Hostplus League

2023 TopSport SANFL Top 50 – 6-10

Norwood's Nik Rokahr has landed inside the top 10 of the 2023 TopSport SANFL Top 50. Picture - David Mariuz

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 is the pointy end of the selection process, as we enter the top 10 for 2023.

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

10 - Keegan Brooksby (South Adelaide)

Keegan Brooksby’s commitment to the South Adelaide cause cannot be questioned.

Living and working during the week in Melbourne with AFL club Hawthorn, the Panthers’ ruckman flew into Adelaide each weekend for South’s matches en route to winning the 2023 Knuckey Cup.

Leading the competition for total hitouts, the 33-year-old placed third in the Shearman Medal while also having the honour of being named vice-captain of The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year.

South Adelaide stalwart Keegan Brooksby with the 2023 Knuckey Cup. Picture – Nick Hook

9 - Max Proud (Glenelg)

Max Proud etched his name into Glenelg folklore when he became just the fifth premiership captain, guiding the Bays to their sixth Hostplus SANFL League flag.

Fittingly, also named captain of The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year, the 31-year-old averaged a League high 8.3 marks on his way to finishing eighth in the Tigers’ best-and-fairest.


8 - Corey Lyons (Glenelg)

Corey Lyons was on track to win the Jack Oatey Medal at half-time of the 2023 Hostplus SANFL League Grand Final.

Having kicked a momentum-creating goal from the boundary line just before the main break, the prolific midfielder was ultimately pipped by teammate Lachie Hosie for the prestigious honour.

But the 25-year-old was rewarded with the John H. Ellers trophy as Glenelg’s best-and-fairest, placed top 10 in the Magarey Medal and also earned an inaugural berth in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year in what was an outstanding individual campaign.

7 - Nik Rokahr (Norwood)

It’s a huge call but it felt like Nik Rokahr was the difference between Norwood earning the wooden spoon and jumping up to seventh place in the second half of the minor round.

The Redlegs’ star premiership midfielder seemingly lifted his team on to his back as he earned the Michael Taylor Medal as best-and-fairest and a place in The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year.

Runner-up in the Magarey Medal count for the second year in succession, the 28-year-old is set to continue his career in Perth with WAFL club Swan Districts in 2024.

Norwood’s Nik Rokahr receives the 2023 Michael Taylor Medal from Redlegs premiership great Michael Taylor.

6 - Matt Allen (Glenelg)

It is a frightening thought for the opposition but Glenelg premiership coach Darren Reeves believes we haven’t seen the best of Matt Allen yet.

The Tigers’ game-breaking midfielder was a huge presence throughout 2023, earning a place on the wing of The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year and finishing runner-up in the club’s best-and-fairest.

The West End State team representative’s match-winning goal against Adelaide in Round 8, featured below, was a highlight as he also placed runner-up in the SANFL Now Player of the Year Award, inside the top 10 of the Shearman Medal and fifth in the Magarey Medal.

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