Published on October 29, 2019 10:30 am

L-R: Will Fordham (Frankston), Daniel Coffield (Richmond) and James Munro (Casey Demons)

2019 VFL best-and-fairest results

We look at the top five placegetters in each Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL club’s best-and-fairest count following the 2019 season.

 

BOX HILL HAWKS

Winner: DAVID MIRRA

Runner-up: MARC PITTONET

Third: LUKE MEADOWS

Fourth: ANDREW MOORE

Fifth: KAIDEN BRAND

Former Box Hill captain Mirra claimed his second Col Austen Trophy after a first triumph in 2016. The 28-year-old defender this year celebrated his 150th senior VFL match during a season in which he averaged 19 disposals at 76 per cent efficiency, 7.5 marks and 5.5 rebound-50s per game across 15 outings. Despite his strong form at VFL level, Mirra was recently delisted by affiliate club Hawthorn after two years in AFL ranks.

 

 

CASEY DEMONS

Winner: JAMES MUNRO

Runner-up: COREY WAGNER

Third: JACK HUTCHINS

Fourth: MITCH WHITE

Fifth: BRAYDON PREUSS

Munro enjoyed a breakout fifth season on Casey’s list, shining as a full-time midfielder after previously playing mostly as a tough defender. The 24-year-old averaged 21 disposals, 8.5 tackles and 4.5 clearances per game in all 18 matches, leading the Demons – easily – in each of those categories on total numbers. As well as his Gardner Clark Best & Fairest triumph, Munro also earned 2019 VFL Team of the Year selection.

 

 

COBURG

Winner: LOCHLAN DICKSON

Runner-up: MARCUS LENTINI

Third: TYSON LEVER

Fourth: HARRY NOLAN

Fifth: JESSE CORIGLIANO

After sharing the Jim Sullivan Medal with Lentini in 2018, Dickson shaded his teammate to claim the honour outright after a stellar second season at Coburg. The 25-year-old transitioned from defence into the midfield in 2019, averaging 23 disposals, four inside-50s and 3.5 clearances per game across all 18 matches. He became the first player to win back-to-back best-and-fairest awards at the club since Daniel Venditti in 2013-15.

 

 

COLLINGWOOD

Winner: ALEX WOODWARD

Runner-up: LACHLAN TARDREW

Third: JACK MADGEN

Fourth: CAMPBELL HUSTWAITE

Fifth: BEN CROCKER

A fifth ACL injury in Round 21 was a heartbreaking conclusion to a stellar season for Woodward. The 26-year-old Collingwood VFL co-captain anchored his team’s midfield in 2019, averaging 29 disposals, 15 contested possessions and eight clearances per game across 17 matches – ranking in the VFL’s top four players in each category on total numbers. He added to the triumph with 2019 VFL Team of the Year honours.

 

 

ESSENDON

Winner: AARON HEPPELL

Runner-up: HEATH HOCKING

Third: DANNY YOUNAN

Fourth: JAKE LONG

Fifth: TRENT MYNOTT

Heppell took his game to another level in his first year as Essendon’s VFL skipper in 2019, bringing home his third R.A. Freeman Medal in six years with the team (following other successes in 2016 and 2018). The 24-year-old averaged 20 disposals, six tackles and 4.5 clearances per game in 20 matches, leading the VFL Bombers from the midfield as they made a run to a second straight preliminary final.

 

 

FOOTSCRAY

Winner: ANTHONY SCOTT

Runner-up: JOSH PRUDDEN

Third: BAILEY WILLIAMS

Fourth: FLETCHER ROBERTS

Fifth: CALLUM PORTER

In his return to the competition following a season at local level, ex-Richmond VFL playmaker Scott was one of only two Footscray players to appear in every home-and-away match. The 24-year-old missed the team’s finals campaign through injury, but he still averaged 17 disposals, four inside-50s and just over one goal per game in 18 matches to add the club champion award to his 2019 VFL Team of the Year gong.

 

 

FRANKSTON

Winner: WILL FORDHAM

Runner-up: JOSH NEWMAN

Third: GOY LOK

Fourth: COREY RICH

Fifth: ANGUS STYLES

Former North Melbourne AFL-listed runner Fordham provided experience and wisdom to a young Frankston group for a second year in 2019 and ended up with the club’s best-and-fairest award. The 23-year-old averaged 24 disposals, 5.5 clearances and 5.5 tackles per game across all 18 matches, leading the Dolphins in the latter two categories on total numbers while also scoring 11 goals from the midfield.

 

 

GEELONG

Winner: SAM SIMPSON

Runner-up: WYLIE BUZZA

Third: JACKSON McLACHLAN

Fourth: BEN REID

Fifth: JAMES PARSONS

Simpson became the first AFL-lister to win the Vic Fuller Medal since 2014 as one of only two players to appear in every VFL match for Geelong this season. The 21-year-old led the Cats for total disposals, averaging 20 touches as well as five tackles and four clearances per game in 19 appearances through the midfield for the elimination-finalists. He played six AFL games in his previous two years on the club’s list but none in 2019.

 

 

NORTH MELBOURNE

Winner: TOM CAMPBELL

Runner-up: DANIEL ROBINSON

Third: NASH HOLMES

Equal-fourth: CHRIS JANSEN / RYAN MORRISON

In his first season on North Melbourne’s AFL list following seven years with the Western Bulldogs, Campbell was one of the VFL’s most impactful rucks around the ground in 2019. The 27-year-old averaged 23 disposals, 16 contested possessions, 33 hitouts, 5.5 marks and 6.5 clearances per game in 17 matches, leading the VFL Kangaroos in all those categories on total numbers and subsequently claiming the John Law Medal.

 

 

NORTHERN BLUES

Winner: HUGH GODDARD

Runner-up: SAM FISHER

Third: FRANK ANDERSON

Fourth: ALEX FASOLO

Fifth: DARCY LANG

Signed by Carlton for 2019 after four seasons on St Kilda’s AFL list, Goddard won Northern’s Laurie Hill Trophy for a standout campaign as an intercepting defender. The 23-year-old led the VFL for total marks this year, averaging eight per game as well as 18 disposals at 71 per cent efficiency and five rebound-50s across 14 matches. He also earned two outings for the AFL Blues, adding to his 10 appearances for the Saints.

 

 

PORT MELBOURNE

Winner: ELI TEMPLETON

Runner-up: SHANNEN LANGE

Third: HARVEY HOOPER

Fourth: JORDAN LISLE

Fifth: JARRYD BLAIR

Templeton took his game to a new level in his third season at Port Melbourne, showing plenty of versatility and claiming the Jack McFarlane Medal as well as VFL Team of the Year honours. The 24-year-old averaged 27 disposals, 17 uncontested possessions, five marks, five rebound-50s and 4.5 inside-50s per game in 21 matches, leading the preliminary-finalists in all those categories on total numbers as well as kicking 16 goals.

 

 

RICHMOND

Winner: DANIEL COFFIELD

Runner-up: JACOB TOWNSEND

Third: HUGH BEASLEY

Equal-fourth: DEREK EGGMOLESSE-SMITH / RYAN GARTHWAITE / STEVE MORRIS

Unheralded defender Coffield capped a breakout fourth VFL campaign by winning the Guinane Medal in Richmond’s 2019 premiership season. The 23-year-old VFL-lister averaged 11 disposals at 81 per cent efficiency, four marks and 2.5 rebound-50s per game in 19 matches, earned VFL Team of the Year selection and also proved crucial in holding off Williamstown on the last line of defence in the tense Grand Final victory.

 

 

SANDRINGHAM

Equal-winners: BREDE SECCULL / BRANDON WHITE

Third: SAM FOX

Fourth: JONATHON MARSH

Fifth: BAILEY RICE

The Neil Bencraft Trophy was shared for the first time in Sandringham history, with captain and 2018 club best and fairest Seccull sharing the honour with now-delisted St Kilda defender White. 25-year-old Seccull enjoyed another prolific season in averaging 23 disposals, 6.5 tackles and 5.5 clearances per game across all 18 matches, while 22-year-old White averaged 20 disposals, 5.5 marks and six rebound-50s in 14 outings.

 

 

WERRIBEE

Winner: TOM GRIBBLE

Runner-up: DOMINIC BREW

Third: NICK COUGHLAN

Fourth: MATT MUNRO

Equal-fifth: MICHAEL BARLOW / JACK HENDERSON

Adding to his 2019 J.J. Liston Trophy and VFL Team of the Year honours, sixth-year Werribee midfielder Gribble put the exclamation mark on a decorated season by taking home the Bruce Montgomery Trophy. The prolific 25-year-old averaged 30 disposals, 15 contested possessions and five inside-50s per game in 20 matches for the semi-finalist Tigers, leading the competition in each of the above categories on total numbers.

 

 

WILLIAMSTOWN

Winner: LEIGH MASTERS

Runner-up: JOEL TIPPETT

Third: NICK MEESE

Equal-fourth: JACK CHARLESTON / JAKE GREISER / WILLIE WHEELER

Masters nearly helped lead Williamstown to premiership glory from defence in 2019, a season in which he played his 150th senior VFL match and won selection in the Team of the Year for the first time. The reliable 27-year-old averaged 14 disposals, four marks and three rebound-50s per game in 20 matches to cap his ninth VFL campaign – and seventh for the Seagulls – with the Gerry Callahan Medal.

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