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Sep 09

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AFLPA announces nominations for the 2009 MVP Awards

Braden Stokes

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The AFL Players’ Association is pleased to announce the 48 players nominated by their teammates as the most valuable in the competition this year.

Every AFL player voted for the three teammates whose form warranted consideration for the prestigious Leigh Matthews Trophy for Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Now all AFL players will vote as to which of the 48 nominees (three from each club) deserves to be this years Most Valuable Player. Players cannot vote for their own teammates.  
Each player will also vote on the other award categories: Most Courageous Player, Best First Year Player and the Best Captain.

The AFLPA Most Valuable Player Awards are the only awards determined by players themselves. The winner will be announced on Monday 7 September at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 from 9.30pm. 

This year’s nominations include an impressive list of return nominees and first time nominations, and some interesting inclusions across all categories.  The awards to be presented are as follows:

The Most Valuable Player (Leigh Matthews Trophy) – presented by Medibank Private:
Since it was first awarded to Leigh Matthews in 1982, the MVP has been won by true champions of the competition. Versatility, ability to play under pressure, skill, leadership, courage, respect for all players, and overall value to a team, are all qualities found in the MVP.

The Robert Rose Most Courageous Player Award:
The recipients of the Robert Rose ‘Most Courageous Player Award’ are selfless, committed and fiercely loyal.

The Best Captain Award:
Each captain has identifiable qualities which have made them team leaders.  Given the opportunity, most players would not hesitate to say their captain is the best in the league.  But what if they had to vote for any captain but their own?

The Best First Year Player Award:
The AFLPA recognize the difficulty first year players must overcome and as such struck the Best First Year Player Award in 1999.

The Education and Training Excellence Award:
Each year the AFLPA seeks to recognise a player who has managed to excel in the combination of further education with their AFL careers.

The Grant Hattam Trophy: 
Since 1999, the AFLPA has recognised excellence in football journalism by awarding the Grant Hattam Trophy to the creator of the best piece of football journalism from the players' perspective.

The AFLPA MVP Awards will be screened exclusively on FOX SPORTS 1 at 9:30pm Monday 7 September 2009.

 

LEIGH MATTHEWS TROPHY FOR MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
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Adelaide
Scott Thompson
Tyson Edwards
Nathan Bock
 
Brisbane
Jonathan Brown
Simon Black
Mitch Clark
 
Carlton
Chris Judd
Marc Murphy
Bryce Gibbs
 
Collingwood
Dane Swan
Simon Prestigiacomo
Alan Didak
 
Essendon
Patrick Ryder
Jobe Watson
Dustin Fletcher
 
Fremantle
Matthew Pavlich
Aaron Sandilands
Paul Duffield
 
Geelong
Joel Selwood
Gary Ablett
Corey Enright
 
Hawthorn
Sam Mitchell
Cyril Rioli
Brad Sewell
 
North Melbourne
Scott Thompson
Hamish McIntosh
Andrew Swallow
 
Melbourne
Aaron Davey
Brent Maloney
Cameron Bruce
 
Port Adelaide
Domenic Cassisi
Jacob Surjan
Kane Cornes
 
Richmond
Daniel Jackson
Chris Newman
Ben Cousins
 
St Kilda
Nick Riewoldt
Leigh Montagna
Lenny Hayes
 
Sydney
Darren Jolly
Ryan O’Keefe
Adam Goodes
 
West Coast Eagles
Darren Glass
Mark LeCras
Matthew Priddis
 
Western Bulldogs
Matthew Boyd
Brian Lake
Daniel Cross
 
  
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Brisbane
Troy Selwood
 
Carlton
Simon Wiggins
 
Collingwood
Nick Maxwell
 
Fremantle
Dean Soloman
Geelong
Joel Selwood
 
Hawthorn
Luke Hodge
 
Melbourne
Brad Green
 
Port Adelaide
Dominic Cassisi
 
Richmond
Chris Newman
 
Sydney
Brett Kirk
 
West Coast Eagles
Darren Glass
 
Western Bulldogs
Daniel Cross
 
 
BEST FIRST YEAR PLAYER AWARD
 
Adelaide
Taylor Walker
 
Brisbane
Daniel Rich
 
Carlton
Aaron Joseph
 
Collingwood
Dayne Beams
 
Essendon
Michael Hurley
 
Fremantle
Greg Broughton
 
Geelong
Tom Gillies
 
Hawthorn
Liam Shiels
 
North Melbourne
Jack Ziebell
 
Melbourne
Jamie Bennell
 
Port Adelaide
Hamish Hartlett
 
Richmond
Robin Nahas
 
St Kilda
Tom Lynch
 
Sydney
Brett Meredith
 
West Coast Eagles
Nick Naitanui
 
Western Bulldogs
Liam Picken
 
BEST CAPTAIN AWARD
 
Adelaide
Simon Goodwin
 
Brisbane
Jonathan Brown
 
Carlton
Chris Judd
 
Collingwood
Nick Maxwell
 
Essendon
Matthew Lloyd
 
Fremantle
Matthew Pavlich
 
Geelong
Tom Harley
 
Hawthorn
Sam Mitchell
 
North Melbourne
Brent Harvey
 
Melbourne
James McDonald
 
Port Adelaide
Dominic Cassisi
 
Richmond
Chris Newman
 
St Kilda
Nick Riewoldt
 
Sydney
Adam Goodes
Brett Kirk
Craig Bolton
 
West Coast Eagles
Darren Glass
 
Western Bulldogs
Brad Johnson