THIS time last week, we asked you to decide on your award winners for the 2020 season to date.
Here’s what you decided.
Best and fairest: Jacob Weitering, Jack Martin, Ed Curnow
We asked fans to provide their three, two and one votes for the best and fairest award.
Jacob Weitering led the count deservedly, being the best contested one-on-one defensive player in the competition so far this season. Voted into the leadership group for the first time, Weitering has consistently stood up in 2020, keeping notable forwards such as Tom Lynch, Tom McDonald and Justin Westhoff goalless.
In his first year in Navy Blue, Jack Martin has made an immediate on-field impact. His speed, agility and ability to hit the scoreboard has been vital in the Blues’ forward half this year. Whether he’s been hitting the scoreboard up forward or providing a spark in the middle, Martin has slotted in seamlessly at his new club: his performance against the Western Bulldogs - which saw him voted best afield by the coaches - was arguably his best of the season so far.
Always a consistent leader for the Blues, it’s no mystery why Ed Curnow is valued by Bluebaggers. Curnow is a tireless worker on-field, averaging 18 disposals and nine contested disposals a game. The veteran - who narrowly pipped Sam Walsh in third - provides pressure, leadership and quick decision making week in and week out, solidifying his role as a consistent midfielder.
Best new Blue: Jack Martin
It’s hard to say what hasn’t already been said about Martin, who was the unanimous choice as the best new Blue. The No.21 was quick to make his mark at his new club, needing only one game to show his new supporters what he was capable of with four goals in a quarter against the reigning premiers. With such a hot start to 2020, Bluebaggers can hardly wait to see what else Martin can bring to Carlton this year and beyond.
Most improved: Will Setterfield
Will Setterfield arguably exceeded external expectations when he played 16 games in his first season at Carlton, but 2020 has been the year where he has shown exactly what he can do. After interrupted pre-seasons in the past, Setterfield has burst out of the blocks, arguably getting better every week. A growing presence alongside Patrick Cripps, Setterfield’s shift to an inside midfield role has brought instant results: he has averaged over six tackles and just shy of four clearances since the relocation to the hub.
Spirit of Carlton: Sam Docherty
He’s back. After two years out of the game, the co-captain has returned and he hasn’t missed a beat. The former All-Australian has shown exactly what Carlton had been missing in his two years out of the game, averaging 20 disposals and six marks across his 10 games. When it comes to the Spirit of Carlton award, there wasn’t a more popular pick than the captain who has worked so hard to get back to playing football.
Ruthless award: Kade Simpson
There were no questions about this one. A tireless contributor week after week, Kade Simpson continues to contribute to Carlton’s back half after 17 years. So often described as the ‘heart and soul’ of the Club, Simpson’s decision-making and effective ball use is as prevalent as ever. When it comes to being ruthless, Simpson has shown no signs of slowing down, producing big moments in narrow wins against Essendon and North Melbourne with the game on the line.