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Who led (my) Brownlow count after Round 1?

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4th June, 2020
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With the excitement of footy being on its way back, I’ve decided to run a Brownlow count for each game this year.

Round 1

Richmond vs Carlton
3. Dion Prestia
2. Dustin Martin
1. Patrick Cripps

Cripps has a lacklustre start to the match, but won enough of the ball to earn a vote. Prestia was the Tigers’ best ball winner. Jack Martin a good chance for a vote with 4 goals (5.3 adjusted for normal game time).

Collingwood vs Western Bulldogs
3. Brodie Grundy
2. Taylor Adams
1. Scott Pendlebury
Grundy is a lock for the three votes. Brody Mihocek had a big impact, but I’ve gone with the midfielders here. Adams gets the nod for the two votes with 14CP.

Brodie Grundy and Gary Ablett.

Brodie Grundy and Gary Ablett lock horns. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Essendon vs Fremantle
3. Dylan Shiel
2. Rory Lobb
1. Adam Saad
Lobb’s marking and two goals were monumental, and almost carried his team over the line, but Shiel was key for the winning side. Saad’s run off half-back might get a look in just ahead of Andrew McGrath.

Sydney vs Adelaide
3. Isaac Heeney
2. Luke Parker
1. Josh P. Kennedy
This was an easy one. Heeney stole the show and the usual suspects came next for the Swans.

Isaac Heeney celebrates a goal

Heeney. He good. (James Elsby/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

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GWS vs Geelong
3. Toby Greene
2. Harry Perryman
1. Mitch Duncan
Perryman was best on ground, but I’m backing the umpires to go with the familiar name for three votes. Duncan was all class on the losing side, with Stephen Coniglio another strong contender.

Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast
3. Travis Boak
2. Connor Rozee
1. Tom Rockliff
Rozee didn’t poll particular well last year, but may be more in the eye of the umpires this time round. Rockliff doesn’t poll well, but Boak was the only other standout.

North Melbourne vs St Kilda
3. Ben Cunnington
2. Todd Goldstein
1. Jy Simpkin
A Saints player will probably get a vote, but it’s a lottery between Jack Billings, Jack Steele and Zac Jones. Simpkin helped turn the game, while Goldstein kicked a goal amongst 9CP and Cunnington dominated.

Hawthorn vs Brisbane
3. Chad Wingard
2. Lachie Neale
1. Shaun Burgoyne
Neale was everywhere, but Wingard kicked three goals from midfield for the winning side. Burgoyne showed his class with three crucial goals and many assists, pipping the returning Tom Mitchell for one vote.

West Coast vs Melbourne
3. Jack Viney
2. Luke Shuey
1. Andrew Gaff
A bit of a lottery. Viney had 34 disposals (45 adjusted), so he may get the votes despite the loss. Shuey are Gaff are eternally fighting for votes.

I went for Shuey’s industrious display. Shannon Hurn, whose kicking was sublime off half-back, often flies under the umpires’ radar.