Who’s leading the way?

Doveton pair Matthew Boyd (left) and James Gascard should be right up there in the Doves' best and fairest. Picture: ROB CAREW

By Nick Creely and Tyler Lewis

With just one round left to play in the AFL Outer East’s Division 1 home and away season, the Gazette has taken a look at the individuals that have performed consistently across the 2019 season in the best and fairest form guide for each of the eight clubs.

Based on the Outer East website throughout the season, clubs have entered their best players for each round, with many stars of the competition showcasing their remarkable consistency in what provides the perfect indication of just who has excelled across the season.

There have been many outstanding individual seasons, and the three former SEFNL clubs – who are expected to feature heavily in the finals series – are evenly spread across the board, and no more than ladder leading Pakenham. Ash Green’s side is so even that it doesn’t even have a player sitting inside the top 10 goal kickers, but the likes of Liam Tyrrell, Stephen Morey, big man Joe Baker-Thomas and former AFL-man Josh Tynan are having a major impact. Down at Officer, Tyler Clark’s truly remarkable season sees him take the lead by a hefty margin against gun ruckman Sean Roach and the flashy Jake Ingaliso, while for Doveton, Jake Basa is leading the way.

The dominance of certain individuals in the Yarra Valley has been noticeable, no more than at Belgrave, with Aaron Johns and Elliott Avis leading the way for their club, the evenness of Monbulk is on show with Glenn Strachan just shadowing Kris Fletcher, Dylan Werts and Shane Williams, while Josh Rich’s brilliant season at Emerald sees him lead for the Bombers and Tim McKail has been a beacon of consistency for Warburton Millgrove.

Here’s a look at the contenders for each club’s best and fairest, with the Premier Division to be looked at next week:



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