For all professional AFL players, receiving a Brownlow Medal award is the single greatest individual achievement you can obtain. It shows all the hard work put in in the pre-season and throughout the year has paid off. For over 20 years, it has been dubbed the night of nights, and for good reason. Every man and his dog tune into see who will don the famous medal.
Since its inception in 1924, the Brownlow Medal, also known as the Charles Brownlow Trophy, has taken centre stage the Monday before the AFL Grand Final. Named after former Geelong great, Charles Brownlow, the award has been hung around the neck of a player from almost every AFL club, bar the GWS Giants and the Port Adelaide Power. Four players hold the record for the most Brownlow Medal wins; Hayden Bunton, Sr. (Fitzroy – 1931, 1932, 1935), Dick Reynolds (Essendon – 1934, 1937, 1938), Bob Skilton (South Melbourne – 1959, 1963, 1968) & Ian Stewart (St Kilda/Richmond – 1965, 1966, 1971). Of the current era, only one player has won the Brownlow on multiple occasions, with Gold Coasts Suns superstar Gary Ablett, Jr. winning it on two occasions.
The voting procedure for the Brownlow Medal is quite standard. The three field umpires of each game consult after each regular season match and award three, two and one votes to the players who they believe to be the best, second best and third best in the match respectively. On the night, all the votes are tallied and the player with the highest number of votes wins the medal. In its 92-year history, there has been multiple winners in the same year on three occasions; in 1930 (Harry Collier, Allan Hopkins & Stan Judkins), 1940 (Des Fothergill & Herbie Matthews) and 1965 (Noel Teasdale & Ian Stewart). For notable purposes, the Brownlow Medal was not awarded from 1942 to 1945 as a mark of respect to those who were fighting in World War II.
If you barrack for the Sydney Swans (or the South Melbourne Football Club as it was formerly known), chances are you have witnessed one of your players win the award. Since 1924, a player from the club has won the award on 14 occasions, most recently through Adam Goodes in 2003 & 2006.
|2015||NAT FYFE||FREMANTLE DOCKERS||MIDFIELDER||31|
|2014||MATT PRIDDIS||WEST COAST EAGLES||MIDFIELDER||26|
|2013||GARY ABLETT JR||GOLD COAST SUNS||MIDFIELDER/FORWARD||28|
|2012||JOBE WATSON||ESSENDON BOMBERS||MIDFIELDER||30|
|2011||DANE SWAN||COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES||MIDFIELDER||34|
|2010||CHRIS JUDD||CARLTON BLUES||MIDFIELDER||30|
|2009||GARY ABLETT JR||GEELONG CATS||MIDFIELDER/FORWARD||30|
|2008||ADAM COONEY||WESTERN BULLDOGS||FORWARD/MIDFIELDER||24|
|2007||JIMMY BARTEL||GEELONG CATS||UTILITY||29|
|2006||ADAM GOODES||SYDNEY SWANS||UTILITY||26|