An astounding four Dogs featured in the top-10 this round following their 111-point St Kilda annihilation, and Jack Macrae’s 41 disposal effort didn’t even make the cut.
While Taylor Walker and Dustin Martin have slid down in The Sporting Landscape’s Player of the Season Leaderboard.
Find out who displaced them in the Player of the Season top-five, and who was judged player of the round below.
10. Hugh McCluggage (BL)
A fairly complete performance from the Lions midfielder, with 27 disposals, 16 contested possessions, nine score involvements, nine inside 50s, seven clearances, and 505 metres gained.
9. Brodie Grundy (COLL)
Grundy worked Peter Ladhams over nicely in the ruck, winning the hit-out count 33-10. Outside of that, his work around the ground was impressive, with 23 disposals, 14 contested possessions, and two goals.
8. Aaron Naughton (WB)
The first of this week’s Dogs brigade, Naughton slotted five goals, and it could’ve been a seriously big bag considering his four behinds. Finished with 12 score involvements, 15 disposals, and three contested marks.
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7. Jake Lever (MELB)
The Dees interceptor put in a strong showing as his side lost a thriller to the Crows. Lever recorded 24 disposals, including an immense 17 intercept possessions, as well as 12 contested possessions, eight marks, three contested marks, and 456 metres gained.
6. Bailey Dale (WB)
A very impressive outing from the Dogs half-back, who’s thriving in his new role. Dale finished with 761 metres gained from 34 disposals, eight intercept possessions, and even floated forward to slot two majors.
5. Lance Franklin (SYD)
Who doesn’t love seeing this bloke kick bags? The Swans didn’t get over the line, but Buddy wound back the clock with six goals from 18 dispsoals, and 10 marks, three of which were contested.
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4. Tom Liberatore (WB)
Libba used the ball superbly with 31 disposals at 91% efficiency, not to mention an extraordinary 17 score involvements. Also had 14 contested possessions, 10 inside 50s, eight clearances, and a goal. Continues to thrive in Dunkley’s absence.
3. Darcy Parish (ESS)
Parish’s run of form continues, propelled to second on the Player of the Season Leaderboard.
Had 36 disposals at 88% efficiency, 13 contested possessions, 12 score involvements, 11 clearances, seven inside 50s, three goal assists, and 556 metres gained.
2. Marcus Bontempelli (WB)
A clear best-on in the Dogs demolition job, Bontempelli was damaging on the scoreboard with four goals, not to mention his 26 disposals, ten score involvements, eight inside 50s, six tackles, and 797 metres gained. An explosive display.
1. Clayton Oliver (MELB)
This wasn’t just the performance of the round, but the performance of the season to date.
Oliver capped off his third consecutive week in the top-10 of the Player Rankings with video game numbers. Racked up 38 disposals, three goals, 27 contested possessions (the all-time record is 29), 14 clearances, 11 score involvements, nine tackles, eight inside 50s, and 626 metres gained. Will be disappointed such a commanding display didn’t result in a win.
Player of the Season
An accumulative award based on each round’s Player Rankings, with players being awarded points correlating with their ranking. 10 points for 1st, 9 for 2nd, 8 for 3rd and so on.