TIGANI’S TOP 20: Six Hawks make the final cut

TIGANI’S TOP 20: Six Hawks make the final cut

This morning a list of the GDFL’s finest talents were selected and ranked to mark the halfway point between Round 1 and Grand Final weekend.

(Click here for a full list of nominees)

20 – Luke Wilson (Anakie)

Position: Ruckman
Games:
9 Goals: 4
Times in best: 3
Age: 27 (born 16/06/1991)

Hard to leave names like Barlow, Logue, Leamer and Grozdanovski out for a second straight year. Wilson’s interleague medal winning performance helped put his name back on the map.

 

19 – Adam Wiseman (Thomson)

Position: Defender
Games:
9 Goal: 1
Times in best: 5
Age: 38 (born 09/06/1980)

Arguably the highest credentialed player in the league with seven GFL flags at South Barwon and one at Geelong Amateur after a VFL career under then Werribee coach Alastair Clarkson. He may already have his hand on Thomson’s senior best and fairest award.

 

18 – Jackson Smith (Werribee Centrals)

Position: Midfield
Games:
9 Goals: 8
Times in best: 7
Age: 19 (born 30/07/1998)

Though he may the only teenager on the list Matt Tyquin considers Smith as his toughest opponent. By the age of 18 he had captured senior premiership and league best and fairest with Mount Waverley (Southern FNL Div 2).

 

17 – Beau McNamara (Bell Post Hill)

Position: Defender
Games:
8 Goals: 4
Times in best: 6
Age: 27 (born 27/03/1991)

McNamara displayed arguably the match winning lockdown on interleague weekend. Returning from a stint at Grovedale, he kept Heathcote goal-machine Matt Perri to a single major.

 

16 – Justin Baxter (Inverleigh)

Position: Defender
Games:
9 Goals: 2
Times in best: 7
Age: 29 (born 13/03/1989)

The Hawks defender has been highly described by his teammates as the best defender in the league. He brings professionalism down back from highly regarded GFL and Hampden clubs.

 

15 – Kieran Fulton (Bannockburn)

Position: Forward/Ruck
Games:
9 Goals: 19
Times in best: 3
Age: 22 (born 10/12/1995)

Arguably, the biggest drop after I named him fourth last year. Fulton has battled through injuries to get through games this season but still managed an impressive four goals on Beau McNamara.

 

14 – Jayden Ettridge (Bell Post Hill)

Position: Forward
Games:
9 Goals: 36
Times in best: 3
Age: 24 (born 22/04/1994)

How can Ettridge miss out on the top 10? Though he leads the goal-kicking 13 of his 36 goals were against Corio and another six were on young defender Dylan Smith. Still, he’s the best forward in the GDFL bar Kennedy Hunt and proved his worth on the big stage with a six-goal haul in last year’s grand final.

 

13 – Michael Best (Inverleigh)

Position: Defender/Forward
Games:
8 Goals: 12
Times in best: 4
Age: 22 (born 12/11/1995)

Best remains 13th for the second straight year. McDowell has moved the small defender forward against top sides Winchelsea and Thomson. Remains fit after training with VFL side Casey.

 

12 – Reece Holwell (Thomson)

Position: Midfield
Games:
8 Goals: 4
Times in best: 4
Age: 34 (born 30/01/1984)

After finishing runner up in last year’s Whitley medal, Holwell has returned firing with the energy of a TAC Cup ball winner half his age. Tagged well at times but still makes the list.

 

11 – Cameron Addie (Bell Post Hill)

Position: Defender
Games:
8 Goals: 0
Times in best: 3
Age: 30 (born 01/08/1987)

Cameron Addie remains the best lockdown defender in the league. A six time premiership player (four as captain), five time team of the year member and seven time interleague representative.

 

10 – Samuel Jacka (Thomson)

Position: Defender
Games:
9 Goals: 8
Times in best: 4
Age: 26 (born 30/09/1991)

Some Thomson supporters scoffed in April, 2017 when their defender Samuel Jacka was considered in the interleague discussion. Fast forward to today and he has led the Raiders’ mark count in both campaigns (12 – 2017 and 6 – 2018). Though the addition of Travis McGuire has allowed the Thomson captain to drift forward he remains the best intercept mark in the league.

 

9 – Dalton Grundell (Inverleigh)

Position: Midfield/Defender
Games:
9 Goals: 9
Times in best: 8
Age: 23 (born 09/02/1995)

The inclusion of Jason Bourke at Inverleigh means that both Dalton Grundell and Casey Meehan have proved more integral in the back half of the ground. Though Grundell has been bumped from seventh to ninth since last year’s list he has actually improved and will be a walking start into next year’s interleague side. Will be missed over the next three weeks but not forgotten.

 

8 – Alexander Gubbins (Winchelsea)

Position: Defender
Games:
9 Goals: 3
Times in best: 7
Age: 28 (born 08/06/1990)

There are three certainties at the Eastern Reserve right now. Death, taxes and captain Alexander Gubbins would be winning their senior best and fairest by a country mile. He was trialed up forward during his injury plagued 2017 season however the former Grovedale defender is now back where he belongs. Could he be Winchelsea’s first Whitley medallist? Time will tell.

 

7 – Blake Hutchinson (Inverleigh)

Position: Midfield
Games:
7 Goals: 11
Times in best: 3
Age: 27 (born 10/05/1991)

After five hamstring injuries by the age of 27 it appears that Hutchison’s has mailed his curse to the Adelaide Crows and returned to his 2016 match-winning form. The midfielder was dynamic against Winchelsea on Saturday and found three goals in the second quarter alone. He will prove to be the difference against Thomson and Bell Post Hill later in the winter after he sat out of these match-ups last month.

 

6 – Tim Barton (Bell Post Hill)

Position: Defender/Forward
Games:
10 Goals: 6
Times in best: 4
Age: 27 (born 20/07/1990)

A six time premiership player and a regular interleague representative. Here we have one of the seven Panthers who polled seven (or more) Whitley medal votes last year so you can’t warrant a medal campaign just yet due to the side’s spread of talent. Nevertheless the Bell Post Hill livewire has played both forward and back this year and has been instrumental with each task.

 

5 – Matt James (Bell Post Hill)

Position: Midfield
Games:
10 Goals: 6
Times in best: 6
Age: 23 (born 20/07/1994)

The speed and impact of returning Bell Post Hill junior Matt James has been the shining light of the Panthers’ quest for an eighth flag in nine seasons.

His energetic leads, extra efforts at the stoppage and trademark run and carry has been the key to the side’s narrow wins over Geelong West, North Geelong and Inverleigh.

You could not have picked a more worthy candidate to join Bell Post Hill’s 47 member senior premiership club of the modern era if the Panthers can get up.

 

4 – Dylan Witney (Belmont Lions)

Position: Midfield
Games:
10 Goals: 14
Times in best: 8
Age: 29 (born 26/08/1988)

Belmont Lions legend Haami Williams remains the only man to take out a Whitley medal (2007) at the Winter Reserve.

If Belmont can continue to build its midfield around Dylan Witney in the next 18 months then there is every chance the soon to be 30-year-old may join Williams on the honourboard.

A former Bell Post Hill and Grovedale ball winner, his legacy is noted by the opposing midfield coaches each week.

His side’s 2-8 start the only sour note of his individual campaign.

 

3 – Matt Tyquin (Bannockburn)

Position: Midfield/Forward
Games:
9 Goals: 17
Times in best: 5
Age: 23 (born 01/02/1995)

Tyquin has always been blessed with talent and height however he has been unfairly challenged with comparisons to his legendary goal-kicking father Wayne since Day One.

Stats don’t tell the full story but he collected 27 disposals (19 handballs) in the GDFL’s interleague win.

He was moved forward in the final term against Geelong West and landed four goals in 15 minutes as well. Will be the most noted absence (due to suspension) tomorrow ahead of Inverleigh duo Jak Kennedy Hunt and Dalton Grundell.

 

2 – Jak Kennedy Hunt (Inverleigh)

Position: Forward
Games:
5 Goals: 31
Times in best: 3
Age: 29 (born 12/10/1988)

Many names have been crossed off the list due to injury and Kennedy Hunt could have been one of them due to his quad injury.

Nevertheless the reigning Whitley medal winner has still managed to slot 31 majors in one month of footy (excluding his five at interleague level against Bendigo FL legend Dale Young).

When you kick 141 goals from 22 games there’s every chance you’re still the number-one but he’s more worried about the bigger prize in September.

 

1 – Simon Seddon (Inverleigh)

Position: Utility
Games:
9 Goals: 29
Times in best: 6
Age: 29 (born 28/10/1988)

Arguably just as big of a revelation as his teammate Jak Kennedy Hunt in recent years. He was once moved forward in a QAFL grand final and booted 10 goals after halftime.

Seddon can find the footy in any weather condition and has proven to be the missing piece of Mark McDowell’s ongoing premiership puzzle.

Don’t be deceived by his Boomer-Harvey-like frame as he wins most contests down back, proves accurate in front of goal and remains unstoppable in the middle.                      

 

By Alex Tigani
GDFL Media (22/06/2018)

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