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April 10, 2017 5:18 PM

AFL 2017 Round 03 - Port Adelaide v Adelaide Crows

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Ollie Wines of the Power tackles Rory Sloane of the Crows during the 2017 AFL round 03 match between Port Adelaide Power and the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval on April 08, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

Rory Sloane has polled top votes from the coaches for his Showdown Medal-winning performance on Saturday night.

Don Pyke and Ken Hinkley agreed with the judges and awarded Sloane a perfect 10.

The Crows vice-captain amassed 31 possessions, including a personal best 24 contested possessions.

The highest-ranked player for the round according to Champion Data, Sloane recorded equal-game high tackles (nine) and clearances (eight), and also kicked a goal.

The All Australian and two-time Crows Club Champion sits level with Carlton captain Marc Murphy in eighth spot in the AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year award.

Skipper Taylor Walker was judged the next-best player on the ground in Showdown XLII.

Walker kicked four second-half goals, including the sealer from 70 metres out in the last quarter. He also took 10 marks.

Power onballer Ollie Wines received six votes after chalking up 30 disposals, nine inside 50ms, eight clearances, seven tackles and two goals. Wines is the outright leader of the AFLCA award with 24 votes after three rounds.

Crow Richard Douglas earned three votes in Adelaide's Showdown win. Douglas, who also posted career-best contested possession figures (19), finished with 29 touches, seven clearances and seven tackles.

Defender Kyle Hartigan was recognized for his role on Port Adelaide star Robbie Gray, collecting two votes. Impressive young Power backman Darcy Byrne-Jones received the remaining vote.  

Sloane was one of seven players to score a perfect 10 from the coaches in Round Three.

Greater Western Sydney onballer Josh Jelly, Brownlow Medal fancy Dustin Martin, Fremantle wingman Stephen Hill, St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt, comeback Sun David Swallow and Murphy all polled maximum votes.

Martin trails Wines by one vote on the overall leaderboard.

Port Adelaide v Adelaide
10 – Rory Sloane (Adel)
8 – Taylor Walker (Adel)
6 – Ollie Wines (Port)
3 – Richard Douglas (Adel)
2 – Kyle Hartigan (Adel)
1 – Darcy Byrne-Jones (Port)

AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Leaderboard
24 – Ollie Wines (Port)
23 – Dustin Martin (Rich)
19 – Patrick Dangerfield (Geel)
18 – Trent Cotchin (Rich)
18 – Zach Merrett (Ess)
18 – Joel Selwood (Geel)
17 – Clayton Oliver (Melb)
16 – Marc Murphy (Carl)
16 – Rory Sloane (Adel)
15 – Josh Kelly (GWS)
15 – Elliot Yeo (WC)

Crows Leaderboard
16 – Rory Sloane
10 – Sam Jacobs
10 – Rory Laird
8 – Taylor Walker
7 – Richard Douglas
6 – Charlie Cameron
4 – Rory Atkins
4 – Tom Lynch
3 – Matt Crouch
2 – Eddie Betts
2 – Kyle Hartigan
1 – Josh Jenkins