Morrish Medal preview

The Morrish Medal for the TAC Cup’s best and fairest player will be presented on Sunday night.

With the honour roll of past winners including current AFL stars Dyson Heppell (ex-Gippsland Power), Matthew Kreuzer (Northern Knights), Jarryd Blair (Gippsland) and Nick Graham (Gippsland), the Morrish has a rich history.

Let’s take a look at the contenders who are a chance of joining their ranks in 2015.

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LACHIE TARDREW (Bendigo Pioneers)
Tardrew was a ball-magnet in 2015, ranking first in the league for total handballs and third for total kicks over his 16 matches.

KARL BROWN (Calder Cannons)
192cm Brown finished equal-second on the league goalkicking table with 32 majors from 10 matches.

KURT MUTIMER (Dandenong Stingrays)
Mutimer played 13 matches for the Stingrays this year, averaging 21 disposals.

BRANDON WHITE (Dandenong Stingrays)
In 15 matches, the classy White averaged 15 disposals.

RYAN CLARKE (Eastern Ranges)
Clarke was a ball-winning machine for Eastern, averaging 33 disposals and kicking 11 goals across eight matches.

DARCY CROCKER (Eastern Ranges)
The 174cm pocket rocket booted 16 goals in 16 matches and averaged almost six tackles per game.

BLAKE HARDWICK (Eastern Ranges)
Hardwick was a runaway winner of the league goalkicking title, kicking 42 goals in 12 matches – including bags of 12, 10 and eight.

RHYS MATHIESON (Geelong Falcons)
Mathieson played 10 matches for the Falcons, averaging 26 disposals.

DARCY PARISH (Geelong Falcons)
Geelong’s dashing midfielder averaged 28 disposals in his eight matches.

NASH HOLMES (Gippsland Power)
In 10 matches, Holmes averaged 25 disposals and eight tackles per game.

TOM PAPLEY (Gippsland Power)
19-year-old Papley booted 28 goals in 14 matches while averaging 16 disposals.

CLAYTON OLIVER (Murray Bushrangers)
Oliver was ranked no.2 in the league for total handballs in 2015, averaging 24 disposals and kicking 18 goals across 14 matches.

JOSH SCHACHE (Murray Bushrangers)
199cm Schache was a colossus up forward for Murray, booting 30 goals in eight matches.

JACOB HOPPER (North Ballarat Rebels)
Hopper averaged 23 disposals and kicked 22 goals across 10 matches in a stellar season.

DARCY TUCKER (North Ballarat Rebels)
The Rebels captain averaged 24 disposals in 10 matches.

BRAYDEN FIORINI (Northern Knights)
This ball magnet was ranked no.1 in the league for total kicks and total marks in 2015, averaging almost 32 disposals over 13 matches.

JADE GRESHAM (Northern Knights)
The Knights captain was inspirational this season, averaging 29 disposals and kicking 15 goals in 13 matches.

BEN CROCKER (Oakleigh Chargers)
Across 11 matches, Crocker booted 20 goals while averaging 19 disposals.

TOM WILKINSON (Sandringham Dragons)
The 19-year-old averaged 25 disposals in 13 matches.

Volpato was a shining light for the Jets this season, averaging 24 disposals and seven tackles per game across 15 matches.


* Photo: 2014 Morrish Medallist Alex Carr from the Gippsland Power


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