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AFLW: Bruton makes history

PRESS PLAY above to watch Jenna Bruton winning the Best & Fairest. Jenna Bruton shared a few words after taking home North Melbourne's first ever AFLW Club Champion award.

Jenna Bruton has been awarded the first ever North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos best and fairest medal.

The courageous midfielder finished on 107 votes, edging out 2018 league best and fairest, Emma Kearney (96) and talented utility, Kate Gillespie-Jones (90).

In just her second year in the AFLW, Bruton’s consistency and ball-winning ability stood out, with her average disposals increasing significantly from 11 last season to 18.

Bruton’s AFLW career followed an impressive season in the VFLW, which saw her selected in the 2017 VFLW Team of the Year.

The 158cm midfielder signed with the Kangaroos in the 2018 expansion signing period after debuting with the Western Bulldogs and winning the Grand Final.

Runner-up Kearney went close to claiming another award after her strong year. The club captain recorded a career-high 31 disposals in Round 5, and averaged 20.1 disposals per game.

In third place, Gillespie-Jones showcased her brutal strength and power all over the ground and in the ruck. A career-best season, she averaged 11.7 disposals, 3.6 marks and 5.7 tackles.

Top ten

Bruton 107
Kearney 96
Gillespie-Jones 90
Duffin 85
Gibson 78
Stanton 76
Garner 76
Emma King 72
Randall 71
Ashmore 71

*Each player receives a vote from the head coach and a combined vote from the assistant coaching group. The maximum any player can receive for a game is 20, or 140 across the seven game season.

Other winners:

AFLW Best Clubwoman: Jasmine Garner
AFLW Best Young Player: Tahlia Randall
AFLW Shinboner of the Year: Emma Kearney
AFLW Mazda Next Level Performer: Jess Duffin