1924 Brownlow Medal

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1924 Brownlow Medal
Date 17 September[1]
Location VFL Headquarters
Winner Edward 'Carji' Greeves (Geelong)
7 votes
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The 1924 Brownlow Medal was awarded to Edward 'Carji' Greeves of Geelong, who was adjudged to have been the best and fairest player during the 1924 Victorian Football League home and away season. It was the first time that the Brownlow Medal, now the most prestigious award in the league, was presented.[2]

Voting system[edit]

The voting system used in the 1924 Brownlow Medal was as follows:[2]

  • The field umpire awarded one vote to who he adjudged was the best player on the field.
  • The player that finished with the most amount of votes would be awarded the 1924 Brownlow Medal.
  • In the event of a tie, the players with the most amount of votes would both receive a replica of the medal.

Inelegibility[edit]

A player would be deemed ineligible for the award if the player was reported in any match (including finals), found guilty and suspended.[2]

Votes[edit]

Leading vote-getters[edit]

The following list shows the leading vote-getters for the 1924 Brownlow Medal.[3] Edward 'Carji' Greeves was the winner, with George Shorten and Bert Chadwick runners-up.

Player Votes
1st Edward Greeves, Jr. (Geelong) 7
= 2nd George Shorten (Essendon)
Bert Chadwick (Melbourne)
6
4th Doug Hayes (Richmond) 4
= 5th Paddy O'Brien (Carlton)
Jack Moriarty (Fitzroy)
Arthur Pink (Geelong)
Mark Tandy (South Melbourne)
3
= 9th Maurie Beasy (Carlton)
Norm Beckton (Essendon)
Les Bryant (Fitzroy)
Jim Spain (Richmond)
Colin Watson (St Kilda)
Wels Eicke (St Kilda)
Jack O'Connell (South Melbourne)
Roy Cazaly (South Melbourne)
2

Greeves' outstanding season is further outlined by the fact that he is one of the youngest players to win the award, aged just 20 years 312 days at the time.[4]

Greeves' seven best on grounds in just fourteen games played[5] is another amazing statistic. With vote inflation included (where 1 vote in 1924 equals 3 votes), Greeves is one of the most consistent vote-getters of all time with an average of 0.81 votes per game throughout his 10-season career.[6]

Team totals[edit]

The following list shows the teams whose players polled the most amount of votes.[7] Geelong topped the list with 11 votes, 7 of them made up by 'Carji' Greeves.

Team Votes
1st Geelong 11
= 2nd Richmond
Essendon
10
4th Fitzroy 9
5th South Melbourne 8
6th Melbourne 7
= 7th St Kilda
Carlton
6
9th Collingwood 5

Ironically, the team that polled the most votes, Geelong, missed the 1924 VFL finals by two games, finishing 5th.[8]

Leading vote-getters by team[edit]

The following list shows the players who topped their team for the most amount of votes polled.[3]

Team Player Votes
Carlton Paddy O'Brien 3
Collingwood Syd Coventry
Reg Baker
Joe Poulter
Charlie Tyson
Gordon Coventry
1
Essendon George Shorten 6
Fitzroy Jack Moriarty 3
Geelong Edward 'Carji' Greeves 7
Melbourne Bert Chadwick 6
Richmond Doug Hayes 4
South Melbourne Mark Tandy 3
St Kilda Colin Watson
Wels Eicke
2

Presentation[edit]

The Brownlow Medal was presented to the player at League Headquarters, without the fanfare, glitz and glamour of the award today.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best and Fairest Player: Greeves (Geelong) wins medal". The Argus. 18 September 1924. p. 18. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL Record Season Guide 2009. Docklands, Victoria: Slattery Media Group. p. 496. ISBN 978-0-9805162-6-5. 
  3. ^ a b "1924 Brownlow Medal". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  4. ^ Lovett, p. 502
  5. ^ "Edward Greeves - Statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Brownlow Medal - Averages". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  7. ^ "1924 Brownlow Medal - Team Totals". AFL Tables. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  8. ^ "1924 Season Scores - Ladder". AFL Tables. Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  9. ^ Lovett, p. 503

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