Hunter-born Giants midfielder Rebecca Beeson has clinched the illustrious Gabrielle Trainor Medal at the club’s award evening on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old, who made the switch to midfield after playing much of her AFL career in the forwards, proved she was born for the centre-field ruck, clocking up 72 percent disposal efficiency and 16.3 disposals per game across the 2019 season.
Beeson also recorded 3.1 tackles and two marks per game on average this season, and crowned a stunning season with a berth in the 2019 Australia AFLW All Australian 40-player squad.
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The young star, who made the move from the Hunter to Perth in her teens to continue her AFL career, finished just two vote points ahead of 2018 medal winner Alicia Eve, as well as Irish import player Cora Staunton.
Giants coach Alan McConnell praised Beeson for her break-out 2019 season, and said she was a “deserved winner” after a consistent season in the AFLW.
“Bec’s had a fabulous season transitioning from playing almost predominantly half forward last year into the midfield this year,” he said.
“She was given multiple roles throughout the year, playing as an inside midfielder, on the wing and sometimes at half forward. Her ability to use the ball well was pivotal in a number of our games.”
The award is named in honour of Gabrielle Trainor, an inaugural Giants board member and member of the AFL Commission known for pioneering the development of women’s Australian rules football in NSW.
The Giants’ youngest player in the AFLW, 18-year-old Alyce Parker, was named 2019’s Rising Star. GWS finished third in Conference B, missing the finals with a 2-5 record across the year.
2019 Gabrielle Trainor Medal Top 10
- Rebecca Beeson – 54 votes
- Alicia Eva and Cora Staunton – 52 votes
- Ellie Brush – 51 votes
- Alyce Parker – 50 votes
- Elle Bennetts – 42 votes
- Jess Da Pos & Courtney Gum – 35 votes
- Yvonne Bonner – 29 votes
- Haneen Zreika – 24 votes