Simon Pearce (second from left) and Jamie Cosgrove flanked by coaches Michael Pratt and Kane Kuenen at the WAAFL presentation night

Simon Pearce (second from left) and Jamie Cosgrove flanked by coaches Michael Pratt and Kane Kuenen at the WAAFL presentation night

By Gary Stocks
Highly decorated North Beach star Simon Pearce and emerging midfielder Jamie Cosgrove were each honoured at the WA Amateur Football League presentation dinner last night by winning fairest and best awards.
Pearce, a nine-times A-Grade premiership player, and Cosgrove, in his first year out of colts, won the A-Reserves and D1-Grade fairest and best awards respectively.
In addition, midfielder Tim Bowdell was runner-up to Pearce and Daniel Pike was runner-up in the E2-Grade fairest.
Pearce has been one of the key drivers behind the success of the A-Reserves who, until last Saturday when upset by Trinity-Aquinas, had not been beaten. He will be an important player this week as his team strives to win the preliminary final against North Fremantle.
A high-leaping ruckman, he has been a model of consistency and has been responsible for giving the North Beach midfield first use of the ball, with Bowdell one of the prime beneficiaries.
Cosgrove has played the majority of the season in the D1-Grade and has enjoyed his first season in senior football, patrolling the midfield and distributing the ball efficiently.
Unfortunately, the D1 season came to a halt last week when losing the preliminary final to North Fremantle. Cosgrove is part of a strong corps of young players who will be charged with ensuring the on-going success of the club.