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AFL Player Rankings: Top 10 Performers of Round 9

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

Darcy Parish is this week’s big mover, catapulting into the top-three of The Sporting Landscape’s Player of the Season Leaderboard off the back of a highly-rating performance.

Find out who was judged player of the round below.

10. Tom Liberatore (WB)

Libba was justly rewarded a perfect 10 in the coaches votes as the Dogs rampant season continued, knocking off the Power on their own turf. The 29-year-old played a freakish contested game, picking up 20 contested possessions and 12 clearances, also had five score involvements and 27 disposals.

9. Jack Darling (WCE)

Darling played a strong hand as the Eagles eased past Adelaide, slotting 5.2 from 15 disposals and taking five contested grabs.

8. Jy Simpkin (NM)

North finally got the ball rolling with their first win of 2021, and Simpkin had plenty to say about it. The Roos hard-nut recorded 38 disposals, 550 metres gained, 14 clearances, nine tackles, five inside 50s, and five score involvements.

7. Clayton Oliver (MELB)

Oliver finds himself in the top-10 of the Player Rankings for two weeks running, this time off the back of 28 disposals, 18 contested possessions, 10 score involvements, seven clearances, a goal, and two goal assists against Carlton.

6. Dustin Martin (RICH)

Whilst his numbers are rarely off the charts, Dusty can be the most damaging and influential player in the game. That he was on Saturday, sparking the Tigers comeback with consecutive goals as they scraped past the Giants, finishing with 28 disposals, 15 contested possessions, and four goals.

5. Cam Guthrie (GEEL)

Flexibility being one of his strengths, Guthrie demonstrated his ability to win plenty of the footy regardless of his role. Shifted to the outside, he racked up 36 disposals, 25 uncontested possessions, seven tackles, six score involvements, and a goal.

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4. Jarryd Lyons (BL)

The Lions romped to a 73-point Q-Clash victory, the result reflected in this week’s Player Rankings as they fill out half of the top-four.

Lyons is the first of the Lions, accumulating 37 disposals at 81% efficiency, 15 contested possessions, nine tackles, nine clearances, seven score involvements, and two goal assists.

3. Jacob Hopper (GWS)

Was ultimately in a losing side, but Hopper did everything he could to will the Giants past Richmond. Tallied 35 disposals, 20 contested possessions, 11 clearances, seven tackles, seven score involvements, six inside 50s, two goal assists, and one goal.

2. Dayne Zorko (BL)

Zorko flourished against the Suns, producing an all-round display. Had 34 disposals, 12 contested possessions, 14 score involvements, eight inside 50s, seven clearances, 708 metres gained, one goal, and two goal assists.

1. Darcy Parish (ESS)

Parish’s switch to an inside midfielder is paying massive dividends for Ben Rutten. Played a strong contested game with 18 contested possessions from 39 disposals, as well as 10 clearances. Also impacted the scoreboard with nine score involvements, seven inside 50s, and a goal, not to mention 458 metres gained.

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.

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