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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
October / November 2010 27 RACT Insurance Player of the Year It has been another successful year for RACT Insurance activities, which support the burgeoning AFL Tasmanian State League. Launceston captain Scott Stephens won the prestigious RACT Insurance Player of the Year award, topping off a fine home and away series for his club and its supporters. Stephens finished the season with 20 votes, two clear of the runner-up, North Launceston's Zane Murphy, after the 18-round series. The talented mid-fielder rounded out a stellar season with a one-vote performance in the final match against Hobart. Stephens adds his name to the honour board alongside the inaugural RACT Player of the Year, Clarence's Jeromey Webberley. RACT Insurance became involved with the new AFL Tasmanian State League last year with the creation of the Player of the Year award. "As we see it, the statewide league is not just another footy competition, it's a real community endeavour,” said Trent Sayers, Chief Executive of RACT Insurance, at the announcement of the Player of the Year in Launceston. As well as supporting the Player of the Year, RACT Insurance this year provided runners' uniforms for all the TSL clubs. "As Tasmania's largest home-based insurance business, we saw the importance of helping to nurture and support a footy code that taps into almost every community in the state. Towns and cities across Tasmania supply players, administrators, umpires, coaches and ground staff. That represents a community spirit worth supporting." The RACT Insurance Player of the Year was decided from a weekly vote of Tasmanian print media football correspondents. The winner receives a seven-day travel and accommodation package to the Gold Coast, along with $2,500 cash. "RACT Insurance has a long tradition of supporting Tasmanian community-building activities, and there is probably nothing that engages Tasmanian communities more than football," said Trent Sayers. Scott Stephens started playing football for Launceston in the under 12s and has played 112 senior games for Launceston. His life is immersed in football. He has been the Club Captain since 2008 and is currently also the club's General Manager. "It is a great thrill to win the 2010 media award sponsored by RACT," Stephens said. "They have put together a fantastic package. I'm sure I will have a few team mates putting their hands out for a piece of the cake, though!"
Aug Sep 2010