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‘Making us better’: Weitering caps rise with maiden Nicholls medal

“Last year, we asked Jacob to take the next step as a key defender and a leader. He not only welcomed that responsibility, he thrived on it,” Teague said.

“What is great about Jacob is how much he cares about making us a better football club. He pushes himself to compete and beat his opponents, he pushes his teammates to be better, leading from the front with his work ethic and his actions.

“He is now reaping the rewards of his hard work as we’ve seen, and as a football club we couldn’t be prouder to have Jacob crowned our 2020 John Nicholls medallist.”

Weitering averaged 11.1 disposals and 4.3 marks per game last year, while he repeatedly curbed some of the game’s best forwards in a year when he was also selected in the 40-man All-Australian squad.

Fellow backmen Liam Jones and Lachie Plowman completed the top five in the medal count, while co-captain Patrick Cripps, a three-time winner, finished ninth in a year when he battled injury and didn’t have his typical impact. Co-captain Sam Docherty finished seventh, completing a strong season upon returning from his latest serious knee injury.

Sam Walsh had a fine year on the wing and through the midfield.

Sam Walsh had a fine year on the wing and through the midfield.Credit:Getty Images

Walsh enjoyed a fine year on the wing and through the midfield, while Curnow was typically robust in the contest.

Meanwhile, North Melbourne pair Todd Goldstein and Jed Anderson have been sent for scans after each was hurt in Friday’s intra-club clash at Arden Street.

As Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley watched on with interest, Goldstein clutched his ribs after a heavy hit in the third quarter, while Anderson left the field in the first term with a calf injury. The Kangaroos open their home-and-away campaign against Port Adelaide at Marvel Stadium in four weeks.

Richmond premiership star Dion Prestia is in a race to be fit to face Carlton in round one, having hurt his hamstring.

CARLTON’S TOP 10 IN 2020

Jacob Weitering (137 votes)
Sam Walsh (126 votes)
Ed Curnow (103 votes)
Lachie Plowman (95 votes)
Liam Jones (83 votes)
Jack Martin (81 votes)
Sam Docherty (76 votes)
Levi Casboult (75 votes)
Patrick Cripps (73 votes)
Kade Simpson (68 votes)

The Carltonians William A. Cook Trophy: Sam Walsh

The Spirit of Carlton Award: Marc Pittonet

The Bill Lanyon Inner Blue Ruthless Award: Jacob Weitering

Best Young Player Award: Tom De Koning

Best Clubman Award: Nic Newman

Coaches Award: Jack Martin

Most Valuable Bluebagger Award: Liam Jones

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