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Crows claim key awards

September 12, 2017 9:32 PM

Taylor Walker and Rory Sloane

Taylor Walker and Rory Sloane

Crow Rory Sloane has finished fourth in the AFL Players’ Association Most Valuable Player award.

Richmond star and raging Brownlow Medal favourite Dustin Martin claimed the Leigh Matthews Trophy with 1,333 votes, ahead of last year's winner Patrick Dangerfield (776 votes) and young Greater Western Sydney star Josh Kelly (416 votes).

Sloane (267 votes) and Sydney Swans matchwinner Lance Franklin (215 votes) rounded out the top five. 

All Australian midfielder Matt Crouch's remarkable season was recognised with 111 votes to finish in seventh place.

In a two-step voting process, three players from each club are nominated by their teammates before the vote is opened up to the entire AFL playing body.

It was another consistent season for Sloane, who was runner-up to friend and former teammate Dangerfield in the peer-voted award last year.

The Adelaide midfielder was presented on stage at the AFL Players’ Association MVP Awards as the winner of the Robert Rose Most Courageous Player Award.

Taylor Walker joined his Crows vice-captain at the presentation in Melbourne on Tuesday night, accepting the Best Captain Award for a second straight season.

The AFL Players’ 22Under22 team was also revealed, with Adelaide pair Matt Crouch and Jake Lever receiving the nod in the fan vote.

No.1 draft pick and Rising Star winner Andrew McGrath added to his accolades by taking out the Best First Year Player award, followed closely by Port Adelaide's Sam Powell-Pepper. 

The Education and Training Excellence Award was awarded to Carlton's Ed Curnow and GWS Giants’ AFLW player Renee Forth.

Fox Footy took out the Grant Hattam Award for Excellence in Sports Journalism for their online video series featuring Fremantle's captain Nat Fyfe and his journey back from injury.

1. Dustin Martin (Richmond) – 1,333 votes
2. Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) – 776 votes
3. Josh Kelly (GWS) – 416 votes
4. Rory Sloane (ADEL) – 267 votes
5. Lance Franklin (SYD) – 215 votes
6. Tom Mitchell (HAW) – 196 votes
7. Matt Crouch (ADEL) – 111 votes
8. Josh Kennedy (WCE) – 98 votes
9. Joe Daniher (ESS) – 78 votes
10. Robbie Gray (PA) – 77 votes

1982 – Leigh Matthews (Hawthorn)
1983 – Terry Daniher (Essendon)
1984 – Russell Greene (Hawthorn)
1985 – Greg Williams (Carlton)
1986 – Paul Roos (Fitzroy)
1987 – Tony Lockett (St Kilda)
1988 – Gerard Healy (Sydney)
1989 – Tim Watson (Essendon)
1990 – Darren Millane (Collingwood)
1991 – Jim Stynes (Melbourne)
1992 – Jason Dunstall (Hawthorn)
1993 – Gary Ablett Senior (Geelong)
1994 – Greg Williams (Carlton)
1995 – Wayne Carey (North Melbourne)
1996 – Corey McKernan (North Melbourne)
1997 – Robert Harvey (St Kilda)
1998 – Wayne Carey (North Melbourne)
1999 – Shane Crawford (Hawthorn)
2000 – Anthony Koutoufides (Carlton)
2001 – Andrew McLeod (Adelaide)
2002 – Luke Darcy (Western Bulldogs) and Michael Voss (Brisbane Lions)
2003 – Michael Voss (Brisbane Lions)
2004 – Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
2005 – Ben Cousins (West Coast)
2006 – Chris Judd (West Coast)
2007 – Gary Ablett Junior (Geelong)
2008 – Gary Ablett Junior (Geelong)
2009 – Gary Ablett Junior (Geelong)
2010 – Dane Swan (Collingwood)
2011 – Chris Judd (Carlton)
2012 – Gary Ablett Junior (Gold Coast)
2013 – Gary Ablett Junior (Gold Coast)
2014 – Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)
2015 – Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)
2016 – Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)