Grimes’ adds best and fairest to Tiger resume
Veteran defender Dylan Grimes’ already outstanding football resume has been improved with the backman taking out his first Jack Dyer Medal as Richmond best and fairest on Thursday night.
Already a three-time premiership hero, and named All-Australian two years ago, Grimes finished atop the count, which was held virtually because of COVID-19.
Dylan Grimes.Credit:Getty Images
His previous best finish had been third.
Grimes played 21 matches for the season, helping shore up an often depleted Richmond defence.
He led the Tigers for intercepts and one-percenters, was second for marks, third for contested marks and fifth for rebound 50s.
Grimes polled 51 votes to finish five clear of dual premiership pair Liam Baker and Jack Graham, who tied for second.
Despite missing the final month of the season through injury, superstar Dustin Martin still managed to finish equal fifth, alongside Jack Riewoldt.
Richmond’s continued reliance on its experienced nucleus was reflected in the fact that the top 10 was filled entirely by members of the club’s recent premiership seasons.
Meanwhile, retiring veteran David Astbury was recognised with the Francis Bourke Award for best upholding the team’s trademark values.
Riley Collier-Dawkins claimed the Bill Cosgrove/Harry Jenkins best first-year player award, Will Martyn was named VFL best and fairest and Bachar Houli notched his third David Mandie Community Award.
The Tigers plummeted down the ladder in 2021, finishing the year in 12th after struggling in the run home.
1st – Dylan Grimes, 51 votes
Eq. 2nd – Jack Graham, 46
Eq. 2nd – Liam Baker, 46
4th – Shai Bolton, 45
Eq. 5th – Jack Riewoldt, 40
Eq. 5th – Dustin Martin, 40
7th – Jayden Short, 39
8th – Tom Lynch, 38
9th – Kane Lambert, 35
Eq. 10th – Trent Cotchin, 33
Eq. 10th – Nathan Broad, 33
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