Mentor claims best and fairest in debut season with Pies

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Co-captain Geva Mentor has capped off an incredible debut season in black and white by winning the Collingwood Magpies’ best and fairest tonight.

Tash Lewis

Mentor was one of five winners at the E.W. Copeland Trophy as Collingwood celebrated its many seasons. Brodie Grundy (AFL), Alex Woodward (VFL), Jaimee Lambert (VFLW) and Brendan Stroud (VWFL) all joined Mentor as the best performed players in their teams in 2019.

Taking the court for a complete 2019 Super Netball season, Mentor tallied the second most deflections (86) and defensive rebounds (33) for goal defenders in the league.

In July Mentor gained her 146th test cap after winning national selection to share in the English Roses World Cup campaign that brought home bronze honours from Liverpool.

Earlier, Mentor was awarded an order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 New Year honours list for distinguished contribution to international netball.

The 35-year-old finished the night on 62 votes, polling in fifteen matches across the home and away season. Mentor was also awarded the players’ player award.

Rounding out the top five was Australian Diamond Kelsey Browne in third place with 39 votes, followed closely by Nat Medhurst (37 votes) and Shimona Nelson (32 votes).

Collingwood cross-coder Ash Brazill finished second in the best and fairest count at 57 votes, a mere five votes behind Mentor.

The 29-year-old played a full 2019 season and celebrated a milestone 100 national league games in round ten against the Giants.

The mid-courter accrued the most centre pass breaks (6) for the league and answered for 34 turnover gains and 18 intercepts. Brazill was recognised as the Most Valued Player for the last three consecutive rounds of the home and away season.

Only two weeks ago Brazill won national selection with the Australian Diamonds Constellation Cup team. Earlier this year the cross-code half-back was named in the AFLW All-Australian team. Brazill is the first current international netballer to win All-Australian AFLW honours.

2019 Collingwood Magpies Netball best and fairest top 5

1. Geva Mentor 62 votes

2. Ash Brazill 57 votes

3. Kelsey Browne 39 votes

4. Nat Medhurst 37 votes

5. Shimona Nelson 32 votes

Players’ player award: Geva Mentor

E.W. Copeland trophy (AFL best and fairest): Brodie Grundy

Joseph Wren award (best VFL player): Alex Woodward

VFLW best and fairest: Jaimee Lambert

VWFL best and fairest: Brendan Stroud

Congratulations to Ruby Edmunds and Tracey Groombridge for winning the Fan MVP competition!

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