Howe was brilliant down back in Collingwood’s big win over the Crows. The Pies’ high flyer had 23 touches and 11 marks in a standout performance, helping to keep the Crows’ forward line quiet in front of their home crowd.
Was Brisbane’s stand out player in their top of the table win over Geelong. Not only did Adams keep Geelong’s champion forward Tom Hawkins goalless, but the former Bulldog gathered 10 marks of his own, eight spoils and 19 possessions in a dominant game down back.
When Alex Rance went down in Richmond’s first game of the season, many wrote off Richmond’s premiership credentials. Up stepped Dylan Grimes, who this season has developed into one of the league’s top defenders. Thrust into a high-pressure situation, Grimes has stood tall for Richmond all year, with his performance against the Eagles’ on the weekend highlighting his individual growth. Grimes took eight marks and finished with 17 disposals at 100 per cent efficiency, to keep the prolific Eagles’ forward line relatively quiet after quarter time.
Bachar Houli (Richmond)
An underrated star of the competition, Houli’s class was once again personified by his performance on the weekend, with the hard-running defender collecting a huge 34 disposals, nine marks, six inside 50s and three rebound 50s in the Tigers’ crucial win.
Despite falling short against the Tigers, West Coast’s skipper put up a strong performance at the ‘G on Sunday. Hurn collected 24 disposals, had 10 marks and 12 rebound 50s in the Eagle’s narrow, six-point loss.
One of the Swans’ shining lights in a disappointing season, Rampe was a dominant force down back in Sydney’s win over the Demons on Friday night. Rampe had 22 touches, took eight marks, and gained 516 metres in another impressive individual performance.