PAYNE TRUTH MEANS YOUNG MVP
ASPLEY’S Matt Payne came close to securing back-to-back NEAFL MVP awards before finishing third to former AFL players Tom Young and Richard Tambling.
Young, the Sydney University midfielder who played for Collingwood and the Bulldogs, capped off a great return to his former club by taking out the MVP Award by a single vote over former Tiger and Crow Tambling at Brisbane’s Sofitel Hotel last night.
Young returned to University this season after five years at AFL level.
The club’s first AFL draftee has been crucial to their rise up the ladder, averaging 26 disposals and six clearances per game.
The NEAFL MVP Award is presented to the player judged the best in the competition by a combination of umpire and coaches votes.
Payne finished third, with NT Thunder midfielder Cameron Ilett (65) and Brisbane’s Zac O’Brien (55) rounding out the top five.