Votes and notes by Dugald.
All eyes saw the game on Thursday night and all eyes see it differently. What can be agreed upon is Kane Lambert was runaway BOG, for us. The spread of contributors was pleasing. An even-handed effort; all pulling the rope as one.
What a privilege, to cast votes for the esteemed Benny! (the creation of writer-blogger-Sydney-based-Tiger-fan Sean Ross, now outsourced to the crowd). This is serious business; never picked best players before. Never singled out the individual (unless, of course, it’s Dusty and those hips of his).
Drum roll, please.
Craig Kane Lambert, for his scurry, for his industriousness, for his courage, for showing all what a journeyman footballer can do with himself, given half a chance. Great stuff; a new benchmark for what he can contribute.
4 votes: Alex Rance, The Rock, ’nuff said. (Did you see the way he confronted Dylan Buckley…?)
3 votes: Jacob Townsend: Bravo, bravo! Bent his back, in-and-under, contributed all night; a fine Tigerish debut.
2 votes: Sam Lloyd, the last-quarter match-winner (two dazzling goals), but watch his game closely and he did much more. Reward for effort. Looks to have slimmed down nicely.
1 vote: Jack Riewoldt. A line-ball between Vlastuin (he looks fine in No. 1), big Dave Astbury (assured in defence, added much composure) and Dusty. But every time Jack gets the ball the heart-rate drops. A smart footballer. Growing in leadership. Fan favourite.
5: Kane Lambert
4: Alex Rance
3: Jacob Townsend
2: Sam Lloyd
1: Jack Riewoldt
Blair Hartley Appreciation Award
3: Jacob Townsend
Anthony Banik Best First Year Player
No votes yet to Broad, Butler, Castagna, Chol, Marcon, McKenzie, Moore, Rioli, Short or Soldo.
Joel Bowden's Golden Left Boot
No votes yet to Batchelor, Chaplin, Grigg, Houli or Corey Ellis – please let us know in comments if we are missing some new lefties from this list.
Greg Tivendale Rookie List Medal
No votes yet to Castagna, Chol, Marcon, Moore, Short or Soldo.
Next week’s votes will come from Father Of The Benny, Sean Ross.