Steez Merchants Best and Fairest 2017
Winner - Luke McDonald - 36 votes
Luke not only finished first in game-by-game voting, but also delivered the highest total score for the club this season, after playing every game.
He initially joined the club in the 2014 draft with pick 5. To get that pick, I’d traded Bachar Houli for Cyril Rioli and an upgrade from pick 9. I really rated McDonald, and was desperate to get a pick early enough to nab him. He was OK in his first year, averaging 65, but fell away after that, leading to his de-listing at the end of 2016. I re-drafted him with pick 50 this year (my second pick), just in time for his breakout season.
Runner-up - Taylor Walker - 34 votes
My first pick in this year’s draft (14 overall). I said in my draft review that I thought he was likely to be the highest scorer drafted for 2017, which was nearly right (round 10 pick and former Steez Merchant Kane Lambert scored more for Bargey). Tay Tay has been a consistent presence and scorer, much needed in a forward line that looked pretty slim prior to the draft.
3rd - Jack Riewoldt 29 votes
4th - Christian Salem 27 votes
5th - Aaron Hall 26 votes
I thought it notable that 2 of my top 5 overall scorers (Jarrod Witts and Josh P Kennedy) couldn’t crack the top 5 in the B&F, nor could 4 of the best 5 average scores (JP Kennedy, Witts, Curnow and JJ Kennedy). Voting system definitely plays a part.