Dally M Medal

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Dally M Medal
Awarded for The best and fairest player in the National Rugby League
Country  Australia
First awarded 1980
Currently held by Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
Official website dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/dally-m

The Dally M Medal is awarded each year (annually) to the player voted for as the 'Best and Fairest' over the entire National Rugby League (NRL) regular season. The award has existed since 1980, but has only been adopted as the official award for the Player of the Year in the NRL since 1998. Prior to that the official Player of the Year, in both the New South Wales and the Brisbane Rugby Leagues, received the Rothmans Medal whilst the Dally M Medal was awarded by the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Voting[edit]

After each game, rugby league sports commentators vote to award three votes to the best player, two votes to the second-best player, and one vote to the third-best player. Additionally, a player will lose three votes for each week of suspension that he incurs during the season. The votes for each round are made public up to Round 16 (26-round season), then are kept secret; this allows the final winner to be kept secret until the Dally M Awards ceremony.

History[edit]

Rothmans Medal[edit]

Main article: Rothmans Medal

The Rothmans Medal was the first official player-of-the-year award to be established in rugby league in Australia. The medal was sponsored by Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc., a tobacco production company. There were two Rothmans Medals awarded each year: one for the best player in the New South Wales Rugby League, and one for the best player in the Brisbane Rugby League. The voting for the Rothmans Medal was the same basic format as the modern day Dally M, except that the votes were determined by the referees, rather than the media.

The two Rothmans Medals were first awarded in 1968, and were awarded each year until 1996. In 1997, the Rothmans Medal in New South Wales became known as the Provan-Summons medal, because all tobacco advertising and sponsorship was prohibited in Australia in 1992, under the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992; the medal then disappeared altogether in 1998 with the merger of the Australian Rugby League and the Australian Super League. The Queensland Rothmans Medal was also last awarded in 1996, as the Queensland Cup superseded the Brisbane Rugby League as Queensland's premier rugby league competition in 1997.

Dally M Medal[edit]

The Dally M Medal was named after Henry Herbert 'Dally' Messenger, who was instrumental in the establishment of rugby league football in Australia. The award was originally established in 1980 by The Daily Mirror newspaper in 1980. For many years, it was the second major individual award in the New South Wales Rugby League behind the Rothmans Medal. It was awarded each year between 1980 and 1996. With the Super League schism in 1997, the medal was not awarded.

Since the National Rugby League (NRL) was formed from the merger of the Australian Rugby League and the Australian Super League in 1998, the Dally M Medal has been the single official player-of-the-year award for that league, and the highest individual honour in Australian rugby league. The medal is awarded, usually by the Australian Prime Minister, at the annual Dally M Awards night where as well as honoring the player of the year, the NRL recognizes the premier player in each position, the best coach and the most outstanding rookie of the season.

The medal was notably not awarded in 2003, with the players first threatening to boycott the event, followed by the league cancelling the event, during a pay dispute between the league and the players association which was going on at the time.[1] Penrith's Craig Gower, who led by one vote entering the final round and was unofficially considered man of the match in the final round, is the player thought to have missed out on winning the award as a result.[2]

Venues & Broadcasters[edit]

Year Broadcaster(s) Venue
2003 No broadcaster Not held
2004 Fox Sports Sydney Town Hall
2005 Fox Sports Sydney Town Hall
2006 Fox Sports Sydney Town Hall
2007 Fox Sports Sydney Town Hall
2008 Fox Sports Hordern Pavilion
2009 Fox Sports State Theatre
2010
2011 Royal Hall of Industries,
The Entertainment Quarter
2012 Fox Sports Sydney Town Hall
2013 Fox Sports Star Casino

Dally M Medal winners[edit]

NSWRL and ARL (1980–1996)[edit]

Year Winner Position Team
1980 Robert Laurie Five-eighth South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1981 Steve Rogers Lock Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
1982 Ray Price Lock Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1983 Terry Lamb Five-eighth Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1984 Michael Potter Fullback Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury
1985 Greg Alexander Halfback Penrith colours.svg Penrith
1986 Peter Sterling Halfback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1987 Peter Sterling Halfback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1988 Gavin Miller Second-row Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
1989 Gavin Miller Second-row Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
1990 Cliff Lyons Five-eighth Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1991 Michael Potter Fullback St. George colours.svg St George
1992 Gary Freeman Halfback Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1993 Ricky Stuart Halfback Canberra colours.svg Canberra
1994 Cliff Lyons Five-eighth Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1995 Laurie Daley Five-eighth Canberra colours.svg Canberra
1996 Allan Langer Halfback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane

NRL (1998–present)[edit]

Year Winner Position Team
1998 Andrew Johns Halfback Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle
1999 Andrew Johns Halfback Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle
2000 Trent Barrett Five-eighth St. George colours.svg St George-Illawarra
2001 Preston Campbell Halfback, Fullback Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
2002 Andrew Johns Halfback Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle
2003 Not awarded due to industrial action
2004 Danny Buderus Hooker Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle
2005 Johnathan Thurston Halfback North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland
2006 Cameron Smith Hooker Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne
2007 Johnathan Thurston Halfback North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland
2008 Matt Orford Halfback Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
2009 Jarryd Hayne Fullback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
2010 Todd Carney Five-eighth Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney
2011 Billy Slater Fullback Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne
2012 Ben Barba Fullback Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury
2013 Cooper Cronk Halfback Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne

Records[edit]

  • Andrew Johns was the first player to win the Dally M Medal three times.

Peter Sterling, Gavin Miller, Cliff Lyons, Michael Potter and Jonathan Thurston have each won the Dally M Medal twice.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Accusations fly as NRL cancels Dally M awards". ABC News (Australia). 5 September 2003. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Pace, Daniel (9 Sep 2003). "Freddie backs players' stance". The Fanatics. Retrieved 27 Nov 2011. 

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