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Main awardsEdit

The AFLPA nominates the following four awards as their main awards.

Leigh Matthews TrophyEdit

The Leigh Matthews Trophy has 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. Gary Ablett, Jr. (2007–09, 2012–13) is the only player to win the award five times. Greg Williams (1985, 1994), Wayne Carey (1995, 1998), Michael Voss (2002, 2003), Chris Judd (2006, 2011) and Nat Fyfe (2014, 2015) have won the award twice.

Best CaptainEdit

The Best Captain award was given sporadically from 1986 until 1997, and has been given annually since 1998. Michael Voss won the award four times from 2001–2004, the most of any player.


Year Player Club
1986 Michael Tuck Hawthorn
1987 Stephen Kernahan Carlton
1988 Ross Glendinning West Coast
1990 Tony Shaw Collingwood
1992 Paul Roos Fitzroy
1994 Stephen Kernahan Carlton
1995 Wayne Carey North Melbourne
1998 Wayne Carey North Melbourne
1999 Paul Kelly Sydney
2000 Wayne Carey Kangaroos
2001 Michael Voss Brisbane Lions
2002 Michael Voss Brisbane Lions
2003 Michael Voss Brisbane Lions
2004 Michael Voss Brisbane Lions
2005 Mark Ricciuto Adelaide
2006 Mark Ricciuto Adelaide
2007 Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions
2008 Tom Harley Geelong
2009 Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions
2010 Brett Kirk Sydney
2011 Chris Judd Carlton
2012 Jobe Watson Essendon
2013 Joel Selwood Geelong
2014 Luke Hodge Hawthorn
2015 Robert Murphy Western Bulldogs
2016 Taylor Walker Adelaide
2017 Taylor Walker Adelaide
2018 Trent Cotchin Richmond
2019 Shannon Hurn West Coast

Robert Rose Award for Most Courageous PlayerEdit

Awarded annually since 1991 to the most courageous player in the league. Glenn Archer has 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, 2008 and 2011. In 2009, Joel Selwood won the award for the first time, and then won it three consecutive times from 2012–2014.


Year Player Club
1991 Gavin Brown Collingwood
1992 Gavin Brown Collingwood
1993 Gavin Wanganeen Essendon
1994 Paul Kelly Sydney
1995 Paul Kelly Sydney
1996 Paul Kelly Sydney
1997 Paul Kelly Sydney
1998 Glenn Archer Kangaroos
1999 Glenn Archer Kangaroos
2000 Paul Kelly Sydney
2001 Michael Voss Brisbane Lions
2002 Glenn Archer Kangaroos
2003 Glenn Archer Kangaroos
2004 David Teague Carlton
2005 Glenn Archer Kangaroos
2006 Glenn Archer Kangaroos
Brett Kirk Sydney
2007 Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions
2008 Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions
2009 Joel Selwood Geelong
2010 Luke Hodge Hawthorn
2011 Jonathan Brown Brisbane Lions
2012 Joel Selwood Geelong
Beau Waters West Coast
2013 Joel Selwood Geelong
2014 Joel Selwood Geelong
2015 Luke Parker Sydney
2016 Luke Parker Sydney
2017 Rory Sloane Adelaide
2018 Callan Ward Greater Western Sydney
2019 Dylan Grimes Richmond

Best First Year PlayerEdit

Awarded annually since 1998, the Best First Year Player award is awarded to the best adjudged player who is in his first year on an AFL list.[1] The eligibility for the award is different to the AFL's other main award for the best performing young player, the AFL Rising Star, which can be won by any player aged under 21 as of 1 January that year, and who has not played more than ten matches before the start of the season.[2] Michael Barlow, for example, won the award in 2010 but was not eligible for the Rising Star. Brownlow Medallists Adam Goodes and Chris Judd have both won the award in the past.


Year Player[3] Club
1998 Nick Stevens Port Adelaide
1999 Adam Goodes Sydney
2000 Paul Hasleby Fremantle
2001 Daniel Kerr West Coast
2002 Chris Judd West Coast
2003 Daniel Wells Kangaroos
2004 Aaron Davey Melbourne
2005 Brett Deledio Richmond
2006 Marc Murphy Carlton
2007 Joel Selwood Geelong
2008 Rhys Palmer Fremantle
2009 Daniel Rich Brisbane Lions
2010 Michael Barlow Fremantle
2011 Dyson Heppell Essendon
2012 Jeremy Cameron Greater Western Sydney
2013 Jaeger O'Meara Gold Coast
2014 Marcus Bontempelli Western Bulldogs
2015 Isaac Heeney Sydney
2016 Callum Mills Sydney
2017 Andrew McGrath Essendon
2018 Tim Kelly Geelong
2019 Sam Walsh Carlton

Other awardsEdit

The following awards are also currently or have previously been presented by the AFLPA.

Marn Grook AwardEdit

Named after the indigenous game Marn Grook, the award was presented annually from 2001 to 2007 for the top emerging Indigenous player in the game, who must be within their first three seasons of AFL competition.


Year Player Club
2001 Adam Goodes Sydney
Dean Rioli[4] Essendon
2002 Leon Davis Collingwood
2003 Graham Johncock Adelaide
2004 Daniel Wells Kangaroos
2005 Aaron Davey Melbourne
2006 Danyle Pearce Port Adelaide
2007 Lance Franklin Hawthorn

Grant Hattam TrophyEdit

The Grant Hattam Trophy has been awarded annually since 1999 to the best football journalist, as voted by the players. The Herald Sun's Mark Robinson (2000, 2002) and The Age's Emma Quayle (2009,[5] 2012[6]) are only journalists to have won the award twice. Herald Sun chief football writer Mike Sheahan won the award in 2008 for his article on Simon Goodwin and his gambling addiction.[7]

The Trophy was created in honour and memory of the late Grant Hattam who was a leading sports and media lawyer (with Corrs Chambers Westgarth).

Education and Training Excellence AwardEdit

Given annually since 2001 to the player who displays the best all-round performance in balancing football with external education and training.

Year Player Club
2001 Paul Licuria Collingwood
2002 Peter Bell Fremantle
2003 Simon Garlick Western Bulldogs
2004 Michael Wilson Port Adelaide
2005 James Clement Collingwood
2006 Josh Mahoney Port Adelaide
2007[8] Brett Burton Adelaide
Shane Wakelin Collingwood
2008[9] Jason Blake St Kilda
2009[10] Max Hudghton St Kilda
2010[11] Tim Callan Western Bulldogs
2011[12] Henry Slattery Essendon
2012[13] Alan Toovey Collingwood
2013[14] Matthew Boyd Western Bulldogs
2014[15] Jonathon Griffin Fremantle
2015[16] Mike Pyke Sydney
2016[17] Jamie Macmillan North Melbourne
2017[18] Ed Curnow Carlton
2018[19] David Mundy Fremantle

Mike Fitzpatrick ScholarshipsEdit

Awarded annually to young aspiring non-AFL players, attempting to help them balance external study and training with football training.


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  2. ^ "Who is eligible for the NAB AFL Rising Star award?". Bigpond. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  3. ^ AFL Players' Association - Rhys Palmer wins Best First Year Player Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Rioli wins inaugural Marn Grook Award -". 11 September 2001. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Age footy writer takes award". The Age. Melbourne. 8 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Age football writer gets award". 12 September 2012.
  7. ^ Ralph, Jon (9 September 2008). "Gary Ablett gets the nod".
  8. ^ "Ablett wins another award for Geelong". The Age. 29 September 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  9. ^ Hogg, Alistair (9 September 2008). "Blake honoured with AFLPA award -". Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  10. ^ Williams, Rebecca (8 September 2009). "Joel Selwood lauded for his bravery". Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Kirk recognised by peers -". 7 September 2010. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Heppell and Slattery win AFLPA Awards". 13 September 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Cameron voted AFLPA Best First Year Player -". 12 September 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Boyd wins Education award at AFLPA MVP -". 11 September 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  15. ^ Phelan, Jennifer (9 September 2014). "AFLPA awards: Nat Fyfe rated best by his peers -". Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Swans clean up at AFLPA Awards -". 16 September 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  17. ^ Legg, Simon (13 September 2016). "Macmillan Finds His Work-Life Balance". AFLPA. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Forth & Curnow maximising their chance". AFLPA. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Studious Mundy wins AFLPA award -". 30 August 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.

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