A Minor Premiership and a Preliminary Final berth means the Cats had plenty of strong performers but which five made Hank Ryan’s Top Five for 2019?
5. Joel Selwood
While time is most definitely not on his side, the inspirational skipper’s efforts throughout 2019 could not be questioned. Bleeding profusely from his face, bandaged and broken, he soldiered on from contest to contest, game after game.
4. Mark Blicavs
Played every game and proved himself to be an A-grade fullback, finishing 3rd in total one-percenters and 3rd in total time on ground percentage (showing his elite-level running capacity). When played out of position it seemed that the Cats struggled.
3. Mitch Duncan
Prolific for a good portion of the year as an outside player, Duncan had arguably his best year, averaging 25 possessions. Duncan was an important cog in the Cats link-up.
2. Tim Kelly
Kelly picked up where he left off in the 2018 season. In a star-studded midfield of Dangerfield, Ablett and Selwood – Kelly stood out (itself a huge thing). He kicked crucial goals and had it on a string, Kelly was ranked 9th in total clearances and 8th in metres gained. Amazingly, he finished 5th in the Brownlow in just his second season. Eagles have a beauty,
1. Patrick Dangerfield
1.”oh but he butchers it!”. 2. “oh, but he is a show-pony”. 3. “oh, but he’s a sook”.
- The bloke is going full-pelt most of the time, and a lot of the time he is running away from a stoppage that he has just cleared, under immense pressure, give me a spell.
- Well, yes and no – there are some theatrical elements to his play, but holy demon, don’t we want that? the fact that he backs such razzle dazzle up with sublime play is another off-setting factor
- Well, Chris Scott is his coach.
Dangerfield finished the year averaging 27 touches, was ranked 2nd it total inside 50’s, 2nd in total score involvements, and 5th in total centre clearances. He also booted 27 goals, finishing runner-up in the Brownlow