Triple Richmond premiership star key forward Jack Riewoldt, who celebrated his 300-game milestone against Brisbane at Metricon Stadium last Friday night with a brilliant, match-winning, six-goal display, has been rewarded with maximum votes in the 2021 AFL Coaches’ Association’s Champion Player of the Year Round 18 voting.
Respective coach Damien Hardwick (Richmond) and Chris Fagan (Brisbane) gave Riewoldt 10 out of 10 for the pivotal role he played in the Tigers’ 20-point win.
Three other Tiger players – Shai Bolton, Toby Nankervis and Mabior Chol – polled six votes apiece in the prestigious coaches’ award following their excellent efforts against the Lions.
Bolton finished the match with 22 disposals, four clearances, four inside-50s, four tackles, five marks, one goal, two goal assists, eight score involvements and 324 metres gained.
Nankervis had 22 disposals, a game-high 18 contested possessions, team-high seven clearances, game-high four centre clearances, four inside-50s, four marks, a game-high 10 intercepts, four tackles and 25 hit-outs.
Chol had 10 disposals, four clearances, four marks, 12 hit-outs, 286 metres gained and kicked an AFL career-high four goals.
Jayden Short received one vote for his fine form on the night – a team-high 27 disposals, six rebound-50s, six inside-50s, seven marks, five intercepts, four score involvements and a game-high 644 metres gained.
The full voting details for the Round 18 Richmond v Brisbane match are:
Brisbane v Richmond
10 Jack Riewoldt (RICH)
6 Shai Bolton (RICH)
6 Mabior Chol (RICH)
6 Toby Nankervis (RICH)
1 Jayden Short (RICH)
1 Hugh McCluggage (BL)