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Stewart pips Henry to win Carji

Tom Stewart has claimed the 2021 Carji Greeves Medal as Geelong best-and-fairest. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TOM Stewart has etched his name among the greats of the Geelong Football Club after claiming his first Carji Greeves Medal as club best-and-fairest.

In a tight count, the All-Australian defender, who missed the final five matches of the season with a lisfranc injury, polled 214 votes to edge out Jack Henry by two on 212.

Tom Hawkins, who claimed his 10th consecutive leading goalkicker award after slotting 62 majors, was third on 189 votes, with former Hawthorn star Isaac Smith (187) and 2020 winner Cam Guthrie (182) rounding out the top five.

Stewart, who missed the top 10 last year after finishing third in 2019, averaged 24 disposals this year, of which 7.75 were intercept possessions.

He took 178 marks, which was first in the AFL, and averaged 6.1 rebound 50s.

“I’m extremely humbled and absolutely honoured to be recognised this year as the Carji Greeves medalist,” Stewart said.

“I never thought I’d see myself in this light. It’s extremely overwhelming at the moment to be told this, but I’m extremely proud and just very honoured to be among some of the greats of the Geelong footy club in this respect.”

Henry’s second-place finish was somewhat of a surprise, especially after he was overlooked for the Round 1 loss to Adelaide.

Hawkins received the Tom Harley Best Clubman Award, while after making 12 appearances in his debut season, Max Holmes was named as Best Young Player, and Esava Ratugolea claimed the Carter Family Community Champion Award.

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VOTING SYSTEM

After each game, the coaches allocate votes ranging from 0-15, based off each players performance.

To ensure players aren’t disadvantaged by injuries or being managed, each player’s highest-scoring 24 games of the season are added together to give a final score. Therefore, if a player played all 25 games, his lowest-scoring game will be eliminated from the total.

Tonight’s leaderboards reflect the actual scores for each game; the adjustment is made after all games have been completed to give the final placings.