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Cam puts name among Cat greats

CAM Guthrie has claimed a narrow win over Tom Hawkins to take out his first Carji Greeves Medal as Geelong best-and-fairest.

The midfielder finished on 228 votes, four clear of the Coleman medallist, who finished on 224, with two-time winner Mark Blicavs three votes further back in third.

“It’s a big honour being up here,” Guthrie, whose previous best finished as fourth in 2016, said in a pre-recorded speech.

“These two guys (Hawkins and Blicavs) have won Carji’s before, so to be in their company is amazing.

“Looking at the honour boards at the footy club every day and seeing some of the names up there, I feel really privileged and proud to be involved in the club and to be recognised like this.”

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Guthrie, 28, played every game in 2020 to take his career tally to 182.

Patrick Dangerfield will have to wait another year to join Dick Grigg and Garry Hocking as the only four-time winners of the award after finishing outside the top two for the first time in his five seasons at the club.

He finished fourth on 214.5 votes. Mitch Duncan rounded out the top five on 213.5 votes.

Earlier in the night, Blicavs and Harry Taylor shared the Tom Harley Award as best clubman

Taylor previously claimed the award in 2016.

The Best Young Player went to rookie Bradley Close, who made eight AFL appearances, kicking a goal with in the first minute of his debut match against Fremantle.

Captain Joel Selwood was recognised as the club’s Community Champion.

NB: A players best 20 games went towards his final tally

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Click below to listen to Cam Guthrie’s full speech