Central’s Harry Grant wins 2023 Magarey Medal


Central District midfielder Harry Grant has surged ahead in the last round to win the 2023 Magarey Medal, becoming just the seventh Bulldog to earn SANFL’s fairest and most brilliant individual award.

The resurgent ball magnet polled a total of 27 votes to edge in front of Norwood premiership rover Nik Rokahr on 24 and Sturt captain James Battersby on 23.

Holding on to a one-vote lead heading into the final minor round, Grant was forced to sweat as Rokahr polled two to initially join him on 24 votes.

But the 22-year-old received his fifth first preference in succession for his outstanding performance in Round 18, ensuring he would join fellow Central greats in John Platten, Gilbert McAdam and his coach, Paul Thomas, in winning a Magarey Medal.

Managing just five votes from the opening seven rounds, Grant steamrolled his way to victory on the back of eight first preferences as his prolific ball-winning captured the umpires’ attention.

Harry Grant (middle) with fellow Central District Magarey Medallists Paul Thomas (left) and John Platten. Picture – Giorgia De Chellis

Featuring in just seven League matches last year – chiefly due to persistent injuries – the former GWS Academy player has quickly forged a reputation as one of the competition’s leading midfielders in 2023.

Grant has also claimed honours in the 2023 R. O Shearman Medal as voted by SANFL coaches and the 2023 SANFL Now Player of the Year Award, adjudged by the commentators.

Averaging 26 disposals and seven clearances this year, the Bulldogs’ No.10 was a driving force behind his team’s return to the major round for the first time since 2017.

Originally from Canberra club Queanbeyan Tigers, Grant has now played a total of 45 Hostplus SANFL League games since making his debut in 2021.

It is Rokahr’s second successive second-placing after finishing runner-up to North Adelaide’s Aaron Young last year.

Battersby was followed by fellow Double Blues clearance-winner Tom Lewis on 21 votes while Glenelg game-breaker Matt Allen rounded out the top five on 20.

Club Leaders


Player Votes
Harry Schoenberg 17
Jackson Hately 15
Kieran Strachan 12

Central District

Player Votes
Harry Grant 27
Billy Iles 4
Jez McLennan 4


Player Votes
Matt Allen 20
Corey Lyons 14
Lachie Hosie 8

North Adelaide

Player Votes
Campbell Combe* 13
Harrison Wigg 9
Noah Casalini* 5


Player Votes
Nik Rokahr 24
Harry Boyd 5
Matt Nunn 4

Port Adelaide

Player Votes
Jase Bugroyne 8
Trent Dumont 8
Jackson Mead 8

South Adelaide

Player Votes
Mitch O'Neill 12
Oliver Davis 10
Keegan Brooksby 9


Player Votes
James Battersby 23
Tom Lewis 21
Casey Voss 9

West Adelaide

Player Votes
Kobe Ryan 17
Callum Park 4
Tom Morrish 3

Woodville-West Torrens

Player Votes
James Rowe 18
Joseph Sinor 11
Mitch Hardie 8
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