Palm Beach Currumbin midfielder Thomas Thynne will take an unprecedented lead in the Syd Guildford Trophy in the second half of the season.
Thynne holds a 12-vote lead over Broadbeach mid-forward Jackson Fisher after 13 rounds of QAFL fixtures with voting now withheld from the public for the finals six games of the 2019 season.
Surprisingly, Thynne failed to poll a vote in the final round of publicly announced votes but still holds a strong advantage over the competition.
Instead, the gap between Thynne and Fisher has closed somewhat with the latter collecting three votes in the Cats’ dominant win over rivals Labrador in Round 13.
In just his first season at Subaru Oval, Fisher has found himself among the competition’s best.
Lions spearhead Jack Anthony, despite missing a few games through injury, currently holds third place after booting 41 goals through 13 rounds of the season at an average of 5.12 per game.
Fourth and fifth spot are occupied by ruck pair Brad Hodge (Morningside) and Andrew Smith (Mt Gravatt), who both top their club tallies with 34 votes apiece.
A collection of midfielders help round out the top ten with Jason Burge (32), Morningside’s Henry Joyce (30) and Jack Yelland (27) – who polled two votes in Round 13 – all finding their place at the top of the standings.
Labrador skipper Bryce Retzlaff (26) currently sits in ninth place on the leader board having continually won the praise of coaches throughout the season.
Mt Gravatt midfielder Frazer Neate rounds out the top ten as one of three players sitting on 23 votes after Round 13 alongside Morningside’s Peter Mollison and Surfers Paradise’s Matthew Green.
In Round 13, Gorilla Nate Dennis earned a game-high eight votes in their loss to Surfers Paradise in a game which also saw Kain Ford collect seven votes from the coaches.
Surfers Paradise pair Paddy Rankin and Cass Haberfield (both four) also polled well with Haberfield, the 2018 Syd Guildford Trophy winner, now sitting precariously close to the top ten.
Palm Beach Currumbin Stephen Thynne also rose to the fray in Round 13 with a game-high seven votes in the Lions win over the Magpies.
Thynne was joined by teammates Zac Harrison (six), Jon Croad (five) and Angus Monro (four) atop the votes.
In the round’s final game, Broadbeach dominated the votes in their commanding victory over the Tigers, headlined by reigning Grogan Medallist Blake Erickson who collected the perfect ten in the win.
The Cats swept the votes in their landmark win with Ben Hancock (eight) again impressing while Josh Searl (five) and Kwaby Boakye (two) too earned praise.
Votes in the Syd Guildford Trophy will now be withheld from the public before they are announced at the 2019 Grogan Medal later in the year.
Surfers Paradise v Wilston Grange
8 – Nate Dennis (Wilston Grange)
7 – Kain Ford (Surfers Paradise)
4 – Paddy Rankin (Surfers Paradise)
4 – Cass Haberfield (Surfers Paradise)
3 – Nicholas Dickson (Wilston Grange)
2 – Jack Yelland (Surfers Paradise)
1 – Danny Green (Surfers Paradise)
1 – Luca Mason (Wilston Grange)
Western Magpies v Palm Beach Curumbin
7 – Stephen Thynne (Palm Beach Currumbin)
6 – Zac Harrison (Palm Beach Currumbin)
5 – Jon Croad (Palm Beach Currumbin)
4 – Angus Monro (Palm Beach Currumbin)
2 – Brenton Saunders (Western Magpies)
2 – Riley Greene (Western Magpies)
1 – Dale Neuhaus (Palm Beach Currumbin)
Broadbeach v Labrador
10 – Blake Erickson (Broadbeach)
8 – Ben Hancock (Broadbeach)
5 – Josh Searl (Broadbeach)
3 – Jackson Fisher (Broadbeach)
2 – Kwaby Boakye (Broadbeach)
2 – Jake Hinds (Broadbeach)
1 – Josh Deacon (Labrador)
Syd Guildford Leader Board
*Votes will now be withheld until the end of the season
Thomas Thynne (Palm Beach Currumbin) – 51
Jackson Fisher (Broadbeach) – 39
John Anthony (Palm Beach Currumbin) – 36
Bradley Hodge (Morningside) – 34
Andrew Smith (Mt Gravatt) – 34
Jason Burge (Palm Beach Currumbin) – 32
Henry Joyce (Morningside) – 30
Jack Yelland (Surfers Paradise) – 27
Bryce Retzlaff (Labrador) – 26
Frazer Neate (Mt Gravatt) – 23
Peter Mollison (Morningside) – 23
Matthew Green (Surfers Paradise) – 23