There’s plenty of movement at the pointy end of the Player of the Season leaderboard, and a young Blue topped round 18’s Player Rankings.
See the full lists below.
Round 18 Player Rankings
10. Luke Parker (SYD)
The Swans Mr. Reliable delivered again, lifting them over the line in a gutsy derby win. The Swans trumped their cross-town rivals GWS by 26 points, and Parker had 31 disposals, 13 contested possessions, 11 score involvements, nine clearances, six tackles and a goal.
9. Clayton Oliver (MELB)
The Dees will be disappointed with a draw against Hawthorn, but Oliver has no reason to be disappointed with his performance. Clarry racked up 35 disposals, 16 contested possessions, nine clearances, six tackles, six inside 50s, five score involvements and 610 metres gained.
8. Touk Miller (GCS)
Miller’s rich vein of form is showing no signs of slowing down. The Suns narrowly lost to the Dogs, but it didn’t stop Miller who finished with 38 disposals, 17 contested possessions, nine clearances, eight score involvements, seven tackles, five inside 50s and two goal assists.
7. Jake Stringer (ESS)
With the Roos threatening to stun Essendon and derail their finals pursuit, The Package delivered. Heading into the last quarter, Essendon lead by just eight, but Stringer rose, kicking three influential goals that ensured the Dons retain that coveted eighth position. He would finish with four goals for the match, along with 17 disposals, 10 score involvements, five clearances and five inside 50s.
6. Marcus Bontempelli (WB)
Bontempelli only enhanced his favourable Brownlow chances on Saturday, accumulating 36 disposals, 16 contested possessions, nine clearances, seven inside 50s, five tackles, one goal assist and 504 metres gained.
5. Tom Mitchell (HAW)
Playing one of his better games this season; Mitchell had 39 disposals, 19 contested possessions, one goal, six tackles, six clearances, five inside 50s, 581 metres gained, and even 10 intercept possessions.
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4. Jamie Cripps (WCE)
A handy contributor each week, Cripps took it up a notch against the Crows, playing an absolute blinder. The crafty half forward got plenty of the ball with 25 disposals, and kicked a bag of five goals, not to mention 13 score involvements, five inside 50s and a goal.
3. Ollie Wines (PA)
One of the lesser-recognised stars of the game, Wines has put together a season worthy of a top-five Brownlow finish. Saturday was no exception, with Wines racking up 36 disposals, 18 contested possessions, one goal, 11 clearances, seven score involvements, six intercept possessions, five inside 50s and 553 metres gained.
2. Jack Riewoldt (RICH)
Talk about a sense of occasion. The build up to Jack’s 300th game was immense, and the performance even more so. The milestone man equaled the record most goals in a 300th game, slotting six as the Tigers reignited their sputtering season. Very deserved.
1. Sam Walsh (CARL)
There’s not many proven matchwinners at 21 years of age. But Sam Walsh is just that. His ability to create space for a shot amidst a sea of opposition bodies is second to none, and he’s making a habit of kicking crucial goals with the game on the line. Not ordinary goals either. Rose in Cripps’ absence against the Pies to have 39 disposals, 15 contested possessions, six score involvements, five clearances, five tackles and of course that goal.
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.