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2023 Lynn Medal Award Winners

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - 3:33 PM

Matthew Jupp capped off a stellar season by taking out his 2nd Lynn Medal at the East Fremantle Mens Awards night last Friday night at the Parmelia Hilton. Jupp featured in the top 5 for most of the night, edging out 2021 Lynn Medallist Kyle Baskerville and new recruit, Fraser Turner to claim the award. 


Playing in all 20 games, Jupp added the award to his numerous accolades this season, having become the first East Fremantle Premiership Captain in 25 years as well as captaining WA against SA in Adelaide. The reliable defender polled 178 votes to win the award. 


Runners Up was midfielder turned defender, Kyle Baskerville, who once again had a consistent season to finish inside the top 5. Baskerville provided plenty of run and drive from defence, polling 170 votes from 20 games. In 3rd position was Fraser Turner, who was one of the pick ups of the season. The hard running winger played in 19 games and polled 165 votes. Rounding out the top 5 were Harrison Marsh and Cam Eardley. 


Milan Murdock was adjudged as Player of the Finals, while Tom Joyce was the recipient of the Corbett Medal, for the player voted as best player in the Grand Final by the coaching staff. Cody Leggett took out the goal kicking medal, while Eddie Simpson was awarded Shark of the Year, as judged by his peers and awarded to the player who best demonstrates the values of the group. Russell Hendy won the Volunteer of the Year, while club Doctor, Dr Ben Grant, was recognised for his efforts over a number of years and dedication to the players outside the four walls by winning the Community Award. 


The Henry Jeffery Medal was won by ruckman, Lachlan Blakiston. The former SF product turned up on the Sharks doorstep on the eve of the season and was a clear winner with 141 votes to pull away from Jack Walsh (125 votes) and Enrique Aiken-Featherstone (115 votes). Blakiston was a revelation, making his League debut against Peel in Geraldton, improving considerably as the season went on. The athletic ruck/forward also took out the player of the finals for the Reserves while the Past Players Encouragement Award went to Elijah Burrows. 


The Rising Star award was presented to Chris Walker, who played 14 games in his 2nd season, electrifying the competition with his lightning speed and sheer athleticism. Walker was one of the unlucky group of players who missed the grand final, after injuring his groin in the last game of the regular season. 

The night was a celebration of the 2023 Mens season, which saw the League team win 11 games in a row on route to the clubs 30th Mens flag, while the Reserves returned to finals for the first time since 2019.