By Taryn Elder
The Allan Border Medal is cricket’s night of nights. I guess you could say the event is similar to the AFL’s Brownlow Medal, with the evening celebrating the achievements of both men and women who play professional cricket for and within Australia.
The award is considered to be the most prestigious individual prize in Australian cricket, struck for the first time in the year 2000. It's also named after former Australian cricket captain Allan Border.
To win an Allan Border Medal as a cricketer, you need to win the support of your peers, the media and umpires, who vote throughout the season. So, I guess it pays to be pretty nice to everyone involved!
There are also a number of other awards handed out on the night… but we'll have more on these later.
This year the exclusive (yep, unfortunately it’s invite only) awards night will be held on Wednesday 27 January at Crown Casino in Melbourne. Last year it was held in Sydney for the first time, but this year makes a hometown return ahead of Australia taking on India at the MCG on Friday.
Like any major awards ceremony, the red carpet is usually a highlight for fans, and also tends to spark interest from those just keen to take a look at the fashion.... or the candid red carpet moments. Let's face it, the red carpet often produces some gold!
After the buzz of the red carpet, players and their partners will head inside of the Crown Palladium for the official proceedings. This is where things start to get serious, and for anyone planning to watch the ceremony you can expect something like this....
Talking…. award...claps… talking…. another award... more claps….. talking again... okay, so you probably get the idea.
For the last few years, those attending the event have sat in rows, much like you'd find at a movie theatre (or the Oscars). However this year that all changes, with players to be seated on round tables (Golden Globes-style). This is sure to make for some funny candid camera moments!
If you’re wondering how many awards are handed out on the evening, well... here you go!
- Men's International Cricketer of the Year (The Allan Border Medal)
- Women's International Cricketer of the Year (The Belinda Clark Award)
- Test Player of the Year
- One Day International Player of the Year
- Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year
- State Player of the Year
Most years also see a 'Twenty20 International Player of the Year' award on offer - this year, given only on T20 match was played by the Australian Men's Team in the voting period, the award is being rested.
The night also honours those who are inducted into the official Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, with fast bowler Jeff Thomson and wicketkeeper Wally Grout announced as this year's inductees.
So who will be in attendance this year?
All members of the Australian cricket teams (men's and women's) who played at any stage of the voting period are invited, as well as their partners, plus officials and some VIP's.
What happens when the awards finish?
The players head to the official Crown Golden Ale After Party to kick of their heels/dress shoes. This year, The Delivery will be bringing you all of the after party video highlights thanks to our friends at Crown Golden Ale, so keep your eyes peeled!
Tell me more about the fashion!
The Allan Border Medal always seems to produce some great red carpet fashion moments. From dapper suits, to sequin floor length gowns...and everything in between. You can expect a truly eclectic mix of fashion on the red carpet and, lucky for you, The Delivery will be on hand to deliver all of those special fashion moments straight to you.
We will be bringing you behind the scenes photos, red carpet photos, fashion commentary, as well as the best snaps from those attending on the night. To follow all the action, check us out on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter - @thedeliveryau.
Can I watch it on TV?
Yes you can! The Nine Network will be broadcasting a recap of the red carpet as well as the award ceremony from 8.40pm AEDT Wednesday.
Show me some past red carpet moments!
No problems….enjoy our red carpet gallery! Just CLICK on the image to move through some of our picks from the past few years.