By Ant Wingard
Mt Gravatt skipper Andrew Smith has soared into Syd Guildford Trophy calculations after a best on ground performance in the Vultures’ season defining one-point win over Broadbeach in Round 11.
Smith, just a fortnight removed from claiming the Zane Taylor Medal in the QAFL’s representative showdown with the Adelaide Footy League, was instrumental in guiding the Vultures to an unlikely victory over the Cats at Dittmer Park.
The 70-game blue and white veteran claimed a game-high eight votes in the win to move him into equal fifth in the overall standings.
Broadbeach’s Ben Hancock (seven votes) closely trailed Smith in the voting while milestone midfielder Frazer Neate (six) also earned the praise of both coaches.
The trio were rounded out by Vulture Michael Hamill (three) and Cats trio Joel Newman (also three), Jackson Fisher (two) and Blake Erickson (one).
One of Sandgate’s most promising young talents has produced a clean sweep of the Syd Guildford voting in the Hawks’ breakthrough win over arch rivals Wilston Grange as Tahj Abberley claimed the perfect ten votes.
Abberley, a Queensland state Under 17 talent who is in his debut season of QAFL football, rose to the occasion against the Gorillas as Sandgate claimed their first win of the season.
Grange midfielder Daniel Farry (six) also received votes from both coaches among a plethora of other Sandgate vote getters including Max Homer (four), Ben Hogan and Luke Bradford (both three).
Palm Beach Currumbin dominated the voting in their top of the table showdown with Morningside at Jack Esplen Oval with a host of Lions.
None were better than Tom Thynne who received a game-high nine votes from the coaches to extend his lead to 43 at the top of the Syd Guildford Trophy leader board.
Thynne was dynamic once again in the win and was duly rewarded for his performances alongside Jesse Derrick (six), Angus Monroe (five) Mitch Johnson (three) and Dylan Troutman (one) while Panthers ruckman Brad Hodge came away with a team-high five votes.
Mt Gravatt v Broadbeach
8 – Andrew Smith (Mt Gravatt)
7 – Ben Hancock (Broadbeach)
6 – Frazer Neate (Mt Gravatt)
3 – Michael Hamill (Mt Gravatt)
3 – Joel Newman (Broadbeach)
2 – Jackson Fisher (Broadbeach)
1 – Blake Erickson (Broadbeach)
Sandgate v Wilston Grange
10 – Tahj Abberley (Sandgate)
6 – Daniel Farry (Wilston Grange)
4 – Max Homer (Sandgate)
3 – Ben Hogan (Sandgate)
3 – Luke Bradford (Sandgate)
2 – Lachie Gaw (Wilston Grange)
1 – Toara Marango (Sandgate)
1 – Blake Hartley (Sandgate)
Labrador v Surfers Paradise
9 – Dane Watmuff (Labrador)
7 – Dylan Mutu (Surfers Paradise)
6 – Nick Scott (Surfers Paradise)
6 – Tom Davidson (Labrador)
1 – Cass Haberfield (Surfers Paradise)
1 – Jarrod Mills (Labrador)
Morningside v Palm Beach Currumbin
*still waiting to receive one coaches votes.
9 – Thomas Thynne (Palm Beach Currumbin)
6 – Jesse Derrick (Palm Beach Currumbin)
5 – Brad Hodge (Morningside)
5 – Angus Munro (Palm Beach Currumbin)
3 – Mitch Johnson (Palm Beach Currumbin)
2 – Dylan Troutman (Palm Beach Currumbin)
Syd Guildford Trophy Overall Leader Board
Thomas Thynne (Palm Beach Currumbin) – 47
Jackson Fisher (Broadbeach) – 36
Jason Burge (Palm Beach Currumbin) – 32
Henry Joyce (Morningside) – 29
Bryce Retzlaff (Labrador) – 26
John Anthony (Palm Beach Currumbin) – 26
Andrew Smith (Mt Gravatt) – 26
Jack Yelland (Surfers Paradise) – 25
Bradley Hodge (Morningside) – 24
Matthew Green (Surfers Paradise) – 23
Frazer Neate (Mt Gravatt) – 23