The most prestigious individual award available to NRL players is the Dally M Medal: it is the equivalent of the AFL’s Brownlow or the NBA’s MVP.
The Dally M is named after Herbert Henry “Dally” Messenger. Messenger was an early pioneer for rugby league in Australia, having played for the Eastern Suburbs (Roosters), New Zealand, Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. Messenger was clearly a jack of all trades and a star centre.
First conceived in 1980 by the Daily Telegraph, the Dally M was considered the second-highest single player’s award, behind only the Rothman’s Medal. That all changed in 1998 after the ARL and Australian Super League joined forces from a bitter split to create the National Rugby League. From then on the Dally M Medal was the premier players award available.
Current North Queensland Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston holds the record for the most Dally M wins with his collection of four.
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2018 Dally M odds
Cameron Smith romped home in the 2017 Dally M Medal count, finishing eight points clear of second-placed Michael Morgan. It was the Melbourne Storm and Queensland legend’s second win, coming some 11 years after his triumph in 2006.
Online bookies have Smith pegged as a firm favourite for back-to-back Dally M awards. Past winners Cooper Cronk, Jason Taumalolo and Johnathan Thurston are also well liked.
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How does the Dally M Medal work?
At the end of each game of NRL played, commentators across several news mediums and networks award three points, two points and one point to the players they feel performed the best during the game. The votes are publicised up until round 16, then the voting is kept under wraps. If a player is suspended, they will suffer a penalty of three Dally M votes for each week they are under suspension.
The medal is awarded to the player with the highest personal score at the end of the regular season of NRL. The award ceremony is held at The Star casino in Sydney.
There are a number of other awards handed out prior to the Dally M on the night. These are:
- The Provan-Summons Medal
- Peter Moore Rookie of the Year
- Captain of the Year
- Representative Player of the Year
- Coach of the Year
- Top Try Scorer of the Year
- Top Point Scorer of the Year
- Peter Frillingos Headline of the Year
- Holden Cup Player of the Year
A Dally M Team of the Year is also announced with the best players from each position named. This once translated to the first-choice team for the Kangaroos, but that tradition has gone by the wayside with more Kiwis and other internationals running around in the NRL.
How do I bet on the Dally M?
Betting on the Dally M Medal is a breeze these days. Simply log on to one of our recommended online bookies, go to the NRL page on their site and locate the NRL futures betting markets and locate the Dally M Medal markets.
From there simply make your bet, sit back and watch heaps of footy.
Dally M betting tips
First and foremost, be aware of who is in the lead of the Dally M tally at the end of round 16, because that is when points given are kept secret. From there, the best way to keep informed is to simply watch the NRL. Each game ask yourself a couple of simple questions: Who was the man of the match? Who gained the most metres? Who created the most scoring opportunities?
You can find out who the Dally M judges are for that year and follow them on Twitter, watch them on TV, or read their newspaper columns for clues as to who impressed them during each round.
Even set up your own points tally on your fridge to gauge who may be leading the points.
The best tip though is to look around for the best price for the bet you want to make. As shown above, the odds can differ greatly from bookie to bookie, so don’t be afraid to shop around to get the best value for yourself and the bet you want to make.
Past Dally M winners
Here is a list of all Dally M Medal winners since the NRL was founded in 1998:
2017 – Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
2016 – Jason Taumalolo (NQ Cowboys) and Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
2015 – Jonathan Thurston (NQ Cowboys)
2014 – Jonathan Thurston (NQ Cowboys) and Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)
2013 – Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
2012 – Ben Barba (Canterbury Bulldogs)
2011 – Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)
2010 – Todd Carney (Sydney Roosters)
2009 – Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta Eels)
2008 – Matt Orford (Manly Sea Eagles)
2007 – Jonathan Thurston (NQ Cowboys)
2006 – Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)
2005 – Jonathan Thurston (NQ Cowboys)
2004 – Danny Buderus (Newcastle Knights)
2003 – Dally M not awarded due to industrial action
2002 – Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights)
2001 – Preston Campbell (Cronulla Sharks)
2000 – Trent Barrett (St George Dragons)
1999 – Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights)
1998 – Andrew Johns (Newcastle Knights)
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