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Taylor tops coaches votes

Taylor Hunt of the Tigers in action during the 2015 AFL Round 01 match between the Carlton Blues and the Richmond Tigers at the MCG, Melbourne on April 02, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Taylor Hunt was voted as the best player last Thursday night by the two coaches

Hard-running midfielder Taylor Hunt’s impressive debut for Richmond in last Thursday night’s season-opener against Carlton at the MCG earned him the most votes for the match in the AFL Coaches Association’s 2015 Player of the Year award.

Hunt, who was making his first appearance for the Tigers, following a five-year career at Geelong, received seven votes from respective coaches Damien Hardwick (Richmond) and Mick Malthouse (Carlton).

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He played a pivotal role in Richmond’s 27-point win, finishing with a game-high 27 disposals, including five rebound-50s, eight marks and five tackles.

The Tigers dominated the Round 1 AFLCA Player of the Year voting, with Shane Edwards, Brandon Ellis, league debutant Kamdyn McIntosh and Nick Vlastuin all picking up votes.

Six votes were given to both Edwards, who had 21 disposals, including a game-high 15 contested possessions and a game-high seven clearances, and Ellis, 26 disposals, an equal game-high nine marks, plus seven tackles.

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McIntosh, on debut, was handed five votes for an excellent display, which netted him 23 disposals, including four inside-50s and an equal game-high nine marks.

And, Nick Vlastuin polled three votes for a polished performance in the back half, which saw him collect 21 disposals, take six marks and apply seven tackles.

The Round 1 Richmond v Carlton AFLCA Player of the Year votes

7 – T. Hunt (Richmond)
6 – S. Edwards (Richmond)
6 – B. Ellis (Richmond)
5 – K. McIntosh (Richmond)
3 – N. Vlastuin (Richmond)
3 – S. Docherty (Carlton)