Two of the greatest players produced in NSW will be honoured by the NSW Australian Football History Society as part of its cache of football awards for the 2021 season.
The Wilbur “Bill” Mohr Award will be awarded to the leading goalkicker in the AFL from NSW each season while the Emerging Player will receive the Jimmy Stiff Award.
Bill Mohr, an AFL Hall of Fame inductee, was recruited from Wagga Federals (now known as Wagga Tigers) in 1929 by St Kilda. He became the Saints’ first star full-forward topping the VFL goal-kicking list with 101 in 1936. Mohr was the club’s leading goal-kicker from 1929-40 and also won the best and fairest in 1932 and 1936; he was captain in 1937. He played for Victoria eighteen times and booted 735 career goals. He was named full-forward in the NSW Greatest Team.
Jimmy Stiff was voted the best player at the 1933 ANFC interstate carnival in Sydney. He polled a vote in every game (only one vote awarded for each game) for a total of five to win the Major Condor Trophy. This included best-on-ground in matches against Victoria (VFL) and Western Australia. He played with the South Sydney Club from 1929-35 including premierships in 1934-35. Stiff represented the State ten times and was in the best players in every game he played.
In announcing the new awards NSW Australian Football Society president Ian Granland, OAM said, “These new football awards will recognise the talent and achievements of Bill Mohr and Jimmy Stiff and confer honour on present-day NSW players in the AFL. It adds further impetus to the Carey-Bunton medal for the best NSW player in the AFL every season”.
“The Society is grateful to our Patron Richard Colless for initiating these new awards and leading the process for the selection of the NSW Team of the Year from the AFL each year”.
“All of these awards further enrich the proud history of Australian football in NSW”.
The winner of the Carey Bunton Medal based on the votes of the AFL coaches and the NSW Team of the Year will be announced early next week.