Almanac Footy: 2021 Carey-Bunton Medal results, and 2021 NSW State of Origin Team announced



The Footy Almanac‘s good mate Rocket Rod Gillett has forwarded details of the all the medal winners and team selections awarded to AFL Players for AFL season 2021 who have their football origins in New South Wales.




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 Mosman Club) 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 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. 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”.





It’s important to acknowledge that notwithstanding, an outstanding on field season by Taylor Walker the selectors have concluded due to recent events it would be inappropriate to consider Taylor for selection in the team.


Selectors: Richard Colless (Convenor), Gerard Healy, Mike Sheahan, Wayne Carey, Mark Maclure and Rod Gillett


Coach:  John Longmire Sydney (Corowa Rutherglen)


Assistant Coaches:

Jarrad McVeigh Sydney (Pennant Hills)

Ben Matthews Sydney (Corowa-Rutherglen)

Mark McVeigh GWS (Pennant Hills)

Adam Schneider GWS (Osborne)

Greg Stafford Melbourne (Western Suburbs)



Harry Cunningham                     Dougal Howard                                Harry Perryman
Sydney                                       St Kilda                                             GWS
Turvey Park                                Wagga Tigers                                   Collingullie Glenfield Park


Taylor Duryea                            Dane Rampe                                    Isaac Cumming

Western Bulldogs                      Sydney                                             GWS

Corowa-Rutherglen                   UNSW-Eastern Suburbs                   North Broken Hill


Isaac Smith                                 Callum Mills                                     Errol Gulden
Geelong                                     Sydney                                             Sydney

Cootamundra                             North Shore                                     UNSW-Eastern Suburbs


Luke Breust (Vice-Capt)             Harry Himmelberg                           Sam Wicks
Hawthorn                                  GWS                                                 Sydney

Temora                                       Mangoplah-Cookardinia United      Manly-Warringah


Lachie Schultz                            Tom Hawkins (Captain)                   Todd Marshall
Fremantle                                  Geelong                                           Port Adelaide

Moama                                       Finley                                               Deniliquin


Matthew Flynn                          Jacob Hopper                                   Isaac Heeney
GWS                                           GWS                                                 Sydney

Narrandera                                Leeton-Whitton                               Cardiff



Daniel Lloyd GWS (Killarney Vale)

Charlie Spargo Melbourne (Albury Tigers)

Jack Buckley GWS (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs)

Jacob Koschitzke Hawthorn (Albury Tigers)





51 Jacob Hopper

42 Callum Mills

41 Isaac Heeney

38 Taylor Walker

34 Tom Hawkins  

11 Errol Gulden





Tom Hawkins 54 goals

Taylor Walker 48

Luke Breust 33

Isaac Heeney 32

Harry Himmelberg 32

Jacob Koschitzke 27



Errol Gulden Sydney


Read more about the Carey-Bunton Medal HERE.

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  1. Warren Tapner says

    Ah yes – the Stiff Medal.
    What a conversation starter!

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