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Top Ten Players Wearing 1-10 Today

  • Top Ten Players Wearing 1-10 Today

In today's Top Ten, I go through the tough task of which players today are the best players wearing the numbers one to ten. 

With so many stars in these jumpers for each team, it's certainly something that took a fair bit of time to think about.

CRITERIA: Must be a player between the numbers of 1-10 within the AFL today.

10 - SCOTT PENDLEBURY - COLLINGWOOD

Probably one of the easiest ones to determine this one as the Collingwood captain is far and away the best number ten in the competition today. Pendlebury accumulates the ball better than most in the AFL and when he does have the ball in hand, those around him work in slow-motion and he always seems to have so much time on his hands and is near on impossible to lay a tackle on. Pendlebury's season alone this year has been fantastic, but he's paving the way to be one of the game's greats.

BEST OF THE REST TOP 10 (In Order):
Michael Walters - Fremantle
Dion Prestia - Gold Coast
Shane Edwards - Richmond
Ben Cunnington - North Melbourne
Easton Wood - Western Bulldogs
Devon Smith - GWS Giants
Bradley Hill - Hawthorn
Daniel Rich - Brisbane Lions
Matthew Jaensch - Adelaide
Scott Selwood - West Coast

9 - GARY ABLETT - GOLD COAST 

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If it weren't for Gary Ablett, this would have easily been the toughest one to decide. Despite missing the majority of the season with a shoulder injury, there's no doubt that the Gold Coast captain is one of the game's greats, if not, the greatest. It's a great shame that we haven't seen him as much as we would have liked this season, but the reality is, that he is nearing the end of his career. Let's just hope that he fully recovers during the pre-season and returns fully fit in 2016. There's basically nothing that "Gaz" cannot do when he has the ball in his hands. I just can't wait until he spends more time forward because there would be a legitimate chance he could add the Coleman Medal to his trophy cabinet.

BEST OF THE REST TOP 10 (In Order) 
Rory Sloane - Adelaide
Robbie Gray - Port Adelaide
Trent Cotchin - Richmond
Dayne Beams - Brisbane Lions
Shaun Burgoyne - Hawthorn
Nic Naitanui - West Coast
Jake Stringer - Western Bulldogs
Brendon Goddard - Essendon
Andrew Swallow - North Melbourne
Patrick Cripps - Carlton

8. CALLAN WARD - GWS GIANTS

A very close call between the Giants co-captain and Richmond's Jack Riewoldt but Ward manages to sneak in front, just due to being a little bit more consistent in his game. Ward is a fierce as they come and one of the best contested players in the game today. I was skeptical of his move to the GWS Giants when he left the Western Bulldogs, but he's turned into a fantastic footballer and an even better leader of that young group in Sydney. 

BEST OF THE REST TOP TEN (In Order):
Jack Riewoldt - Richmond
Hamish Hartlett - Port Adelaide
Stewart Crameri - Western Bulldogs
Kurt Tippett - Sydney Swans
Daniel Wells - North Melbourne
Matthew Kreuzer - Carlton
Tom Langdon - Collingwood
Nick Suban - Fremantle
Heritier Lumumba - Melbourne
Taylor Duryea - Hawthorn


7. NATHAN FYFE - FREMANTLE

Without question, Nathan Fyfe has been the player of the year this season and would be incredibly stiff to miss out on the Brownlow Medal at the end of the year. His form especially in the first half of the season, was near on the best first half of the season I've seen from a footballer. He's had some injury struggles in the second half of the season, but there's no doubt that he's going to be a major player in the finals next week. Fyfe reminds me, and a lot of others, of Essendon champion James Hird and the way he played his football. Athletic, evasive and no shortage of match-winning plays.

BEST OF THE REST TOP TEN (In Order):
Jack Ziebell - North Melbourne
Harry Taylor - Geelong
Chris Masten - West Coast
Brad Ebert - Port Adelaide
Jack Viney - Melbourne
Zach Merrett - Essendon
Ben McEvoy - Hawthorn
Nick Malceski - Gold Coast
Luke Dunstan - St Kilda
Nathan van Berlo - Adelaide


6. JOSH GIBSON - HAWTHORN

Since crossing from North Melbourne some five or six years ago, Gibson has become one of the premier defenders in the competition. Sure, he may not take the best forwards every game, but what he does do is read the flight of the ball better than most and he is able to leave his opponent and assist his team-mates on their opponents. The other great quality that Gibson possesses as a defender is that he has terrific ball skills. Not many defenders do have that and Gibson is going at an incredible 86% this season with his disposal efficiency.

BEST OF THE REST TOP TEN (In Order):
Luke Dahlhaus - Western Bulldogs
Kade Simpson - Carlton
Tom Mitchell - Sydney Swans
Elliot Yeo - West Coast
Shaun Grigg - Richmond
Danyle Pearce - Fremantle
Joe Daniher - Essendon
Jake Lever - Adelaide
Lachie Hansen - North Melbourne
Tyson Goldsack - Collingwood

5. SAM MITCHELL - HAWTHORN

Back to back selections for the Hawks, with former captain Sam Mitchell taking the number five. Mitchell holds, what's become a unique ability and that's being able to use both sides of his body when disposing of the ball. So good that you're not quite sure which foot is his natural foot. He's very efficient when using the ball and he has a bit of that anger in his game. He's the type of player that is a good person off the field, but he's not afraid of a word or three when on the field, and that's OK, because he can back it up when he has the ball in hand.

BEST OF THE REST TOP TEN (In Order):
Brandon Ellis - Richmond
Matthew Boyd - Western Bulldogs
Scott Thompson - Adelaide
Dylan Shiel - GWS Giants
Brent Stanton - Essendon
Jamie Elliott - Collingwood
Garrick Ibbotson - Fremantle
Brad Sheppard - West Coast
Shane Savage - St Kilda
Matthew Broadbent - Port Adelaide


4. DAN HANNEBERY - SYDNEY SWANS

Dan Hannebery has come a long way in the last three seasons and has asserted himself as one of the competition's top midfielders. He can, at times, butcher the ball by foot, but his positives far outweigh the negatives. Sometimes he is too courageous for his own good and gets himself in terrible positions where he can sometimes come off second best, but you cannot question his courage and determination when the ball is there to be won, because he'll win it nine times out of ten.

BEST OF THE REST TOP TEN (In Order):
Dustin Martin - Richmond
Jobe Watson - Essendon
Marcus Bontempelli - Western Bulldogs
Shaun Higgins - North Melbourne
Bryce Gibbs - Carlton
Andrew Mackie - Geelong
Toby Greene - GWS Giants
Patrick Ryder - Port Adelaide
Matthew Suckling - Hawthorn
Josh Jenkins - Adelaide


3. BRETT DELEDIO - RICHMOND

Very close call between he, Jordan Lewis and Jack Steven but Deledio got there in the end for me because of his versatility. While Lewis and Steven can also go forward, Deledio can go forward and win a game off his own boot. He can also venture down into defence and play off a half back line. He is quick, a very good user of the football, is very durable, given that he has missed just 13 games since his debut, and has great marking ability above his head for a player of his size. Not to mention just how valuable he is to the Richmond side.

BEST OF THE REST TOP TEN (In Order):
Jordan Lewis - Hawthorn
Jack Steven - St Kilda
Marc Murphy - Carlton
Jimmy Bartel - Geelong
Jarrad McVeigh - Sydney Swans
Andrew Gaff - West Coast
Allen Christensen - Brisbane Lions
Mitch Wallis - Western Bulldogs
Stephen Coniglio - GWS Giants
Christian Salem - Melbourne


2. JARRYD ROUGHEAD - HAWTHORN

This one wasn't too difficult to be honest with the big Hawthorn forward, far and away, the best number two in the competition. His versatility to be able to play in the ruck, in the midfield and obviously in his main position down forward makes him one very difficult player to match up on for an opposition coach. The thing about Roughead is that a player of his size, shouldn't get anywhere near 30 disposals a game, but he does it regularly which is a great credit to the way he has trained, to be able to build a "tank" that can do that for a 193cm, 98kg frame, is super impressive. 

BEST OF THE REST TOP TEN (In Order): 
Nathan Jones - Melbourne 
Mark LeCras - West Coast
Rob Murphy - Western Bulldogs
Brad Crouch - Adelaide
Rhyce Shaw - Sydney Swans
Troy Menzel - Carlton
Dylan Grimes - Richmond
Zac Smith - Gold Coast Suns
Tom Bellchambers - Essendon
Billie Smedts - Geelong

1. TRAVIS BOAK - PORT ADELAIDE

Again, not another hard decision with the Port Adelaide skipper being the most consistent and dominant players currently in the number one. Boak's ball winning ability has improved dramatically under coach Ken Hinkley in the last three seasons and he has proven himself as one of the competition's best clearance players. He can have an impact so great on games, that he turns the momentum and that's what a great leader does, and he does it regularly when things aren't going the Power's way. He will need to continue to improve with a number of young number one's starting to make a name for themselves.

BEST OF THE REST TOP TEN (In Order):
Jaeger O'Meara - Gold Coast 
Jesse Hogan - Melbourne
Hayden Ballantyne - Fremantle
Michael Hibberd - Essendon
Chris Newman - Richmond
Alex Fasolo - Collingwood
Andrew Walker - Carlton
Phil Davis - GWS Giants
Tom Hickey - St Kilda
Mitch Brown - West Coast

 What would your top ten be?





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