West Coast’s Luke Shuey Wins Season 2018 Norm Smith Medal
Victor P Taffa
West Coast Eagles Luke Shuey has won the 2018 Norm Smith Medal for Best Player on Ground in the Grand Final.
Norm Smith Medal
Norm Smith Medal is the award given in the AFL Grand Final to the player adjudged by an independent panel of experts to have been the best player in the match.
Norm Smith Medal is named after former Melbourne player and coach, Norm Smith. Named in his honour mostly due to his coaching feats in Grand Finals:
- Norm Smith coached 6 Melbourne Premiership sides from 8 appearances in Grand Finals.
- Norm Smith coached Melbourne to the 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960 and 1964 Premierships.
Norm Smith Medal is usually awarded to a player on the winning side. Only 4 players have won the award in losing sides:
Grand Final Player
2005 Chris Judd
2002 Nathan Buckley
1989 Gary Ablett Sr.
1982 Maurice Rioli
Norm Smith Medal was first awarded at the 1979 VFL Grand Final.
Norm Smith Medal is voted for by a panel of 5 with 1 member designated as the Chairman.
Panel members independently award 3-2-1 votes to the players they adjudge to be the best 3 players in the game. These votes are tallied, and the highest number of votes wins the medal.
There is no chance of a tie for the medal; if 2 players are tied for votes, the following countbacks will apply in order:
- Player with the higher number of 3-votes;
- Player with the higher number of 2-votes;
- Player deemed best by the Panel Chairman.
Prior to the 2016 AFL Season, if the Grand Final resulted in a draw, the game would be replayed the following week. In this case, a separate Norm Smith Medal is awarded in each game.
Norm Smith Medal Winners
Norm Smith Medal Winners are as follows:
Season Winner Club Winning Team
2018 Luke Shuey West Coast West Coast
2017*** Dustin Martin Richmond Richmond
2016 Jason Johannisen Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs
2015 Cyril Rioli Hawthorn Hawthorn
2014 Luke Hodge Hawthorn Hawthorn
2013 Brian Lake Hawthorn Hawthorn
2012 Ryan O’Keefe Sydney Sydney
2011 Jimmy Bartel Geelong Geelong
2010** Scott Pendlebury Collingwood Collingwood
2010** Lenny Hayes St. Kilda Drawn Match
2009 Paul Chapman Geelong Geelong
2008 Luke Hodge Hawthorn Hawthorn
2007 Steve Johnson Geelong Geelong
2006 Andrew Embley West Coast West Coast
2005* Chris Judd West Coast Sydney
2004 Bryon Pickett Port Adelaide Port Adelaide
2003 Simon Black Brisbane Lions Brisbane Lions
2002* Nathan Buckley Collingwood Brisbane Lions
2001 Shaun Hart Brisbane Lions Brisbane Lions
2000 James Hird Essendon Essendon
1999 Shannon Grant North Melbourne North Melbourne
1998 Andrew McLeod Adelaide Adelaide
1997 Andrew McLeod Adelaide Adelaide
1996 Glenn Archer North Melbourne North Melbourne
1995 Greg Williams Carlton Carlton
1994 Dean Kemp West Coast West Coast
1993 Michael Long Essendon Essendon
1992 Peter Matera West Coast West Coast
1991 Paul Dear Hawthorn Hawthorn
1990 Tony Shaw Collingwood Collingwood
1989* Gary Ablett Sr. Geelong Hawthorn
1988 Gary Ayres Hawthorn Hawthorn
1987 David Rhys-Jones Carlton Carlton
1986 Gary Ayres Hawthorn Hawthorn
1985 Simon Madden Essendon Essendon
1984 Billy Duckworth Essendon Essendon
1983 Colin Robertson Hawthorn Hawthorn
1982* Maurice Rioli Richmond Carlton
1981 Bruce Doull Carlton Carlton
1980 Kevin Bartlett Richmond Richmond
1979 Wayne Harmes Carlton Carlton
*Winner played on losing team
**Two Medals were awarded as the Grand Final was drawn and a second match was played the next week.
*** Won Brownlow Medal and North Smith Medal in same year.
Multiple Norm Smith Medal Winners
Players who have won the North Smith Medal multiple times include:
Medals Player Team Seasons
2 Luke Hodge Hawthorn 2008, 2014
2 Andrew McLeod Adelaide 1997, 1998
2 Gary Ayres Hawthorn 1986, 1988
AFL Australian Football League
VFL Victorian Football League (Preceded the AFL Competition)