AFL Coaches Association awards

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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.

Awards[edit]

Champion Player of the Year Award[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2003 Nathan Buckley Collingwood
2004 Warren Tredrea Port Adelaide
2005 Barry Hall Sydney
2006 Simon Goodwin Adelaide
Adam Goodes Sydney
2007 Gary Ablett, Jr. Geelong
2008 Gary Ablett, Jr. Geelong
2009 Gary Ablett, Jr. Geelong
2010 Dane Swan Collingwood
2011 Marc Murphy Carlton
2012 Trent Cotchin Richmond
2013 Scott Pendlebury Collingwood
2014 Robbie Gray Port Adelaide
2015 Dan Hannebery[1] Sydney
2016 Patrick Dangerfield[2] Geelong
2017 Dustin Martin[3] Richmond
2018 Max Gawn Melbourne

Gary Ayres Award[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2016 Josh Kennedy[4] Sydney
2017 Dustin Martin[5] Richmond
2018 Steele Sidebottom Collingwood

Best Young Player of the Year Award[edit]

Awarded annually since 2003. Unlike some other "best young player" awards, there is no age or game limit. Voted for by all AFL coaches.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2003 Chris Judd West Coast
2004 Daniel Wells Kangaroos
2005 Adam Cooney Western Bulldogs
2006 Ryan Griffen Western Bulldogs
2007 Scott Pendlebury Collingwood
2008 Joel Selwood Geelong
2009 Cyril Rioli Hawthorn
2010 Stephen Hill Fremantle
2011 Nathan Fyfe Fremantle
2012 Dyson Heppell Essendon
2013 Jeremy Cameron Greater Western Sydney
2014 Jaeger O'Meara Gold Coast
2015 Marcus Bontempelli Western Bulldogs
2016 Isaac Heeney Sydney
2017 Clayton Oliver Melbourne
2018 Tom Stewart Geelong

Allan Jeans Senior Coach of the Year Award[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2003 Paul Roos Sydney
2004 Mark Williams Port Adelaide
2005 Neil Craig Adelaide
2006 John Worsfold West Coast
2007 Mark Thompson Geelong
2008 Mark Thompson Geelong
2009 Ross Lyon St Kilda
2010 Mick Malthouse Collingwood
2011 John Worsfold West Coast
2012 John Longmire Sydney
2013 Ken Hinkley Port Adelaide
2014 John Longmire Sydney
2015 Luke Beveridge[6] Western Bulldogs
2016 Luke Beveridge Western Bulldogs
2017 Damien Hardwick[7] Richmond
2018 Nathan Buckley Collingwood

Assistant Coach of the Year Award[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2003 Neil Craig Adelaide
2004 Phil Walsh Port Adelaide
2005 Robert Wiley West Coast
2006 John Longmire Sydney
2007 Tony Micale West Coast
2008 Tony Elshaug St Kilda
2009 Mark Riley Carlton
2010 Brendan McCartney[8] Geelong
2011 Darren Crocker North Melbourne
2012 Peter Sumich Fremantle
2013 Robert Harvey Collingwood
2014 Brett Montgomery Western Bulldogs
2015 Adam Kingsley St Kilda
2016 Stuart Dew Sydney
2017 Rhyce Shaw Sydney
2018 Rhyce Shaw Sydney

Development Coach of the Year award[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2012 Craig McRae Collingwood
2013 Chris Maple Western Bulldogs

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

Awarded annually since 2003. In recognition of "an individual who has made an outstanding contribution" to Australian rules football.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner
2003 Haydn Bunton, Jr.
2004 Neil Kerley
2005 John Todd
2006 John Grant
2007 Wally Miller
2008 Ian Ridley
2009 Bruce Reid
Ian Reynolds
2010 Barrie Downs
2011 Russell Ebert
Geoff Walsh
2012 John Beveridge
2013 George Stone
2014 Neale Daniher
2015 David Wheadon
2016 Mark Williams
2017 John Dimmer
2018 Alan Stewart

Coaching Legend Award[edit]

Awarded annually since 2009. Awarded to a former VFL/AFL coach who has achieved "significant achievement and success".

Winners[edit]

Year Winner VFL/AFL club/s
2009 John Kennedy, Sr. Hawthorn/North Melbourne
2010 Ron Barrassi Carlton/North Melbourne/Melbourne/Sydney
2011 Tom Hafey Richmond/Collingwood/Geelong/Sydney
2012 David Parkin Hawthorn/Carlton/Fitzroy
2013 Jock McHale Collingwood
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

Media Award[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner
2009 Greg Baum
2010 Daniel Harford
2011 Samantha Lane
2012 Jake Niall
2013 Daryl Timms
2014 Gerard Whateley
2015 Gerard Whateley
2016 Gerard Whateley
2017 Gerard Whateley
2018 Gerard Whateley

Career & Education Award[edit]

Awarded annually since 2014. Awarded to an AFL coach who has "shown exceptional commitment to their professional development".

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2014 Steven King Western Bulldogs
2015 Paul Hudson St Kilda
2016 Andrew McQualter Richmond
Danny Sexton St Kilda
2017 Mitch Hahn Brisbane Lions
2018 Jordan Russell Western Bulldogs

Phil Walsh Memorial Scholarship[edit]

Awarded annually since 2016. Awarded to an AFL coach who is "committed to developing themselves via study and travel".[9]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2016 Ben Rutten Richmond
2017 Adrian Hickmott West Coast
2018 Aaron Greaves Port Adelaide

Support Staff Leadership Award[edit]

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".[10]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner VFL/AFL club/s
2003 Barry Gavin Hawthorn
2004 Bill Sutherland West Coast
2005 Eddie Walsh Western Bulldogs
2006 Ted Soderblom Richmond
2007 Noel Judkins Richmond/Essendon/Collingwood
2008 Shane O'Sullivan Carlton/Footscray/Brisbane Bears/North Melbourne
2009 Ken Whiffen St Kilda
2010 Ilmar Tiltins Richmond
2011 Arthur Wilkinson Melbourne
2012 John Kilpatrick Hawthorn
2013 Stephen Wells Geelong
2014 John Kilby Essendon

All-Australian team[edit]

Awarded annually from 2015 to 2016. In 2015, in what was described as "ditching traditional positions in favour of modern tactics,"[11] 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 team[edit]

2015 AFL Coaches Association All-Australian team[11]
Name Position Club
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 team[edit]

2016 AFL Coaches Association All-Australian team[12]
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[edit]

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.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2018 Emma Kearney Western Bulldogs
Chelsea Randall Adelaide

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laughton, Max (8 September 2015). "Sydney's Dan Hannebery wins AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year Award over Nat Fyfe". Fox Footy. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  2. ^ Schmook, Nathan (29 August 2016). "Superstar Cat wins AFLCA award with record haul". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  3. ^ Schmook, Nathan (4 September 2017). "Votes record decides AFLCA player of the year". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  4. ^ Laughton, Max (3 October 2016). "Swan Josh Kennedy inaugural winner of Gary Ayres Award for best finals player, Grand Final coaches votes". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ Laughton, Max (2 October 2017). "Dustin Martin earns AFLCA Gary Ayres Award for best finals player but Bachar Houli voted best in Grand Final". Fox Sports. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Beveridge wins AFL coaches award". SBS. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  7. ^ McFarlane, Glenn (26 September 2017). "Damien Hardwick caps amazing Tiger turnaround by being named AFL Coach of the Year". Herald Sun.
  8. ^ Edmund, Sam (13 October 2010). "Cats assistant coach Brendan McCartney moves to Essendon". Herald Sun. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  9. ^ "All the winners from AFLCA Awards Night". AFL Coaches Association. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  10. ^ "AFLCA Industry Awards". AFL Coaches Association. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Coaches shock with revolutionary AA team". AFL. 22 September 2015. Archived from the original on 1 February 2016.
  12. ^ Gabelich, Josh (31 August 2016). "Riewoldt named in AFLCA All Australian team". St Kilda Football Club. Retrieved 28 July 2017.