5 Votes: Xavier Duursma
Making headlines is something we’ve grown to become used to with Xavier Duursma, and we should expect many, many more in the ensuing years.
Duursma was a constant shining light in an otherwise gloomy day at the office for Power fans.
The 19-year-old has given Port many a reason for excitement so far this season, and Saturday afternoon was no different.
Duursma recorded 24 disposals, four marks and kicked a goal in an admirable display as he tried to will his teammates back into the contest.
Bonus points for the goal celebration, too. Let’s hope he doesn’t give it up anytime soon.
4 Votes: Sam Walsh
Unsurprisingly, Walsh played a starring role in the Blues’ win over the Gold Coast on the weekend.
The Carlton young gun is arguably a victim of his own consistency, with his weekly impressive performances perhaps not gaining the same plaudits as they did when he first burst onto the scene.
But Walsh certainly hasn’t dropped in performance whatsoever.
The 19-year-old picked up 27 disposals, registered four inside 50’s and had five score involvements as the Blues sailed to their fifth win of the season.
More of the same from Walsh and you would think that the Rookie votes are just about wrapped up.
3 Votes: Michael Gibbons
Gibbons makes his second consecutive cameo in the Rookie votes, and deservedly so.
Gibbons grabbed himself 20 possessions (operating at 85% efficiency), five score involvements and five clearances, being a constant presence during the Blues’ victory over the Suns.
The 24-year-old is certainly thriving under caretaker David Teague.
2 Votes: Hayden McLean
First-gamer Hayden McLean more than held his own for his first game in the red and white.
Coming up in the ruck against the likes of Aaron Sandilands must have been a surreal moment for McLean, but the 20-year-old certainly didn’t let himself down.
McLean recorded 13 disposals, 16 hitouts and eight tackles in an impressive four-quarter shift in his AFL debut.
The Swans rookie would have quite possibly received more recognition had they overcome the Dockers on Saturday night.
For now though, the Sydney big man seems more than deserving of a second game next round.
1 Vote: Oliver Hanrahan
The 20-year-old continues to show glimpses of his potential. Hanrahan recorded 14 disposals, four marks and four score involvements in an impressive display for the fourth-gamer.
Hanrahan should see himself remain in the Hawks’ outfit for another week, definitely much to the delight of Hawthorn fans.
50 – Sam Walsh (CARL)
29 – Sydney Stack (RICH)
22 – Gryan Miers (GEEL)
17 – Xavier Duursma (PORT)
17 – Connor Rozee (PORT)
14 – Bailey Smith (WBD)
11 – Michael Gibbons (CARL)
11 – Jay Lockhart (MELB)
10 – Charlie Constable (GEEL)
9 – Tarryn Thomas (NM)
8 – Jack Ross (RICH)
8 – Jarrod Cameron (WCE)
7 – Marty Hore (MELB)
5 – Callum Wilkie (StK)
5 – Jordan Clark (GEEL)
4 – Bailey Scott (NM)
4 – Oliver Hanrahan (HAW)
4 – Zak Butters (PORT)
4 – James Rowbottom (SYD)
3 – Bobby Hill (GWS)
3 – Tom Atkins (GEEL)
3 – Nick Hind (StK)
2 – Oskar Baker (MELB)
2 – Darcy Fort (GEEL)
2 – Hayden McLean (SYD)
2 – Nick Blakey (SYD)
2 – Lachlan Schultz (FREM)
2 – William Drew (PORT)
2 – Matthew Parker (StK)
1 – Josh Rotham (WC)
1 – Will Hayes (WBD)
1 – Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (RICH)
1 – Patrick Naish (RICH)