Best and Fairest
Best and Fairest (also known as Fairest and Best in some competitions, notably the Australian Football League) is the term commonly used in Australian sport to describe the player(s) adjudged to have had the best performance in a game or over a season for a given sporting club or competition while not receiving a suspension for misconduct or breaching the rules during that season.
In the Australian Football League (formerly the VFL), the Brownlow Medal is awarded to the player who, provided he has not been suspended during the season, receives the most votes from the umpires for being the Fairest and Best player in games during the home and away season. In each game, the umpires award three votes to the player they judge to be the best afield in that game, two votes to the second-best player and one vote to the third-best player. The votes are counted at a gala function on the Monday preceding the Grand Final.
Another "best and fairest" honour, the Leigh Matthews Trophy, is voted on by the AFL's players and awarded by their trade union, the AFL Players Association. Unlike the Brownlow, players who have served disciplinary suspensions during the season are still eligible to win this award.
Best-and-fairest awards of major Australian football competitions Medal League First awarded Award criteria Comments Brownlow Medal Australian Football League 1924 Fairest and best Awarded by the league Leigh Matthews Trophy Australian Football League 1982 Most valuable Awarded by the AFL Players Association Sandover Medal West Australian Football League 1921 Fairest and best Magarey Medal South Australian National Football League 1898 Fairest and most brilliant J. J. Liston Trophy Victorian Football League 1945 Best and fairest Between 1923 and the 1941 the Recorder Cup was awarded, and between 1933 and 1940 the VFA Medal was also awarded Grogan Medal Queensland AFL 1946 Best and fairest The De Little Medal was awarded earlier William Leitch Medal Tasmanian State League 1930 Best and fairest A previous award also existed Morrish Medal TAC Cup 1947 Best and fairest The Morrish Medal was also the best and fairest award in the VFL/AFL Under-19s competition which was superseded by the TAC Cup in 1992 Larke Medal AFL National Under 18 Championships, Division 1 1976 Best Hunter Harrison Medal AFL National Under 18 Championships, Division 2 1992 Best Phelan Medal Sydney AFL Best and fairest Baldock Medal Northern Tasmanian Football League Nichols Medal Northern Territory Football League Best and Fairest awards in the Australian Football League Current awardsMalcolm Blight Medal (Adelaide) · Merrett–Murray Medal (Brisbane Lions) · John Nicholls Medal (Carlton) · Copeland Trophy (Collingwood) · W. S. Crichton Medal (Essendon) · Doig Medal (Fremantle) · Carji Greeves Medal (Geelong) · Club Champion (Gold Coast) · Peter Crimmins Medal (Hawthorn) · Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal (Melbourne) · Syd Barker Medal (North Melbourne) · John Cahill Medal (Port Adelaide) · Jack Dyer Medal (Richmond) · Trevor Barker Award (St Kilda) · Bob Skilton Medal (Sydney) · Club Champion Award (West Coast) · Charles Sutton Medal (Western Bulldogs) Former awards Australian rules football Leagues and competitions History Variations International Awards Major events Culture Related articles
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