Marwick top of leaderboard

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Prolific Railways midfielder Zane Marwick is the leader in the Albany Advertiser footballer of the year award, holding a three-vote advantage after eight rounds of the 2017 Great Southern Football League competition.

Marwick, who won the same award back in 2015, has polled 12 votes from eight games to be in front of Mt Barker’s Corey Byrne, who has collected nine votes.

All of Marwick’s votes have come from best-on-ground performances, against North Albany in the opening round and the Tigers’ two wins over Denmark-Walpole and their victory over Albany.

After joining the Bulls in the off-season, Byrne didn’t poll in the first two rounds of the season but three-vote efforts against the Kangas and Sharks have helped propel him up the leaderboard.

Kangas ball-winners Jack McPhee and Matt Orzel sit on eight votes, along with Royals’ Dave Parker and Bulls’ star Nic Chidgzey, while Bulls veteran Peter Taylor and Tigers’ Logan Stubber have each polled six votes.

Last year’s winner, Matt Smith, has not polled a vote in the award since his switch to the Bulls.

The footballer of the year award is voted on by Albany Advertiser reporters covering each league game and does not include finals.

The voting will go in-house for the final three rounds of the home and away season.

2017 Albany Advertiser Footballer of the Year Award - Round 8

12: Zane Marwick (RAIL)

9: Corey Byrne (MB)

8: Jack McPhee (NA)

Dave Parker (ROY)

Matt Orzel (NA)

Nic Chidgzey (MB)

6: Peter Taylor (MB)

Logan Stubber (RAIL)

5: Henry Hodge (ROY)

Kym Monteath (MB)

Matt Van Schayk (RAIL)

Ryan Gaerth (DW)

4: Sam Baddeley-Holmes (ROY)

Brendan Wynne (MB)

Arana O’Byrne (ROY)

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