Posted: 12 September, 2012 by Triple M Footy

Gary Ablett Has Won The AFLPA MVP Award With Jobe Watson Voted Best Captain

Gary Ablett has been voted the AFL's best player by his peers and won the Leigh Matthew Trophy for a fourth time. Jobe Watson was voted Best Captain while Joel Selwood and Beau Waters tying for Most Courageous.

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UPDATE: Triple M Inteview:

Triple M's The Hot Breakfast spoke to MVP winner Gary Ablett about success not being too far away for Gold Coast and maybe a few premierships.

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Gold Coast Suns captain Gary Ablett has been voted the AFL's best player by his peers and won the Leigh Matthew Trophy for a fourth time.

Jobe Watson was voted Best Captain while Joel Selwood and Beau Waters tied for Most Courageous.

The Best First Year Player Award was taken out by GWS Giant Jeremy Cameron.

AFL Players' Association Awards

Gold Coast Suns champion Gary Ablett Jnr has secured a record-breaking fourth Leigh Matthews Trophy upon being voted by his peers as the AFL Players' Association Most Valuable Player for 2012.

Ablett personally accepted the award at the MVP this evening, having polled 788 votes to finish ahead of Jobe Watson (602 votes) Trent Cotchin (495 votes), Dayne Beams (377) and Josh Kennedy and Patrick Dangerfield who tied for fifth (256).

With the MVP awards celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Ablett becomes the first Gold Coast Suns' player to win the trophy, presented by Open Universities Australia, having won it three years running while at Geelong in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

This year Ablett has amassed 389 kicks (first in the AFL), 61 marks, 287 handballs and 26 goals and averaged 19.5 kicks, 3.1 marks and 14.4 handballs a game.

AFL Players' President Matt Finnis marvelled at Ablett's record, which he says is as impressive as any players to have won it during the awards 30 year history.

"To win one MVP is a significant achievement, but to be voted by your peers as the league's Most Valuable Player on four separate occasions is nothing short of remarkable," said Finnis.

In other awards presented tonight Essendon champion Jobe Watson was named the league's best Captain, ahead of Joel Selwood and Matthew Pavlich.

Selwood also featured in the Robert Rose Most Courageous Award, where he tied for victory with Eagles enforcer Beau Waters, with Saints champion Lenny Hayes following closely.

The much-anticipated Best First Year Player Award was taken out by Greater Western Sydney forward Jeremy Cameron, while mature-aged recruits Dayne Zorko and Ahmed Saad finished second and third respectively.

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The AFL Players' Association has revealed the nomination lists for its prestigious awards for 2012, which are determined by the players themselves.

Voting Process

The MVP voting is a two-stage process, beginning with each player voting for the three teammates he considers to have been the most valuable this season. Each club's votes are then tallied to form a nomination list comprising 54 players across the 18 teams.

Then, in the second round of voting, all AFL players vote for their MVP on a 3, 2, 1 basis from amongst the nominees from all 17 other clubs. The votes are tallied, and the player with the highest score wins the honour of MVP.

The 2012 AFL Players' Association MVP Award Winners will be announced on Tuesday 11 September

MVP Award - Leigh Matthews Trophy

Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide)
Sam Jacobs (Adelaide)
Scott Thompson (Adelaide)
Jed Adcock (Brisbane)
Joel Patfull (Brisbane)
Jack Redden (Brisbane)
Andrew Carrazzo (Carlton)
Chris Judd (Carlton)
Eddie Betts (Carlton)
Dayne Beams (Collingwood)
Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
Dane Swan (Collingwood)
Dustin Fletcher (Essendon)
Brent Stanton (Essendon)
Jobe Watson (Essendon)
Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle)
Luke McPharlin (Fremantle)
Michael Johnson (Fremantle)
Tom Hawkins (Geelong)
James Kelly (Geelong)
Joel Selwood (Geelong)
Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)
Harley Bennell (Gold Coast)
Matthew Warnock (Gold Coast)
Jeremy Cameron (Greater Western Sydney)
Toby Greene (Greater Western Sydney)
Callan Ward (Greater Western Sydney)
Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
Brad Sewell (Hawthorn)
Mitch Clark (Melbourne)
Jack Grimes (Melbourne)
Nathan Jones (Melbourne)
Drew Petrie (North Melbourne)
Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne)
Daniel Wells (North Melbourne)
Matthew Broadbent (Port Adelaide)
Brad Ebert (Port Adelaide)
Jay Schulz (Port Adelaide)
Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
Brett Deledio (Richmond)
Ivan Maric (Richmond)
Sean Dempster (St Kilda)
Lenny Hayes (St Kilda)
Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
Kieren Jack (Sydney)
Josh Kennedy (Sydney)
Ted Richards (Sydney)
Dean Cox (West Coast)
Darren Glass (West Coast)
Scott Selwood (West Coast)
Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs)
Ryan Griffen (Western Bulldogs)
Robert Murphy (Western Bulldogs)

Compare: The MVP Nominees And All Australian Squad

Most Courageous Award

Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide)
Jonathan Brown (Brisbane)
Kade Simpson (Carlton)
Jarryd Blair (Collingwood)
Ben Howlett (Essendon)
Matt de Boer (Fremantle)
Joel Selwood (Geelong)
Campbell Brown (Gold Coast)
Jacob Townsend (Greater Western Sydney)
Ben Stratton (Hawthorn)
Jordan McKenzie (Melbourne)
Leigh Adams (North Melbourne)
Tom Logan (Port Adelaide)
Steven Morris (Richmond)
Lenny Hayes (St Kilda)
Jude Bolton (Sydney)
Beau Waters (West Coast)
Daniel Cross (Western Bulldogs)

Best First Year Player Award

Josh Jenkins (Adelaide)
Dayne Zorko (Brisbane)
Tom Bell (Carlton)
Jamie Elliot (Collingwood)
Mark Baguley (Essendon)
Lachie Neale (Fremantle)
Jackson Sheringham (Geelong)
Kyal Horsley (Gold Coast)
Jeremy Cameron (Greater Western Sydney)
Bradley Hill (Hawthorn)
James Magner (Melbourne)
Sam Gibson (North Melbourne)
Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
Steven Morris (Richmond)
Ahmed Saad (St Kilda)
Harry Cunningham (Sydney)
Murray Newman (West Coast)
Clay Smith (Western Bulldogs)

Best Captain Award

Nathan Van Berlo (Adelaide)
Jonathon Brown (Brisbane)
Chris Judd (Carlton)
Nick Maxwell (Collingwood)
Jobe Watson (Essendon)
Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle)
Joel Selwood (Geelong)
Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)
Luke Power (Greater Western Sydney)
Callan Ward (Greater Western Sydney)
Phil Davis (Greater Western Sydney)
Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
Jack Grimes (Melbourne)
Jack Trengove (Melbourne)
Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne)
Dominic Cassisi (Port Adelaide)
Chris Newman (Richmond)
Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
Adam Goodes (Sydney)
Jarrad McVeigh (Sydney)
Darren Glass (West Coast)
Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs)

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