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Norm Smith Medal
Norm Smith Medal
Dustin Martin is the most recent recipient of the Norm Smith Medal, and the only person to win the medal three times
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.Lenny Hayes remains the only player to have won the award in a drawn Grand Final in 2010, with Scott Pendlebury winning the award for the Grand Final replay the following week. Dustin Martin (2017, 2019 and 2020) is the only player to win the award three times. 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 2020, going back to back and winning the medal for a third time.
Voting and presentation
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. 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.
There is no chance of a tie for the medal; if two players are tied for votes, the following countbacks will apply in order:
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. 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. After the match, three of the five judges suggested they would have voted differently if they had lodged their votes after the final siren.
Prior to the 2016 season, if the Grand Final resulted in a draw, the game would be replayed the following week. In such instances, a separate Norm Smith Medal was awarded in each game. Since 2016, a drawn Grand Final would result in the use of extra time to determine the winner, rather than a full match replay.
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; as of 2019, Gary Ablett Sr. is the only former winner to decline presenting the award; and Nathan Buckley's position in the sequence was skipped in 2019 as he was coaching Collingwood, who were yet to be eliminated when the decision on presenter had to be made.
Andrew McLeod and Dustin Martin are the only players to have won consecutive Norm Smith Medals. McLeod winning in 1997 and 1998, while Martin winning in 2019 and 2020.
Nathan Buckley is one of just four players to have received the Norm Smith Medal as a member of the losing Grand Final team.
Chris Judd is the most recent player to receive the medal as a member of the losing Grand Final team, winning in 2005.
Luke Hodge is one of just four players to have won multiple Norm Smith Medals, winning in 2008 and 2014.
Paul Chapman is the only player to win the Norm Smith Medal on a countback, winning in 2009.
Lenny Hayes is the only player to have won a Norm Smith medal in a drawn Grand Final, doing so in 2010.