Cotchin Takes Home Third Jack Dyer Medal
Richmond captain and star midfielder Trent Cotchin has won his third Jack Dyer Medal.
Cotchin took out the Tigers’ 2014 Best and Fairest award, polling 292 votes, to edge out rising star Brandon Ellis, who finished on 283 votes, with young gun Dustin Martin third, on 266 votes, in an exciting count held tonight (Tuesday, September 30) before a packed Palladium Ballroom at Crown Casino.
Talented small forward/midfielder Shane Edwards was a further eight votes behind (258) in fourth place, while ace spearhead Jack Riewoldt finished fifth (253 votes).
At 24 years, five months, Cotchin becomes the youngest triple Best and Fairest winner in Richmond’s history. He is the ninth Tiger player to win three Best and Fairests or more, joining Club greats Jack Dyer (six), Kevin Bartlett (five), Roy Wright (four), Wayne Campbell (four), Bill Morris (three), Ron Branton (three), Neville Crowe (three) and Geoff Raines (three).
Cotchin, who previously won the prestigious Jack Dyer Medal in 2011 and 2012, was prominent from the outset in the 2014 Best and Fairest vote count. He was second behind Martin at the midway mark of the Tigers’ season, polled a personal season-high 21 votes for his brilliant five-goal display against St Kilda in Round 16, then took the lead following the Round 17 clash with Brisbane, and wasn’t headed after that.
The Richmond skipper played all of the team’s 23 games in season 2014, averaging 26 disposals per match.
He was ranked No. 2 at Tigerland for total disposals (597), racking up a career-high 38 touches in the opening round clash with Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.
Cotchin also was ranked No. 1 at the Club for contested possessions (265), No. 1 for clearances (122), No. 1 for centre clearances (52), No. 3 for goal assists (13), and he impacted the scoreboard, too, with a valuable return of 18 goals.
ESP’s Bachar Houli polled 9th in the count with 228 votes.