Canberra's Best & Fairest contenders | NEAFL

Next week Canberra will crown their 2019 Best & Fairest and canberrademons.com.au take a look at who the contenders will be to take home the coveted award.


The Contenders -


Mitch Maguire


It would be impossible to look past last year’s winner, Mitch Maguire.


The 21-year-old continued to perform in 2019, with his best performance coming in Round 16 against the NT Thunder.

Could Mitch Maguire go back-to-back?

Maguire finished with 44 disposals, 3 goals and 18 score involvements in a stellar individual effort.


Named one of Canberra's Vice-Captain's in 2019, Maguire is heavily backed to claim his second consecutive best and fairest award.


Angus Baker


Defender Angus Baker was crowned the NEAFL Rising Star winner after taking the competition by storm this season.


The 21-year-old was named among Canberra's best 14 times from 17 games in 2019, averaging 30 disposals, seven marks and five rebound 50s playing off half-back.

Angus Baker was named the NEAFL Rising Star after an impressive 2019 season.

Baker attended the NAB AFL State Draft Combine in Melbourne last and is expected to poll well throughout the count.


Mitch Hardie


After storming home last season to poll second in the award, Mitch Hardie continued to grow as a forward in 2019.


Hardie earned his second consecutive NEAFL Team of the Year selection this season, ranking top ten in the competition for inside 50s.


The 22-year-old is hard to stop in attack, averaging 20 disposals, 5.5 marks and 4.5 tackles, finishing the season with 23 goals cementing his position as one of the Demons’ biggest playmakers.


Alex Smout


Smout is a midfielder who possesses plenty of ability and experience, with one of the most damaging left foots in the NEAFL competition.


An attacking midfielder who’s no stranger to the Sherrin, Smout produced some huge numbers in 2019.


The 24-year-old led the competition in disposals, averaging 32 per game as well as six marks and seven clearances to earn his first ever selection in the NEAFL's Team of the Year.


Tom Highmore


Running off half-back, Highmore has been one of the Demons’ most consistent contributors this season, named in the NEAFL's Team of the Year for the first time in his career.

Defender Tom Highmore was named in the NEAFL's Team of the Year for the first time in his career.

A rising star for a number of years, the 21-year-old earned his place among the competition’s elite in 2019, ranking third in the competition for intercepts and second for marks.


A product of the GWS Giants Academy, Highmore was named in Canberra's best 10 times in 2019, averaging 24 disposals, nine marks, and five rebound 50's.


Jordan Harper


Canberra sent shock waves through the NEAFL competition when they announced former co-captain Jordan Harper had re-signed with the club mid-season.


The 25-year-old had established himself as one of the NEAFL's best before departing at the end of the 2017 season to join North Melbourne in the VFL.


Making his NEAFL return in Round 8, Harper slowly returned to his brilliant best, collecting 43 disposals in Canberra's record breaking win over the NT Thunder in Round 16.


Could he claim his third Canberra Best & Fairest award despite only playing 12 games in 2019?


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Kel Evans


Running through the midfield, Kel Evans was one of the Demons’ most consistent contributors this season.

Could Kel Evans claim Canberra's Best & Fairest award in his debut season? Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL

The 20-year-old was a teenage landscaper from Tathra when he started coming to Queanbeyan to play cricket, but he soon became regarded as one of the best young footballers in Canberra.

The former Queanbeyan Tigers midfielder won the Mulrooney Medal as AFL Canberra's best-and-fairest player in 2018 and was promptly snapped up by the Demons' for the 2019 NEAFL season.

He was quick to impress in his debut campaign, named the NEAFL's Round 16 Rising Star nominee for his best-on-ground performance against the NT Thunder, starring with 30 disposals, 12 marks, and four goals.

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