Norm Goss Memorial Medal
LeagueVictorian Football League
Awarded forThe best on ground in the VFA/VFL Grand Final
First award1983
First winnerGeoff Austen
Most winsTim Rieniets (2)
Most recentShaun Mannagh (2023)

The Norm Goss Memorial Medal is awarded to the player judged to be the best afield in the Victorian Football League grand final.

It is named after former player and administrator Norm Goss Sr.

When the competition was split into two divisions before 1989, it was only awarded for the first division grand final.

Voting and presentation

As at 2022, the winner is voted on by a four-member panel consisting of former players, journalists and media personalities, with one member designated as the chair. Each panellist independently awards 3 votes, 2 votes and 1 vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match respectively. These votes are tallied, and the highest number of combined votes wins the medal.

There is no chance of a tie for the medal; if two players are tied for votes, the following countbacks will apply in order:


Table key
^ Player was member of losing team
Table of recipients
Year Recipient Club Ref
1983 Geoff Austen Preston
1984 Neil Jordan Preston
1985 Mark Eaves Sandringham
1986 Tony Pastore Williamstown
1987 Daryl Vernon Springvale
1988 Tim Rieniets Coburg
1989 Tim Rieniets Coburg
1990 Barry Round Williamstown
1991 Brad Gotch Dandenong
1992 Joe Rugolo Sandringham
1993 David Allday Werribee
1994 Anthony Allen Sandringham
1995 Martin Mellody Springvale
1996 Kain Taylor Springvale
1997 Tim Scott-Branagan Sandringham
1998 Ben Delarue Springvale
1999 Daniel Donati Springvale
2000 Richard Maloney Sandringham
2001 John Baird Box Hill
2002 James Rahilly Geelong
2003 Adrian Fletcher Williamstown
2004 Guy Rigoni Sandringham
2005 Daniel Ward Sandringham
2006 Phillip Read Sandringham
2007 Tom Lonergan Geelong
2008 Josh Smith North Ballarat
2009 Orren Stephenson North Ballarat
2010 Myles Sewell North Ballarat
2011 Toby Pinwill Port Melbourne
2012 George Horlin-Smith Geelong
2013 Jonathan Simpkin Box Hill
2014 Brett Goodes Footscray [1]
2015 Michael Gibbons Williamstown [2]
2016 Lin Jong Footscray [3]
2017 Sam Lloyd^ Richmond [4]
2018 David Mirra Box Hill [5]
2019 Marlion Pickett Richmond [6][7]
2020 Not awarded
2021 Not awarded
2022 Mitch White Casey [8]
2023 Shaun Mannagh^ Werribee [9]


  1. ^ "Norm Goss Medal Voting". My Gameday App. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  2. ^ "GOSS MEDALLIST GIBBONS A SHOT FOR NEXT LEVEL". Williamstown Football Club. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Western Bulldogs' sneaky injury tactic sees Lin Jong win Norm Goss Medal for best on ground in VFL Grand Final". News Corporation Australia. 26 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Sam's Grand Dream". Deniliquin Pastoral Times. 26 September 2017. p. 1. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  5. ^ Hussey, Tom (26 September 2018). "Pain drives Mirra to special grand final". Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  6. ^ "@7VFL on Twitter". 22 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Marlion Pickett to become first player in 67 years to make AFL debut in a grand final". The Guardian. 26 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  8. ^ Rhodes, Brendan (18 September 2022). "Demons claim a grand old flag". Retrieved 19 September 2022.
  9. ^ Rhodes, Brendan (24 September 2023). "Flag Suns as Gold Coast wins epic". Retrieved 24 September 2023.