Magarey Medal

The Magarey Medal is an Australian rules football honour awarded annually since 1898 to the fairest and most brilliant player in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), as judged by field umpires. The award was created by William Ashley Magarey, then chairman of the league. The current recipient is Glenelg’s Luke Partington, who won in 2019.

History

William Magarey was born in Adelaide, South Australia. A lawyer by vocation, he had an enduring interest in sports, although he did not play football. He was, however, an active sports administrator who, in 1897, became the inaugural Chairman of the South Australian Football Association (later renamed the SANFL). The sport at that time was known for often rough play, and Magarey wanted to help combat this, and help gain more respect for umpires.

In 1898 Magarey presented the first Medal to South Australia’s "fairest and most brilliant player" of that season. Similar best and fairest player awards followed in other state-based competitions, notably the Sandover Medal in Western Australia from 1921 and Brownlow Medal in Victoria from 1924.

The Magarey Medal has been awarded in every year of SANFL competition since 1898, with the exception of 1900, 1904 (no record being extant), when the competition was suspended due to war 1916-1918, and when a restricted competition was held during the war period of 1942-1944.

After each match, the three field umpires (those umpires who control the flow of the game) confer and award 3, 2 and 1 point(s) to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best during the match. Players suspended for a reportable offence during the season are ineligible to win the award though they can continue gaining votes leading to times when an ineligible player would poll the most votes in the medal count but not win the medal. This occurred in 1968, 1983 and 1987 (see table below).

In the 1990s the awarding of the medal was changed so that players tied on the most votes would share the medal. Prior to this, a countback system was used, whereby the player with the most "best on ground" performances would be awarded the medal. In 1998, ten players who had finished runner-up over prior years owing to the countback rule were retrospectively awarded the Magarey Medal. A single design for the medal was used after this.

Recipients

The first recipient of the Magarey Medal was Norwood’s Alby Green in 1898.

YearPlayerTeam Votes
1898Alby GreenNorwood none
1899Stan MalinPort Adelaide none
1900No Award
1901Phil SandlandNorth Adelaide none
1902Tom MacKenzieWest Torrens none
1903Hendrick WayeSturt none
1904No Award
1905Tom MacKenzieNorth Adelaide none
1906Tom MacKenzieNorth Adelaide none
1907Jack MackPort Adelaide none
1908James TierneyWest Adelaide none
1909Richard HeadWest Adelaide none
1910Sampson HoskingPort Adelaide none
1911Harold CumberlandSturt none
1912Dave LowWest Torrens none
1913Tom LeahyNorth Adelaide none
1914Jack AshleyPort Adelaide *
1915Frank BarrySouth Adelaide *
Charlie PerryNorwood *
Sampson HoskingPort Adelaide *
Play suspended due to WWI
1919Dan MoriartySouth Adelaide *
1920Vic RichardsonSturt *
Dan MoriartySouth Adelaide *
1921John KarneyWest Torrens 5*
Charlie AdamsPort Adelaide 5*
Dan MoriartySouth Adelaide 5*
Wat ScottNorwood 5*
1922Robert BarnesWest Adelaide 8*
1923Horrie RileySturt *
1924Wat ScottNorwood *
1925Alick LillNorwood 34***
Peter BamptonPort Adelaide 34***
1926Bruce McGregorWest Adelaide ***
1927Bruce McGregorWest Adelaide ***
1928Jim HandbyGlenelg ***
1929Robert SnellWest Adelaide 48***
1930Wat ScottNorwood 53***
1931Jack SextonWest Adelaide 44***
1932Max PontifexWest Torrens 37***
1933Keith DunnSturt 31***
1934George JohnstonGlenelg 46***
1935Jack CockburnSouth Adelaide 42***
1936Bill McCallumNorwood 31***
1937Harold HawkeNorth Adelaide 37***
1938Bob QuinnPort Adelaide 32***
1939Jeff PashNorth Adelaide 16***
Ray McArthurWest Adelaide 16***
1940Mel BrockGlenelg 19***
1941Marcus BoyallGlenelg 25***
Play suspended due to WWII
1945Bob QuinnPort Adelaide 46***
1946Bob HankWest Torrens 23***
1947Bob HankWest Torrens 26***
1948Ron PhillipsNorth Adelaide 15
1949Ron PhillipsNorth Adelaide 18
Allan CrabbGlenelg 18
1950Ian McKayNorth Adelaide 20
1951John MarriottNorwood 33
1952Len FitzgeraldSturt 25
1953Jim DeaneSouth Adelaide 26
1954Len FitzgeraldSturt 22
1955Lindsay HeadWest Torrens 20
1956Dave BoydPort Adelaide 18
1957Ron BentonWest Adelaide 16
Jim DeaneSouth Adelaide 16
1958Lindsay HeadWest Torrens 20
1959Len FitzgeraldSturt 18
1960Barrie BarbaryNorth Adelaide 24
1961John HalbertSturt 20
1962Ken EusticeWest Adelaide 22
1963Lindsay HeadWest Torrens 26
1964Geof MotleyPort Adelaide 26
1965Gary WindowCentral District 16
1966Ron KneeboneNorwood 22
1967Trevor ObstPort Adelaide 18
Don LindnerNorth Adelaide 18
1968Barrie Robran****North Adelaide 22
1969Fred PhillisGlenelg 18
1970Barrie RobranNorth Adelaide 24
1971Russell EbertPort Adelaide 21
1972Malcolm BlightWoodville 21
1973Barrie RobranNorth Adelaide 29
1974Russell EbertPort Adelaide 28
1975Peter WoitePort Adelaide 20
1976Russell EbertPort Adelaide 42
1977Trevor GrimwoodWest Adelaide 32
1978Kym HodgemanGlenelg 50**
1979John DuckworthCentral District 44**
1980Russell EbertPort Adelaide 49**
1981Michael AishNorwood 44**
1982Tony McGuinnessGlenelg 44**
1983Tony Antrobus****North Adelaide 35**
1984John PlattenCentral District 66**
1985Grantley FielkeWest Adelaide 54**
1986Greg AndersonPort Adelaide 23
1987Andrew Jarman****North Adelaide 23
1988Greg WhittleseaSturt 28
1989Gilbert McAdamCentral District 23
1990Scott HodgesPort Adelaide 16
First AFL Season.
1991Mark NaleySouth Adelaide 29
1992Nathan BuckleyPort Adelaide 27
1993Brenton PhillipsNorth Adelaide 20
1994Garry McIntoshNorwood 22
1995Glenn KilpatrickWest Adelaide 17
Garry McIntoshNorwood 17
1996Josh FrancouNorth Adelaide 26
1997Brodie AtkinsonSturt 23
Andrew JarmanNorwood 23
1998Andrew OsbornSouth Adelaide 16
1999Damian SquireSturt 21
2000Damian SquireSturt 21
2001Tony BrownPort Adelaide 19
Ryan O'ConnorPort Adelaide 19
2002Tim WeatheraldSturt 16
Jade SheedySturt 16
2003Brett EbertPort Adelaide 25
2004Paul ThomasCentral District 22
2005Jeremy ClaytonPort Adelaide 24
2006Brett BackwellGlenelg 26
2007James AllanNorth Adelaide 19
2008Luke CraneSturt 22
2009James EzardWest Adelaide 18
Rhys ArchardNorth Adelaide 18
2010James AllanNorth Adelaide 22
2011James AllanNorth Adelaide 25
2012Joel CrossSouth Adelaide 18
Brad SymesCentral District 18
2013Matt ThomasNorwood 26
2014Zane KirkwoodSturt 29
2015Joel CrossSouth Adelaide 25
2016Zane KirkwoodSturt 24
2017Mitch GriggNorwood 23
2018Mitch GriggNorwood[1] 26
2019Luke PartingtonGlenelg 26
  • (*) signifies that 1 vote was awarded by 1 umpire each game.
  • (**) signifies two umpires each awarded 3,2,1 votes each game.
  • (***) signifies two umpires each awarded 5,3,1 votes each game.[2]
  • Those without an asterisk signify a maximum of 3 votes awarded each game along with 2 and 1.
  • (****) Players who polled the most votes but were ineligible due to suspension: Peter Darley (1968, tied for first); Stephen Kernahan (1983, 44 votes); Garry McIntosh (1987, 25 votes).[3]

Multiple recipients

The following players have been multiple recipients of the medal.

YearsPlayerTeam
Quadruple winner
1971, 1974, 1976, 1980R EbertPort Adelaide
Triple winners
1902, 1905, 1906T D MacKenzieWest Torrens / North Adelaide
1921, 1924, 1930W ScottNorwood
1919, 1920, 1921D MoriartySouth Adelaide
1952, 1954, 1959L C FitzgeraldSturt
1955, 1958, 1963L H HeadWest Torrens
1968, 1970, 1973B C RobranNorth Adelaide
2007, 2010, 2011J AllanNorth Adelaide
Double winners
1910, 1915S HoskingPort Adelaide
1926, 1927H B McGregorWest Adelaide
1938, 1945R B QuinnPort Adelaide
1946, 1947R W HankWest Torrens
1948, 1949H R PhillipsNorth Adelaide
1953, 1957J DeaneSouth Adelaide
1994, 1995G McIntoshNorwood
1987, 1997A N JarmanNorth Adelaide / Norwood
1999, 2000D SquireSturt
2012, 2015J CrossSouth Adelaide
2014, 2016Z KirkwoodSturt
2017, 2018M GriggNorwood

Malcolm Blight (1972), John Platten (1984) and Nathan Buckley (1992) are Magarey Medallists who subsequently won a Brownlow Medal as best and fairest players in AFL/VFL competition.

References

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