Norm Smith Medal

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Norm Smith Medal
Awarded for The best on ground in the VFL/AFL Grand Final
Location Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Football League
First awarded 1979
Currently held by Dustin Martin (2017)
Most awards Gary Ayres
Andrew McLeod
Luke Hodge (2 times)

The Norm Smith Medal is an Australian rules football award presented annually to the player adjudged the best on ground in the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL) Grand Final.[1] The Victorian Football League was established in 1897, and the competition has been known as the Australian Football League since 1990. To determine the premiers each season, a Grand Final has been held every year since 1898, the inaugural Norm Smith Medal winner was Wayne Harmes in 1979, playing in Carlton's premiership victory against Collingwood.[2] The award was named in honour of Norm Smith,[2] a former six-time premiership coach for Melbourne.

The award is usually won by a player on the winning team in the Grand Final; only four players have received the award as members of the losing teams: Maurice Rioli in 1982, Gary Ablett Sr. in 1989, Nathan Buckley in 2002 and Chris Judd in 2005. Three players, Gary Ayres (1986 and 1988), Andrew McLeod (1997 and 1998) and Luke Hodge (2008 and 2014), have each won the award twice.[3]

Voting and presentation[edit]

The winner is voted on by a five-member panel consisting of former players, journalists and media personalities, with one member designated as the chair,[4] each panellist independently awards 3 votes, 2 votes and 1 vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match respectively. These votes are tallied, and the highest number of combined votes wins the medal.[5]

There is no chance of a tie for the medal; if two players are tied for votes, the following countbacks will apply in order:

  • the player with the higher number of three-votes;
  • the player with the higher number of two-votes;
  • the player deemed best by the panel chair.[5]

Paul Chapman became the first player to win on a countback in 2009,[6] after he and Jason Gram tied with nine votes apiece.[7][8]

In some years judges were required to lodge their decisions prior to the completion of the match, to ensure votes were compiled in time for the ceremony,[9] this was changed following the 2002 AFL Grand Final, after Michael Voss had five crucial possessions in the last five minutes of the close game which could have swayed the voting, but eventually placed fourth behind Nathan Buckley.[9] After the match, three of the five judges suggested they would have voted differently if they had lodged their votes after the final siren.[9]

Prior to the 2016 season, if the Grand Final resulted in a draw, the game would be replayed the following week;[10] in this case, a separate Norm Smith Medal is awarded in each game.[11]

The medal is presented in a post-match ceremony held immediately after the conclusion of the match, since 2004, former Norm Smith medallists have presented the award, in the order of the year in which they won;[12] as of 2017, Gary Ablett Sr. is the only former winner to decline presenting the award.[12]

Recipients[edit]

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Andrew McLeod is the only player to have won consecutive Norm Smith medals, winning in 1997 and 1998.
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Lenny Hayes is the only player to have won a Norm Smith medal in a drawn Grand Final, doing so in 2010.
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Luke Hodge is one of just three players to have won multiple Norm Smith medals, winning in 2008 and 2014.
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Dustin Martin is the most recent recipient of the Norm Smith Medal, winning in 2017.
Table key
^ Denotes player who was in losing team
Table of recipients, with players' clubs
Year Recipient Club Ref
1979 Wayne Harmes Carlton [2]
1980 Kevin Bartlett Richmond [13]
1981 Bruce Doull Carlton [14]
1982 Maurice Rioli^ Richmond [15]
1983 Colin Robertson Hawthorn [16]
1984 Billy Duckworth Essendon [17]
1985 Simon Madden Essendon [18]
1986 Gary Ayres Hawthorn [19]
1987 David Rhys-Jones Carlton [20]
1988 Gary Ayres (2) Hawthorn [19]
1989 Gary Ablett Sr.^ Geelong [21]
1990 Tony Shaw Collingwood [22]
1991 Paul Dear Hawthorn [23]
1992 Peter Matera West Coast [24]
1993 Michael Long Essendon [25]
1994 Dean Kemp West Coast [26]
1995 Greg Williams Carlton [27]
1996 Glenn Archer North Melbourne [28]
1997 Andrew McLeod Adelaide [3]
1998 Andrew McLeod (2) Adelaide [3]
1999 Shannon Grant North Melbourne [29]
2000 James Hird Essendon [12]
2001 Shaun Hart Brisbane Lions [30]
2002 Nathan Buckley^ Collingwood [31]
2003 Simon Black Brisbane Lions [32]
2004 Byron Pickett Port Adelaide [33]
2005 Chris Judd^ West Coast [34]
2006 Andrew Embley West Coast [35]
2007 Steve Johnson Geelong [36]
2008 Luke Hodge Hawthorn [37]
2009 Paul Chapman Geelong [38]
2010[a] Lenny Hayes St Kilda [39]
Scott Pendlebury Collingwood [40]
2011 Jimmy Bartel Geelong [41]
2012 Ryan O'Keefe Sydney [42]
2013 Brian Lake Hawthorn [43]
2014 Luke Hodge (2) Hawthorn [44]
2015 Cyril Rioli Hawthorn [45]
2016 Jason Johannisen Western Bulldogs [46]
2017 Dustin Martin Richmond [47]

Multiple winners[edit]

Table of multiple recipients, with players' clubs
Player Club Medals Years
Gary Ayres Hawthorn 2 1986, 1988
Andrew McLeod Adelaide 2 1997, 1998
Luke Hodge Hawthorn 2 2008, 2014

By club[edit]

Table key
Club no longer participates in the AFL
Table of clubs' totals
Club Total Years
Hawthorn 8 1983, 1986, 1988, 1991, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
Carlton 4 1979, 1981, 1987, 1995
Essendon 4 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000
West Coast 4 1992, 1994, 2005, 2006
Geelong 4 1989, 2007, 2009, 2011
Collingwood 3 1990, 2002, 2010[a]
Richmond 3 1980, 1982, 2017
Adelaide 2 1997, 1998
North Melbourne 2 1996, 1999
Brisbane Lions 2 2001, 2003
Port Adelaide 1 2004
St Kilda 1 2010[a]
Sydney 1 2012
Western Bulldogs 1 2016
Melbourne 0[b]
Fremantle 0[c]
Gold Coast [d]
Greater Western Sydney [d]
Fitzroy [e]
Brisbane Bears [f]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a Two medals were awarded in 2010 as the Grand Final was originally drawn, with the match replayed the following week as a result. Lenny Hayes and Scott Pendlebury were awarded the Norm Smith Medal in the respective matches.
  • b Melbourne has played in two Grand Finals (1988 and 2000) since the Norm Smith Medal was first awarded in 1979, and did not have a player win the medal in either match.
  • c Fremantle has played in one Grand Final (2013) since the club joined the AFL in 1995, and did not have a player win the medal in that match.
  • d Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney joined the AFL in 2011 and 2012 respectively, with both clubs yet to participate in a Grand Final.
  • e Fitzroy did not feature in a Grand Final from when the Norm Smith Medal was first awarded in 1979 to the club's final season in the AFL in 1996.
  • f The Brisbane Bears participated in the AFL from 1987 to 1996, and did not qualify for a Grand Final during that time.

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Bibliography[edit]

  • Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2009). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (8th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. ISBN 978-1-921496-00-4. 
  • Lovett, Michael, ed. (2010). AFL Record Season Guide 2010. p. 521. ISBN 978-0-9806274-5-9. 

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