Phelan Medal

 

The Phelan Medal was first awarded in 1926 for the player voted the best and fairest in the Sydney First Grade Competition. It was initially called the Ellis Medal, after the person who donated the award, E J Ellis, and at the time, the medal was forged in pure gold.

By 1932 the name had changed to the Provan Trophy after the league president of the time, A D S Provan, who also donated medallion. In 1937 the trophy was again renamed, this time to the Phelan Medal in recognition of the work, effort and commitment, Jim Phelan, acknowledged as the father of football in Sydney, had given to the code. The medal then was no longer donated but purchased by the league.

Because of WWII, the award was suspended between 1942-45 however when its presentation was resumed in 1946, the voting format had temporarily changed and as well, no actual medal was bestowed. It was not until the mid-fifties that the presentation of an actual medal was resumed and this ceremony would take place at half time of the first grade grand final. Then, the winners of the first, reserve and later Under 18/19 grades would then run a lap of honour at the grand final venue prior to the commencement of the third quarter. This arrangement changed upon the introduction of the League’s Phelan Medal Night in 1972.

 

YEAR NAME CLUB VOTES
2017 Shaun CRANE North Shore 15
2016 Jack DIMERY East Coast Eagles 17
2015 Connor PETTERSSON Manly Warringah 24
2014 Alex GOODALL Pennant Hills 28
2013  Tyrone ARMITAGE  Manly Warringah 23
2012 Dane RAMPE UNSW/ES 26
2011 Kieran WRIGHT Pennant Hills 20
2010 Alex LEE Sydney University 19
2009 Brydon COLES Sydney University 19
2008 Matt CAREY Pennant Hills 17
2007 Charlie RICHARDSON Pennant Hills 16
2006 Troy LUFF UNSW/ES 21
2005 Dean DAVIES North Shore 22
2004 Stephen PECH UNSW/ES 19
2003 Jason TURNER Campbelltown 15
2002 Troy LUFF Balmain 20
2001 Jason McPHERSON UNSW/ES 16
2000 Mark MACKENZIE Balmain 19
1999 Trevor BURNETT Campbelltown 34
1998 Jarrod CROSBY Baulkham Hills 22
1997 Simon WILSON St George 16
1996 Joe CORMACK Western Suburbs 21
1995 Graham JONES Baulkham Hills 22
1994 Chris O’DWYER East Sydney 28
1993 Tony QUINN St George 20
1992 Darren OATES St George 19
1992 Lee CAMPBELL Campbelltown 19
1991 David WEST St George 22
1990 Michael DAVIS Sydney Uni 17
1990 Rod PODBURY Campbelltown 17
1989 Michael PORTA Holroyd-Parramatta 19
1988 Garry SPILLANE Pennant Hills 21
1987 Rod PODBURY Campbelltown 18
1986 Rod PODBURY Campbelltown 16
1985 Frank GLEESON Balmain 24
1984 Graham JONES Western Suburbs 15
1983 Michael TOY Pennant Hills 16
1983 Rod PODBURY Bankstown Sports 16
1982 John PILKINGTON Newtown 19
1981 Laurie AXFORD East Sydney 23
1980 John PILKINGTON Newtown 20
1979 Rob CLARIDGE East Sydney 21
1978 Jack McCORMICK Southern Districts 26
1977 Dale DALTON St George 21
1976 Max HODGSON Balmain 29
1975 George ALLEN Western Suburbs 30
1974 Brian TYLER South Sydney 20
1973 George ALLEN Western Suburbs 22
1972 Paul BOUCHIER Newtown 23
1971 Noel STEWART Southern Districts 22
1970 Bob McDONALD Balmain 21
1969 Brian TYLER Eastern Suburbs 22
1968 Graham HODGE Southern Districts 15
1967 Peter BODY Sydney Naval 21
1966 Norm TUXFORD Sydney Naval 20
1965 Noel READING St George 15
1964 Ray GWILLIAM South Sydney 24
1963 Ray SHARROCK Western Suburbs 0
1962 Arthur CRISP North Shore 3
1961 Ralph TURNER Sydney Naval 24
1960 Tony WHISH-WILSON Bankstown 20
1959 Ralph TURNER South Sydney 37
1958 Kevin BATCHELOR South Sydney 0
1957 Colin WALLER Liverpool 17
1956 Ray MOORE Balmain 0
1955 Wally BRYCE Liverpool 20
1954 Wally BRYCE Liverpool 19
1953 Geoff DAVIDSON Sydney Uni 28
1952 Frank GASCOIGNE South Sydney 23
1951 John HARDY North Shore 34
1950 Ken GILBERT Illawarra 0
1949 Ken GILBERT Illawarra 0
1948 Ken CHAMPION Western Suburbs 21
1947 Ken CHAMPION North Shore 0
1946 Billy COTTIS Newtown 5
1941 Cliff BARNSLEY Sydney 27
1940 Cliff BARNSLEY Sydney 37
1939 Jack GUTHRIE North Shore 23
1938 Jack WILLIAMSON Eastern Suburbs 0
1937 Jack WILLIAMSON Eastern Suburbs 0
1936 Reg GARVIN Newtown 0
1935 Jack WILLIAMSON Eastern Suburbs 0
1934 Frank SMITH South Sydney 0
1933 Jack WILLIAMSON Eastern Suburbs 0
1932 Len HARRIS St George 0
1931 George JENNER St George 0
1930 David ELLLEMAN North Shore 0
1929 Billy McKOY Sydney 0
1928 Billy McKOY Sydney 0
1927 Gordon KNOTT Western Suburbs 0
1926 Bobby POWERS Sydney 0