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Tim Kelly is leading the AFL Coaches Association votes after 12 rounds. - Geelong Cats
Tim Kelly is leading the AFL Coaches Association votes after 12 rounds.

Best and fairest

1. Tim Kelly – Gone to new heights after his incredible debut season. Has jumped from 22.9 to 26.6 disposals per match and is leading the AFL Coaches Association votes.

2. Mark Blicavs – Has arguably had a better season than last when he claimed his second Carji Greeves Medal. Aside from North Melbourne's Ben Brown in round eight, Blicavs is yet to lower his colours. 

3. Patrick Dangerfield – At least four best-on-ground performances, potentially up to six. Only behind Blicavs because he missed one match and had no impact on another through injury.

Recruit of the year: Gary Rohan – Acquired for pick 62 and has delivered in spades. Chris Scott said the Cats couldn't be happier with Rohan's output, especially when the ball is in opposition hands. Has kicked 14.2 from set shots.

Most improved: Mark O'Connor – Transformed from a raw and skinny defender into an integral part of Geelong's defensive structure. Played the final four games of last season and yet to miss a match this season. Incredible composure for a 19-game player.

Rookie of the Year: Gryan Miers – Running machine who has forced his way into the Cats' line-up after spending his entire debut season in the VFL. The 20-year-old has proven the ideal link between the arcs and hit the scoreboard for 15 goals, playing every match. 

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Goal of the year: Gary Ablett, round five v Hawthorn. Running towards the left forward pocket at the City End of the MCG, Ablett snapped inside-out on his right boot at a crucial stage of the match.  

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Mark of the year: Tom Stewart, round nine v Western Bulldogs. Used Tom Liberatore as a step ladder and made time slow down with a traditional one-on-one hanger.

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