All awards have their quirks. Media awards are voted on by blokes that sometimes spend their time at the bar and check the stats at the end to decide who’s best or just pick the gun who’s having a good run. SUNDAY Footy Show usually gives votes to whoever’s the guest and the “out of 10 votes” awards can be influenced by different judges who always give 9s and others who only give 7s and 8s. Some years a player absolutely dominated so it doesn’t matter, he won them all but this year has a large group of players who have all played brilliantly so every award could go to anyone.Each award has its quirks.
Coaches may rate player games according to different standards.
Players might not watch games enough but still have a vote.
At the end of the day though they are both prestigious in themselves.
Bont has won something Cripps would trade everything else for however, and been the club’s bnf doing it which is the big gold standard.
Bont - the player I reckon coaches notice the other stuff he does that media doesn’t. Also rewards consistency as often more than 5 players get votes. Bont scores in 16 games but not always as best 3
Cripps - the players’ player who is incredibly popular (and incredibly good)
??? - the one that stands out enough for umpires to notice during a busy day at work. Usually a good choice but an occasional Priddis/Woewodin pops up.
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