By NEAFL MEDIA
Canberra midfielder Mitch Maguire has extended his NEAFL MVP Award lead, but two-time winner Matthew Payne is hot on his heels as the two stars went head-to-head on Saturday.
Maguire, 20, polled seven votes in the Demons’ 33-point victory, collecting 35 disposals, six inside 50s and a goal at South Pine Sports Complex.
Payne, 32, stole the show with his 39 disposals, 11 clearances, nine inside 50s and two goals earning the Hornets co-captain nine votes.
It means Maguire moves to four votes clear of Payne in second place, with little change to rest of the leaderboard with only three games played.
Meanwhile, GIANTS midfielder Harry Perryman was a clear standout in Round 12, polling the maximum 10 votes for his 34 disposals and four goals against Brisbane at the Gabba.
Down in Sydney, Students midfielder Zac O’Brien and SUNS ruckman Brayden Crossley shared the most votes with eight each as Sydney Uni won a thriller by six points at Blacktown.
There was little movement in the NEAFL goalkicking race, with Sydney University’s Jacob Derickx moving in to the top five after three goals against the SUNS. Redland’s Matt Hammelmann still leads with 38 majors this season.
The NEAFL MVP Award is presented to the player uniquely judged the best in the competition by a combination of umpire and coaches votes.
The votes are submitted post-game cast on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. As such, the maximum amount of votes a single player can earn per match is 10 – courtesy of the maximum five votes from both umpires and coaches.
The progress of the NEAFL MVP Award voting is published on the NEAFL website for the first 16 rounds of the season, but withheld from that point on until the winner is revealed at the NEAFL MVP Awards Ceremony on August 26.