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The top 7 players from opening finals weekend


Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd has handed out his votes for the first week of AFL finals.

On Sportsday, the former Bombers full-forward rated the top seven players from across the two Qualifying Finals and two Elimination Finals from 7 through 1.

Lloyd will be keeping a tally of his votes before crowning the winner of the self-proclaimed ‘Matthew Lloyd Medal’.

Week 1 votes:

7. Clayton Oliver

“Arguably the best player in the game at the moment, C.Oliver.”

6. Christian Petracca

5. Travis Boak
Port Adelaide

“He ran like a 23-year-old.”

4. Isaac Heeney

“Four votes in a losing side, nearly won them the game.”

3. Aliir Aliir
Port Adelaide

“I thought he spooked the Geelong Football Club by quarter-time with how good he was.”

2. Tom Liberatore
Western Bulldogs

“Back in town.

“I think that’s the problem, Essendon don’t have a hard tag, Ben Rutten doesn’t like to do that and he got off the chain.”

1. Cody Weightman
Western Bulldogs

Meanwhile, voting for the AFLCA’s Gary Ayres Award for Best Finals Player also kicked off on the weekend.

Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver leads the way on 10 votes alongside Sydney’s Isaac Heeney, who will take no further part in the finals series.

Port Adelaide’s Travis Boak polled nine votes in week 1 with Western Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore (7), Demons star Christian Petracca (7) and Port on-baller Ollie Wines (7) making up the top six.

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