Mitch Maguire within striking distance of NEAFL MVP Award lead

Article courtesy of NEAFL Media

Rising Star nominee Mitch Maguire has moved to within striking distance of NEAFL MVP leader Andrew Boston after polling maximum votes against the GIANTS on Saturday.

The star Canberra midfielder, 20, was rewarded with 10 votes after 34 disposals, six clearances, five inside 50s and two goals in the Demons’ 51-point victory at UNSW Canberra Oval.

Maguire has moved to second on the leaderboard, four votes behind Sharks co-captain Boston, who failed to poll in a heavy loss to Sydney.

The Swans dominated voting with Daniel Robinson, Darcy Cameron and Nic Newman all attracting eight votes each.

Andrew Swallow was also a big mover of the round, moving to fifth place after polling 10 votes for his 40 disposals and 14 clearances against Sydney University.

NT Thunder midfielder Abraham Ankers (33 disposals, seven clearances, nine inside 50s and two goals) was the top vote-getter in their Saturday night clash with Gold Coast at TIO Stadium.

SUNS midfielder Michael Barlow picked up eight votes for his 46 disposals, nine clearances and seven inside 50s.

Ryan Lester and Tom Bell (six each) shared the most votes in Brisbane’s win over Redland on Sunday, with Bell now jumping into third place on the leaderboard.

In the NEAFL goalkicking race, Redland’s Matt Hammelmann extended his lead to seven goals over Southport’s Mitch Johnson after booting 5.0 against the Lions.

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.

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