Round 16 votes are in for the RACT Insurance Player of the Year award, with the leaderboard remaining incredibly tight.
Ben McGuinness’ seven-goal haul against the Magpies saw him earn three votes from the match at Lauderdale Oval, while older brother Josh’s defensive effort on Jaye Bowden was enough for him to take two votes. Rhys Sutton rounded out the voting with another strong performance to continue his impressive campaign.
Josh Ponting rocketed up the leaderboard with three votes in the Northern Bombers’ win over the Tigers, while skipper Brad Cox-Goodyer and Jordan Cousens also impressed to earn two votes and one vote respectively.
Launceston live-wire Rulla Kelly-Mansell’s move to half back has paid dividends for the Blues, with his run and carry out of the back half earning him maximum votes from Sunday’s defeat of North Hobart. Midfield gun Brodie Palfreyman picked up two votes for another strong showing, while Mariners captain and under-18 All Australian Chayce Jones shone in his first senior game of the season to round out the voting.
Lauderdale v Glenorchy – Lauderdale Oval, 14/07/18
3- Ben McGuinness (Lauderdale)
2- Josh McGuinness (Lauderdale)
1- Rhys Sutton (Lauderdale)
Tigers v North Launceston – Twin Ovals, 14/07/18
3- Josh Ponting (North Launceston)
2- Brad Cox-Goodyer (North Launceston)
1- Jordan Cousens (North Launceston)
Launceston v North Hobart – Windsor Park, 15/07/18
3- Rulla Kelly-Mansell (Launceston)
2- Brodie Palfreyman (Launceston)
1- Chayce Jones (Launceston)
Josh Ponting’s stellar performance against the Tigers has seen him move into equal fourth in the chasing pack, while Glenorchy’s Daniel Joseph and North Launceston coach Taylor Whitford remain ahead of the rest.
LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 16
14 VOTES: Daniel Joseph (Glenorchy)
13 VOTES: Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)
10 VOTES: Ryan Bailey (Clarence)
9 VOTES: Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)
9 VOTES: Josh Ponting (North Launceston)
8 VOTES: Phil Bellchambers (Lauderdale)
8 VOTES: Jake Cox (Clarence)
8 VOTES: Troy Cunliffe (Clarence)
8 VOTES: Sherrin Egger (North 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.