Dylan Grimes’ consistency over the course of the 2021 season was the key to his inaugural Jack Dyer Medal win.
The triple Tiger premiership star defender had just one game where he polled the maximum five votes – v Essendon in the Round 12 Dreamtime clash at Perth’s Optus Stadium. He was, however, awarded three votes in 10 games all-up.
Equal runner-up in this year’s Jack Dyer Medal, Jack Graham, received the most five votes among Richmond’s playing group.
Graham picked up five votes against Carlton in the opening round, v Port Adelaide, Round 4, v Adelaide, Round 11, v Essendon, Round 12 and v North Melbourne, Round 21.
Dual Jack Dyer Medallist Dustin Martin, who missed the last five games of the season, and six overall, was the next best Tiger five vote-winner with four – v Carlton, Round 1, v Hawthorn, Round 2, v Greater Western Sydney, Round 9 and v Essendon, Round 12.
Shai Bolton’s eye-catching start to the season was highlighted in the Jack Dyer Medal count with the exciting small forward/midfielder having three five-vote games up to the team’s Round 14 bye.
At that stage of the season, Bolton led the count with 36 votes from Martin on 35, Grimes 31, Graham and Nathan Broad both 30, followed by Jack Riewoldt 29.
It was also interesting to note that Dion Prestia, who won the Jack Dyer Medal in Richmond’s 2019 premiership year, managed to poll a total of 26 votes despite completing only eight games for the season.
He clearly caught the eye of the match committee, who awarded him four votes in six of those games.