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 Ten was no different.
Port Adelaide 80 d Melbourne 76
3. Zak Butters
2. Dan Houston
1. Clayton Oliver
The match of the round went down to the very last moments before Connor Rozee managed to kick the final goal to give Port the win. Butters had the match of his life kicking two goals, getting plenty of balls (41 touches) having 10 clearances and just seemed to be all over the field. Dan Houston also had a great match with 33 touches off the half-back line while kicking a goal as part of an 815-metre-gaining match. The final vote goes to the now-injured Clayton Oliver after another 30-disposal match with eight clearances.
North Melbourne 90 def by Sydney 93
3. Jy Simpkin
2. Chad Warner
1. Lance Franklin
North Melbourne almost got it done against a run-down Sydney lineup. Jy Simpkin was the best on the field with 28 touches, eight disposals as well as a couple of goals.
Chad Warner stepped up late for Sydney as part of a 31-disposal match which also saw him kick a goal. The final vote goes to the big man after another match of three goals, he might be getting to the end but still has it.
Western Bulldogs 85 d Adelaide 40
3. Tom Liberatore
2. Caleb Daniel
1. Rory Laird
The Dogs did exactly what they needed in Ballarat on the weekend running over a top eight side to push themselves up the ladder even further. Liberatore gets three votes for his 33-touch match that saw him lay five tackles and have seven clearances.
It's another little fella in the votes with Caleb Daniel having 30 touches, six clearances and kicking a goal of his own. It's another 30+ touch match for Rory Laird with him finishing with 34 touches and 10 clearances.
Fremantle 106 d Geelong 77
3. Caleb Serong
2. Andrew Brayshaw
1. Luke Ryan
The Dockers provided the upset of the round at home this weekend running over Geelong. Serong put his name in lights again this weekend having 28 touches, kicking a goal and putting together 10 clearances as well as laying nine tackles.
Brayshaw is back in the votes after 33 touches and a goal while getting seven disposals. The final vote goes to the best backman in the country after having 22 touches from the backline to gain 567 metres.
Brisbane 107 d Gold Coast 64
3. Lachie Neale
2. Hugh McCluggage
1. Joe Daniher
While the Gold Coast were close in the first half Brisbane clearly showed their class running over the top to win by 43 points. Neale gets the most votes once again to push up the leaderboard after having 35 touches with 10 clearances while also providing an assist.
McCluggage was excellent with 30 touches and a goal of his own while laying seven tackles. The final vote goes to the big forward after another four-goal performance.
Essendon 71 d Richmond 70
3. Zach Merrett
2. Tim Taranto
1. Jordan Ridley
The Bombers fans are up and about after an excellent win over an in-form Tigers lineup. The skipper picks up three votes after having 39 touches, providing three goal assists and simply being dominant all across the field.
Tim Taranto is in the votes for the third week in a row after having 33 touches and kicking a goal of his own. The final vote of the match goes to Ridley, who got his hands on the ball 32 times while taking 14 marks.
Hawthorn 142 d West Coast 26
3. Mitch Lewis
2. Connor Nash
1. Dom Sheed
It was a massive win for the Hawks over the Eagles that simply seem nowhere at the moment. Mitch Lewis was incredible having one of the most dominant games all season with six goals as well as 24 touches while also setting up another goal.
Connor Nash picks up two votes after grabbing 30 touches and having eight clearances. The final vote goes to Dom Sheed in a losing side that kicked just four goals. Of those four he kicked two with 30 touches with five clearances.
Carlton 57 def by Collingwood 85
3. Darcy Moore
2. Josh Daicos
1. Brody Mihocek
It's another win for Collingwood and another loss for Carlton who continue to drop down the ladder. The skipper for the Pies did no wrong during this match having 25 touches but being more influential than that across the field.
Daicos is in the votes again after having 27 touches and kicking a goal of his own. The final vote goes to the big forward after kicking four goals at key moments to win the match.
GWS 80 def by St Kilda 92
3. Jack Sinclair
2. Jack Steele
1. Brent Daniels
The final match of the weekend saw the Saints get over the top of the Giants to get back into the winners books. Sinclair had 37 touches and kicked two goals to gain more than 733 metres for the Saints.
Steele had another great game as captain having 25 touches and lay 11 tackles along with a couple of goal assists. The final vote goes to Daniels after he had 24 touches and kicked two goals in a losing side.
1. Nick Daicos (18)
1. Clayton Oliver (18)
3. Jordan Dawson (14)
4. Lachie Neale (13)
5. Zach Merrett (11)
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