Another Gong for Hayes
Lenny Hayes’ decorated career has been capped with yet another individual honour as the Madden Medallist for 2014.
The medal awarded by the AFL Players’ Association to the retired player who is judged to have contributed the most to the game and the broader community.
Hayes beat an impressive field of retirees to claim the award including former teammate Luke Ball, Brisbane’s Jonathan Brown, West Coast pair Dean Cox and Darren Glass, Adelaide’s Ben Rutten, Collingwood’s Nick Maxwell, Port Adelaide’s Dom Cassisi, Richmond’s Daniel Jackson and Western Bulldog Daniel Giansiracusa.
Hayes becomes the second St Kilda player after Robert Harvey (2008) to win the award.
Other previous winners include Glenn Archer (2007), Michael O’Loughlin (2009), Brett Kirk (2010), Cameron Ling (2011), Luke Power (2012) and Jude Bolton (2013).
Criteria around the award include football achievement, personal development, community spirit and off-field engagement.
Among Hayes’ many achievements include three club best and fairests (2003, 2010, 2012), a Norm Smith Medal (2010 drawn Grand Final), All-Australian selections in 2003, 2005 and 2009, Grand Finals in 2009 and 2010, pre-season premierships in 2004 and 2008 and a Morrish Medal in 1998.