Bradman Medal

History of the Bradman Medal

During season 1957-1958, three members of the South Australian Cricket Umpires Association - umpires John McMenamin, Jack Kierse and Gordon Seymour - were enjoying a quiet drink after a SACUA meeting when the idea of an award for the best ‘A‘ Grade District cricketer was proposed.

The original award, first made at the conclusion of season 1958-1959, was based on one vote per game for the best player during an ‘A’ Grade match. The first presentation dinner was held at the Seven Stars hotel in Angas street, Adelaide, and was attended by approximately 30 umpires. Votes were counted during the dinner, and at the conclusion of the count, joint winners Ian McLachlan and Brian Quigley were announced.

Neither of the winners were in attendance and taxis were sent to their homes to bring them to dinner to receive their award.

During season 1976-1977 it was decided that this award should be renamed 'the Bradman medal'. When approached for his approval, “The Don” agreed and said that he would be honoured to have the award named after him.

The presentation of this prestigious medal has continued and is recognised as the pinnacle individual award for Premier Cricket in South Australia.

“The ‘A’ Grade cricketer who polls the highest number of votes cast by each umpire”
The factors that govern the award comprise:

  • Actual cricket ability displayed
  • Attitude towards the game
  • Demeanour, behaviour and dress

Bradman Medallists

   

Season

Winner/s (club)

   

1958-59

Ian McLachlan (Sturt)

Brian Quigley (University)

1991-92 

Tim Harms (Glenelg)

1959-60 

Graeme Hole (Glenelg)

1992-93 

Daniel Marsh (Sturt)

1960-61 

John Lill (Sturt)

1993-94

Martin Faull (Tea Tree Gully)

1961-62 

John Halbert (Sturt)

1994-95

Anthony Heidrich (Salisbury)

1962-63 

John Lill (Sturt)

1995-96

Ben Johnson (Adelaide)

1963-64 

Jack Carr (West Torrens)

1996-97

Shane Martin (Glenelg)

1964-65 

John Halbert (Sturt)

1997-98

Ben Hook (Adelaide)

1965-66 

John Lill (Sturt)

1998-99

Anthony Heidrich (Northern Districts) / Adam Polkinghorne (East Torrens)

1966-67 

David David (University)

1999-00

John Lee (Kensington)

1967-68 

Kevin McCarthy (Glenelg)

2000-01

Mike Smith (University)

1968-69 

Robert O’Shannassy (University)

2001-02

Tim Haysman (Sturt)

1969-70 

Roy Stratfold (East Torrens)

2002-03

Ryan Harris (Northern Districts)

1970-71 

Brian Hurn (Kensington)

2003-04

Shane Deitz (Southern District)

1971-72 

Graham Stanford (West Torrens)

2004-05

Ben Johnson (Adelaide)

1972-73 

Roy Stratfold (East Torrens)

2005-06

Luke Williams (Adelaide)

1973-74 

Andrew Sincock (Teachers College)

2006-07

Ben Hook (Glenelg)

1974-75 

David Hookes (West Torrens)

2007-08

Luke Williams (Adelaide)

1975-76 

Brian Hurn (Kensington)

2008-09

Matthew Weeks (Port Adelaide)

1976-77 

Kevin Griffiths (University)

2009-10

Luke Williams (Adelaide)

1977-78

Dean Smith (West Torrens)

2010-11

Chadd Sayers (Woodville)

1978-79 

Steve Gentle (Adelaide) / David Lovell (Kensington)

2011-12

Sam Raphael (Adelaide)

1979-80 

Robert O’Shannassy (University)

2012-13

Sam Miller (Prospect)

1980-81 

Robert O’Shannassy (University) / Geoffrey Hall (Glenelg)

2013-14

Jake Brown (Kensington)

1981-82 

Peter Herbert (East Torrens)

2014-15

Jake Brown (Kensington)

1982-83 

Peter Brinsley (Kensington) / Don O’Connor (East Torrens) / Garry Davis (University)

   

1983-84 

Andrew Sincock (Adelaide)

   

1984-85 

Mark England (Prospect)

   

1985-86 

James Pyke (West Torrens)

   

1986-87 

Hadyn Smart (Port Adelaide)

   

1987-88 

Paul Nobes (West Torrens)

   

1988-89 

Sam Parkinson (Kensington)

   

1989-90 

Peter Gladigau (Glenelg)

   

1990-91 

Brian MacFadyen (Port Adelaide)

   

 

Bradman Medal Team Award

In addition to the Bradman Medal, the SACA also presents the Bradman Medal Team Award to the club that accrues the most Bradman Medal votes

Bradman Medal Team Award

Season

Club

Season

Club

Season

Club

1973-74 

Adelaide 

1989-90 

Glenelg

2005-06 

Sturt

1974-75 

Adelaide

 1990-91

East Torrens

 2006-07

West Torrens

1975-76 

East Torrens

1991-92 

Salisbury 

2007-08 

Adelaide/Woodville

1976-77 

Sturt

1992-93

East Torrens

 2008-09

Sturt

1977-78 

West Torrens

1993-94

Tea Tree Gully

2009-10 

Sturt

1978-79 

Sturt

1994-95

West Torrens

2010-11

Sturt

1979-80 

University

1995-96 

University

 2011-12

Woodville

1980-81 

West Torrens

1996-97

Glenelg

2012-13

Tea Tree Gully

1981-82 

Glenelg

1997-98

Tea Tree Gully

2013-14

Tea Tree Gully

1982-83 

Kensington

1998-99

Kensington

2014-15

Woodville

1983-84 

Glenelg

1999-00

Adelaide

 

 

1984-85 

Woodville

2000-01

Adelaide

 

 

1985-86

Glenelg

2001-02 

University

 

 

1986-87

Sturt

2002-03

 Kensington

 

 

1987-88 

Salisbury

2003-04

Tea Tree Gully

   

1988-89 

Kensington

2004-05

Adelaide