Star Richmond rebounding defender Bachar Houli was rewarded for his superb showing against Essendon in last Saturday night’s Dreamtime at the ‘G blockbuster with maximum votes in the AFL Coaches’ Association’s Player of the Year Award Round 10 voting.
Houli, who also won the Yiooken Award as best afield in the Dreamtime clash, received 10 votes from respective coaches Damien Hardwick (Richmond) and John Worsfold (Essendon) after finishing with a game-high 37 disposals, game-high 10 rebound-50s, six marks, 12 intercepts, three inside-50s, five tackles and 814 metres gained in the Tigers’ 23-point win.
Superstar midfielder Dustin Martin picked up seven votes following another dynamic display against the Dons – 35 disposals, a team-high eight clearances, eight inside-50s, seven marks, four score involvements and 707 metres gained.
Richmond’s fill-in captain Shane Edwards also polled seven votes for his excellent performance – 26 disposals, 12 contested possessions, four marks, three rebound-50s, three inside-50s, three clearances, eight intercepts and 484 metres gained.
The influence exerted throughout the match by gun Tiger midfielder Dion Prestia – 25 disposals, 11 contested possessions, a game-high 10 inside-50s, four clearances, six score involvements, six tackles and 499 metres gained – netted him four votes.
Rounding out a clean sweep for Richmond in the Round 10 voting for the prestigious coaches’ award were Dylan Grimes and Liam Baker with one apiece.
Full voting details for the Round 10 Richmond v Essendon match are . . .
10 – Bachar Houli (Richmond)
7 – Dustin Martin (Richmond)
7 – Shane Edwards (Richmond)
4 – Dion Prestia (Richmond)
1 – Dylan Grimes (Richmond)
1 – Liam Baker (Richmond)