The 2021 Syd Barker Medal

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The one true King of the North
Apr 24, 2013
Arden Street Hill
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North Melbourne
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After 11 rounds, we felt it the right time of the year to take a look at each AFL club and their key best and fairest hopes.
Taking a different mindset in as opposed to a Brownlow Medal deep dive, we have dissected all 18 clubs and put forward who we believe are the leading contenders as well as those in the mix at the halfway point of the 2021 season.

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Jack Ziebell would be comfortably leading North Melbourne’s best and fairest right now. His move into defence has been one of the few highlights of the Roos’ season so far. Yes, you could say he gets a lot of cheap ball, but he has provided leadership and rebound for a side that has desperately needed it. On top of that, there aren’t many Kangaroos who have even played every game this year.

IN THE MIX: Ben McKay, Ben Cunnington, Aaron Hall, Jy Simpkin

Jy Simpkin is one of the few who have played 11 games and he has been a consistent performer through the midfield. He broke out in 2020 and has continued on nicely in trying circumstances.

Aaron Hall and Ben Cunnington have both missed matches, but have frequently been in the club’s best so far this season. Hall is another who has been successfully redeployed in defence, while Cunnington gets the job done on-ball regardless of the match situation.

Ben McKay has been one of the breakout players of the season at full-back and has a big future ahead of him.

Nic Negrepontis

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