Zach Merrett has once again topped Essendon's Brownlow Medal leaderboard, polling 13 votes from 16 games to finish an equal 11th overall in the 2020 count.

While ineligible for the award, it was the second year in a row Merrett polled the most votes for the red and black. 

Merrett’s efforts have seen the prolific onballer rise seven places in the Bombers’ all-time votes medal leaderboard, jumping from 19th to 12th with 74 votes to his name, 12 behind Essendon legend Tim Watson.

Newly re-signed young gun Andrew McGrath capped a stellar season to earn the first Brownlow votes of his career, polling seven as the Dons' second highest vote-getter.

Dylan Shiel (six votes), David Zaharakis (four votes), Anthony McDonald Tipungwuti, Adam Saad and Jake Stringer (two votes) rounded out the Dons’ top five. 

ESSENDON'S BROWNLOW LEADERBOARD

13 - Zach Merrett

7 - Andrew McGrath

6 - Dylan Shiel

4 - David Zaharakis

2 - Anthony McDonald Tipungwuti

2 - Adam Saad

2 - Jake Stringer

1 - Joe Daniher 

ROUND-BY-ROUND VOTES

Round 1 v Fremantle

3 - Dylan Shiel

2 - Adam Saad

1 - Rory Lobb (FREM)

Round 2 v Sydney

3 - Zach Merrett

2 - Luke Parker (SYD)

1 - Tom Papley (SYD)

01:37 Mins
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Rd 2 | Performance of the Week

Midfield gun Zach Merrett took the honours as the Yakult Performance of the Week, for his efforts in our win over Sydney in round two.

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Round 4 v Carlton 

3 - David Cuningham (CARL)

2 - Levi Casboult (CARL)

1 - Michael Gibbons (CARL)

Round 5 v Collingwood 

3 - Dylan Shiel

2 - Jake Stringer

1 - Adam Treloar (COLL)

02:42 Mins
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Rd 5 | Performance of the Week

Classy midfielder Dylan Shiel took the honours as the Yakult Performance of the Week, for his efforts in our win against Collingwood at the MCG.

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Round 6 v North Melbourne 

3 - Andrew McGrath

2 - David Zaharakis

1 - Todd Goldstein (NM)

03:24 Mins
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Rd 6 | McGrath post-game

Midfielder Andrew McGrath spoke to Dons Digital after our round six win over North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium.

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Round 7 v Western Bulldogs 

3 - Tim English (WB)

2 - Jack Macrae (WB)

1 - Lachie Hunter (WB)

Round 8 v Adelaide

3 - Zach Merrett

2 - Andrew McGrath

1 - Brodie Smith (ADEL)

Round 9 v Brisbane

3 - Lachie Neale (BL)

2 - Alex Witherden (BL)

1 - Charlie Cameron (BL) 

Round 10 v GWS

3 - Tim Taranto (GWS)

2 - Zach Merrett

1 - Stephen Coniglio (GWS)

Round 11 v Gold Coast

3 - Hugh Greenwood (GC)

2 - David Zaharakis

1 - Lachie Weller (GC)

Round 12 v St Kilda 

3 - Rowan Marshall (STK)

2 - Zak Jones (STK)

1 - Bradley Hill (STK)

Round 13 v Richmond

3 - Shai Bolton (RICH)

2 - Zach Merrett

1 - Dustin Martin (RICH) 

Round 14 v Hawthorn

3 - Zach Merrett

2 - Andrew McGrath

1 - Joe Daniher

02:23 Mins
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Rd 14 | Performance of the Week

Andrew McGrath takes the honours as the Yakult Performance of the Week for round 14, as voted by you.

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Round 15 v West Coast

3 - Tom Barrass (WCE)

2 - Anthony McDonald Tipungwuti

1 - Tim Kelly (WCE)

Round 16 v Geelong

3 - Sam Menegola (GEEL)

2 - Tom Hawkins (GEEL)

1 - Cameron Guthrie (GEEL)

Round 17 v Port Adelaide

3 - Travis Boak (PA)

2 - Ollie Wines (PA)

1 - Brad Ebert (PA) 

Round 18 v Melbourne

3 - Christian Petracca (MELB)

2 - Mitch Brown (MELB)

1 - Steven May (MELB)