Murphy takes out Duncanson Todd

Palm Beach’s Zane Murphy is the 2013 Duncanson Todd medallist.

Palm Beach’s Zane Murphy is the 2013 Duncanson Todd Medallist.

Murphy claimed the Allied Pickfords Cup best and fairest medal with 19 votes, two ahead of Coolangatta’s David Lynch and Maroochydore captain, Michael Roberts.

After an injury-interrupted start to the season, Murphy polled all of his votes in the second half of the year, with his first in round eight.

From that point on, Murphy polled in all but two of the last eight games, with top votes in round eight (UQ), 10 (Coolangatta), 12 (Wilston Grange), 13 (Magpies), and 15 (Noosa).

Murphy has made an easy transition into Queensland’s top flight community footy this season, after moving up from Tasmania.

The 24 year-old will play a key part in the Lions’ preliminary final side, who will face off against the Magpies on Saturday.

It might be his first season of Queensland footy, but Murphy said it wouldn’t be his last.

“I’m used to playing in the pouring rain in Tassie, so I love it up here,” he said.

As for the finals, Murphy said it had been an interesting ride and he hoped that Palm Beach would be able to make it to the final weekend of the year again.

Springwood captain, Mark Thompson was the best performer from the minor premiers, finishing fourth, with 15 votes, equal with Grange’s Mat Stevens.

Mayne’s Caleb Brown led the way in the first part of the season, leading at Rd 11, but failed to poll any votes in the last five rounds, finishing sixth along with the Magpies’ Jimmy Rozynski.

The Tigers were the only club with two players in the top 10, with Luke Faulkner finishing eighth on 11 votes, equal with Surfers Paradise ruckman Michael Cunningham.

Wilston Grange’s Steve Brittain was voted by the coaches as the league’s MVP, winning the Bill Ryan Trophy despite missing more than a month of footy with appendicitis.

Magpies’ Brady Allen collected the Future Star award, as the best U18 aged player in the competition, based on umpire and coach votes and coach nominations.

It was the second individual award for the Magpies, after Anthony Corrie collected the leading goalkicker award, by only one score, finishing with 60 majors..

Springwood’s Tony King was named the coach of the year, after his incredible efforts turning Springwood from a cellar dweller to the premiership favourites.

Other awards presented on the night:

SEQAFL Division One Alpha Sport Club Championship – Western Magpies

SEQAFL Division one Volunteer of the year: Craig Scrase (Maroochydore)

SEQAFL Division one Reserves B&F: Daniel Green (Surfers Paradise) – 14 votes

SEQAFL Division one Reserves leading goal kicker: Bryce Dyer (Palm Beach) – 65 goals

SEQAFL Division one U18 B&;F:  Angus Hubert (Springwood) 27 votes.

SEQAFL Division one U18 leading goal kicker:  Jimmy Gotts (Wilston Grange) – 47 goals.

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