Mills Scores Another 10 in Carey Bunton Medal

Callum Mills in his North Shore jumper
at Gore Hill Oval in 2015

Sydney Swans co-captain/mid-fielder Callum Mills has stretched his lead in this year’s Carey Bunton medal based on the votes of the AFL coaches after scoring the perfect 10 in the round nine win over Essendon at the SCG last Saturday night.

The former Mosman FC junior, Mills had 29 disposals consisting of 21 kicks and 8 handballs, 7 marks, and 13 tackles.

He has now established a seventeen-vote lead over his nearest rival, Gold Coast ruckman Jarrod Witts, who has been instrumental in the Suns’ past two upsets wins over Fremantle and the Swans. Witts is ranked number 1 for hit-outs in the AFL season.

Meanwhile, former Collingullie (Riverina) product Matt Kennedy had an outstanding game against his old club, the GWS Giants, as part of his transformation into being an A-grade player with the Blues. His 27 disposals (13 kicks/14 handballs), 8 marks and a goal did much to set up Carlton’s 30-point win over the Giants.

Geelong power forward Tom Hawkins still leads the Mohr medal for the leading NSW goalkicker in the AFL this season, to date he has booted 27 goals. He trails Richmond forward Tom Lynch by just four goals for the Coleman medal. He won both medals last season.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL

Votes Round 9
41 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans (R9 – 10 votes v ESS)

24 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast (R9 – 4 votes v FRE)
19 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide
17 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans
17 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide
16 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle
15 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
13 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton (R9 – 3 votes v GWS)
11 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong (R9 – 1 vote v STK)
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide
8 Isaac Cumming (Norths – Broken Hill) – GWS Giants
6 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans (R9 – 4 votes v ESS)
5 Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn) – Port Adelaide)
2 Charlie Spargo (Albury Tigers) – Melbourne
1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans

MOHR MEDAL (NSW player leading goalkicker to round 9 in the AFL)

Goals Round 9
27 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R9 – 4 goals v STK)
19 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R9 – 1 goal v ESS)
17 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – GWS Giants (R9 – 2 goals v CAR)
17 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) – Port Adelaide (R9 – 3 goals v WB)
17 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – (R9 – 1 goal v BRIS)
17 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (R9 – 3 goals v RIC)
12 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle
11 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide

Witts Tops Class With 10/10

Jarrod Witts

When working as the Collingwood recruiting agent legendary Sydney Swans full-back Rod “Rocket” Carter saw a young 209 cm schoolboy named Jarrod Witts bend over and effortlessly scoop up the ball in the warm-up at a St Ives junior game on Sydney’s north shore he said to himself, “this kid can play AFL”.

Carter had been sent by the Pies to observe 3-4 other kids immediately called Collingwood head of recruiting Derek Hine, who came to Sydney the next day to sign the Barker College student.

He was “just outstanding, a stand-out”, according to “Rocket”, who scouted for Collingwood as part of the AFL Future Stars scholarship program in operation in Sydney at that time.

Witts further developed his ruck craft at Sydney University under former Richmond and Swans ruckman Tim Barling before making the move to Collingwood in 2012 where he played 40 games before being picked up by Gold Coast in 2017.

The Gold Coast co-captain polled the most votes possible from the AFL coaches in the Suns’ 14-point win over the Sydney Swans in their round eight clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground last Saturday.

Witts had 19 disposals consisting of 9 kicks and 10 handballs, 4 marks, and 37 hit-outs. He currently leads the AFL in total hit-outs and hit-outs per game.

The laconic Suns ruckman, now on 20 votes, is in second place behind Swans co-captain Callum Mills (31 votes) in the Carey Bunton medal for the best NSW player in the AFL this season. Meanwhile, Port Adelaide forward Todd Marshall has jumped into 3rd place after an outstanding performance in Port’s 17-point victory over the Western Bulldogs scoring 8 votes.

Geelong key forward Tom Hawkins still holds the lead for Mohr medal for the leading NSW goalkicker in the AFL this season. He booted two goals in the Cats’ win over the Giants at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL

Votes Round 8
31 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans
20 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast (R8 – 10 votes v SYD)
19 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide (R8 – 8 votes v WB)
17 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans
17 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide
16 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle
15 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
10 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton (R8 – 2 votes v ADL)
10 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide
8 Isaac Cumming (Norths – Broken Hill) – GWS Giants
5 Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn) – Port Adelaide) (R8 – 2 votes v WB)
2 Charlie Spargo (Albury Tigers) – Melbourne
2 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans

MOHR MEDAL (leading NSW player in AFL Goalkicking)
Goals Round 8
23 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R8 – 1 goal v GWS)
18 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans
15 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – GWS Giants (R8 – 1 goal v GEE)
14 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) – Port Adelaide (R8 – 2 goals v WB)
14 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – (R8 – 2 goals v CAR)
13 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (R8 – 1 goal v ESS)
12 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle (R8 – 1 goal v NM)
11 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide (R8 – 1 goal v CAR)

Zac Cummings Break Out Game For Giants

Giamt’s Zac Cummings in action v Adelaide

GWS defender Zac Cummings had a break-out game in the Giants 59-point win over the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval in round 7 of the 2022 AFL season that earned him 7 votes in the Carey Bunton medal based on based on voting by the AFL coaches.

The North Broken Hill product has finally found his niche as a medium defender after starting with the Giants in 2018. It was only his 40th game for GWS.

He had 33-disposals made up of 19 kicks and 14 handballs as well as five marks and seven tackles.

However, Swans co-captain Callum Mills still leads the Carey Bunton medal for the best NSW player in the AFL this season with 31 votes followed by Isaac Heeney (Swans) and Crows key forward “Tex” Walker (also from Broken Hill club Norths) level pegging on seventeen votes.

Meanwhile, Geelong key forward Tom Hawkins continues to lead both the Coleman (AFL) and Mohr (NSW) medals as the leading goalkicker this season. He booted two goals in the Cats’ loss to Fremantle at Kardinia Park.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL

Votes Round 7
31 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans

17 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans
17 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide
16 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle
15 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
11 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide
10 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong
10 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide
8 Isaac Cumming (Norths – Broken Hill) – GWS Giants (R7 – 7 votes v ADL)
8 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton
3 Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn) – Port Adelaide)
2 Charlie Spargo (Albury Tigers) – Melbourne
2 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans

MOHR MEDAL (leading NSW player  in AFL leading goalkickers)
Goals Round 7
22 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R7 – 2 goals v FRE)

18 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R7 – 3 goals v BRI)
14 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – GWS Giants (R7 – 2 goals v ADL)
12 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – (R7 – 2 goals v GWS)
13 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (R7 – 1 goal v MEL)
12 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) – Port Adelaide (R7 – 2 goals v STK)
11 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle (R7 – 2 goals v GEE)
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide

Mills Scores Another 10 to Extend Carey Bunton Medal Lead

Sydney Swan’s, Callum Mills

Sydney Swans co-captain Callum Mills has taken his play to another level this season such that the commentariat now rates him amongst the best mid-fielders in the game.

Mills scored another ten votes in the AFL Coaches Champion Player award for round 6 come from behind win over Hawthorn in the Anzac Day match at UTas Stadium in Launceston.

His 37-disposals consisting of 23 kicks and 14 handballs as well as and eleven marks, five tackles and a goal in the Swans 41-point win.

This takes him into the outright lead in the Carey Bunton medal for the best player from NSW in season 2022 with 31 votes followed by team-mate Isaac Heeney (17 votes) and Adelaide forward Taylor “Tex” Walker.

He is now in 3rd place overall in level pegging with Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver behind outright leader Andrew Brayshaw (Fremantle) on 37 votes and Carlton skipper Patrick Cripps with 35.

Meanwhile, Geelong key forward Tom Hawkins retains the lead for the Mohr medal as well as the Coleman medal for the leading goalkicker in the AFL following his 4 goals in the victory over North Melbourne at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.

“Tomahawk” now has a four-goal break over Swans mid-fielder-forward Isaac Heeney in the Mohr medal and leads team-mate Jeremy Cameron by just one goal for the Coleman medal.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL STANDING
Votes Round 6
31 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans (R6 – 10 votes v HAW)
17 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans
17 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide (R6 – 3 votes v WB)
16 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle (R6 – 6 votes v CAR)
15 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
11 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide (R6 – 3 votes v CAR)
10 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong
10 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide
8 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton
3 Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn) – Port Adelaide) (R6 – 3 votes v WCE)
2 Charlie Spargo (Albury Tigers)-
2 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans (R6 – 1 vote v HAW)
1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
1 Isaac Cumming (Norths – Broken Hill) – GWS Giants

MOHR MEDAL
Goals Round 6
20 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R6 –  4 goals v NM)
15 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R6 – 1 goal v HAW)
12 Harry Himmelberg (Mangoplah … CUE) – GWS Giants (R6 – 1 goal v STK)
12 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – (R6 – 3 goals v WB)
12 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (R6 – 2 goals v SYD)
11 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) – Port Adelaide (R6 – 5 goals v WCE)
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah … CUE) – Adelaide

Carey-Bunton Medal – Mills scores 10 votes & Takes the Lead

Callum Mills

Sydney Swans co-captain Callum Mills received ten votes in the AFL Coaches Champion Player award for round 5 in the 63-point thrashing of the West Coast Eagles at Optus Oval in Perth.

His 28-disposals and five marks were instrumental in the Swans big win.

This takes him into the outright lead in the Carey Bunton medal for the best player from NSW in season 2022 with 21 votes followed by team-mate Isaac Heeney (17 votes).

Meanwhile, Adelaide forward Taylor Walker continued his outstanding comeback by polling 10 votes and booting five goals in the Crows’ sterling win over Richmond at the Adelaide Oval.

His team-mate and fellow forward Elliott Himmelberg scored four votes and kicked 4 goals.

Geelong key forward Tom Hawkins retains the lead for the Mohr medal for the leading goalkicker following his 3 goals in the loss to the Hawthorn at the MCG on Easter Monday.

The Big Cat has a two-goal lead over dynamic Swans mid-fielder-forward Isaac Heeney.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL

Votes Round 5
21 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans (R5 10 votes v WCE)
17 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R5 2 votes v WCE)
15 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
14 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide (R5 10 votes v RICH)
10 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong
10 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle
10 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide (R5 4 votes v RIC)
8 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton
8 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide
2 Charlie Spargo (Albury Tigers) (R5 2 votes v GWS)
1 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
1 Isaac Cumming (Norths – Broken Hill) – GWS Giants

MOHR MEDAL

Goals To Round 5
16 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R5 –  goals v HAW)

14 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R5 – 3 goals v WCE)
11 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – GWS Giants (R5 – 1 goal v MEL)
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide (R5 – 4 goals v RIC)
10 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (R5 – 2 goals v GEE)
  9 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – (R5 – 5 goals v RIC)

Cootamundra Comet Scores Full Points

Isaac Smith

The “Cootamundra Comet” Geelong’s fleet-footed winger Isaac Smith scored the maximum number of votes for his outstanding game in the thrilling 10-point win over the Brisbane Lions in round 4.

His 29-disposals, ten marks, one goal-assist, and one goal was a leading factor in the Cats victory.

Meanwhile Gold Coast ruckman, Jarrad Witts scored nine votes for his commanding ruck display in the Suns win over Carlton on the Gold Coast.

Geelong power forward Tom Hawkins with 5 goals has gone to the top of the leader-board for the Mohr medal for the leading goalkicker. His outstanding performance also earnt him 7 votes in the Carey Bunton medal.

Hawkins is now level-pegging with Swans star forward Isaac Heeney in the champion player award and two goals ahead of him in the Mohr Medal for the leading goalkicker.

The Mohr medal is named after St Kilda champion full-forward of the 1930s from Wagga.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL

Votes Round 4
15 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans

15 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R4 – 7 votes v BRI)
11 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans (R4 – 3 votes v NM)
10 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong (R4 – 10 votes v BRI)
10 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle

10 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast (R4 – 9 votes v CAR)
  8 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton

  8 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide
  6 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide
  4 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide (R4 – 4 votes v ESS)
  1 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans

  1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
  1 Isaac Cumming (North Broken Hill) – GWS Giants (R4 – 1 vote v FREO)

MOHR MEDAL

Goals Round 4
13 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R4 – 5 goals v BRIS) 

11 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R4 – 2 goals v NM) 
10 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – GWS Giants (R4 – 2 goals v FREO)
  6 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide

  6 Lachie Schultz (Moama) –  Fremantle (R4 – 1 goal v GWS)     
  6 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide (R4 – 2 goals v ESS)
  5 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn
(R4 – 3 goals v STK)

The Kid From Moama Scores 10 Votes

  Lachie Schultz

The “Moama Kid”, Fremantle’s dynamic forward Lachie Schultz scored the maximum number of votes for his outstanding game in the 55-point win over the West Coast Eagles in round 3.

His 23-disposals, eight marks, three goal-assists, nine score involvements and two goals were instrumental in the victory.

He also won the Glendinning-Allan medal for best afield in the Western Derby.

Schultz’s performance has catapulted him into second place behind early leader Isaac Heeney (Sydney Swans) in the Carey Bunton medal for the best NSW player in the AFL.

Near neighbour Todd Marshall from 70 kilometres up the Cobb Highway in Deniliquin also had a break-out game, booting five goals in Port Adelaide’s after-the-siren loss to Adelaide in the Showdown.

Mangoplah-CUE’s Elliot Himmelberg also had a stand-out performance for his side Adelaide booting four goals and scoring six votes in the win over Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval.

Swans star forward Isaac Heeney still leads way in the Mohr Medal for the leading NSW goalkicker by one goal from Tom Hawkins and Harry Himmelberg.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL

Votes Round 3
15 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans

10 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle (R3 10 votes v WCE)
8 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong

8 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton
8 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans
8 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide (R3 8 votes v ADL)
6 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide (R2 6 votes v PA)
1 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast

1 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans

MOHR MEDAL

Goals Round 3
9 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R3 1 goal v WB)  

8 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – GWS Giants (R3 3 goals v GCS)
8 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R3 3 goals v COLL)
6 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide (R3 5 goals v ADL)                                       
5 Lachie Schultz (Moama) –  Fremantle (R3 2 goals v WCE)                                                                  
5 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (R3 2 goals v CAR)                                                                            
4 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide (R3 4 goals v PA)
4 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
(R3 1 goal v WB)

Isaac Heeney scores full votes to retain lead

Swan’s, Isaac Heeney leads the Carey-Bunton
AND the Mohr medals after Round 2

Dynamic Swans forward Isaac Heeney topped off an outstanding game against Geelong at the SCG in round 2 of the AFL season with a maximum score of 10 votes.

Heeney now has 15 votes for the season and leads the Carey Bunton Medal and is also running equal fourth in the AFL CA Champion Player of the Year award behind joint leaders Patrick Cripps (Carlton) and Christian Petracca (Melbourne) on 20 votes.

Meanwhile, his team-mate and fellow academic product Callum Mills scored 8 votes for his performance against Geelong.

The winner of the NSW Player of the Year award each year receives the Carey-Bunton Medal that honours the two greatest NSW players of all time, Wayne Carey and Hadyn Bunton based on the votes cast by the AFL coaches.

The votes of the AFL Coaches Association voting system is based on a 5,4,3,2,1 basis after each home and away game and the votes are aggregated.

VOTES ROUND 2
15 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R2 10 votes v GEE)

8 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong
8 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton
8 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans (R2 8 votes v GEE)
1 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast
1 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans (R2 1 vote v GEE)
1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans

Heeney also leads the Mohr Medal for the leading goalkicker from NSW in the AFL. By booting 5 goals against the Cats, he now has a total of eight so far this season.

Geelong’s Coleman medal winner could only land one goal against the Swans.

The leading goalkickers after round two are:

8 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R2 – 5 goals v GEE) 5 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R2 – 1 goal v SYD) 5 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – GWS Giants (R2 – 2 goals v RICH) 3 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle 3 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (R2 – 3 goals v PA) 3 Errol Gulden (UNSW-ES) – Sydney Swans (R2 – 2 goals v GEE)

At the elite level, still a way to go for footy in “N.S.W”

By Dr Rod Gillett

 Isaac Heeney the only player on the
                           Sydney Swans list from Newcastle

There are fifty players from NSW on AFL lists for the 2022 season. (see list below)

This is down by just one from last season when there were 51 players listed.

The greatest number of players from any one club was six from UNSW-Eastern Suburbs, while there was five from Albury Tigers, and three from Pennant Hills.

However, by far the greatest number of player (33) recruited to AFL clubs are from the country, overwhelmingly from southern NSW while 17 came from “NSW” (Newcastle/Sydney/Wollongong).

This issue was raised by former Sydney Swans chairman Richard Colless in a recent interview with me on a piece on his role in football in NSW over the past thirty years.

A story on the full interview will be published in the NSW Australian Football History Society’s annual journal, Time On. This will be sent to Society members in April.

In the interview, Richard Colless raised his concern about the paucity of players from “NSW” being drafted by AFL clubs. Based on the 2021 National Draft/Rookie Elevation, which comprised of 83 players, none were taken from this region. At best, the average is one player taken every two years.

Most players from ‘’NSW’’ were not drafted but were Rookie listed and/or came through academies.

He points out that the region between Newcastle to Wollongong including Greater Sydney comprises roughly 6.6 million people or 27% of the Australian population. Yet it only produces a minuscule number of AFL-standard players. “Based purely on population, 23 of the 83 players taken this year should have come from this region”, according to Colless.

“There is no question that participation has improved, respect for the game has been elevated and while we need more facilities there has been significant progress in this regard”.

“The issue that gets overlooked by virtually everyone within the AFL system is that virtually no elite players are taken from the region where 27% of the national population reside”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Society’s Football Awards for the 2022 season are underway.

CAREY BUNTON MEDAL
In the voting for the Carey Bunton Medal, Geelong power forward Tom Hawkins and Carlton mid-fielder Matt Kennedy are off to flying starts after each was awarded 8 votes in round one.

The winner of the NSW Player of the Year award each year receives the Carey-Bunton Medal that honours the two greatest NSW players of all time, Wayne Carey and Hadyn Bunton based on the votes cast by the AFL coaches.

Dual North Melbourne premiership captain Carey grew up in North Wagga and played 272 games for the Kangaroos and the Crows from 1989-2004, while triple Brownlow Medallist Bunton from Albury played 208 games across the VFL, WAFL and SANFL from 1931-1945.

The votes of the AFL Coaches Association voting system is based on a 5,4,3,2,1 basis after each home and away game and the votes are aggregated.

Round 1 Votes
8 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (R1 8 votes v ESS)

8 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton (R1 8 votes v RICH)

5 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (R1 5 votes v GWS)

1 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast (R1 1 vote v WCE)

1 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans (R1 1 vote v GWS)

MOHR MEDAL
The Mohr Medal was inaugurated last year in honour of NSW’s greatest goalkicker in the VFL, Bill Mohr, who kicked 735 goals in 195 games for St Kilda over a playing career from 1929-41. He topped the VFL goalkicking in 1936 with 101 goals. Mohr was recruited by the Saints from Wagga Federals, now known as Wagga Tigers.

Geelong spearhead Tom Hawkins, who topped the AFL goalkicking in 2020, booted 4 goals in the Cats’ round one win over Essendon, has taken an early lead over Isaac Heeney, Lachie Schultz and Harry Himmelberg, who all booted three goals in the opening round.

The tally board after the opening round is:

Tom Hawkins (Finley) – 4 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – 3 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – 3 Harry Himmelberg (MCUE) – 3 Daniel Lloyd (Killarney Vale) – 2

Adelaide Crows
Taylor Walker (North Broken Hill)
Elliot Himmelberg (Mangoplah Cookardinia Eastlakes)
Ben Davis (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs)
Nick Murray (Henty)
Geelong
Isaac Smith (Cootamundra)
Tom Hawkins (Finley)
Port Adelaide
Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn)
Todd Marshall (Deniliquin)
Brisbane Lions
Ely Smith (Westbrook)
Gold Coast
Jarrod Witts (Sydney University)
St Kilda
Dougal Howard (Wagga Tigers)
Cooper Sharman (Leeton-Whitton)
Carlton
Zac Williams (Narrandera)
Matthew Kennedy (Collingullie-Glenfield Park)
Luke Parks (St. Ives)
Will Setterfield (Albury)
GWS Giants
Jarrad Brander (Wentworth)
Kieren Briggs (Pennant Hills)
Jack Buckley (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs)
Isaac Cumming (North Broken Hill)
Matthew Flynn (Narrandera)
Harry Himmelberg (Mangoplah-Cookardinia Eastlakes)
Jacob Hopper (Leeton-Whitton)
Daniel Lloyd (Killarney Vale)
James Peatling (Pennant Hills)
Harry Perryman (Collingullie-Glenfield Park)
Will Shaw (Deniliquin)
Zach Sproule (Albury)
Jake Stein (St Dominic’s College, Penrith)
Sydney Swans
James Bell (Shellharbour)
Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs)
Braeden Campbell (Pennant Hills)
Harry Cunningham (Turvey Park)
Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs)
Isaac Heeney (Cardiff)
Callum Mills (Mosman)
Sam Naismith (Gunnedah)
Dane Rampe (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs)
Marc Sheather (Pennant Hills)
Sam Wicks (Manly-Warringah)
Essendon
Patrick Voss (Turvey Park)
Hawthorn
Luke Breust (Temora)
Daniel Howe (Rennie)
Max Lynch (Jindera)
Jacob Koschitzke (Albury)
West Coast
Campbell Chesser (Lavington)
Fremantle
Lachlan Schulz (Moama)
Melbourne
Charlie Spargo (Albury)
Daniel Turner (Albury)
Western Bulldogs
Taylor Duryea (Corowa-Rutherglen)

 

Jacob Hopper Wins Carey-Bunton Medal

GWS mid-fielder Jacob Hopper from Leeton-Whitton has won the Carey Bunton Medal for the best player in the AFL this season based on the votes of the AFL Coaches Association.  He polled 51 votes.

Runner-up is Sydney mid-fielder Callum Mills (originally from the Sydney Junior Club, Mosman) on 42 votes; third is Sydney forward Isaac Heeney (from the Cardiff Club, Newcastle) on 41 votes.

The Carey-Bunton Medal is named in honour of NSW’s greatest-ever two players, Wayne Carey (North Wagga), the North Melbourne dual premiership skipper who is rated by many as the best player of the modern era in the VFL/AFL; and Haydn Bunton (Albury Rovers/Albury/West Albury), the most decorated player of all time with three Brownlow medals for Fitzroy in the VFL and three Sandover Medals for Subiaco in the WAFL.

In announcing the NSW State-of-Origin team for 2021, Society patron Richard Colless, who leads the selection process for the selection of the team said, “This year’s team was selected from the fifty-one players all from NSW-based clubs on AFL lists in 2021”

“Tom Hawkins from Geelong is again captain of the team, and he wins the inaugural Mohr Medal (named in honour of St Kilda goalkicking champion Wilbur (Bill) Mohr in the 1930s.  Bill played in Wagga Wagga with Federals which became Wagga Tigers.  He was the leading goalkicker for St Kilda from 1929-40.  He was selected at full forward in the Greatest NSW Team of All Time announced in 2018, a member of the St Kilda Team of the Century, and inaugural inductee into the AFL Hall of Fame, and 18 times Victorian representative) for being the leading NSW goal kicker in the AFL with 54 goals”.

“Sydney’s Errol Gulden wins the Stiff Medal for Emerging Talent following an outstanding debut in the AFL this season.  The medal is named after former South Sydney player Jimmy Stiff who represented NSW 10 times in the early 1930s.  He was included amongst the best players in every game including best on ground v Victoria at the SCG in 1932.  In the 1933 ANFC Carnival he was awarded the equivalent of the Tassie Medal and was adjudged best on ground in five games including v Victoria/WA/Tasmania.  He also played in the 1934/35 South Sydney premiership teams in the Sydney Football League”.

“We were very pleased to again have the support from the AFL Coaches Association for the voting system for the Carey Bunton Medal, it provided an empirical basis for the award. A big thank you to Alistair Nicholson and his team at the AFLCA”.

We also want to thank all the AFL clubs for their support, especially those who consistently placed updates on the Carey Bunton voting on their website.

“And finally, thanks to the media, particularly the Daily Telegraph in Sydney, but also all the regional newspapers and the AFL clubs for their enthusiasm and support for our awards”.