Jacob Mehrtens (Frankston Dolphins)
Big man Mehrtens was a powerful presence in the ruck for Frankston all season, playing an integral part to power the club to a finals appearance in its inaugural season.
The Dolphin’s deputy vice captain had an outstanding year in 2018, leading from the front with his physicality and strong presence around the ball.
Whilst he may not have gotten a stack of the ball compared to some of his teammates, Mehrtens ability to compete and dominate in the air all day is sure to catch the attention of the umpires.
Not a known goal kicker, Mehrtens finished the season with five goals to his name but was instrumental in creating many scoring opportunities for his team.
Paul Mauracher (Carrum Patterson Lakes)
Mauracher has been a picture of consistency for many years now at Roy Dore Reserve, so it’s no surprise that he’s once again in the mix for the competition’s top gong.
A genuine ball magnet, Mauracher polled well to finish 2nd in last season’s Division 3 count and has carried on from that good form to light up the competition in Division 4 this season.
Featuring in the premier side during the home and away season will only further enhance his likelihood to poll well, as the Lions were a genuine powerhouse in season 2018.
Didn’t hit the scoreboard as often as others, finishing the season with six majors, but his ability to influence a contest with ball in hand should make up for that in the umpires' eyes.
Jason Twite (Lyndhurst)
Twite started the season slowly before finishing off the year like a runaway train. An important cog in a young Lightning outfit, Twite was named in his side's best players in eight of the last nine home and away games of the season.
Showing his versatility Twite also managed to hit the scoreboard regularly, slotting 18 goals for the season whilst hitting the scoreboard more than once on six occasions. The fact that Lyndhurst only lost four games for the year should also do his chances no harm.
If he can pick up a few votes in the first half of the season, then Twite will be a massive chance.