There were goals aplenty, especially from generation next, but round six was the round of the midfielder, with the position dominating this week’s installment of The Sporting Landscape’s Player Rankings.
Honourable mentions go to Jacob Koschitzke, Riley Thilthorpe, Ben King, and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti; who all bagged five goals but couldn’t crack the list.
In the accumulative Player of the Season award, Melbourne’s flash start is being recognised with two Dees now nestled in the top-three.
10. Ben Keays (ADEL)
Keays put on a contested masterclass as the Crows lost a nail-biter to the Hawks, finishing with 31 disposals, one goal, 17 contested possessions, 13 tackles, and 10 clearances.
9. Jaeger O'Meara (HAW)
O'Meara had a very similiar statline to Keays, but played a pivotal role as his side turned around a 32-point deficit to prevail and pick up their second win of the season. The Hawk accumulated an influential 31 disposals, 16 contested possessions, six score involvements and a goal.
8. Christian Salem (MELB)
The Dees ball magnet had 23 disposals in the first-half alone, finishing the game with 39 at an efficiency of 80%. Also chipped in with one goal, nine intercept possessions and 786 metres gained as the Dees shocked the Tigers.
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7. Touk Miller (GCS)
The Suns surprised the footy world with a 40-point victory over Sydney, and it was largely thanks to this man. Miller picked up 36 disposals, 17 contested possessions, nine clearances, six inside 50s, and 510 metres gained.
6. Harry McKay (CARL)
Young key forwards shone in round six, none more so than Harry McKay. Took nine marks and kicked 6.2 with Harris Andrews as his opponent, and now sits second in the Coleman Medal standings with 22 goals for the season.
5. Jack Macrae (WB)
You can almost pencil in a Dogs midfielder for the top five of the Player Rankings each week, it’s just a matter of who. Last week it was Josh Dunkley and Marcus Bontempelli, this week Jack Macrae. The on-baller tallied 40 disposals and kicked a goal, along with 11 contested possessions and 10 clearances, but most impressively 864 metres gained.
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4. David Mundy (FRE)
Mundy’s leading the Coaches Votes, could very well be in the top echelon of Brownlow vote-getters, and with back-to-back nominations in the Player Rankings, now finds himself in the top-10 for Player of the Season. The 35-year-old (that’s right, 35) recorded 30 disposals, 15 contested possessions, eight clearances, seven score involvements, and three goals.
3. Christian Petracca (MELB)
Petracca has catapulted into the Player of the Season’s top-three on the back of his 38 disposals, 17 contested possessions, 11 score involvements, 10 clearances, seven inside 50s, one goal, and 720 metres gained in the blockbuster ANZAC Day eve clash against Richmond. As good as Petracca was, he left room for improvement with a disposal efficiency of 53%.
2. Mitch Duncan (GEEL)
How about that barrel! It was one of four goals for the Cats midfielder who led the way in their Eagles demolition. Also picked up 26 disposals at 81% efficiency, 13 marks, 12 score involvements, and 516 metres gained.
1. Darcy Parish (ESS)
After producing a performance worthy of the ANZAC Medal, we’ve all been left wondering why it took so long to get Parish in the guts. What matters is that he’s there now, and recorded 42 disposals, 17 contested possessions, nine clearances, nine score involvements, two goals, and 619 metres gained on the biggest home-and-away stage of the year.
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.