Everton Park resident named Brisbane’s best hockey player

Jared Taylor in action for Queensland Blades against Tasmania in the Australian Hockey League. Photo by Click in Focus

Jared Taylor from Everton Park has capped a sensational season on local hockey fields by being named Brisbane’s standout male player of the year. 

The 25-year-old, who plays for Commercial Hockey Club, has won the coveted Brisbane Hockey Association Best & Fairest Medal.

Introduced 40 years ago, the medal is awarded to the player who polls the most votes from match umpires, allocated in a 3-2-1 format after each Brisbane Hockey League Division 1 game.

Taylor polled 24 votes for the COVID-interrupted season – reduced from 18 fixtures to 14 – to finish well clear of Max Harding from Pine Rivers St Andrews (17 votes) and Labrador’s Blake Wotherspoon (15 votes). 

It is the biggest winning margin for the best and fairest medal since Taylor’s former Commercial Cobras teammate Jacob Burns won by a massive 11 votes seven years ago. 

Taylor is the fifth Commercial player to win the award following Bruce Robertson, Jason Greene, Jacob Burns and Ian Schulz.

The striker has come close to winning the award in previous seasons, finishing fourth in the player of the year voting in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and placing in the top 10 the past two years.

He scored 21 goals for Commercial in regular season matches this year including a career-best eight goals in a 9-2 win over Redcliffe in Round 7.

The brother of Australian Hockeyroos player Renee Taylor, Taylor has played almost 160 first-grade games for Commercial since making his Division 1 debut in 2011, scoring at a rate of one goal per game.

He has won the Australian Hockey League with the Queensland Blades and also represented Northern Territory Stingers at national level. Taylor competed for the Brisbane Blaze team in last year’s inaugural Hockey One national league.

The former Everton Park State School student has also played indoor hockey for Queensland.

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