Campbell Wearne moves into top five of Syd Guildford Medal after maximum vote performance in Round 3

By Ant Wingard   @AntWingard

Morningside Panther Campbell Wearne has soared into the top five of the 2018 Syd Guildford Medal after polling the maximum ten-votes in his side’s Round 3 victory over Wilston Grange.

Wearne was among the round’s best players, starring in the midfield for the Panthers in Morningside’s maiden win in 2018.

After earning a Team of the Year nomination as a defender in 2017, Wearne transitioned into the midfield over the preseason and has hit the ground running in his new role.

The ten votes awarded in Round 3 are the first of the season for Wearne, but enough to move the 2017 QAFL Rising Star into fifth place overall in the standings.

Morningside captain Matt Logan (four votes) and ruckman Peter Mollison (three votes) were among Wearne’s teammates to also feature in the votes. Fellow young gun, Gorilla Jack Lipscombe claimed six votes in the loss.

Broadbeach defender Nathan Quick also claimed the maximum ten votes from the coaches after starring in the Cats’ stout defensive efforts against Surfers Paradise.

The Broadbeach defence, marshalled by Quick, rendered the Demons’ goalless for two quarters in Sunday’s Gold Coast derby.

As the Cats continued their winning streak with their win over Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach were well represented in the votes with Ryan Dienjes (eight), Blake Erickson (four) and Seb Rogers (two) also chiming in.

Palm Beach Currumbin’s dominant victory over Sandgate was highlighted in the voting as Lions made up six of the seven vote-getters.

Sandgate Hawk Jordan Harding claimed three votes in his side’s loss – the only Hawk to receive any.

Jarryd Douglas earned eight votes from the coaches following his eight-goal haul in the victory, while Brock Askey (six), Nicholas Crowley and Adam McKenzie (both five) also polled well.

Votes in Mt Gravatt’s commanding win over Labrador also favoured the winning side with six Vultures featuring in the votes.

Jayden Crawley (nine) earned top marks in the game and was joined by Mitchell Hart (eight) and QAFL leading goal kicker Jordan Bain (four). Tiger Bryce Retzlaff (four) polled well in his return from injury, kicking five goals in the loss.

The Syd Guildford Medal is awarded to the player judged the best in the competition by the QAFL’s nine coaches.

Voting is conducted by each coach post-game on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. As such, the maximum amount of votes a single player can earn in a game is 10.

In a change from previous years, votes are cumulative. Updates of the Syd Guildford Medal voting will be published on the AFL Queensland website for the first 14 rounds of the season, however following Round 14, votes will go blind.

The winner will be announced at the Grogan Medal Dinner on September 16.

See the full Round 3 votes below.

QAFL Syd Guildford Medal Leaderboard – Round 3

16 – Blake Erickson (BB)
16 – Andrew Smith (Mt G)
15 – Nicholas Crowley (PBC)
13 – Jayden Crawley (Mt G)
11 – Nathan Beck (Morn)
10 – Jordan Bain (Mt G)
10 – Ryan Dienjes (BB)
10 – Jack Lipscombe (WG)
10 – Nathan Quick (BB)
10 – Campbell Wearne (Morn)

Broadbeach v Surfers Paradise

10 – Nathan Quick (BB)
8 – Ryan Dienjes (BB)
4 – Blake Erickson (BB)
3 – Jack Prestagar (SP)
3 – Thompson Smith (SP)|
2 – Sebastian Rogers (BB)

Wilston Grange v Morningside

10 – Campbell Wearne (Morn)
6 – Jack Lipscombe (WG)
4 – Matthew Logan (Morn)
3 – Daniel Henderson (WG)
3 – Peter Mollison (Morn)
2 – Darcy Cameron-Reeves (Morn)
1 – Daniel Frame (Morn)
1 – Ryan Thomson (WG)

Sandgate v Palm Beach Currumbin

8 – Jarryd Douglas (PBC)
6 – Brock Askey (PBC)
5 – Nicholas Crowley (PBC)
5 – Adam McKenzie (PBC)
3 – Jordan Harding (Sand)
2 – Thomas Thynne (PBC)
1 – Jackson Emblem (PBC)

Labrador v Mt Gravatt

9 – Jayden Crawley (Mt G)
8 – Mitchell Hart (Mt G)
4 – Bryce Retzlaff (Lab)
3 – Jordan Bain (Mt G)
2 – Todd Carbone (Mt G)
2 – Jesse Green (Mt G)
1 – Andy Hollis (Lab)
1 – Joel Leahy (Mt G)