The dynamic midfielder/forward became the first player from the Oakleigh Chargers to claim the award for the TAC Cup’s best and fairest player, edging out Calder Cannons skipper Brad Bernacki by two votes.
The honour caps off a hugely successful year for Higgins, who also won Vic Metro’s MVP and best and fairest awards, as well as gaining selection in the U/18 All-Australian team.
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Past winners of the Morrish Medal have gone on to have great success at AFL level, including Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer (2007) and Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell (2010).
The past two winners — Clayton Oliver (2015) and Hugh McClugagge (2016) — were both top-five draft picks.
Champion Data has compared the probable top-10 draft pick to Brisbane midfielder Dayne Zorko — but when it comes to Higgins’ numbers, they’re simply incomparable.
Of Higgins’ 32 games Champion Data has covered, he has topped 100+ ranking points on 30 occasions. In 2017, Higgins’ 146 TAC Cup ranking points has been the best in the competition.
HIGGINS WINS MORRISH: Read about the 2017 Morrish Medal winner, and all the awards from #TACCupBnF https://t.co/c7XXgPgaQS pic.twitter.com/L3bCPwU76P— #TACCup (@TACCup) September 3, 2017
An AFL club is going to get a serious player in @OakleighCharger Jack Higgins. Vic Metro MVP & now #morrishmedal winner.— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) September 3, 2017
Jack Higgins has won the Morrish Medal as the TAC Cup's best player of the season. Well deserved after a great season for Oakleigh.— Callum Twomey (@CalTwomey) September 3, 2017
Higgins has averaged 24 disposals, 10.8 contested disposals, 5.5 marks, 5.4 tackles and 3.2 clearances per game for the Oakleigh Chargers in 2017.
But what makes the midfielder so dangerous and dynamic is his genuine ability to play forward.
Higgins kicked 27 goals to finish seventh in the TAC Cup goalkicking tally and had the second-most score involvements and score assists of any player in the competition.
He had a number of standout performances, including a seven-goal haul against the Bendigo Pioneers at Warrawee Park in Round 17, as well as four-goal game against the Dandenong Stingrays at Shepley Oval in Round 7.
While Higgins could slide as a high first-round pick at the November draft, he has the frame to come into a side and immediately impact as a forward before moving into a more permanent midfield role.
Hamish Brayshaw — the younger brother of Melbourne midfielder Angus — is another TAC Cup player expected to find himself on an AFL list in 2018.
The 19-year-old led the Morrish Medal count after Round 8 with 12 votes.
But Brayshaw went on to play 12 senior VFL games for the Sandringham Dragons, limiting him to just three more votes.
2017 Morrish Medal leaderboard
Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers) 22
Brad Bernacki (Calder Cannons) 20
Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons) 15
Hamish Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons) 15
Sam Hayes (Eastern Ranges) 14
James Worpel (Geelong Falcons) 13
Callum Porter (Gippsland Power) 12
Jaidyn Stephenson (Eastern Ranges) 12
Daniel Johnston (Murray Bushrangers) 11
Cassidy Parish (Geelong Falcons) 11
Toby Wooller (Oakleigh Chargers) 13
Noah Balta (Calder Cannons) 10
Riley D’Arcy (Dandenong Stingrays) 10
Tom De Koning (Dandenong Stingrays) 10
Isaac Quaynor (Oakleigh Chargers) 10
Caleb Wellings (GWV Rebels) 10
2017 TAC Cup Team of the Year
B: Ben Paton (Murray Bushrangers), Mitch Podhajski (Calder Cannons), Joel Garner (Eastern Ranges)
HB: Hunter Clark (Dandenong Stingrays), Oscar Clavarino (Dandenong Stingrays) Nick Coffield (Northern Knights)
C: Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets), James Worpel (Geelong Falcons), Patrick Naish (Northern Knights)
HF: Jaidyn Stephenson (Eastern Ranges), Noah Balta (Calder Cannons), Luke Davies-Uniacke (Dandenong Stingrays)
F: Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons) Cameron Rayner, (Western Jets), Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers)
R: Sam Hayes (Eastern Ranges), Adam Cerra (David Handley), Paddy Dow (Bendigo Pioneers)
I/C: Charlie Constable (Sandringham Dragons), David Handley (Geelong Falcons), Lloyd Meek (GWV Rebels), Callum Porter (Gippsland Power), Cassidy Parish (Geelong Falcons), Dylan Moore (Eastern Ranges)
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