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Sandilands named Dockers' best

By Justin Chadwick 10/10/2009 06:39:36 AM Comments (0)

Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands capped a sensational AFL season by taking out the Dockers' best and fairest award on Friday night.

The 211cm 26-year-old, named in the All-Australian side for the second straight season, beat skipper Matthew Pavlich to claim the Doig Medal, with forward-cum-defender Chris Tarrant finishing third.

Rebounding defender Paul Duffield finished fourth while midfielders Paul Hasleby and David Mundy tied for fifth.

Sandilands, who finished runner up to Pavlich in the Doig Medal count last season, averaged an imposing 33 hit-outs, 17 disposals and five clearances per game this season and had a disposal efficiency of 70 per cent.

The Beacon Award for the club's best first-year player was won by speedy midfielder Stephen Hill, who was snared with pick No.3 in last year's national draft.

Hill, who played all 22 games and earned a rising star nomination in round six for his starring role in Fremantle's western derby win over West Coast, won the award ahead of Nick Suban and Greg Broughton.

Life membership honours were bestowed on outgoing president Rick Hart and long-serving defender Antoni Grover.

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