Marcus Bontempelli is the breakaway leader in the Player of the Season race, and it may not come as a surprise to see who topped this week’s Player Rankings.
See the full lists below.
10. Jacob Hopper (GWS)
One of the Giants’ most consistent performers, Hopper’s been on the fringe of the top-10 for weeks. His contested work was a feature in the GWS win over Carlton, with 11 contested possessions, 11 clearances, a goal and an equal game-high 27 disposals.
9. Jack Ziebell (NM)
Ziebell has slotted into his new role as a rebounder off half-back relatively well, and North’s loss to Brisbane was probably his best game in the position to date. He finished with 32 disposals, 13 intercept possessions, five inside 50s, and 770 metres gained.
8. Lachie Neale (BRIS)
In just his second game back from injury, Neale starred, albeit against cellar dwellers North Melbourne. The on-baller accumulated 30 disposals at an efficiency of 80%, 19 contested possessions, ten tackles, ten clearances, nine score involvements and one goal.
7. Isaac Smith (GEEL)
Smith looked good against the Dogs, recording 30 disposals at a superb 90% efficiency, 16 contested possessions, nine inside 50s, seven score involvements, two goal assists and 601 metres gained.
6. Jeremy Finlayson (GWS)
Finlayson took his season tally to 20 goals with a five-goal haul against the Blues. Also had 13 disposals at 92% efficiency, eight score involvements, and two contested marks.
5. Ollie Wines (PA)
Another consistent performer this season, Wines put up big numbers as Port trounced the Suns. The 26-year-old racked up 43 disposals, 16 contested possessions, six tackles, six inside 50s, six score involvements, five clearances and 699 metres gained in the display.
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4. Marcus Bontempelli (WB)
Bont ultimately finished on a losing side, but he did everything in his power to change that on Friday night. He put up mammoth numbers – as per usual – with 30 disposals, 17 contested possessions, 11 inside 50s, nine score involvements, eight clearances, two goal assists and one goal.
3. Toby Greene (GWS)
Greene’s barrel after the quarter-time siren was a highlight, but don’t let it distract you from the stand-in skipper’s performance. Greene was colossal as the Giants dismantled Carlton; kicking four goals from 20 disposals, as well as 11 contested possessions, 11 score involvements, and three contested marks.
2. Tom Stewart (GEEL)
Cats coach Chris Scott dubbed Tom Stewart Geelong’s most important player, high praise considering the calibre of A-grade talent the Cats possess. If he keeps intercepting like he did on Friday night however, it’d be hard to argue with Scott. The 28-year-old equaled the AFL’s intercept mark record with 10 from 13 marks and 15 intercept possessions, along with 697 metres gained and six score involvements.
1. Jake Stringer (ESS)
Stringer bears the brunt of criticism at times, but he silenced his critics on Sunday afternoon with one of the performances of the season. His fend-off and monster snap drew comparisons to Dusty, not dissimilar to the devastating impacts of his performance; finishing with 29 disposals, four goals, 18 contested possessions, 12 score involvements, 10 inside 50s, seven tackles, six clearances, one goal assist and 687 metres gained. He’s shown he’s capable, now he must find that level more consistently.
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.