Ablett, Enright tie for B&F
By Mic Cullen 11:30 PM Thu 01 October, 2009
DUAL premiership players Gary Ablett and Corey Enright have tied for the 2009 Geelong best and fairest award.
Ablett has now won the medal in both of Geelong's recent premiership years, while the win is Enright's first.
Amazingly, the pair tied on 740 votes each, 111 votes ahead of third-placed Jimmy Bartel.
Enright led Ablett by one vote heading into the grand final, and both polled well, with Ablett gathered 30 votes and Enright 29 to ensure the first tie in Carji Greeves history.
Enright, who also won the coach's award, polled in 23 of his 25 games, while Ablett received votes in 21 of the 22 matches he played.
Joel Selwood (617 votes) and Norm Smith medallist Paul Chapman (610) rounded out the top five.
Ablett was also awarded life membership of the club for reaching 150 games, as were Bartel and David Wojcinski. Mark Thompson – who has coached the club in 235 games for two flags – also received the honour.
Tom Gillies was voted best first year player, Brad Ottens – who spent the majority of the season injured – was best clubman and Mathew Stokes, who missed selection in the grand final after an injury kept him out of the preliminary, was the community champion.
Best and fairest - top 10
Gary Ablett, Corey Enright: 740
Jimmy Bartel: 629
Joel Selwood: 617
Paul Chapman: 610
Matthew Scarlett: 585
Joel Corey: 546
Andrew Mackie: 443
Cameron Ling: 411
Steve Johnson: 408
Other award winners
Best first year player: Tom Gillies
Best clubman: Brad Ottens
Coach's award: Corey Enright
Leading goalkicker: Cameron Mooney
Community champion: Mathew Stokes
VFL best & fairest: James Podsiadly
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