Gary Ablett and Corey Enright have spilt the honours in the Geelong best and fairest both polling 740 votes to finish tied for the award. Enright led the count by one vote going into the Grand Final and polled 29 while Ablett polled 30 to tie for the Award.
This is now Gary Ablett’s second Carji Greeves medal with both coming in premiership years. Ablett has had another marvelous year and walks away with yet another individual accolade for his efforts. While for Enright it is his first Club Best and Fairest award. Enright is regarded as one of the most underrated players in the league and this was shown by him being voted such at the player’s association awards. Enright polled votes in 23 of his 25 games for the season while Ablett polled in 21 of his 22 matches.
This tops off a great year for both players, both played in a premiership and were also named in the 2009 All Australian team. In other awards for the evening Enright also received the coaches award, Tom Gillies was voted best first year player, Brad Ottens Best Clubman, Cameron Mooney leading goal kicker while Matthew Stokes received the Community Award.
Coach Mark Thompson was awarded Geelong Life Membership as were the following players for reaching 150 games: Gary Ablett, Jimmy Bartel and David Wojcinski. Other life memberships were awarded to Nick Ames Geelong Head Physiotherapist) and Rex Gorell (of Rex Gorell Ford).
Best and Fairest Top 10
Gary Ablett, Corey Enright: 740
Jimmy Bartel: 629
Joel Selwood: 617
Paul Chapman: 610
Matthew Scarlett: 585
Joel Corey: 546
Andrew Mackie: 443
Cameron Ling: 411