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Cole at top of JR’s hit list

By Tyler Maher

Tatura’s John ‘‘JR’’ Ryan has put together his post-season list of the Goulburn Valley League’s top 50 players.

While the early-season top 50 — which was released in May — always has a certain aspect of speculation about it, there is nowhere to hide once all form has been exposed.

It means there has been plenty of movement throughout the list, but especially near the top of the tree.

Seymour’s Jason Cole has held on to the prestigious spot at the front of the pack, but there are five new names in the top 10 from the start of the season.

Kyabram’s Mick Mattingly rose from 40th all the way to the number four spot to join teammates Liam Ogden (three), Tom Holman (five), Lachie Smith (six), Kayne Pettifer (eight) and Brad Mangan (nine) in the top 10.

Pettifer and Holman were placed in the teens earlier in the campaign, but Mangan came all the way up from 33rd spot after a great year in attack for the Bombers.

Morrison medallist and now Shepparton premiership player Nik Rokahr also forced his way into the top 10 (at number seven), while Echuca co-coach Andrew Walker (number two) and Mansfield gun Brett Mahoney (10) fill out the remainder of the main men.

Benalla’s latest Morrison medallist Sam Martyn could count himself unlucky to fall from the number three spot to number 12 on the list, but Ryan said his top 50 was cemented before the midfielder tied with Rokahr for the honour last week.

‘‘With Nik Rokahr at number seven, I did this (two weeks ago) and the medal doesn’t change my opinion,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘I said earlier in the year that Sammy Martyn would be leading the medal early and he was, but he (missed) five games and that’s probably why I had him at number 12.’’

Ryan felt there were plenty of worthy stars across the region who missed out on making the list, but he simply could not squeeze them all in.

‘‘There’s some really big movers there and some really, really good players,’’ he said.

‘‘I could put another 20 players into that quite easily.

‘‘I think the first 20-odd pick themselves, but then after that there was probably another 50 or 60 players that were all on virtually the same level, so you had to pick some out of that level.’’

The Bombers clearly dominate the top 10 spots in Ryan’s top 50, and the Kyabram flavour continues throughout.

Jason Morgan landed at number 11 after starting the year in position 24, while Jordan Williams (14), Liam Barrett (15), Luke Morris (23), Sam Sheldon (38), Patrick Wearden (39) and Kyle Mueller (43) also make the cut. Seymour’s Billy Cox moved from last position on the list to number 27 after a stellar year, while Echuca young gun Angus Byrne jumped 13 spots to number 26.

Mooroopna and the Shepparton Swans are not represented on Ryan’s list, while freshly-crowned premier Shepparton has nine players featuring in the mix.

AND FROM 11 TO 50 ARE...

11. Jason Morgan (Kyabram), 12. Sam Martyn (Benalla), 13. JD Hayes (Euroa), 14. Jordan Williams (Kyabram), 15. Liam Barrett (Kyabram), 16. Brad Ryan (Tatura), 17. Simon Buckley (Echuca), 18. Luke Morgan (Benalla), 19. Brandyn Grenfell (Tatura), 20. Ash Holland (Shepparton), 21. Luke Smith (Shepparton), 22. Steven Stroobants (Rochester), 23. Luke Morris (Kyabram), 24. Ben Davies (Shepparton), 25. Patty Marks (Mansfield), 26. Angus Byrne (Echuca), 27. Billy Cox (Seymour), 28. David Stretton (Shepparton), 29. Cam Valentine (Echuca), 30. Tom German (Mansfield), 31. James Herridge (Mansfield), 32. Tom Bennett (Benalla), 33. Ben Harrison (Euroa), 34. Xavier Stevenson (Shepparton), 35. Charlie Morrison (Benalla), 36. Doug Wren (Rochester), 37. Nick Allan (Shepparton), 38. Sam Sheldon (Kyabram), 39. Patrick Wearden (Kyabram), 40. James Gledhill (Rochester), 41. Mitch Brett (Shepparton), 42. Jacob Gleeson (Euroa), 43. Kyle Mueller (Kyabram), 44. James Flaherty (Rochester), 45. Kane Morris (Echuca), 46. Ted Lindon (Shepparton), 47. Matt Di Bella (Shepparton United), 48. Nick Warnock (Benalla), 49. Darby Henderson (Echuca), 50. Tim Allan (Echuca)