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Cats rate Enright as Ablett's equal

By Sam Lienert 01/10/2009 11:36:36 PM Comments (0)

Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett has shared Geelong's best and fairest with Corey Enright in the first tie in the AFL premiers' history.

It was Ablett's second best and fairest award, both won in premiership years, after he also claimed the Cats' top honour in 2007.

He was also runner-up to Joel Corey last season and third in 2005 and 2006.

His win this year caps a season which has netted him the AFL players' association and AFL coaches' association's best player awards, as well as the Brownlow.

Enright's joint victory was a reward for a season which also resulted in him earning All Australian selection for a second straight year.

The 28-year-old, who plays in the midfield and defence, led Ablett by one vote leading into the grand final.

But Ablett polled 30 votes to Enright's 29 as the Cats downed St Kilda in the decider to leave them tied on 740 votes.

While Enright played all 25 of the Cats' matches this season, injury restricted Ablett to 22.

The pair were clear victors, ahead of former Brownlow winner Jimmy Bartel in third place (629 votes), then Joel Selwood (617) and Norm Smith Medallist Paul Chapman (610).

Bartel has now polled in the top three of the Cats' best and fairest for four straight seasons, without winning.

Among other honours handed out on the night, Enright received the coach's award.

Ablett, Bartel, fellow dual premiership player David Wojcinski, and coach Mark Thompson were all awarded life membership.

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