Daniel Wells is again a Syd Barker medallist and again he has tied with one of his North Melbourne teammates to do so.
Wells joined key defender Scott Thompson on Monday night as equal winner of the Roos’ best and fairest for 2013 after a thrilling count at Crown Palladium.
It is the first time Thompson has earned the club’s top honour and completes a career year for the 27-year-old, after he was also named full back in the All-Australian team.
Wells, who was also awarded life membership on Monday night, won his first Syd Barker Medal in 2011, when he tied with Andrew Swallow.
There was nearly a three-way tie this year after Todd Goldstein fell just short of joining Wells and Thompson, who polled 50 votes each.
Goldstein, who had an outstanding season in the ruck, finished just one vote behind on 49, coming in ahead of key forward Drew Petrie on 46 and emerging youngsters Ben Cunnington and Ryan Bastinac, both on 45.
Thompson’s triumph is the latest chapter in his storybook emergence as an A Grade performer. It was not that long ago that the reliable full-back was playing club football for South Barwon in the Geelong Football League.
Wells’ second gong is due recognition of the explosive and consistent player he has become.
Wells, who played every game, led the Roos for inside 50s, finished third for disposals – averaging 21.3 a game – and finished second for goal assists. He also contributed 35 goals himself – fourth overall for the team.
It appeared Thompson might claim the medal outright after he held the lead coming into the final rounds of the season, but missing the last three games cost him.
Syd Barker Medal
1. Scott Thompson 50
1. Daniel Wells 50
3. Todd Goldstein 49
4. Drew Petrie 46
5. Ben Cunnington 45
6. Ryan Bastinac 45
7. Jack Ziebell 43
8. Lachie Hansen 41
9. Sam Gibson 41
10. Aaron Mullett 40
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.