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Rocky's road leads to second best and fairest

Tom Rockliff of the Lions leads the team from the field after his 100th match during the 2014 AFL Round 21 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Brisbane Lions at the MCG, Melbourne on August 16, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Tom Rockliff has won his second Brisbane Lions' best and fairest medal
BRISBANE Lions vice-captain Tom Rockliff has capped a brilliant season, taking out his second Merrett-Murray Medal as the club's best and fairest player on Friday night.

Rockliff (138 votes) won a close count from midfield livewire Dayne Zorko (134) and reigning two-time winner Joel Patfull (121).

The accolade was the highlight of a huge night for the 24-year-old at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, as he also won Player’s Player Award, Members Player of the Year and the Shaun Hart Most Competitive Player Award.

Rockliff averaged 32.7 disposals and 9.1 tackles a game (both first in the AFL) and was named in the 40-man All Australian squad earlier this week.

He is just the sixth player in Lions’ merged history to win multiple Merrett-Murray Medals, joining Michael Voss, Simon Black, Jason Akermanis, Jonathan Brown and Patfull.

Zorko had the best of his three seasons to push Rockliff right to the wire.

Zorko played 21 games to Rockliff's 18, but both men missed the final round against Geelong.

The small forward averaged 22 disposals a game, including career highs of 36 and 38 in his final two matches against Collingwood and Fremantle.

NAB Rising Star winner Lewis Taylor topped off a winning week taking out the highly contested Rookie of the Year Award, while second-year forward Michael Close was the recipient of the Most Professional Award.

Rookie of the year - Lewis Taylor
Most competitive player - Tom Rockliff
Most professional player - Michael Close
Players' player of the year - Tom Rockliff
Members' player of the year - Tom Rockliff