Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Major Awards

The Brownlow Medal

The Charles Brownlow Medal was instituted in 1924 for the "Fairest and Best" player in the league's home and away series. It perpetuates the memory of Charles Brownlow, an exceptional administrator at Geelong Football Club, who died in 1924. It has been awarded every year since except between 1942 and 1945.

The medal is awarded as follows: the field umpires in consultation after each game award six votes. Three votes to the best player, two to the second best and one to the third best. These votes are collected and kept by the AFL until after the Home and Away season, where the votes are counted at a televised reception. The player gaining the most votes from the Season is awarded the Brownlow medal.

Should two or more players have the same number of votes then two or more medals are awarded. This replaced a countback system used prior to 1981.

Since 1991, players who have been reported during a game have been able to still receive Brownlow Medal votes from the Umpires, however, in keeping with the policy of it being also for the 'fairest' player, a player who has been reported and subsequently found guilty by the Tribunal (except for time wasting) is ineligible to win the Medal. Should such a player receive the most votes, then the player with the most number of votes who is eligible (not having been reported and found guilty) receives the medal.

The 1994 Brownlow Medal winner was Greg Williams of Carlton with 30 votes. (This was the highest number of votes gained to win the Medal since 1940, excluding 1976 and 1977 when 12 votes were awarded for each game.)

The John Coleman Medal

The Coleman Medal was instituted in 1981, and is awarded to the player who kicks the most goals during the Home and Away Season. The Medal honours John Coleman, a spectacular forward player for Essendon (and later a dual premiership coach of the same club), who many feel would have been the games greatest ever player, prior to a serious knee injury prematurely ending his playing career. Coleman kicked 537 goals in only 98 games.

The 1994 Coleman Medal was awarded to Gary Ablett of Geelong who kicked 129 goals for the Season.

The Norm Smith Medal

The Norm Smith Medal is awarded to the player voted best on ground during that season's Grand Final. Norm Smith was a player for Melbourne and Fitzroy, and coached South Melbourne as well as the previous two teams. He coached Melbourne to an incredible 6 Premierships between 1955 and 1964. The Medal was first instituted in 1979.

The Norm Smith Medal was awarded to Dean Kemp of West Coast as the best player in the 1994 Grand Final.

The Sandover and Magarey Medals

The Sandover and Magarey Medals are the equivalent "Fairest and Best" medals from the WAFL and SANFL competitions respectively.

The Dr. William C McClelland Trophy

The McClelland trophy was inaugarated in 1951. It was awarded to the club accumulating the highest number of points over the three levels of competition (Senior, Reserves and Under-19). This was maintained until 1990, when the move to a one team national competition was undertaken. The McClelland Trophy is now awarded to the Minor Premier (ie the team finishing on top of the ladder after the Home and Away Season.) The trophy was instituted to recognise the service of Dr McClelland as a player, club delegate for Melbourne and VFL President from 1926 - 1955.

The West Coast Eagles won the McClelland Trophy in 1994 as finishing the Home and Away season on top of the Ladder.

State Of Origin Football

State of Origin Football was instituted in 1977. Games between the different states had been played since the early origins of Football, however, the situation arose where the VFL had acquired many of the Star players from other states as these players were attracted to play for Victorian teams due to higher remuneration. State of Origin was born out of the intense interstate rivalries, and allowed footballers to play according to where their "home" state was.

Players were allowed to come from anywhere in Australia to play for their Home state as opposed to the previous system where the State team was chosen from the players in the respective state league regardless of where the player originally came from. This now meant that WA and SA could challenge Victoria to interstate football games and get their best players back who were likely to be playing over in the VFL.

The definition of where a players home state was changed almost yearly however, meaning some players were forced to play for different states according to the rule changes (eg where you were born, where you played your first Senior football game, where you were at age 16, etc.) This was seen to undermine the credibility of State of Origin Football. An additional factor has been the creation of the National Competition, where WA and SA, the two main instigators of State of Origin Football, are now seen to have had practically State of Origin teams in the Adelaide and West Coast football clubs.(An altogether incorrect idea however.)

In its prime, State of Origin football has seen games of the highest quality, and in front of large crowds, it is the closest to an All-Star game that Australian Football has.

The AFL in wishing to regenerate enthusiasm for State of Origin Football in 1995, has set one weekend aside during the middle of the season for 2 State of Origin Games. Victoria will play South Australia, whilst Western Australia will play a composite side from the remaining states known as The Allies. It is the first time that the Allies concept has been used and will allow some of the big name stars, not originating from the Big Three footballing states to play at that level in a legitimate way.(As opposed to being seconded in to play for one of the Big Three or missing out altogether.) The Allies jumper will consist of a stylised letter A with a star beneath, in the colours blue, black and white.

The only State of Origin game played in 1994 was SA vs Victoria in Adelaide where South Australia won 11.9 75 to 10.13 73.

The All-Australian Team

This team is selected yearly, since 1991, and selects the 18 best players by position for the year. (As well as 3 interchange and the Coach of the year.) It is determined by a panel after the Home Away Season,and is merely a tribute to some of the better players for that year. Unlike the Brownlow, players that have been reported and found guilty are still eligible to be included in the team.

Club Awards

Most teams have an award for the best and fairest or club champion, honouring the best player for the club in that year. The process of selection for each club for this award varies greatly.

Norwich Rising Star Award

Named after a commercial sponsorship, the Rising Star Award is given to the best Rookie for the past season. The 1994 Norwich Rising Star Award went to Chris Scott of Brisbane. There was some controversy surrounding the Award in 1994, as many felt Corey McKernan of North Melbourne was the best Rookie, however he was ineligible for the Award after being found guilty of tripping by the tribunal, in what was seen as a trivial incident.

Premiership Cup and Medallions

The team that wins the Grand Final are referred to as the Premiers. They are awarded a special Premiership Cup which they keep in perpituity. A new Premiership Cup in similar/same design is created for each season. Premiership medallions are awarded to each of the team's players that were in the Grand Final.(cf. championship rings in other sports.)

Teal Cup/Commonwealth Bank Cup

A football carnival held yearly with a representative team from each state selected from teenage footballers in the local leagues. Is meant to be a showcase of the young talent available, often used as a guide by AFL scouts. Changed name from Teal Cup to Commonwealth Bank Cup in recent years.

Significant Players in the AFL

The high scoring nature of Aussie Rules means that Forwards and especially Full Forwards tend to be the more glamorous positions in a team. Spectacular players who take high/exciting marks, or who kick lots of goals or get a lot of possessions of the ball typify the most widely known players.

A list of player statistics for the following players (up to end of 1994) can be found on the FTP site:

Tony Modra, Alistair Lynch, Stephen Kernahan, Greg Williams, Michael McGuane, Gavin Wanganeen, Ben Allan, Gary Ablett, Jason Dunstall, Jim Stynes, Wayne Carey, Stewart Loewe, Tony Lockett, Glen Jackovich, Peter Matera.

Other popular players:

Space doesn't allow for an exhaustive list of stars, but other players to especially pay attention to include:

        Tony McGuiness (Ad)   Shaun Rehn (Ad)  Craig Bradley (Ca)
        Stephen Sivagni (Ca)  Gavin Brown (Co) Damian Monkhorst (Co)
        James Hird (Es)       Paul Roos (SS)   Doug Hawkins (Fi)
        Leon Cameron (Fo)     Chris Grant (Fo) Garry Hocking (Ge)
        Dermott Brereton (Co) John Platten (Ha) Garry Lyon (Me)
        David Schwarz(Me)     Wayne Schwass(NM) Tony Free (Ri)
        Brendon Gale (Ri)     Matthew Knights (Ri) Nathan Burke (SK)
        Robert Harvey (SK)    Paul Kelly (SS)  Brett Heady (WC)
        Dean Kemp (WC)        Chris Lewis (WC) Guy McKenna (WC)

Ricky Nixon's Club 10

Ricky Nixon is the football manager for many of the high profile AFL players. He has introduced a concept called Club 10, which features a new marketing symbol, showing endorsement by these players of products. This idea has been floated for a while by the AFL, and Club 10 was formed when negotiations btween the AFL and Nixon broke down. The AFL is now forming its own list of 25 up and coming star players for similar promotion.

Those players in Club 10 include:
Glen Jackovich (WCE) Tony Lockett (SYD) Gavin Brown (COL) Stewart Loewe (STK) Wayne Carey (NTH) Greg Williams (CAR) Gary Ablett (GEE) Gary Lyon (MEL) Gavin Wanganeen (ESS) Jason Dunstall (HAW)
Nixon has said he would like to see this group expanded in the future.

Miscellaneous Trivia

This section contains information that does not easily fit into any of the other Sections of the FAQ. Proposals for further additions are welcome.

Football Periodicals and Publications

Videos of Australian Rules Football

The following sources of Australian Rules Football Videos are known. They provide VHS tapes in the Australian PAL format. People with NTSC format VHS or other systems will need to convert the tape over if these places do not provide foreign formats.

7.2.1 Name-A-Game
Provides complete copies of individual games dating back over several years, with some earlier material available.
Cost is between $30-35 per tape plus postage.
Australian Football Video Pty. Ltd.
PO Box 456
South Yarra
Vic. 3141
Phone: 008-035-665
Free catalogues of games on video are available.
7.2.2 Football Record Video
A "Video-magazine" released by the AFL. Gives a review of the last 4 rounds prior to each issue.
Yearly review video is also available.( 7 issues in total each year.)
Cost:$14.95 for regular issue, $19.95 for End of Year issue.
Polygram Video
PO Box 112
NSW 2015

Fantasy Australian Rules Football

Two companies offer Fantasy Australian Rules Football Games as commercial services that are played weekly by mail. Details of one company is provided, contact information for the other one would be appreciated. Several Fantasy League's are run on the net.

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Football Traditions

7.5.1 Going onto the ground after the game.
Derived from the traditional suburban level of support for AFL teams, it is now tradition for many spectators to go onto the ground (after a prearranged signal from ground officials) at the conclusion of a game, and have a kick around of the football with friends et al. Maybe this appeals to our desire to be like our Footy heroes - knowing we've kicked a footy on the same ground these footballers have lifts our own pride or whatever...
7.5.2 The Aussie Meat Pie
In the same way that Americans are renowned for having a hot-dog at the Baseball, Australians love to have a traditional Australian Meat Pie to satisfy there intra-game hunger (usually with a liberal dash of tomato sauce). Some food companies base there product marketing around this tradition. (eg Four'n'Twenty).
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