B Jensen October 5 2003

GEELONG and Australian full-back Matthew Scarlett has won his first Geelong best and fairest award on Friday night. Scarlett easily won from deputy vice captain Cameron Ling and vice captain Brenton Sanderson. The next half a dozen places closely grouped. As forgettable as the season was, Scarlett's rise and rise was a highlight. He was one of the first penciled into the All Australian team, and will take on Ireland in the International Rules series later this year.

Speedster Andrew Carrazzo won the VFL best and fairest while Gary Ablett was named most improved. Ben Graham finished sixth after a forgettable 2003, having a solid second half to the season. Paul Chapman, expected by many to be in the top five, finished eight.

1: Scarlett 560
2: Ling 431
3: Sanderson 319
4: Ablett 298
5: Enright 290
6: Graham 282
7: Rooke 272
8: Chapman 229
9: Corey 224
10: Harley 223


Most determined and dedicated player: Jarad Rooke
Best team and most constructive player: Paul Chapman
Most improved player: Gary Ablett
Best first year player: Matthew McCarthy
Leading goal kicker: Kent Kingsley
Best clubman: James Rahilly
Coach’s award: Corey Enright
Community champion award: Cameron Ling

Best and fairest: Andrew Carrazzo
Runner up best and fairest: Tim Callan
Third best and fairest: Shannon Byrnes
Best first year player: Brent Moloney


Geelong's All Australian fullback Matthew Scarlett's bizarre celebration of the Cats' last minute win in over Port Adelaide in Round 14.