Morrish Medal

The Morrish Medal is an Australian rules football award.

Formerly awarded to the best and fairest player in the VFL Under 19 competition (known as the Thirds prior to 1959), since 1992 the award has been given to the best player in the Victorian Statewide Under 18 competition (presently known as the NAB League)

The Morrish Medal was named in honour of Tom Morrish, a long-serving treasurer (1921–1967) of the VFL Reserve Grade. Tom was a member of the VFL Umpires Appointment Board from 1937 to 1964. He was previously a Collingwood delegate in the second eighteen league and also became a Geelong delegate in the second eighteen committee in 1937.

The award is voted by the field umpires in a 3–2–1 format at the conclusion of each match as is used in the AFL's Brownlow Medal.


VFL Thirds

Year Player/s Team(s)
1947Alan DaleEssendon
1948Ray HarveyMelbourne
1949A. HarbrowSt Kilda
1950Noel AlfordNorth Melbourne
1951F. WilliamsHawthorn
1952Peter McPheeFootscray
1953Richard PrattCarlton
1954Alf ClarkeCarlton
1955Maurice JobCarlton
1956Garry RasmussenHawthorn
1957P. O'ReillySouth Melbourne
1958Norman BowlerNorth Melbourne

VFL Under 19s

Year Player/s Team(s)
1959D. GlassenburyFitzroy
1960G. RyanFootscray
1961Terry JohnstonMelbourne
J. McGowan South Melbourne
1962Kevin EganEssendon
1963J. SchramGeelong
1964Peter GowansNorth Melbourne
1965R. PetherbridgeSt Kilda
1966B. WrightFitzroy
1967M. GaleCarlton
1968Paul CalleryMelbourne
1969Bill GehlingRichmond
1970Ken MarksFitzroy
1971Tim O'MalleyCarlton
1972Ian KilmartinNorth Melbourne
Vin Catoggio Carlton
1973R. BruertonSouth Melbourne
1974Jack Di NataleFootscray
R. Bruerton South Melbourne
Phillip Friedman Melbourne
1975B. JonesSouth Melbourne
1976Craig JamiesonRichmond
Jack Di Natale Footscray
1977Darren WilliamsEssendon
1978Andy McPhieFitzroy
Stephen Simpson North Melbourne
1979Peter BanksCollingwood
1980Peter LaneEssendon
1981Adrian BattistonMelbourne
1982Les BamblettMelbourne
1983Greg HealyMelbourne
1984Tony LiberatoreNorth Melbourne
1985Frank ZocalliEssendon
1986David RossNorth Melbourne
1987Wayne SchwassNorth Melbourne
1988Tim McGrathNorth Melbourne
1989Brad DaviesEssendon
1990Brendan RobersonCarlton
Clinton Watson North Melbourne
1991Gary StevensSydney

Statewide Under-18s

Year Player/s Team(s) Votes Ref
1992Brad SmithNorthern Knights30[1]
1993Dean WatsonSouthern Stingrays25[1]
1994Gary MoorcroftNorthern Knights17[1]
1995Paul HoodGeelong Falcons26[2]
1996Nathan BrownBendigo Pioneers21[3]
1997Derek MurrayMurray Bushrangers20[4]
1998Lenny HayesNSW/ACT Rams21[5]
1999Matthew StolarczykGippsland Power21[1]
2000David RodanCalder Cannons25[6]
2001David RodanCalder Cannons29[6]
2002Luke ShackletonTassie Mariners22[1]
2003Mungara BrownNorthern Knights25[7]
2004Matthew BateEastern Ranges21[8]
2005Fortunato CarusoCalder Cannons22[1]
2006Fortunato CarusoCalder Cannons22[1]
2007Matthew KreuzerNorthern Knights19[9]
2008Farran PriestMurray Bushrangers18[10]
Jarryd Blair Gippsland Power
2009Anton WoodsNorthern Knights24[11]
2010Dyson HeppellGippsland Power21[12]
Jackson Sketcher Sandringham Dragons
2011Alex BenbowDandenong Stingrays22[13]
2012Nick GrahamGippsland Power17[14]
2013Jacob ChisariBendigo Pioneers16[15]
Ben Cavarra Eastern Ranges
George Cameron Geelong Falcons
Josh Scott Gippsland Power
2014Alex CarrGippsland Power17[16]
2015Clayton OliverMurray Bushrangers15[17]
2016Hugh McCluggageNorth Ballarat Rebels16[18]
2017Jack HigginsOakleigh Chargers22[9]
2018Liam StockerSandringham Dragons19[19]


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