Morrish Medal Winner - Nick Graham

Gippsland Powers Nick Graham has tonight won the 2012 Morrish Medal in the TAC Cup.

In a tight vote count, Graham claimed two votes in the final round to give him the lead and the win on 17, one vote ahead of North Ballarat Rebels’ Nick Rippon.

The Morrish win adds to a big year for the Gippsland Power midfielder, having represented Vic Country earlier in the year at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, and next Saturday he will attempt to help the Power into the TAC Cup Grand Final with Power playing in a Preliminary Final.

18 year old Graham, whose junior club was Tedas then Traralgon Tyers United, became the fourth Gippsland Power Morrish Medallist, joining Matthew Stolarczyk (1999), Jarryd Blair (2008) and Dyson Heppell (2010).

Graham polled three best on grounds, and more importantly polled in three of the last four matches to win the Medal in a season where he averaged 25 disposals a game. He was also named at half forward in the TAC Cup Team of the Year, and was equal third in the TAC Cup Coaches Award behind winner Jake Lloyd from North Ballarat Rebels.

Close to 500 people attended the event, with special guests on the night including Northern Blues player – and former Northern Knight – Adam Marcon, former Essendon forward and Western Jets player Matthew Lloyd and former Dandenong Southern Stingray and now Greater Western Sydney player Adam Treloar.

Other Award winners on the night included:

SPEED HURTS AWARDS:

Overall Winners: Western Jets

Runner Up: Murray Bushrangers

Highly Recommend: Sandringham Dragons 

Eva-Peers Medallist:Madeline Keryk

(Awarded annually to the player who is deemed by her peers and coaching staff to have made the most significant contribution to the Victoria U18 Youth Girls team at the AFL National Championships.)

TAC CUP COACHES AWARD:   Jake Lloyd (North Ballarat Rebels) 27 votes

Jake Lloyd

North Ballarat Rebels

27

Nathan Hrovat

Northern Knights

25

Rory Atkins

Calder Cannons

24

Nick Graham

Gippsland Power

24

Matt Crouch

North Ballarat Rebels

23

Nick Rippon

North Ballarat Rebels

23

 

TAC Cup Leading Goal Kicker: Thomas Boyd (Eastern Ranges) 44

Morrish Medallist: Nick Graham (Gippsland Power) 17

Final Morrish Votes

Nick Graham

Gippsland Power

17

Nick Rippon

North Ballarat Rebels

16

Nathan Hrovat

Northern Knights

14

Ryan Exon

Oakleigh Chargers

12

Oliver Wines

Bendigo Pioneers

11

Matthew Crouch

North Ballarat Rebels

11

Josh Bench

Western Jets

11

 




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