Jack Gunston added to his increasingly impressive football resume on Wednesday night, named Hawthorn’s best and fairest for season 2020.
Already a three-time premiership player and an All-Australian in 2018, Gunston claimed his first Peter Crimmins Medal after a season in which the forward kicked 31 goals for the Hawks to be the club’s leading goalkicker for the third time. Gunston, 28, also led Hawthorn for marks in 2020, averaging more than four per game across his 16 senior matches this season.
Gunston finished the count with 102 votes, edging 2018 Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell (96), whose comeback season from a broken leg was good enough to warrant a runner-up finish. Chad Wingard was third with 73 votes. Last year’s winner James Worpel secured another top-five placing, while first-year defender Will Day’s impressive entry into AFL ranks was capped with a top-10 spot.
Backman Sam Frost finished seventh in his first year as a Hawk after arriving from Melbourne.