AFL 2021 season awards and honours
2021 AFL All Australian team
The 2021 AFL All Australian Team was announced on Thursday August 26, with Melbourne's Max Gawn named as captain and the Western Bulldogs' Marcus Bontempelli as vice-captain.
2021 AFL ALL-AUSTRALIAN TEAM:
B: Jake Lever (Melbourne), Steven May (Melbourne), Tom Stewart (Geelong)
HB: Bailey Dale (Western Bulldogs), Aliir Allir (Port Adelaide), Daniel Rich (Brisbane)
C: Zach Merrett (Essendon), Ollie Wines (Port Adelaide), Sam Walsh (Carlton)
HF: Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs), Tom Hawkins (Geelong), Christian Petracca (Melbourne)
F: Toby Greene (GWS), Harry McKay (Carlton), Tom Papley (Sydney)
FOLL: Max Gawn (Melbourne), Jack Macrae (Western Bulldogs), Clayton Oliver (Melbourne)
INT: Darcy Parish (Essendon), Nic Naitanui (West Coast), Touk Miller (Gold Coast), Jack Steele (St KIlda),
The team features five players from Melbourne, three from the Western Bulldogs, two each from Carlton, Essendon, Geelong and Port Adelaide, and one each from Brisbane, Gold Coast, GWS, St Kilda, Sydney and West Coast.
Six sides — Adelaide, Collingwood, Fremantle, Hawthorn, North Melbourne and Richmond — are not represented.
The following players were included in the original 40-man squad: Karl Amon (Port), Charlie Cameron (Bris), Sean Darcy (Frem) , Lance Franklin (Syd), Bayley Fritsch (Melb), Jacob Hopper (GWS), Rory Laird (Adel), Jarryd Lyons (Bris), Hugh McCluggage (Bris), Callum Mills (Syd), Tom Mitchell (Haw), David Mundy (Frem), Luke Parker (Syd), Christian Salem (Melb), Paul Seedsman (Adel), Jake Stringer (Ess), Jacob Weitering (Carl), Dayne Zorko (Bris)
A vintage season for Wines — 2021 Brownlow Medal
Port Adelaide's Ollie Wines has crowned his best AFL season by collecting the 2021 Brownlow Medal. The square-jawed midfielder polled XX votes to finish X ahead of the Bulldogs' Marcus Bontempelli. Bontempelli had been favourite to win the award for most of the season but drifted slightly in the betting markets in the last month of the home-and-away rounds.
For Wines, it was some consolation — albeit small — for his side's exit from the 2021 premiership race at the hands of Bontempelli's Bulldogs in the preliminary final.
1. Ollie Wines (Port)
2. Marcus Bontempelli (WB) 33
3. Clayton Oliver (Melb) 31
4. Sam Walsh (Carl) 30
=5. Darcy Parish (Ess), Jack Steele (StK) 26
=7. Tom Mitchell (Haw), Travis Boak (Port) 25
=9. Christian Petracca (Melb), Jarryd Lyons (Bris) 23
AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year
Melbourne midfielder Clayton Oliver has been awarded the 2021 AFL Coaches Association AFL Champion Player of the Year
Oliver’s performances aided the Demons' rise up the ladder in 2021, with Melbourne securing the minor premiership for the first time since its premiership-winning season 57 years ago. The prolific midfielder averaged 31 disposals this season and was ranked first in the league for contested possessions with an average of 17.7, and fourth for clearances with an average of 7.5.
Oliver polled 114 votes to finish 13 clear of the Western Bulldogs' captain Marcus Bontempelli and Port Adelaide's Ollie Wines. Jack Steele came in third with exactly 100 votes.
AFLCA TOP 10 VOTEGETTERS
1. 114 Clayton Oliver (Melb)
=2. 101 Marcus Bontempelli (WB), Ollie Wines (Port)
4. 100. Jack Steele (StK)
5. 97 Touk Miller (GC)
6. 92 Sam Walsh (Carl)
7. 91 Zach Merrett (Ess)
8. 86 Christian Petracca (Melb)
9. 81 Darcy Parish (Ess)
10. 74 Rory Laird (Adel)