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Sam Gastin  September 13, 2016 1:39 PM

The VFL Coach of the Year Collingwood's own Dale Tapping on Monday night won the VFL Coach of the Year award at the JJ Liston Trophy.
Jordan Kelly and Dale Tapping celebrate their accolades at the JJ Liston Trophy.

Jordan Kelly and Dale Tapping celebrate their accolades at the JJ Liston Trophy.

There was a distinct lack of Black and White in the vote-count itself, but that didn’t stop three Magpies walking away from the JJ Liston Trophy successful.

VFL coach Dale Tapping received the honour of being coach of the season, Jordan Kelly was named on a half-back flank in the VFL team of the year, and fan-favourite Moana Hope won the VFL Women’s goalkicking award.

The trio showcase a wide range of Collingwood talent who have largely come to attention in recent weeks.

Tapping and Kelly are midway through a VFL finals campaign, with a Preliminary Final against Footscray awaiting on Saturday afternoon.

Neither are strangers to being part of successful teams.

Kelly wasted little time in fitting into the VFL Magpies outfit, after spending time on the rookie lists of Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs.

A VFL premier in 2013 for Box Hill, Kelly has played 18 games for Collingwood in 2016.

The rebounding defender has been named in the best players on ten occasions, ranks sixth in the league in rebound 50s, and leads Collingwood in kicks, total disposals, marks and rebound 50s.

Recognition for his achievements came on Monday night with a spot alongside former Magpie Jordan Russell on the half-back flank of the team of the year.

Meanwhile, Tapping’s Coach of the Year honour comes after leading the VFL Magpies to a fourth consecutive finals series.

Tapping joined the club in 2013 as a premiership winning coach with the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup. He has led since led Collingwood to the finals every season, with a second-place finish in 2016 the best home and away result during his time at the club.

With morale high among the VFL Magpies group, its clear Tapping has the backing of his players and fellow coaches.

“He’s a very approachable coach… in relation to the other coaches I’ve had, I think he’s probably one of the better ones,” midfielder Ben Moloney told Collingwood Media.

“The way he communicates to players, the way he wants to implement his game plan… he does that very well,” development coach Anthony Rocca added.

Finally, Moana Hope last night capped off a busy month with two awards at the VFL’s night or nights.

The emerging star of the women’s game was named at full-forward in the VFL Women’s team of the year, while also taking home the leading goalkicking award for her remarkable 104-goal season for the St Kilda Sharks.

Complete with an on-stage dab, Hope’s persona and accolades prove further reason why she will be one of the most-watched players in the inaugural AFL National Women’s League in 2017.

JJ LISTON TROPHY
17 – Michael Gibbons (Williamstown)
15 – George Horlin-Smith (Geelong)
14 – Ben Jolley (Williamstown), Toby Pinwill (Port Melbourne)
13 – Alex Neal-Bullen (Casey), Eli Templeton (Sandringham), Will Hams (Essendon)
12 – Sam Dunnell (Williamstown)
11 – Jack Grimes (Casey), Tom O’Sullivan (Port Melbourne)
10 – Ben Kennedy (Casey), Darcy Lang (Geelong), Mitch Honeychurch (Footscray)
9 – Ben Moloney (Collingwood)

VFL TEAM OF THE YEAR
B: Luke Ryan (Coburg), Jack Hutchins (Casey), Aaron Heppell (Essendon)
HB: Jordan Russell (Footscray), Tom Stewart (Geelong), Jordan Kelly (Collingwood)
C: Nick Rippon (North Ballarat), Michael Gibbons (Williamstown), Robbie Fox (Coburg)
HF: Ben Cavarra (Frankston), Tim Smith (Casey), Matt Hanson (Werribee)
F: Sam Dunnell (Williamstown), Ahmed Saad (Coburg), Tom Atkins (Geelong)
Foll: Nick Meese (Williamstown), Tom O’Sullivan (Port Melbourne), Willie Wheeler (Williamstown)
Int: Khan Haretuku (Port Melbourne), Ben Jolley (Williamstown), Tom Wilson (Northern Blues), Damian Mascitti (Port Melbourne), Sam Darley (Richmond), Declan Keilty (Casey)
Coach: Dale Tapping (Collingwood)

VFL WOMEN’S TEAM OF THE YEAR
B: Kim Ebb (Seaford), Nicola Stevens (Melbourne Uni), Nicole Hildebrand (Melb Uni)
HB: Hannah Scott (Eastern Devils), Melissa Hickey (Darebin), Karen Paxham (Darebin)
C: Daisy Pearce (Darebin), Brianna Davey (St Kilda Sharks), Emma Kearney (Melb Uni)
HF: Darcy Vescio (Darebin), Katie Brennan (Darebin), Bianca Jakobsson (Cranbourne)
F: Lauren Arnell (Darebin), Moana Hope (St Kilda Sharks), Sarah Perkins (Eastern Devils)
Foll: Alison Downie (Diamond Creek), Ellie Blackburn (Melb Uni), Jamiee Lambert (Eastern Devils)
Int: Katherine Gillespie-Jones (Seaford), Kaitlyn Ashmore (Melb Uni), Maddie Boyd (Geelong), Laura Attard (Diamond Creek), Stephanie Chiocci (Diamond Creek), Bree White (VU Western Spurs)