Mirrool’s Mitch Maguire has been rewarded for an outstanding season by taking out a major award.
Maguire won the Rising Star award at the North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL) Awards Ceremony on Sunday night.
Maguire, who has played for Canberra Demons for the past two seasons, also finished fourth in the NEAFL’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) votes.
The 20-year-old led the MVP count when voting went behind close doors at the end of round 16 and held on to finish fourth, behind Aspley’s Matthew Payne.
Maguire’s breakout season has put his name back up in the lights with AFL clubs as a potential draft selection later in the year.
Maguire and Leeton-Whitton product Mitch Hardie were both named in the NEAFL Team of the Year.
Maguire was named at rover, while Hardie was named on a half-forward flank.
It was also Hardie’s second NEAFL season with the Demons.
NEAFL Team of the Year:
B: Ryan Hebron (Sydney University), Adrian Williams (Redland), Colin O’Riordan (Sydney)
HB: Cameron IlettIlett (NT Thunder), Liam Dawson (Brisbane), Adam Gulden (Sydney University)
C: Josh Clayton (Southport), Matthew Payne (Aspley), Ben Warren (Aspley)
HF: Mitch Hardie (Canberra), Jackson Paine (Redland), Michael Manteit (Southport)
F: Tom Wilkinson (Southport), Matt Hammelmann (Redland), Tom Young (Sydney University)
Foll: Darcy Cameron (Sydney), Andrew Swallow (Aspley), Mitch Maguire (Canberra)
Inter: Jake Spencer (Aspley), Abraham Ankers (NT Thunder), Jacob Dawson (Gold Coast), Aidan Bonar (GWSGWS Giants), Craig Bird (Sydney University)
Coach: Stephen Daniel (Southport)
Captain: Matt Payne (Aspley)