Soaring Richmond young star Shai Bolton received the maximum 10 votes in the 2021 AFL Coaches’ Association’s Champion Player of the Year Round 7 voting for his dazzling display against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG last Friday night.

Bolton played a pivotal role in the Tigers’ 22-point win with 22 disposals, a game-high 10 inside-50s, seven marks, three goals, 10 score involvements and 529 metres gained.

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Gladiator of the Match: Round 7

Thanks for voting Tiger fans, your Gladiator of the Match for Round 7 is Shai Bolton.

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Star key forward Tom Lynch was Richmond’s second-highest vote-getter in the prestigious coaches’ award for Round 7.

Lynch picked up seven votes after finishing the match with an equal game-high 12 marks, game-high seven marks inside-50, equal game-high four contested marks, three goals and a game-high 11 score involvements.

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Round 7: Lynch explodes in tantalising third term

Tom Lynch elevates to a new level after half-time, scoring three goals in the third to propel a superb comeback from the Tigers

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Reliable Richmond backman Nathan Broad, who had an AFL career-high 25 disposals, career-high 10 contested possessions, career-high 11 marks, career-high three contested marks and equal career-high 10 intercepts, was given five votes.

Veteran Tiger dashing defender Bachar Houli’s top-class performance – a team-high 31 disposals, six inside-50s, four rebound-50s, six score involvements, 10 marks and 665 metres gained – earned him four votes.

Rounding out Richmond’s Round 7 vote-getters were young gun key defender Noah Balta (two votes) and inspirational captain Trent Cotchin (one vote).

The full voting details for the Round 7 Richmond v Western Bulldogs match are:

10 Shai Bolton (Richmond)

7 Tom J Lynch (Richmond)

5 Nathan Broad (Richmond)

4 Bachar Houli (Richmond)

2 Noah Balta (Richmond)

1 Trent Cotchin (Richmond)

1 Bailey Dale (Western Bulldogs)