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Cotchin sets tone for Tigers

If you looked at the raw statistical numbers alone, you could be forgiven for thinking that Richmond captain Trent Cotchin is struggling just a tad at the moment.

5:55pm  Jul 21, 2018

VFLW Tigers grounded by NT Thunder

The VFLW Tigers suffered a 23-point defeat to NT Thunder on Saturday afternoon in Round 11 at the Swinburne Centre.

5:15pm  Jul 21, 2018

Round 16 VFL squad named

The VFL Tigers have named an extended squad for this Sunday’s Round 16 clash against Sandringham.

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Can anyone beat Dusty for the AFLPA MVP?

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

Will Dusty take out the AFLPA MVP? - AFL,Dustin Martin

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