The Coleman Medal recognises the AFL’s most prolific goalscorer each season – a highly sought-after accolade for the premiership’s finest forwards and sharpshooters.
Named after Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend and Essendon icon John Coleman, the award has been dominated by the likes of Lance Franklin, Jack Riewoldt and Josh Kennedy over the past decade, while Jeremy Cameron added his name to the list of Coleman Medal winners in 2019.
The shortened 17-round season – along with the reduction in playing time to 16-minute quarters – is destined to create an even tighter logjam than usual at the top of the 2020 Coleman Medal standings.
Check out how the Coleman Medal leaders and Coleman Medal odds are stacking up a month into the season as Coleman Medal betting heats up.
CHARLIE DIXON: POWERING TO EARLY LEAD
Port Adelaide forward Charlie Dixon is the Coleman Medal leader and Coleman Medal betting favourite after four rounds, despite only playing three games so far this season.
Kicking five goals in the two matches following the restart after missing round 1, Dixon swept to the top of the Coleman Medal standings with a six-goal haul in the table-topping Power’s 48-point drubbing of West Coast in round 4.
It’s a richly deserved purple patch for the 29-year-old former Gold Coast Sun, who was restricted to just nine games for Port last season due to injury. Dixon racked up a career-high 49 goals for the Power in 2017.
"He's looking murderous … he is the most fearsome sight in footy."
— Fox Footy (@FOXFOOTY) June 27, 2020
CHARLIE CAMERON: GETTING THE LIONS’ SHARE OF THE GOALS
Mount Isa product Charlie Cameron kicked 87 goals from 73 games for Adelaide but took his game to another level with Brisbane in 2019, his second season back in his home state. Cameron finished equal-third in the Coleman Medal standings last year with 54 and added three more during the Lions’ long-awaited return to the finals. His previous season best was 29 goals for the Crows in 2017.
The 25-year-old has benefited from the Lions’ flying start to 2020, kicking nine goals – just two shy of Coleman Medal leader Dixon, the only player ahead of Cameron in Coleman Medal odds – across the first four rounds. He grabbed a bag of four against Fremantle in round 2.
A looming contract wrangle with the Lions could prove unsettling, however.
EXCLUSIVE: Multiple clubs are showing interest in Charlie Cameron, his management unhappy with Brisbane's current extension offer.https://t.co/EYRWILalmz
— 7AFL (@7AFL) June 29, 2020
TOM LYNCH: CASHING IN AT PUNT ROAD
Tom Lynch kicked 254 goals in 131 games for lowly Gold Coast from 2011 to 2018, including a career-high 66 that saw him finish equal-third on the 2016 Coleman Medal leaderboard.
He moved from the AFL cellar to the penthouse in 2019 by joining Richmond and finished equal-third again with 54 regular-season goals before piling on nine goals in three finals matches as the Tigers powered to premiership glory.
After going goalless for the first time in 19 games in round 1, Lynch has booted six majors in the out-of-sorts defending champs’ last three games. The 27-year-old should charge up the 2020 Coleman Medal standings once the Tigers rediscover their mojo.
— SuperFooty (AFL) (@superfooty) June 26, 2020
JEREMY CAMERON: GIANT LOOKS TO GO BACK-TO-BACK
GWS spearhead Jeremy Cameron finished atop the 2019 Coleman Medal standings with 67 regular-season goals before adding another nine during the finals. His total of 76 was a career high and capped off his fifth straight season with 45-plus goals.
Cameron has made a solid start to 2020 with seven goals from four outings – including a pair in the Giants’ blockbuster win over the Magpies in round 4 – and it will be difficult for the current Coleman Medal leaders to keep him at bay. The 27-year-old, on the fourth line of Coleman Medal betting at the start of July, has booted three or more goals 17 times in his last 28 games and averages 2.59 goals per game across his nine-season career.
What a year for Jeremy Cameron!
— AFL (@AFL) August 26, 2019
JOSH KENNEDY: COLEMAN MEDAL BETTING CHANCE DESPITE EAGLES’ WOES
Josh Kennedy’s goal kicking prowess needs no embellishment, tallying 617 goals (including a West Coast record 606) at an average of 2.5 per game in a decorated career that has extended into a 15th season. He has managed 59 goals or more in a season six times since 2011 and won the Coleman Medal in 2015 and ’16 – the latter courtesy of 80 goals, the highest regular-season total in the past decade.
A modest 44 regular-season goals left him equal-seventh last year, while West Coast’s stunning form slump since the AFL season’s resumption puts him at a disadvantage in the 2020 Coleman Medal race. But Kennedy is still a force in front of the sticks, kicking four of the Eagles’ six goals in a heavy loss to Port Adelaide in round 4 to take his season tally to six.
If the Eagles return to form, Kennedy is sure to be a key reason why – and his Coleman Medal odds will no doubt plummet.
Josh Kennedy was our most potent Eagle against Port.
— West Coast Eagles (@WestCoastEagles) June 28, 2020
BEN BROWN: THE KANGAROO BRIDESMAID
North Melbourne’s Ben Brown has been one of the most consistent goal scorers of recent years, but the Coleman Medal honour continues to elude him. His career tally stands at an impressive 285 goals from 125 games (average 2.28 per game) since debuting for the Kangaroos in 2014.
But in the past three seasons, Brown’s dominance inside 50 has accelerated, and he has kicked 60-plus goals in each of the 2017–19 campaigns. He finished third in the 2017 Coleman Medal standings and second in 2018 and 2019.
Brown has made an underwhelming start in 2020, kicking three goals in a loss to the Swans and one in each of the Kangaroos’ other three outings. Will this be the year he belatedly joins the pantheon of Coleman Medal winners or is Brown on the slide?
Have other teams worked out how to defend Ben Brown? pic.twitter.com/jr2a1nfcSa
— SEN 1116 (@1116sen) June 29, 2020
TOM PAPLEY: SWAN ON TRACK FOR BEST SEASON
Tom Papley kicked 120 goals from 82 games across his first four seasons for Sydney – handy but nowhere near enough to put him in the Coleman Medal winners conversation.
But on the back of a career-best 37 goals last year, Papley has made a rousing start in the 2020 Coleman Medal stakes with 10 goals in four games for the unfancied Swans. He slotted three against Essendon in round 2 and notched a bag of four in round 4 against Western Bulldogs – both losing efforts.
A dark horse given the Swans’ prospects this season, but Papley is nevertheless one to watch in Coleman Medal odds.
— Sydney Swans (@sydneyswans) June 28, 2020
TOM HAWKINS: CAT NOT AMONG THE COLEMAN MEDAL WINNERS
It may surprise some AFL fans to learn Tom Hawkins does not have a Coleman Medal to his name, despite being the heavyweight Geelong Cats’ leading goal kicker for the past eight seasons in succession. The statuesque full-forward has kicked at least 49 goals per season during that time and now boasts a career tally of 559 in 260 games – third in the club’s history.
Hawkins finished equal-second in the 2012 and ’14 Coleman Medal standings with 62 in each regular season, came third in 2018 and landed sixth last year. It’s been a modest start to 2020 by Hawkins’ standards, with five goals in four appearances, but the Cats are a genuine contender and the veteran should get plenty of opportunities in the remaining 13 rounds.
Tom Hawkins took his game to a new level in 2019.
— AFL (@AFL) November 16, 2019
AFL COLEMAN MEDAL TIPS
Our prediction to win the 2020 AFL Coleman Medal ahead of round 6: Jeremy Cameron
Jeremy Cameron is in the peak years of his career. He stars for a GWS Giants team gunning for another finals appearance and he proved last season he has the consistent goalscoring potency required to win the Coleman Medal.