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Knevitt named Falcons’ best

Midfielder Mitch Knevitt has claimed the Geelong Falcons Boys’ best-and-fairest. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

A PERFECT performance in what turned out to be the season’s final match has seen Mitch Knevitt come over the top of fellow Grovedale product Cooper Whyte to claim the Norris Harding Award as Geelong Falcons best-and-fairest.

Knevitt received the 25-vote maximum from the Falcons coaching staff to finish the year on 105 votes, three clear of Whyte, who polled 18 votes in the 40-point win over the Bendigo Pioneers, on 102.

The AFL draft hopeful sat third behind Whyte and eventual third-place getter Noah Gribble with two rounds remaining.

Whyte had moved to 84 votes to claim the lead from Newtown & Chilwell’s Gribble, who polled 71 votes in the opening four rounds of the season, on 81.

Knevitt was a distant third on 56 votes before a scorching 24-vote performance in the penultimate round victory over the Western Jets moved him to within four of the lead.

Olivier Northam (St Joseph’s) finished fourth on 71 games, with AFL Academy member Toby Conway (St Mary’s) rounding out the top five on 59 votes despite playing just six matches.

Vice-captain Charlie Brauer (Barwon Heads), whose season was ended by a serious knee injury Round 2, was recognised with the Players’ Award.

Matthew Keast (St Mary’s) received the Coaches’ Award.

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