The 2020 Doig Medal Presentation Dinner will be held on Thursday 22 October, streamed live from the Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth.
While the presentation of the Doig Medal will highlight the evening, Fremantle will also acknowledge the club’s best up and coming player with the Beacon Award.
Previous winners of the Beacon Award include Scott Chisholm, Paul Hasleby, Stephen Hill, David Mundy, Alex Pearce and Luke Ryan.
The award uses similar eligibility criteria as the AFL’s rising star award. Players need to have played less than 10 games at the start of the season, however there is no restriction on age.
The following players are eligible to win the award in 2020.
Debut: Round 10, 2019 v Brisbane
2020 games: 12
Highlight game: Tough to split his 20 disposals on the wing in round one against Essendon and his two goals from when he went forward against Gold Coast in round four.
Debut: Round 7, 2020 v West Coast
2020 games: 10
Highlight game: Had a season-high 15 disposals against Hawthorn but his exciting running goal and four inside 50s against West Coast on debut will be what sticks in the fans’ minds after a promising debut season.
Debut: Round 13, 2020 v Sydney
2020 games: 3
Highlight game: Gave fans a taste of what is to come with his skilful snap around the body from the pocket against GWS in round 14.
Debut: Round 1, 2019 v North Melbourne
2020 games: 17
Highlight game: Helped shut down former teammate Bradley Hill in round six against St Kilda and capped off his impressive day with the winning goal in Freo’s incredible comeback win.
Debut: Round 4, 2020 v Gold Coast
2020 games: 14
Highlight game: There were a number of strong performances in 2020 from the NAB AFL Rising Star winner but his shutdown role on Patrick Dangerfield while collecting 22 disposals, seven tackles and a goal against Geelong would have to be the standout.
Debut: Round 1, 2020 v Essendon
2020 games: 3
Highlight game: Sam Sturt provided one of the more memorable performances on debut with three goals against Essendon in round one. The then 19-year-old kicked one goal from outside 50m near the boundary and kicked another after out-muscling two opponents to mark in front of goal.
Debut: Round 8, 2020 v Geelong
2020 games: 3
Highlight game: Watson worked in seamlessly with Freo’s defence and was particularly impactful in round 17 against North Melbourne where he stood tall down back with seven marks.
Debut: Round 2, 2020 v Brisbane
2020 games: 5
Highlight game: Dominated the highlight reel in round four against Gold Coast with a number of strong marks down back. Set up a goal after he won a one-on-one near defensive 50 and hit Michael Walters with a perfectly weighted kick inside 50.