Goal-scorers headlined the round 22 Player Rankings, while Dayne Zorko continued his late season climb in the Player of the Season ranks.
See the full lists below.
Round 22 Player Rankings
10. Aliir Aliir (PA)
For the second consecutive week, Allir features in our top-10 players of the round. The 26-year-old was an intercepting machine against Carlton, playing a crucial role as his side held the Blues scoreless for the entirety of the second half. Picked off 14 intercept possessions from 19 disposals, used the ball well with an 89% disposal efficiency, and clunked eight marks, three of which were contested.
9. Tim O’Brien (HAW)
More accustomed to the forward 50, O’Brien shone down back as Hawthorn stunned the Western Bulldogs with a 27-point victory. O’Brien feasted on the Dogs forward 50 entries with 14 intercept possessions from 24 disposals, also clunked 10 marks, three of which were contested.
8. Sam Menegola (GEEL)
Thriving on the wing, Menegola was in thick of the action both offensively and defensively as his Cats downed St Kilda. Won plenty of the footy with 35 disposals, and was damaging going forward with six inside 50s, 470 metres gained, nine score involvements, one goal and three goal assists. But Menegola also had seven intercept positions, which highlights the versatility of his game. A rare talent.
7. Daniel Howe (HAW)
A lesser light of the Hawks, Howe shone in their Western Bulldogs upset with a career-best showing. Racked up 34 disposals, 12 contested possessions, 769 metres gained, nine marks, eight score involvements and a goal.
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6. Dayne Zorko (BRIS)
Zorko continues to blossom in the twilight of his career, with this ranking seeing him jump to outright fourth on our Player of the Season leaderboard. And with just one round remaining, third isn’t out of reach. Had 27 disposals, 11 contested possessions, 11 score involvements, 10 inside 50s, nine tackles, six clearances, 556 metres gained, three goal assists and six intercept possessions in Brisbane’s convincing Q-Clash victory.
5. Caleb Serong (FRE)
Serong rose to the occasion of the Derby in front of a packed Optus Stadium crowd, taking home the Glendinning-Allan Medal for best-on-ground, and he could have a Goal of the Year to accompany it come season’s end. Had 31 disposals, two goals – including that goal – 10 contested possessions, six clearances, six score involvements, five tackles and one goal assist. If Freo can sneak into the eight, it will be exciting to see what this kid produces in the finals.
4. Charlie Cameron (BRIS)
When he’s at the peak of his powers, Charlie Cameron is amazing to watch. Kicked six goals without a behind and had nine score involvements from just 12 disposals against the Pies. Talk about damaging.
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3. Jake Stringer (ESS)
In a trademark Stringer performance that fused goal-scoring and impact higher up the ground, ‘the package’ booted five goals while also picking up 19 disposals, 13 contested possessions, 11 score involvements, five inside 50s, one goal assist and 511 metres gained.
2. Patrick Dangerfield (GEEL)
Having endured an injury affected season, Dangerfield looks poised to spearhead the Cats assault for that elusive premiership. Was instrumental against the Saints with 31 disposals, a monstrous 24 contested possessions, nine clearances, seven score involvements, six tackles, six inside 50s, 458 metres gained and one goal.
1. Bayley Fritsch (MELB)
The undersized key forward put on a clinic against the Crows, slotting seven goals straight from 16 disposals, and finished with an efficiency of 81%.
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.