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Swan wins Magpies' best and fairest

03/10/2008 11:05:16 PM Comments (0)

Alan Didak's late season suspension might have cost him a second Copeland Trophy, after consistent midfielder Dane Swan took out the Collingwood best and fairest award.

Didak, the 2006 winner, polled in 12 of the 18 matches he played and was leading the count after round 18.

But his suspension for lying to the club over his role in a drink-driving scandal, over which teammates Heath and Rhyce Shaw were also sanctioned, meant he did not play another game for the year.

Swan took over the lead, then secured his win with a strong performance in the Magpies' two finals to take out the honour for the first time.

He polled 53 votes, with leading goal-kicker Paul Medhurst runner-up on 47 and Scott Pendlebury third on 46.

It was the second top-three placing in three seasons for 20-year-old Pendlebury, who was runner-up to Travis Cloke last year.

Leon Davis (44) and Harry O'Brien (43) finished in the top five in the count for the first time in their careers.

Didak ended up in seventh place on 38 votes.

Key defender Nathan Brown, 19, was named best first year player.

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