Let's take a look at Steven May's 2021...
No. AFL games: 23
Disposals – 17.4 avg. (400 total)
Rebound 50s – 6.2 avg. (142 total)
Spoils – 5.7 avg. (132 total)
Intercept possessions – 6.1 avg. (140 total)
May headed into the 2021 season off the back of a runner-up finish in the club’s best and fairest and looked to further solidify himself as one of the league’s top defenders.
The 29-year-old did just that, producing one of his best seasons to date. May was instrumental in putting the club’s backline at the top of the competition, with Melbourne’s defence conceding the least amount of points of any team in the league.
Many of May’s best performances weren’t necessarily strong on the stats sheet but came from his ability to restrict the scoreboard impact of some of the opposition’s top forwards. One of his top games of the year came in Round 1 where his 24 disposals and eight intercept marks helped Melbourne to a 22-point win over Fremantle.
May rounded out the home-and-away season with first-time All-Australian honours and finished off his stellar year by becoming a premiership defender.