Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell has actually highlighted his Brownlow Medal favouritism with a comfy triumph in the AFL Players' Association most important gamer award.
Mitchell (773 votes) surveyed ahead of Carlton young weapon Patrick Cripps (529) and Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn (412) to declare the Leigh Matthews Trophy at an event in Melbourne on Thursday night.
Last year's winner Dustin Martin and Sydney super star Lance Franklin completed the leading 5 with gamers choosing shortlisted prospects on a 3-2-1 basis.
Mitchell balanced a league-high 35.7 disposals and 7.9 clearances per video game throughout the home-and-away season and ranked 3rd for objected to belongings.
The respected ball-winner is a $1.65 favourite for the Brownlow Medal with bookies Sportsbet ahead of Cripps, Gawn and Martin.
In each of the previous 3 years, the gamers' MVP has actually gone on to win the Brownlow.
Gawn previously today secured the other significant specific award when he was called the AFL coaches' gamer of the year.
Mitchell's remarkable ball-winning capability, finest shown by his AFL-record 54 touches versus Collingwood in round one, has actually triggered headaches for opposition coaches all season and need to play a huge part in Hawthorn's finals attack.
Debate has actually raved all season about Mitchell's “hurt aspect” so it was unsurprisingly pleasing for him to get the recommendation of his peers.
” If the gamers are voting on that it indicates a lot to me,” Mitchell stated.
” I attempt not to obtain captured excessive in the external sound of individuals's viewpoints and things like that. As long as I'm pleasing my colleagues and doing the important things that the group needs, that's exactly what I'm attempting to do every week.”
AFLPA president Patrick Dangerfield stated Mitchell had actually been a substantial consider Hawthorn's unanticipated rise into premiership contention.
” Tom has actually remained in uncommon touch this year, highlighted by his amazing capability to obtain from contest to contest and win a truckload of footy throughout the season,” Dangerfield stated.
” He might look like a simple figure off the field however he is as competitive as anybody on the park.”
Geelong's mature-aged feeling Tim Kelly was voted finest first-year gamer ahead of Collingwood's Rising Star preferred Jaidyn Stephenson.
Richmond premiership skipper Trent Cotchin was voted finest captain and GWS midfielder Callan Ward was identified as the AFL's a lot of bold gamer.
Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli was called captain of the under 22 group, making choice in the public-voted side for the 5th straight year.
AFL PLAYERS' ASSOCIATION MVP.* 1) Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn, 773 votes).* 2) Patrick Cripps (Carlton, 529).* 3) Max Gawn (Melbourne, 412).* 4) Dustin Martin (Richmond, 304).* 5) Lance Franklin (Sydney, 291)
BEST FIRST-YEAR PLAYER.* Tim Kelly (Geelong)
BEST CAPTAIN.* Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
MOST COURAGEOUS.* Callan Ward (GWS).
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