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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Vice-captain Lenny Hayes, the Norm Smith Medalist in the drawn Grand Final, has won the Saints' best and fairest award for the second time. Hayes was the runaway winner with 528 votes. Midfielder Leigh Montagna, who was named All-Australian this year, was second with 451 votes. Brendon Goddard, the runner-up in 2009, tied for third with Sam Gilbert with 435 votes.

Hayes, whose commitment, work ethic, preparation and leadership are considered exceptional, played all 25 games this season for a total of 239 career matches. He captained the Saints in 2004 (when the club had a rotating captaincy policy under Grant Thomas) and was co-captain in 2007.

The Voting: Five members of the coaching panel use a 1-10 scale to independently award votes to players after each match.


2010 Trevor Barker Award Top 10

Lenny Hayes - 528 votes
Leigh Montagna - 451 votes
Sam Gilbert - 435 votes
Brendon Goddard - 435 votes
Nick Dal Santo - 399 votes
Adam Schneider - 399 votes
Sam Fisher - 378 votes
James Gwilt - 348 votes
Stephen Milne - 329 votes
Jason Blake - 312 votes

Nick Riewoldt won the Robert Harvey Award or Most Professional Player. James Gwilt was named Most Promising Player.

Source: Vanessa Gigliotti, Club Media Release

Article last changed on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 11:38 AM EDT


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