Best Defender

Best defender

  • Andrews

    Votes: 57 39.9%
  • Grimes

    Votes: 35 24.5%
  • Mcgovern

    Votes: 21 14.7%
  • Rampe

    Votes: 10 7.0%
  • Jonas

    Votes: 2 1.4%
  • Stewart

    Votes: 7 4.9%
  • Haynes

    Votes: 1 0.7%
  • Moore

    Votes: 2 1.4%
  • Vlaustin

    Votes: 2 1.4%
  • May

    Votes: 6 4.2%

  • Total voters
    143

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Yojimbo

Brownlow Medallist
Nov 14, 2012
10,787
9,606
The "Elephant" in the room.
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
There is no one size fits all answer to who is the best defender as there is so little true one on one defense these days and a lot of playing with extra numbers back. Andrews, Weitering and Grimes for discipline, May and Collins for involvement, Ridley, Haynes, McGovern, Vlastuin and Stewart for intercept. Howe, Crisp, Ryan,Sheppard, Sicily, McDonald, McKenzie, Balta, Coffield, Rampe, Williams and Crozier as the mark and move kickers. Apologies to the little men, but i hate typing too many names.
 

Tackle Bag

All Australian
Dec 5, 2017
728
1,394
AFL Club
Richmond
If you had to choose one to play on all sorts of opponents you can‘t pass up Grimes. Can play tall and small, can play the intercept role, can play one on one and is very good at reading play to peel off and be third man up. He’s the most well rounded defender in the game.
 

Sonny Bonds

All Australian
Jul 21, 2019
692
856
Lytton
AFL Club
Melbourne
If you had to choose one to play on all sorts of opponents you can‘t pass up Grimes. Can play tall and small, can play the intercept role, can play one on one and is very good at reading play to peel off and be third man up. He’s the most well rounded defender in the game.
Spot on. Good bloke all round too. Same as his brother Jack. Hope his Mt Macedon Winery keeps delivering after retirement.
 

The 747

Brownlow Medallist
Jan 19, 2008
16,867
19,787
Melbourne
AFL Club
Geelong
For impact on game Harris Andrews by a fair way. He controls the air, haven't seen many backmen do it as effectively as he does.

Others are better kicks, better rebounds, more versatile, more Richmond etc....
 

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owen87

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 23, 2016
7,695
9,970
AFL Club
Essendon
McGovern single handedly forced teams playing West Coast to change how they played them for a couple of seasons.

Andrews’ seems well on the way to achieving the same at Brisbane.
 

Grrr

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 16, 2009
6,189
13,103
mildura
AFL Club
Richmond
Grimes, Andrews and McGovern, maybe in that order. Grimes because he is so versatile, (although didn't have such a great year as previous few). Andrews because he is so good at defending in the air and MCGovern because he controls the area so well and actually takes marks, contested and 3rd man up.
 

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