Midfielder Jordan Keras crowned 2017 NEAFL MVP
Sharks midfielder Jordan Keras crowned 2017 NEAFL MVP
Southport Sharks midfielder, Jordan Keras, has joined the competition’s elite after winning the North East Australian Football League Most Valuable Player Award in a thrilling count at the Sofitel Brisbane Central on Sunday night.
Keras, 23, polled nine votes in the final round to come-from-behind and win by five votes over joint runner-ups Cameron Ilett (NT Thunder) and Zac O’Brien (Sydney University).
In his second season at the Sharks, Keras kicked off the season with eight votes in Round 1 against Sydney University, and floated among the top three for the whole season.
The star on-baller polled in 16 of his 18 games, four of which he polled eight or more votes. Keras was four votes behind Ilett when voting became withheld from the public in Round 16.
He slipped to third by Round 20, where five players – Ilett, Jordan Dawson (Sydney), Keras, O’Brien, and Mitch Hallahan (Gold Coast) were separated by only 10 votes in a heart-stopping conclusion.
The NEAFL MVP Award is presented to the player uniquely judged the best in the competition by a combination of umpire and coaches votes.
The votes are submitted post-game cast on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. As such, the maximum amount of votes a single player can earn per match is 10 – courtesy of the maximum five votes from both umpires and coaches.
Dawson and Hallahan – who both did not play in the final round – finished the season in the top five.
NEAFL MVP TOP 10
78: Jordan Keras (Southport)
73: Cameron Ilett (NT Thunder)
73: Zac O’Brien (Sydney Uni)
72: Jordan Dawson (Sydney)
63: Mitch Hallahan (Gold Coast)
61: Tom Young (Sydney Uni)
50: Matthew Payne (Aspley)
43: Darcy Macpherson (Gold Coast)
43: Lewis Stevenson (Sydney Uni)
41: Jordan Harper (Canberra)
(MEDIA RELEASE FROM THE NORTH EAST AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE).