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Norm Smith Medal

Norm Smith Medal
Dustin Martin
Dustin Martin is the most recent recipient of the Norm Smith Medal, and the only person to win the medal three times
LeagueAustralian Football League
Given forThe best on ground in the VFL/AFL Grand Final
LocationMelbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) (1979-1990, 1992-2019)
Waverley Park (1991)
The Gabba (2020)
History
First award1979
First winnerWayne Harmes
Most winsDustin Martin (3)
Most recentDustin Martin (2020)

The Norm Smith Medal is an Australian rules football award presented annually to the player adjudged the best on ground in the Grand Final of the Australian Football League (AFL). Prior to 1990 the competition was known as the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1] It was first presented in the 1979 VFL Grand Final, and was won by Wayne Harmes, playing in Carlton's premiership victory against Collingwood.[2] The award is named in honour of Norm Smith[2] who won four VFL premierships as a player and six as coach for the Melbourne Football Club.[3]

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.[4]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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[7]

Paul Chapman is the only player to win on a countback,[8] after he and Jason Gram tied with nine votes apiece in 2009.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[11] After the match, three of the five judges suggested they would have voted differently if they had lodged their votes after the final siren.[11]

Prior to the 2016 season, if the Grand Final resulted in a draw, the game would be replayed the following week.[12] In such instances, a separate Norm Smith Medal was awarded in each game.[13] Since 2016, a drawn Grand Final would result in the use of extra time to determine the winner, rather than a full match replay.[12]

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;[14] as of 2019, Gary Ablett Sr. is the only former winner to decline presenting the award;[14] 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.[15]

Recipients

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.[5]
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.[4]
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.[4]
A male athlete with dark hair wearing a sleeved jersey smiles at camera.
Luke Hodge is one of just four players to have won multiple Norm Smith Medals, winning in 2008 and 2014.[5]
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.[9]
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.[13]
Table key
^ Player was member of losing team


Players with multiple wins

Table of multiple recipients
Player Team Medals Years
Dustin Martin Richmond 3 2017, 2019, 2020
Gary Ayres Hawthorn 2 1986, 1988
Andrew McLeod Adelaide 2 1997, 1998
Luke Hodge Hawthorn 2 2008, 2014

Club totals

See also

References

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Bibliography

  • 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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