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AFL Media mid-season awards

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Shannon Hurn of the Eagles in action during the 2019 AFL round 04 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on April 14, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos)
AFL Media's Travis King reckons Shannon Hurn would be leading the John Worsfold Medal race at the midpoint of season 2019

Best and fairest 

1. Shannon Hurn – Has the skipper's 2019 been better than last year? Kicks, possessions, disposal efficiency, contested marks and rebound 50s all increased. On track for All Australian honours again, maybe this time as captain.

2. Elliot Yeo – Started a touch slowly after a limited pre-season but was an inspiration behind five-game winning streak. Could push for rare honour of three straight John Worsfold medals, depending on severity of his calf injury.

3. Brad Sheppard – 'Mr. Consistent' down back. Regularly shuts down the opposition's most dangerous small forward and averaging a career-best 19.7 disposals.

Recruit of the year: Tom Hickey – The Eagles needed someone to compete and help hold the fort without Nic Naitanui and the former Saint has been their best option in the ruck to date, averaging 19 hitouts and 12 disposals in eight games. 

Most improved: Jack Petruccelle – His form has tailed off slightly in the past month but Petruccelle's blistering pace and smarts were on display in a 10-goal stretch over five games early in the year. Played every match after three in debut year.

Rookie of the Year: Oscar Allen – Could argue for Petruccelle, however Allen's ability to pinch-hit in the ruck and play off Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling in attack has been more important to the overall team structure. Has 12 goals in 11 games. A future star. 


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Goal of the year: Jack Petruccelle, round two v Greater Western Sydney – Streaking away from congestion on the wing, Petruccelle took two bounces and drilled a team-lifting major. 

Mark of the year: Liam Ryan, round nine v Melbourne – Ryan sprinted from outside 50 to the top of the goalsquare and launched over Melbourne giant Max Gawn for a towering grab before slotting the go-ahead major.