Norm Smith Medal

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Norm Smith Medal
A male athlete with dark hair and tattooed arms wearing a sleeveless jersey and shorts stands on the grass surface of the playing arena.
Dustin Martin is the most recent recipient of the Norm Smith Medal, winning in 2017.[1]
Awarded for The best on ground in the VFL/AFL Grand Final
Location Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) (1979–1990, 1992–present)
Waverley Park (1991)
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Football League
First awarded 1979[2]
Currently held by Dustin Martin (2017)[1]
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.[3] The Victorian Football League was established in 1897, and the competition has been known as the Australian Football League since 1990.[4] To determine the premiers each season, a Grand Final has been held every year since 1898,[5] with the exception of 1924 when a round-robin system was used.[6][7] Since 1902, each Grand Final has been played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), except from 1942 to 1945,[a] and again in 1991 when it was played at Waverley Park.[8][9] 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.[10]

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.[11] Three players, Gary Ayres (1986 and 1988), Andrew McLeod (1997 and 1998) and Luke Hodge (2008 and 2014), have each won the award twice.[12] The club with the most Norm Smith Medal wins is Hawthorn, with eight awards won by players representing the team. The most recent recipient of the award is Richmond's Dustin Martin, winning in 2017.[1]

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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[14]

Paul Chapman is the only player to win on a countback,[15] after he and Jason Gram tied with nine votes apiece in 2009.[16][17]

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.[18] 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.[18] After the match, three of the five judges suggested they would have voted differently if they had lodged their votes after the final siren.[18]

Prior to the 2016 season, if the Grand Final resulted in a draw, the game would be replayed the following week.[19] In such instances, a separate Norm Smith Medal was awarded in each game.[20] Since 2016, a drawn Grand Final would result in the use of extra time to determine the winner, rather than a full match replay.[19]

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;[21] as of 2017, Gary Ablett Sr. is the only former winner to decline presenting the award.[21]

Recipients[edit]

A male athlete with dark hair wearing a sleeveless jersey and shorts runs on the grass surface of the playing arena.
Andrew McLeod is the only player to have won consecutive Norm Smith Medals, winning in 1997 and 1998.[12]
A male athlete with light hair wearing a polo shirt and pants walks on the grass surface of the playing arena.
Nathan Buckley is one of just four players to have received the Norm Smith Medal as a member of the losing Grand Final team.[11]
A male athlete with dark hair wearing a jumper sits in a chair.
Chris Judd is the most recent player to receive the medal as a member of the losing Grand Final team, winning in 2005.[11]
A male athlete with dark hair wearing a sleeved jersey smiles at camera.
Luke Hodge is one of just three players to have won multiple Norm Smith Medals, winning in 2008 and 2014.[12]
A male bald-headed athlete wearing a sleeved jersey and shorts standing on the grass surface of the playing arena.
Paul Chapman is the only player to win the Norm Smith Medal on a countback, winning in 2009.[16]
A male athlete with dark hair wearing a sleeved jersey and compression pants runs on the boundary of the grass surface of the playing arena.
Lenny Hayes is the only player to have won a Norm Smith medal in a drawn Grand Final, doing so in 2010.[20]
Table key
^ Player was member of losing team
Table of recipients
Year Recipient Club Ref
1979 Wayne Harmes Carlton [2]
1980 Kevin Bartlett Richmond [22]
1981 Bruce Doull Carlton [23]
1982 Maurice Rioli^ Richmond [24]
1983 Colin Robertson Hawthorn [25]
1984 Billy Duckworth Essendon [26]
1985 Simon Madden Essendon [27]
1986 Gary Ayres Hawthorn [28]
1987 David Rhys-Jones Carlton [29]
1988 Gary Ayres (2) Hawthorn [28]
1989 Gary Ablett Sr.^ Geelong [30]
1990 Tony Shaw Collingwood [31]
1991 Paul Dear Hawthorn [32]
1992 Peter Matera West Coast [33]
1993 Michael Long Essendon [34]
1994 Dean Kemp West Coast [35]
1995 Greg Williams Carlton [36]
1996 Glenn Archer North Melbourne [37]
1997 Andrew McLeod Adelaide [12]
1998 Andrew McLeod (2) Adelaide [12]
1999 Shannon Grant North Melbourne [38]
2000 James Hird Essendon [21]
2001 Shaun Hart Brisbane Lions [39]
2002 Nathan Buckley^ Collingwood [40]
2003 Simon Black Brisbane Lions [41]
2004 Byron Pickett Port Adelaide [42]
2005 Chris Judd^ West Coast [43]
2006 Andrew Embley West Coast [44]
2007 Steve Johnson Geelong [45]
2008 Luke Hodge Hawthorn [46]
2009 Paul Chapman Geelong [47]
2010[b] Lenny Hayes St Kilda [48]
Scott Pendlebury Collingwood [49]
2011 Jimmy Bartel Geelong [50]
2012 Ryan O'Keefe Sydney [51]
2013 Brian Lake Hawthorn [52]
2014 Luke Hodge (2) Hawthorn [53]
2015 Cyril Rioli Hawthorn [54]
2016 Jason Johannisen Western Bulldogs [55]
2017 Dustin Martin Richmond [1]

Players with multiple wins[edit]

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

Club totals[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[b]
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[b]
Sydney 1 2012
Western Bulldogs 1 2016
Melbourne 0[c]
Fremantle 0[d]
Gold Coast [e]
Greater Western Sydney [e]
Fitzroy [f]
Brisbane Bears [g]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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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. ISBN 978-0-9806274-5-9. 

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