Selwood crowned best and fairest
THE accolades have continued for former Bendigo footballer Joel Selwood, who won his second Carji Greeves Medal as AFL club Geelong's 2013 best and fairest on Thursday night.
The Geelong skipper polled 323 votes to win by 12 from defender Harry Taylor (311).
Selwood became the 23rd player to win the Cats' best and fairest more than once, having also taken out the honour in 2010, while he was second last year.
The best and fairest caps an incredible season by 25-year-old Selwood.
Among the highlights of 2013 for the former Bendigo Pioneer and Kennington-Sandhurst junior were also being named the captain of the All-Australian team, voted the best captain and most courageous player in the AFL Players Association awards, plus finishing second in the Brownlow Medal when pipped by one vote by former team-mate Gary Ablett.
"I was a Geelong supporter growing up, so this (winning the best and fairest) does mean a fair bit," Selwood told the audience of more than 1500 people, which included his parents Bryce and Maree.
"I was close in the Brownlow, but being respected and honoured by the people who know what goes on within the four walls means a little bit more to me."
Season 2013 was Selwood's seventh with Geelong since being selected by the Cats with pick seven in the 2006 draft.
The inspirational leader played all 25 games, averaging 24.6 disposals, 5.6 tackles, 5.1 clearances and 4.0 marks per game, while he also added an extra string to his bow, kicking a career best 30 goals.
Before this season, Selwood's best return in front of goal had been 15 in 2011.
"It was a strange season... it was one where I started really well and then I probably got a bit more attention," Selwood said.
"Stevie (Johnson) probably got reported a bit too much and I got the tag.
"But in winning this award... there's so many other players who could be up here too.
"It's a great footy club to be part of because we are so close. We love playing with each other."
Summing up the hard-at-it-approach to his footy is the fact Selwood was forced from the field 14 times with the blood rule this year.
As for missing out on the Brownlow Medal by one vote to Gold Coast's Ablett, Selwood was his usual humble self and turned his attention to team success.
"He's a pretty easy man to run to second to. I think he's the best player in the league," Selwood said.
"The Brownlow is a great award, but it's not one that really drives me.
"I would love to captain this side to a premiership at some stage.
"We got so close this year (beaten in preliminary final by Hawthorn) and that's what hurts. I thought we were good enough this year."