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Norm Smith Medal

The Norm Smith Medal is an award given to the player adjudged by an independent panel of experts to have been the best player in the AFL Grand Final. The medal is named after Norm Smith. It has been awarded since 1979.

In 2017, Dustin Martin became the first player in VFL/AFL history to win a premiership, the Brownlow Medal and the Norm Smith Medal in the same season. He is also the only player to win the Norm Smith Medal three times. Gary Ayres, Andrew McLeod, and Luke Hodge have won it twice each.

Four times players from the losing Grand Final team have won the award: Maurice Rioli (1982), Gary Ablett Sr. (1989), Nathan Buckley (2002) and Chris Judd (2005).

Year Player Club
2023 Bobby Hill Collingwood
2022 Isaac Smith Geelong
2021 Christian Petracca Melbourne
2020 Dustin Martin Richmond
2019 Dustin Martin  Richmond
2018 Luke Shuey West Coast
2017 Dustin Martin Richmond
2016 Jason Johannisen Western Bulldogs
2015 Cyril Rioli Hawthorn
2014 Luke Hodge  Hawthorn
2013 Brian Lake Hawthorn
2012 Ryan O'Keefe Sydney
2011 Jimmy Bartel Geelong
2010 (R) Scott Pendlebury Collingwood
2010 Lenny Hayes St Kilda
2009 Paul Chapman Geelong
2008 Luke Hodge Hawthorn
2007 Steve Johnson Geelong
2006 Andrew Embley West Coast
2005 Chris Judd West Coast
2004 Byron Pickett Port Adelaide
2003 Simon Black Brisbane Lions
2002 Nathan Buckley Collingwood
2001 Shaun Hart Brisbane Lions
2000 James Hird Essendon
1999 Shannon Grant North Melbourne
1998 Andrew McLeod  Adelaide
1997 Andrew McLeod Adelaide
1996 Glenn Archer North Melbourne
1995 Greg Williams Carlton
1994 Dean Kemp West Coast
1993 Michael Long Essendon
1992 Peter Matera West Coast
1991 Paul Dear Hawthorn
1990 Tony Shaw Collingwood
1989 Gary Ablett Sr. Geelong
1988 Gary Ayres  Hawthorn
1987 David Rhys-Jones Carlton
1986 Gary Ayres Hawthorn
1985 Simon Madden Essendon
1984 Billy Duckworth Essendon
1983 Colin Robertson Hawthorn
1982 Maurice Rioli Richmond
1981 Bruce Doull Carlton
1980 Kevin Bartlett Richmond
1979 Wayne Harmes Carlton

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