Bowden makes it three
Glenorchy’s Jaye Bowden has won his third RACT Insurance Player of the Year in four years, making it back to back wins of the prestigious award.
The superstar half forward polled 22 votes, edging out North Launceston playing-coach Tom Couch who finished on 19 votes, closely followed by fellow Northern Bomber Bradley Cox-Goodyer on 16.
Kicking a league high 52 goals whilst playing through midfield and up forward, the 27-year-old has had another dominant season, leading a new brigade of ‘pies to September action.
RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said Jaye Bowden had displayed outstanding skill and commitment in being named RACT Insurance TSL Player of the Year for two years running, as well as taking out the prestigious title for the third time in just four years.
“Bowden has certainly firmly entrenched himself as a shining star within the Tasmanian State League since kicking off his career over 10 years ago as a17 year old,” Mr Sayers said.
“There is no doubt that Bowden will go down as an absolute legend in Tasmanian football history.
“On behalf of RACT Insurance, I would like to offer our wholehearted congratulations to Jaye and the Glenorchy Football Club on an outstanding 2017 season.
“As a Tasmanian company and a member of the Tasmanian community, RACT Insurance is proud to support the TSL and the many participating football clubs who play such an important role in our local communities across the state.”
Tasmanian State League General Manager Carl Saunder said Jaye’s consistency not just across this season but year-in-year out was something to behold.
“Congratulations to Jaye on another stellar season, he wins the ball right across the ground and kicks big bags of goals on a regular basis.
“He is a terrific player and he continues to play outstanding footy and leads the way not just for his club but for the competition.
“He is a fantastic example for younger players in the way he applies himself and the spirit in which he plays his footy.
“I would also like to thank RACT Insurance, in particular, Trent Sayers for their continued support of this award and the performance of players in our competition.”
The award is voted on by members of the media, who award 3,2 and 1 votes after every TSL match. The RACT Insurance Player of the Year receives $2,500 cash and a $2,500 travel package.
RACT INSURANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR LEADERBOARD
22 VOTES. Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
19 VOTES. Tom Couch (North Launceston)
16 VOTES. Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)
13 VOTES. Bryce Walsh (Lauderdale)
13 VOTES. Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)
12 VOTES. Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)
12 VOTES. Nat Franklin (Lauderdale)
11 VOTES. Thor Boscott (Lauderdale)
11 VOTES. Zac Burt (North Launceston)
2016 – Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
2015 – Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)
2014 – Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
2013 – Mitch Thorp (South Launceston)
2012 – Luke Shackleton (Burnie)
2011 – Cameron Thurley (Clarence)
2010 – Scott Stephens (Launceston)
2009 – Jeromey Webberley (Clarence)