The AFL Coaches’ Association have released their votes for the third week of the finals.
After a season in which Dustin Martin edged out Patrick Dangerfield for the AFLCA home-and-away season award, the coaches now voted for the Gary Ayres Award, which will determine the best player in the finals.
With Adelaide and Richmond advancing through to this season’s grand final, both sides dominated the votes, although only one player could manage a nine or higher.
That’s enough for Martin to move to the top of the leaderboard however, and it will take some doing to knock him off that perch this weekend.
AFLCA Gary Ayres Medal Leaderboard
17 Dustin Martin (Richmond)
15 Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
14 Callan Ward (GWS)
11 Brad Crouch (Adelaide)
10 Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
10 Josh Kennedy (Sydney)
10 Luke Shuey (West Coast)
9 Charlie Cameron (Adelaide)
8 Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
8 Rory Laird (Adelaide)
8 Daniel Rioli (Richmond)