Almanac Football: Carey-Bunton Medal for best NSW player during the AFL season


The annual Carey-Bunton Medal is open to those AFL players who come from New South Wales. It emerges out of the awareness of, and interest in, New South Wales players – something that built a lot of momentum through 2019 with the naming of the team of great NSW footballers. [You may remember that Rocket Rod Gillett gave us the exclusive!]


We received this email from Richard Colless, a senior statesman of footy in Australia, and especially now in New South Wales:



During 2019, the NSW AFL History Society with the support of the AFL selected the Greatest NSW AFL Team of All Time.


Many people were surprised that nearly 500 NSW players had played in the VFL/AFL. In addition to those that played in the SANFL/WAFL.


An enormous amount of research spanning 140 years went into the selection of the team. The unveiling of the team was held  at the Carbine Club NSW AFL Lunch with great success.



Greatest NSW team of all time


B: Chris Lethbridge (Sydney YMCA/Fitzroy), Leo Barry (Deniliquin/Sydney), Ross Henshaw (North Albury/North Melbourne)

HB: Jarryd McVeigh (Pennant Hills/Sydney), Gordon Strang (East Albury/Richmond), Dennis Carroll (Albury Tigers/Sydney)

C: Shane Crawford (Finley/Hawthorn), Lenny Hayes (Pennant Hills/St Kilda), Neil Davies (Central Broken Hill/Glenelg)

HF: Terry Daniher (Ungarie/Essendon), Wayne Carey (North Wagga/North Melbourne), Luke Breust (Temora/Hawthorn)

F: Paul Kelly (Wagga Tigers/Sydney), Bill Mohr (Wagga Tigers/St Kilda), John Longmire (Corowa-Rutherglen/North


R: Bruce McGregor (West Broken Hill/West Adelaide), Brett Kirk (North Albury/Sydney), Haydn Bunton (West Albury/Fitzroy)

I/C: Mark Maclure (East Sydney/Carlton), Isaac Smith (Wagga Tigers/Hawthorn), Kieren Jack (Pennant Hills/Sydney), Tom Hawkins (Finley/Geelong)


In 2020 NSW AFL History Society committed to award the Carey-Bunton Medal to the best NSW player in the AFL based on AFLCA votes.


A summary of voting thus far is as follows:




1 Jarrod Witts (GCC) 27 (GCS v WB 4 votes)

2 Isaac Heeney (SS) 19

3 Harry Perryman (GWS) 18

4 Dane Rampe (SS) 16 (SYD v HAW 10 votes)

5 Tom Hawkins (GEEL) 12

6 Callum Milles (SS) 10

7 Isaac Smith (HAW) 8

7 Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (RICH) 8

7 Dougal Howard (ST K) 8 (ST K v PA 4 votes)

10 Jacob Townsend (ESS) 4

10 Matthew Kennedy 4 (CAR v NM 4)

12 Luke Breust (HAW) 3

12 Jeremy Finlayson (GWS) 3

14 Jacob Hopper (GWS) 2

14 Todd Marshall (PA) 2

14 Michael Gibbons (CARL) 2

17 Harry Himmelberg (GWS) 1



The medal has been awarded retrospectively to all best placed NSW players since 2004 when AFLCA Voting commenced.


At the end of the season the inaugural NSW State of Origin Team for 2020 will be announced. The selectors are Richard Colless AM as Chairman but really convenor, Gerard Healy and Mike Sheahan who were both selectors in the Greatest NSW Team, Wayne Carey and Mark Maclure who were selected in the team, and Dr Rodney Gillett.


Read Rod Gillett’s story about the Greatest NSW AFL Team of all time HERE


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  1. Dan Hiban says

    Wayne Carey, after rereading his tell-all autobiography I find him immensely likable. Famously, he was actually recruited by Greg Miller from the SANFL as the steakknives in the John Longmire deal. Handy set of steakknives he turned out to be.

  2. The Carey-Bunton Medal is a great initiative of the NSW Australian Football Historical Society.

    I look forward to further updates on progressive voting as the season continues.

    One suggestion I have is to include the NSW club(s) of each player in the summary of voting.

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