Northern Rangers captain Nick Lanau-Atkinson almost wins the statewide Mitsubishi Medal

STILL HAPPY: Nick Lanau-Atkinson celebrates his four goals last week that earned the Rangers skipper three votes. Picture: Supplied

STILL HAPPY: Nick Lanau-Atkinson celebrates his four goals last week that earned the Rangers skipper three votes. Picture: Supplied

Northern Rangers talent Nick Lanau-Atkinson was pipped in Saturday’s final NPL round from taking out the state’s highest individual honour later that night.

The 23-year-old captain was leading the Mitsubishi best and fairest medal by one vote prior to Rangers’ 5-0 loss to Hobart Zebras.

But a best-on-ground to game rival Nicholas Groenewold pushed the Zebras star out to 20 votes, two ahead of Lanau-Atkinson.

Groenewold polled the three votes off teammate Matthew Sanders, who was controversially overlooked coming off his four-goal match against Rangers.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Mitsubishi Medalist Nicholas Groenewold (right) accepts the prize for his standout NPL Tasmania season. Picture: Solstice Digital

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Mitsubishi Medalist Nicholas Groenewold (right) accepts the prize for his standout NPL Tasmania season. Picture: Solstice Digital

South Hobart pair Jack Turner and Nick Morton both finished on 17 votes, one behind Lanau-Atkinson.

Olympia’s Jakub Sklenar, who collected the golden boot award, failed to poll despite three goals on Saturday and finished on 16 votes.

But the dazzling Czech striker captured the players’ player award with 204 votes ahead of Groenewold on 161.

REWARDED: Launceston City youngster Noah Mies proudly wins his rising star medal. Picture: Solstice Digital.

REWARDED: Launceston City youngster Noah Mies proudly wins his rising star medal. Picture: Solstice Digital.

Launceston City striker Noah Mies meanwhile took out the rising star award as Tasmania’s best young player in a coaches’ vote.

He cemented his spot in the side mid-year and would impress with his play up front with six goals to provide City a late-season spark.

The coach of the year went to Ken Morton in guiding South Hobart to its title.

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