The Gardiner Medal was awarded to the Best player of the Reserves competition.
Initially called 'The Seconds' competition up until 1959 before becoming 'The Reserves' competition from that season onwards. The competition officially ended after the 1999 season.
1981 - (Daryl Vernon - 17 votes) (awarded August 31 1981)
(Tied with Malcolm Reed of Geelong, but awarded the medal on a countback. Vernon polled Best on Ground 5 times, while Reed 4 times. Reed received his medal retrospectively the following week after the League change the rules)
1964 - Gary Arnold - 17 votes (awarded on August 25 1964)
1953 - Col Austen
1934 - Richie Saunders - 18 votes. (son of Ernie Saunders , the head trainer) (awarded on Tues Sept 18)
1930 - E. Sel Baker - Awarded on Sept 16 1930. Tied with Max Kelly of Geelong
1927 - Sam Jamison (awarded Tues 13 September 1927)
1935 - J Cotter equal third for Gardiner Medal
In 1941, Dan Guinane finished runner-up for the Gardiner Medal by two votes
1978 - Bob Heard and Steven Roach finished in 3rd place with 14 votes, 9 votes behind the winner.