Sparks Wins Hayward Medal, Records Smashed!

Harley Sparks of Carey Park has won the 2023 Hayward Medal at the Mantra Lighthouse Bunbury Resort, becoming the first Panthers player since Justin Wilson in 2008 to win the coveted award.

Sparks scored a staggering 42 votes, the most votes ever recorded in the 78 year history of the medal.   Peter Ivanoff of Augusta Margaret River has held the record since 1981, but Sparks strolled past that marking, scoring votes in 17 of his 20 matches.   It is also the biggest winning margin in a vote count, with Sparks winning by 16 votes.

It wasn’t until round fifteen that Sparks hit the front, with Harvey Bulls Andrew Haydon leading the count after twelve rounds.  Both Sparks and Haydon scored three votes each in rounds thirteen and fourteen, before Sparks continued on.  Sparks scored three votes in every round between rounds twelve and twenty one, apart from round seventeen where he scored two votes in the match against Dunsborough.

For the record Sparks didn’t poll a vote in round two against Harvey Brunswick Leschenault, round five against South Bunbury and round eight against Busselton.  Sparks in total scored the maximum votes in ten matches.

In a great battle for second, Andrew Haydon, Ben Howlett and Mitch Ternardi were separated by just two votes, all having great seasons.  Donnybrook’s Sam Perkusich finished fifth, while two times and defending Hayward Medalist, Simon Moore finished sixth.

The twenty one year old, was full of praise for his team and coach, who got him to Carey Park this season.  “Big thankyou to Frank and Carey Park Football Club, and to Lorraine and John Emmott – the club is like a big family.  Thanks to the SWFL and all of my team mates”.

Name Surname Club Total
1 Harley Sparks Carey Park 42
2 Andrew Haydon Harvey Bulls 26
3 Ben Howlett Donnybrook 25
4 Mitch Tenardi Busselton 24
5 Sam Perkusich Donnybrook 22
6 Simon Moore AMR 20
7 Leigh Kohlmann South Bunbury 19
8 Jaxon East Busselton 17
9 Shaun Crane South Bunbury 16
10 Jack Fletcher HBL 15
11 Liam Creighton Busselton 14
12 Kevin Chitty South Bunbury 14
13 Max Paterson Dunsborough 13
14 Greg Humphries Eaton 13
15 Jethro Barraclough Bunbury 12
16 Steven Payne AMR 10
17 Dylan Heasman Bunbury 10
18 Adam Bignell Collie Eagles 10
19 Jeffrey Smith Donnybrook 10
20 Nic Reid Dunsborough 10

Votes per Club

AUG MARG RIVER (51)
1 Simon Moore 20
2 Steven Payne 10
3 Tom Shanahan 7
4 Kael Coleman 4
5 Beau Morgan 3
6 Jack Goyder 2
7 Seve Grantis 2
8 Blake DelFante 1
9 James Purvis 1
10 Jack McMahon 1
BUNBURY (71)
1 Jethro Barraclough 12
2 Dylan Heasman 10
3 Denholm King 9
4 Jaymin King 8
5 Matt Martin 7
6 Hamish Hall 6
7 Joel Houghton 6
8 Jesse Gribble 6
9 Tyson Wood 3
10 Jesse Kirwen 2
11 Ryan Babich 1
12 Trae Field 1
BUSSELTON (94)
1 Mitch Tenardi 24
2 Jaxon East 17
3 Liam Creighton 14
4 Austin Styles 7
5 Ethan Bowman 6
6 Jake Dugan 3
7 Mitch Fraser 3
8 Beau Chinnery 3
9 Bailey Sanford 3
10 Blake Riley 3
11 Damian Lee 2
12 Jaxon Arbon 2
13 Jason Fish 2
14 Kester Decke 1
15 Mitch Howlett 1
16 Dylan Patterson 1
17 Kayne Cox 1
18 Jack Kennedy 1
CAREY PARK (84)
1 Harley Sparks 42
2 Bill Brown 9
3 Simon Homsany 5
4 Kelvin Lawrence 4
5 Jaxon Bell 4
6 Cooper Sparks 4
7 Jacob Orsi 3
8 Ryan King 3
9 Manasseh Milham 3
10 Bryce Fiorentino 2
11 Connor Gadecki 2
12 Zane Verhaaf 1
13 Te-sean Hart 1
14 Rory O’Brien 1
COLLIE EAGLES (28)
1 Adam Bignell 10
2 Talan Michael 5
3 Kye Barker 4
4 Jayce Fontana 3
5 Cameron Davidson 2
6 Kaleb Baines 2
7 Matt Blackford 1
8 Teale DeAngelis 1
DONNYBROOK (81)
1 Ben Howlett 25
2 Sam Perkusich 22
3 Jeff Smith 10
4 Scott Tuia 5
5 Zac Trigwell 4
6 Sean Lynch 3
7 Jacob Kendle 3
8 Chris Atthowe 3
9 Ben Frazer 2
10 Cody Miller 2
11 Todd Gregory 1
12 Hamish Hutton 1
DUNSBOROUGH (43)
1 Max Paterson 13
2 Nic Reid 10
3 Shayne Zanetti 4
4 Mac Candy 4
5 Cal Foster 3
6 Hunter Hall 3
7 Chris White 2
8 Ben Scott 2
9 Daniel Atkinson 2
EATON (25)
1 Greg Humphries 13
2 Josh Bowe 7
3 Paul Rinder 2
4 Kade O’Dine 1
5 Ben Rioli 1
6 Brendan Craig 1
HARVEY BULLS (55)
1 Andrew Haydon 26
2 Lloyd Beever 8
3 Michael Humble 4
4 Sam Lewis 4
5 Tyrone Thorne 3
6 Paul Bower 2
7 Tyson Powell 2
8 Eli Smith 2
9 Jarrod Bowman 1
10 Brad Holmes 1
11 Mattehw Bennell 1
12 Jacob Pickett 1
HBL (44)
1 Jack Fletcher 15
2 Ty Anderson 7
3 Andrew Walsh 6
4 Jarrod Humphries 5
5 Connor Carbone 5
6 Ben Ablett 2
7 Jon Fenwick 2
8 Blake Offer 1
9 Jordan Baggetta 1
SOUTH BUNBURY (84)
1 Leigh Kohlmann 19
2 Shaun Crane 16
3 Kevin Chitty 14
4 Tom Gorter 10
5 Jace Cormack 8
6 Ethan Nordahl 5
7 Jay Crossman 5
8 Jeremy Goddard 4
9 Ben Horsman 2
10 Blake Piggott 1