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AFL clubs' mid-season awards

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27: Jordan Gallucci, Matt Crouch, Rory Sloane, Brad Crouch and Taylor Walker of the Crows sing the song in the rooms after winning the round 6 AFL match between St Kilda and Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 27: Jordan Gallucci, Matt Crouch, Rory Sloane, Brad Crouch and Taylor Walker of the Crows sing the song in the rooms after winning the round 6 AFL match between St Kilda and Adelaide at Marvel Stadium on April 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Best and fairest

1. Brad Crouch – Enjoying a brilliant season after missing all of last year with a groin injury. The inside midfielder is averaging 30.9 disposals per game, and has had at least 24 in all 12 matches.

2. Alex Keath – Has come from the clouds to be in All Australian contention with his intercept marking in defence.

3. Rory Sloane – The newly appointed co-captain has had a consistent season, averaging 24.8 disposals and 6.8 tackles in 12 games.

Recruit of the year: Chayce Jones – The 19-year-old Tasmanian, taken with the ninth overall pick in last year's draft, played six of the first 10 games, showing promise with his pace and tackling pressure as a small forward.

 

Most improved: Alex Keath – It's easy to forget the 27-year-old former cricketer has only played 24 career games – with half of those coming this season. He's a great mark overhead, reads the play well and is calm under pressure.

Rookie of the Year: Elliott Himmelberg – After debuting in Round 23 last year, the 198cm key forward got another taste of senior football with six games between rounds five to 10. The 21-year-old presented a strong contest and will be better for the experience.

Goal of the year: Eddie Betts, Round Five v Gold Coast – Betts defied logic to produce a brilliant left-foot checkside from hard in the left forward pocket, one of his six goals in his 300th game.

 

Mark of the year: Hugh Greenwood, Round Eight v Port Adelaide – The former basketballer used all of his hops to take a ride on the back of Power midfielder Willem Drew. - Lee Gaskin