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Rory Sloane warms up on Saturday night

Rory Sloane warms up on Saturday night

Rory Sloane topped the coaches’ votes in Adelaide’s narrow Round Four win over the Sydney Swans.

Sloane received nine votes from Don Pyke and John Longmire on Saturday night.

The influential midfielder gathered 24 possessions, including a game-high 19 contested. He finished with more ground-balls (15) than any other player in the game and took four telling marks. He also won an equal-game high six clearances and six inside 50ms.

Defensively, Sloane had 22 pressure acts and laid an equal game-high 10 tackles.

The leading possession-getter on the ground, Swan Dan Hannebery earned eight votes. Hannebery amassed 38 disposals, eight clearances, seven inside 50ms and kicked a goal in a dominant display.

Livewire Eddie Betts collected another five votes. Betts kicked four goals from 19 possessions and also laid five tackles. Impressive second-year Swan Isaac Heeney also received five votes for his four-goal haul in a losing team.

Adelaide’s milestone man Scott Thompson was the other player to attract votes. Thompson picked up three votes for another consistent performance, which included 27 possessions, 10 tackles, six clearances and a game-high 25 pressure acts.

Only four players across the competition received a perfect 10 votes on the weekend: Elliot Yeo (West Coast), Brisbane Lions defender Pearce Hanley, Jack Viney (Melbourne) and Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne).

Despite not polling a vote against the Crows, Sydney midfielder Luke Parker remains on top of the overall leaderboard in the AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year award. Parker (29) is one vote clear of Gold Coast spearhead Tom Lynch (28) in second place.

Betts, who has polled in three of the four games, leads Adelaide’s voting this season with 15.  

Adelaide v Sydney Swans
9 – Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
8 – Dan Hannebery (Sydney)
5 – Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
5 – Isaac Heeney (Sydney)
3 – Scott Thompson (Adelaide)

Round Four Leaderboard
29 – Luke Parker (Sydney)
28 – Tom Lynch (Gold Coast)
23 – Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
22 – Jack Viney (Melbourne)
22 – Jack Ziebell (North Melbourne)
21 – Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
21 – Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
20 – Todd Goldstein (North Melbourne)
20 – Aaron Hall (Gold Coast)
19 – Matt Priddis (West Coast)