Terrence Brian "Terry" Moriarty was an Australian rules footballer who played with the Perth Football Club in the West Australian National Football League. Having won the club's fairest and best trophy in his first two seasons, Moriarty went on to play 253 games over a 15-season career, which remains a club record, he played nine interstate matches for Western Australia. Having served in the Australian Army during World War II, he was the winner of the 1943 Sandover Medal as the best player in the competition, was inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Born in East Victoria Park, Moriarty played under-12 and under-14 matches for Victoria Park in the local Temperance League, progressed to the Victoria Park side in the Metropolitan Juniors Football Association in 1941, aged 16, he attended St. Patrick's Boys' Aquinas College, playing football for both schools. Falling into the Perth Football Club's recruitment zone, he made his senior debut for Perth in 1942 in the wartime age-restricted competition, won the club's fairest and best trophy in his first season, playing off a half-back flank.
He finished equal fourth in the 1942 Sandover Medal for the fairest and best player in the competition, with nine votes. In 1943, he won both his club's best and fairest and the Sandover Medal, finishing with 28 votes to become the first Perth player to win the award. Moriarty enlisted in the Army in September 1943, serving as a gunner in the 2nd Medium Regiment of the Royal Australian Artillery, he was posted to Sydney for training, played seven games with the South Sydney Football Club in the Sydney Australian Rules Football League. He returned to Western Australia in time for the first game of the 1946 season, was discharged from service in September 1946, he played with Perth on their tour of the Eastern states in July–August 1946, which included matches in Broken Hill, Wagga Wagga and Sydney. The game at Broken Hill attracted 5,000 spectators paying £389/15/9 where he was named in the best but did not kick a goal. Broken Hill won The game against Southern Riverina was played at the Rock before a crowd of 1750, a record for a mid-week game in the area.
Perth won 18-25 to 14-4. The game against NSW was played at Trumper Park on 11 August and attracted a crowd in excess of 10,000 paying an amazing £464/14/6 at the gate after Perth won the game 22-15 to 18-16 Most used as a half-back flanker, Moriarty played in two losing grand finals for Perth, in 1949 and 1950, before achieving a premiership in 1955, despite receiving a broken nose during the grand final, he finished his career in 1958 having played 253 games. Towards the end of his career, he had been restricted by recurring hamstring injuries. Moriarty was inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2010, died at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Nedlands on 23 October 2011, after a short illness, with The West Australian noting he was "dour ball player with strong team values". A Due to a large number of players being unavailable due to military service, the WANFL was limited to players under the age of 18 years for three seasons from 1942 to 1944. Games played and awards won during this period of time are still counted as official.
B Cyril Hoft of Perth tied with Tom Outridge for the 1921 medal, but lost on countback, having played less games. Hoft was retrospectively awarded a medal in 1997, so is technically the first Perth player to win the award
Billy Thomas (Australian footballer)
William Charles Gordon "Billy" Thomas was an Australian rules football player and administrator, involved with the East Perth Football Club in the Western Australian National Football League in a number of roles from the 1920s to the 1950s. Thomas played 114 games for the club from 1927 to 1936, having played for the Kalgoorlie City Football Club in the Goldfields National Football League, he won best and fairest awards with East Perth in 1928 and 1929 winning the Sandover Medal in the latter season. After his retirement, Thomas served as club secretary and club president, as well as coaching the club in 1942, when the competition was age-restricted due to the Second World War. Thomas was born in North Fremantle, Western Australia, on 20 February 1902, the son of Jack Thomas, a former captain of the Fremantle Football Club and secretary of the North Fremantle Football Club, he moved to Geraldton with his family at the age of six, played football for local teams from an early age, captaining his school team at the age of 16.
Thomas subsequently captained the junior team of the Railways Football Club in the Geraldton Football Association playing seasons with teams from Moora and Mullewa. In 1922, he made his debut for Railways' senior team, captaining the side in 1924 before being transferred to Coolgardie due to his work as a telegraphist, he played one-and-a-half seasons of football with Kalgoorlie City in the Goldfields Football League before again being transferred, this time to the General Post Office in the Perth central business district. Thomas was cleared to East Perth for the 1927 season. Thomas won the Guthrie Gold Medal in 1928 as East Perth's best and fairest player, winning a second award the following season to become the first player to win the award in consecutive years. In the latter season, Thomas won the Sandover Medal. Thomas served as coach of East Perth in 1942 when the WAFL was age-restricted to players under the age of 18, he served as club secretary from 1932 to 1941 and club president from 1951 to 1955.
During the 1938 season, Thomas was one of several ex-players, including Keith Hough, who volunteered to serve as umpires for one round. The Daily News noted that Thomas showed "outstanding ability", praising his "faultless display". Having moved to the South Perth district after his retirement from playing, Thomas was involved in local government during the late 1940s and early 1950s, serving on the South Perth Road Board and at one stage as president of the South Perth Community Centre Association, he served as patron of the South Perth Football Club in the Metropolitan Junior Football Association. In 2005, Thomas was named as the forward pocket in East Perth's pre-World War II "Team of the Century"
Cyril Louis Hoft was an Australian rules footballer who played for the North Fremantle and Perth Football Clubs in the West Australian Football League and the Glenelg Football Club in the South Australian Football League. The son of Herman Hoft, Amelia Ann Hoft, née Haley, Cyril Louis Hoft was born on 24 September 1896, he grew up in the South-West region of Western Australia, moving to Perth to attend Scotch College, where he played in the school's football team. He married Dorothy Marjorie Davies, in Perth, on 22 June 1925; because his school was located in North Fremantle recruitment zone, Hoft began his career with that club, playing eleven games for North Fremantle in 1914. Along with many others from his team, Hoft enlisted in the First AIF in February 1915, which forced the club to disband. Serving as a private in the 44 Infantry Battalion, he saw action in the European theatre, where he was wounded in action on two separate occasions, he was one of the members of the First AIF who participated in the October 1916 "Pioneer Exhibition Game", an exhibition match of Australian Rules football organised, in London, by Frank Beaurepaire.
Hoft resuming his league career with Perth in 1919. Hoft tied with Subiaco's Tom Outridge, on 14 votes, in the inaugural Sandover Medal count in 1921. Prior to 1930, only one vote was given in each game, meaning that both Hoft and Outridge had been best on the ground in 14 matches; because there was no provision, in that inaugural year, for a tied vote, it was decided to leave the choice of the single winner to "an adjudicator", to be appointed by Messrs. Sandover and Co.. It was decided to allow the WAFL president, Alf Moffat, to cast the deciding vote, which he gave to Outridge. In 1997, along with a number of other players who had tied for first, but lost on countback, Hoft was awarded a retrospective medal. In 1924, Hoft switched to Glenelg in the SAFL. Standing out in a team that had yet to win a match, Hoft was appointed captain two rounds into the season, won the club's best and fairest in 1924, he was appointed captain-coach in 1925, guided the club to its first win after 56 losses, an upset against reigning premiers West Torrens.
Hoft returned to Perth in 1928. Hoft represented Western Australia in the 1921 Perth Carnival, he died in July 1949 after a long illness, leaving six children. The "Pioneer Exhibition Game" in London World War One Service Record: Private Cyril Louis Hoft, Nstional Archives of Australia. World War One Nominal Roll: Private Cyril Louis Hoft, Australian War Memorial. Cyril Hoft at AustralianFootball.com
Alfred Sandover M. B. E. was a British-Australian hardware merchant and philanthropist born in Plymouth, the youngest of five children. Graduating from North Adelaide Grammar School in 1881, he came to Perth, Western Australia, in 1884, arriving in Fremantle when the temperature was 41 °C and vowing to stay not a day over his contract. In 1921, Sandover donated the medal bearing his name as the West Australian Football League's annual award recognising the league's fairest and best player of the regular season. Sandover was the youngest of his wife Mary Billing, née Bates. William was a hotelier and a politician in South Australia. While on a visit to England, Alfred was born on 24 November 1866; the family returned to Adelaide, on the City of Adelaide, arriving on 12 October 1867. Educated at North Adelaide Grammar School, in 1881 Sandover attained first-class honours in the senior public examination, his older brother, William Sandover, Jnr. had moved to Western Australia around 1880 and opened a chemist's shop and hardware store, called on Alfred to help him run the business, W. Sandover & Co.
Alfred arrived in Fremantle in 1884, found the dust, the glare, temperature of 41 °C, unbearable. The company prospered: gold was discovered at Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, the 1890s saw a huge demand for machinery and all kinds of hardware which W. Sandover & Co. was able to supply. On 11 July 1895, Alfred Sandover married Rose Allen at St. Georges Church in Malvern, in 1896 they bought an 8-acre property in Claremont, which they named "Knutsford". In 1921, Sandover provided for the Western Australian Football league the medal for the fairest and best footballer during the regular season; the medal is awarded annually in the week before the grand final with a descendant of Sandover present for the presentation. Sandover was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1951, he retired in 1957 at the age of 90 and died at home on 4 May 1958. Mills, Jenny. "Sandover, Alfred ". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2007-10-08
Jim Craig (Australian footballer)
James "Jim" Craig was an Australian rules footballer who played for the West Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League. He was the winner of the 1927 Sandover Medal as the "best" player in the league. Born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, he began playing with West Perth in 1918, he made his debut for Western Australia at the 1924 Australasian Football Carnival, held in Hobart. Craig played in the 1927 carnival held in Melbourne, in total playing in 18 interstate and carnival matches for the state. With seven votes, Craig was the winner of the 1927 Sandover Medal, retiring a couple of years after playing 216 games for West Perth. Craig had captained the club during part of the entire 1930 season, he died in Embleton in 1978. In 2000, he was included as an interchange player in West Perth's Team of the Century
The Charles Brownlow Trophy, better known as the Brownlow Medal, is awarded to the "best and fairest" player in the Australian Football League during the home-and-away season, as determined by votes cast by the officiating field umpires after each game. It is the most prestigious award for individual players in the AFL, it is widely acknowledged as the highest individual honour in the sport of Australian rules football. The medal was first awarded by the Victorian Football League, it was created and named in honour of Charles Brownlow, a former Geelong Football Club footballer and club secretary, VFL president, who had died in January 1924 after an extended illness. Although the award is spoken of the "best and fairest", the award's specific criterion is "fairest and best", reflecting an emphasis on sportsmanship and fair play, as the 1924 somewhat illuminated citation expressly states: Mr. Edward Greeves Geelong Football ClubTHE CHARLES BROWNLOW TROPHYDear Sir, On behalf of the Victorian Football League, we desire to place on permanent record the appreciation of your excellent play during the Season 1924.
You were selected as the fairest and best player and we have pleasure in presenting the accompanying Gold Medal in recognition of those sterling qualities. Trusting that you will be long spared to interest yourself in the adancement of the Game. We are, yours sincerelyW. Baldwin Spencer, M. E. Green, E. L. Wilson The VFL was the last of the four major mainland leagues to strike an award for league best and fairest: the SANFL's Magarey Medal had been awarded since 1898, while the WAFL's Sandover Medal and the VFA's Woodham Cup had been struck more recently. Over time, all of these awards have migrated towards similar rules regarding eligibility, but for the change of the monogram from VFL to AFL in 1990, the design and size of the medallion itself has remained unchanged from that of 1924. To determine the best player, the three field umpires confer after each home-and-away match and award 3 votes, 2 votes and 1 vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match respectively.
On the awards night, the votes from each match are tallied, the player or players with the highest number of votes is awarded the medal. The current voting system has been used for the vast majority of Brownlow Medal counts. There have been different voting systems for short periods in the past: until 1930, only one vote was cast in each game; this was changed to the current 3–2–1 system after the 1930 season saw three players tied on four votes apiece. Since the rules were changed in 1980, if two or more eligible players score the equal highest number of votes, each wins a Brownlow medal. Prior to 1980, if two or more players were tied, a single winner was chosen on a countback: up to 1930, the winner was the player who had played the fewest games. With these considerations, these countbacks failed to separate Des Fothergill and Herbie Matthews, who tied for the medal in 1940; the league decided to keep the original award replica medals to the two winners. In 1989, the eight players who since the inception of the award had tied on votes but lost on a countback were awarded retrospective medals.
The fairest component of the medal is achieved by making ineligible any player, suspended by the AFL Tribunal during the home-and-away season. An ineligible player cannot win the Brownlow Medal, regardless of the number of votes he has received. A player remains eligible for the Brownlow Medal under the following circumstances: if he is suspended during the finals or pre-season; the application of the ineligibility criteria has remained consistent throughout the history of the award, with some subtle changes. For example, from 2005 until 2014, whether or not a player was ineligible was based on the penalty determined by the Tribunal's Match Review Panel before applying adjustments based on a player's good or bad record, or for accepting an early guilty plea or a player's existing good record – meaning that a player could be ineligible based on an infringement, worthy of a one-game suspension, but still avoid suspension by taking an early guilty plea on the charge. Since 2015, the criteria has been based upon whether or not the player is suspended during the season.
Umpires cast their votes for each game independent of eligibility criteria of the players. Prior to 1991, votes could not be awarded to a player in a match in which he was reported, but this rule was eliminated in 1991 so that a player would not be disadvantaged if he would have gained votes in a match in which he was reported but cleared by the tribunal. On three occasions, an ineligible player has tallied the highest number of Brownlow votes: In 1996, Core
John James Leonard was a player and coach of Australian rules football in the West Australian Football League and the Victorian Football League in the period 1922 to 1946. He was born in England. A built and quick rover with brilliant skills, Leonard played in Subiaco Football Club's 1924 premiership side, he was Subiaco's best and fairest player five times. He represented his State 25 times, he won the Sandover Medal in 1926 and was awarded a retrospective medal for the 1929 season after finishing second on a countback. Prior to 1930 only one vote per game was given by the umpire, a countback was not possible. Both Leonard and William Thomas of East Perth Football Club polled the umpire's vote in five matches. With the Great Depression limiting employment options, Leonard moved to Victoria in 1931, coaching Maryborough in the Ballarat Football League in 1932 being appointed as Captain-Coach of South Melbourne. Playing career highlights: 158 games Subiaco captain 1930 Subiaco fairest and best 1926 to 1930 Subiaco premiership player 1924 Sandover medal 1926 and 1929 25 state games for Western Australia Leonard coached over only nine seasons but with a great deal of success, securing five WANFL premierships.
He coached South Melbourne for the 1932 season, taking it to its first finals campaign in a decade. He is credited with laying the groundwork for the "foreign legion" team which won the 1933 VFL premiership, recruiting leading WANFL players such as his Subiaco teammates Brighton Diggins and Bill Faul. Returning to Perth in 1933 for employment, he embarked on a further successful coaching period, he steered West Perth Football Club to successive premierships in 1934 and 1935. Leonard was asked to return to South Melbourne at the end of 1936, but business prevented him moving to Victoria. Staying in Perth, Leonard coached West Perth for another season, moved to coach a talented Claremont team to three consecutive premierships. After World War II, Leonard was again appointed as Claremont coach for the 1946 season after no one else could be found, but business commitments meant he had to leave most of the work to deputy Jack Reeves and the Tigers won only three matches. Seven years Leonard was asked at the age of fifty to re-take the coaching reins at South Melbourne, but his business in a football-making factory took up all of his time and he could not accept.
Leonard was inducted to the Australian Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1996 – one year after his death. Leonard was a respected Perth businessman following his football career. In April 1946, he played a key role in orchestrating the first meeting that led to the formation of the Western Australian Basketball Association, he served as the Association President for the first two years and the local associations played for the John Leonard Perpetual Shield in the winter competition. Ross, John; the Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. P. 89. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X. Johnny Leonard's playing statistics from AFL Tables John Leonard at AustralianFootball.com Australian Football Hall of Fame