McDonald named North’s best and fairest

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Luke McDonald's resurgent 2020 has earned him a maiden Syd Barker Medal as North Melbourne's best and fairest.

After a season cruelled by injury in 2019, the father-son selection played every game for the Kangaroos in a dark year for the club, impressing with lockdown jobs on some of the league's elite players while also racking up plenty of the ball when in defence, recording the sixth most defensive 50 rebounds in the AFL and averaging more than 25 disposals from round nine onwards.

Luke McDonald has been named North Melbourne’s best and fairest for 2020.Credit:Getty Images

McDonald, 25, won the count on Wednesday with 183 votes, 43 clear of emerging midfielder Jy Simpkin.

Hard nut Jed Anderson rounded out the top three, while another strong campaign from Todd Goldstein earned the ruckman fourth place.

Off-season recruit Josh Walker finished seventh, while Shaun Higgins came eighth in what is likely to be his final season at the Kangaroos ahead of an impending move to Geelong.

After finally getting a consistent run of the games at the top level, tall defender Ben McKay placed ninth.

McDonald cleaned up at the awards, also named best clubman and Shinboner of the Year while winning the excellence award, too.

Fellow father-son recruit Bailey Scott was named the club's best young player.

Top 10:
Luke McDonald – 183
Jy Simpkin – 140
Jed Anderson – 138
Todd Goldstein – 131
Trent Dumont – 128
Robbie Tarrant – 93
Josh Walker – 92
Shaun Higgins – 88
Ben McKay – 75
Cameron Zurhaar – 70

Other awards:
Life members: Shaun Atley
The Mazda excellence award: Luke McDonald
Harold Henderson best clubman award: Luke McDonald
Peter Scanlon community award: Ed Vickers-Willis
Shinboner of the Year award: Luke McDonald
Best young player award: Bailey Scott

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