The Australian Football League is known to be studded with great stars who are blessed with accomplishments and successes birthed by talent, hard work and consistency. However, there has to be the best among the best.
Below is a list of top ten AFL players in the year 2018:
1. Dustin Martin
Martins, playing for the Richmond football club in the AFL, is one footballer known for the ease with which he handles the ball. The 27-year old grew up in Castlemaine, Victoria and was a junior player for the Castlemaine Football Club and the Bendigo Pioneers.
Martin made his debut into the football world in 2010 and has, since then, remained a fixture in Richmond’s lineup. Becoming a household name in the first few seasons, he also went on to win the Jack Dyer medal as Richmond’s best and fairest player in 2016; along with his first all-Australian selection.
2017 was a terrific year for Martin (AFL legend, Leigh Matthews described it as the greatest ever indict season). Despite the media frenzy that surrounded his playing in the future, he won the Brownlow Medal; the league’s highest individual honor and also the Leigh Matthew’s Trophy.
Among a host of other accolades from media outlets, Dustin also won the premiership, AFL Coaches Association’s Champion Player of the year; his second all-Australian selection and the Norm Smith Medal as the best afield in the 2017 AFL Grand Finale. He therefore broke records, as the first player to win a premiership, the Brownlow Medal, and Norm Smith Medal in one season.
One would think Dustin would take a medal break for the rest of the year. But he still capped the season with another win; taking home the Gary Ayres Award (as the best player in that year’s final season) along with his second Jack Dyer Medal. He has taken over Patrick Dangerfield as the preeminent performer in the competition after a 2017 full of wins.
Martin’s shine isn’t one to shock anyone. After all, he had been playing football since he was 6; learning the sport with the local Auskick program. Even when his parents got separated and he had to move to Sydney with his father, juggling different roles at his father’s business, 14-year old Martin didn’t stop playing his favorite sport. His goal was the AFL and he walked straight to it. For such determined and goal-oriented player, we can only look forward to many more deserved successes.
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