AFL Best and Fairest winners 2017: Who won your team’s club champion award?

BEST and Fairest season has finished, with every AFL team crowning their club champions from the 2017 campaign.

Here is every winner from all 18 clubs, including the top 10 leaderboards.

ADELAIDE

Matt Crouch became the second-youngest winner of the Malcolm Blight Medal as the resounding winner, some 62 votes ahead of Rory Sloane. The 22-year-old had an outstanding 2017, earning All-Australian honours in a year he emerged as one of the competition’s most dominant ball winners. Crouch also took out the 19th Man Award, as voted by Crows members.

AWARD

Malcolm Blight Medal

DATE

October 6

HOW IT’S WON

Five coaches rate each player from 0-4 in each match.

MOST WINS

Simon Goodwin, Andrew McLeod, Mark Ricciuto (3)

THE TOP 10

1. Matt Crouch (315 votes)

2. Rory Sloane (253)

3. Rory Laird (226)

4. Sam Jacobs (224)

5. Richard Douglas (219)

6. Taylor Walker (211)

7. Tom Lynch (203)

=8. Brad Crouch and Brodie Smith (194)

10. Eddie Betts (187)

BRISBANE

Dayne Zorko joined the likes of Simon Black, Jonathan Brown and Michael Voss in claiming his third Brisbane best and fairest. An All-Australian for the first time this year, Zorko averaged 25 disposals and kicked 34 goals from 21 games. He ranked top five in the competition for tackles and metres gained, while he was in the top 20 for clearances.

AWARD

Merrett-Murray Medal

DATE

September 1

HOW IT’S WON

The senior coach and his assistants score players based on their overall performance, influence on the game, team contribution and compliance with team values. The most votes a player can receive in a single game is 12.

MOST WINS

Simon Black, Jonathan Brown, Michael Voss (3)

THE TOP 10

1. Dayne Zorko (277 votes)

2. Dayne Beams (224)

3. Tom Rockliff (214)

4. Stefan Martin (202)

5. Sam Mayes (200)

6. Daniel Rich (199)

7. Lewis Taylor (197)

8. Harris Andrews (180)

9. Ryan Lester (177)

10. Darcy Gardiner (143)

10. Eric Hipwood (143)

CARLTON

Marc Murphy claimed his second John Nicholls Medal in a tight race between the midfielder, defender Sam Docherty and ruckman Matthew Kreuzer. Murphy was one of seven Blues to play every game in 2017 leading the club for disposals, contested possessions, score involvements and inside 50s.

AWARD

John Nicholls Medal

DATE

September 22

HOW IT’S WON

The senior coach and three assistants gives votes to as many players as they like on a 1-16 scale from each match.

MOST WINS

John Nicholls (5)

THE TOP 10

1. Marc Murphy (174 votes)

2. Sam Docherty (169)

3. Matthew Kreuzer (164)

4. Bryce Gibbs (130)

5. Kade Simpson (103)

6. Matthew Wright (96)

7. Lachie Plowman (95)

8. Patrick Cripps (92)

9. Liam Jones (84)

10. Charlie Curnow (81)

COLLINGWOOD

Steele Sidebottom claimed his first E.W Copeland Trophy, after placing in the top-five in the club’s best and fairest over the past five seasons. The silky midfielder narrowly pipped Taylor Adams by one vote, with his consistency of performance paying off. Sidebottom was awarded votes from the coaching panel in every match barring four.

AWARD

Copeland Trophy

DATE

October 6

HOW IT’S WON

The five members of the coaching panel award up to 22 votes for each game, with no minimum votes for any player. If two players are tied at the end of the season, the player with the highest average votes-per-game is awarded the winner. If they are still tied, the player with the highest number of ‘high value’ votes is awarded the winner.

MOST WINS

Nathan Buckley (6)

THE TOP 10

1. Steele Sidebottom (140 votes)

2. Taylor Adams (139)

3. Adam Treloar (112)

4. Jeremy Howe (111)

5. Brodie Grundy (92)

6. Scott Pendlebury (91)

7. Jack Crisp (91)

8. Brayden Maynard (79)

9. Jamie Elliott (69)

10. Will Hoskin-Elliott (69)

ESSENDON

The Daniher family has another Crichton Medal after Joe followed in the footsteps of uncles Neale and Terry to win Essendon’s best and fairest. A surprising quinella saw Daniher beat out Brendon Goddard for the title, with Dyson Heppell third and Zach Merrett down in fourth.

AWARD

Chrichton Medal

DATE

October 5

HOW IT’S WON

Each of the five members of the match committee give votes on an 0-5 scale for every player in each match.

MOST WINS

Bill Hutchison, Dick Reynolds (7)

THE TOP 10

1. Joe Daniher (451 votes)

2. Brendon Goddard (441)

3. Dyson Heppell (440)

4. Zach Merrett (439)

5. David Zaharakis (412)

6. Michael Hurley (395)

7. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (86)

8. Orazio Fantasia (354)

9. Cale Hooker (351)

10. James Kelly (344)

FREMANTLE

Bradley Hill became the first Docker since Troy Cook in 2000 to win the club’s best and fairest in his first season at the club. The former Hawk polled in 18 of 22 matches to take out the award in front of fellow midfielders Lachie Neale and Nat Fyfe.

AWARD

Doig Medal

DATE

October 7

HOW IT’S WON

The five members of the coaching staff each award players votes from 0-5 in each match.

MOST WINS

Matthew Pavlich (6)

THE TOP 10

1. Bradley Hill (158 votes)

2. Lachie Neale (135)

3. Nat Fyfe (132)

4. David Mundy (128)

5. Michael Walters (123)

6. Joel Hamling (119)

7. Michael Johnson (110)

8. Connor Blakely (92)

9. Stephen Hill (88)

10. Shane Kersten (63)

GEELONG

Patrick Dangerfield made it two from two at the Cattery, claiming a second straight Carji Greeves Medal. The runner-up in the Brownlow Medal (although ineligible) comfortably won from breakout midfielder Mitch Duncan and recruit Zach Tuohy. Joel Selwood was fourth after keeping up with Dangerfield when not injured, while mature-aged recruit Tom Stewart was a revelation to finish fifth.

AWARD

Carji Greeves Medal

DATE

October 5

HOW IT’S WON

The coach, director of coaching and the assistant coaches rate each player out of 15 after every game. The combined votes are averaged to give a final score for that game. To ensure players are not disadvantaged by injury, only a player’s highest scoring 21 games count.

MOST WINS

Dick Grigg, Garry Hocking (4)

THE TOP 10

1. Patrick Dangerfield (240 votes)

2. Mitch Duncan (225.5)

3. Zach Tuohy (219.5)

4. Joel Selwood (213.5)

5. Tom Stewart (195)

6. Sam Menegola (194)

7. Lachie Henderson (190)

8. Zac Smith (188)

9. Jed Bews (187)

10. Harry Taylor (186.5)

GOLD COAST

Gary Ablett claimed his fourth club champion award, despite playing just 14 games for the season. Having endured hamstring issues and ongoing speculation about his future throughout the year, the midfielder averaged 33 disposals and 7.7 clearances per game to claim the award. It’s his fourth Suns best and fairest and his sixth overall.

AWARD

Gold Coast Suns Club Champion

DATE

September 2

HOW IT’S WON

The senior coach and four assistants can award 0-5 votes to an unlimited number of players in each match.

MOST WINS

Gary Ablett (3)

THE TOP 10

1. Gary Ablett (126 votes)

2. David Swallow (106)

3. Jack Martin (104)

4. Tom Lynch (101)

5. Aaron Hall (97)

6. Jarryd Lyons (91)

7. Jarrod Harbrow (79)

8. Touk Miller (70)

9. Steven May (66)

10. Adam Saad (64)

GWS GIANTS

Josh Kelly capped off a stunning breakout season by claiming his first club best and fairest at the Giants. The All-Australian midfielder led the count after Round 12 and never relinquished his lead, finishing 26 votes ahead of the next best in Callan Ward. Kelly averaged just shy of 30 possessions per game and kicked 19 goals in just his fourth AFL season.

AWARD

Kevin Sheedy Medal

DATE

October 6

HOW IT’S WON

The senior coach and up to four assistants award up to four votes to a player after each match.

MOST WINS

Callan Ward, Jeremy Cameron, Shane Mumford, Heath Shaw, Toby Greene, Josh Kelly (1)

THE TOP 10

1. Josh Kelly (198 votes)

2. Callan Ward (172)

3. Phil Davis (153)

4. Dylan Shiel (152)

5. Tom Scully (137)

6. Zac Williams (134)

7. Jeremy Cameron (131)

8. Toby Greene (130)

9. Heath Shaw (114)

10. Lachie Whitfield (112)

HAWTHORN

Tom Mitchell’s record-breaking season culminated in his first Peter Crimmins Medal. The boom recruit was the runaway winner on 192 votes, ahead of Ben McEvoy (138) and Luke Hodge (131). Mitchell, who moved from Sydney at the end of last season, played every match in 2017, averaging 34.8 possessions per game.

AWARD

Peter Crimmins Medal

DATE

October 7

HOW IT’S WON

The four members of the coaching panel award votes after each game. A maximum of 16 votes can be accumulated by a player in each game.

MOST WINS

Leigh Matthews (8)

THE TOP 10

1. Tom Mitchell (192 votes)

2. Ben McEvoy (138)

3. Luke Hodge (131)

4. Ryan Burton (117)

5. Isaac Smith (111)

6. Jarryd Roughead (107)

7. Jack Gunston (104)

7. James Sicily (104)

9. Shaun Burgoyne (100)

10. Liam Shiels (91)

MELBOURNE

YOUNG bull midfielder Clayton Oliver took out the Demons’ club champion award by a mile on Monday night, polling 530 votes to finish 184 clear of fellow on-baller Jack Viney. Veteran duo Nathan Jones and Jordan Lewis finished equal-third while fan favourite Neville Jetta rounded out the top five. Oliver’s best and fairest further emphasises how much of a surprise it was that he wasn’t selected in the original 40-man All-Australian squad after finishing in the top 10 for average disposals, tackles, contested possessions and clearances.

AWARD

Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott Trophy

DATE

October 9

HOW IT’S WON

The four members of the match committee each give a player a ranking out of 10 after each match.

MOST WINS

Allan La Fontaine, Jim Stynes (4)

THE TOP 10

1. Clayton Oliver (530 votes)

2. Jack Viney (346)

=3. Nathan Jones and Jordan Lewis (327)

5. Neville Jetta (321)

6. Michael Hibberd (318)

7. Christian Petracca (302)

8. Jeff Garlett (284)

9. Tom McDonald (278)

10. Dom Tyson (275)

NORTH MELBOURNE

Shaun Higgins won his first Syd Barker Medal in a tight race ahead of fellow midfielder Ben Cunnington and forward Ben Brown. The former Higgins produced a career-best season with his best ever averages in disposals (23.5) and tackles (five). He also avoided the injury issues that limited him to just nine games in 2016.

AWARD

Syd Barker Medal

DATE

September 15

HOW IT’S WON

Players earn up to 20 votes in a match, with votes from their best 20 games and finals counting towards their final total.

MOST WINS

Brent Harvey (5)

THE TOP 10

1. Shaun Higgins (217 votes)

2. Ben Cunnington (211)

3. Ben Brown (209)

4. Robbie Tarrant (204)

5. Luke McDonald (192)

6. Jack Ziebell (161)

6. Sam Gibson (161)

8. Taylor Garner (134)

9. Scott Thompson (126)

10. Shaun Atley (125)

PORT ADELAIDE

Paddy Ryder was crowned Port Adelaide’s best and fairest player in a stunning return season that also saw him claim All-Australian honours. The ruckman polled votes in 21 of 22 matches in a season in which his incredible ruckwork stood out, as epitomised by his winning tap to Robbie Gray against St Kilda in Round 19.

AWARD

John Cahill Medal

DATE

October 6

HOW IT’S WON

Each member of the senior coaching panel awards votes to every player on an 0-5 basis after each match.

MOST WINS

Russell Ebert (6)

THE TOP 10

1. Paddy Ryder (241 votes)

2. Charlie Dixon (234)

3. Tom Jonas (203)

4. Robbie Gray (202)

5. Brad Ebert (190)

6. Ollie Wines (184)

7. Sam Gray (171)

8. Chad Wingard (166)

9. Travis Boak (152)

10. Justin Westhoff (145)

RICHMOND

Dustin Martin capped off his perfect 2017 campaign with one more individual honour, taking out Richmond’s best and fairest award — seven days after winning the Brownlow Medal and two days after claiming a Norm Smith medal in a premiership victory. Martin won back-to-back Jack Dyer medals to finish nine votes ahead of All-Australian captain Alex Rance, while Kane Lambert’s AFL journey took another remarkable leap forward by finishing third.

AWARD

Jack Dyer Medal

DATE

October 2

HOW IT’S WON

Each player receives a rating of 0-5 in each game from the match committee, who vote as a unit.

MOST WINS

Jack Dyer (6)

THE TOP 10

1. Dustin Martin (89 votes)

2. Alex Rance (80)

3. Kane Lambert (76)

4. Trent Cotchin (73)

5. Dylan Grimes (69)

6. Shaun Grigg (58)

7. Jack Riewoldt (57)

8. Bachar Houli (56)

8. Dan Butler (56)

10. Dion Prestia (52)

ST KILDA

Sebastian Ross has confirmed his emergence as one of St Kilda’s most important ball winners, after claiming his first club best and fairest. Ross polled votes in all but two matches, emphasising his consistent season in which he was included in the 40-man All-Australian squad.

AWARD

Trevor Barker Medal

DATE

October 6

HOW IT’S WON

The five members of the coaching panel each give votes to as many or as few players as they see fit after every game on the following system: One vote; played role effectively. Two votes; among the team’s best. Three votes; among the very best on the ground. Four votes; an exceptionally outstanding game.

MOST WINS

Nick Riewoldt (6)

THE TOP 10

1. Sebastian Ross (159 votes)

2. Dylan Roberton (124)

3. Jarryn Geary (121)

4. Jake Carlisle (119)

5. Jack Billings (110)

6. Jack Steven (108)

7. Jimmy Webster (88)

8. Jack Newnes (83)

9. Jade Gresham (81)

10. Nathan Brown (78)

SYDNEY

For the second time in his career Luke Parker has taken out Sydney’s club best and fairest. The dynamic midfielder also claimed the award in 2014. Parker averaged 25 disposals, six tackles, six clearances and just under a goal per game to edge out superstar Lance Franklin and Jake Lloyd for the 2017 accolade. Parker joins an elite group of Swans to have claimed the best and fairest more than once, including Bob Skilton, Peter Bedford, Paul Kelly, Adam Goodes, Jarrad McVeigh and Josh Kennedy.

AWARD

Bob Skilton Medal

DATE

October 6

HOW IT’S WON

The five match committee members allocate up to 10 votes for as many players as they see fit after each match.

MOST WINS

Bob Skilton (9)

THE TOP 10

1. Luke Parker (696 votes)

2. Lance Franklin (650)

2. Jake Lloyd (650)

4. Josh Kennedy (580)

5. George Hewett (571)

6. Heath Grundy (569)

7. Tom Papley (556)

8. Dan Hannebery (546)

9. Zak Jones (543)

10. Isaac Heeney (518)

WEST COAST

Elliot Yeo took home West Coast’s best and fairest, narrowly edging out All-Australian swingman Jeremy McGovern. Yeo, who responded in the best possible fashion from a disappointing 2016, had an outstanding season, averaging 23.1 disposals, seven marks and 452 metres gained per match.

AWARD

John Worsfold Medal

DATE

October 6

HOW IT’S WON

The five members of the match committee each rate every player on a scale of 1-3 after every match.

MOST WINS

Ben Cousins, Glen Jakovich (4)

THE TOP 10

1. Elliot Yeo (197 votes)

2. Jeremy McGovern (191)

3. Luke Shuey (180)

4. Shannon Hurn (170)

5. Josh Kennedy (166)

6. Andrew Gaff (158)

7. Jack Darling (140)

8. Sam Mitchell (134)

9. Matthew Priddis (125)

10. Brad Sheppard (120)

WESTERN BULLDOGS

Marcus Bontempelli claimed his second successive Western Bulldogs best and fairest, coming in just ahead of defender Jason Johannisen and fellow midfielder Jack Macrae. Bontempelli was as classy as ever for the Dogs this season, averaging 23 disposals and ranking inside the top 20 in the competition for both tackles and contested possessions.

AWARD

Charles Sutton Medal

DATE

October 4

HOW IT’S WON

The senior coach and his four assistants can award up to five votes to any player in each game.

MOST WINS

Scott West (7)

THE TOP 10

1. Marcus Bontempelli (185 votes)

2. Jason Johannisen (184)

3. Jack Macrae (155)

4. Easton Wood (138)

5. Caleb Daniel (134)

6. Lachie Hunter (125)

7. Matt Suckling (119)

7. Zaine Cordy (119)

9. Shane Biggs (95)

10. Liam Picken (85)

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