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Jack is Richmond’s ace again

Jack Riewoldt has capped an outstanding season by being named Richmonds best and fairest for the second time.

Riewoldt polled 81 votes in the Jack Dyer Medal count at Crown Palladium, finishing 13 votes clear of runner-up Kane Lambert.

Shining light: Jack Riewoldt.

Shining light: Jack Riewoldt.

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Last years Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin was a further two votes back in third, while Shane Edwards and Dylan Grimes rounded out the top five.

Riewoldt, 29, one of the Tigers vice-captains, was rewarded after kicking 70 goals in 24 games. All but five of those goals came in the home and away season, earning Riewoldt his third Coleman Medal, as well as selection in the All-Australian team.

Riewoldt was last named Richmonds best and fairest eight year ago.

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Tigers coach Damien Hardwick lauded Riewoldts season when discussing the forward in August.

“Hes had a great season, he certainly has,” Hardwick said. “He always was a great player, but hes become an even better player, which is really pleasing. Hes one of those players that just works on something and gets better every year.

“Were very lucky that hes become such a formidable player for us.”

Lambert, who less than four years ago was still a VFL player, continued his incredible rise after another impressive campaign. It was his second-straight top-three finish in the award.

The depth of top-line quality at Richmond was highlighted by the fact stars Alex Rance and Trent Cotchin only managed sixth and seventh finishes respectively.

Long-kicking defender Jayden Short was recognised for his breakout season by finishing ninth. First-year small forward Jack Higgins polled 38 votes to finish 16th.

Each player received a rating of between zero and five for every game during the season.

2018 Jack Dyer Medal Top 20

Jack Riewoldt 81
Kane Lambert 68
Dustin Martin 66
Shane Edwards 65
Dylan Grimes 64
Alex Rance 63
Trent Cotchin 58
Nick Vlastuin 51
Jayden Short 47
Josh Caddy 45
Dion Prestia 43
David Astbury 42
Toby Nankervis 40
Kamdyn McIntosh 39
Jason Castagna 39
Jack Higgins 38
Shaun Grigg 36
Daniel Butler 33
Nathan Broad 31
Daniel Rioli 28

Daniel is an Age sports reporter.

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