Magarey Medal

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For the biography award of the same name, see Magarey Medal for biography. For a list of winners, see List of Magarey Medallists.

The Magarey Medal is an Australian rules football honour awarded annually since 1898 to the fairest and most brilliant player in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), as judged by field umpires. The award was created by William Ashley Magarey, then chairman of the league.

After each match, the three field umpires (those umpires who control the flow of the game) confer and award 3, 2 and 1 points to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best during the match. Players suspended for a reportable offence during the season are ineligible to win the award though they can continue gaining votes leading to times when an ineligible player would poll the most votes in the medal count but not win the medal. The most celebrated time was in 1983 when Glenelg player Stephen Kernahan polled a then record 44 votes but due to being suspended in Round 4 of the season the medal was awarded to Tony Antrobus of North Adelaide who polled 35 votes.

History[edit]

William Magarey was born in Adelaide, South Australia. A lawyer by vocation, he had an enduring interest in sports, although he did not play football. He was, however, an active sports administrator who, in 1897, became the inaugural Chairman of the South Australian Football Association (later renamed the SANFL). The sport at that time was known for often rough play, and Magarey wanted to help combat this, and help gain more respect for umpires.

In 1898 Magarey presented the first Medal to South Australia’s "fairest and most brilliant player" of that season. Similar Best and Fairest player awards followed in other state-based competitions, notably the Sandover Medal in Western Australia from 1921 and Brownlow Medal in Victoria from 1924.

The Magarey Medal has been awarded in every year of SANFL competition since 1898, with the exception of 1900, 1904 (no record being extant), when the competition was suspended due to war 1916-1918, and when a restricted competition was held during the war period of 1942-1944.

In the 1990s the awarding of the medal was changed so that players tied on the most number of votes would share the medal. Prior to this, a "countback" system was used, whereby the player with the most "best on ground" performances would be awarded the medal. In 1998, ten players who had finished runner-up over prior years owing to the countback rule were retrospectively awarded the Magarey Medal.

Recipients[edit]

The first recipient of the Magarey Medal was Norwood’s Alby Green in 1898.

Year Player Team Votes
1898 Alby Green Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood none
1899 Stan Malin Port Adelaide none
1900 No Award
1901 Phil Sandland North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide none
1902 Tom MacKenzie West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens none
1903 Hendrick Waye Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt none
1904 No Award
1905 Tom MacKenzie North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide none
1906 Tom MacKenzie North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide none
1907 Jack Mack Port Adelaide none
1908 James Tierney EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide none
1909 Richard Head EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide none
1910 Sampson Hosking Port Adelaide none
1911 Harold Cumberland Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt none
1912 Dave Low West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens none
1913 Tom Leahy North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide none
1914 Jack Ashley Port Adelaide *
1915 Frank Barry South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide *
Charlie Perry Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood *
Sampson Hosking Port Adelaide *
Play suspended due to WWI
1919 Dan Moriarty South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide *
1920 Vic Richardson Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt *
Dan Moriarty South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide *
1921 John Karney West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens *
Charlie Adams Port Adelaide *
Dan Moriarty South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide *
Wat Scott Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood *
1922 Robert Barnes EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide *
1923 Horrie Riley Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt *
1924 Wat Scott Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood *
1925 Alick Lill Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood *
Peter Bampton Port Adelaide *
1926 Bruce McGregor EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide *
1927 Bruce McGregor EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide *
1928 Jim Handby Glenelg *
1929 Robert Snell EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide ***
1930 Wat Scott Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood 53***
1931 Jack Sexton EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide ***
1932 Max Pontifex West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens ***
1933 Keith Dunn Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt ***
1934 George Johnston Glenelg ***
1935 Jack Cockburn South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide ***
1936 Bill McCallum Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood ***
1937 Harold Hawke North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide ***
1938 Bob Quinn Port Adelaide ***
1939 Jeff Pash North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide ***
Ray McArthur EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide ***
1940 Mel Brock Glenelg ***
1941 Marcus Boyall Glenelg ***
Play suspended due to WWII
1945 Bob Quinn Port Adelaide ***
1946 Bob Hank West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens ***
1947 Bob Hank West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens
1948 Ron Phillips North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide
1949 Ron Phillips North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide
Allan Crabb Glenelg
1950 Ian McKay North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide
1951 John Marriott Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood
1952 Len Fitzgerald Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt
1953 Jim Deane South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide
1954 Len Fitzgerald Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt
1955 Lindsay Head West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens
1956 Dave Boyd Port Adelaide
1957 Ron Benton EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide
Jim Deane South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide
1958 Lindsay Head West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens
1959 Len Fitzgerald Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt
1960 Barrie Barbary North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide
1961 John Halbert Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt
1962 Ken Eustice EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide
1963 Lindsay Head West Torrens FC design.png West Torrens
1964 Geof Motley Port Adelaide
1965 Gary Window Central Districts design.jpg Central District
1966 Ron Kneebone Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood
1967 Trevor Obst Port Adelaide
Don Lindner North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide
1968 Barrie Robran North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide
1969 Fred Phillis Glenelg
1970 Barrie Robran North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 24
1971 Russell Ebert Port Adelaide
1972 Malcolm Blight Woodville Warriors design.jpg Woodville
1973 Barrie Robran North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide
1974 Russell Ebert Port Adelaide 28
1975 Peter Woite Port Adelaide 20
1976 Russell Ebert Port Adelaide 42
1977 Trevor Grimwood EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide 32
1978 Kym Hodgeman Glenelg 50**
1979 John Duckworth Central Districts design.jpg Central District 44**
1980 Russell Ebert Port Adelaide 49**
1981 Michael Aish Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood 44**
1982 Tony McGuinness Glenelg 44**
1983 Tony Antrobus North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 35**
1984 John Platten Central Districts design.jpg Central District 66**
1985 Grantley Fielke EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide 54**
1986 Greg Anderson Port Adelaide 23
1987 Andrew Jarman North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 23
1988 Greg Whittlesea Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt 28
1989 Gilbert McAdam Central Districts design.jpg Central District 23
1990 Scott Hodges Port Adelaide 16
First AFL Season.
1991 Mark Naley South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide 29
1992 Nathan Buckley Port Adelaide 27
1993 Brenton Phillips North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 20
1994 Garry McIntosh Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood 22
1995 Glenn Kilpatrick EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide 17
Garry McIntosh Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood 17
1996 Josh Francou North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 26
1997 Brodie Atkinson Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt 23
Andrew Jarman Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood 23
1998 Andrew Osborn South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide 16
1999 Damian Squire Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt 21
2000 Damian Squire Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt 21
2001 Tony Brown Port Adelaide 19
Ryan O'Connor Port Adelaide 19
2002 Tim Weatherald Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt 16
Jade Sheedy Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt 16
2003 Brett Ebert Port Adelaide 25
2004 Paul Thomas Central Districts design.jpg Central District 22
2005 Jeremy Clayton Port Adelaide 24
2006 Brett Backwell Glenelg 26
2007 James Allan North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 19
2008 Luke Crane Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt 22
2009 James Ezard EssendonDesign.svg West Adelaide 18
Rhys Archard North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 18
2010 James Allan North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 22
2011 James Allan North Adelaide design.jpg North Adelaide 25
2012 Joel Cross South Adelaide Panthers design.png South Adelaide 18
Brad Symes Central Districts design.jpg Central District 18
2013 Matt Thomas Norwood Jumper Design.png Norwood 26
2014 Zane Kirwood Sturt Football Club design.png Sturt 29
  • (*) signifies that 1 vote was awarded by 1 umpire each game.
  • (**) signifies two umpires both awarded 3,2,1 votes each game.
  • (***) signifies two umpires both awarded 5,2,1 votes each game.
  • Those without an asterix signify a maximum of 3 votes awarded each game along with 2 and 1.

Multiple recipients[edit]

The following players have been multiple recipients of the medal.

Years Player Team
Quadruple winners
1971, 1974, 1976, 1980 R Ebert Port Adelaide
Triple winners
1902, 1905, 1906 T D MacKenzie West Torrens / North Adelaide
1921, 1924, 1930 W Scott Norwood
1919, 1920, 1921 D Moriarty South Adelaide
1952, 1954, 1959 L C Fitzgerald Sturt
1955, 1958, 1963 L H Head West Torrens
1968, 1970, 1973 B C Robran North Adelaide
2007, 2010, 2011 J Allan North Adelaide
Dual winners
1910, 1915 S Hosking Port Adelaide
1926, 1927 H B McGregor West Adelaide
1938, 1945 R B Quinn Port Adelaide
1946, 1947 R W Hank West Torrens
1948, 1949 H R Phillips North Adelaide
1953, 1957 J Deane South Adelaide
1994, 1995 G McIntosh Norwood
1987, 1997 A N Jarman North Adelaide / Norwood
1999, 2000 D Squire Sturt

Malcolm Blight (1972), John Platten (1984) and Nathan Buckley (1992) are Magarey Medallists who subsequently won a Brownlow Medal as best and fairest players in AFL/VFL competition.

See also[edit]

List of Magarey Medallists

External links[edit]