Finals season is upon us, and thus, once again, us common spectators must pledge our allegiances to our teams, judge all the ref calls with utmost scrutiny and derision, and decide on the best and beardest player of them all.
Jimmy Bartel - Geelong
Jimmy has been growing this beast all season to raise funds for domestic violence sufferers. Legend.
Max Gawn - Melbourne
Hidden in Gawn’s beastly beard and his cheeky smile (which is also hidden beneath the beard) is the essence of the Aussie larrikin.
Tim Mohr – Greater Western Sydney
Whether it is the man bun, moustache, full crusader or mane, Timmy has tried every style and ruled them all.
Cyril Rioli - Hawthorne
Rioli’s blood is pure AFL greats, and he continues his family’s legacy in both skill and beard.
Jarrad McVeigh - Sydney
In AFL draft camp he was the master of the beep test, and now he is the master of the beard test.
Curtly Hampton – Adelaide
In a team surrendering to razors, the small goatee beard is king.
Will Schofield – West Coast
The number one defender of both goals and manliness.
Jordan Roughhead – Western Bulldogs
Rough head, rough beard, ruffian.
This battle of the beards competition, unlike the finals is close, but no close shave, so we have chosen three winners:
The Viking Beard: Max Gawn
The Prettiest Beard: Tim Mohr
Most Altruistic Beard: Jimmy Bartel