The medal is awarded to the player judged to be the best and fairest footballer of the Championship.
The JL Williams Medal perpetuates the name of one of the originators of the Championship, Jack Williams, and was first awarded in Adelaide, 1931. Jack was a Victorian teacher who fought very hard for the establishment of the Championships and for their recognition by the Victorian Football League (VFL) when the sport was established in schools. Points are awarded to the selected players in each match, on the basis of 3 for the first choice, 2 for the second and 1 for the third. The votes are sealed and handed to the National Secretary and opened at the conclusion of the Championship.
In the event of a tie, each player will receive a medal. * Denotes a Tie ** A McLean Medal.