Young gun Oliver is Demons’ best

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The courageous onballer polled 530 votes on Monday night to claim the “Keith Bluey” Truscott Memorial Trophy by 184 votes over runner-up and co-captain Jack Viney (346).

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It was extraordinary year for Oliver, 20, who averaged 30 possessions across 22 games and polled most votes for Melbourne in seven matches.

Fellow co-captain Nathan Jones and premiership Hawk Jordan Lewis tied for third on 327 votes, underlining Lewis’s considerable on-field value after his shock trade from Hawthorn last year.

Clayton Oliver has won Melbourne’s best and fairest in just his second season. Picture: Mark Dadswell

Clayton Oliver has won Melbourne’s best and fairest in just his second season. Picture: Mark DadswellSource:News Corp Australia

It was the sixth time in Jones’ career he has finished top-three in the club champion award.

Reliable backman Neville Jetta was also duly recognised for his important defensive role, finishing fifth.

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Ex-Bomber Michael Hibberd finished in sixth in his first season at the Demons, while exciting youngster Christian Petracca was one spot lower in his second full season.

However, the voting also laid bare the coaches frustrations with defender Christian Salem, who finished in 20th place, and Jack Watts in 21st.

Jack Watts has finished 21st in Melbourne’s best and fairest. Picture: Getty

Jack Watts has finished 21st in Melbourne’s best and fairest. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Watts finished fifth in last year’s award but battled form and injury issues in the second half of the season and has been put up for trade.

Watts, 26, and Salem, 22, both played 16 games this year.

MELBOURNE’S BEST AND FAIREST TOP 10

PLAYER VOTES
Clayton Oliver 530 votes
Jack Viney 346 votes
Nathan Jones 327 votes
Jordan Lewis 327 votes
Neville Jetta 321 votes
Michael Hibberd 318 votes
Christian Petracca 302 votes
Tom McDonald 278 votes
Dom Tyson 275 votes
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