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Pearce wins club best and fairest

MELBOURNE captain Daisy Pearce has won the club’s 2017 AFLW best and fairest award.

Pearce received the award in the Harrison Room at the MCG before Melbourne’s clash against Carlton on Sunday.

She claimed it with 199 votes – nine ahead of runner-up Karen Paxman (190) and third-placed Elise O’Dea (185).

Lily Mithen (159) finished fourth and Mel Hickey (158) rounded out the top five.

It capped off an outstanding year for Pearce, who was named AFLW All-Australian captain and the AFLW players’ best captain last week.

Paxman had a brilliant season, after finishing equal second to Adelaide’s Erin Phillips in the AFLW best and fairest medal and coming runner-up in the AFLW players’ most valuable player award. She was also named All-Australian.

O’Dea, who was a joint vice-captain of Melbourne this year, was also named All-Australian.

Mithen, who was one of four Melbourne players to receive NAB AFL Women’s Rising Star nominations this year, and Hickey, who was named in the AFLW All-Australian team had fine seasons.

Laura Duryea (148) finished sixth, followed by Jasmine Grierson (146), Cat Phillips (143), Katherine Smith (142) and Lauren Pearce (138).

Shelley Scott received the 2017 AFLW ‘Play Like a Demon’ Award.

2017 Melbourne AFLW best and fairest results

2017 AFLW Best and Fairest Award: Daisy Pearce

2017 AFLW Best and Fairest Award Runner-up: Karen Paxman

2017 AFLW Best and Fairest Award Second runner-up: Elise O’Dea

2017 AFLW ‘Play Like a Demon’ Award: Shelley Scott

The results

1 Daisy Pearce (199)

2 Karen Paxman (190)

3 Elise O'Dea (185)

4 Lily Mithen (159)

5 Melissa Hickey (158)

6 Laura Duryea (148)

7 Jasmine Grierson (146)

8 Cat Phillips (143)

9 Katherine Smith (142)

10 Lauren Pearce (138)

11 Shelley Scott (134)

12 Sarah Lampard (131)

13 Mia-Rae Clifford (121)

14 Alyssa Myfsud (116)

15 Emma Humphries (101)

16 Madeliene Boyd (100)

17 Richelle Cranston (97)

18 Deanna Berry (90)

19 Harriet Cordner (85)

20 Brooke Patterson (82)

21 Jessica Anderson (60)

22 Ainslie Kemp (59)

23 Aliesha Newman (49)

24 Meg Downie (40)

25 Sarah Jolly (33)

26 Elise Strachan (10)