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MEDAL RECIPIENTS

MEDAL RECIPIENTS 2017-07-19T10:48:12+00:00

Queensland State of Origin’s most prestigious awards are listed herein awarding players for their contributions to the greatest interstate rivalry.

PETER JACKSON MEMORIAL AWARD (Sponsored by FOGS)

This sought after award presented to the person who makes the greatest contribution to the Queensland State of Origin squad each year. It can be a player or one of the support staff and truly recognizes what the Queensland Origin spirit is all about.

The award was introduced in 2003 as a tribute to Former Origin Great, Peter Jackson (Dec.).  Jackson played 14 games for the Maroons, the most famous of which was when he stepped into five-eighth for the injured Wally Lewis in Sydney in 1988 to inspire Queensland to an against-the-odds win.

Jackson was a fiercely proud Queenslander and an inspirational player who put the team ahead of everything else.

The recipients of the Peter Jackson Memorial Award so far are:

  • 2002 – Chris “Choppy” Close
  • 2003 – Michael Pease
  • 2004 – Dick “Tosser” Turner
  • 2005 – Dave Ryan
  • 2006 – Darren Lockyer
  • 2007 – Shaun Berrigan
  • 2008 – Kevin Walters
  • 2009 – Roy Saunders
  • 2010 – Steve Price
  • 2011 – Petero Civoniceva
  • 2012 – Johnathan Thurston
  • 2013 – Brent Tate
  • 2014 – Steve Walters
  • 2015 – Justin Hodges
  • 2016 – Billy Slater

DICK ‘TOSSER’ TURNER MEDAL (Sponsored by FOGS)

Dick “Tosser” Turner (Dec.) was a former player and administrator but it was in his role as the Queensland Origin Team Manager that he achieved legendary status.

Turner was hand-picked by the late Senator Ron McAuliffe in 1982 and served in that role into the new century before handing over to Chris Close.

His contribution to Origin can be best summed up in “Origin: Rugby League’s Greatest Contest” which says: He (Turner) brought to the Queensland State of Origin team an understanding nature and a healthy sense of humour, but his special contribution stemmed from his fierce animosity towards anything in a Blue Guernsey.

To this day, he enjoys the utmost respect from past and present players and his contribution to Queensland’s Origin success, both on and off the field cannot be underestimated. It is therefore fitting that an award which recognizes long service to Queensland Origin Football for players who have donned the Maroon jersey 20 or more times is named in his honour.

The recipients of the Dick ‘Tosser’ Turner Medal are:

  • Martin Bella
  • Greg Conescu
  • Trevor Gillmeister
  • Allan Langer
  • Gary Larson
  • Wally Lewis
  • Bob Lindner
  • Darren Lockyer
  • Mal Meninga
  • Gene Miles
  • Steve Price
  • Dale Shearer
  • Matt Sing
  • Darren Smith
  • Paul Vautin
  • Kevin Walters
  • Shane Webcke
  • Petero Civoniceva
  • Cameron Smith
  • Johnathan Thurston
  • Nate Myles
  • Billy Slater
  • Brent Tate
  • Greg Inglis
  • Sam Thaiday
  • Matt Scott
  • Cooper Cronk

FOGS STATESMAN AWARD (Sponsored by FOGS)

Introduced in 2014, the FOGS Statesman Award commemorates the monumental personal achievement of individuals who have represented Queensland on 30 or more occasions at this country’s greatest interstate rivalry, State of Origin.

The recipients of the FOGS Statesman Award are:

  • Wally Lewis
  • Mal Meninga
  • Allan Langer
  • Darrren Lockyer
  • Petero Civoniceva
  • Cameron Smith
  • Johnathan Thurston
  • Nate Myles
  • Greg Inglis

WALLY LEWIS MEDAL

His standing as the Queensland’s greatest Origin player is undisputed. Wally Lewis achieved the greatest honour in Rugby League – the captaincy of his country – but it was his feats as Queensland skipper and playmaker in State of Origin that he achieved legendary status. He played 31 Origin games (30 as captain) wins and a record 8 Man of the Match awards over a 12 year period.

From 1992 to 2003 the Wally Lewis Medal was awarded to the Queensland Player of the Series.  Since 2003, it has been awarded to the player of the series irrespective of the state they represent when the Australian Rugby League decided to honour the State of Origin Player of the Series with the Wally Lewis Medal.  With this awarded originally being awarded to the Queensland Player of the Series it was then renamed after the former Chairman of the Queensland Rugby League and the acclaimed father of the State of Origin concept, the late Senator Ron McAuliffe.
The recipients of the Wally Lewis Medal (Player of the Series, 2003 onward) are:

  • 2004 – Craig Fitzgibbon (NSW)
  • 2005 – Anthony Minichiello (NSW)
  • 2006 – Darren Lockyer (QLD)
  • 2007 – Cameron Smith (QLD)
  • 2008 – Johnathan Thurston (QLD)
  • 2009 – Greg Inglis (QLD)
  • 2010 – Billy Slater (QLD)
  • 2011 – Cameron Smith (QLD)
  • 2012 – Nate Myles (QLD)
  • 2013 – Cameron Smith (QLD)
  • 2014 – Paul Gallen (NSW)
  • 2015 – Corey Parker (QLD)
  • 2016 – Cameron Smith (QLD)
  • 2017 – Dane Gagai (QLD)

RON McAULIFFE MEDAL (renamed)

From 1992 to 2003, this award was the ‘Wally Lewis Medal’, however after 2003 this medal was dedicated to the player of the series from both teams, and thus the award for the Queensland Player of the Series was awarded with the Ron McAuliffe Medal.

The recipients of the Ron McAuliffe Medal (Queensland Player of the Series from 1992 onward) are:

  • 1992 – Allan Langer
  • 1993 – Bob Lindner
  • 1994 – Billy Moore
  • 1995 – Gary Larson
  • 1996 – Allan Langer
  • 1997 – Robbie O’Davis
  • 1998 – Allan Langer
  • 1999 – Jason Hetherington
  • 2000 – Darren Smith
  • 2001 – Darren Lockyer
  • 2002 – Shane Webcke
  • 2003 – Darren Lockyer
  • 2004 – Steven Price
  • 2005 – Cameron Smith
  • 2006 – Darren Lockyer
  • 2007 – Cameron Smith
  • 2008 – Petero Civoniceva
  • 2009 – Greg Inglis
  • 2010 – Sam Thaiday
  • 2011 – Petero Civoniceva
  • 2012 – Nate Myles
  • 2013 – Cameron Smith
  • 2014 – Nate Myles
  • 2015 – Cameron Smith
  • 2016 – Darius Boyd