By Ant Wingard
Mt Gravatt midfielder Frazer Neate rose to the occasion in Sir Doug Nicholls Round to produce a season-best performance in the Vultures dismantling of Sandgate at Dittmer Park.
Neate polled a game-high nine Syd Guildford votes in the win, to draw the experience two-way runner within arm’s reach of the top ten leader board.
His performance in Round 8 came of the back of a dominant showing from the Vultures midfield which led the way as the side claimed their biggest win of the season.
Fellow midfielder Joel Leahy (eight) and ruckman Andrew Smith (seven) were also featured in the votes while emerging defender Loki Haines (one) was the only Hawk to poll in the contest.
Palm Beach Currumbin midfielder Tom Thynne has taken the outright lead in the Syd Guildford Trophy after another dazzling performance against Labrador.
For the second time this season, Thynne polled the maximum ten votes in Round 8, taking his season tally to 36.
In doing so, Thynne has leapfrogged teammates John Anthony and Jason Burge as the new frontrunner at the halfway point of the season.
Votes were split in the Lions’ win over the Tigers, but it was the home side who featured more prominently with Jesse Derrick (seven) and Jonathan Croad (six) both receiving votes from the coaches ahead of Labrador trio Alex Mackay, Tom Davidson (both three) and Dane Watmuff (one).
Broadbeach youngster Liam Nelson was the second player to poll the maximum ten votes after a dominant performance for the Cats in their win over Wilston Grange.
The 21-year-old Nelson booted two goals in what was his third senior game of the season as the Cats ran away comfortable 120-point victors.
Broadbeach’s dominant showing was reflected in the voting from both coaches, clean sweeping all 30 available votes from the game including Jackson Fisher (seven) and Jai Lyons (five), who received votes from both coaches.
Morningside ruckman Brad Hodge has become the third player to poll the maximum ten votes with a commanding performance in the Panthers’ Sunday afternoon win over Western Magpies at McCarthy Homes Oval.
Hodge paved the way for a bevy of Panthers who featured prominently in the votes including midfielder Henry Joyce (eight) – who moved into third overall – and defender Nathan Beck (five).
Magpies pair Jayden Gallagher (three) and Luca Winton (one) also received votes for their efforts.
Syd Guildford Trophy Votes Round 8
Broadbeach v Wilston Grange
10 – Liam Nelson (Broadbeach)
7 – Jackson Fisher (Broadbeach)
5 – Jai Lyons (Broadbeach)
4 – Jake Hinds (Broadbeach)
2 – Brandon Chadwick (Broadbeach)
1 – Jason Cloke (Broadbeach)
1 – Josh Searl (Broadbeach)
Palm Beach Currumbin v Labrador
10 – Tom Thynne (Palm Beach Currumbin)
7 – Jesse Derrick (Palm Beach Currumbin)
6 – Jonathan Croad (Palm Beach Currumbin)
3 – Alex McKay (Labrador)
3 – Tom Davidson (Labrador)
1 – Dane Watmuff (Labrador)
Western Magpies v Morningside
10 – Brad Hodge (Morningside)
8 – Henry Joyce (Morningside)
5 – Nathan Beck (Morningside)
3 – Jayden Gallagher (Western Magpies)
2 – Luke Rogerson (Morningside)
1 – Luca Winton (Western Magpies)
1 – Daniel Frame (Morningside)
Mt Gravatt v Sandgate
9 – Frazer Neate (Mt Gravatt)
8 – Joel Leahy (Mt Gravatt)
7 – Andrew Smith (Mt Gravatt)
3 – Jack Coghlan (Mt Gravatt)
2 – Loki Haines (Sandgate)
1 – Jarrod Huddy (Mt Gravatt)
Syd Guildford Trophy Leaderboard
36 – Thomas Thynne (Palm Beach Currumbin)
32 – Jason Burge (Palm Beach Currumbin)
29 – Henry Joyce (Morningside)
26 – John Anthony (Palm Beach Currumbin)
25 – Jack Yelland (Surfers Paradise)
24 – Jackson Fisher (Broadbeach)
20 – Alex McKay (Labrador)
20 – Gareth Crawford (Western Magpies)
19 – Bradley Hodge (Morningside)
19 – Nathan Beck (Morningside)