Dally M Medal

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Dally M Medal
Current: 2021 Dally M Awards
Awarded forThe Player of the year in the National Rugby League
CountryAustralia
First awarded1979
Currently held byManly Sea Eagles colours.svg Tom Trbojevic
Most awardsNorth Queensland colours.svg Johnathan Thurston
(2005, 2007, 2014, 2015)
Television/radio coverage
NetworkFox Sports

The Dally M Medal is awarded each year (annually) to the player voted for as the 'Player of the year' over the National Rugby League (NRL) regular season. The awards are named in honour of Australian former rugby league great Herbert Henry "Dally" Messenger. The award has existed since 1979, 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]

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 1979 by The Daily Mirror newspaper in 1979. 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 1979 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 honouring the player of the year, the NRL recognises 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 association threatening to boycott the event during a pay dispute with the league. This backfired badly on the players, with the league responding by swiftly cancelling the event.[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 and 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 Fox Sports State Theatre
2011 Royal Hall of Industries,
The Entertainment Quarter
2012 Fox Sports Sydney Town Hall
2013 Fox Sports Star Casino
2014 Fox Sports Star Casino
2015 Fox Sports Star Casino
2016 Fox Sports Star Casino
2017 Fox League Star Casino
2018 Fox League Overseas Passenger Terminal
2019 Fox League Star Casino
2020 Fox League Virtual Ceremony
2021 Fox League Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane

Dally M Medal winners[edit]

Denotes player who is still active in the NRL
Inducted into the National Rugby League Hall of Fame
Denotes player whose team won premiership that year
Season Player Position Team
1979 Steve Morris Halfback St. George colours.svg St George Dragons
1980 Robert Laurie Five-eighth South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs
1981 Steve Rogers Centre Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
1982 Ray Price Lock Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
1983 Terry Lamb Five-eighth Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies
1984 Michael Potter Fullback Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
1985 Greg Alexander Halfback Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers
1986 Peter Sterling Halfback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels (2)
1987 Peter Sterling (2) Halfback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels (3)
1988 Gavin Miller Second-row Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (2)
1989 Gavin Miller (2) Second-row Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (3)
1990 Cliff Lyons Five-eighth Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
1991 Michael Potter (2) Fullback St. George colours.svg St George Dragons (2)
1992 Gary Freeman Halfback Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Eastern Suburbs Roosters
1993 Ricky Stuart Halfback Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
1994 Cliff Lyons (2) Five-eighth Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (2)
1995 Laurie Daley Five-eighth Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders (2)
1996 Allan Langer Halfback Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
1998 Andrew Johns Halfback Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
1999 Andrew Johns (2) Halfback Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights (2)
2000 Trent Barrett Five-eighth St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons
2001 Preston Campbell Halfback, Fullback Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (4)
2002 Andrew Johns (3) Halfback Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights (3)
2003 Not awarded due to industrial action
2004 Danny Buderus Hooker Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights (4)
2005 Johnathan Thurston Halfback North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2006 Cameron Smith Hooker Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2007 Johnathan Thurston (2) Halfback North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys (2)
2008 Matt Orford Halfback Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (3)
2009 Jarryd Hayne Fullback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels (4)
2010 Todd Carney Five-eighth Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (2)
2011 Billy Slater Fullback Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (2)
2012 Ben Barba Fullback Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (2)
2013 Cooper Cronk Halfback Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (3)
2014 Jarryd Hayne (2) Fullback Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels (5)
Johnathan Thurston (3) Five-eighth North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys (3)
2015 Johnathan Thurston (4) Halfback North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys (4)
2016 Cooper Cronk (2) Halfback Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (4)
Jason Taumalolo Lock North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys (5)
2017 Cameron Smith (2) Hooker Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (5)
2018 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Fullback New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors
2019 James Tedesco Fullback Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (3)
2020 Jack Wighton Five-eighth Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders (3)
2021 Tom Trbojevic Fullback Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (4)

1 – Jarryd Hayne and Johnathan Thurston became the 1st joint winners in history of the Dally M Medal in 2014
2 – Cooper Cronk and Jason Taumalolo became the 2nd joint winners in history of the Dally M Medal in 2016

Multiple winners[edit]

The following players have won the Dally M Medal multiple times.

Medals Player Team Seasons
4 Johnathan Thurston North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 2005, 2007, 2014, 2015
3 Andrew Johns Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 1998, 1999, 2002
2 Peter Sterling Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 1986, 1987
Gavin Miller Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 1988, 1989
Michael Potter Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, St. George colours.svg St George Dragons 1984, 1991
Cliff Lyons Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 1990, 1994
Jarryd Hayne Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 2009, 2014
Cooper Cronk Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 2013, 2016
Cameron Smith Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 2006, 2017

Wins by Club[edit]

Medals Team Seasons
5 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 1982, 1986, 1987, 2009, 2014
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 2005, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 2006, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017
4 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 1981, 1988, 1989, 2001
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 1990, 1994, 2008, 2021
3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 1992, 2010, 2019
Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 1993, 1995, 2020
2 St. George colours.svg St George Dragons 1979, 1991

Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers

1985, 2003

Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

1984, 2012
1 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 1980
Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies 1983
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 1996
St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 2000
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 2018
  • No award in 1997 and 2003
  • Multiple winners in 2014 and 2016

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 September 2003). "Freddie backs players' stance". The Fanatics. Retrieved 27 November 2011.

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