FOLLOWING Melbourne’s 11-point win over the Bombers, Simon Goodwin and Ben Rutten struggled to see eye to eye.

The coaches casted their five votes each for the AFLCA MVP Award, with eight players polling.

Just two players were recognised by both coaches, one being Steven May who walked away with the maximum 10 votes. 

May had 18 disposals, eight intercept possessions and seven marks in a display which helped restrict the second-highest scoring team in the league to just 57 points.

He received plenty of assistance from Jake Lever, who polled four votes, but only one coach picked the Dees’ No.8, with the other handing four votes to ruckman Max Gawn.

Angus Brayshaw (24 disposals), Clayton Oliver (34 disposals) and Zach Merrett (41 disposals) took home three votes each, while Dyson Heppell and Christian Petracca also received a mention.

With Dogs’ star Marcus Bontempelli pulling out a best on ground performance against the Eagles, Oliver loses his spot on top of the leaderboard, but remains 11 votes clear of Ollie Wines who sits in third place.

Round 15 votes

10 – Steven May (MELB)

4 – Max Gawn (MELB)

4 – Jake Lever (MELB)

3 – Angus Brayshaw (MELB)

3 – Clayton Oliver (MELB)

3 – Zach Merrett (ESS)

2 – Dyson Heppell (ESS)

1 – Christian Petracca (MELB)


76 – Marcus Bontempelli (WBD)

71 – Clayton Oliver (MELB)

60 – Ollie Wines (PORT)

58 – Samuel Walsh (CARL)

56 – Touk Miller (GCS)

55 – Hugh McCluggage (BRIS)

55 – Darcy Parish (ESS)

54 – David Mundy (FREM)

53 – Max Gawn (MELB)

51 – Zach Merrett (ESS)