Presented to the player judged, by an independent panel of football experts, to be best on ground in the Grand Final.
Norm Smith was a famous Melbourne Football Club identity who was also associated with Fitzroy and South Melbourne at senior level. Smith played a total of 227 games with Melbourne and Fitzroy and coached in a total of 452 games with Melbourne (310), Fitzroy (55) and South Melbourne (87).
During his 310-game tenure coaching Melbourne, he took the club into every Grand Final between 1954 and 1960 and won six premierships in the years 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964. He played from 1935 to 1950, and coached at senior level every year between 1949 and 1972, except 1968. Smith died in 1973, aged 57.
|2018||Luke Shuey||West Coast Eagles|
|2016||Jason Johannisen||Western Bulldogs|
|2012||Ryan O'Keefe||Sydney Swans|
|2011||Jimmy Bartel||Geelong Cats|
|2010 (replay)||Scott Pendlebury||Collingwood|
|2010||Lenny Hayes||St Kilda|
|2009||Paul Chapman||Geelong Cats|
|2007||Steve Johnson||Geelong Cats|
|2006||Andrew Embley||West Coast Eagles|
|2005||Chris Judd||West Coast Eagles|
|2004||Byron Pickett||Port Adelaide|
|2003||Simon Black||Brisbane Lions|
|2001||Shaun Hart||Brisbane Lions|
|1999||Shannon Grant||North Melbourne|
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|1994||Dean Kemp||West Coast Eagles|
|1992||Peter Matera||West Coast Eagles|
|1989||Gary Ablett||Geelong Cats|