Richmond’s Dustin Martin Wins His Second Norm Smith Medal
Victor P Taffa
Richmond’s Dustin Martin has won his second Norm Smith Medal for best player on ground in the AFL Grand Final against Greater Western Sydney.
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 Melbourne from 1952-67
- 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:
|2018||Luke Shuey||West Coast||West Coast|
|2016||Jason Johannisen||Western Bulldogs||Western Bulldogs|
|2010**||Lenny Hayes||St. Kilda||Drawn Match|
|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|
|1999||Shannon Grant||North Melbourne||North Melbourne|
|1996||Glenn Archer||North Melbourne||North Melbourne|
|1994||Dean Kemp||West Coast||West Coast|
|1992||Peter Matera||West Coast||West Coast|
|1989*||Gary Ablett Sr.||Geelong||Hawthorn|
*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 Dustin Martin Richmond 2017, 2019
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)