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Players vote Scott Pendlebury best AFL captain

Pendlebury broke Tony Shaw’s Pies record of 313 games in Collingwood’s loss to Port Adelaide on Monday night.

“Before you arrive at a club you almost become a bit intimidated by the best players, especially those at a big club like Collingwood, but Pendles removed any of those thoughts before my trade from the Giants to the Magpies had even gone through,” Adams said.

“The aura around Pendles as a person is quite different to what some might expect but the biggest thing that stood out to me upon meeting him for the first time was how much of a genuine, caring guy he is.”

Meanwhile Rising Star award favourite Caleb Serong was voted by players as the AFL’s best first-year player. The Fremantle midfielder is tipped to claim the Rising Star gong on Thursday night when the AFLPA most valuable player and All-Australian team will also be revealed.

Sydney co-captain Dane Rampe was named most courageous player following a season in which he bravely played on in spite of injury.

Essendon star Andrew McGrath was named captain of the 22under22 team, the fourth successive year he has been named in the team. Carlton backman Jacob Weitering, another No.1 draft pick, was named vice-captain.

ROBERT ROSE MOST COURAGEOUS PLAYER
Dane Rampe (Syd) 113
Jack Steele (StK) 95
Jack Viney (Melb) 89
Tom Jonas (Port) 61
Liam Duggan (WC) 47

BEST FIRST-YEAR PLAYER
Caleb Serong (Frem) 340
Noah Anderson (GC) 158
Will Day (Haw) 47
Lachlan Ash (GWS) 30
Mitchell Georgiades (Port) 22

BEST CAPTAIN
Scott Pendlebury (Coll) 116
Marcus Bontempelli (WB) 98
Tom Jonas (Port) 90
Joel Selwood (Geel) 54
Trent Cotchin (Rich) 51

22UNDER22 TEAM
FB: J. Lukosius (GC), J. Weitering (Carl), J. Ridley (Ess)
HB: H. Clark (StK), N. Balta (Rich), L. Baker (Rich)
C: H. McCluggage (Bris L), A. McGrath (Ess), S. Walsh (Carl)
HF: Z. Butters (Port), A. Naughton (WB), G. Miers (Geel)
FF: I. Rankine (GC), M. King (StK), J. Daicos (Coll)
FOLL: S. Darcy (Frem), B. Smith (WB), T. Taranto (GWS)
I/C: N. Coffield (StK), A. Brayshaw (Frem), A. Cerra (Frem), B. King (GC)

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