Throughout the 2017 AFL Finals series, the AFLCA will shine a spotlight on the most outstanding players of each week.
Week two of the 2017 AFL Finals series saw the Swans’ superb run of form come to an abrupt end at the hands of Geelong, while GWS proved too strong for West Coast. Patrick Dangerfield and Stephen Coniglio were vital for their sides, earning 10 and eight votes respectively from the coaches.
Dangerfield once again showed his versatility and his ability to dominate a game, starring at full forward for the Cats in their 59-point drubbing of the Sydney Swans. Dangerfield kicked four goals, to go along with 26 disposals and eight marks to help book Geelong a preliminary final date with his former side, the Adelaide Crows.
Coniglio showed no signs of the ankle injury that has troubled him for much of the 2017 season, with the inside midfielder proving to be a class above in the Giants’ 67-point win over the West Coast Eagles. Coniglio had 35 disposals, eight clearances, seven tackles and kicked a goal to launch the Giants into their second consecutive preliminary final.
Votes for the Gary Ayres Award are issued after every game of the AFL Finals series by the competing coaches, with each coach providing their 5-4-3-2-1 for the match. The award was first introduced by the AFLCA for the 2016 season, and is named in honour of one of the game’s great finals players.
A summary of the 2017 AFLCA Gary Ayres Award votes from week two of the AFL finals can be seen below: