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  • TWP POTY: R22
  • TWP POTY: R22

For the Saints’ Round 22 loss against Richmond, I have assigned votes accordingly:

David Armitage – 5

Nick Riewoldt – 4

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Sean Dempster – 3

Jack Steven – 2

Leigh Montagna – 1

Those votes leave the Leaderboard after 22 rounds as follows:

Nick Riewoldt – 47

Lenny Hayes – 42

Jack Steven – 29

David Armitage – 27

Leigh Montagna – 21

Sean Dempster – 17

Luke Dunstan – 16

Jack Newnes – 13

Luke Delaney – 11

Jack Billings – 11

Shane Savage – 11

Adam Schneider – 8

Mav Weller – 8

Rhys Stanley – 8

Seb Ross – 6

Tom Curren – 5

Cam Shenton – 5

Billy Longer – 5

Farren Ray – 4

Tom Hickey – 4

Clint Jones – 4

Jarryn Geary – 4

James Gwilt – 3

Josh Saunders – 2

Jimmy Webster – 1

Nathan Wright – 1

Terry Milera – 1

Josh Bruce – 1

The votes have a familiar look this week, with five of the top seven players on the leaderboard gaining recognition for their efforts against the Tigers.

David Armitage was the Saints’ best player on the day. He picked up team highs in total possessions (26), handballs (12), contested possessions (13) and inside 50s (five). His disposal efficiency was also an above-average 84.6%, and the rugged midfielder also accumulated four clearances and a goal. It was another solid performance in a season marked by generally consistent displays from the possible future captain.

Next in the votes is Nick Riewoldt, who now will take out the Player of the Year award by himself unless he fails to poll in the last game and Lenny Hayes secures maximum votes. As mentioned in the match report, Riewoldt and opponent Alex Rance engaged in an absorbing duel, with the Saints skipper finishing with 24 possessions, 14 marks, five inside-50s and two goals.

Sean Dempster played his best game for some time, as the defender picked up 17 possessions, nine marks, five one-percenters and a team-high four rebound 50s. His reading of the play was characteristically superb.

Rounding out the votes are midfielders Jack Steven and Leigh Montagna. Steven started well before fading in the second half, but he still finished with 23 possessions (10 contested), a team-high seven clearances and three tackles. Dragging Steven down yet again was his disposal efficiency, which at an extremely poor 56.5% ranked 20th on the team. Steven’s tendency to butcher the footy at times is the only thing stopping him from reaching elite status.

Montagna was the anti-Steven, beginning the match slowly before enjoying a stronger second half. The veteran had 21 disposals, four inside 50s and three tackles. Montagna’s ball use was also far superior at 85.7% efficiency.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Did I get the votes right for the Richmond game? Is anybody lucky/unlucky?


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