CARLTON and Hawthorn players competing for premiership points at the MCG on Saturday will again be vying for the David Parkin Medal – the medal historically awarded to the best player afield when the two teams play.
The medal was struck in honour of David Parkin and his seismic contributions to both clubs and indeed the game through five decades at senior League level.
In this a “1” year, it should be noted that Parkin the football observer of 2021 first turned out for Hawthorn as a player in 1961, was a Hawthorn Premiership captain in 1971 and a Carlton Premiership coach in 1981 – the first of the Club’s ’81/’82 back-to-back Grand Final victories under his watch.
On his return as the club’s senior coach in 1991, Parkin rebuilt an on-field outfit and assembled a playing collective that would conquer all in 1995 to take a record 16th title.
Parkin, who is a Life Member of both the Carlton and Hawthorn Football Clubs, was named coach of Carlton’s Team of the 20th Century and inducted into the Australian Football Club Hall of Fame in 2002.
Since the David Parkin Medal’s inception in 2003, five Blues have “taken ‘Parko’ home” – Nick Stevens (2004), Jarrad Waite (2005), Brendan Fevola (2008), Brock McLean (2013) and Sam Docherty (2017).
The medal was not awarded after the two teams met in the 9th Round match of 2020 at Optus Stadium due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Traditionally, the David Parkin Medal winner has been identified by the Presidents of the competing clubs and presented in the rooms post-match – and Parkin himself will do the noble deed at the MCG this Saturday.
Date of birth: 12 September 1942 (age 78)
Original team: Melbourne High School
Years Club Games (Goals)
1961–1974 Hawthorn 211 (21)
1975 Subiaco 8 (2)
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1977–1980 Hawthorn 94 (57–37–0)
1981–1985 Carlton 120 (79–40–1)
1986–1988 Fitzroy 69 (30–39–0)
1991–2000 Carlton 235 (140–94–1)
Total 518 (306–210–2)
VFL premiership captain: 1971
J.J. Dennis Memorial Trophy: 1965
Hawthorn captain: 1969–1973
Subiaco captain: 1975
Hawthorn Hall of Fame: 2003 (elevated to Legend 2013)
4× VFL/AFL premiership: 1978 (Hawthorn), 1981/1982 & 1995 (Carlton)
All-Australian team: 1995
VFL Team of the Year: 1982
AFC Night Series premiership: 1977
Carlton Team of the Century Coach: 2000
Australian Football Hall of Fame: 2002
Carlton Hall of Fame: 2011