Tue, Sep 11, 11:43am by Staff Writer
Williamstown’s Michael Gibbons and Richmond’s Anthony Miles were named joint-winners of the 2018 J.J. Liston Trophy at Monday night’s VFL Best & Fairest celebration at Crown Palladium.
The midfielders each amassed 19 votes, the highest winning total for the award in four years.
The Williamstown side finished in the top four in the VFL this season and defeated Richmond in a qualifying final a fortnight ago.
They are the $2.75 favourites at Sportsbet to win the VFL Premiership this weekend and face Box Hill at Stannard’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a spot in the Grand Final.
Box Hill is $5 to win the VFL Premiership. The Hawks staged a miraculous comeback against Port Melbourne in their elimination final a fortnight ago.
Oliver Hanrahan goaled with a second remain to send the match into extra time, which Box Hill won by 10 points.
The Hawks then easily dispatched Geelong last Sunday to book their spot in the preliminary final.
Werribee key defender Sam Collins was picked by many to win this year’s Liston Trophy but finished in third position, tied with Collingwood on-baller and 2014 winner Alex Woodward, with both polling 16 votes.
It is the second J.J. Liston Trophy for Michael Gibbons, who won the accolade in 2016. He finished runner-up in the award last year, testament to his consistent form.
He ranked first in the VFL for total disposals in 2018, averaging 28 per game. His seven clearances and 6.5 inside-50s were also a league best. He had 12 contested possessions and six tackles per game across his 18 matches this season, which were both team-highs.
Anthony Miles is an AFL-listed player for Richmond and was dominant for the VFL minor premiers in 2018.
He kicked 14 goals across 14 matches this season and is the second consecutive Tigers player to win the J.J. Liston Trophy after team mate Jacob Townsend won the award last season.
Despite finishing atop the VFL ladder at the end of the home and away season, the Tigers were eliminated from the finals after losses to Williamstown and Essendon.
The Bombers take on Casey on Saturday afternoon for a spot in the VFL Grand Final.
Casey is $3.25 to win the Premiership after defeating Geelong in a qualifying final a fortnight ago to secure their spot in the preliminary finals.
Essendon is $4 to win the VFL Premiership.
Werribee’s Josh Corbett won the VFL Rising Star award and the VFL’s leading goal kicker this season was North Melbourne’s Nick Larkey with 41 goals.
VFL Premiership Odds – Sportsbet
Box Hill $5
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