Will the AFL’s best player please stand up

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    It’s one of the most debated questions in Australian Rules Football: who is the very best we have on offer? From a pool of worthy nominees, we want you to select the best players in the league.

    Once we have everyone’s opinions, we will collate them and announce the best players in our league.

    Please vote in a three votes, two votes and one vote poll, like the Brownlow, for each of the four categories.

    The nominees for Most Outstanding Midfielder are:
    – Chris JUDD (Carl)
    – Gary ABLETT (GCS)
    – Scott PENDLEBURY (Coll)
    – Nick DAL SANTO (StK)
    – Marc MURPHY (Carl)
    – Dane SWAN (Coll)
    – Scott THOMPSON (Adel)
    – Simon BLACK (Bris)
    – Joel SELWOOD (Gee)
    – Matthew BOYD (WB)
    – Jobe WATSON (Ess)
    – Sam MITCHELL (Haw)
    – Matt PRIDDIS (WCE)
    – Tom ROCKLIFF (Bris)
    – Luke HODGE (Haw)

    The nominees for Most Outstanding Forward are:
    – Lance FRANKLIN (Haw)
    – Jack RIEWOLDT (Rich)
    – Travis CLOKE (Coll)
    – Jonathan BROWN (Bris)
    – Jarrad WAITE (Carl)
    – Nathan FYFE (Fre)
    – Steve JOHNSON (Gee)
    – Dustin MARTIN (Rich)
    – Paul CHAPMAN (Gee)
    – Brent HARVEY (NM)
    – Adam GOODES (Syd)
    – Cyril RIOLI (Haw)
    – Matthew PAVLICH (Fre)
    – Josh KENNEDY (WCE)

    The nominees for Most Outstanding Ruckman are:
    – Aaron SANDILANDS (Fre)
    – Shane MUMFORD (Syd)
    – Todd GOLDSTEIN (NM)
    – Dean COX (WCE)
    – Ben MCEVOY (StK)
    – Matthew LEUENBERG (Bris)
    – Matthew KREUZER (Car)
    – Patrick RYDER (Ess)
    – Nic NAITANUI (WCE)
    – Mark JAMAR (Mel)

    The nominees for Most oustanding defender are:
    – Brendon GODDARD (StK)
    – Brett DELEDIO (Rich)
    – Heath SHAW (Coll)
    – Sam FISHER (StK)
    – Heath SCOTLAND (Car)
    – Corey ENRIGHT (Gee)
    – Chris YARRAN (Car)
    – Chris NEWMAN (Rich)
    – Matt SUCKLING (Haw)
    – Robert MURPHY (WB)
    – Jed ADCOCK (Bris)
    – Josh GIBSON (Haw)
    – Brian LAKE (WB)
    – Michael JAMISON (Car)
    – Alex RANCE (Rich)

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    • April 12th 2012 @ 2:10am
      AndyMack said | April 12th 2012 @ 2:10am | ! Report


      1-Stevie J



    • Roar Rookie

      April 12th 2012 @ 2:34am
      Stumpy said | April 12th 2012 @ 2:34am | ! Report

      Gary ABLETT
      Jobe WATSON
      Scott PENDLEBURY

      Lance FRANKLIN
      Paul CHAPMAN
      Cyril RIOLI

      Aaron SANDILANDS
      Dean COX
      Shane MUMFORD

      Corey ENRIGHT
      Heath SHAW
      Chris NEWMAN

    • April 12th 2012 @ 9:17am
      Seano said | April 12th 2012 @ 9:17am | ! Report

      Boyd isn’t even the best mid at the doggies!!! Why is he on your list, surly you mean Griffin? Griffin is top 15 on the AFL!!! However it’s ablett, Judd, Watson!!! How good is Jobe these days????

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      • April 12th 2012 @ 9:24am
        Mitch Brown said | April 12th 2012 @ 9:24am | ! Report

        Personally, I would rate Matt Boyd over Ryan Griffen, and would sooner pick Boyd than Griffen if I was a Bulldogs selector.

        • Roar Guru

          April 12th 2012 @ 9:29am
          The Cattery said | April 12th 2012 @ 9:29am | ! Report

          Yeh, agree with Mitch, Boyd is universally rated these days.

    • Roar Guru

      April 12th 2012 @ 9:32am
      The Cattery said | April 12th 2012 @ 9:32am | ! Report

      Pendles 3
      Judd 2
      Yablett 1

      Cloke 3
      Buddy 2
      Pav 1

      Cox 3
      NicNat 2
      Cruiser 1

      Goddard 3
      Enright 2
      Shaw 1

      Hmm, can’t believe of giving two lots of top votes to pies players, and that WCE ruck division looks scary!!

      With the defenders, who the big blokes minding the likes of Cloke and Buddy?

      • April 12th 2012 @ 10:08am
        Mitch Brown said | April 12th 2012 @ 10:08am | ! Report

        Unfortunately, we don’t tend to rank the full back stoppers as highly as the classy runners that get most of the accolades. I would see Brian Lake, Josh Gibson and Michael Jamison as the best traditional full backs in the game, but they are not seen to be in the same league as the likes of Goddard, Shaw, Deledio, Enright etc.

      • April 12th 2012 @ 10:20pm
        AndyMack said | April 12th 2012 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

        Come over to the dark side Catters, I know you want to. Handing out all those 3-votes to Pies and then pretending that you dont like it….

    • April 12th 2012 @ 10:57am
      Lost Earthling said | April 12th 2012 @ 10:57am | ! Report

      Most Outstanding Midfielder:
      3 – Chris JUDD (Carl)
      2 – Gary ABLETT (GCS)
      1 – Simon BLACK (Bris)

      Most Outstanding Forward:
      3 – Lance FRANKLIN (Haw)
      2 – Jonathan BROWN (Bris)
      1 – Brent HARVEY (NM)

      Most Outstanding Ruckman:
      3 – Dean COX (WCE)
      2 – Aaron SANDILANDS (Fre)
      1 – Mark JAMAR (Mel)

      Most oustanding Defender:
      3 – Brendon GODDARD (StK)
      2 – Daniel MERRETT (Bris)
      1 – Corey ENRIGHT (Gee)

      • April 13th 2012 @ 3:30pm
        lachlan said | April 13th 2012 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

        Dont want to bag any one for having an opinion but surely this is incredibly biased towards Brisbane i mean you cant be basing this on last year or the year before at all i mean simon black is an absolute champion same with jonathon brown but there not in the top 3 for midfielders or forwards and merret is alright but not in the top three defenders hardly makes the top ten

    • April 12th 2012 @ 12:04pm
      manalien said | April 12th 2012 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

      3- Gary Ablett
      2-Scott Pendelbury
      1- Chris Judd

      3- Lance Franklin
      2- Jonathan Brown
      1- Adam Goodes

      3-Aaron Sandilands
      2-Shane Mumford
      1-Nic Naitanui

      3- Brendan Goddard
      2- Brett Deledio
      1- Corey Enright