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Gary Ayres Award (Best Finals Player)

The Gary Ayres Award is presented in recognition of the player who has been adjudged as the best player throughout the AFL Finals series, as voted by the Coaches on a weekly basis throughout the duration of the AFL Finals Series. 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.

ABOUT GARY AYRES

Gary Ayres was a member of 5 Hawthorn premiership teams – 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, and 1991 and is a two time Norm Smith Medallist, adjudged best on ground in 1986 and 1988.

Ayres coached 223 AFL games between 1995 and 2004: 116 with Geelong and 107 with Adelaide.

2018 2019

Preliminary Finals

Votes by Match

Fri, September 21
Richmond
vs
Collingwood
Votes
Player (Club)
8
Steele Sidebottom (COLL)
7
Mason Cox (COLL)
7
Taylor Adams (COLL)
5
Brodie Grundy (COLL)
3
Jack Riewoldt (RICH)
Sat, September 22
West Coast Eagles
vs
Melbourne
Votes
Player (Club)
10
Jack Redden (WCE)
6
Jamie Cripps (WCE)
6
Josh Kennedy (WCE)
6
Shannon Hurn (WCE)
1
Scott Lycett (WCE)
1
Jack Darling (WCE)

Leaderboard

Leaderboard

Votes Player Club
23 Steele Sidebottom COLL
17 Jack Redden WCE
12 Taylor Adams COLL
10 Dylan Grimes RICH
10 Jack Viney MELB
10 Elliot Yeo WCE
9 Toby Greene GWS
9 Tom McDonald MELB
9 Sam Weideman MELB
8 Phil Davis GWS
8 James Harmes MELB
8 Brayden Maynard COLL
7 Mason Cox COLL
7 Dustin Martin RICH
7 Callan Ward GWS
6 Jamie Cripps WCE
6 Jack Gunston HAW
6 Shannon Hurn WCE
6 Neville Jetta MELB
6 Josh Kennedy WCE