Rothmans Medal

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Rothmans Medal
Awarded for The best and fairest player in the New South Wales Rugby League and the Brisbane Rugby League
Country  Australia
First awarded 1968 (Rothmans Medal)
1997 (Provan-Summons Medal)
Last awarded 1997

The Rothmans Medal was the premier individual award in both the New South Wales Rugby League and Brisbane Rugby League competitions, and later in the Australian Rugby League, which was given to the player voted by referees as the best and fairest in those competitions for the season. The award was established in both leagues in 1968, and ran until 1997. In 1998, with the establishment of the National Rugby League, the Rothmans Medal was replaced by the Dally M Medal as the official Player of the Year award.

The Rothmans Medal was also the award for Player of the Year in the Queensland Rugby Union premier grade competition between 1976 and 1996.[1]

History[edit]

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 done by the match-day referee. After each match, he awarded three votes to the best player, two votes to the second-best player, and one vote to the third-best player. This is the same basic format as the modern day Dally M, except that the votes are now determined by 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 The Queensland Rothmans Medal was also last awarded in 1996, as the Queensland Cup superseded the Brisbane Rugby League as Queensland's premier rugby league competition in 1997.

Rothmans Medal Winners[edit]

New South Wales[edit]

Note: includes Provan-Summons Medal winner in 1997.

Year Winner Position Team
1968 Terry Hughes Halfback Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
1969 Denis Pittard Five-eighth South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1970 Kevin Junee Halfback Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1971 Denis Pittard Five-eighth South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney
1972 Tommy Raudonikis Halfback Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs
1973 Ken Maddison Second-row Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
1974 Graham Eadie Fullback Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1975 Steve Rogers Centre Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
1976 Ray Higgs Second-row Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1977 Mick Cronin Centre Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1978 Mick Cronin Centre Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1979 Ray Price Lock Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1980 Geoff Bugden Prop Newtown colours.svg Newtown
1981 Kevin Hastings Halfback Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1982 Greg Brentnall Fullback Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury
1983 Michael Eden Five-eighth Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1984 Terry Lamb Five-eighth Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury
1985 Wayne Pearce Lock Balmain colours.svg Balmain
1986 Mal Cochrane Hooker Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah
1987 Peter Sterling Halfback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1988 Barry Russell Halfback Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
1989 Gavin Miller & Mark Sargent Second-row Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
1990 Peter Sterling Halfback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta
1991 Ewan McGrady Halfback, Fullback Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury
1992 Allan Langer Halfback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane
1993 Ricky Stuart Halfback Canberra colours.svg Canberra
1994 David Fairleigh Prop North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1995 Paul Green Halfback Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla
1996 Jason Taylor Halfback North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney
1997 Brad Fittler Five-eighth Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters

Queensland[edit]

[2]

Year Winner Position Team
1968 Wayne Head Fullback Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1969 Johnny Brown Halfback Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1970 Graeme Atherton Five-eighth Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1971 Len Brunner Second-row Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1972 Marty Scanlan Five-eighth Valleys colours.svg Valleys
1973 John Eales Centre Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1974 Jeff Fyfe Lock Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1975 Steve Calder Lock Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1976 Darryl Brohman Prop Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1977 Alan Currie Lock Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1978 Ian Pearce Centre Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1979 Neville Draper Lock Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1980 Tony Obst Fullback Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1981 Chris Phelan Lock Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1982 Tony Currie Fullback, Centre Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1983 Trevor Paterson Second-row Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1984 Cavill Heugh Prop Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
1985 Ian French Second-row Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1986 Bryan Niebling
Scott Tronc
Second-row, Prop
Second-row, Prop
Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1987 Gene Miles Centre Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1988 Kevin Langer Halfback Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1989 Neil Tierney Prop Wynnum-Manly Colours.svg Wynnum-Manly
1990 Trevor Benson Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1991 Darryl Duncan Five-eighth Norths Devils colours.svg Northern Suburbs
1992 Jason Hanrahan Western Suburbs colours.svg Southern Suburbs
1993 Paul Green
Steve Mills
Halfback
Balmain colours.svg Eastern Suburbs
Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs
1994 Steve Bryant Prop Brothers Colours.svg Brothers
1995 Graham Cotter Prop Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe
1996 Alan Wieland Lock, Second-row Wests Panthers Colours.svg Western Suburbs

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