Glenmore Bulls midfielder Tyson Payne won the AFL Capricornia Bernie Gottke A-grade Best and Fairest medal.
Glenmore Bulls midfielder Tyson Payne won the AFL Capricornia Bernie Gottke A-grade Best and Fairest medal. Sharyn Oneill

Son follows in boot-steps

AUSTRALIAN RULES: Lightning quick Glenmore Bulls midfielder Tyson Payne ticked off one of his 2011 goals on Wednesday night winning AFL Capricornia's top honour.

Payne joined father Murray as father and son winners of the AFL Capricornia Bernie Gottke A-grade Best and Fairest medal when the 22-year-old received the medal after a stellar season with the Bulls.

After narrowly missing out last season Payne tied on 23 votes with BITS Saints' Adam Rakip to share the title with the minor premiership-winning forward.

The second-year engineering student at CQUniversity finished runner-up last year and had his sights set on winning the Bernie Gottke medal at the beginning of the season.

“I came runner-up last year so I set out at the start of the season to win it this year,” he said.

“I thought I was a pretty fair chance – I played a few decent games this year.”

Payne is joined by brothers Toby, Darcy and Nick Payne in the Bulls A-grade season this season and credits his brothers' work for winning the award.

“Toby probably made me look good. He gets most of the hard balls and passes them on to me,” he said. Toby polled 15 votes to finish tied runner-up with Yeppoon's Matt Wallin, while Darcy received 10 votes.

Tyson knows the enormity of winning the award, after his father Murray won in 1998, but isn't satisfied yet.

“I was pretty proud to accept the award, especially after coming close last year and with Dad winning it, but there's still a bigger goal to achieve,” he said.

This weekend the quartet and their Bulls teammates tackle BITS in the major semi-final contest at Boyne Island and Payne has his sights on a week off and an automatic grand final berth.

 

AWARD WINNERS

2011 AFL Capricornia

A-grade

Bernie Gottke Medal: Tyson Payne (Glenmore) and Adam Rakip (BITS) Leading goalkicker: John Beirouti (BITS) – 115 goals

Reserve grade

Graham Orr Medal: Lachlan Moore (Glenmore)

Leading goalkicker: Mitch Goodwin (BITS) – 60 goals

Women

Best and Fairest: Emma Aeschlimann (Gladstone)

Leading goalkicker: Samantha Coles (Gladstone)



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