Caleb Daniel wins the Charles Sutton Medal as the Western Bulldogs' best and fairest for the 2020 season.
Daniel finished with 205 votes, ahead of skipper Marcus Bontempelli (195) and Tom Liberatore (160).
"Being voted the best and fairest for the year is something you've obviously dreamed about ever since you started playing footy. To be able to do that in front of my friends and the players that I've been able to play with this year is something I'll hold with me forever," he said.
"It's really nice being able to have that confidence in your own ability and to trust you've done the work and it's coming out in your game. That's something I'm really happy with and I'm really glad I've been able to get that consistent form throughout the last couple of years."
Nine players received more than $1 million in the 2019 AFL season, with Dustin Martin and Nat Fyfe the standout earners.
It is believed Martin and Fyfe each earnt more than $1.3 million on 2019 accounts, well clear of the game's other million-dollar players headed by West Coast's Jeremy McGovern, GWS's Jeremy Cameron and Sydney's Lance Franklin.
Others in, or near, the million-dollar club include the Giants' Josh Kelly, Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury, Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield, Dog Marcus Bontempelli, Eagle Andrew Gaff, and Carlton's Patrick Cripps.
Marcus Bontempelli will captain the Western Bulldogs in 2020, taking the reins from Easton Wood who announced he was stepping down from the role after two years.
"We've been working together really closely over the last two years and watching him grow over that period it was obvious to me that it was time to step down and support him in his opportunity to lead the group," Wood said of Bontempelli.
"It was a tough decision but I'm incredibly proud and privileged to have had the opportunity to captain the club."
Marcus Bontempelli wins his third Charles Sutton Medal as the Bulldogs' best and fairest for 2019.
Bontempelli took home the award with 299 votes, ahead of Josh Dunkley (270) and Jack Macrae (268). It was Macrae's third consecutive top-three finish.
"The word 'reliable' is something we really value within the football club and that's something I'm probably trying to do week-to-week and, if that's the case, if that's how I'm seen, then I think that's pretty good," Bontempelli said.
Toby Greene is free to take part in Greater Western Sydney's semi-final clash against Brisbane this weekend, with the Giants superstar fined $7500 for serious misconduct following his scuffle with Western Bulldogs midfielder Marcus Bontempelli.
Greene laid himself at the mercy of the AFL Tribunal on Monday night, entering a guilty plea and issuing an apology to Bontempelli at the witness stand.
Ultimately, his remorse – and a favourable medical report from the Bulldogs that revealed Bontempelli suffered no injury as a result of the incident – saved Greene from a suspension.
"I apologise to Marcus for my actions. Obviously, it was nervous times there and I'm extremely apologetic for what I did, but I can't wait to get out there this Saturday night," Greene said afterwards.
Toby Greene is in danger of missing the Giants' semi-final against Brisbane after being charged with serious misconduct following Greater Western Sydney's elimination final victory over the Western Bulldogs.
Greene was involved in a series of offences involving Marcus Bontempelli. He is understood to have made contact with his fingers to the region around Bontempelli’s eyes, dug his forearm into his head and also appears at one stage to pull the hair of the Western Bulldogs midfielder.
Greene was charged for the totality of the incidents, instead of one single offence.
Marcus Bontempelli is recognised by the coaches as the game's best player in 2019.
Bontempelli finished strongly to poll 107 votes from the coaches, finishing 17 votes clear of Patrick Dangerfield and 19 ahead of Nat Fyfe, who rounded out the top three.
"Marcus has had a magnificent season which has been recognised by the coaches and rewarded with what we believe is the most prestigious of all the individual awards in the AFL," the AFL Coaches' Association CEO Mark Brayshaw said.
"The coaches take such care in allocating their votes and have a unique perspective on what succeeds in each of the games. Marcus should be very proud to win this award."
The AFL has ticked off the controversial umpiring decision that saw Josh Dunkley awarded a free kick in the dying seconds of the third quarter in the Bulldogs' three-point win against North Melbourne for being infringed upon in a ruck contest.
It appeared Marcus Bontempelli nominated to be the Bulldog ruckman in the third term contest, as he raised his right hand before Dunkley lifted both arms in the air, while Roo Andrew Swallow kept Dunkley away from North ruckman Todd Goldstein.
However, match audio confirmed Dunkley was first to say he would be the one to contest against Goldstein, before any indication came from Bontempelli.
Following that, Bontempelli put his hand up and the umpire refused the cue.
Swallow and teammate Jamie Macmillan pointed to the big screen and remonstrated after the free kick, saying Bontempelli was the ruck contestant.
However the umpire is heard to say "he'd already nominated" in reference to Dunkley.
The young Bulldog pushed his shot wide and his side trailed at the final break by two points.
Marcus Bontempelli says Chris Hemsworth owes him, after the Hollywood star donned his jumper in the AFL's new television commercial.
As part of the larger campaign Bontempelli is set to be plastered on billboards up and down Australia's east coast along with Sydney's Josh Kennedy, West Coast's Josh Kennedy and GWS forward Jeremy Cameron.
The TV campaign, which builds on the 1990s advertising sensation "I'd like to see that," has been revived to appeal to both new and old AFL fans.
“He is a genuine superstar so it is pretty amazing to be part of this campaign. When I told my family, my sisters seemed more excited to see him in my jumper than me, he owes me one,” Bontempelli said.
Isaac Heeney is judged the AFL's best young player in 2016 by the coaches.
Heeney was a clear standout, polling 569 votes ahead of the next best, Melbourne's Jesse Hogan with 337.
"Obviously it's pretty humbling," Heeney said.
"A bit like last year, obviously the players voted me in as the best first-year player and this year it's the coaches.
"So it's definitely very humbling. To see that Marcus Bontempelli won it last year and where's he's got to in his football already is pretty special. If I can sort of follow along those footsteps it will be something I'll cherish."
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge lauds the resilience of Marcus Bontempelli after the young midfielder was targeted for attention by North Melbourne.
Bontempelli shrugged off the attention, which started in a scuffle with Michael Firrito before the opening bounce, and still finished with 19 touches and a goal in another mature display.
"You didn't have to be Nostradamus to know it was going to happen," Beveridge said.
"There's no doubt the Kangaroos and everyone will think 'If we stop Marcus Bontempelli, we're a chance to stop their midfield' but he's made of pretty special substances Marcus, and his teammates will always support him."
Marcus Bontempelli looms as the next captain of the Western Bulldogs after he was elevated to club's leadership group in just his third season in the AFL.
The 20-year-old has shown great maturity across his 37-career games and was voted in by his teammates to support re-elected skipper Robert Murphy, new vice-captain Easton Wood and veterans Matthew Boyd and Dale Morris.
Murphy said he was delighted to retain the captaincy in the knowledge the up-and-coming Dogs had plenty of young leaders waiting in the wings.
"It’s an honour to lead the club, it’s been an honour of mine to play for the club for a long time,” Murphy said.
"They’re (Wood and Bontempelli) high quality people, great players, and I think they really capture a lot of the spirit of the team and the club at the moment."
Easton Wood caps off a stunning breakout season by winning the Western Bulldogs' best and fairest award.
Entering the season on a one-year deal, the rebounding defender quickly established himself as one of the Dogs' most important players and finished the year with a three-year contract extension, All Australian honours and his first Charles Sutton Medal.
The 26-year-old picked up 268 votes to finish a clear winner ahead of skipper Robert Murphy (229) and second-year sensation Marcus Bontempelli (226).
"I never envisaged I'd have the honour of achieving this," Wood said.
"I truly love this club with every inch of my heart, I'm truly proud to be a part of it and I can guarantee you going forward I'll get every inch out of myself."
Marcus Bontempelli makes his AFL debut for the Western Bulldogs at Docklands Stadium with 14 disposals (6 kicks and 8 handballs) and 5 tackles in a 28-point loss to Carlton.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney says Marcus Bontempelli is very close to making his AFL debut.
"His form is very solid," McCartney said.
"He's learning probably two or three different positions at the moment. We're not sure if he's going to be suited to one area of the ground yet, so part of that is learning where to stand at the stoppage and where to position himself defensively, but the raw talent is really exciting."