Published on December 11, 2018 6:27 am

L-R: Mack Rivett (Port Melbourne), Aaron Heppell (Essendon) and Andrew Moore (Box Hill Hawks)

2018 VFL B&F winners

Mark Koelmeyer takes a look at the Peter Jackson VFL’s club best-and-fairest winners for the 2018 season.

 

BOX HILL HAWKS

  1. Andrew Moore (83)
  2. Will Hams (79)
  3. James Cousins/Marc Pittonet (72)

27-year-old Moore capped off a decorated 2018 season in which he captained the Hawks to the VFL premiership by claiming the Col Austen Trophy. In his first season as Box Hill skipper, the former Port Adelaide and Richmond AFL inside midfielder averaged 26 disposals, six clearances and five tackles per game across 17 matches.

 

CASEY DEMONS

  1. Corey Wagner
  2. Jay Lockhart
  3. Cameron Pedersen

The Demons may have lost the VFL Grand Final but 21-year-old Wagner finished his own season on a high by winning Casey’s best-and-fairest award and subsequently agreeing to sign with Melbourne in the AFL Supplemental Selection Period. The ex-North Melbourne AFL-lister averaged 20 disposals and eight tackles per game in 21 matches as a midfielder/forward in 2018, also earning VFL Team of the Year honours.

 

COBURG

  1. Lochlan Dickson/Marcus Lentini (96)
  2. Ryan Exon (95)
  3. Nick Mellington (84)

Dickson and Lentini shared the Jim Sullivan Medal following superb first seasons at the Lions. 24-year-old Dickson emerged as one of the VFL’s most reliable defenders, averaging 21 disposals, five marks and four rebound-50s per game across 18 matches, while 19-year-old Lentini gathered an equal-competition-high 509 disposals in 18 appearances at an average of 28 per game to earn selection in the VFL Team of the Year.

 

COLLINGWOOD

  1. Marty Hore (110)
  2. Jarryd Blair (62)
  3. Lachlan Tardrew (60)

After winning the Joseph Wren Trophy and making the VFL Team of the Year in 2017, 22-year-old Hore replicated both feats in 2018 and was subsequently selected by Melbourne in the recent AFL Draft. The versatile defender played 17 matches for the VFL Magpies this year, averaging 21 disposals, seven marks and six-rebound 50s per game.

 

ESSENDON

  1. Aaron Heppell (290)
  2. Nick Hind (251)
  3. Dylan Clarke (249)

23-year-old Heppell this year replicated his feats of 2016, winning both the R.A. Freeman Medal for Essendon’s VFL best and fairest and making the VFL Team of the Year. The club’s vice-captain and brother of Bombers AFL captain Dyson Heppell played a variety of roles this season, averaging 20 disposals, five tackles and four clearances in 18 games.

 

FOOTSCRAY

  1. Will Hayes (385.5)
  2. Fletcher Roberts (224.5)
  3. Angus Monfries (218)

23-year-old Hayes was a comprehensive winner of the Charles Sutton Medal and was rewarded with selection by the Western Bulldogs in the recent AFL Draft. Completing the transition from dangerous forward to game-breaking midfielder this season, he averaged 26 disposals, five tackles and four clearances per game in 18 matches to also be named in the VFL Team of the Year.

 

FRANKSTON

  1. Lewis Pierce (199)
  2. Will Fordham (176)
  3. Corey Rich (138)

St Kilda AFL-listed 24-year-old Pierce relished being given the no.1 big-man role at Frankston, enjoying a dominant season in the ruck in which he averaged 14 disposals, 42 hitouts and four clearances per game across 13 matches.

 

GEELONG

  1. Tom Atkins (413)
  2. Timm House (345)
  3. James Tsitas (341)

23-year-old Atkins earned a spot on Geelong’s AFL list at the recent Rookie Draft after claiming his second VFL best-and-fairest award – the other coming in 2016. The hard-nut midfielder and Cats VFL skipper played all 20 matches this season, averaging 22 disposals, nine tackles – topping the VFL for total tackles – and five clearances per game to be named captain of the VFL Team of the Year.

 

NORTHERN BLUES

  1. Tom Wilson (85)
  2. Sam Fisher (81)
  3. Josh Hill (75)

Consistent inside midfielder Wilson this season won his third Laurie Hill Trophy at just 26 years of age. In his third campaign as Blues VFL captain, he averaged 26 disposals, seven clearances and five inside-50s per game across 17 matches to again help carry Northern’s on-ball division.

 

NORTH MELBOURNE

  1. Nick Rippon
  2. Chris Jansen
  3. Ben McKay

24-year-old tough midfielder Rippon took home the inaugural John Law Medal in North Melbourne’s first VFL season. The 2015 J.J. Liston Trophy winner (while at North Ballarat) averaged 23 disposals, six clearances and five tackles per game in 17 VFL matches for the Kangaroos this year.

 

PORT MELBOURNE

  1. Mack Rivett (126)
  2. Tom O’Sullivan (120)
  3. Eli Templeton (115)

22-year-old Rivett took home the Borough’s Jack McFarlane Medal ahead of some particularly accomplished teammates following a breakout season as a midfielder who revels in the contests. In 19 matches this year, he averaged 23 disposals, five clearances, five tackles and four inside-50s per game.

 

RICHMOND

  1. Anthony Miles
  2. Corey Ellis
  3. Jake Aarts

26-year-old Miles again proved his dominance at VFL level in 2018, adding the Guinane Medal to his J.J. Liston Trophy triumph alongside Michael Gibbons (Williamstown). The prolific AFL-listed Tiger (now at Gold Coast) played 16 VFL matches this year, averaging 29 disposals, eight clearances, five inside 50s and four tackles per game as well as kicking 15 goals.

 

SANDRINGHAM

  1. Brede Seccull (109)
  2. David Armitage (55)
  3. Kade Answerth

25-year-old Seccull won the Neil Bencraft Best & Fairest by an emphatic margin in his first VFL season after crossing from the SANFL. The 2018 VFL Team of the Year member averaged 28 disposals, seven tackles, six clearances and four inside-50s across 16 matches for the Zebras as a hard-nosed midfielder.

 

WERRIBEE

  1. Sam Collins (53)
  2. Tom Gribble (38)
  3. Kurt Aylett

24-year-old Collins ended teammate Matt Hanson’s run of three consecutive Bruce Montgomery Trophy wins, with the ex-Fremantle key defender subsequently capping a remarkable season by receiving a second chance in the AFL at Gold Coast. The 2018 VFL Team of the Year member averaged 21 disposals, 11 marks and four rebound-50s per game in 18 matches for Werribee and also finished equal-second in J.J. Liston Trophy voting.

 

WILLIAMSTOWN

  1. Michael Gibbons (102)
  2. Brett Bewley (76)
  3. Jack Charleston (73)

23-year-old Gibbons took home his first Gerry Callahan Medal following yet another consistently prolific VFL season. The well-rounded midfielder averaged 29 disposals, seven clearances, six tackles and six-inside 50s per game across 20 matches in 2018, also claiming a second J.J. Liston Trophy alongside Anthony Miles (Richmond) as well as VFL Team of the Year honours.

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