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Pavlich named Dockers' best

By Justin Chadwick 05/10/2008 10:46:36 AM Comments (0)

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich has become arguably the club's greatest AFL player after taking out his fifth best and fairest award.

Pavlich, who this season was rewarded with his sixth All-Australian jumper, polled 30 votes to snare the Doig Medal from Aaron Sandilands (27 votes).

Sandilands' league-leading 646 hit outs in 2008 was a club record.

Luke McPharlin finished third in the best and fairest count with 26 votes, while Rising Star winner Rhys Palmer (23), Michael Johnson (21) and Ryan Crowley (21) rounded out the top six.

Pavlich, who also took out the goalkicking award after booting 67 majors for the year, has now won the Doig Medal four years in a row.

Only Peter Bell, who won three best and fairests at Fremantle and skippered the Dockers from 2002-06, could rival the 194-game veteran as the club's greatest player.

Amazingly, not since Troy Cook's best and fairest win in 2000 has a player outside of Pavlich or Bell won the award.

Meanwhile Palmer won the Beacon Award as the most outstanding young player after a debut season that saw him average 23 possessions a game.

Luke Webster, who underwent his fourth knee reconstruction in 2008 before announcing his retirement, won the best clubman award.

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