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2023 TopSport SANFL Top 50 – 11-15

Find out where Glenelg's dual premiership forward Liam McBean (being chaired off) landed in the 2023 TopSport SANFL Top 50. Picture - David Mariuz

The best Hostplus SANFL League performers in 2023 are set to be unveiled through the TopSport SANFL Top 50.

SANFL Media Producer Zac Milbank has chosen his Top 50 now that the dust has settled on this year’s exciting campaign.

Form across the 2023 season was used as the chief factor in the ranking process, with selection in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year and West End State team weighing heavily, together with placings in the Magarey Medal, Shearman Medal, Club best-and-fairest awards and strong performances in finals matches.

High rankings in statistics such as total disposals, marks, contested marks, goals, clearances and tackles were also taken into account, along with Champion Data ranking points.

So here they are, after entering the top 20, here are selections 11 to 15.

Stay tuned as the remainder roll out across the SANFL website and social media channels in the coming days.

15 - Josh Hone (Sturt)

The dual premiership star re-established himself as the best small forward in the competition when he booted a career-best 45 goals for the season.

Placed third in the race for the Ken Farmer Medal, Hone – who was also regularly dishing out goal assists to his teammates – was selected in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year and the West End State team.

14 - Toby Pink (Glenelg)

Toby Pink’s role in securing Glenelg its sixth League premiership cannot by understated.

Rarely was the Bays consistent defender beaten by his opponent, ensuring he would be a lock for The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year while also taking the most total contested marks in the competition.

Fittingly now on North Melbourne’s senior list, Pink finished seventh in the Tigers’ best-and-fairest while also earning the club’s Stripes Award (Player Trademark).

Glenelg’s Toby Pink is a master at positioning himself at the front of the contest. Picture – Cory Sutton

13 - Jackson Hately (Adelaide)

Many considered Adelaide’s Jackson Hately unlucky not to be given more opportunity at AFL level in 2023.

What couldn’t be questioned was his outstanding attitude while playing in the Hostplus SANFL League as he earned the Crows’ best-and-fairest award.

Set to play with Essendon’s VFL team next year, the Central District draftee earned top-10 finishes in the Magarey Medal and SANFL Now Player of the Year award while being selected on a wing in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year.

Adelaide’s Jackson Hately averaged 114 Champion Data ranking points in 2023. Picture – Peter Argent

12 - Joseph Sinor (Woodville-West Torrens)

Leadership was a huge influence in Joseph Sinor’s 2023 campaign.

Taking over the captaincy at Woodville-West Torrens with an element of ease, the rugged utility also acted as skipper of the victorious West End State team in May.

Sinor also placed second in the Perce Johns Medal as Eagles’ club champion, finished second in the competition for tackles and landed at half-back in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year.

Joseph Sinor in action as captain of the West End State team. Picture – David Mariuz

11 - Liam McBean (Glenelg)

Liam McBean was determined to convert more of Glenelg’s minor round success into premiership joy when interviewed for his 100th game during the 2023 season.

And the Bays’ vice-captain certainly played with that unselfish, steely edge for the rest of the campaign as he became a dual premiership forward in September.

Set to wear the treasured No.5 guernsey as Glenelg captain next year, McBean was a member of the West End State team and The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year while finishing runner-up in the Ken Farmer Medal with a total of 46 goals.

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