by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago
In mid-November, Fremantle held its club champion awards function and - despite missing four games through suspension - midfielder Nat Fyfe was the resounding winner of the Doig Medal. It is Fyfe's second consecutive win, capping a stellar season during which he was named the AFLPA's best player and earned All-Australian selection. Fyfe polled 283 votes from his 20 appearances, 20 more than he did from two more games in 2013.
Aaron Sandilands, the winner in 2009, finished runner-up, 32 votes behind Fyfe, while Stephen Hill was third on 238. The 2010 Medalist David Mundy (219) edged out Hayden Ballantyne (209) to finish fourth. Only once did the coaches award the maximum 25 votes - to forward Hayden Ballantyne for his six-goal haul against Richmond in Round 13.
The Top Ten
Voting: At the conclusion of every game, five members of the coaching staff each gave every player up to five votes, with top votes awarded for an elite performance.
1 Nat Fyfe 283 2 Aaron Sandilands 251 3 Stephen Hill 238 4 David Mundy 219 5 Hayden Ballantyne 209 6 Michael Barlow 205 7 Cam Sutcliffe 198 8 Lee Spurr 193 9 Danyle Pearce 190 10 Michael Johnson 179
Beacon Award (similar to the Rising Star): Matt Tabener
Player of the Finals: Cam Sutcliffe and Zac Dawson
Best Clubman: Alex Silvagni
Life Membership: Ben Allan and Paul Duffield
Fremantle also awarded the Con Regan Medal to inaugural board member Peter ‘Bink’ Phillips. Regan was the club's first football manager and after his passing in 2007 the club created the Con Regan Medal to recognise outstanding service and dedication to the Fremantle Football Club.
Source: Luke Morfesse, Fremantle Media Release
Article last changed on Monday, May 28, 2018 - 5:36 PM EDT