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Who led my Brownlow count after Round 7?

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25th July, 2020
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This is who is leading my Brownlow count after last weekend’s action.

Leader board
1. Lachie Neale 12 votes
2. Travis Boak ten
3. Max Gawn nine
3. Matt Rowell nine
5. Scott Pendlebury eight
6. Chad Wingard seven
6. Christian Petracca seven
6. Jack Billings seven
9. Dylan Shiel six
9. Isaac Heeney six
9. Charlie Dixon six
9. Hugh McCluggage six

Lachie Neale

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Collingwood beat Geelong
3. Jordan de Goey
2. Adam Treloar
1. Scott Pendlebury
De Goey went on a scoring spree to seal the game for the Pies, booting five goals. Treloar continues to rack up the footy, while Pendlebury and Taylor Adams provided their usual drive and precision.

Western Bulldogs beat Essendon
3. Tim English
2. Jack Macrae
1. Marcus Bontempelli
English absolutely dominated against a hapless Andrew Phillips, taking a multitude of contested marks. Macrae is getting into a good run of form and won a heap of the ball, so he gets the nod just ahead of an efficient Bontempelli and a silky Lachie Hunter.

Brisbane beat GWS
3. Dayne Zorko
2. Harris Andrews
1. Stephen Coniglio
Zorko is an umpires’ favourite and kicked two goals from midfield. Andrews was probably best on ground, but as a defender he could get anything from zero to three votes. Coniglio returned to form on the losing side.

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Gold Coast beat Sydney
3. Hugh Greenwood
2. David Swallow
1. Luke Parker
Greenwood’s blond locks and huge frame get him the three votes ahead of Swallow, while Parker had his side on his shoulders without Josh Kennedy. Izak Rankine is also a big chance for votes in one of the great second-game performances.

Richmond beat North Melbourne
3. Shai Bolton
2. Derek Eggmolesse-Smith
1. Shaun Higgins
Some unfamiliar names for the Tigers, as Bolton ran riot in the midfield and Eggmolesse-Smith took Bachar Houli’s distribution role off half back. Higgins had a lot of the ball, but his impact wasn’t as significant as it can be. Dustin Martin and Marlion Pickett could steal a vote.

Port Adelaide beat Carlton
3. Charlie Dixon
2. Sam Walsh
1. Travis Boak
Gray’s last-minute winner broke Blues fans’ hearts after a relatively quiet game, and is in contention for a vote alongside Brownlow contender Boak and Tom Jonas. Dixon was wayward but dominant and Walsh may have got the chocolates if Carlton had won.

Melbourne beat Hawthorn
3. Max Gawn
2. Christian Petracca
1. Clayton Oliver
Welcome to the Gawn-Petracca show! These two will be fighting for votes throughout Brownlow night. Gawn took mark after mark while Petracca burst through the midfield. Oliver is back in solid form along with Jack Viney.

Max Gawn in a Melbourne Demons huddle

(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

West Coast beat Fremantle
3. Josh Kennedy
2. Elliot Yeo
1. Brad Sheppard
The Glendinning-Allan medal winner should get the three votes here ahead of Yeo, Sheppard and Tim Kelly. Yeo and Kelly set up the win early but both, especially Kelly, fell away. Sheppard consistently repelled attacks.

St Kilda beat Adelaide
3. Jack Steele
2. Jade Gresham
1. Zak Jones
Steele played as if he was made of steel in a robust performance. Gresham was silkier but missed a couple of get-able shots at goal, while Jones has had a powerful season in the midfield. Tom Doedee could sneak in after a game full of intercepts.