Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has swept up round four’s AFLCA coaches votes, claiming a maximum 10 votes for his outstanding performance against the Lions on Saturday.
McDonald-Tipungwuti played the game of his life at the MCG, booting seven goals from 20 disposals and gathering 10 marks and five inside 50s.
3 votes - A.McDonald-Tipungwuti pic.twitter.com/rHf6REuHm4— Essendon FC (@essendonfc) April 14, 2019
Star on-baller Zach Merrett was at his best against Brisbane and has been rewarded with eight votes from the senior coaches.
The midfielder was sensational with 35 disposals (at 85.7 per cent efficiency), 15 contested possessions, seven clearances, seven inside 50s, six tackles, a goal and a goal assist.
Cale Hooker’s terrific return to the senior side (23 disposals, 13 marks and seven one percenters) has also been recognised, with the key defender receiving five votes.
Hard-working forward Mitch Brown (25 disposals at 88 per cent efficiency, 11 marks, four inside 50s and three goals), David Zaharakis (30 disposals, 10 marks and five inside 50s) and Patrick Ambrose (10 one percenters) claimed the remainder of Essendon’s votes.
AFLCA VOTES – ESSENDON v BRISBANE
10 Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (ESS)
8 Zach Merrett (ESS)
5 Cale Hooker (ESS)
3 Mitch Brown (ESS)
2 Lachlan Neale (BL)
1 David Zaharakis (ESS)
1 Patrick Ambrose (ESS)