There was an extremely tight field vying for a coveted spot in round four’s installment of The Sporting Landscape's Player Rankings, in fact you could throw a blanket over most of the Top 10.
In the Player of the Season race, Taylor Walker still holds a comfortable lead despite having not featured in the Top 10 for the first time all year, and an unlikely Blue has made a four-way tie for third place.
10. Reilly O’Brien (ADEL)
Having just edged out Max Gawn for 10th place, O’Brien is the first of three Crows to feature in this week’s Top 10. The ruckman was dominant with 31 hit-outs, 24 disposals at 75% efficiency, 15 contested possessions, eight score involvements, and six clearances.
9. Liam Jones (CARL)
Jones is proving to be an intercept machine in the backline, shutting down almost every aerial attack that comes his way. In unfavourable conditions Jones took a game-high 11 marks, four of which were contested, as well as 21 disposals, 13 intercept possessions, 472 metres gained, and five score involvements.
8. Rory Laird (ADEL)
Laird picked up 31 disposals at 71% efficiency on Sunday, with the bulk of his work being done at the coalface. He put on a contested clinic racking up 18 contested possessions and 11 clearances, as well as five inside 50s.
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7. Callan Ward (GWS)
The Giants hard-nut was strong tallying 37 disposals at 75% efficiency, 15 contested possessions, seven clearances, and seven score involvements in their first win of the season.
6. Luke Parker (SYD)
Parker is surprisingly just the second Swan to feature in the Player Rankings despite their strong start to the season, which is a testament to how his side's performed as a unit and hasn’t relied on individual performances. He was hard to ignore with 32 disposals, 16 contested possessions, eight score involvements, eight inside 50s, and six clearances.
5. Toby Greene (GWS)
Greene backed up his haul of five goals last week with a repeat effort kicking 5.1 from 18 disposals, with eight score involvements and one score assist. He's been a bright light in a gloomy Giants season that could be on the up after their Collingwood defeat.
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4. Max King (STK)
There’s plenty of reason to be excited about this young forward, a career-best bag of 5.2 from 13 disposals, with 10 score involvements and two goal assists a sign of things to come. Saints fans will be licking their lips about what he could become in the next five to ten years.
3. Jack Steele (STK)
Steele is quickly proving to be an inspired choice as Saints captain. Lead from the front in their season-defining come-from-behind win over West Coast with 33 disposals at 72% efficiency, 17 contested possessions, seven score involvements, six clearances, and a goal.
2. Lachie Sholl (ADEL)
Sholl was duly the NAB Rising Star round four nominee having starred in a traditional wingers role. The 21-year-old recorded 31 disposals at 80% efficiency, 595 metres gained, eight score involvements, six intercept possessions, five inside 50s, and a goal.
1. Christian Petracca (MELB)
A noted gamebreaker, Petracca did just that as the Dees firmed their credentials as premiership contenders with a 25-point win over Geelong. When Clayton Oliver went forward Petracca copped the tag of Mark O’Connor, but you wouldn’t have known it with his 36 disposals, 15 contested possessions, 10 score involvements, nine clearances, eight inside 50s, and two goals.
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.