Sydney Swans young gun Errol Gulden has led the way with nine votes for the AFL Coaches Association’s AFL Champion Player Award following the side’s Round 20 victory over GWS Giants at the SCG.
Gulden was one of five Swans to poll votes from the coaches following the 73-point victory in the Sydney Derby XXIV.
Gulden led the way, polling nine votes following his 33 disposals, 12 marks, 4 tackles, 10 inside 50s and six scoring involvements.
Midfielder James Rowbottom polled 8 votes following his 23 disposals, 13 tackles and six scoring involvements.
Co-captain Luke Parker, who claimed his fifth Brett Kirk Medal, polled 7 votes from the coaches following a game high 34 disposals, 16 contested possessions, 7 tackles and 8 scoring involvements.
Forward Sam Reid polled two votes following his strong 18 disposal, 12 contested posessions, 13 hit outs, 7 scoring involvements and 3 goals while Nick Blakey polled one vote with 21 disposals, 11 intercepts and one goal.
VOTES PLAYER (CLUB)
9 Errol Gulden (SYD)
8 James Rowbottom (SYD)
7 Luke Parker (SYD)
3 Sam Taylor (GWS)
2 Sam Reid (SYD)
1 Nick Blakey (SYD)
The AFL Coaches Association’s AFL Champion Player Award is an award voted by the 18 coaching panels on a 5,4,3,2,1 basis after each home and away game, acknowledging outstanding effort by an individual player in a season.