This Friday night sees the vote-count for the Una Paisley and Jack Ryder Medals for 2016-17.
These prestigious awards, for the players of the season in Men's and Women's Premier Cricket, are wide open for 2016-17 and, although the season stats can provide a good guide, it all boils down to how the umpires rated the various innings and bowling spells. Was it a "stand-out" performance? What other performances warranted votes in a particular match?
The past five Ryder Medallists have been all-rounders. Based on stats, those in contention appear to be:
Camb Magpies: Matt Whittaker, Brendan Drew, Will Walker.
Carlton: Ryan Sidebottom, Tom Smyth.
Casey-SM: Brendan Rose, Lachlan Sperling.
Dandenong: James Pattinson, Lincoln Edwards.
Essendon: Michael Hill, James Lidgett.
Fitz Donc: Trent Lawford, Lloyd Mash, Tim Sheehan.
Foot Edge: Dean Russ, Dylan Kight, Lucas Dredge.
Frank Pen: Matt Gapes, Luke Walker.
Geelong: Eamonn Vines, Brenton McDonald.
Green Kang: Sunam Gautam, Kyle Adams.
King Haw: James Miller, Alex Hughes, Ben Slater.
Melbourne: Matt Brown, Seb Gotch, Meyrick Buchanan.
Melb Uni: James McNeil, Isaiah Borgas.
Monash Tigers: Sam Taylor, Dan Sartori, Allan Wise.
Northcote: Steven Taylor, Joel Hamilton.
Prahran: Adam Bull, Travis Jackson.
Ringwood: David King, Ian Holland.
St Kilda: Josh Manning, Henry Hall.
Men's Premier Runscorers
Runs Ave Player Club
944 52.44 Brown, Matthew Melb
870 51.18 Vines, Eamonn Geel
701 63.73 Russ, Dean F-Edge
693 38.50 Sartori, Dan Rich
684 40.24 Gapes, Matthew F-Pen
680 48.57 Mash, Lloyd F-Donc
662 44.13 Smyth, Thomas Carl
631 42.07 Buchanan, Meyrick Melb
629 41.93 King, David A Ring
626 48.15 Hill, Michael Ess
Men's Premier Wicket-takersRecent Ryder winners:2005-06 (tie) Michael Allen (Carlton)
Wkts Ave Player Club
45 15.91 Whittaker, Matthew J C-Mag
45 18.09 Sidebottom, Ryan N Carl
39 18.92 Rose, Brendan A C-SM
39 18.97 Lawford, Trent F-Donc
37 18.97 Wise, Allan B Rich
35 17.06 Drew, Brendan G C-Mag
34 22.03 Hamilton, Joel A Ncte
34 25.09 Smith, Patrick J Melb
34 26.97 Hart, Jeremy W F-Edge
33 15.00 Winter-Irving, Hamish F-Edge
33 21.21 Russ, Thomas V C-Mag
Graeme Rummans (St Kilda)
2006-07 Graeme Rummans (St Kilda)
2007-08 Steven Spoljaric (Haw-MU)
2008-09 Gareth Cross (St Kilda)
2009-10 Graeme Rummans (St Kilda)
2010-11 Theo Doropoulos (Northcote)
2011-12 Clive Rose (Casey-SM)
2012-13 Brenton McDonald (Melbourne)
2013-14 James Miller (Prahran)
2014-15 Ian Holland (Ringwood)
2015-16 Steven Taylor (Northcote)