Former President, Bernie O’Neil, donated this award to Wests in order to recognise the season’s Most Improved Player(s) under twenty-one years of age.
This award is not designed to be simply awarded to the young player(s) with the best results or greatest talent.
2015-2016 Winner: James Shepherd
James Shepherd is the Bernie O'Neil Award winner after his best season for the Club, where he proved to be a front line bowler in the 1st. Grade side.
Prior to this season, injuries had held James back as he was unable to string a large amount of games together. His hard work was rewarded with a full season and both James and the Club reaped the rewards.
James finished with 30 wickets @ 29.87 in a very strong season across 1st. Grade and the Poidevin-Gray Competition.
His improvement was noticeable as the season went on, highlighted by a two match sequence in which he took a combined 8/149 against the strong opposition of Randwick-Petersham and Northern District.
Congratulations, James, on an impressive season and the Club looks forward to a continuation in 2016 - 2017.
Past Winners of the Bernie O'Neil Award
Chris Allum, Jonathon Turner & Daniel Wright
Vinayak Sasitharan, Vishnu Sarpeshkar & Mitchell Stare