The season is nearing it’s end, and with that we thought we would look into the Zero Hanger crystal ball and predict your club’s Best and Fairest winner for 2017.
Rory Sloane’s brilliant start to 2017 will have him leading the count early, however, after being tagged out of some games will we see him maintain it? Matt Crouch and Rory Laird have continually put in good performances and could steal it in the later rounds.
Winner: Rory Sloane to hold on late.
A number of youngsters have stepped up this year for the Lions, however, expect some familiar names to challenge for the club’s top award. Zorko, Rockliff and Beams should all poll well, with one of them very likely to take out the award.
Winner: He has done some unbelievable things in 2017, so expect Dayne Zorko to claim the win.
It’s a battle of four for the Blues, with Sam Docherty, Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs, and Matthew Kreuzer all likely to contest the John Nicholls Medal. If Docherty were to claim the win it would be back-to-back best and fairest awards for the defender.
Winner: Tough call, but going with Bryce Gibbs in this one.
There are some familiar names in the running for Collingwood, with Treloar, Adams and Pendlebury expected to poll well. One who might surprise some is Jeremy Howe. The high-flyer is having an excellent year and could be an outside chance to finish in the top three or maybe even claim the award.
Winner: Should be an interesting battle, look for Taylor Adams to claim the win.
Winner: Best and fairests don’t always go to the star midfielders like the Brownlow does, so don’t be surprised if Michael Hurley ends up with the award.
Michael Walters’ injury may have very well derailed his chances of winning the Fremantle best and fairest. Nat Fyfe has played well without being spectacular, while Lachie Neale has continually put in good performances.
Winner: Lachie Neale’s consistency and durability should get him over the line.
Patrick Dangerfield is quite obviously the favourite, as he is expected to win the Brownlow as well. However, we have seen in previous years the two don’t always match up. As usual, Joel Selwood should get plenty of votes, while Mitch Duncan and Zac Tuohy are the roughies.
Winner: Patrick Dangerfield should definitely win.
A number of the top players at the Gold Coast Suns have missed games, which makes it very difficult to predict just who will win their best and fairest. Despite some injuries Gary Ablett may still have done enough to get over the line, putting in some stellar performances. Jarryd Lyons has also been impressive, but has missed their past few clashes. Jack Martin has played every game but may not have done enough.
Winner: Who knows who will take the win here, Gary Ablett is probably the safe bet despite injury trouble.
Early days it appeared as though Jeremy Cameron was going to take out the Kevin Sheedy Medal, however, after injury troubles, he has slipped out of contention. Josh Kelly has put in an excellent year, while Callan Ward’s consistency puts him right in the mix.
Winner: In what might come as a surprise, Callan Ward’s consistent performances could be enough to get him the medal.
Tom Mitchell is the clear favourite at this point as he is having a career best season. No other player has been quite as consistent as the midfielder, thus few should challenge him in the voting. Ryan Burton is one name who might find himself finishing inside the top three.
Winner: Tom Mitchell in a canter.
Jack Viney’s chances of claiming a second best and fairest in a row took a hit after missing a number of games. It opens the door for a bevvy of other players, with Clayton Oliver leading the pack. The youngster has had a brilliant year and could be in the box seat to claim the Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott Medal. Tom McDonald, Jeff Garlett and Michael Hibberd are a chance to pull a number of votes as well.
Winner: At the moment it’s Clayton Oliver’s to lose.
This is a difficult one, as no single player from North Melbourne has been the clear standout so far this season. Ben Cunnington would probably be the first name that would come to mind, while forward Ben Brown could also be a real chance. Robbie Tarrant has also been excellent down back, while Shaun Higgins has also impressed this season spending more time in the midfield.
Winner: It could be a Coleman Medal year for Ben Brown, look for him to storm home as an outsider.
Four players spring to mind when it comes to this race; Wines, Ryder, Ebert and Gray. Ruckman Ryder is the only one to have missed a game, while Brad Ebert has been a little inconsistent. It’s tough to split Wines and Gray as both have had brilliant years in different ways.
Winner: Ollie Wines to just scrape over the line.
This one is should really just be a formality. Dustin Martin is having a career best season and has been unbelievable for the Tigers in 2017. If an upset were to occur then look out for Trent Cotchin or Alex Rance, who have both turned in solid seasons. If you are looking for an outsider or someone who might surprise in the count, Kane Lambert could very well sneak into the top four.
Winner: Should be Dustin Martin ahead of the likes of Cotchin and Rance.
Winner: Expect a Seb Ross win.
It’s an interesting situation in Sydney with a number of players playing well at different times of the year. Luke Parker has been stellar in their recent run of form, while Lance Franklin has done some magical things. As always Josh Kennedy has worked hard and been in and under and had a terrific purple patch in the middle of year.
Winner: A tight contest, but Luke Parker looks likely.
It’s likely to be another tight contest in the battle for West Coast’s best and fairest. Andrew Gaff is the front-runner, while Elliot Yeo has had a break out year. Josh Kennedy would have been well and truly in the running if it not for his injury, while Shannon Hurn should again poll well.
Winner: Look for Elliot Yeo to claim the John Worsfold Medal.
It’s been a tough year for the Dogs, however, some players have managed to step up and perform. Instantly the mind goes straight to Marcus Bontempelli who is an elite player in the competition. However, this year could very well be Jack Macrae’s, as he has been consistent and had very few off games.
Winner: Despite only kicking two goals for the year, Jack Macrae may cause an upset here.