Mitch Maguire in action for Canberra. Photo: Matt Corby/NEAFL.

By JESS WEBSTER

 

NEAFL Rising Star winner Mitch Maguire put icing on the cake of a stunning breakout season by claiming the Canberra Demons best-and-fairest award on Friday night.

The 20-year-old polled 143 votes to be a comfortable winner ahead of runner-up Mitchell Hardie (90) after a season where Maguire also finished fourth in the NEAFL MVP voting.

Coach Kade Klemke said the best-and-fairest was testament to Maguire’s consistency and on-field leadership in 2018.
 
“Mitch really led the way this season. While we were inconsistent as a team early, Mitch continued to deliver week-in, week-out. It’s testament to the type of player and leader he is,” he told canberrademons.com.au.
 
“Mitch sets a great example for our young group and is incredibly important for what we’re trying to build here.”
 
Maguire was an integral part of Canberra’s rise up the ladder towards a maiden finals appearance, where the midfielder collected 45 disposals in the club’s first ever finals win against Sydney University.
Following his dominant finals campaign, Maguire was also named Canberra’s Player of the Finals, becoming the first ever player to receive the award.
 
In other awards, the Demons’ Rising Star Award went to Angus Baker, Tom Highmore was awarded Players’ Player, Alex Smout took home the Most Consistent and captain Aaron Bruce won the Coaches Award.

 

 

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