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2023 TopSport SANFL Top 50 – 21-30

West Adelaide's Kobe Ryan won the 2023 Powerade Breakthrough Player award, see where he landed in the TopSport SANFL Top 50. Picture - Peter Argent

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The best Hostplus SANFL League performers in 2023 are being 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 releasing selections 41 to 50 and 31 to 40, here are 21 to 30.

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

30 - Darcy Bailey (Glenelg)

Glenelg fans have become accustomed to dual premiership player Bailey sparking their attacking forays from the back half, often following a behind.

The Tigers’ reliable No.9 registered the most disposals in the West End State team’s victory against the WAFL while also finishing in the top 10 of the competition for most disposals and third for total kicks.

Glenelg’s Darcy Bailey in action at West End State training.

29 - Kobe Ryan (West Adelaide)

Kobe Ryan would have been shattered not to be selected in the 2022 AFL Draft but any lingering disappointment was quickly washed away as he established himself as a prime mover in the Bloods’ midfield.

Featuring in all 18 games, the Westies ball magnet registered a top 10 placing in the competition for total disposals while also landing a seventh placing in the Magarey Medal.

If that wasn’t enough, the 19-year-old won the 2023 Powerade Breakthrough Player award while also placing sixth in the Neil Kerley Medal.

28 - Harry Boyd (Norwood)

It was always going to be tough to replicate Boyd’s amazing feats in 2022 but the Norwood giant still performed at a consistently high level in 2023.

A West End State team representative, the 25-year-old finished runner-up to great mate Nik Rokahr in the Michael Taylor Medal.

Statistically, Boyd also posted big numbers as he landed the most clearances in the competition with 124, was placed second for hit outs while also averaging 117 Champion Data ranking points.

27 - Matthew Snook (Glenelg)

Matthew Snook is a big game player.

Glenelg’s 2019 Jack Oatey Medallist may not have threatened for the Magarey Medal as he’s done recently but the 31-year-old still placed third in the Tigers’ best-and-fairest and registered the most handballs in the competition.

And once again, when it mattered most, he rose to the occasion on Grand Final day, racking up 26 disposals, 15 tackles and six clearances to finish third in the polling for the Jack Oatey Medal.

Glenelg’s Matthew Snook receives his 2023 premiership medal. Picture – David Mariuz

26 - Nick Moore (Port Adelaide)

Nick Moore continued to thrive in his second season at Alberton, collecting the A. R. McLean trophy as Port’s best-and-fairest while also claiming the Anthony Williams trophy as back-to-back best SANFL-contracted player.

The 24-year-old has relished his move from half-forward to the midfield since joining the Magpies, placing third in the competition for most tackles.

As a result, he has been rewarded with Port’s captaincy for season 2024.


25 - Josh Ryan (West Adelaide)

One of the feel-good stories of 2023 was Josh Ryan returning to regular football 2023, after a series of head knocks.

West Adelaide’s dour defender was a popular winner of the Neil Kerley Medal while also taking the fourth most marks in the competition.

And the club’s marketing manager was fittingly rewarded with selection in his first West End State game, in which SANFL defeated WAFL for the fourth time in succession.


West’s Josh Ryan with the Haydn Bunton Junior Cup after the West End State team’s win against the WAFL in May. Picture – David Mariuz

24 - Campbell Combe (North Adelaide)

Four Barrie Robran Medals in succession.

North Adelaide superstar Campbell Combe is a model of consistency, regularly throwing his body in at the stoppages to earn the fifth most clearances in the competition to average 114 Champion Data ranking points.

The 28-year-old has also earned the respect of opposition coaches, placing fifth in the Shearman Medal after winning it in 2021.

North’s Campbell Combe leaves the field first after his 100th Hostplus SANFL League game in Round 16. Picture – Cory Sutton

23 - Casey Voss (Sturt)

A master at turning defence into attack, Sturt’s Casey Voss is one of the most respected defenders in the Hostplus SANFL League.

Taking more marks than any other player in the competition, Voss averaged 111 Champion Data ranking points on his way to earning a second-placing in the P. T Morton Medal.


22 - Jackson Mead (Port Adelaide)

An inaugural berth in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year at half-forward was a fitting reward for Jackson Mead.

Whenever he lined up for the Magpies, in 13 games this season, he impacted with an average of 22 disposals, six tackles and four clearances to place fourth in the A.R McLean Medal.


21 - Callum Park (West Adelaide)

No player touched the ball more than Callum Park in 2023.

West Adelaide’s rebounding half-back led the competition for total disposals and kicks while placing fifth overall for marks.

It led to the Bloods’ backman earning a maiden berth in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year.

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