Zane Taylor

Zane_TaylorOne of the great Queensland players from the late 1970s, right through the early 1990s, and the official record-holder of most games for the State at 26. A fearless midfielder cum half back flanker, he joined Southport from Footscray as a 17-year-old and played 200 games with the club, including time in the Gold Coast League. Played in a staggering 16 grand finals in 16 years from 1975-90 – missing out altogether in 1984 but playing in two grand finals in ’78 with Windsor-Zillmere and Southport under a curious permit arrangement.

Had a stint at Geelong, playing 27 AFL games from 1980-83 and appearing in three consecutive AFL Reserves grand finals. Won the 1985 Grogan Medal and missed a share of the ’83 medal when he tied with teammate Peter Guy and Sherwood’s Bill Peirce but was ineligible due to a controversial report from a goal umpire. Won the Joe Grant Medal in 1983 and ’90, four B&F awards with the Sharks, and was captain of three premiership sides.

So highly regarded was he as a State team captain and performer that the Zane Taylor Medal is now awarded to the best Queensland player in interstate matches.

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