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Fremantle Dockers rising star Hayden Young’s perfect 10 game in drawn clash against Richmond at Marvel Stadium

Fremantle rising star Hayden Young’s career-best game against Richmond at Marvel Stadium on Friday night has been recognised with maximum coaches votes.

The third-year defender was given five votes from both Dockers coach Justin Longmuir and Tigers mentor Damien Hardwick after his 31-disposal, 14-mark performance in the thrilling drawn clash.

Votes are regularly dominated by midfielders and forwards but on this occasion, six of the eight players who received votes were defenders in a low-scoring affair.

Dockers key back Brennan Cox got four votes after keeping Toby Nankervis goalless and his rebounding teammate Jordan Clark got one.

Two Tigers stoppers, Robbie Tarrant and Nick Vlastuin, got four apiece and fellow back-six member Dylan Grimes one.

Tarrant kept dangerous Freo forward Matt Taberner to one goal for the match and none for the first three quarters.

Midfielders Caleb Serong and Dion Prestia got three votes apiece for Freo and Richmond respectively.

Longmuir spoke glowingly of the “mature” 21-year-old Young after the game.

“He’s been a really mature, reliable player for us all year. I thought he as superb today. I’m not sure how many games he is up to now but it is probably mid-high 20s but he plays so much above that,” he said.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 22: Hayden Young of the Dockers kicks the ball during the round 19 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium on July 22, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
Camera IconHayden Young was Fremantle’s best in their dramatic draw with Richmond on Friday night. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

“I thought him and Brennan Cox and (Alex) Pearce especially in the second half were really strong down there.

“They won the critical contest, which allowed us to go back at Richmond and buffer their momentum. So I can’t speak highly enough of Youngy, he’s tracking really well.”

Defender Tom Barrass was the only West Coast player among the votes in their loss to St Kilda at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

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