Patrick Dangerfield capped off a sensational first year at the Geelong Cats by taking home their best-and-fairest award on Thursday night.
Dangerfield finished on 253 votes and was able to hold out Joel Selwood for the Carji Greeves Medal by 15 votes. The win capped off a sensational year for the former Adelaide Crow, who won the Brownlow Medal two weeks ago.
Dangerfield said that losing their preliminary final to the Sydney Swans three weeks ago might have been a blessing in disguise.
“[It’s] almost a silver lining that it finished the way it did, so it reminds us we’ve got a lot of work to do in order to match it with the very best.”
Across the border, Josh Kennedy claimed his third best-and-fairest award for Sydney, with a club record 922 votes.
Kennedy has become one of the best footballers in the competition since crossing from Hawthorn in 2010, not finishing outside the top three in the Bob Skilton Medal since then.
Coach John Longmire had glowing reviews for the star midfielder: “We are just really lucky to have him. He’s a player whose consistency since he’s been at our club has been nothing short of remarkable.” – Paul Robinson
Photo of Patrick Dangerfield from the Geelong Cats’ Twitter feed.