GEELONG spearhead Tom Hawkins has claimed his maiden Coleman Medal.
The Cats forward's two goals against Sydney on Sunday took his tally to 42 for the season and delivered an near-unassailable lead.
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With Fremantle's Matt Taberner (29 goals) a late withdrawal from Sunday's night's clash against the Western Bulldogs, only a Monday night 11-goal miracle from Port Adelaide's Charlie Dixon (31) against Collingwood could usurp Hawkins at the top.
Dixon managed just one major in the Power's win over the Magpies, leaving Hawkins well clear at the top.
West Coast's two-time winner Josh Kennedy (31) lost any chance of making inroads on Thursday night when he succumbed to a nasty ankle injury against North Melbourne.
Hawkins, 32, is the oldest Coleman medallist since Sydney's Tony Lockett in 1998.
It caps a stellar season for the Cats big man who is on the verge of claiming a back-to-back Virgin Australia AFL All-Australian blazer and his third overall.
He will also finish the season as the No.1 ranked player in the competition for score involvements, on the podium for goal assists and top-10 for contested marks.
Hawkins, who will turn 33 next July, is edging towards a two-year contract extension with the Cats that would tie him to the club until the end of 2022.