Another trademark dominant display by Richmond champion Dustin Martin against Essendon in last Saturday night’s blockbuster Dreamtime clash with Essendon at Perth’s Optus Stadium, has earned him the most votes for the match in the 2021 AFL Coaches’ Association’s Champion Player of the Year Round 12 voting.
Martin, who had a team-high 27 disposals, four inside-50s, five clearances, six score involvements, 426 metres gained and kicked three goals in the Tigers’ decisive 39-point victory, received nine votes from respective coaches Damien Hardwick (Richmond) and Ben Rutten (Essendon).
The triple Norm Smith Medallist has now moved into equal-10th place, with 41 votes, in the prestigious coaches’ award that he won in 2017.
Rapidly-rising Richmond star Shai Bolton was given seven votes for his electrifying exhibition on the night – 21 disposals, five marks, seven inside-50s, three clearances, three goals, three goal assists, eight score involvements and 425 metres gained.
Rounding out Richmond’s Round 12 vote-getters were midfielder Jack Graham and fill-in No. 1 ruckman Mabior Chol.
Graham picked up two votes for his strong performance – 22 disposals, five marks, five tackles, two goals, seven score involvements and 256 metres gained.
Chol polled one vote after finishing the match with 19 disposals, six marks, six inside-50s, nine intercepts, 19 hit-outs and 338 metres gained.
The full voting details for the Round 12 Richmond v Essendon Dreamtime in Perth match are:
9 – Dustin Martin (Richmond)
8 – Darcy Parish (Essendon)
7 – Shai Bolton (Richmond)
3 – Zac Merrett (Essendon)
2 – Jack Graham (Richmond)
1 – Mabior Chol (Richmond)