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Riewoldt rising high

How Jack improved his kicking Jack Riewoldt describes the extra work he's been doing on his goal kicking at training.

Star Richmond key forward Jack Riewoldt’s superb, match-winning performance against Melbourne on Anzac Day Eve, has earned him 10 out of 10 in the AFL Coaches Association’s Player of the Year award voting for Round 5.

Riewoldt received the maximum votes from respective coaches Damien Hardwick (Richmond) and Simon Goodwin (Melbourne) after finishing with a game-high six goals (out of the team’s total of 12) and game-high 11 score involvements in the Tigers’ spirited 13-point win.

It’s the second successive week that Riewoldt has polled the most votes by a Richmond player in the prestigious coaches’ award. He was given eight votes for his fine four-goal effort against Brisbane at the Gabba in Round 4.

New Yellow and Black cult figure, Toby Nankervis, was awarded four votes for his dominant ruck exhibition in the clash with the Demons.

Nankervis had 16 disposals, including 12 contested possessions, six intercepts, five inside-50s, four clearances, five score involvements, an equal team-high seven tackles and a whopping 56 hit-outs.

Dynamic Tiger midfielder Dustin Martin, maintaining his excellent start to the 2017 season, picked up two votes.

Martin’s equal game-high 32-disposal display included 14 contested possessions, an equal game-high nine clearances, equal team-high seven inside-50s, six score involvements and a goal, along with six tackles and a game-high 678 metres gained.

Dependable defender Dylan Grimes was given two votes for his rock-solid defensive showing. He had six intercepts, an equal team-high seven tackles, eight one percenters and 13 pressure acts.

Rebounding backman Bachar Houli received one vote for his 24-disposal display, which included five rebound-50s, three inside-50s, plus eight intercepts, six tackles, 14 pressure acts and 436 metres gained.


Full voting details for the Round 5 Richmond v Melbourne match are . . .

10 – Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
6 – Michael Hibberd (Melbourne)
5 – Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
4 – Toby Nankervis (Richmond)
2 – Dustin Martin (Richmond)
2 – Dylan Grimes (Richmond)
1 – Bachar Houli (Richmond)