Lou Richards Medal

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The Lou Richards Medal is an annual Most Valuable Player award for the Australian Football League, based on votes from the Sunday Footy Show panel each week.


The Lou Richards Medal is named after former Collingwood player, Lou Richards. It was named in his honour due to his involvement in football, both onfield and in the media.


For each game during the home and away season, one Sunday Footy Show panelist will review the game and award votes to the best four players. These four players receive any number of votes up to ten based on the quality of their performance. Seven or eight are the most common scores given; ten votes, representing a flawless performance, is extremely rare.

List of winners[edit]

Year Winner Club
2000 Wayne Carey North Melbourne
2001 Michael Voss Brisbane Lions
2005 Ben Cousins West Coast
2006 Scott West Western Bulldogs
2007 Brent Harvey North Melbourne
2008 Brent Harvey North Melbourne
2009 Gary Ablett, Jr. Geelong
2010 Dane Swan Collingwood
2011 Sam Mitchell Hawthorn
2012 Jobe Watson Essendon
2013 Gary Ablett, Jr. Gold Coast
2014 Scott Pendlebury Collingwood
2015 Sam Mitchell Hawthorn
2016 Patrick Dangerfield Template:AFL Geel