With the 2018 home-and-away season now over, clubs have started having their annual awards nights.
Who was the standout player for your club?
Running defender Rory Laird has claimed his first Malcolm Blight Medal, after being named Adelaide’s club champion on Friday night.
Laird polled in all 20 of his matches, and comfortably saw off midfielder Matt Crouch.
Josh Jenkins came in third, close behind Crouch.
Youngster Tom Doedee took home the Emerging Talent Award, while Richard Douglas was named the Best Team Man.
Malcolm Blight Medal top five
Rory Laird – 222
Matt Crouch – 166
Josh Jenkins – 162
Bryce Gibbs – 149
Hugh Greenwood – 140
Malcolm Blight Medal
Leading Goalkicker Award
Mark Bickley Emerging Talent Award
Players’ Trademark Award
Dr Brian Sando OAM Trophy
Members’ MVP Award
Crows Children’s Foundation Community Leadership Award
Phil Walsh Best Team Man Award
State League Club Champion
Dean Bailey Award
Dayne Zorko has edged out Dayne Beams to become the second man in the Lions’ history to claim four-straight Merrett-Murray Medals.
In what was also the closest count in the club’s history, Zorko won by a single vote, while Stefan Martin was just eight votes behind in third place.
Alex Witherden was rewarded Rookie of the Year for his outstanding season, while Harris Andrews and Darcy Gardiner also received awards for their professionalism and competitiveness.
Merrett-Murray Medal top five
Dayne Zorko – 250
Dayne Beams – 249
Stefan Martin – 242
Darcy Gardiner – 228
Harris Andrews – 208
Rookie of the Year
Marcus Ashcroft Most Professional Player Award
Shaun Hart Trademark Player of the Year
Neville Fallon Award for the Reserves Best and Fairest
Ryan Bastinac, Claye Beams, Ben Keays and Corey Lyons
Murray Johnson Volunteer of the Year Award
Jarrod Harbow has earned his maiden best and fairest award, taking out the Gold Coast’s Club Champion.
Harbow breezed home with 390 votes, ahead of Touk Miller in second place with 351 votes, and Lachie Weller, who rounded out the top three with 336 votes.
It was a big night for Harbow, who was also awarded the Players’ player and Community Award.
Alex Sexton was honoured with the Most Improved Award for his emergence up forward this season.
Club Champion top five
Jarrod Harbow – 390
Touk Miller – 351
Lachie Weller – 336
Rory Thompson – 316
Alex Sexton – 303
HOSTPLUS Most Proffesional
Flastoplast Most Improved
NEAFL Player of the Year
Academy Player of the Year
Player of the Winter Series
Emerging Player of the Winter Series