby Mclean’s improvement this season was highlighted in what was an arm wrestle all day in Ballarat.

Essendon 67 – Hawthorn 90

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
James Sicily3
Jarryd Roughead1.5
Tom Mitchell0.5
Isaac Smith0.5
Tom Bellchambers0.5

It’s a love/hate relationship between Hawks supporters and James Sicily and this weeks it’s all love. The much-maligned defender amassed a monster stat line of 29 possessions, 14 marks and a goal which should see him a lock for the three votes. Tom Mitchell will be in contention for the minor votes, though he will have to compete with a number of teammates and Essendon ruckman, Tom Bellchambers.

West Coast 102 – Port Adelaide 60

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jack Darling2
Andrew Gaff2
Jack Redden 1.5
Elliot Yeo0.5

it’s time to start paying a little more respect to the Eagles. In what was their sixth win in a row, West Coast were plus 42 in contested possessions with the likes of Jack Darling (14 contested) and Jack Redden (11 contested) leading the way in a comfortable 42 point win. Andrew Gaff was again impressive, providing a great deal of outside run. While, Elliot Yeo was consistent in the midfield all day.

Sydney 66 – North Melbourne 68

SCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Mason Wood2.5
Shaun Higgins2.5
Josh P Kenenedy1

Speaking of respect, the Kangaroos demand plenty after their nail biting win over Sydney at the SCG. Shaun Higgins and Mason Wood showed their class in the contest while Josh Kennedy proved that the games best tagger was beatable, amassing 31 possessions, of which 18 were contested. The trio should all feature among the votes here.

Adelaide 125 – Carlton 70

Adelaide Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Mitch McGovern2
Richie Douglas2
Rory Laird1
Hugh Greenwood0.5
Matt Crouch0.5

The Crows jumped the win-less Blues early and despite a small patch of resistance in the second Quarter, cruised to a 55 point victory. The high flying Mitch McGovern will go close to the three votes with an impressive  night booting five goal. The minor votes will be split between the Adelaide midfield in what was an even contribution.

Richmond 110 – Fremantle 33

MCG

PlayerProjected Votes
Nat Fyfe2
Kane Lambert2
Lachie Neale0.5
Jack Graham0.5
Dustin Martin0.5
David Astbury0.5

Another Richmond win and another one we’re finding difficult to allocate votes. Dusty didn’t dominate and Richmond’s ‘team first’ attitude saw them win comfortably without a real standout. Nat Fyfe was huge again with 33 possessions but we’re reluctant to allocate him the full three when they went down by a whopping  77 points.

St. Kilda 67 – Melbourne 106

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jesse Hogan2
Max Gawn1.5
Clayton Oliver1.5
Angus Brayshaw1

In a game that didn’t reach any great heights, Melbourne looked a class above as they cruised to a 39 point win over the inaccurate Saints. Jesse Hogan’s 25 possession three goal game has us leaning towards the young forward for the three votes however a Max Gawn masterclass and impressive displays from Oliver and Brayshaw respectively suggest several Dees have genuine claims for the three also.

Brisbane 114 –  Collingwood 121

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Dayne Zorko3
Jordan De Goey2
Adam Treloar0.5
Tom Phillips0.5

In a week where we sat through discussions on the state of the game, Brisbane vs Collingwood produced a game that suggested there’s no need to worry. A combined 37 goals in what was the game of the round saw Dayne Zorko and Jordan De Goey kick nine goals between them in standout performances. Adam Treloar and Tom Phillips will fight it out for the minor votes as both played key roles in the midfield.

Western Bulldogs 80 – Carlton 59

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Marcus Bontempelli2.5
Jack Macrae2
Patrick Cripps1.5

Patrick Cripps output continues to be immense in a losing side. However, due to a sixth loss and the worst start to a season for Carlton in 121 years, we’re allocating the majority of votes to Marcus Bontempelli who played his best game of the year collecting 30 classy possessions. Jackson Macrae continued his stellar year also finding the footy 32 times. It will definitely be interesting to see how the umpires judge this game come Brownlow Night.

Geelong 69 – Sydney 86

GMHBA Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Josh Kennedy3
Callum Sinclair1.5
Joel Selwood0.5
Isaac Heeney0.5
Tim Kelly0.5

No Buddy, no Hannebery, no worries. A resurgent Josh Kennedy was back to his best with 13 of his 33 disposals and six of his 13 clearances coming in the last term to chase down a lacklustre Geelong outfit at home. Callum Sinclair played the game of his life was a handy support act in the impressive victory. While Joel Selwood and Tim Kelly were the pick of a Geelong side that will be looking for answers.

North Melbourne 69 – Port Adelaide 102

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Sam Gray2
Jared Polec2
Justin Westhoff1.5
Brad Ebert0.5

Sam Gray’s four goals and 19 possessions up forward was the catalyst in Port Adelaide win. The Power shook their Etihad hoodoo and secured a 33 point victory against the in form Kangaroos. Ben Jacobs split his time between Robbie Gray and Ollie Wines, which let Port Adelaide’s second tier midfielders off the hook with Jared Polec and Brad Ebert stepping up when it was counted. Justin Westhoff was also impressive in the win and should feature in the minor votes.

GWS 77 – Brisbane 43

Spotless Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Brett Deledio2
Matt De Boer2
Lachie Whitfield1.5
Stephen Coniglio0.5

GWS continue to do just enough without setting the world alight. Brett Deledio wound back the clock and looked like the Brett Deledio of old in a classy display. While Matt De Boer collected a career high 35 possessions in the 34 point victory. Lachie Whitfield outside run and rebound off half back and Stephen Coniglio’s strong work inside should fight it out for the minor vote.

Hawthorn 89 – St Kilda 54

UTAS

PlayerProjected Votes
Isaac Smith3
Tom Mitchell2
Jack Steven0.5
Harry Morrison0.5

Alan Richardson left Saints fans scratching their heads allowing superstar Tom Mitchell collect possessions at will in the Hawks 35 point win. With the shackles of past weeks released, the onballer enjoyed his new found freedom linking up with Isaac Smith to get the job done down in Tasmania. However, we have judged Smith’s four goal, 24 disposal game more worthy of the three votes.

Adelaide 110 – Gold Coast 62

Adelaide Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Tom Lynch1.5
Richie Douglas1
David Swallow1
Wayne Milera1
Rory Laird1
Bryce Gibbs0.5

Toughest game of the round to allocate votes thus far. In what was a comfortable 48 point win, contributions were evenly spread across the winning side. Hard not to find room for Tom Lynch and Richie Douglas who both kicked 3 goals to go with 25 and 21 possessions respectively. David Swallow was the best for the the losing side.

Essendon 72 – Melbourne 108

Etihad Stadium

Player Projected Votes
Max Gawn2.5
Nathan Jones2
Devon Smith1
Mitch Hannan0.5

Two of the more inconsistent sides of the competition, both backing up from small breaks put on a very forgettable match under the roof at Etihad stadium. Melbourne however, came up trumps and the six goal margin in the didn’t quite do either team justice. Max Gawn and Nathan Jones should combine for the lions share of voting with dominant second halves as they were the catalyst for the onslaught.

Collingwood 70 – Richmond 113

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Trent Cotchin2
Adam Treloar1.5
Toby Nakervis1
Josh Caddy1
Dustin Martin0.5

The 43 point margin doesn’t give justice to what was an arm wrestle for the majority of the game. Trent Cotchin and Toby Nankervis should figure in the voting while Dustin Martin and Adam Treloar continued their hot run both kicking goals in and collecting 42 and 29 possessions respectively.

Fremantle 81 –  West Coast 89

Optus Stadium

Player Projected Votes
Lachie Neale 2
Shannon Hurn2
Ed Langdon1
Jack Redden0.5
Nat Fyfe0.5

Optus Stadium played host to its first Derby in what was a long overdue classic. For the first time, the much publicised Ross Glendinning Medal was shared between two players with Shannon Hurn’s half back dominace and Lachie Neale’s 35 possessions out shining others in the voters eyes. For those in the team Fyfe outright camp, 27 possessions of which 13 were contested puts him in the mix.

Sydney 75 – Adelaide 85

Sydney Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Taylor Walker2
Paul Seedsman2
Rory Laird1
Rory Atkins1

The pattern continues for the Crows as they were eavily criticised midweek and came out like a team possessed to clinch an unlikely away victory. Tex Walker was instrumental kicking four goals while the Crows second tier midfielders lead by ex-pie Paul Seedsman and Rory Atkins made Sydney’s more fancied on-ballers look second rate. Rory Laird was everywhere and is every chance of polling again.

St Kilda 73 – GWS 73

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jack Steven2
Brett Deledio2
Seb Ross1
Blake Acres0.5
Jeremy Cameron0.5

Both teams will come away a little disappointed with the season’s first draw. GWS’s inaccuracy gave St Kilda a sniff and with that sniff, St Kilda dropped their opportunity in the dying seconds of the game.  A difficult one to allocate votes so we’ve gone with a slight lean towards the goal kicking midfielders.

Carlton 69 – West Coast 79

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Andrew Gaff2.5
Patrick Cripps2
Elliot Yeo1
Kade Simpson0.5

It’s a shame Patrick Cripps plays in losing sides each week. He was a contested bull again amassing 19 possessions in a 34 disposal game. However, the three votes is no guarantee against the likes of Andrew Gaff and Elliot Yeo who were very solid in what was a ten point victory to the Eagles.

Port Adelaide 50 –  Geelong 84

Adelaide Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Joel Selwood2
Patrick Dangerfield1.5
Robbie Gray1.5
Sam Menegola0.5
George Horlin Smith0.5

A late Tom Hawkins omission pre game did nothing to affect an impressive performance from the Cats at Adelaide Oval. Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield again showed their worth finding the ball at will, while late inclusion George Horlin Smith has made it next to impossible for the selection committee to drop him next week with a 26 possession, two goal performance in what was a career game for the 25 year old. Robbie Gray was once again Port Adelaide’s only shining light and will go close to polling a couple in what was a dismal night for the Power.

Fremantle 108 – Western Bulldogs 54

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Nat Fyfe3
Michael Walters2
Lachie Naele0.5
Nathan Wilson0.5

Nat Fyfe and Michael Walters will be close to leading the Brownlow 5 rounds in.  We have Nat Fyfe’s 43 possessions and one goal just ahead of Walters five goal performance, though both were the clear stand out performers. Lachie Neale and Nathan Wilson were both solid in support roles and will be expected to fight it out for the minor placings.

North Melbourne 98 –  Hawthorn 70

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Ben Cunnington2
Robbie Tarrant1.5
Luke Breust1
Jarrad Waite0.5
James Sicily0.5
Isaac Smith0.5

The Kangaroos continue to prove the doubters wrong with another consistent team performance. Their win on the weekend now see’s them move into the top four, a position that next to no one would have predicted pre-season. Ben Cunnington was vital as rotations began to diminish for most of the second half, while Luke Breust’s accuracy gave the Hawks the slimmest of chances late in the game.

Brisbane 71 – Gold Coast 76

Gabba

PlayerProjected Votes
Brayden Fiorini2.5
Touk Miller2
Alex Witherden1
Tom Cutler0.5

The Q-Clash went agonisingly close to producing the second draw of the round with only an inaccurate kick on the siren from the number one draft pick, Cameron Rayner the difference in a late quarter fightback from the Lions. In a tight tussle, it was both teams younger brigades who shone brightest, providing a sneak peek into both clubs depth of young talent. Brayden Fiorini and Touk Miller were the pick of the bunch for the Suns and should both feature among the votes. While, Alex Witherden was solid of half back for the Lions.

Melbourne 56 – Richmond 102

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Kane Lambert2
Dustin Martin2
Clayton Oliver1
Jesse Hogan1

A 46 point final margin doesn’t give justice to what was a tight contest for the majority of the game. It will be interesting to see how the votes are allocated come September given Dusty’s 26 possession game wasn’t as dominant as others. Kane Lambert was fantastic in the win, providing run through the midfield and laying a number of key tackles. While, Clayton Oliver and Jesse Hogan were again the best for the Demons.

Collingwood 101 –  Essendon 52

GMHBA Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Adam Treloar2.5
Scott Pendlebury2
Steele Sidebottom1.5

Adam Treloar took away the Anzac Day Medal and it’s hard not to see him land the three votes from the umpires. His gut running provided Collingwood with damaging run through the middle, especially in the second half where he kicked two goals to ice the game. Scott Pendlebury was also instrumental in the midfield and had an almost calming presence on the game while Steele Sidebottom was up to his old tricks. Both should fight it out for the minor votes.

Adelaide 58 – Collingwood 100

Adelaide Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Steele Sidebottom2.5
Brodie Grundy2.5
Adam Treloar1

Another away game as underdogs and another strong showing from the Pies. Steele Sidebottom continued his rich vein form racking up a lazy 43 possessions, all while applying the clamps on Rory Sloane’s influence. We have him edging out Brodie Grundy who looked more like a midfielder amassed a triple double like stat line with 40 hitouts, 33 posssesion and a goal. Adam Treloar rounds out our allocation collecting 36 possessions in a game where he saw more midfield time with the return of De Goey up forward.

GWS 82 – Fremantle 51

UNSW Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Nick Haynes2
Callan Ward2
Stephen Coniglio1.5
Brett Deledio0.5

GWS did enough to get the win quite comfortably in Canberra with  Stephen Coniglio polling again, in what should be his fourth consecutive game. Callan Ward was a bull with 34 possessions whilst Nick Haynes overshadowed his more fancied teammates with an impressive 31 possession, 15 mark game.

Richmond 110 – Brisbane 17

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Dustin Martin3
Trent Cotchin1.5
Reece Conca1.5

Another Richmond win, Dusty three vote game looms. His six goals in a match where no one else really stood out should be enough to see him climb the leaderboard. Trent Cotchin and Reece Conca the most likely minor place getters.

Western Bulldogs 79 –  Sydney 86

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Luke Parker2.5
Jack Macrae2
Dane Rampe1
Lance Frankin0.5

The Western Bulldogs have definitely turned a corner and were unlucky to go down in a last quarter arm wrestle. Jackson Macrae once again found the ball at will and despite the loss, should be in contention for the three against Luke Parker and his silky 21 possession, three goal game.

North Melbourne 116 – Carlton 30

Blundstone Arena

PlayerProjected Votes
Shaun Higgins3
Ben Brown2
Jed Anderson0.5
Billy Hartung0.5

Any supporter who watched this game from start to finish is one die hard AFL fan. Shaun Higgins’ 35 possessions was a class above the rest and has us allocating him the full three votes ahead of Ben Brown who outscored the Carlton Football Club by himself.

West Coast 139 –  Gold Coast 59

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Elliot Yeo2.5
Jeremy McGovern1.5
Jack Darling1
Andrew Gaff0.5
Chris Masten0.5

Can’t see too many buying this one on DVD but regardless of spectacle, West Coast cruised to an 80 point drubbing. An even spread of contributors has us doing the same with vote allocation. Choose your poison.

Essendon 106 – Port Adelaide 84

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Zach Merrett2
Michael Hurley1.5
Dyson Heppell1.5
Robbie Gray1

In hindsight this result was predictable. Heavily criticised during the week, Essendon came out with renewed vigour and aside from a very slight momentum swing in the 2nd half, did it comfortably. Zach Merrett rediscovered his form of last year and was able to use his run and carry from stoppages in a damaging performance. Heppell, while not as efficient as we’re used too, did enough to poll and not to be outdone, Michael Hurley relished Cale Hooker’s return down back.

Hawthorn 115 –  Melbourne 48

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Liam Shiels2.5
Jaeger O'Meara2.5
Luke Bruest1

Hawthorn proved they’re far from a one man band. Tom Mitchell was tagged and played second fiddle to the ever-improving Jaeger O’Meara and Liam shiels. Luke Breust was also a dead eye in front of goals against an all too familiar Melbourne performance.

Geelong 103 –  St Kilda 56

GMHBA Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Brendan Parfitt3
Daniel Menzel2
Sam Menegola0.5
Patrick Dangerfield0.5

Put a line through any St. Kilda players getting near a vote. Geelong controlled the game from start to finish. Brendan Parfitt and Daniel Menzel proved to the doubters that Geelong may have some depth in their list away from their big three in the midfield.

Carlton 76 – Collingwood 100

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Steele Sidebottom3
Brodie Grundy2
Jack Crisp1

Nathan Buckley was heading for the carpark ten minutes in, but, a ten goal run lead by classy midfielder Steele Sidebottom and the ever reliable Brody Grundy saw the Pies get off the canvas and land their first four points of the season. It will be hard not to give Sidebottom the full the votes with 35 possessions and three goals. Jack crisp also provided a lot of run off the half back line, collecting an impressive 32 possessions.

Port Adelaide 97 –  Brisbane 92

Adelaide Oval

PlayerPlayer Projected
Stefan Martin2.5
Jared Polec2
Sam Gray1
Ollie Wines0.5

Gallant in defeat, Brisbane’s young list were only metres away from snatching an unlikely victory against one of the competitions premiership favourites. A loss is the only reason we’re not allocating the full three to Stefan Martin in what was a masterclass against the Ryder-less Port side. The Lions ruckman collected a statline that most big men could only dream of. Jared Polec and Sam Gray both played their best games for the season and Ollie Wines did enough to be considered for a vote.

Melbourne 123 – North Melbourne 86

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Jesse Hogan2
Max Gawn2
Christian Petracca1
Nathan Jones1

This one took a while to get going, but once Melbourne kicked into gear, North had little answers. Jesse Hogan continued his rich vein form up the ground, finding the ball at will. Whilst, big Maxy Gawn looks to have put last years injury concerns behind him with another dominant display in the ruck amassing 50 hitouts and his 18 disposals

Gold Coast 68 –  Fremantle 96

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Nat Fyfe3
Michael Walters2
Jarryd Lyons0.5
Lachie Neale0.5

Nathan Fyfe and the Fremantle Dockers are now the nations biggest Commonwealth Games fans after their workman-like 28 point away (home) victory on Saturday night. Gold Coast’s ‘necessary evil’ selling Saturday’s home game came back to bite them as they watched a Nathan Fyfe lead midfield run over the top of them in the second half. 24 contested possessions, 14 clearances and a goal has us allocating the full thee votes to the Freo captain. Michael Walters was again handy as a support act collecting 23 possessions to go along with two goals, whilst Lachie Neale and Jarryd Lyons were prolific all day.

Sydney 103 – GWS 87

Sydney Cricket Ground

Player Projected Votes
Callum Mills2
Isaac Heeney1.5
Stephen Coniglio1
Lance Franklin1
Josh Kennedy0.5

Easily the toughest match so far to allocate votes. Perennial vote-getters Josh Kennedy and Buddy Franklin did enough to be considered for a vote whilst a few of Sydney’s emerging young stars in Callum Mills and Isaac Heeney stood out in an impressive 16 point victory.

St. Kilda 55 –  Adelaide 104

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Bryce Gibbs2.5
Rory Laird2
Paul Seedsman1
Sam Jacobs0.5

Our pre-season prediction went exactly to script on Saturday night with a Rory Sloane tag allowing Bryce Gibbs to roam free and collect the ball at will. 26 possessions and a goal has us allocating him 2.5 votes, slightly edging out another A grade performance from All Australian back pocket Rory Laird. Sam Jacobs powerful display against second gamer, Rowan Marshall and Paul Seedsman’s two goal, 26 possession game is also worthy of votes.

Richmond  102 – Hawthorn 89

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Trent Cotchin2.5
Tom Mitchell2
Alex Rance1
Bachar Houli0.5

It was the Tom Mitchell show again at the MCG but how do you allocate votes to a player with 42 possession and a goal in a losing team? It’s a tough one but we have given Mitchell the two here. We saw Trent Cotchin’s 31 possessions as more effective and have allocated him 2.5 votes over Tom Mitchell’s two with Alex Rance jostling it out for the final vote with fellow defender, Bachar Houli.

Western Bulldogs 104 –  Essendon 83

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Lachie Hunter3
Jack Macrae2
Toby Mclean0.5
Luke Dahlhaus0.5

Put a line through Essendon for any votes. They were woeful. A spirited Bulldogs lineup came to play Sunday afternoon, with both Lachie Hunter and Jack Macrae again standing out as they combined for 65 possessions. The lead the young Bulldogs team to a relatively easy win. Luke Dahlhaus returned to form amassing 31 possessions while Toby Mclean kicked some important goals when needed and cant forgotten in the vote allocation.

West Coast 95 –  Geelong 80

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Dom Sheed2.5
Andrew Gaff2
Luke Shuey1
Patrick Dangerfield0.5

West Coast did what they should, grinding down a depleted Geelong outfit to record their first win at Optus Stadium. Dom Sheed was a standout kicking two vital goals to go with 30 quality possessions, while Andrew Gaff had a day out without much attention collecting 29 touches and kicking a goal. Luke Shuey also impressed and Dangerfield is difficult to disregard.

Adelaide 118 – Richmond 82

Adelaide Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Dustin Martin2.5
Rory Laird2
Josh Jenkins0.5
Rory Sloane0.5
Bryce Gibbs0.5

Dustin Martin continued his strong start to the season and was arguably best on ground in the losing side. The 2017 Brownlow medalist finished with five goals and 25 disposals. While, Rory Laird was the best for the Crows, picking up a whopping 42 disposals off half back. Jenkins’ five goals on All Australian Alex Rance, Sloane’s 25 possessions and two goals, and a Bryce Gibbs 20 contested possession game will battle it out for the one vote.

North Melbourne 95 –  St. Kilda 43

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Ben Brown2.5
Jarrad Waite2
Jack Steven1
Todd Goldstein0.5

The North Melbourne forwards proved the difference in this game as Ben Brown and Jarrad Waite took control in the second half. Brown ended the game with six goals while Waite was influential playing higher up the ground and finished with a game high 13 marks. Todd Goldstein was able to dominate late with a handy 38 hit out and 16 possession game which looked a lot closer to the Goldy of 2015-16.

A hard one to allocate points to any St Kilda players given the woeful showing but Jack Steven did enough to warrant a vote with his blistering start and finishing with 26 possessions and a goal.

Carlton 67 – Gold Coast 101

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Tom Lynch3
Jarryd Lyons2
David Swallow0.5
Ed Curnow0.5

The Gold Coast juggernaut rolls on and so does the value of Tom Lynch’s next contract. Eight goals in a dominant display should land the key forward the three votes. Jarryd lyons finished with 14 clearances, 36 possessions and a goal which should easily land him the two. It will be a raffle between David Swallow’s contested footy and Ed Curnow’s 38 possessions for the remaining vote.

Collingwood  79 –  GWS 95

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Stephen Coniglio2
Lachie Whitfield2
Brodie Grundy1
Scott Pendlebury0.5
Tom Phillips0.5

In what was a tight encounter, a big last quarter by both Stephen Coniglio and Lachie Whitfield kicking crucial goals when the game was on the line has us allocating two votes respectively to each midfielder.  If Collingwood hung on though, the allocation might have been a different story with Brody Grundy dominating in the ruck with 45 hitouts, two goals and 14 contested possessions. We found a way to sneak Scott Pendlebury in, who responded to his midweek criticism from Mike Sheahan with a typically classy display collecting 30 possessions. Lastly, Tom Phillips was very solid with a 32 possession and one goal game.

Brisbane 74 – Melbourne 100

The Gabba

PlayerProjected Votes
Jesse Hogan3
Clayton Oliver1.5
Nathan Jones1.5

The Demons made it harder than it should have been but did enough to take out all the allocated votes. Jesse Hogan looks to have put the year from hell behind him with another solid showing. He finished with five goals and edged out some impressive performances from both Clayton Oliver and Nathan Jones who contributed with both goals and plenty of contested footy.

Fremantle 106 –  Essendon 90

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Nat Fyfe3
Michael Walters1.5
David Mundy1
Connor Blakely0.5

It took a week longer than anticipated but we finally got to see Nat Fyfe return to his 2015 Brownlow medal form.  29 possessions and a goal, including a few high flying marks should be enough to see him land his first three votes of the season.  Michael Walters 26 disposal, two goal game, Mundy’s class and Fremantle’s new found dashing halfback, Connor Blakely should jostle it out for the minor placings.

Western Bulldogs 70 – West Coast 121

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jack Darling2
Jack Macrae1.5
Shannon Hurn1.5
Lachie Hunter0.5
Andrew Gaff0.5

The hardest game to allocate votes thus far and a gold star for anyone who can land the three, two, one in order. West Coast did it comfortably in what was an even spread of contributors over a dismal Bulldogs outfit, with Lachie Hunter and Jack Macrae the only shining lights. However, probably not enough for the three votes. Individual stat lines say yes but losing margin says no.

We watched this game intently and after the siren were scratching our heads for the West Coast stand outs. Hurn and Gaff found enough outside ball to be considered and the likes of Darling, Lycett and the exciting Liam Ryan hitting the scoreboard are others who played strongly.

Sydney 71 –  Port Adelaide 94

Sydney Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Ollie Wines3
Robbie Gray1.5
Charlie Dixon1
Josh Kennedy0.5

Tight contest between two sides that’ll go deep into September. From quarter time, Ollie Wines was a bull racking up 35 possessions including a goal that’ll go close to landing him the three votes come September. Robbie Gray showed his class with 26 possessions and a goal whilst the versatility of big Charlie Dixon and Westhoff played vital roles in the 23 point victory. For Sydney, perennial vote getter, Josh Kennedy was strong in the contest collecting 33 possessions of which 20 were contested.

Geelong 117 –  Hawthorn 118

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Tom Mitchell3
Patrick Dangerfield1.5
Gary Ablett1
Joel Selwood0.5

The cream rose to the top in what will be hard to beat for the best regular season game this year. Tom Mitchell was penciled in for the three at three quarter time until Geelong’s star studded midfield went to another level in what was an epic last quarter. 40 possessions (20 contested), 13 clearances and two goals in an epic win should see him land the three votes though. While Dangerfield, Ablett and Joel Selwood will fight it out for the minor placings.

Richmond  121 – Carlton 95

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Patrick Cripps3
Dustin Martin2
Kade Simpson0.5
Charlie Curnow0.5

Dustin Martin showed no signs of complacency after the year he had last season and was easily the best player for the Tigers, bobbing up at important times throughout the game. Kade Simpson was outstanding with 35 disposals off half back for Carlton and Charlie Curnow ended with five majors so he must be considered.

However, Patrick Cripps was our clear best on ground in the season opener as the young blue amassed 36 disposals, of which 25 of them were contested. Carlton did go on to lose the game which may work against him, but we have Cripps as the clear stand-out in this one. A hard game to allocate points here as there were a number of standout performers.

Essendon 99 –  Adelaide 87

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Dyson Heppell2.5
Bryce Gibbs2
Brendon Goddard0.5
Matt Crouch0.5
David Zaharakis0.5

As is the nature of games played at Etihad Stadium there were a heap of high possession getters. None more so than Matt Crouch who ended the game with a whopping 41 disposals. Teammate, Bryce Gibbs also had 35 disposals of his own and may well have been in line for best on ground honours if the Crows were to go on and win this one.

Ultimately though, we have allocated Essendon’s Dyson Heppell near max votes for his 35 disposal game. The Bombers captain was instrumental in the early parts of the game and lead the Essendon resurgence in the final quarter. Heppell’s impressive game also included nine inside 50’s and seven score involvements. Meanwhile, fellow Bombers, Brendon Goddard and David Zaharakis will be in the mix for minor votes following strong supporting roles in the come from behind win.

St. Kilda 107 –  Brisbane 82

Etihad Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Jack Steven3
Blake Acres1.5
Jack Billinga1.5

Another cracking game at Etihad to kick of the round one of the season. Jack Billings and Blake Acres should both feature in the votes following outstanding games. Billings started like a house on fire kicking two majors in the first term before going on to set up an number of teammates on his way to a game high 14 score involvements. While Acres ended the game with 30 disposals at 83% efficiency and a goal of his own.

However, we see Jack Steven as the clear best on game in this clash and we have awarded him maximum votes for that reason. Steven was at his damaging best here, amassing 34 disposals and kicking two goals of his own to accompany his usual line breaking ability, that is always something that catches the attention of those awarding votes.

Port Adelaide 110 –  Fremantle 60

Adelaide Oval

PlayerProjected Votes
Justin Westhoff2.5
Jack Watts1.5
Riley Bonner1.5
Brad Ebert0.5

It was all one way traffic in this clash as the Power had their way with the Dockers. Justin Westhoff was a clear standout around the ground as he racked up 25 disposals, nine marks and laid nine tackles, as well as pinch hitting in the ruck when called upon. While a number of players stood up for the Power, we find it hard to look past him here are awarding him near maximum votes for his dominant display around the ground.

Riley Bonner was impressive, especially early, racking up 31 disposals off half back. However, he did fade as the game went on. Jack Watts should also feature in the minor votes as he was clearly the pick of the Power forwards, while Brad Ebert was the pick of the Port Adelaide midfielders and battled well all day.

Gold Coast 55 –  North Melbourne 39

Cazaly’s Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
David Swallow2.5
Aaron Young1.5
Jack Bowes1.5
Jarrod Witts0.5

The conditions we horrible for big men but Jarrod Witts won the ruck duel and may be in line for a minor vote considering the amount of stoppages in the game. Jack Bowes had a strong performance running off the wing and Aarong Young was the most lively forward in the game racking up 26 disposals and laying nine tackles in what was a trying game for most. Both men also found the scoreboard which should be looked kindly upon given the low scoring nature of the game.

However, we see it very hard to look past David Swallow for best on ground honours in this clash as the hard nose midfielder let the charge from the get go for the Suns. Swallow picked up 32 disposals, 14 of which were contested and was pivotal in a number of key passages leading to Suns scoring chances.

Hawthorn 101 –  Collingwood 67

Melbourne Cricket Ground

PlayerProjected Votes
Tom Mitchell3
James Sicily1
Isaac Smith0.5
Scott Pendlebury0.5
Adam Treloar0.5
Steele Sidebottom0.5

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that Tom Mitchell will poll maximum votes here. The Hawthorn midfielder racked up the most recorded disposals in an AFL game (54). James Sicily was next best for the Hawks, playing an important role down back which saw him amass game highs in intercept possessions and rebound 50’s. While Isaac Smith also provided consistent run through the midfield.

For Collingwood, the usual brigade of Pendlebury, Treloar and Sidebottom were the best of an underwhelming Magpies side. The trio have had no problem receiving votes in years gone past, so they may all be a chance to poll a minor vote if the umpires look past the scoreboard here.

GWS 133 –  Western Bulldogs 51

UNSW Canberra Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Toby Greene2
Josh Kelly1.5
Stephen Coniglio1.5
Jeremy Cameron1
Lachie Whitfield0.5

Easily the hardest game of the round to award votes to, as a handful of Giants could feature following a emphatic victory over the Bulldogs. Jeremy Cameron ended the game with six goals and for that reason will likely feature somewhere here. Stephen Coniglio lead the inside midfield group and finished the game with 32 disposals and two goals, while Lachie Whitfield provided a great deal of outside run and was the leading disposal winner on the ground, finishing with 34 touches of his own.

However, we are looking at Josh Kelly and Toby Greene as the larger vote winners in the one. Kelly’s class was apparent throughout, picking up 29 disposals and two goals, whilst also providing key run through the midfield. While, Toby Greene was our pick for best on ground honours following an outstanding 25 disposal, four goal game that included a game high 12 score involvements.

Melbourne 94 –  Geelong 97

Melbourne Cricket Ground

MelbourneGeelong
Gary Ablett2.5
Joel Selwood2
Max Gawn1
Clayton Oliver0.5

For Melbourne, Max Gawn dominated in the ruck and may well have finished best afield if he converted a golden opportunity to win the game in the dying moments of the game, while Clayton Oliver was again the pick of the Demons’ midfielders.

Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood ran the show for the Cats as the two veterans willed a banged up Geelong side to victory. Ablett showed no signs of age as he picked up 39 disposals and finished with one major in his return to Geelong. While his captain, Selwood, also finished with 39 disposals of his own. However, we will give Ablett the edge here due to the damaging nature of his possessions and his re-paw with the umpires over the years.

Sydney 115 –  West Coast 86

Optus Stadium

PlayerProjected Votes
Lance Franklin3
Luke Parker2
Isaac Heeney0.5
Luke Shuey0.5

Lance Franklin was simply unstoppable in this game and ended the game with a round best eight goals. The Eagles simply had no answer for the Swans’ forward as he had his way from start to finish. Buddy also picked up nine marks and also laid a number of key tackles on the way to what must be three Brownlow votes. Luke Parker was also very impressive in the midfield, picking up 32 disposals and contributing a freakish goal of his own.

The aforementioned pair were a clear standout in this game, however, the minor votes will likely be fought out between Isaac Heeney, who was also another key contributor for the Swans and Luke Shuey who was the best for the Eagles.


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