Adams was a runaway Copeland winner with 100 votes, 29 ahead of Pies captain Scott Pendlebury. Even at 32, Pendlebury remains a marvel. His runner-up finish made it 10 top-two finishes in the award, and 12 top-three placings.
Dashing defender Jack Crisp repeated his 2019 finish of third spot, where he also placed in 2015. Crisp has played an AFL-high 141 consecutive matches for the Pies since being traded from the Brisbane Lions at the end of 2014.
Having been named All-Australian for the first time, key defender Darcy Moore finished fourth, while fellow backman Brayden Maynard rounded out the top five.
The much-improved Josh Daicos was sixth, ahead of Jamie Elliott and Brodie Grundy who tied for seventh on 47 votes. For Grundy it summed up a year in which he struggled to reach great heights on the back of signing a seven-year contract extension.
Out-of-contract forward Brody Mihocek was equal-ninth while also winning the Bob Rose Award as the club’s player of the finals.
The diminutive John Noble provided a great advertisement for the mid-season rookie draft, tying with Mihocek having not even been on an AFL list until picked up by the Pies from South Australia midway through last year.
Second-year defender Isaac Quaynor’s solid season led to him being named the club’s best young player. Injured backman Jeremy Howe was selected as best clubman while Nathan Murphy won the best VFL player award, despite the fact the VFL wasn’t actually held this year.
2020 E.W. Copeland Trophy top 10
1. Taylor Adams 100 votes (E.W. Copeland trophy)
2. Scott Pendlebury 71 votes (R.T. Rush trophy)
3. Jack Crisp 63 votes (J.J. Royce trophy)
4. Darcy Moore 62 votes (J.F. McHale trophy)
5. Brayden Maynard 59 votes (Jack Regan trophy)
6. Josh Daicos 50 votes
7. Jamie Elliott 47 votes
7. Brodie Grundy 47 votes
9. Brody Mihocek 46 votes
9. John Noble 46 votes
Gavin Brown Award (pressure): Taylor Adams
Bob Rose Award (player of the finals): Brody Mihocek
Gordon Coventry Award (leading goal-kicker): Brody Mihocek (25)
Harry Collier Trophy (best young player): Isaac Quaynor
Darren Millane Perpetual Memorial Trophy (best clubman): Jeremy Howe
Joseph Wren Award (best VFL player): Nathan Murphy
Daniel is an Age sports reporter