Toast The Kevin Sheedy Medal - Thursday 5th of October

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Apr 12, 2012
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No announcements yet, but thought it would be interesting to see who we think will take out the awards, get life memberships etc.

Hopefully it will be streamed.

KSM - Cogs
Rising Star - Beford (😉)
Coaches Award- Briggs
Academy Player Of the Year- ?
Members Choice Award- Green
VFL Player of the Year- Derkson
 

Giant Pete

Norm Smith Medallist
Jan 17, 2013
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No announcements yet, but thought it would be interesting to see who we think will take out the awards, get life memberships etc.

Hopefully it will be streamed.

KSM - Cogs
Rising Star - Beford (😉)
Coaches Award- Briggs
Academy Player Of the Year- ?
Members Choice Award- Green
VFL Player of the Year- Derkson
KSM - Cogs.
Rising Star - Finn (is he eligible under our system?)
Members choice - don’t know the criteria… Idun?
Coaches award - Bedsy
VFL player - Fleeton
 

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Apr 30, 2011
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interesting to hear Phil on trade radio say he thinks Tom Green will take it out this year.
 
Nov 23, 2015
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Hard to tell:
  • Tom Green was brilliant, but missed 5 games through injury and that stupid suspension
  • Toby was fantastic all year, but also missed 3 games through injury
  • Josh Kelly had some brilliant patches, a few quieter patches, and missed 4 games through injuries
  • Stephen Coniglio had a great year, probably steady (but very good) rather than fantastic
The KSM rewards consistency, so missing games is the biggest drag. Hence, I think Tom Green is significantly at risk of coming 2nd or 3rd due to his missed games.

Cogs would have to be a shot to win his first KSM due to playing all games at a high level. Toby too would be a great shot to add to his AA accolades, but those missed 3 games could cost him.
 
Nov 23, 2015
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The GIANTS thrilling 2023 season will be celebrated in style on Thursday night at the Kevin Sheedy Medal held at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.

Before crowning the GIANTS’ club champion on Thursday night, the GIANTS Media team has taken a look at some of the contenders for this year’s Kevin Sheedy Medal following a host of strong performances.

How does the count work?

Under a new voting system this season, line coaches rated their respective players after each game from a pre-determined performance scale.

All line coaches then met to determine an overall rating for each player before submitting to head coach Adam Kingsley who allocated up to six (6) votes for each player.

The votes across the season, which combined both home and way and finals games, are then tallied up with the player with the most votes at the end of the GIANTS’ season being awarded the Kevin Sheedy Medal.

Previous Winners:


2022 – Sam Taylor
2021 – Josh Kelly
2020 – Nick Haynes and Lachie Whitfield
2019 – Tim Taranto
2018 – Lachie Whitfield
2017 – Josh Kelly
2016 – Toby Greene
2015 – Heath Shaw
2014 – Shane Mumford
2013 – Jeremy Cameron
2012 – Callan Ward

2023 Contenders:

Tom Green


It’s hard to believe he’s just 22 years old after asserting himself as one of the best players in the competition with a breakout 2023 season. Green will enter Thursday night’s count as one of the red-hot favourites following a stellar campaign in which the bullocking midfielder led the entire competition in disposals, averaging 32.1 touches per game to go along with 6.1 clearances and 5.3 tackles.
The contested beast, who was recognised for his dominant season with a maiden selection in the All-Australian squad, tallied a career-high 16 votes in this year’s Brownlow Medal following several eye-catching performances. Green will be looking to eclipse last year’s third place finish on Thursday night.

Stephen Coniglio

The GIANTS’ vice-captain is another sure to be near the top of the leader board late on Thursday night after arguably the best season of his 12-year career. The inaugural GIANT, who was also recognised for his starring season with his first selection in the All-Australian squad, posted career-high averages in several key categories, including disposals (28.2), inside 50s (4.8), score involvements (7.4), and meters gained (432m). The 29-year-old also finished first across the competition in total disposals and after only missing one match this season will be hoping to go one place better than last year’s runner-up finish to star defender Sam Taylor.

Toby Greene

After tallying his career-best vote count in this year’s Brownlow Medal, leading the GIANTS with 20 votes, there’s no doubting the inspirational skipper had a year to remember and certainly one worthy of adding another club champion trophy to his 2016 win. After kicking more than 50 goals in a season for the first time in his decorated career, Greene finished the 2023 campaign with 66 majors to sit fourth amongst the competition and first amongst non-key forwards. Greene’s outstanding season, in which he finished second in the AFL in score involvements and was ranked elite in both disposals (17.9 per game) and marks (4.5) per game for his position, saw the 30-year-old named an All-Australian for the third team as well as All-Australian captain for the first time in his glittering 12-year career.

Josh Kelly


The GIANTS’ Rolls Royce had another superb season to put himself firmly in contention for another Kevin Sheedy Medal following his 2017 and 2021 triumphs. Kelly finished the season as one of the GIANTS’ most reliable players once again, posting averages of 26.9 disposals, 4.6 inside-50s, 4.4 tackles, and 4 clearances per game. If the 28-year-old takes out the top honour on Thursday, he would become the first GIANT to win the Kevin Sheedy Medal three times.

Lachie Whitfield

Another two-time winner looking to create history with a trifecta of club champion awards on Thursday night, Whitfield was back to his sizzling best in season 2023 and a key piece of the Orange Tsunami’s surge into a preliminary final. One of the competition’s most lethal attacking weapons, Whitfield starred off half back for the GIANTS this season to finish with averages of 27 disposals, 5.5 rebound-50s, 3 inside-50s, and 460 metres gained per game. The 2018 All Australian became the first GIANT to be a two-time Kevin Sheedy Medal winner when he tied with Nick Haynes in the 2020 count.

Connor Idun

2023 saw Idun continue his rapid rise to assert himself as not only one of coach Adam Kingsley’s most reliable players but one of the AFL’s most dynamic defenders. Joining the club’s leadership group for the first time in 2023, Idun was a brick wall in defence this season for the GIANTS with his ability to not only lock down a variety of opponents but also provide an attacking flair from the back half. While not the household name of some of his more high-profile teammates, we expect the athletic 23-year-old to be high amongst the votes on Thursday following a stellar 2023 campaign.

Brent Daniels

After a long stint on the sidelines through persistent injuries, Daniels returned to the field with a bang in 2023 to cement himself as one of the competition’s most lively small forwards. Regarded as one of the best pressure players in the AFL, the creative pocket rocket caused chaos inside 50 for opposition defenders to play a crucial role in coach Adam Kingsley’s high octane game plan.
Finishing the season with 26 goals from 20 outings, Daniels’ ability to star in his role is sure to have garnered the appreciation from his coaches on Thursday night.

Sam Taylor


While it’s going to be a tough mountain to climb in order to win the Kevin Sheedy Medal, having missed eight games through injury, Sam Taylor continued to stamp himself as one of the competition’s very best defenders with another remarkable season. Often taking the opposition’s most damaging attacking threat, Taylor’s ability to quell his opponent but also turn defence into attack through his intercept marking was a major weapon for the GIANTS once again. While his bad luck with injury is unlikely to see him achieve back-to-back Kevin Sheedy Medals following last year’s breakthrough win, Taylor’s stellar form when on the park is sure to see him poll extremely well on Thursday night.

more in the story
 
Nov 23, 2015
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Also, check out the GWS Bigfooty Board fan-voted Most Valuable Giant thread for the reveal of our player of the year!

 
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