Sydney Swans forward Isaac Heeney led the way with nine votes for the AFL Coaches Association’s AFL Champion Player Award following Sydney’s Round nine victory over Collingwood at the SCG.
In his return from a hand injury, Heeney had a crucial impact in the clash, kicking three goals and gathering 22 disposals in the victory.
Swans’ Jake Lloyd (5), Callum Mills (4), Tom Hickey (3), Dane Rampe (2) and Hayden McLean (1) also polled votes following the clash.
SYDNEY SWANS V COLLINGWOOD VOTES PLAYER (CLUB)
9 Isaac Heeney (SYD)
5 Jake Lloyd (SYD)
5 Brayden Maynard (COLL)
4 Callum Mills (SYD)
3 Tom Hickey (SYD)
2 Dane Rampe (SYD)
1 Hayden McLean (SYD)
1 Will Hoskin-Elliott (COLL)
Following the clash, Longmire had praise for his forward.
"He was really sore last week. If he was feeling fit he certainly could've made a difference for us. But he needed the week off, his ankle was sore and he was banged up in a few areas," Longmire said.
"We're just hopeful that he can stay like that. He's energetic, his workrate is fantastic, he's a class player.
"We had a couple of players that provided that energy, whether around the scramble or in the forward 50, and that allowed us to get back in the game, and Isaac with his class finishing certainly helps."
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.
Hickey’s three votes continues to see the ruckman as the highest polling Sydney player on the leaderboard, with 28 votes.
VOTES PLAYER CLUB
44 Hugh McCluggage BL
42 Clayton Oliver MELB
40 Marcus Bontempelli WB
38 David Mundy FRE
36 Ollie Wines PORT
35 Samuel Walsh CARL
34 Max Gawn MELB
34 Touk Miller GCFC
33 Jack Macrae WB
33 Christian Salem MELB
32 Dustin Martin RICH
31 Tim Kelly WCE
30 Mitch Duncan GEEL
30 Cameron Guthrie GEEL
30 Jacob Hopper GWS
29 Tom McDonald MELB
29 Zach Merrett ESS
29 Darcy Parish ESS
28 Tom Hickey SYD
28 Christian Petracca MELB
28 Taylor Walker ADEL
The Carey-Bunton Medal recognises the best NSW-bred player in the AFL, with the medal will be awarded to the NSW player who records the most votes in the AFL Coaches Association’s Champion Player of the Year Award. The leaderboard after round one is below.
Heeney's nine votes sees the Swans forward move into fourth place with 13 votes.
GWS Giants midfielder Jacob Jopper has moved to the top of the leaderboard, overtaking Taylor Walker, following his seven votes in round nine.
Carey-Bunton Medal Leaderboard - Round 9
30 Jacob Hopper (Leeton-Whitton) - GWS Giants (R9 7 votes v RIC)
28 Taylor Walker (North Broken Hill) – Adelaide
24 Callum Mills (Mosman) - Sydney Swans (R9 4 votes v COLL)
13 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) - Sydney Swans (R9 9 votes v COLL)
10 Sam Wicks (Manly-Warringah) – Sydney Swans
9 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) - Sydney Swans
8 Lachie Schultz ((Moama) – Fremantle
5 Braeden Campbell (Pennant Hills) – Sydney Swans
6 Jacob Koschitzke (Albury) – Hawthorn
5 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
3 Matthew Flynn (Narrandera) - GWS Giants
3 Harry Perryman (Collingullie) - GWS Giants
2 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast
2 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) – Port Adelaide
2 Dane Rampe Sydney Swans (R9 2 votes v COLL)
1 Harry Cunningham (Turvey Park) - Sydney Swans
1 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong