Mitch Duncan’s 25 disposals and three goals were rewarded with a perfect 10 in the AFLCA round nine votes.
Duncan’s ability to win the ball has never been doubted but his disposal efficiency set him apart on the weekend.
The midfielder went at 92% efficiency for the match while taking 11 marks, a statistic he leads the competition in.
Tim Kelly earned three votes from the coaches, moving up to first place on the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year leaderboard.
Kelly sits on 48 votes, equal with Carlton midfielder Patrick Cripps.
Spearhead Tom Hawkins received four votes for his four-goal performance while Gary Rohan and Mark Blicavs received two votes each.
Bulldogs pair Mitch Wallis and Bailey Smith were amongst the votes for their efforts against the Cats.
Coaches Votes – Round Nine vs Western Bulldogs
10 Votes – Mitch Duncan
8 Votes – Mitch Wallis
4 Votes – Tom Hawkins
3 Votes – Tim Kelly
2 Votes – Gary Rohan
2 Votes – Mark Blicavs
1 Vote – Bailey Smith
AFLCA Top 5
48 – Tim Kelly
48 – Patrick Cripps
44 – Marcus Bontempelli
44 – Lachie Neale
41 – Brodie Grundy