A game-high 30-disposal haul from Geelong midfielder Mitch Duncan headlines the nominations for the second week of the MVP of the Finals, presented by Drummond Golf.
Duncan’s teammate Patrick Dangerfield and Richmond’s Bachar Houli are the other candidates in line for the weekly finals award.
In what was one of the most dominant finals wins in recent years, Duncan was prolific all over the ground. It was Duncan’s first half that set the tone for the 68-point victory, with the midfielder racking up 19 touches in the first half – one more than the highest figure for the Magpies in the game. The elite runner proved too much for Collingwood, finishing the game with 12 marks, a game-high 10 score involvements, five inside 50s and three goal assists to go with his 30 touches, as the Cats progressed to their 10th preliminary final in 14 years.
After much deliberation following Dangerfield’s selection as a half-forward in the All Australian team this year, he proved the naysayers wrong by kicking an equal game-high four goals in a performance spent mostly inside-50. Dangerfield collected 19 touches, eight score involvements, took six marks and had three clearances in what was arguably his most dominant finals performance.
A best-on-ground performance from Houli highlighted the Tigers’ 31-point victory as they progressed to their fourth consecutive preliminary final. Houli had a game-high 32 disposals, 16 of which were kicks, eight rebound 50s, five inside 50s and he took five marks. After joining the Tigers in the hub later in the season, following the birth of his third child, Houli has been pivotal to the club’s premiership defence since returning to the senior side in Round 13. On Friday night he again proved why he is so valuable to the Tigers’ line-up and a much-loved figure at Punt Road.
The AFL Players’ Association MVP of the Finals is a new concept to recognise the best performers each week of the finals series. Fans will get the choice to select the MVP of the Week, after three names have been put forward by the AFLPA.
All fans who vote will go into the running to win a $200 Drummond Golf voucher. To vote, simply select the player you deem to be the MVP of the Finals for the week. Voting closes on Wednesday, October 14 at 5pm AEDT.