FLYING: North Launceston captain Taylor Whitford during last year’s TSL grand final win. The 24-year-old has started season 2016 superbly. TAYLOR Whitford does not takeNorth Launceston ruckman Daniel Roozendaal for granted.
It is the Northern Bombers big man that skipper Whitford credits for his solid start to 2016.
Whitford, 24, was instrumental in leadinghis sideto a 35-point victory over highly-fancied contenders Burnie at the hostile West Park on Saturday.
His efforts earned himthree votes in the2016 TSL player of the year award –moving him into second place.
“DanielRoozendaal makes my game enjoyable and he has been fantastic in the past couple of weeks, he is the best big man in the competitionand when he is playing well it helps the midfield,”thePort Dalrymple teacher said.
“We’velost four or five leaders with Allan (O’Sign),Geoff (Mohr), Andrew (Cox-Goodyer),Ethan (Petterwood) leavingand it has been refreshinghaving young players like Tarryn Thomas, Ryan Choveaux and the likes come in –it’s been good.”
He said the win over the Dockerswas a fantastic result.
“It helps when you have 22 blokes playing their role and against Lauderdale last week you couldcount our best players on one hand,” Whitford said.
“There was a complete difference from last week to this week, which shows when you have the right mindset anything is possible.”
Whitford’s hard nut mateBrad Cox-Goodyer also received two votes.
Jack Gleeson got maximum votes in Clarence’s maiden win for 2016 over Devonport, while Aiden Grace (two votes) and former Adelaide forward Ian Callinan (one vote) were rewarded for effort.
At Windsor Park Lauderdale dominated Launceston withRyan Wiggins (five goals) claiming three votes,Rhys Sutton picked up two and Blues captain Sonny Whiting secured one for his four-goal performance.
Glenorchy starJaye Bowden extended his lead with top votes against Tigers to go with his eight-goal haul, which has rocketed him to sit alongside Devonport coach Mitch Thorp as the competition’shighest goalkicker.
SouthernMagpies Mitch Rainbird andBrayden Webb also jumped on the board.
Devonport’s Dylan Riley is tied with Burnie duo Zane Murphy and John Holland for third spot after five rounds.
9 – Jaye Bowden (Glenorchy)6–Taylor Whitford (North Launceston)4 – Dylan Riley (Devonport)4–Zane Murphy (Burnie)4–John Holland (Burnie)This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.