Two teams are now separated at the top of the ladder after three rounds. The rivalry round saw some massive crowds and a great celebration in a big week for the Saints. Not such a good week for Port Adelaide in the Showdown.
The Edge of the Crowd writers have come together after the second round to submit their predicted Brownlow votes for Round Two.
Western Bulldogs 67 Brisbane Lions 53
3. Jamarra Ugle-Hagan
2. Lachie Neale
1. Adam Treloar
An amazing match on Thursday night that saw the dogs finally show some of the fight that they've been looking to show all season. It wasn't easy though with the biggest lead of the match being just 15 points. It was a match of extremely strong forwards amongst two incredible defensive efforts, outside of St Kilda it seems to be the game style that most of the top eight are going for.
Amongst a strong Lions defence, a young man stood up. Not just with the ball in hand but against racism after what has been another horrible week in the game. Emulating Nicky Winmar, Ugle-Hagan showed what it means to be Indigenous on the footy field. He was also incredible in front of goals kicking five goals while taking a couple of marks and laying a tackle.
The Lions were certainly in this match for most of the match and Lachie Neale was once again a massive impact player with 31 touches along with eight clearances, a goal doesn't hurt. Former Pie Adam Treloar had a massive impact through the middle having 28 touches along with nine clearances.
Collingwood Magpies 63 Richmond Tigers 49
3. Jordan De Goey
2. Nick Daicos
1. Steele Sidebottom
It was built up to be the match of the round, and while it was great it certainly wasn't the high-scoring goal-fest we have come to expect from the Pies this season. Collingwood did look good though and proved they can do it against quality sides as well, they now sit second on the ladder - by percentage only of course.
While we can't commend De Goey for what he does off the field, when he's on the field there is hardly anyone better. He seemed to be all over the ground having 35 touches, six marks and nine clearances.
Nick Daicos is in the votes for the third time in as many weeks. He's become one of the best in the competition having 33 touches on the weekend along with five marks. Steele Sidebottom wasn't quite as good numbers wide but his impact, especially when going into defence was key in keeping the Richmond forwards quiet.
Hawthorn Hawks 80 North Melbourne Kangaroos 61
3. James Sicily
2. Will Day
1. Harry Sheezel
It was the battle of the new coach and the old coach on Saturday in Launceston and in the end it was the new coach, Sam Mitchell who got over the top of Clarkson. The absurd calls that Hawthorn was tanking this season surely have to go out the window now. For the Kangaroos it was a little touch of realism.
James Sicily is one of the most underrated players in the completion. His ability to intercept marks while still getting plenty of the ball is only rivalled by Luke Ryan. This weekend he had 28 touches to go with his 18 marks and 344 metres gained.
Will Day showed that he could be the future of Hawthorn if he wants after a match-winning performance that included 29 touches and five clearances. The final vote of course goes to Harry Sheezel who is having a Matt Rowell-esque start to his career with another 26 touches and 510 metres gained for the Roos.
GWS Giants 63 Carlton Blues 74
3. Patrick Cripps
2. Sam Docherty
1. Tom Green
Two teams that couldn't be more on opposite ends of this competition. The Giants are trying to rebuild after having a solid five years at the top while Carlton believes they could win the thing this year if everything goes right. Kicking 20 points to nine goals certainly won't get them there against better sides though.
In a high-disposal match, there was simply no one better than the Carlton skipper. He will be right up there in these votes at the end of the season and games like this are a big reason for it. He had 42 touches along with a massive 13 clearances.
Sam Docherty was also a massive ball collector having 39 of his own while being more effective up front with 10 marks and one goal, a crucial one as well. Tom Green wraps up the votes with 34 touches in what is obviously a midfielders award, he also had seven clearances.
St Kilda Saints 92 Essendon Bombers 74
3. Jack Higgins
2. Brad Crouch
1. Darcy Parish
It was a historic night at the MCG for St Kilda as it celebrated its 150th anniversary. And while there has only been one premiership in that time it's been a great club for a long time. The event was so big even Tony Lockett was in attendance. More than 69,000 turned up for the massive match.
Jack Higgins has proven time and time again that he's a big-match player and Saturday night was no different. The small forward has been key in Ross Lyon's game plan and kicked for key goals, Dan Butler was also excellent also kicking four.
Brad Crouch was the best ball-getter for the Saints with 32, but getting the ball isn't that important it's all about the impact and he was huge with six marks and eight clearances. Darcy Parish sneaks in on the losing side with 35 touches, four clearances and one goal of his own.
Port Adelaide Power 86 Adelaide Crows 117
3. Riley Thilthorpe
2. Izak Rankine
1. Connor Rozee
Port Adelaide came into the Showdown with everything going their way. They were higher on the ladder, and have a stronger list with more fit players. They even got to wear the prison bar jumper, yet they simply fell away late in the match.
Thilthorpe looks to be the natural successor to Taylor Walker whenever he moves on. This was a match with plenty of big goal-kickers yet it was the youngster who was the best with five goals and five additional hit outs.
Iza Rankine also hit the scoreboard plenty of times with four goals of his own alongside 17 touches and three clearances. He's proving to be worth every cent. Rozee was the best from the Power with his 28 touches, one goal and six clearances, there really wasn't much more he could do.
Gold Coast Suns 73 Geelong Cats 54
3. Jack Lukosius
2. Jeremy Cameron
1. Tom Stewart
Well isn't this a bit of a pickle? After going all the way last season Geelong is now 0-3 and looking down the barrel of a disappointing season. Has age finally caught up to them? Is their game plan no good? Who knows but the Suns were certainly happy to take advantage of a lacklustre performance.
The man with the best name in the sport had a great weekend up forward. He only needed 13 touches to have a massive impact on the match. With 11 marks and five goals, it's hard to go past Lukosius for the best on ground.
Cameron has been in the votes for two of the three weeks at this point having kicked incredibly well this season. He had 15 touches with eight marks and three goals three to add to his tally. The second Geelong player to get votes is Tom Stewart after kicking on 24 occasions from his 29 touches while also laying two tackles.
Melbourne Demons 134 Sydney Swans 84
3. Clayton Oliver
2. Steven May
1. Ed Langdon
Oliver led the way for a Demons’ midfield that bounced back to its very best. Missing Max Gawn, the Demons dominated the Swans inside the contest and out, and Oliver was a key part of that, as the instigator for the Demons, and for hitting the scoreboard. Simply put the best player in a dominant performance.
Steven May was key in the Demons’ shutting down a Swans forward line that had looked potent so far this season. His opponent, Lance Franklin, may have had four scoring shots, but his work across the backline helped keep the Swans to their lowest score of the season, as he marshalled the troops in his return to play.
Langdon was key in his work on the outside for the Demons, dominating between the arcs for the Demons. Nine score involvements were equal best on the ground, and if he had converted any of his three behinds, Langdon may have picked up more votes.
Fremantle Dockers 108 West Coast Eagles 67
3. Michael Walters
2. Caleb Serong
1. Tim Kelly
One of the only matches this weekend that didn't see an upset, the Dockers got home by 41 points over a lacklustre Eagles side that was clearly missing their big ruckman. It's hard to see either of these sides making finals but for now, the rebuild at West Coast certainly looks deep.
He may have only had eight touches in this match but Michael Walters made the most of them with 195 metres gained to go along with four goals. He also did some work in defence laying two key tackles.
The Dockers midfield seems to be one of the stronger in the competition and Serong is clearly becoming a leader in it. He had 25 touches to go with eight clearances for a total of 697 metres gained. Tim Kelly continues a good run with another 33 touches, just a shame he can't kick straight.
Clayton Oliver - 9 votes
Nick Daicos - 8 votes
Nick Larkey - 6 votes
Harry Sheezel - 5 votes
Darcy Parish - 4 votes
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