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James Tedesco Claims Second Consecutive Jack Gibson Medal

Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco has capped off a memorable year by being named the winner of the Jack Gibson Medal at the Sydney Roosters 2019 Awards Night.

Awarded to the Player of the Year, the Jack Gibson Medal was voted for at the conclusion of every game by the Roosters NRL team and Head Coach, with votes tallied across the season.

John Gibson, son of the late Jack Gibson, presented Tedesco with the Medal.

This is the second consecutive year that Tedesco has claimed the Roosters’ most prestigious award, and the first time in 17 years that a player has claimed consecutive Jack Gibson Medals.

Craig Fitzgibbon was the last player to achieve this feat in 2001 and 2002.

High-flying winger Daniel Tupou won the James Mathews Award for Clubman of the Year, recognising his extensive contribution both on and off the field throughout the year.

James Tedesco and NRLW Captain Simiama Taufa were the joint recipients of the Roosters Our Community Award.

Tedesco was also named the Members Player of the Year.

Meanwhile, Joseph Manu took home the Steggles Try of the Year award for his memorable four-pointer against the Brisbane Broncos in Round 4 which involved three kicks and five passes. Manu was also the winner of this award in 2018.

The Roosters KARI NRL Women’s Premiership Player of the Year was also announced, with second-rower Tallisha Harden named the 2019 winner. The award was voted for at the conclusion of every game by the Roosters NRLW team and Head Coach.

Sam Verrills was awarded the Harry Phipps Rising Star Award, while the Arthur Beetson Medal for Jersey Flegg Player of the Year went to Freddy Lussick and Michael Abdow was presented with the Chris Sykes award as the Junior Reps Player of the Year.

The award winners on the night were:

Steggles Try of the Year – Joseph Manu

Members Player of the Year – James Tedesco

Roosters Our Community Award – James Tedesco and Simaima Taufa

Harry Phipps Rising Star Award – Sam Verrills

Chris Sykes Award (Junior Rep Player of the Year) – Michael Abdow

Arthur Beetson Medal (Jersey Flegg Player of the Year) – Freddy Lussick

KARI NRL Women’s Premiership Player of the Year – Tallisha Harden

James Mathews Clubman of the Year – Daniel Tupou

Jack Gibson Medal – James Tedesco