Yesterday evening at Studio 3 at Crown in Melbourne, the AFL Players’ Association awarded the Madden Medal to one of the many retired players for the season. In addition to this, the AFL Players’ Alumni was officially launched.
The Madden Medal is presented by Open Universities Australia and is awarded to a player which has retired in 2011, which has throughout their career demonstrated on field excellence, off field football achievements, personal growth and community spirit.
The nominees for this award this year were as follows:
- Brady Rawlings (North Melbourne)
- Cameron Ling (Geelong)
- Craig Bolton (Sydney)
- Tadhg Kennelly (Sydney)
- Barry Hall (Western Bulldogs)
- Cameron Mooney (Geelong)
The winner of this year’s Madden Medal, was Geelong Premiership Captain Cameron Ling.
Cameron Ling retired after Geelong’s third premiership in five years, after 12 years in the AFL having played 292 games and kicking 94 goals.
The AFL Players’ executive committee determines the winner of the Madden Medal, which is made up of the following people: Luke Power (President), Luke Ball (Vice-President), Jason Blake, Adam Goodes, Robert Murphy, Matthew Pavlich, Drew Petrie, Adam Selwood, Brad Sewell, , AFL Players Association CEO Matthew Finnis and past player Simon Madden,