AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) has secured the services of Rosanna De Santis, Charlie King and Heidi Thompson to make up its three-person panel to decide on the best player in this season’s Women’s Premier League Grand Final.
The TIO Williams Medal will be presented by Brenda Cubillo on Saturday evening following the women’s grand final and will go to the player adjudged best on the ground.
De Santis, a past NTFL premiership player and the current AFLNT Manager of Community Football will join King, the broadcast voice of the NTFL who will be commentating the game for NITV and Thompson, the NT Thunder VFLW Head Coach and NT Thunder Academy Manager.
Last year it was Waratah young gun, Maddie Gault who picked up the award for her premiership heroics, and with no age or restriction on how the judges vote it's up for grabs for any player who takes the field.
As is stated in the NTFL By-Laws (2018-19 edition) each member of the panel will award votes to the players they deem to be the best and fairest participating in the match.
Each judge will watch the game independently and then vote 5-4-3-2-1, whereby five votes are awarded to the player they determine to be the best performer, four votes to the second best and so on.
An AFLNT official will then collate and tally all votes.
In the case of a tie, a count back will take place, and the winner will be declared on the basis of whoever received the most ‘five votes’. If the result is still tied, then it will be declared on the most ‘four votes’ and so on.
In all other grand finals this weekend it will be the field umpires who collectively award votes to the player they judge to be the best and fairest from the match.
Each grand final will have a best on ground medal:
Under 12 Atkinson
Under 12 Deslandes
Under 15 Girls – Knight Medal
Under 18 Girls
Women’s Premier League – TIO Williams Medal