Superstar Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin, who made a powerful return to the Tigers’ team in last Saturday night’s win against Sydney at Marvel Stadium following a one-match suspension, was rewarded for his efforts with nine votes in the AFL Coaches’ Association’s Player of the Year Award Round 5 voting.
Martin finished the match with 25 disposals, including 16 contested possessions, eight inside-50s, five clearances, five marks and three goals.
Another top-class Tiger on-baller in Dion Prestia received seven votes following his excellent display – a team-high 32 disposals, including 15 contested possessions, a game-high 10 inside-50s, an equal game-high eight clearances and three goal assists.
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Richmond’s acting captain Shane Edwards, who continued his fine form across the half-back line, picking up 28 disposals, with eight intercepts and an equal team-high four rebound-50s, polled six votes.
Rounding out the Round 5 Richmond vote-getters in the prestigious coaches’ award were robust ruckman Toby Nankervis (three) and hard-running utility Kamdyn McIntosh (two).
Full voting details for the Round 5 Richmond v Sydney match are . . .
9 – Dustin Martin (Richmond)
7– Dion Prestia (Richmond)
6 – Shane Edwards (Richmond)
3 – Toby Nankervis (Richmond)
2 – Kamdyn McIntosh (Richmond)
2 – Lance Franklin (Sydney)
1 – Luke Parker (Sydney)