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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5: Hugh Greenwood of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round seven match between the Adelaide Crows and the Carlton Blues at Adelaide Oval on May 5, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5: Hugh Greenwood of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round seven match between the Adelaide Crows and the Carlton Blues at Adelaide Oval on May 5, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

One of just four Crows to play all 22 games, Hugh Greenwood upheld his reputation as one of Adelaide's best at the coalface, providing a strong presence around the contest in 2018.

The 26-year-old improved on his figures from last year to finish first at the Club for tackles with 145 (up from 99 in 2017), ranking him fifth overall in the AFL.

He collected 268 contested possessions, the most of any Adelaide player to rank 19th in the AFL behind a plethora of the game’s elite including Patrick Cripps, Clayton Oliver and Nat Fyfe.

The inside midfielder collected the second most clearances at the Club with 98, 30 more than he had last year, and finished second for contested marks with 22.

At Adelaide’s Club Champion dinner, Greenwood won the 2018 Crows Children’s Foundation Community Leadership Award for his ongoing commitment to driving awareness of breast cancer.

Earlier this year, he became an official ambassador for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Greenwood finished fifth overall in the race for the Malcolm Blight Medal with 140 votes.

At a glance:

Games: 22
Goals: 16
Disposals per game: 17.5
Contested possessions per game: 12.2
Tackles per game: 6.6

Best game:

Round 18 v Brisbane

Greenwood kicked four goals and collected 17 disposals at the same venue he debuted a year earlier when the Crows took on the Lions at the Gabba.

His two goals just before quarter time and another two minutes into the second term allowed Adelaide to take back the momentum after Brisbane claimed an early lead.

Playing up forward, the gutsy Crow was integral in securing Adelaide’s five-point victory. He topped the Club Champion round votes for his performance with 17.

“When we first recruited Hugh he came in as a forward,” coach Don Pyke said post-match.

“Through his time at the footy club we’ve been able to develop him into a guy who’s capable of winning his own ball particularly around the stoppage, but we know that he can play forward.

“He had seven scoring shots and kicked four – probably if he’d kicked his fifth at the end, it would have made my last two minutes a bit easier.”

Other season highlights:

Round Two v Richmond

Greenwood collected 26 disposals, eight clearances and a goal in Adelaide’s grand final rematch and victory over the Tigers at Adelaide Oval.