Round six votes are in for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award, with a Roo standing tall, a Blue oozing class and an underrated Bomber all receiving top marks from the judges.
Clarence utility Ryan Bailey impressed in the Roos’ vital win over Glenorchy, stepping up in the absence of injured ruckman Wade Wall to shoulder the bulk of the workload, while also competing well around the ground. Midfield gun Jackson O’Brien controlled the middle of the ground in his best game for the season and Glenorchy stalwart Jaye Bowden picked up a vote after standing up as his side’s best.
Launceston prime mover Jay Blackberry was an enormous part of the Blues’ big win over the Tigers, and was rewarded for his efforts with his first three votes for the season. Big forward Mitch Thorp’s eight-goal haul earned him two, while emerging star Jake Hinds received one vote for his impressive display through the middle.
Three players received their first votes for the season in the clash between Lauderdale and North Hobart, with Alex Hevey and Rhys Sutton standing out for the visitors and young gun William Peppin collecting a vote for the hosts.
Glenorchy v Clarence – KGV 05/05/18
3- Ryan Bailey (Clarence)
2- Jackson O’Brien (Clarence)
1- Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
Launceston v Tigers – Windsor Park 05/05/18
3- Jay Blackberry (Launceston)
2- Mitch Thorp (Launceston)
1- Jake Hinds (Launceston)
North Hobart v Lauderdale – North Hobart Oval 05/05/18
3- Alex Hevey (Lauderdale)
2- Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)
1- William Peppin (North Hobart)
Mitch Thorp’s big performance at Windsor Park has brought him within striking distance of leader Daniel Joseph, with Joseph’s Magpies teammate Jaye Bowden also edging closer in a tight leaderboard early in the season.
RACT INSURANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND SIX
7 VOTES: Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)
5 VOTES: Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)
5 VOTES: Mitch Thorp (Launceston)
4 VOTES: Tom Bennett (North Launceston)
4 VOTES: Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
4 VOTES: Brady Jones (Clarence)
Votes are announced on Southern Cross News every Monday night and will be uploaded here round by round in 2018.
Votes are announced on Southern Cross News every Monday night.
THE RACT Insurance Player of the Year is awarded to the player with the most votes at the end of the regular season as determined by votes cast by journalists after each game. The RACT Insurance Player of the Year wins a $2,500 cash prize and a $2,500 RACT Travel voucher.