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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 Final

Votes by Match

Fri, September 20
Richmond
vs
Geelong Cats
Votes
Player (Club)
9
Tom Lynch (RICH)
8
Tim Kelly (GEEL)
6
Dion Prestia (RICH)
5
Bachar Houli (RICH)
1
Jake Kolodjashnij (GEEL)
1
Joel Selwood (GEEL)
Sat, September 21
Collingwood
vs
GWS Giants
Votes
Player (Club)
9
Zach Williams (GWS)
9
Nick Haynes (GWS)
5
Jeremy Howe (COLL)
3
Tim Taranto (GWS)
2
Sam Taylor (GWS)
1
Matthew De Boer (GWS)
1
Brodie Grundy (COLL)

Leaderboard

Leaderboard

Votes Player Club
13 Tim Taranto GWS
11 Joel Selwood GEEL
10 Jamie Cripps WCE
10 Toby Greene GWS
10 Jeremy Howe COLL
10 Stefan Martin BL
9 Shane Edwards RICH
9 Nick Haynes GWS
9 Tom Lynch RICH
9 Dustin Martin RICH
9 Luke Shuey WCE
9 Zach Williams GWS
8 Tim Kelly GEEL
8 Dion Prestia RICH
7 Patrick Dangerfield GEEL
7 Jacob Hopper GWS
6 Tom Hawkins GEEL
5 Bachar Houli RICH
5 Jake Kolodjashnij GEEL
5 Scott Pendlebury COLL