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Best First Year Player

Best First Year Player


The January 9 1940 Minute Book entry indicates a medallion to be struck in the name of the last J J Charles, the first and original secretary of the club, and presented to the 'best 1st year (sic) of the club each year'
In 1944, the Best First Year award was named after the late Bill Cosgrove. The year before, a Bill Cosgrove Memorial Trophy was awarded to the Most Improved Junior Player.
The Best First Year medal would later be named Bill Cosgrove/Harry Jenkins Medal.

Year
Recipient
Games
1927 Jack Baggott (Stetson Hat) 19
1928 Jack Bissett (Gold Medal) 19
1929 Maurie Sheahan (Hat) 18
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934 Dick Harris (Clock) 20
1935
1936
1937 George Bates (Trophy) 14 (played 1 game 1937)
1938 Bert Edwards (Medal) 14
1939 Bob Bawden 9
1940 Bernie Waldron 12
1941 Polly Perkins 18 (played 1 game 1940)
1942 Bill Morris 6
1943 Max Oppy 15 (played 9 in 1942)
1944 Arthur Mooney 15 (played 1 game 1943)
1945 Don Fraser Jnr 19
1946 Ray Stokes 13
1947 Ken Roberts 13
1948 Geoff Spring 16
1949 Kevin Dillon10
1950 Ray Ednie (by 1 vote from Brian Boland)
1951 Peter Schofield 6 games, for 15 votes, kicked 21 goals
1952 Graham Cox 11
1953 Ron Branton17
1954 Jim Walton 16
1955 Ray McDonald 15
1956 Tom Simpson 13
1957 Dave Cuzens 9
1958 Fred Swift 16
1959 Dick Grimmond 14
1960 Graeme Wilkinson 18
1961 John Robertson 17
1962 Ian Hayden 13
1963 William Brown 15
1964 Kevin Smith 17
1965 Wilf Dickeson 16
1966 Dick Clay 16
1967 Royce Hart
1968 Des McKenzie 9
1969 Ian Owen 16
1970 Ray Boyanich 19
1971 Brian Roberts 18
1972 Bryan Wood 16
1973 Robert Lamb 16
1974 David Cloke 23
1975 Allan Edwards 15
1976 Jim Jess 6
1977 Michael Roach 9
1978 Dale Weightman 18
1979 Stephen Mount 9
1980 Terry Smith 23
1981 Geoff Martin 5
1982 Stephen Pirrie 10
1983 Brian Winton 10
1984 Michael Pickering 12
1985 Stephen James 18
1986 Craig Smith 20
1987 Andy Goodwin 3
1988 Justin Pickering 22
1989 Barry Young 13
1990 Stephen Ryan 22
1991 Scott Turner 22
1992 Stuart Edwards 21
1993 Matthew Richardson 14
1994 Matthew Rogers 22
Jamie Tape 21
1995 David Bourke 15
1996 Robert Powell 8
Damien Ryan 11
1997 Joel Bowden 13 (played 5 in 1996)
1998 Andrew Kellaway 16
1999 Marc Dragicevic 17
2000 Royce Vardy 13
2001 Ray Hall 17 (played 1 game 1999)
2002 Mark Coughlan 24
2003 Chris Newman 13
2004 Brent Hartigan 19
2005 Brett Deledio 22
2006 Dean Polo 17
2007 Jake King 19
Shane Edwards 16
2008 Trent Cotchin 15
2009 Robin Nahas 19
2010 Dustin Martin 21
2011 Reece Conca 17
2012 Steven Morris 21
2013 Nick Vlastuin 18
2014 Anthony Miles 13
2015 Kamdyn McIntosh 23
2016 Daniel Rioli 18