Steele-y eyed Magpie leads finals best and fairest
A PERFECT 10 has sent Collingwood vice-captain Steele Sidebottom to the top of the Gary Ayres Medal leaderboard.
The All-Australian winger scored top marks from Nathan Buckley and Leon Cameron in the Magpies' semi-final win over GWS last Saturday.
Brayden Maynard scored four votes from both coaches for his stopping role on Giants forward Toby Greene.
Melbourne co-captain Jack Viney also scooped a perfect 10 for his performance in the Demons' win over Hawthorn.
Sidebottom takes a five-vote lead into preliminary final week, ahead of Viney, Richmond's Dylan Grimes and Eagle Elliot Yeo.
Named after Hawthorn legend Gary Ayres, the medal is bestowed upon the player awarded the most votes by the coaches, on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, across the finals series.
In the first week of the finals, Dustin Martin - last year's Ayres Medal winner - had everyone in raptures, with his miraculous goal the cream on a brilliant game.
He was universally acknowledged as best-on-ground for his 29 possessions but the coaches saw it differently.
Damien Hardwick and Alastair Clarkson both gave Richmond defender Dylan Grimes the maximum five votes.
Grimes had 12 touches which included three intercept marks while also keeping a clean sheet against a number of oppponents, mainly Paul Puopolo.
Martin was awarded seven votes, Daniel Rioli and Dion Prestia four each, Hawthorn's Tom Mitchell was next on three with Kamdyn McIntosh two.
The other player to get the full 10 votes that weekend was West Coast's Elliott Yeo while GWS star Toby Greene pipped his captain Phil Davis in the elimination final, getting nine votes.
Melbourne youngster Sam Weideman also got nine votes for his Friday night heroics to edge teammate James Harmes.
Swan Josh Kennedy (2016) was the inaugural winner of the award.