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VFL Grand Final squad

The VFL Tigers have named the extended squad that will contest Sunday’s VFL Grand Final against Port Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

1:51pm  Sep 22, 2017

Hardwick tells Tigers to ignore history

Richmond's past will have no bearing on Saturday's preliminary final against GWS, and that includes the strong form they bring in, according to coach Damien Hardwick.

12:25pm  Sep 22, 2017

Top 10 Tiger preliminary final memories

In the lead-up to Richmond’s 2017 preliminary final against GWS at the MCG on Saturday, Tony Greenberg lists his top 10 Tiger preliminary final memories

11:26am  Sep 22, 2017

Can anyone beat Dusty for the AFLPA MVP?

Jennifer Phelan, AFL Media  September 12, 2017 5:08 PM

AFL 2017 Media - Virgin Australia AFL All Australian Awards

Will Dusty take out the AFLPA MVP?

IS THIS the year Dustin Martin celebrates September with a clean sweep of the awards season, adding the AFLPA Most Valuable Player award to his AFLCA champion gong? 

Martin, the un-backable favourite for the Brownlow Medal and last week's winner – with a record 122 votes – of the coaches' association top prize, is poised to take out the players' association award on Tuesday night at Peninsula in Docklands. 

Named the Leigh Matthew Trophy after its inaugural winner in 1982, the MVP is arguably held in the highest esteem by the players as the winner is determined by his peers. 

While Martin, whose incredible year has helped secure Richmond as a genuine flag contender, is a likely first-time winner, Geelong powerhouse and defending MVP Patrick Dangerfield looms as his biggest contender.

Martin was the AFLPA's MVP of the month in both June and July this season, with Rory Sloane (March/April), Josh Kelly (May) and Lance Franklin (August) also acknowledged. 

When pitting them head to head, Martin has played every game this season to Dangerfield's 22, and averaged 30.2 disposals to 30.3 a game.

The nomination process for the MVP award is two-stage, with players first selecting three of their teammates for the award. 

Then, three nominees from all of the 18 clubs are presented to the League's entire player group, who vote on an overall winner. 

They cannot vote for a teammate during the second stage of the process. 

Tuesday night's function will also recognise the most courageous player, best first year player, best captain and the best 22 under the age of 22 team, among other awards. 

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Tuesday night's function will also recognise the most courageous player, best first year player, best captain and the best 22 under the age of 22 team, among other awards.

2017 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER NOMINEES 

ADELAIDE
Matt Crouch, Rory Laird, Rory Sloane 

BRISBANE LIONS
Dayne Beams, Tom Rockliff, Dayne Zorko 

CARLTON
Sam Docherty, Matthew Kreuzer, Marc Murphy 

COLLINGWOOD
Jeremy Howe, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom 

ESSENDON
Joe Daniher, Michael Hurley, Zach Merrett 

FREMANTLE
Nat Fyfe, Bradley, Hill, Lachie Neale 

GEELONG
Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan 

GOLD COAST
Gary Ablett, Jarryd Lyons, Jarrod Witts 

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
Toby Greene, Josh Kelly, Dylan Shiel 

HAWTHORN
Shaun Burgoyne, Ben McEvoy, Tom Mitchell 

MELBOURNE
Michael Hibberd, Clayton Oliver, Neville Jetta 

NORTH MELBOURNE
Ben Brown, Ben Cunnington, Shaun Higgins 

PORT ADELAIDE
Robbie Gray, Tom Jonas, Paddy Ryder 

RICHMOND
Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin, Alex Rance 

ST KILDA
Jake Carlisle, Dylan Roberton, Sebastian Ross 

SYDNEY
Lance Franklin, Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker 

WEST COAST
Josh Kennedy, Jeremy McGovern, Elliot Yeo 

WESTERN BULLDOGS
Marcus Bontempelli, Luke Dahlhaus, Jack Macrae