Skilful Shackleton continues standout start

ShackletonBURNIE on-baller Luke Shackleton has continued his superb start to the 2012 Wrest Point Tasmanian State League season with another best-on- ground performance against Lauderdale on Saturday.
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Shackleton has featured in the 2012 RACT Insurance Player of the Year award votes in all three rounds, racking up three in round one and two last weekend.

He now sits on eight for the season, two clear of fellow team- mate Jason Laycock, who has also featured in the votes each round to sit on six.

Laycock, who has dominated in the ruck to give Shackleton and his fellow on-ballers first use, picked up one vote.

Ulverstone recruit Trent McCrossen had his best game for the season, finding plenty of the footy and providing the Dockers with drive through the midfield to take two votes.

In other games, another consistent performance from Devonport young gun Aaron McNab, who booted five goals, saw him pick up a vote in his side’s loss to North Launceston.

North forward Mitchell van den Berg, who finished the night with six goals and gave away a couple of others, claimed the three votes.

Ruckman Daniel Roozendaal was instrumental in giving his team first use of the ball in the centre square and around the ground to take the two votes.

An eight-goal haul and best-on- ground performance by Clarence forward Mitch Williamson saw him claim his first votes of the season, while fellow team-mates Ryan Bailey (2) and Aaron French (1) also racked up votes.

Launceston midfielder and 2011 Tassie Medallist Tim Bristow was awarded the best-on-ground tag in his side’s hard fought win over South Launceston on Saturday, while team-mate Beau Green was not far behind on two votes.

Glenorchy’s dominant 51-point win over a struggling Hobart outfit naturally saw the Magpies fill the votes with Jaye Bowen (3), Nathan Matthews (2) and Brayden Webb (1) the standouts.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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