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AFL.com.au's mid-season awards

R12 | Sam stars against Lions Watch highlights of Sam Walsh's brilliant showing against the Brisbane Lions in Round 12.

Best and fairest 

1. Patrick Cripps – No question. The Carlton co-captain has been extraordinary once again. Whether it's winning the contested ball or as the source of going forward to hit the scoreboard, Cripps has been the club's standout. He might even be leading the Brownlow.

2. Sam Walsh – It's remarkable to think of the impact the teenager has had in his first season at the club, but Walsh has quickly risen to become one of Carlton's most important midfielders. His consistency has been crucial.

3. Sam Petrevski-Seton – An improved start to the year saw Petrevski-Seton's numbers and impact rise to career-high levels. Winning more of the footy and using it effectively, the young midfielder is finally finding his feet in the Carlton engine room. 

Recruit of the year

Nic Newman – The Blues snared Newman for a fourth-round selection, but his impact has been worth much more than that. He's averaging 21 disposals across half-back, with his kicking ability a particularly impressive facet of his game. 

 

Most improved

Jacob Weitering – After a couple of rocky years, Weitering has finally settled nicely in the heart of Carlton's backline. He's intercepting much like he did in junior footy again, while his one-on-one work has also been impressive.

Rookie of the year

Sam Walsh – He's played just 13 games, but the No.1 draft pick has quickly become one of Carlton's most important players. Averaging nearly 25 disposals per game, Walsh is classy, composed and super skilled.

Goal of the year

David Cuningham, Round 6 v Hawthorn – The classy Carlton forward brushed aside Hawthorn captain Ben Stratton with a fend-off, before running to the pocket and squeezing his shot home from just inside the boundary.

 

Mark of the year

Liam Jones, Round 6 v Hawthorn – Fourth in the queue as a pack assembled, the Carlton defender leapt over teammate Caleb Marchbank and hauled in a lovely contested grab. - Riley Beveridge

WATCH: Jones flies against the Hawks