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Goodwin's good win

Simon Goodwin has won his second successive Malcolm Blight Medal to join Mark Ricciuto as the only three-time winners of Adelaide's club champion award. Goodwin, with 194 votes, won comfortably from Tyson Edwards (158), Graham Johncock (156), Andrew McLeod (144) and Nathan Bassett (142). Goodwin, McLeod and Bassett gained All-Australian selection this year - Goodwin and McLeod for the fourth time, Bassett for the first time. Goodwin, who won his first Blight Medal in 2000, also joined Ricciuto (1998, 2003 and 2004) as the only players to win it in successive years. McLeod (1997 and 2001) and Ben Hart (1999 and 2002) are the only other players to win the award more than once. Adelaide chairman Bill Sanders presented Goodwin with the Blight Medal and the traditional gold jacket at a black-tie dinner for 840 guests at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday night. Goodwin, a hard-running, long-kicking midfielder who will be 30 on December 26, had the second-highest number of disposals - 639 (369 kicks, 270 handballs) - in the AFL this season. Only the Western Bulldogs' Scott West had more (708). But Goodwin polled only 10 Brownlow Medal votes this year (after receiving just nine last year). Adelaide's top five in this year's Brownlow voting were Edwards (12), Martin Mattner (11), Goodwin and Brett Burton (10) and Johncock (nine). Goodwin, who also won Adelaide's best team man award, played in all 24 of the Crows' matches this season to boost his tally to 194 since his debut in 1997. Votes for the Blight Medal were awarded individually by Adelaide's four coaches - Neil Craig and assistants Paul Hamilton, David Noble and Don Pyke - on a 4-3-2-1 basis. There was no limit to the number of players who could receive votes in a match. Sixteen votes (four fours) were the most a player could receive. Goodwin failed to poll votes in only one match - the 82-point loss to West Coast at Subiaco Oval in round 17, despite having 28 disposals (15 kicks, 13 handballs). Only seven Crows received votes from their coaches in that match - Burton and Scott Thompson (eight each), Bassett and Scott Stevens (three each), and Bode, Hart and Nathan van Berlo (two each). Goodwin was the only player to receive a "perfect" 16 votes - when he had 34 disposals in the 63-point win against St Kilda at Telstra Dome in round 12 - and the only one to record a 15-vote performance - when he had 29 disposals in the 77-point win against the Bulldogs at AAMI Stadium in round five. Goodwin also received 10 or more votes in seven other matches - 12 in three, 11 in three and 10 in one. This was the third season in which the super-consistent Edwards had been runner-up for the club champion award. He was fourth in 2000, seventh in 2001, second in 2002 and 2003, third in 2004 and fifth in 2005. Malcolm Blight Medal voting Simon Goodwin - 194 Tyson Edwards - 158 Graham Johncock - 156 Andrew McLeod - 144 Nathan Bassett - 142 Matthew Bode - 128 Robert Shirley - 126 Ben Rutten - 125 Michael Doughty - 114 Brett Burton - 112 Martin Mattner - 106 Brent Reilly - 103 Scott Thompson - 100 Trent Hentschel - 96 Mark Ricciuto - 90 Scott Stevens - 88 Rhett Biglands - 82 Ken McGregor - 74 Nathan van Berlo - 72 Kris Massie - 70 Matthew Clarke - 63 Ben Hart - 50 Nathan Bock - 38 Jason Torney - 38 Jason Porplyzia - 36 Ian Perrie - 30 Chris Knights - 11 Ivan Maric - 10 Scott Welsh - 10 Richard Douglas - 7 Bernie Vince - 4 Hayden Skipworth - 3 Other awards Best team man - Simon Goodwin Members' most valuable player - Tyson Edwards Senior coach's award - Matthew Bode M.A. Bickley award (to a first or second-year player for achievements on and off the field) - Nathan van Berlo Emerging talent - Jason Porplyzia