For the 2023 season, the Edge of the Crowd writers are keeping tabs on the best performances in every AFL match to predict who will win the Brownlow medal, round seven was no different.
Carlton 74 def by Brisbane 100
3. Josh Dunkley
2. Adam Cerra
1. Sam Docherty
The Lions had a big win over the Blues in Melbourne this week to solidify the fact they are a top-four side. Josh Dunkley was the clear leader on the field with 33 touches, 13 tackles and six clearances while gaining 555 metres.
For the Blues Adam Cerra continued to show his skills with 33 touches, a goal and seven clearances in a great match across the entire field. The final vote goes to Adam Cerra lite in Sam Docherty with him having 29 touches, a goal and seven tackles.
Richmond 104 def West Coast 58
3. Shai Bolton
2. Tim Taranto
1. Jacob Hopper
This weekend saw the Tigers get the win they very much needed after coming under the pump during the last week. Shai Bolton stood up with three goals along with 31 touches in one of the great all-round performances from the weekend.
Tim Taranto gets in the votes for another great performance that saw him have 30 touches, and kick a couple of goals with 10 clearances. The final vote also goes to the midfield of the Tigers with Jacob Hopper having 32 touches and a goal while getting another 10 clearances.
Geelong 98 d Adelaide 72
3. Jordan Dawson
2. Rory Laird
1. Tom Stewart
It was no surprise that Geelong got the win this week over the Crows but the away side did put up a great fight to prove they are on the way up. Jordan Dawson had 29 touches along with four clearances and a goal assist to grab the three votes and maintain his spot in the top five.
Rory Laird continues the tradition of Rory's dominating at the Crows, he had 21 touches to go along with six clearances and 14 tries. The final vote goes to Tom Stewart who was great this week with 24 touches and eight marks to gain 502 metres.
Gold Coast 85 def by Melbourne 90
3. Noah Anderson
2. Christian Petracca
1. Malcolm Rosas
The Gold Coast put up a great fight this week almost getting the job done against the Demons at home. Anderson was the best of them with 37 touches and a goal up forward while setting up three other goals and having 10 clearances.
Petracca has continued his great work through the middle and up forward with 26 touches and a goal while getting eight clearances. The final vote of the match goes to Malcolm Rosas for his efficient four goals from nine touches.
GWS 71 def by Western Bulldogs 86
3. Tom Green
2. Marcus Bontempelli
1. Josh Kelly
Canberra saw a match of middling teams this week and in cold conditions, the Dogs managed to get the job done. Tom Green was the best on the field with 38 touches, three goals and eight clearances to gain the Giants 634 metres.
The dogs get in the votes thanks to the skipper who had 32 touches, one goal and an incredible 14 clearances through the middle. The final vote goes to Kelly who had 34 touches along with five clearances while laying six tackles.
Fremantle 117 d Hawthorn 48
3. Andrew Brayshaw
2. Connor Nash
1. Luke Jackson
Fremantle needed a win this week after a bad run of matches and thankfully Hawthorn obliged in their travel to Perth. Brayshaw was once again the best on the field for Freo after having 34 touches and two goals while laying eight tackles.
Connor Nash stood up when very few Hawks managed to have 26 touches and eight clearances in the middle. He's certainly one for the future. Luke Jackson continues to show that he made the right move having 24 disposals and kicking two goals while up forward.
Port Adelaide 92 d Essendon 87
3. Darcy Parish
2. Zach Merrett
1. Zac Butters
The match of the round might have been on a Sunday afternoon but it was worth it to any who watched. Darcy Parish had 37 touches in a losing side while having four clearances to almost get the job done.
Zach Merrett gets the two votes after a game that saw him have 28 touches along with a goal and four clearances to gain 500 metres for the Dons. The final vote goes to Zak Butters who seemed to be everywhere on the field while having 28 touches with six clearances.
Collingwood 77 d Sydney 48
3. Errol Gulden
2. Brody Mihocek
1. Luke Parker
The decline of the Swans continued this week with the Pies easily getting over the top on Sunday afternoon. The Swans are in the votes though after Gulden got 37 touches and four tackles amongst seven clearances to gain 658 metres.
The big Pies forward grabs a couple of votes after kicking another five goals in an efficient matter having just 10 touches. The final vote goes to Luke Parker who had 34 touches through the midfield while picking up five clearances.
North Melbourne 34 def by St Kilda 64
3. Jack Ziebell
2. Liam Sheils
1. Liam Stocker
In one of the worst matches to watch in a long time the defensive Saints managed to get over the line against the Roos. It is the Roos in the votes though with Jack Ziebell getting 36 touches along with four clearances to gain 469 meters.
Liam Shiels is next up in the votes with 28 touches and five clearances to give the Roos their best shot, the issue for North Melbourne was being unable to convert while going forward. The final vote goes to Liam Stocker after 25 touches and four tackles.
1. Nick Daicos (15)
2. Clayton Oliver (14)
3. Jordan Dawson (12)
4. Jeremy Cameron (10)
5. Noah Anderson (9)
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