Upsets, nail-biters, controversy, Round 15 had it all but we aren’t here to talk about any of that. We are here to recognise the great performers of the round and with that in mind we present to you, in no particular order, our top five players of the round.
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The 24-year-old was a key factor in the Cats extending their lead at the top of the ladder with victory over Adelaide. Combining with skipper Joel Selwood, Kelly gave Geelong a big edge in the midfield battle. He would finish the game with 33 disposals, 13 contested, nine clearances and two goals.
The Norm Smith Medallist was supreme for the Eagles in the wet against Hawthorn. With the game in the balance during the last quarter Shuey collected 15 disposals and six clearances to will his team across the line in a thriller.
The 22-year-old was influential for his team on Saturday against the Suns. Smooth and assured across half back he set up countless attacks for the Swans with his precise disposals.
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Outside of North Melbourne supporters, you won’t find bigger fans of Ben Cunnington than the team here at The Pinch Hitters. The 28-year-old onballer was outstanding against the Magpies, collecting 38-possessions in a best on field performance. While the footy world is beginning to understand just how tough he is, a quick look at the highlights above prove he is a pretty handy user of the ball too.
The conditions at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday night may have been horrific but they did not prevent a virtuoso performance from this star Bulldog. In what might prove a season defining victory for his team, Bontempelli was a part of everything collecting 27 disposals, 18 contested. Laid 10 tackles, had nine clearances and seven inside 50’s.