Round eight RACT Insurance Player of the Year votes have landed, with three players rocketing up the leaderboard.
The big guns fired for the Northern Bombers in a comprehensive win over Launceston at Windsor Park. Premiership coach Tom Couch continued his impressive return to the state with a best on ground five-goal haul. Couch’s successor, Taylor Whitford, maintained his strong form with a dominant midfield performance, while reigning Alastair Lynch and Baldock Medalist Brad Cox-Goodyer booted four goals on his way to his first Player of the Year vote for the season.
Jake Cox starred for the Roos in a hard-fought win over Lauderdale, booting three second half goals, while consistent defender James Holmes delivered another typically industrious and brave display. Ryan Wiggins was a shining light for the Bombers, performing well at both ends of the ground throughout the day.
North Hobart skipper Hugh Williams made his presence felt in his first game back from a nasty injury in round four, performing well up forward early and in his usual defensive general role as the day wore on. Trent Millhouse was influential in the Demons’ first win for the year, while Tiger star Mitch Carter was the hosts best on an otherwise disappointing day.
Launceston v North Launceston – Windsor Park 19/05/18
3- Tom Couch (North Launceston)
2- Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)
1- Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)
Lauderdale v Clarence – Lauderdale Oval 20/05/18
3- Jake Cox (Clarence)
2- James Holmes (Clarence)
1- Ryan Wiggins (Lauderdale)
Tigers v North Hobart – Twin Ovals 20/05/18
3- Hugh NJ Williams (North Hobart)
2- Trent Millhouse (North Hobart)
1- Mitch Carter (Tigers)
Taylor Whitford’s two-vote effort has seen him move a point clear atop the leaderboard after round eight, while Tom Couch has leaped into equal second place. Jake Cox’s efforts have also seen him move within striking distance in a tight race after eight rounds.
LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND EIGHT
8 VOTES: Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)
7 VOTES: Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)
6 VOTES: Ryan Bailey (Clarence)
6 VOTES: Tom Bennett (North Launceston)
6 VOTES: Tom Couch (North Launceston)
5 VOTES: Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)
5 VOTES: Jake Cox (Clarence)
5 VOTES: Mitch Thorp (Launceston)
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.