The pointy end of the season is fast-approaching and with it, some of the biggest names in the competition are stepping up. For their standout performances for their respective sides, Clayton Oliver, Jarrod Witts and Liam Baker have been nominated for the AFLPA’s MVP of the Month award, proudly presented by Snaffle.
If you look to the stats sheet, it’s Clayton Oliver’s name that you’ll find leading a fair share of key categories. Best in the league for disposals, contested possessions, clearances and second only to teammate, Christian Petracca, for inside 50s, Oliver continues to raise the bar.
The reigning best and fairest winner is up on nearly all of his 2021 averages, with his best performances thus far coming against the Pies in Round 13, where he recorded an enormous 43 disposals, 16 contested possessions, six clearances and a goal, to earn the Neale Daniher Trophy.
After an ACL injury derailed his 2021 campaign, Jarrod Witts has steadily shown why he is one of his side’s most important players upon his return. The Gold Coast co-captain stands head and shoulders above the rest, ranking first in hit-outs in the competition, with the most impressive percentage to advantage among the top ten.
His ability to give the Gold Coast midfield first use has been a vital component in the Sun’s recent success, while his presence around the ground has been equally as important.
There’s no questioning the work rate of dual premiership Tiger, Liam Baker, who has played a variety of on-field roles for Richmond and excelled in every single one.
Averaging 25 disposals over the last month, Baker’s best arguably came against the Power, finishing the game with a team-high 26 disposals, seven inside-50s, five clearances, one goal, nine score involvements and 531 metres gained.
His ability to contribute no matter where he finds himself on the ground, as well as his undeniable courage to win the ball at all costs, has been a key contributor in Richmond’s recent surge.