Lambert–Pearce Medal

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Lambert–Pearce Medal
Awarded forThe best and fairest player in the VFL Women's
Presented byVFLW
First awarded2016
Currently held byLauren Pearce (Darebin)

The Lambert–Pearce Medal is awarded to the best and fairest player in the VFL Women's (VFLW) during the home-and-away season, as determined by votes cast by the officiating field umpires after each game. It is the most prestigious award for individual players in the VFLW.


Daisy Pearce (pictured playing for Darebin in the 2017 VFLW Grand Final) won the inaugural VFL Women's best and fairest award.

The VFL Women's best and fairest award was named the Lambert–Pearce Medal in 2018 to honour Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL) founding committee member and former president Helen Lambert (the namesake of the Helen Lambert Medal, the VWFL best and fairest award) and Daisy Pearce, who won the inaugural VFL Women's best and fairest award in 2016 after having previously won six Helen Lambert Medals in the VWFL.[1]


Voting procedure[edit]

To determine the best player, the three field umpires (not the goal umpires or boundary umpires) confer after each home-and-away match and award three votes, two votes and one vote to the players they regard as the best, second-best and third-best in the match, respectively. On the awards night, the votes from each match are tallied, and the player or players with the highest number of votes is awarded the trophy (subject to eligibility – see below).

The current voting system, which is the same as that of similar awards such as the Australian Football League (AFL)'s Brownlow Medal or the AFL Women's best and fairest, has been used since the award's inception. If two or more eligible players score the equal highest number of votes, each wins a trophy.


The fairest component of the trophy is achieved by making ineligible any player who is suspended by the VFL Tribunal during the home-and-away season. An ineligible player cannot win the award, regardless of the number of votes she has received.

A player remains eligible for the award under the following circumstances:

  • she is suspended during the finals or pre-season;
  • she serves a suspension in the current season which carried on from, or was earned for an offence committed in, the previous season;
  • she receives any sort of club-imposed suspension which is not recognised by the VFL Tribunal;
  • she is found guilty by the VFL Tribunal of an offence which attracts only a financial penalty.

Umpires cast their votes for each game independent of eligibility criteria of the players; i.e. umpires can cast votes for players who have already been suspended during that season if they perceive them to be amongst the best on the ground.


Season Player Club Votes Ref.
2016 Daisy Pearce Darebin 33 [2]
2017 Katie Brennan Darebin 21 [3]
2018 Jess Duffin Williamstown 23 [4]
2019 Lauren Pearce Darebin 18 [5]


Winners who also won a premiership in the same season

Winners who also led the league goalkicking in the same season

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lambert Pearce Medal revealed". 6 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  2. ^ "VFL Women's honours". Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Brennan wins VFL Women's B&F". 11 September 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Duffin wins Lambert–Pearce Medal". 10 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  5. ^ Black, Sarah (9 September 2019). "Werribee mid runs away with VFL B&F from Dogs father-son". Retrieved 13 September 2019.

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