AFLPA MVP (Leigh Matthews Trophy)
The AFLA MVP is awarded each AFL season by the AFL Player’s Association.
Named in honour of Leigh Matthews, a Hawthorn champion, and Premiership coach with Collingwood and Brisbane who first won the award back in 1982.
The trophy itself was first awarded in 2002, with all previous winners given a retrospective trophy.
The voting is only cast at the end of the season and not on a game by game basis. The award is widely considered the best indicator of the AFL’s best player for a season as it’s voted for by the player themselves.
How is the AFLPA MVP decided?
At the conclusion of each AFL season, each team votes for three players to be considered for selection.
Two weeks into the AFL finals, the AFLPA sends a final voting ballot to all listed AFL players. Players must not vote for their own teammates, and in actual fact the ballots themselves will not list players on their own team. Each player then casts three votes to the player they believes is the best in the competition, two votes to the second-best player, and one vote to the third-best player.
The votes are tallied, and thereis your AFLPA MVP!
AFLPA MVP Winners List
Below is a list of AFLPA MVP Award winners throughout history.
|1987||Tony Lockett||St Kilda|
|1993||Gary Ablett, Sr.||Geelong|
|1995||Wayne Carey||North Melbourne|
|1996||Corey McKernan||North Melbourne|
|1997||Robert Harvey||St Kilda|
|1998||Wayne Carey||North Melbourne|
|2003||Michael Voss||Brisbane Lions|
|2004||Nick Riewoldt||St Kilda|
|2005||Ben Cousins||West Coast|
|2006||Chris Judd||West Coast|
|2007||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Geelong|
|2008||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Geelong|
|2009||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Geelong|
|2012||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Gold Coast|
|2013||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Gold Coast|
Multiple AFLPA Winners List
Below is a list of players who have won the most AFLPA MVPs Awards and the seasons they won.
|Wins||Player||Team||AFLPA MVP Seasons|
|5||Gary Ablett, Jr.||Geelong / Gold Coast||2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013|
|2||Greg Williams||Geelong / Carlton||1985, 1994|
|Wayne Carey||North Melbourne||1995, 1998|
|Michael Voss||Brisbane Lions||2002, 2003|
|Chris Judd||West Coast / Carlton||2006, 2011|
|Nat Fyfe||Fremantle||2014, 2015|