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08.10.2012 14:48 Age: 4 yrs
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Roe named 2012 Club Champion

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Jason Roe wins 2012 NT Thunder Club Champion Award.

Jason Roe has won his first Club Champion award at NT Thunders Presentation Night held at the Darwin Convention Centre tonight. 

In a very close count, Roe polled 24 votes in the sides Grand Final loss to Brisbane to take his season tally to 171 votes, ahead of 2011 Club Champion Jake Dignan who finished runner up on 155 votes after another great season by the midfielder.  NT Thunder Captain Cameron Ilett finished in third place after polling votes in the last 6 games of the year to finish on 120 votes.

The award is a fitting result for Roe who came to Thunder at the start of the 2011 season after playing 50 games for the Brisbane Lions, Roe was a tower of strength for Thunder playing at full back this year in the absence of fellow key defender Shaun Tapp who missed the first 15 games of the year after hip surgery. 

Dignan and Roe led for much of the night with Roe not taking the lead until the final game of the year in which he was unlucky not to win the Joe Grant Medal in the Grand Final. 

Thunders  leading goal kicker in 2012, Darren Ewing finished in fourth place this year while Matthew Rosier’s break through season saw him finish in the top 5 for the first time since joining the club in 2010.   

Dual Club Best and Fairest winner (2009 & 2010), Cameron Ilett, finished the night in third place for the second consecutive season. Ilett was hampered by an ankle injury early in the season but found form during the middle to last stages. Ilett was the only player to have received a perfect 25 votes throughout the year, which he got on two occasions (Round 12 vs USW Giants & Preliminary Final vs Southport Sharks)

Under the Best & Fairest voting system, five members of the NT Thunder Coaching Staff independently submit their votes after each round. Each coach will give a 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 vote to the players they viewed were best on ground. The most votes any individual player can receive in a game is 25.  

Other award winners announced during the night were:

Cazalys Palmerston Club Leading Goal Kicker – Darren Ewing 71 goals 
St Johns Ambulance Club Person of the Year Award – Paul Mitchell
Total Steel of Australia Players Player – Cameron Ilett
Inpex Best Under 23 Award – Matthew Rosier
Darwin Tactical Shop Coaches Award – Kevin Vearncombe
McMahon Services Best Young Talent  – Ben Rioli
NT Government Most Professional – Jack Lawler
Elders Doug Yuen Insurance Most Courageous – Matthew Rosier
Southern Cross Television Most Improved Award – Lachlan Argus.

The Club also recognised the players who received awards from the League through out the year which were;

QAFL Team of the year – Jason Roe (full back), Jake Dignan (midfield), Darren Ewing (full forward) and Matthew Rosier (interchange)
Syd Guilford Nominees – Jed Anderson (round 1) Jason Roe (round 7) and Jake Dignan (round 11)
Rising Star Nominees – Ben Rioli (round 6), Kieren Smith (round 10) and Damian Williams Jnr (round 18)

The 50 game Milestone players for 2012 where also recognised on the night.

Jake Dignan – Round 19
Matthew Rosier – Grand Final 

The night was also attended by members of the NT Thunder under 16 and Championship winning Under 18 side, The Junior award winners were;

Under 15 Long Medal (best and fairest U/15) – Mickitja Rotumah-Onus 
Under 16 Players Player – Sam Goddon
Under 16 McAdam Medal (best and fairest U/16) – Sam Goddon
State Academy Coaches Award – Jack Musgrove
Under 18 McCasker Award (players player) – Jed Anderson
NT News Leadership Award – Jed Anderson
Under 18 McLean Medal (best and fairest U/18) – Jake Neade


The Top Ten in the 2012 NT Thunder Club Champion Vote were

1st     Jason Roe                            171

2nd     Jake Dignan                        155

3rd     Cameron Ilett                       120

4th     Darren Ewing                      114

5th     Matthew Rosier                   111

6th     Ben Rioli                               106

7th     Brad Vassal                           95

8th     Kenrick Tyrrell                      81

9th     Jack Lawler                           68

10th   Jed Anderson                       64