Round 7 Brownlow Medal Analysis, 2020
Round 7 of the 2020 AFL Season is complete, and for the first time since round one, there was some AFL Football out West.
The Western Derby took place, and the West Coast Eagles were too good for the Fremantle Dockers to win by 30 points. Collingwood also played the Cats at Optus Stadium and were too good, to win the match by 22 Points.
Let’s get into some of the best chances and projected votes for Round 7 of the Brownlow Medal Predictor for 2020.
Be sure to check back each week of the 2020 AFL Season for an in-depth look at the some of the better players for each round and who should get the votes.
Round by Round analysis of the Brownlow Medal Count. Who gets the Brownlow Votes and who has the best chance to become the Brownlow Medal Winner on Brownlow Medal Night.
Geelong vs Collingwood
Geelong 5.5 35 – Collingwood 8.9 57
(Collingwood by 22 Points)
Patrick Dangerfield – 32 Disposals (14 Contested) and 10 Clearances
Cam Guthrie – 28 Disposals, 8 Clearances and 7 Marks
Scott Pendlebury – 25 Disposals and 4 Clearances
1 Vote (Collingwood) Brodie Grundy (8)
The Pies had a big win out West, and it was the influence of Grundy in the ruck that played a big part. Grundy had a massive 46 Hit-outs and racked up 17 Disposals, at an impressive 82% Efficiency. Also put the ball Inside 50 on 6 occasions to continually give the Pies scoring opportunities.
2 Votes (Collingwood) Adam Treloar (5)
Treloar got lots of the football in this match and racked up an impressive 34 Disposals, including 18 Contested. He was very good at extracting the football from congestion with 11 Clearances and put the ball Inside 50 on 6 occasions. Was also good without the football with six tackles and should feature in the votes.
3 Votes (Collingwood) Jordan De Goey (3)
Not a lot of the football in a forward role, but De Goey had the most significant impact in the match. 12 of his 17 Disposals were contested and mainly in the Pies attacking 50. He was dangerous all night with 2 of his 5 Marks being contested, and he racked up 8 Score Involvements. De Goey finished the game with 5 Goals and made something from nothing several times to hit the scoreboard on a regular occurrence.
Essendon vs Western Bulldogs
Essendon 7.9 51 – Western Bulldogs 14.9 93
(W.Bulldogs by 42 Points)
Tom Liberatore – 22 Disposals, 5 Clearances, 6 Tackles and 8 Score Involvements
Lachie Hunter – 26 Disposals (81% Efficiency) and 5 Tackles
Caleb Daniel – 20 Disposals, 6 Marks and 5 Rebound 50s
1 Vote (W.Bulldogs) Marcus Bontempelli (4)
The Bulldogs were on in this clash, and Marcus Bontempelli had an impact in the middle of the ground. He racked up 23 Disposals, which included putting the ball Inside 50 on 7 occasions. Also had 5 Clearances and 7 Score Involvements, and should feature in the votes.
2 Votes (W.Bulldogs) Jack Macrae (5)
Macrae is a ball magnet and a noted vote-getter. He got the ball 29 times in this match. He did an excellent job at creating scoring chances and ended up with 8 Score Involvements. Should poll votes in this match as he had a significant contribution in the middle of the ground.
3 Votes (W.Bulldogs) Tim English (6)
This may have been one of English’s best games, and he seemed everywhere on occasions. Presented well all match as a marking target and 4 of his 7 Marks were contested. 17 of his 22 Disposals were also contested, and he got the ball out of congestion with 6 Clearances. Also hit the scoreboard with a goal and had 8 Score Involvements, in a best on ground performance.
GWS vs Brisbane
GWS 10.8 68 – Brisbane 13.10 88
(Brisbane by 20 Points)
Zac Bailey – 18 Disposals, 10 Marks and 2 Goals
Darcy Gardiner – 15 Disposals (87% Efficiency), 5 Marks and 10 Intercept Possessions
Grant Birchall – 18 Disposals, 8 Marks and 5 Inside 50s
1 Votes (Brisbane) Harris Andrews
Andrews didn’t get a lot of the football, but he read the play well down back with 10 Intercept Possessions. 2 of his 7 Marks were Contested, and his 14 Disposals came at 93% Efficiency. Made it very tough for the GWS forwards throughout the contest.
2 Votes (GWS) Stephen Coniglio
The Giants best player, Coniglio tried hard all day and racked up 27 Disposals, including 15 Contested. He was continually first to the football with 9 Clearances and helped create scoring chances, with 6 Score Involvements. Is a strong chance to feature in the votes.
3 Votes (Brisbane) Dayne Zorko
When Zorko plays well, the Lions rarely lose in recent times, and he was prolific in this match. Not a lot of the ball with 18 Disposals, but it’s the impact and leadership he displays that has to be considered. He put the ball Inside 50 on 6 occasions and is always looking to get the ball moving forward with 524 metres gained. Also booted a goal, and had 5 Clearances to be the favourite for the 3 votes.
Sydney vs Gold Coast
Sydney 9.6 60 – Gold Coast 13.14 92
(Gold Coast by 32 Points)
Izak Rankine – 16 Disposals, 8 Score Involvements and 2 Goals
Lachie Weller – 15 Disposals, 7 Tackles and 2 Goals
Touk Miller – 20 Disposals (12 Contested), 6 Clearances and 7 Score Involvements
1 Vote (Gold Coast) David Swallow (1)
A solid game in the middle of the ground for Swallow and he racked up 22 Disposals, including 13 Contested. Was good at the stoppages with 7 Clearances and also laid 6 Tackles. Also did an excellent job at creating scoring chances with 7 Score Involvements and kicked a goal.
2 Votes (Sydney) Luke Parker (6)
The Swans lost the match, but Parker was their best. He racked up 27 Disposals throughout the contest, including 13 contested. Parker is a solid in and under player, and that showed in this match with 7 Clearances and 8 Tackles. A decent chance to feature in the votes.
3 Votes (Gold Coast) Hugh Greenwood (4)
It’s hard to find a player that tries harder than Greenwood, and when he is on, he can have an impact. This was one of his better games with 18 of his 23 Disposals being contested, and he continually got the ball out of congestion with 9 Clearances. His work without the football is second to none, and on this occasion, he racked up 12 Tackles and should get the maximum votes.
Richmond vs North Melbourne
Richmond 11.11 77 – North Melbourne 2.11 23
(Richmond by 54 Points)
Shaun Higgins – 36 Disposals (86% Efficiency), 517 Metres Gained and 6 Rebound 50s
Jayden Short – 21 Disposals, 8 Marks and 7 Rebound 50s
Dustin Martin – 16 Disposals (88% Efficiency), 7 Score Involvements and 2 Goals
1 Vote (Richmond) Shai Bolton (1)
Bolton is improving a lot this season, and in this match he kept the ball moving forward for the Tigers. He racked up 7 Inside 50s and was good at the stoppages with 5 Clearances. Not a lot of the football with 19 Disposals, but he used the football at 84% Efficiency and was involved in a Tigers scoring thrust on 7 occasions.
2 Votes (Richmond) Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (2)
The rookie had an impact down back for the Tigers, and although there may have been some room down there, 17 of his 23 Disposals were kicks. In the absence of Houli, he stepped up and played a similar role with his disposals coming at 83% Efficiency. Is a decent chance to poll in this game, although lower profile players generally don’t poll too well in the count.
3 Votes (Richmond) Dylan Grimes (3)
Grimes made it tough for the Roos for the majority of the contest, and his 19 Disposals came at 100% Efficiency. Also took 9 Marks and had 6 Intercept Possessions throughout the match. 5 Score Involvements for a defender is a decent number and that shows his creativity down back had an impact in the game, in a challenging match to split the votes.
Carlton vs Port Adelaide
Carlton 9.7 61 – Port Adelaide 9.10 64
(Port Adelaide by 3 Points)
Sam Walsh – 16 Disposals, 6 Marks and 2 Goals
Jacob Weitering – 14 Disposals, 7 Marks, 7 Intercept Possessions and 7 Rebound 50s
Robbie Gray – 16 Disposals, 7 Score Involvements, 5 Inside 50s and 1 Goal
1 Vote (Carlton) Patrick Cripps (8)
Cripps helped keep the Blues in the contest and was his usual self in the middle with 11 of his 21 Disposals being contested. He got the ball out of congestion on 6 occasions and was good without the football with 6 Tackles. In a game that was difficult to split the votes, he will probably poll as he did many times last season.
2 Votes (Port Adelaide) Tom Jonas (2)
A big game down back from the Power defender, Jonas was busy for the majority of the contest. He racked up 9 Marks, and 11 of his 20 Disposals were Intercept Possessions. Also had 5 Score Involvements and 5 Rebounds 50s. It was his impact down back that helped the Power win the match.
3 Votes (Port Adelaide) Charlie Dixon (7)
Dixon stood out on this clash with 6 of his 7 Marks being contested. He was dangerous for the majority of the contest and made the Blues defenders accountable on numerous occasions. Just the 15 Disposals, but racked up 10 Score Involvements and kicked 3 Goals in a match-winning display.
Hawthorn vs Melbourne
Hawthorn 7.6 48 – Melbourne 14.7 91
(Melbourne by 43 Points)
Stephen May – 19 Disposals (84% Efficiency), 5 Marks and 6 Rebound 50s
Jack Viney – 19 Disposals, 9 Clearances, 6 Tackles and 1 Goal
James Sicily – 24 Disposals (92% Efficiency), 8 Marks, 9 Rebound 50s and 10 Intercept Possessions
1 Vote (Melbourne) Clayton Oliver (1)
When Oliver is up and running the Demons, usually play well, and this match was no exception. He racked up 29 Disposals and put the ball Inside 50 on 9 occasions. Oliver gets the ball moving forward and had 505 metres gained in the match. Was also good without the football and laid 6 Tackles.
2 Votes (Melbourne) Max Gawn (9)
Gawn was good in the ruck, but also got plenty of the football with 16 of his 22 Disposals being contested. What stood out in this clash was 6 of his 8 Marks were contested, and he had 7 Score Involvements. Also, read the play well with 8 Intercept Possessions in a big match from the Demons big man.
3 Votes (Melbourne) Christian Petracca (7)
Has never been a big vote-getter, but this is a breakout year for Petracca, and he should get Brownlow Votes this season. On this occasion, he racked up 29 Disposals including 16 Contested, and had 4 Clearances. Had a solid impact on the offensive end for the Demons with 6 Inside 50s and a massive 14 Score Involvements, to go with a goal. Should get the maximum votes in the Demons win.
Fremantle vs West Coast
Fremantle 5.2 32 – West Coast 9.8 62
(West Coast by 30 Points)
Elliot Yeo – 20 Disposals (14 Contested), 7 Clearances and 6 Tackles
Jake Waterman – 15 Disposals, 10 Marks and 2 Goals
Michael Walters – 18 Disposals, 4 Marks and 4 Tackles
1 Vote (West Coast) Brad Sheppard (1)
Sheppard is always solid down back, and a go-to guy to set up play from down back for the Eagles. 18 of his 23 Disposals were Kicks, and he used the football at 100% Disposal Efficiency. Also took 10 Marks, but the fact he didn’t have a contested possession may not help his vote chances.
2 Votes (West Coast) Tim Kelly (5)
The prize recruit is beginning to find some form and reading the tap work of ruckman, Nic Naitanui well right now. 11 of his 18 Disposals were contested, and he racked up 5 Clearances, 6 Tackles and put the ball Inside 50 on five occasions to be one of the Eagles best in the Derby win.
3 Votes (West Coast) Josh Kennedy (3)
The Dockers hung around for an extended period, but when Kennedy got going in the second half, it was curtains. Only the 11 Disposals, but 4 of his 6 Marks were contested, and he had 8 Score Involvements and kicked 4 Goals. The game needed somebody to step up, and it was Kennedy who was the worthy winner of the Glendinning-Allan Medal
Adelaide vs St Kilda
Adelaide 8.7 55 – St Kilda 12.6 78
(St Kilda by 23 Points)
Zak Jones – 20 Disposals and 6 Clearances
Dougal Howard – 16 Disposals, 7 Marks, 5 Rebound 50s and 1 Goal
Ben Keays – 23 Disposals (12 Contested), 7 Clearances and 1 Goal
1 Vote (St Kilda) Jade Gresham (1)
Gresham has been a bit down on form this season, but stepped up in this clash. Racked up 18 Disposals and was good at stoppages, with 7 Clearances. Helped the Saints score on numerous occasions with 8 Score Involvements and booted an early goal. Was also good without the football with 5 Tackles, and is a decent chance to poll in this match.
2 Votes (Adelaide) Tom Doedee (2)
The Crows best player and he helped them stay competitive in this match. His 18 Disposals came at 94% Efficiency, and 4 of his 10 Marks were contested. Tried hard all night and a decent chance to poll.
3 Votes (St Kilda) Jack Steele (10)
This may have been one of Steele’s best AFL Matches, and he was excellent at stoppages with a massive 13 Clearances. He is generally good at stopping opposition midfielders and he laid 5 Tackles in this contest. 20 of his 26 Disposals were contested, and he booted a goal, in a best on ground performance.
Round 7 – Leaderboard
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