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Doig Medal

The Doig Medal is the best and fairest award given out to the player considered best and fairest during a season for the Fremantle Football Club in the AFL.

It was renamed in 2000[1] after the legendary Fremantle footballing family, the Doigs, who have had over 17 members play league football for East Fremantle or South Fremantle in the WAFL. The most famous is George Doig who has been inducted in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[2]

Eight different players won the award between 1995 and 2002 until Peter Bell won his second medal in 2003.[3] Following Bell's third medal in 2004, Matthew Pavlich won four consecutive medals to hold the record of six medals in total.[4] Nat Fyfe became the third player to win multiple Doig medals when he won consecutive medals in 2013 and 2014.[5]

The voting system as of the 2017 AFL season, consists of five coaches giving each player a ranking from zero to five after each match. Players can receive a maximum of 25 votes for a game.[6]


^ Denotes current player
+ Player won Brownlow Medal in same season
Season Winner Runner up Third Fourth Fifth Ref.
1995 Peter Mann Dale Kickett Ben Allan Scott Chisholm Stephen O'Reilly [7]
1996 Stephen O'Reilly Dale Kickett Scott Chisholm Peter Mann Craig Callaghan [8]
1997 Dale Kickett Shane Parker Craig Callaghan Andrew Wills Greg Harding [1]
1998 Jason Norrish Adrian Fletcher Craig Callaghan Chris Bond Shane Parker [1]
1999 Adrian Fletcher Tony Modra Daniel Bandy Dale Kickett Clive Waterhouse [1]
2000 Troy Cook Paul Hasleby Clive Waterhouse Daniel Bandy Adrian Fletcher [9]
2001 Peter Bell Heath Black Matthew Carr Matthew Pavlich Troy Cook [10]
2002 Matthew Pavlich Peter Bell Shane Parker Paul Hasleby Troy Simmonds [11]
2003 Peter Bell (2) Matthew Pavlich Paul Hasleby Robbie Haddrill Shaun McManus [10]
2004 Peter Bell (3) Paul Hasleby Matthew Pavlich Justin Longmuir Luke McPharlin [12]
Matthew Pavlich (2) Peter Bell Heath Black Paul Hasleby [11]
Shane Parker
Matthew Pavlich (3) Peter Bell Shane Parker Josh Carr [11]
Michael Johnson
Matthew Pavlich (4) Antoni Grover Luke McPharlin Peter Bell [11]
Josh Carr
Roger Hayden
Dean Solomon
2008 Matthew Pavlich (5) Aaron Sandilands Luke McPharlin Rhys Palmer Michael Johnson [13]
Aaron Sandilands Matthew Pavlich Chris Tarrant Paul Duffield Paul Hasleby
David Mundy
2010 David Mundy Aaron Sandilands Matthew Pavlich Stephen Hill Greg Broughton [15]
2011 Matthew Pavlich (6) Nat Fyfe^ Greg Broughton Luke McPharlin David Mundy [16]
2012 Ryan Crowley Chris Mayne Michael Johnson Matthew Pavlich Luke McPharlin [17]
2013 Nat Fyfe^ David Mundy Michael Johnson Ryan Crowley Lee Spurr [18]
2014 Nat Fyfe^ (2) Aaron Sandilands Stephen Hill David Mundy Hayden Ballantyne [19]
2015 Aaron Sandilands (2) David Mundy Stephen Hill Nat Fyfe+^ Michael Walters^ [20]
2016 Lachie Neale Stephen Hill Michael Walters^ Matthew Pavlich Lee Spurr [21]
2017 Bradley Hill Lachie Neale Nat Fyfe^ David Mundy Michael Walters^ [22]
2018 Lachie Neale (2) David Mundy Nat Fyfe^ Ed Langdon Luke Ryan^ [23]
2019 Nat Fyfe+^(3) Michael Walters^ Bradley Hill David Mundy Ed Langdon [24]
2020 Luke Ryan^ Nat Fyfe^ Adam Cerra Andrew Brayshaw^ David Mundy [25]
2021 Sean Darcy^ David Mundy Andrew Brayshaw^ Caleb Serong^ Adam Cerra [26]
2022 Andrew Brayshaw^ Brennan Cox^ Caleb Serong Lachie Schultz [27]
Alex Pearce^
2023 Caleb Serong^ Andrew Brayshaw^ Luke Ryan^ Luke Jackson^ Hayden Young^ [28]

Multiple winners

^ Denotes current player
Player Medals Seasons
Matthew Pavlich 6 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011
Peter Bell 3 2001, 2003, 2004
Nat Fyfe^ 3 2013, 2014, 2019
Aaron Sandilands^ 2 2009, 2015
Lachie Neale 2 2016, 2018

See also


  • "Honour Roll". Bigpond. Archived from the original on 5 September 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  • Everett, Les (2014). Fremantle Dockers: An Illustrated History. Slattery Media Group. pp. 238–256. ISBN 978-0-9875263-4-2.
  1. ^ a b c d Washbourne, Michael (2 October 2008). "The 10 greatest players in Fremantle Dockers history". The Sunday Times. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 11 July 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ Carpenter, Alan (29 November 2006). George Doig - Condolence Statement (PDF) (Speech). Assembly. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  3. ^ Ahmed, Nabila; Ryan, Melissa (4 October 2003). "Buckley is Magpies best, again". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  4. ^ Hagdorn, Kim (4 October 2008). "Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich wins fifth Doig Medal". The Sunday Times. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  5. ^ Miller, Dale (16 November 2014). "Fyfe named Freo best and fairest". The West Australian. Seven West Media. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  6. ^ "AFL Best and Fairest winners 2017: Who won your team's club champion award?". Fox Sports Australia. News Corp Australia. 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Peter Mann re-elected unopposed". Bigpond. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. ^ Duffield, Mark (24 October 2012). "Mann bids for seat on Freo board". The West Australian. Seven West Media. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  9. ^ O’Donoghue, Craig (1 June 2010). "Cook calls it quits". The West Australian. Seven West Media. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  10. ^ a b Green, Warwick (5 June 2015). "AFL Hall of Fame 2015: Peter Bell driven by determination to succeed". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  11. ^ a b c d Australian Associated Press (9 October 2011). "Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich wins AFL club's best player in 2011, collecting sixth Doig Medal". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Champions medals for Judd, Bell". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 October 2004. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Pavlich makes it five Doig Medals". ABC Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  14. ^ Chadwick, Justin (10 October 2009). "Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands wins the Doig Medal after stellar season". The Courier-Mail. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  15. ^ Mic, Cullen (3 October 2010). "Mundy wins Doig Medal". Bigpond. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  16. ^ Quartermaine, Braden (9 October 2011). "Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich wins sixth Doig Medal". The Sunday Times. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  17. ^ O’Donoghue, Craig (7 October 2012). "Crowley hails coach Lyon after winning Doig Medal". The West Australian. Seven West Media. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  18. ^ Brad, Elborough (17 November 2013). "Nat Fyfe wins Fremantle Dockers Doig Medal". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  19. ^ Hagdorn, Kim (16 November 2014). "Nat Fyfe wins Fremantle's 2014 Best and Fairest award". Perth Now. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  20. ^ Quartmaine, Braden (10 October 2015). "Ruckman Aaron Sandilands wins Fremantle Dockers club champion award Doig Medal". Perth Now. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  21. ^ Tom, Wildie (8 October 2016). "Neale claims first Doig Medal". Bigpond. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  22. ^ Tom, Fee (7 October 2017). "Bradley Hill wins Doig Medal - Doig Wrap". Bigpond. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  23. ^ King, Travis (7 October 2018). "Lions target Neale wins another Doig Medal". Telstra. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Fyfe wins third Doig Medal". Telstra. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Young Docker claims Freo's B&F". PerthNow. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  26. ^ "Sean Darcy wins the 2021 Doig Medal!". Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  27. ^ "Andrew Brayshaw wins the 2022 Doig Medal". Retrieved 2 October 2022.
  28. ^ "Caleb Serong wins 2023 Doig Medal!". Retrieved 13 September 2023.
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