Statewide Super League

Matthew Snook wins 2020 R. O Shearman Medal

Glenelg midfielder Matthew Snook powers his team into attack. Picture - Gordon Anderson

By ZAC MILBANK

Glenelg’s Matthew Snook has become the second Tiger in as many seasons to win the R. O Shearman Medal.

Polling a commanding 68 votes, Snook joined fellow Bays midfielder Luke Partington who also gained the respect of SANFL coaches in 2019.

Snook, who won the 2019 Jack Oatey Medal as best afield in the Grand Final, finished well clear of Sturt co-captain James Battersby on 53 votes and North’s Campbell Combe on 52.

The 28-year-old – who has played 127 League games for the Bays since 2011 – is the third player from Brighton Road to win the award, also joining Brett Backwell in 2003.

Voted on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis by the SANFL coaches during the minor round, the R. O Shearman Medal voting, including leaderboard, appears weekly in the SANFL Budget.

The medal is named after five-time Sturt premiership player and SA Football Hall of Fame member Bob Shearman.

Triple Magarey Medallist James Allan has dominated the award, claiming a record six R. O Shearman Medals playing for North Adelaide, sharing it with Sturt’s Jade Sheedy in 2008.

2020 R.O Shearman Medal Leaderboard

Player Club Votes
Matthew Snook Glenelg 68
James Battersby Sturt 53
Campbell Combe North 52
Andrew Moore North 50
Joel Cross South 48
Joseph Sinor Eagles 46
Matthew Broadbent South 45
Luke Partington Glenelg 43

R. O Shearman Medal Honour Roll

Player Club Year
Gavin Colville Eagles 2000
Ryan O'Connor Port 2001
Jade Sheedy Sturt 2002
Brett Backwell/Marco Bello Glenelg/Central 2003
Salim Hassan West 2004
Jeremy Clayton Port 2005
Justin Cicolella Eagles 2006
James Allan North 2007
James Allan/Jade Sheedy North/Sturt 2008
James Allan North 2009
James Allan North 2010
James Allan North 2011
James Allan North 2012
Matthew Thomas Norwood 2013
Steven Summerton Port 2014
Joel Cross South 2015
Jared Petrenko Eagles 2016
Joel Cross South 2017
Nick Liddle South 2018
Luke Partington Glenelg 2019