The year that’s been in Tasmanian football was celebrated at Wrest Point last night, with the state’s best performers being recognised for their efforts throughout the year.
The night, headlined by the presentations of the Alastair Lynch and TSLW Best and Fairest medals for the best players in the Tasmanian State League Men’s and Women’s competitions, also saw a range of other dedicated, talented and passionate assets to the Tasmanian football community recognised.
North Launceston midfielder Josh Ponting has taken out his maiden Alastair Lynch Medal, polling 23 votes to claim the medal as the Tasmanian State League’s best and fairest player.
Ponting finished nine votes clear of 2017 Lynch Medalist and Northern Bombers captain Brad Cox-Goodyer and ineligible Clarence star Jake Cox.
Ponting, a key part in North Launceston’s 2018 premiership – the side’s fourth in five years – polled maximum votes on six occasions, standing out in a side full of genuine stars.
Ponting polled 13 votes in the final 12 rounds, including back-to-back three-vote performances in round 18 and 19 wins over Clarence and North Hobart.
Lynch Medal Top 10:
|Joshua Ponting||North Launceston||23|
|Bradley Cox-Goodyer||North Launceston||14|
|Zachary Burt||North Launceston||12|
TSLW BEST AND FAIREST
Clarence star Maddison Smith has taken out the award as the 2018 TSLW Best and Fairest player.Smith, the first Tasmanian to sign a contract with the North Melbourne Tasmania Kangaroos in the AFLW, polled 14 votes, eight behind highest vote-getter Sarah Skinner, who was ineligible for the award after being handed a one-week suspension back in round seven for a dangerous tackle.
Smith was named best afield on four occasions throughout a season that also saw her kick 23 goals – the third most in the competition.
TSLW Best & Fairest Top 10:
RODNEY EADE MEDAL
Launceston midfielder Anthony Liberatore has claimed the 2018 Rodney Eade Medal for the best and fairest player in the Mercury Cup.
Liberatore, in his first season in Tasmania, edged out Clarence spearhead Daniel Reimers by just two votes in a hotly contested count.
|Oliver Sanders||North Launceston||14|
|Josef Manix||Tigers FC||11|
|Jack Mazengarb||North Launceston||11|
|Hamish Barron||North Hobart||7|
MATTHEW RICHARDSON MEDAL
The Matthew Richardson Medal, awarded to the Tasmanian State League’s Rookie of the Year, is named after champion Tasmanian footballer Matthew Richardson and has been awarded since 2010.
The 2018 winner of the Matthew Richardson Medal is North Launceston premiership player Sherrin Egger.
Egger, 18, made the move from Devonport to North Launceston ahead of the 2018 season and played 19 matches (including finals) as both a defender and forward to enhance his reputation as one of the competition’s most exciting young talents.
Egger joins the likes of James Holmes and Toutai Havea by taking out the coveted award.
TSLW: Nietta Lynch (Glenorchy) – 34 Goals
Mercury Cup: Campbell Hooker (Lauderdale) – 46 Goals
TSL UMPIRE OF THE YEAR: Brayden White
UMPIRE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Wayne Coombe
UMPIRE COACH OF THE YEAR: Damion Oxley
YOUNG UMPIRE OF THE YEAR: Toby Moore
2018 Winner: Samuel Collins (North Hobart)
Collins was named Tasmania’s MVP at the under-16 National Championships and earned All-Australian honours.
Thomas was named MVP of the National Academy series, before going on to play for the Allies at the Under-18 Division 1 National Championships and play in North Launceston’s TSL Premiership.
AFL TASMANIA MERIT AWARD:
BELINDA KITTO (New Horizons)
NAB AFL AUSKICK VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
JAMES BALDOCK (Deloraine Auskick Centre)
AFL SCHOOL AMBASSADORS OF THE YEAR (PRIMARY SCHOOL):
PETER BROWN (Forrest Primary School)
AFL SCHOOL AMBASSADORS OF THE YEAR (SECONDARY SCHOOL):
DANIEL HASSETT (Rosny College)
AFL MULTICULTURAL AWARD:
HADI REZAIE (AFL Tasmania)
ELASTOPLAST SPORTS TRAINER OF THE YEAR:
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR:
COACH OF THE YEAR:
CRAIG FOX (Prospect Hawks – NTJFA)