James Rowbottom and Errol Gulden have blitzed coaches votes after Round 15 earning nine votes each. The midfielders proved to be important in helping secure a 27-point win over the GWS Giants in Sydney Derby XXVIII despite the wet and windy conditions.

Rowbottom, who is currently ranked second in the league for tackles, landed six against GWS and finished the game with 32 disposals and a game-high 11 clearances.

Gulden was a prolific ball user and closed out the game with 41 disposals, seven inside 50s and one goal. His performance was recognised on the night when he was awarded the Brett Kirk medal for best on ground - the midfielder joins Luke Parker as the only other player to win three consecutive medals. 


Brodie Grundy enjoyed another consistent performance with 28 disposals and 31 hit outs, earning six votes. Heeney finished Round 15 with 10 total clearances and seven tackles, earning four votes. 

The Swans have three players in the top 10 of the overall leaderboard. Heeney leads with 89 votes, Gulden sits in fourth with 62 votes and Warner is placed in eighth position with 55. 


9 Errol Gulden (SYD)
9 James Rowbottom (SYD)
6 Brodie Grundy (SYD)
4 Isaac Heeney (SYD)
2 Tom Green (GWS)

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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.

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