SOUTH Launceston midfielder John McKenzie has capped off a stellar 2011 state representative season by taking out AFL Tasmania's Davidson Medal as the most valuable player in the Tasmanian under-18 team.
The Tassie Mariners captain was presented with his best and fairest award after the medal count as part of the state football acadamies awards luncheon at Country Club Tasmania yesterday.
McKenzie, 18, won the Davidson Medal with 81 votes from runner-up Brodie Mihocek, of Burnie, who polled 60.
South Launceston's Dylan Riley and North Hobart's Julian Debosz were tied for third on 41 votes.
The award was the culmination of a great season for the Scotch Oakburn year 12 student who captained Tasmania's national championship division 2 winning team.
He won the Hunter-Harrison Medal as the most valuable player in division 2 of the NAB AFL national under-18 championships.
McKenzie also gained All-Australian under-18 selection.
"It's obviously a pretty great honour to win the medal because a lot of high contingency football players have won it before hand," McKenzie said.
"It's been a great season and I'm very happy with the way everything has gone so far with one more step to get over and I'll be happy."
McKenzie was invited as the only Tasmanian to attend the AFL state level draft combine in Victoria earlier this month and will be nervously awaiting the outcome of the national draft on November 24.
"I went all right there and while I did not reach as man personal goals as I'd liked to have I was pretty happy," he said.
McKenzie said he had talked to a couple of AFL clubs but nothing concrete had emerged and he considered himself a 50-50 chance in the draft.
The Davidson Medal is named in honour of Gary Davidson who was a passionate promoter of young Tasmanian talent as manager of the inaugural Tassie Mariners side when it first entered the TAC Cup in 1995.
The Don Rule Medal for the state under-16 best and fairest was won by Thor Boscott of Lauderdale.