Let's take a look at Max Gawn's 2021...

AFL games: 25
Top statistics:
Disposals – 18.5 avg. (463 total)
Hit-outs – 32.2 avg. (805 total) 2nd in AFL
Contested possessions – 10.7 avg. (267 total)
Score involvements – 5.6 avg. (140 total)
Total clearances – 4.6 avg. (114 total)
Goals – 16 total

Season Overview:
Gawn has had many impressive seasons during his ten years in the red and blue, but none quite like the season he had in 2021.

In just his second year as Melbourne’s captain, the 29-year-old managed to reach new heights as both a leader and a player. He became a five-time All-Australian, the second Demon in history to do so, and was further recognised by being named as captain of the All-Australian side.

On an individual performance level, Gawn once again proved his strength as one of the league’s best ruckmen, averaging 32.2 hit-outs per game (second in the league), and demonstrated how dangerous he can be around the ground, averaging 18.5 disposals and registering 16 goals.   

The ruckman produced arguably the biggest game of his career in Melbourne’s Preliminary Final against Geelong. He kicked a whopping five goals alongside a list of strong stats including 33 hit-outs, 12 contested possessions, seven score involvements and five clearances. He finished his already unbelievable season by leading the Demons to a drought-breaking premiership win, writing a place in history as a premiership captain.