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Towering Sun wins B&F after record-breaking year

Jarrod Witts tallied 553 votes in the Suns' best and fairest count. Picture: Getty Images - AFL,Gold Coast Suns,Jarrod Witts
Jarrod Witts tallied 553 votes in the Suns' best and fairest count. Picture: Getty Images

JARROD Witts has been named Gold Coast's club champion, capping off an outstanding 12 months for the towering ruckman. 

Witts tallied 553 votes to be well clear of his fellow Suns vice-captain David Swallow (417) who finished second.

Witts and Swallow led from the front. Picture: Getty Images

Much-improved midfielder Darcy Macpherson (368) edged out 2018 winner Jarrod Harbrow by a solitary vote for third place. 

But in front of 450 guests at Southport's Sharks Event Centre, the night belonged to Witts.

His third year at Gold Coast was undoubtedly his best, playing all 22 games and recording an incredible 1008 hitouts, the most by any ruckman in the history of the competition. 

Witts did so much more in his first season as captain though, never dropping his standards despite a difficult year for the Suns, averaging 14 disposals and five clearances.

Swallow, like Witts, thrived with the joint captaincy, playing all 22 games for the first time since winning the Suns' best and fairest in 2014.

Retiring veteran Michael Rischitelli was rewarded for his nine years and 132 games of service by joining Harbrow as the club's only life members.

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Charlie Ballard won the Emerging Player award, Jack Bowes the Most Professional and Swallow and Touk Miller shared the Players’ Player.

Gold Coast's five-man match committee award votes to an unlimited number of players per match. 

The voting process allows each player to receive a maximum of 10 votes from each individual member of the match committee, meaning the maximum votes a player can receive for any match is 50. 

2019 Gold Coast Club Champion Top 10

1st – Jarrod Witts 553
2nd – David Swallow 417
3rd – Darcy MacPherson 368
4th – Jarrod Harbrow 367
5th – Brayden Fiorini 315
6th – Touk Miller 288
7th – Anthony Miles 257
8th – Pearce Hanley 251
9th – Charlie Ballard 214
10th – Jack Hombsch 212