THE seasons of Tasmanian duo Jackson Thurlow and Colin Garland were yesterday acknowledged by their peers with the revealing of this year's AFL MVP award nominations.
Former Launceston midfielder Thurlow was nominated as Geelong's best first year player, while Melbourne leadership group member Garland, originally of Wynyard, is in the running for the Leigh Matthews Trophy as the AFLPA'S MVP and the Robert Rose Most Courageous Award.
Thurlow, who made his debut in front of a sell-out crowd at Etihad Stadium in round 7, impressed from his first moments at the top with a 13 disposal first half, and finished with 17 disposals in his first outing.
He played four games in his rookie year, averaging 15 touches and five marks a match.
A fractured cheekbone in the VFL in round 14 hampered the second half of his year.
Garland was one of few Melbourne players to stand up throughout its nightmare season, playing on both key forwards and their smaller counterparts.
His performances on Coleman Medal top two Jarryd Roughead and Travis Cloke (who he held to just three goals each in successive weeks in rounds 10 and 11) were his high points.
Garland, who played his 100th game in round 22, averaged 16 touches and four marks in 2013.