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The Coleman Medal is presented yearly by the AFL to the player who kicks the most goals in the home and away season.

It is named after John Coleman, the champion Essendon full forward whose career of 537 goals in 98 VFL games was cut short by injury.

The Coleman Medal has been awarded since 1981 but retrospective medals dating back to 1995 – the first season after Coleman’s retirement – were presented in 2004. Winners prior to that were retrospectively awarded Leading Goalkicker Medals.

Adelaide’s Tony Modra finished the 1993 season as the leading goalkicker after the finals (129) but won his Coleman Medal in 1997.

Tony Modra with his 1997 Coleman Medal

YearJohn Coleman Medallist
1997Tony Modra (81 goals)