It might seem as though the 2019 Coleman Medal for the best goalkicker of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition is GWS Giants forward Jeremy Cameron’s to lose.
We say that not to jinx him, but the bookies see him as the $1.30 favourite for the award, while current second place goalkicker is North Melbourne’s Ben Brown.
Cameron has an eight goal lead and plays for a decent side. He is averaging three goals per game after 18 rounds, with 54 to this point.
If he maintains his average, he should finish the home-and-away season with 69 majors. It appears unlikely that North Melbourne will qualify for finals, so if Brown is to entertain notions of catching Cameron, he had better start scoring early and often.
Jack Darling of West Coast is third currently, with 43 goals. He has been hot of late, but it is hard to say he is hot enough to close the margin of 11 Cameron holds over him.
Geelong Cat Tom Hawkins is a t 42 and Tom Lynch, done with his exile in Gold Coast and now with Richmond, rounds out the top five.
The Coleman Medal is to forwards somewhat akin to what the Brownlow Medal represents to midfielders and as an individual award, most players would give both up for a flag.
In Cameron’s case, it might not be necessary, as GWS are squarely in the mix for this year’s competition.
If Cameron does go on to win the Coleman Medal, he will be the first player to take it without having won prior since Josh Kennedy in 2015.
Kennedy kicked 80 that season, but with the slump in scoring this season, Cameron will be nowhere near that figure.
Tom Carroll of Carlton won the Coleman in 1961 with 54 in 1961, but the all-time record belongs to Peter Hudson, who tallied 146 for Hawthorn in 1970, but the Hawks did not play finals that year.
No one has won with over 100 goals since Lance Franklin kicked 113 in 2008.