Gardiner Medal

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The Gardiner Medal was an Australian rules football award, formerly awarded to the best and fairest player in the VFL Reserves competition.

Officially named the Seconds prior to 1959 and the Reserves from 1959 onwards, the competition ran from 1919 until 1999 and the medal was first awarded in 1926.

The Medal was named in honour of Frank Gardiner, a former president of the VFL Seconds.

The award was voted for by the field umpires at the conclusion of each match in the same format as used in the senior grade's Brownlow Medal.

As for the Brownlow Medal, ties were originally decided on a countback of who received the most "best-on-ground" votes. In 1992 three players who had previously been eliminated on a countback were awarded medals retrospectively for seasons 1950, 1970 and 1971.

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