Hawthorn’s 2020 club award winners have been revealed, with four Hawks receiving honours so far in tonight’s Peter Crimmins Medal count.
Retiring champion Paul Puopolo goes out with a bang, taking home the Best Clubman award.
“It means a lot,” Puopolo said after receiving the news.
“I guess it represents someone that shows the best assets for the club, and I’m really honoured to have been picked, especially in such a tough time for the club.
“I’m really humbled to win this award, I know that the last few people in front of me who have won it are really great people, so I’m really honoured.”
There were no surprises in regards to Hawthorn’s Best First Year player, with Will Day receiving the honours off the back of a stunning debut season.
The 19-year-old averaged 16 disposals, four marks and three rebound 50s across his 11 senior appearances – an effort that saw him poll 12 votes and finish fifth in the league’s Rising Star award.
Jack Scrimshaw received the nod for the Hawks’ Most Improved Player in season 2020, following an impressive rise in the back half of the season.
Scrimshaw chalks his rapid development up to a renewed focus following the mid-season shut down.
“I struggled not making the team in the first couple of rounds,” Scrimshaw admitted.
“I put my head down over the break we had for COVID and made it my mission to get back in the side.
“The coaching staff and fitness staff put in a great program for me over the break, and they made sure I gave myself every opportunity.”
And last but certainly not least, Jack Gunston has been named Hawthorn’s Most Consistent Player for the second time in his career.
Gunston has so far polled votes in all of the games he played this season, and was a pillar of consistency up forward – his 31 goals enough for third place in the Coleman Medal tally.
Stay tuned for further updates from tonight’s Peter Crimmins Medal vote count..