Sport AFL 2021 best and fairest winners and top 10 for each club
What AFL boss missed in 'heavy' Greene ban
An AFL great has lashed those arguing Toby Greene's three-game ban is too light, as the Giants prepare for their semi-final.After Greene was slapped with a three-match ban at the AFL tribunal and Greater Western Sydney revealed they would not be appealing the decision, any chance that the gun Giant will play again this season has been snuffed out.
Many AFL footballers hold their club best and fairest award above all other individual awards in the game.
Votes are given in all sorts of different ways but always recognise players doing what they are asked to do.
The self sacrificial is as important as the spectacular, a punch over the boundary line can be as crucial as a goal, and using your voice gets noticed as much as taking a hanger.
These are the guys your club's coaching panel considered the most important in 2021.
Adelaide Crows: Malcolm Blight Medal
1. Rory Laird (123 votes)
2. Ben Keays (120)
3. Paul Seedsman (105)
=4. Brodie Smith (93)
=4. Tom Doedee (93)
=4. Taylor Walker (93)
=7. Jake Kelly (90)
=7. Reilly O’Brien (90)
9. Jordon Butts (88)
=10. Rory Sloane (86)
=10. Ned McHenry (86)
Following a legendary playing career with Woodville in the SANFL and North Melbourne in the VFL, Malcolm Blight became a pioneering coach. After leading Geelong to three grand finals, he took over at the Crows and brought the club their first premierships in 1997 and 1998.
Brisbane Lions: Merrett-Murray Medal
Eddie McGuire reveals what he REALLY thinks about AFL Grand Final ban
Fuming Eddie McGuire has slammed his shock AFL grand final ban as nonsensical - and warned Western Australia will suffer as a result.While many AFL reporters and presenters have been given permission to travel from Covid-hit Melbourne to WA for the September 25 event, McGuire's application was denied, despite a series of deals being lined up with Tourism WA to promote the state as a travel destination.
2020 winner: Lachie Neale (305 votes)
The Merrett-Murray Medal has been awarded to Brisban's best and fairest since 1997. Roger Merrett captained the Brisbane Bears for seven seasons in the club's infancy, while Kevin Murray is a Fitzroy legend, winning nine club champion awards and a Brownlow Medal in more than 333 games at the club.
Carlton Blues: John Nicholls Medal
2020 winner: Jacob Weitering (137 votes)
The Blues have played for the John Nicholls Medal since 2004, when the honour was named after the legendary ruckman of the sixties. Nicholls played more than 300 games at the club, winning five best and fairests and being named in the AFL Team of the Century.
Collingwood Magpies: EW Copeland Trophy
2020 winner: Taylor Adams (100 votes)
Since 1927, the Collingwood club champion has been awarded the honour, named for Ernest W Copeland. An early administrator of the club, Copeland was instrumental in the growth of the Magpies into a footballing powerhouse around the turn of the 19th century.
AFL trade target Parker wins Swans' award
Sydney co-captain Luke Parker has won the AFL club's best-and-fairest award for a third time. Parker led from the front throughout 2021, helping the Swans return to finals after a two-season absence. The midfielder played all 23 games this year, averaged 28 disposals and polled a total of 543 votes from Sydney's coaching staff.Jake Lloyd (504) and Jordan Dawson (502) were Parker's closest rivals on the leaderboard. The Swans' awards night was a virtual event on Thursday, when Parker equalled Adam Goodes and other club greats in winning his third Bob Skilton medal.
Essendon Bombers: Crichton Medal
2020 winner: Jordan Ridley (333 votes)
Wally Crichton was president at the Bombers for 18 years, starting in 1941 after holding several other administrative roles the the club.
Fremantle Dockers: Doig Medal
2020 winner: Luke Ryan (207 votes)
The winner of the Fremantle best and fairest has been awarded the Doig Medal since 2000. The honour is named after the Doig family, which had 17 members play for East Fremantle or South Fremantle in the WAFL.
Geelong Cats: Carji Greeves Medal
2020 winner: Cameron Guthrie (228 votes)
Edward 'Carji' Greeves played for Geelong in the 20s and 30s, starring in the club's midfield and winning the 1929 Brownlow Medal.
Gold Coast Suns: Club Champion
1. Touk Miller (562 points)
2. Wil Powell (396)
3. David Swallow (352)
4. Sam Collins (350)
5. Charlie Ballard (299)
6. Brandon Ellis (287)
7. Sean Lemmens (281)
8. Noah Anderson (270)
9. Nick Holman (262)
10. Jack Lukosius (254)
Greater Western Sydney Giants: Kevin Sheedy Medal
2020 winners: Lachie Whitfield, Nick Haynes (98 votes)
Eddie's radical plan to make Tasmanian team a reality
Eddie McGuire says the AFL must think bigger when it comes to the problem of how to properly introduce a Tasmanian team.After a report from ex-Geelong president Colin Carter claimed that Tasmania had a strong case for a team, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan incurred the wrath of Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein by suggesting that a joint-venture or an existing Victorian team relocating to the state would be Tasmania's best option.
The AFL's newest club, the Giants present their club champion with the Kevin Sheedy Medal. Sheedy is more commonly associated with Essendon, to whom he coached to four premierships, or even Richmond, where he played 251 games, though he was a key figure in getting the expansion club off the ground.
Hawthorn Hawks: Peter Crimmins Medal
2020 winner: Jack Gunston (102 votes)
The Hawks best and fairest is named after former midfielder and captain Peter Crimmins, who died of testicular cancer in 1976, aged 28, just days after the Hawks claimed an emotional premiership win.
Melbourne Demons: Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott Medal
2020 winner: Christian Petracca (385 votes)
'Bluey' Truscott was a talented footballer for Melbourne, featuring in two premierships (1939 and 1940) before enlisting in the military and going on to become a fighter pilot. Truscott was killed during a training exercise in 1943, aged just 26.
North Melbourne Kangaroos: Syd Barker Medal
2020 winner: Luke McDonald (183 votes)
North Melbourne's club champion award is named after legendary ruckman Syd Barker. Playing during the club's famed "invincible" years in the late 1910s, Barker died suddenly at age 42 while at work as a fireman.
Port Adelaide Power: John Cahill Medal
2020 winner: Darcy Byrne-Jones (159 votes)
AFL boss reportedly pushing Clarkson to Suns
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan is 'working' on Alastair Clarkson with the idea of him taking over at the Gold Coast Suns.Clarkson was heavily courted by Carlton for their vacant senior coaching role, but rejected two separate advances from the fallen Victorian giant, citing a desire to have a sabbatical in 2022.
Port Adelaide named their best and fairest in honour of the man who led the Magpies to 10 SANFL premierships and was their inaugural coach in the AFL.
Richmond Tigers: Jack Dyer Medal
1. Dylan Grimes (51 votes)
=2. Jack Graham (46)
=2. Liam Baker (46)
4. Shai Bolton (45)
=5. Jack Riewoldt (40)
=5. Dustin Martin (40)
7. Jayden Short (39)
8. Tom Lynch (38)
9. Kane Lambert (35)
=10. Trent Cotchin (33)
=10. Nathan Broad (33)
An AFL Team of the Century member and one of the 12 inaugural Hall of Fame 'Legends', the Tigers honoured six-time best and fairest winner Jack Dyer by naming the honour after him.
St Kilda Saints: Trevor Barker Award
2020 winner: Jack Steele (207 votes)
St Kilda's club champion is named in honour of former player Trevor Barker, who won two best and fairests as well as captaining the club in the 80s. Barker died from illness in 1996 aged 39.
Sydney Swans: Bob Skilton Medal
1. Luke Parker (543 points)
2. Jake Lloyd (504)
3. Jordan Dawson (502)
4. Tom Papley (481)
5. Callum Mills (475)
6. Tom Hickey (444)
7. Isaac Heeney (437)
8. Justin McInerney (383)
9. Oliver Florent (358)
10. Lance Franklin (351)
The Swans' highest individual honour is named after legendary South Melbourne player Bob Skilton. The rover won three Brownlow Medals (1959, 63, 68) and nine club best and fairests.
West Coast Eagles: John Worsfold Medal
2020 winner: Nic Naitanui (194 votes)
John Worsfold captained the Eagles to their first premierships (1992, 94) in the AFL and coached the side during their successful period in the mid-2000s that included the 2006 premiership win.
Western Bulldogs: Charles Sutton Medal
2020 winner: Caleb Daniel (205 votes)
The Bulldogs club champion is awarded the Charles Sutton Medal, in honour of the man who captained the club to their first VFL premiership in 1954.
‘Compelling' new concussion figures spark call for AFL revamp .
Concussion figures independently recorded through the AFL season have led to a call for greater protection for players, and prompted player agent Peter Jess to lobby the prime minster for an overview of the federal government's policy.Veteran player advocate Peter Jess says new statistics reinforce that the AFL's minimum 12-day concussion protocol is too short and he has even written to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for a revised concussion-in-sport policy.