AS Port Adelaide prepares to crown its 2020 club champion at next Thursday’s Best and Fairest count, portadelaidefc.com.au looks at the contenders to take home the John Cahill Medal.
How the voting works: Following the completion of each game, the panel of Senior Coach Ken Hinkley, Senior Assistant Michael Voss, each player’s respective line coach and General Manager – Football Chris Davies cast their votes. Each player’s performance is rated between 0-5, with a maximum of 20 and minimum of zero votes awarded per player, per game.
John Cahill Medal Contender – Charlie Dixon
Charlie Dixon had long been lauded as the “missing piece” for Port Adelaide, with the hulking forward always threatening to wreak havoc in attack, but his influence unfortunately hampered by injuries or Port’s inability to feed him the ball going forward.
However, with a fit and firing body, 2020 was the year it all came together for Dixon and the Power, as the former Sun put together a career-best season and stamped his mark as one of the best forwards in the competition.
Dixon’s sheer dominance of the competition and importance to Port Adelaide was clear for all to see:
FIRST in the AFL for contested marks
SECOND in the AFL for goals scored
SEVENTH in AFL for marks inside 50
THIRTHEENTH in the AFL for score assists
Perhaps equally as impressive as his devastating form in Port Adelaide’s attack was Dixon’s durability, playing all but one game and spending the sixteenth-most time on ground in the AFL over the course of a season that saw opposition teams run two, three and even four defenders on him during a game.
Dixon’s stellar play in 2020 has already been rewarded with selection at centre half-forward in the All-Australian team and with a three-year contract extension to prolong his stay at Alberton.
Already a fan favourite, and on the back of his best year of football to date, could those in attendance be singing “Charlie Dixon babyyyy” as the man mountain makes his way to the stage to go one better than his runner-up finish in 2017 and claim his first John Cahill Medal?
Three of the best:
Round 4 vs West Coast
King Charles. Charlie Sixon. Whatever you call him, Port Adelaide fans were dancing in the street as Dixon tore the Eagles apart at Metricon Stadium, taking a remarkable six contested marks and slotting six goals (his best return in Power colours) on his way to a best on ground performance.
Round 7 vs Carlton
Robbie Gray stole the spotlight with his match-winning goal after the siren, but Dixon was the most dominant forward on the ground against Carlton. He was clunking everything in sight with seven marks inside 50, six contested marks and three goals to equal his number of Brownlow votes for the day.
Round 14 vs Sydney
Another best on ground performance adjudged by the umpires, Dixon bagged four goals in a dominant display up top.