Mongrel Of The Year Votes – Round Eight and Nine Update/Leaders

Note: The news may never sleep, but when your intrepid reporter is currently in a foreign time zone where matches are being played at 2.35am it’s a struggle to deliver the usual in-depth reviews as well as maintain a four-hour per night sleep habit developed since becoming a parent. So apologies in advance for the brief summary of the best performances and leader board changes for the previous two rounds. Normal transmission will resume from round 10, once the jetlag has waned.  

 

Throwing its black hat into the ring alongside the Brownlow, Leigh Matthews Trophy and AFLCA Award as the most prestigious individual award in the game, the Mongrel of the Year award is back bigger than ever with a regular Thursday slot to recognise last week’s heroes. Using the superior 5-4-3-2-1 configuration to recognise the most important and best player each game, the Mongrel will keep a running tally through the year as well tip its aforementioned lid to the stars each round.

 

**ROUND EIGHT**

Rejuvenated Carlton skipper, Patrick Cripps continues his incredible form claiming the maximum five votes for a now standard 35-possession, two-goal outing to take a stranglehold at the top of the leader board, eight ahead of the chasing pack of three. Joining those in equal second place is 2020 Brownlow Medallist, Lachie Neale who gathered a game-high twenty-nine touches to complement his ten clearances in a four-vote effort.

 

Melbourne’s running man, Ed Langdon jumped into outright third place with top votes against the Saints, collecting a career-high 39 possessions and eight marks, while Tiger CHF continued his brilliant recent form with six goals and 25 touches matched against Collingwood All Australian Darcy Moore.

Other outstanding performances came from ex-Sun Peter Wright whose six majors led his Bombers to a break-through win, fellow ex-Sun Will Brodie who peeled off a career-high 37 touches against the Kangas and current Sun, David Swallow who cashed in during his team’s upset of the Swans with 24 disposals, eight score involvements and a goal of his own.

 

Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs

5 – Travis Boak

4 – Todd Marshall

3 – Riley Bonner

2 – Willem Drew

1 – Aaron Naughton

 

Fremantle vs North Melbourne

5 – Will Brodie

4 – Andrew Brayshaw

3 – James Aish

2 – Heath Chapman

1 – Caleb Serong

 

Richmond vs Collingwood

5 – Tom Lynch

4 – Jack Crisp

3 – Jayden Short

2 – Pat Lipinski

1 – Noah Balta

 

Sydney vs Gold Coast

5 – David Swallow

4 – Sam Collins

3 – Jarrod Witts

2 – Izak Rankine

1 – Brandon Ellis

 

GWS vs Geelong

5 – Mitch Duncan

4 – Mark Blicavs

3 – Jeremy Cameron

2 – Isaac Cumming

1 – Mark O’Connor

 

Brisbane vs West Coast

5 – Hugh McCluggage

4 – Lachie Neale

3 – Dayne Zorko

2 – Charlie Cameron

1 – Noah Answerth

 

Essendon vs Hawthorn

5 – Peter Wright

4 – Mason Redman

3 – Nic Martin

2 – Jaeger O’Meara

1 – Nick Hind

 

Melbourne vs St Kilda

5 – Ed Langdon

4 – Angus Brayshaw

3 – Clayton Oliver

2 – James Harmes

1 – Steven May

 

Carlton vs Adelaide

5 – Patrick Cripps

4 – Charlie Curnow

3 – Sam Docherty

2 – Jordan Dawson

1 – Zac Fisher

 

ROUND EIGHT LEADERBOARD:

 

29 – Patrick Cripps (Carlton)

21 – Ben Keays (Adelaide)

21 – Lachie Neale (Brisbane)

21 – Callum Mills (Sydney)

19 – Ed Langdon (Melbourne)

18 – Christian Petracca (Melbourne)

17 – Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)

16 – Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle)

15 – Tom Stewart (Geelong)

14 – Tom Lynch (Richmond)

13 – Charlie Curnow (Carlton)

13 – Will Brodie (Gold Coast)

13 – Jeremy McGovern (West Coast)

 

**ROUND NINE**

Further movement on the leader board as Sun defender Sam Collins with votes in a sixth match this season to date, formerly wantaway Dog Josh Dunkley, and Lions skipper Dayne Zorko, who has polled in four of the last five games all moved on to 15 votes and equal 8th position. At the top end things are getting very interesting with Callum Mills and Lachie Neale courtesy of four votes each broke their deadlock with Ben Keays and are now both four votes away from Cripps in the lead. Dynamic Demon Petracca claimed yet another best afield recognition for his 28-possession, 14 score involvement and 2.4 effort and moves into outright third.

 

Adam Treloar was the Rose-Sutton Medallist on the back of his 35-touch, eight clearance and three goal game. Meanwhile Tiger co-skipper Toby Nankervis obliterated his young Hawk opponents with 20 disposals, 35 hit outs and an equal game-high eight clearances. 2021 Brownlow Medallist, Ollie Wines was back to his best after a heart issue gaining maximum points in their game against the Roos, game-highs with possessions (32), score involvements (12), clearances (8) and 2.4 capped off his first vote attracting performance of the year. Former Tiger, Mabior Chol pushed out by the glut of Richmond big men, continued his encouraging form on the Gold Coast posting a career-high four goals in wet conditions to steer his team to a commanding win over the Dockers.

 

Collingwood vs Bulldogs

5 – Adam Treloar

4 – Josh Dunkley

3 – Jack Crisp

2 – Brayden Maynard

1 – Bailey Dale

 

Hawthorn vs Richmond

5 – Toby Nankervis

4 – Dustin Martin

3 – Shai Bolton

2 – Jarman Impey

1 – Dion Prestia

 

North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide

5 – Oliver Wines

4 – Sam Powell-Pepper

3 – Karl Amon

2 – Todd Goldstein

1 – Zac Butters

 

St Kilda vs Geelong

5 – Jade Gresham

4 – Jack Sinclair

3 – Zach Tuohy

2 – Brad Crouch

1 – Sam De Koning

 

Sydney vs Essendon

5 – Chad Warner

4 – Callum Mills

3 – Nick Blakey

2 – Tom McCartin

1 – Errol Gulden

 

Adelaide vs Brisbane

5 – Dayne Zorko

4 – Lachie Neale

3 – Rory Laird

2 – Zac Bailey

1 – Jordan Dawson

 

Gold Coast vs Fremantle

5 – Mabior Chol

4 – Touk Miller

3 – Sam Collins

2 – Izak Rankine

1 – Nick Holman

 

GWS vs Carlton

5 – Sam Walsh

4 – Sam Taylor

3 – Jack Silvagni

2 – Brayden Preuss

1 – Jacob Weitering

 

West Coast vs Melbourne

5 – Christian Petracca

4 – Jack Viney

3 – Kysaiah Pickett

2 – James Jordan

1 – Clayton Oliver

 

ROUND NINE LEADERBOARD:

 

29 – Patrick Cripps (Carlton)

25 – Lachie Neale (Brisbane)

25 – Callum Mills (Sydney)

23 – Christian Petracca (Melbourne)

21 – Ben Keays (Adelaide)

19 – Ed Langdon (Melbourne)

18 – Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)

16 – Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle)

15 – Dayne Zorko (Brisbane)

15 – Josh Dunkley (Bulldogs)

15 – Tom Stewart (Geelong)

15 – Sam Collins (Gold Coast)

14 – Tom Lynch (Richmond)

14 – Jack Crisp (Collingwood)