Clive Churchill Medal

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Clive Churchill, Australian Kangaroos captain, 1953

The Clive Churchill Medal is the award given to the player judged to be man-of-the-match in the National Rugby League's annual Grand Final. The award was created to honour Clive Churchill, one of the greatest rugby league players in Australian history, following his death in 1985. A prestigious honour in the NRL, The medal's recipient is chosen by the selectors of the Australian national team and announced and awarded to the player judged best and fairest on the ground at every post-grand final ceremony.

The Clive Churchill Medal has been awarded ever since the 1986 NSWRL season when its first recipient was Parramatta's Peter Sterling. The only player to have won the award more than once is Canberra's Bradley Clyde (1989 and 1991). In 2010, the Melbourne Storm were stripped of the 2007 and 2009 premierships due to salary cap breaches exposed by the NRL, however the Clive Churchill Medallists from those years still continue to be recognised.

The medal has only been awarded to a member of the losing grand final team on three occasions. Bradley Clyde in 1991, Brad Mackay (St George) in 1993, and Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly) in 2013.

Churchill, who the medal was named after, played for and later coached the South Sydney Rabbitohs, played interstate football for both New South Wales and Queensland, and also played for, captained and coached the Australian Kangaroos.

List of recipients[edit]

Grand
final
Recipient Team Position
1986 Peter Sterling Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Halfback
1987 Cliff Lyons Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Five-eighth
1988 Paul Dunn Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Prop
1989 Bradley Clyde Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Lock
1990 Ricky Stuart Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Halfback
1991 Bradley Clyde Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders (losing team) Lock
1992 Allan Langer Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Halfback
1993 Brad Mackay St. George colours.svg St George Dragons (losing team) Lock
1994 David Furner Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Second-row
1995 Jim Dymock Canterbury colours.svg Sydney Bulldogs Lock
1996 Geoff Toovey Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Halfback
1997 Robbie O'Davis Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Fullback
1998 Gorden Tallis[1] Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Second-row
1999 Brett Kimmorley Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Halfback
2000 Darren Lockyer Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Fullback
2001 Andrew Johns Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Halfback
2002 Craig Fitzgibbon Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Second-row
2003 Luke Priddis[2] Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Hooker
2004 Willie Mason Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs Prop
2005 Scott Prince[3] Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Halfback
2006 Shaun Berrigan[4] Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Hooker
2007 Greg Inglis Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Five-eighth
2008 Brent Kite[5] Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Prop
2009 Billy Slater Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Fullback
2010 Darius Boyd[6] St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Fullback
2011 Glenn Stewart[7] Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Lock
2012 Cooper Cronk Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Halfback
2013 Daly Cherry-Evans Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (losing team) Halfback

Retrospective awards[edit]

As part of the Centenary Of League celebrations, the Clive Churchill Medal has been retrospectively awarded for man-of-the-match performances from season 1954, the first to feature mandatory grand finals. The first recipient from the 1954 season is the man for which the award was originally named, Clive Churchill.[8]

Despite claims to the contrary at the time of the announcement of the retrospective medals that there had not been Man Of The Match awards for Grand Finals prior to 1986, this was not the case - there had been the Dave Brown Medal awarded at some stage, and, according the NSWRL's official match day program, a new prize was awarded in 1971, with the winner named by reporters covering the game ([citation needed] (the first was won by South Sydney's Ron Coote). In 1972 the award went to Manly half back Dennis Ward, and the following year, to Manly's Bob Fulton. The retrospective Clive Churchill Medals - either by coincidence or design - reflect those award winners.

In the replayed grand finals of 1977 and 1978, the award was based on efforts over the course of both games, although Manly-Warringah's Graham Eadie was a clear choice in 1978 after a dominating performance from fullback in the Grand Final replay.

Year Winner Team Position
1954 Clive Churchill South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Fullback
1955 Jack Rayner South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Second row
1956 Kevin Brown St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Prop
1957 Norm Provan St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Second row
1958 Norm Provan St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Second row
1959 Peter Provan St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Lock
1960 Monty Porter St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Second row
1961 Brian Clay St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Five-eighth
1962 Ian Walsh St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Hooker
1963 Norm Provan St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Second row
1964 Graeme Langlands St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Fullback
1965 Kevin Ryan St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Prop
1966 John Raper St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Lock
1967 Les Johns Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown (losing team) Fullback
1968 Eric Simms South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Fullback
1969 Dave Bolton Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Five-eighth
1970 Bob Grant South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Halfback
1971 Ron Coote South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Lock
1972 Dennis Ward Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Halfback
1973 Bob Fulton Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Centre
1974 Arthur Beetson Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Roosters Prop
1975 Ian Schubert Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Roosters Fullback
1976 Graham Eadie Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Fullback
1977 Craig Young St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Prop
1978 Graham Eadie Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Fullback
1979 Steve Morris St. George colours.svg St George Dragons Halfback
1980 Steve Gearin Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Wing
1981 Bob O'Reilly Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Prop
1982 Brett Kenny Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Five-eighth
1983 Brett Kenny Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Five-eighth
1984 Peter Kelly Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Prop
1985 Steve Mortimer Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Halfback

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mascord, Steve (28 September 1998). "Embarrassed, dizzy Tallis says every player should be given a medal". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax). p. 22. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Massoud, Josh (2 September 2010). "St George Illawarra hooker Luke Priddis to retire at end of season". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tigers claim historic premiership". abc.net.au. 2 October 2005. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Stevenson, Andrew (2 October 2006). "Medal for the quiet achiever". The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Clive Churchill Medallist Brent Kite flies high in NRL grand final". The Courier-Mail. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Chammas, Michael (4 October 2010). "2010 Clive Churchill winner Darius Boyd". Illawarra Mercury (Australia: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  7. ^ AAP (2 October 2011). "Hasler praises Churchill winner Stewart". ABC News. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  8. ^ James Dampney (1 October 2008). "Greats to get man-of-match awards". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 3 January 2008. 

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