Three players from the same game make up the top-three of this week’s Player Rankings, and one of them has made significant ground in the Player of the Season race.
See the full lists below.
Round 16 Player Rankings
10. Josh Kelly (GWS)
Kelly was paramount as his Giants shocked the high-flying Demons; finishing with 29 disposals, 10 contested possessions, one goal, eight inside 50s, eight score involvements, seven tackles and 705 metres gained.
9. Zac Bailey (BRIS)
Bailey only furthered his credentials as one of the breakout players of 2021 with a 26-disposal, three-goal performance against the Crows. The 21-year-old also had 15 contested possessions, nine score involvements, nine clearances, seven inside 50s, one goal assist and 491 metres gained.
8. Marcus Adams (BRIS)
Adams was clinical at centre half-back on Saturday, as he continues to string together a career-best patch of form. He clunked eight marks, four of which were contested, as well as 14 intercept possessions (the best of any player this round), and 18 disposals at 83% efficiency.
7. Ben Cunnington (NM)
North can always count on Cunnington to give 110%, and he did exactly that on Sunday in a display that included two goals, 26 disposals, 13 contested possessions, 514 metres gained, nine clearances, eight tackles, seven score involvements and six inside 50s. The fact that those numbers come in at number seven speaks volumes of this round’s individual feats.
6. Jack Steele (STK)
Steele was clinical as per usual, but it was his contested game that really stood out, as he laid a mammoth fourteen tackles and picked up 15 contested possessions. Not to mention eight clearances, seven score involvements, six inside 50s, five intercept possessions and three goal assists.
5. Touk Miller (GCS)
How about Touk Miller’s vein of form? His work-rate has rightfully captured headlines, and it’s the reason he accumulated 36 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 424 metres gained, nine clearances, seven tackles, six score involvements and five inside 50s against Richmond.
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4. Ollie Wines (PA)
Wines tends to fly under the radar, but his display against the Hawks was hard to ignore. He racked up 43 disposals, 23 contested possessions, 14 clearances, seven tackles, eight inside 50s, six score involvements and 616 metres gained. Very impressive contested numbers from a very impressive performance.
3. Tom Hawkins (GEEL)
Three players from the same game make up this week’s top-three, and rightfully so considering a six-goal haul from Hawkins only warranted third-best afield. Extraordinary stuff. His goalkicking helped lift Geelong over Essendon, and he also had 15 disposals, nine score involvements and a goal assist.
2. Patrick Dangerfield (GEEL)
In any ordinary week, Dangerfield would’ve been number one. But this was no ordinary game, let alone week. Having missed a large portion of this season, Danger reminded everyone of his class with 37 disposals at 75% efficiency, one goal, 18 contested possessions, 11 clearances, eight score involvements, eight inside 50s and two goal assists.
1. Darcy Parish (ESS)
ANZAC Medal, Yiooken Medal, and now Tom Wills Medal. Since his midfield switch, Parish has claimed every best-on-ground honour available to him. One of, if not the most emphatic breakout seasons of all-time. Parish was off the charts against Geelong on Friday night; recording 43 disposals at 74% efficiency, 28 contested possessions (one short of Dangerfield’s all-time record), one goal, one goal assist, 15 insides 50s, 13 clearances, ten intercept possessions, seven score involvements and 908 metres gained. Unbelievable performance.
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.