AFL Coaches Association awards
The AFL Coaches Association awards are a group of awards which have been presented annually since 2003, mainly to players and coaches in the Australian Football League (AFL), voted for by all AFL coaches.
- 1 Awards
- 1.1 Champion Player of the Year Award
- 1.2 Gary Ayres Award
- 1.3 Best Young Player of the Year Award
- 1.4 Allan Jeans Senior Coach of the Year Award
- 1.5 Assistant Coach of the Year Award
- 1.6 Development Coach of the Year award
- 1.7 Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1.8 Coaching Legend Award
- 1.9 Media Award
- 1.10 Career & Education Award
- 1.11 Phil Walsh Memorial Scholarship
- 1.12 Support Staff Leadership Award
- 1.13 All-Australian team
- 1.14 AFLW Champion Player of the Year Award
- 2 External links
- 3 References
Champion Player of the Year Award
Awarded annually since 2003. Each week, the senior coach of each AFL club gives five votes to the player they consider to be best on ground in the game in which their team plays, four to the second-best, and so on to one for the fifth-best. The player with the most votes at the end of the year wins. The award has different rules to many "best and fairest" awards, as player suspensions are disregarded. Gary Ablett, Jr. has won the award three times, the most by any player.
|2004||Warren Tredrea||Port Adelaide|
|2007||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Geelong|
|2008||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Geelong|
|2009||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Geelong|
|2014||Robbie Gray||Port Adelaide|
Gary Ayres Award
Awarded since 2016. Each week during the finals series, the senior coach of each competing AFL club gives five votes to the player they consider to be best on ground in the game their team plays in, four to the second-best, and so on to one for the fifth-best. The player with the most votes at the end of the finals series wins.
Best Young Player of the Year Award
Awarded annually since 2003. Unlike some other "best young player" awards, there is no age or game limit. Voted for by all AFL coaches.
|2003||Chris Judd||West Coast|
|2005||Adam Cooney||Western Bulldogs|
|2006||Ryan Griffen||Western Bulldogs|
|2013||Jeremy Cameron||Greater Western Sydney|
|2014||Jaeger O'Meara||Gold Coast|
|2015||Marcus Bontempelli||Western Bulldogs|
Allan Jeans Senior Coach of the Year Award
Awarded annually since 2003. At the end of the season, all AFL coaches give three votes to the senior coach they adjudge to have performed the best over that season, two to the second-best, and one to the third-best. The coach with the most votes wins. Luke Beveridge, John Longmire, John Worsfold and Mark Thompson are the only coaches to have won the award more than once, with two each.
|2004||Mark Williams||Port Adelaide|
|2006||John Worsfold||West Coast|
|2009||Ross Lyon||St Kilda|
|2011||John Worsfold||West Coast|
|2013||Ken Hinkley||Port Adelaide|
|2015||Luke Beveridge||Western Bulldogs|
|2016||Luke Beveridge||Western Bulldogs|
Assistant Coach of the Year Award
Awarded annually since 2003. At the end of the season, all AFL coaches and players rate their club's assistant coaches out of ten, with ten being the highest score. Assistant coaches' scores are then averaged, and the coach with the highest score wins.
|2004||Phil Walsh||Port Adelaide|
|2005||Robert Wiley||West Coast|
|2007||Tony Micale||West Coast|
|2008||Tony Elshaug||St Kilda|
|2011||Darren Crocker||North Melbourne|
|2014||Brett Montgomery||Western Bulldogs|
|2015||Adam Kingsley||St Kilda|
Development Coach of the Year award
Awarded annually from 2012 to 2013. Awarded at the end of the year to the AFL development coach adjudged to have been the best that season.
|2013||Chris Maple||Western Bulldogs|
Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded annually since 2003. In recognition of "an individual who has made an outstanding contribution" to Australian rules football.
|2003||Haydn Bunton, Jr.|
Coaching Legend Award
Awarded annually since 2009. Awarded to a former VFL/AFL coach who has achieved "significant achievement and success".
|2009||John Kennedy, Sr.||Hawthorn/North Melbourne|
|2010||Ron Barrassi||Carlton/North Melbourne/Melbourne/Sydney|
|Leigh Matthews||Collingwood/Brisbane Lions|
|2014||Kevin Sheedy||Essendon/Greater Western Sydney|
|2015||Allan Jeans||St Kilda/Hawthorn/Richmond|
|2016||Mick Malthouse||Footscray/West Coast/Collingwood/Carlton|
|2017||Malcolm Blight||North Melbourne/Geelong/Adelaide/St Kilda|
|2018||Denis Pagan||North Melbourne/Carlton|
Awarded annually since 2009. Awarded to an individual who displays "respected and insightful coverage of AFL football at the professional level". All AFL coaches can nominate an individual.
Career & Education Award
Awarded annually since 2014. Awarded to an AFL coach who has "shown exceptional commitment to their professional development".
|2014||Steven King||Western Bulldogs|
|2015||Paul Hudson||St Kilda|
|Danny Sexton||St Kilda|
|2017||Mitch Hahn||Brisbane Lions|
|2018||Jordan Russell||Western Bulldogs|
Phil Walsh Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually since 2016. Awarded to an AFL coach who is "committed to developing themselves via study and travel".
|2017||Adrian Hickmott||West Coast|
|2018||Aaron Greaves||Port Adelaide|
Support Staff Leadership Award
Awarded annually from 2003 to 2014. Awarded to an Australian rules support staff member who shows "outstanding contribution, innovation, [or] initiative in carrying out [their] duties".
|2004||Bill Sutherland||West Coast|
|2005||Eddie Walsh||Western Bulldogs|
|2008||Shane O'Sullivan||Carlton/Footscray/Brisbane Bears/North Melbourne|
|2009||Ken Whiffen||St Kilda|
Awarded annually from 2015 to 2016. In 2015, in what was described as "ditching traditional positions in favour of modern tactics," in each position on the field (decided by analysts), the highest-scoring player from the Champion Player of the Year Award voting is chosen. In 2016, a more traditional team was apparently chosen.
|2015 AFL Coaches Association All-Australian team|
|Easton Wood||Tall/medium defender||Western Bulldogs|
|Alex Rance||Tall defender||Richmond|
|Zach Tuohy||Small defender||Carlton|
|Robert Murphy||Medium defender||Western Bulldogs|
|Cale Hooker||Tall defender||Essendon|
|Jarrad McVeigh||Medium defender||Sydney|
|Todd Goldstein||Ruckman||North Melbourne|
|Dan Hannebery||Inside/outside midfielder||Sydney|
|Nathan Fyfe||Inside midfielder||Fremantle|
|Josh P. Kennedy||Inside midfielder||Sydney|
|Matt Priddis||Inside midfielder||West Coast|
|Andrew Gaff||Inside/outside midfielder||West Coast|
|Patrick Dangerfield||Inside/outside midfielder||Adelaide|
|Jake Stringer||Key forward||Western Bulldogs|
|Brett Deledio||High half-forward||Richmond|
|Chad Wingard||Small forward||Port Adelaide|
|Josh J. Kennedy||Key forward||West Coast|
|Jack Gunston||Tall/medium forward||Hawthorn|
|David Mundy||Interchange inside midfielder||Fremantle|
|Scott Pendlebury (captain)||Interchange inside/outside midfielder||Collingwood|
|Bernie Vince||Interchange inside/outside midfielder||Melbourne|
|Nic Naitanui||Interchange ruckman||West Coast|
|2016 AFL Coaches Association All-Australian team|
|B:||Josh Gibson (Hawthorn)||Alex Rance (Richmond)||Rory Laird (Adelaide)|
|HB:||Callan Ward (Greater Western Sydney)||Robbie Tarrant (North Melbourne)||Corey Enright (Geelong)|
|C:||Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)||Joel Selwood (Geelong, captain)||Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)|
|HF:||Dan Hannebery (Sydney)||Tom Lynch (Gold Coast)||Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)|
|F:||Eddie Betts (Adelaide)||Josh Kennedy (West Coast)||Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)|
|Foll:||Max Gawn (Melbourne)||Rory Sloane (Adelaide)||Dustin Martin (Richmond)|
|Int:||Luke Parker (Sydney)||Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)||Luke Shuey (West Coast)|
|Todd Goldstein (North Melbourne)|
AFLW Champion Player of the Year Award
Awarded annually since 2018. Each week, the senior coach of each AFL Women's club gives five votes to the player they consider to be best on ground in the game in which their team plays, four to the second-best, and so on to one for the fifth-best. The player with the most votes at the end of the year wins. The award has different rules to many "best and fairest" awards, as player suspensions are disregarded.
|2018||Emma Kearney||Western Bulldogs|
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