The St George Illawarra Dragons and Sydney Roosters players annually contest for the Ashton-Collier Spirit of ANZAC Medal awarded to the player of the match.

The individual accolade, previously known as the ANZAC Day Player of the Match Award, is named in tribute of Dragons Great Bill Collier and Roosters Legend Ferris Ashton for their respective services on and off the field.

Collier played 28 first-grade games for the Red V before joining Australia’s armoured regiment when deployed to New Guinea during World War 2.

He is the last surviving member of the 1941 Premiership winning side, who featured as a reserve, before later featuring regularly for the team between1942-43.

Collier went on to serve his country in both New Guinea before later being deployed to the island of Borneo until the end of World War 2.