- AFLPA Awards
The Australian Football League Players' Association Awards are a group of awards given annually to players in the
Australian Football League, voted for by all AFL players.
The AFLPA nominates the following four awards as their main awards.
Leigh Matthews Trophy
Leigh Matthews Trophyhas been awarded by the players to the best player of the season annually since 1982. It is the AFLPA equivalent of the Brownlow Medal(voted for by umpires), and a variety of media-sponsored MVP awards. Greg Williams(1985,1994), Wayne Carey(1995, 1998), Michael Voss(2002, 2003) and now Gary Ablett Jr.(2007,2008) are the only players to have won the award twice. Gary Ablett Jr.is the incumbent winner.
The Best Captain award has been given sporadically since 1986, and annually since 1998.
Michael Vosswon the award four times from 2001-2004, the most of any player. Jonathan Brown won the award in 2007, and Tom Harley was awarded Best Captain in 2008.
Robert Rose Award for Most Courageous Player
Awarded annually since 1991 to the most courageous player in the league.
Glenn Archerhas won the award most often with six wins, while Paul Kelly won it five times, including four consecutively from 1994-1997. Jonathan Brown won the award in 2007 and 2008.
Best First Year Player
Awarded annually since 1998, the Best First Year Player award is the AFLPA equivalent of the
AFL Rising Star award(although Rising Stars may be in their second or third seasons if they have played sufficiently few games). Brownlow Medallists Adam Goodesand Chris Juddhave both won the award in the past. Rhys Palmerwon the award in 2008 after winning the NAB Rising Star award, Joel Selwood, also a NAB AFL Rising Star won the award in 2007, Marc Murphyin 2006 and Brett Deledioin 2005.
The following awards are also presented by the AFLPA.
Marn Grook Award
Named after the indigenous game
Marn Grook, the award has been presented annually since 2001 to the top emerging indigenous player in the game, who must be within their first three seasons of AFL competition. Lance Franklinwon the 2007 award.
Grant Hattam Trophy
The Grant Hattam Trophy has been awarded annually since 1999 to best football journalist, as voted by the players. The
Herald Sun's Mark Robinsonis the only man to have won the award twice (2000, 2002). Herald Sun's cheif football writer Mike Sheahanwon the award in 2008 for his article on Simon Goodwinand his gambling addiction.
The Trophy was created in honor and memory of the late Grant Hattam who was a leading sports and media lawyer (with Corrs Chambers Westgarth).
Education and Training Excellence Award
Given annually since 2001 to the player who displayes the best all-round performance in balancing football with external education and training. Won in 2007 by Collingwood's
Shane Wakelinand Adelaide Crows's Brett Burton.
Mike Fitzpatrick Scholarships
Awarded annually to young aspiring non-AFL players, attempting to help them balance external study and training with football training. Sixteen players were awarded the scholarships for 2007.
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