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Martin motored home in Medal count

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Dustin Martin of the Tigers kicks the ball during the 2015 AFL Round 10 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Richmond Tigers at Domain Stadium, Perth on June 5, 2015. (Photo by Will Russell/AFL Media)
Dustin Martin's Round 10 performance against Fremantle was one of three best-on-ground efforts for the season

Dustin Martin’s performance in finishing seventh in the 2015 Brownlow Medal count held last night, with a career-high 21 votes, was all the more meritorious when you consider the fact he didn’t poll a vote until a third of the way through the season.

The Richmond star picked up his first votes with best-on-ground honors in the Round 8 win against Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval.

Tigers’ bold Brownlow showing

He proceeded to pile up the votes after that, with two more threes (v Fremantle, Round 10 and v Gold Coast, Round 20), five twos (v West Coast, Round 12, v St Kilda, Round 16, v Hawthorn, Round 18, v Adelaide, Round 19, and v North Melbourne, Round 23) and two ones (v Essendon, Round 9 and v Collingwood, Round 21), for his final total of 21.

Martin’s previous best Brownlow votes’ tally in a season was 16 in 2013.

He now has 73 Brownlow votes in his six-year AFL career, with 50 of those coming over the past three seasons.