5 votes: Sam Walsh
Fresh off a Rising Star nomination and a two-year contract extension, Sam Walsh has earned the max votes for round four.
Walsh did everything in his power to will his team over the line having collected 28 touches, laying six tackles and kicking a goal in a narrow and last-minute loss to the Gold Coast Suns.
With the No.1 draft pick in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft starting the year in impressive form, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he tops the leader board come season’s end.
4 votes: Jack Ross
The Richmond debutant stunned viewers with an outstanding display in an upset win over the Power in Adelaide in round four.
Amassing 25 touches at 88% effectiveness as well as winning four clearances and laying five tackles, Ross has earned votes this round.
Pick 43 in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft, Ross was picked for his big-body and explosiveness from stoppages and this contributed to Richmond’s seven-point win over the Power.
3 votes: Marty Hore
In his second game, Hore played brilliantly off the half-back flank for the Demons against a strong Swans forward line.
Collecting 20 touches at 75% effective, Hore takes the three votes with his poise and intercept marking as well as his rebound 50s (eight).
He was never given an opportunity at Collingwood, but pick 56 in last year’s draft has settled in nicely to a Melbourne defence that has no May or Lever.
2 votes: Callum Wilkie
Pick three in the rookie draft in 2018, Wilkie was picked by the Saints for his intercept marking and elite field kicking, similar to Jimmy Webster.
His round four performance consisting of 21 touches at 91% effectiveness and his ability to win the contested ball (10 contested possessions) in defence led him to snatching the two votes.
Having played all four games this season, Wilkie looks to adding to those games and experience with his early form thus far in 2019 in the St Kilda side.
1 vote: Josh Rotham
In just his second AFL game and first Western Derby, Rotham rounds out the vote-getters for his round four performance against the Dockers.
Rotham was drafted as a tall and athletic defender standing at 193cm as well as his ability to use the ball well coming out of defence.
He gathered 17 touches and all were deemed effective. He was also listed as having the most ‘one percenters,’ highlighting his effort to stay in the reigning premiers’ side.
15 – Sam Walsh (CARL)
10 – Charlie Constable (GEEL)
9 – Connor Rozee (PORT)
4 – Bailey Scott (NM)
4 – Jack Ross (RICH)
4 – Zak Butters (PORT)
3 – Marty Hore (MELB)
3 – Gryan Miers (GEEL)
2 – Lachlan Schultz (FREM)
2 – William Drew (PORT)
2 – Callum Wilkie (StK)
1 – Sydney Stack (RICH)
1 – Josh Rotham (WC)