2012 Brownlow Medal
|2012 Brownlow Medal|
|Winner||Jobe Watson (Essendon)
The 2012 Brownlow Medal was won by Jobe Watson from Essendon for being adjudged the best and fairest player for the 2012 AFL season. The Brownlow Medal is the most prestigious individual award in Australian rules football. The award was presented on Monday, 24 September, in the week before the 2012 AFL Grand Final.
Essendon's Jobe Watson won the Brownlow Medal, polling 30 votes and becoming the sixth Essendon player to win the award. Midfielders dominated the award, filling the top ten positions. The six players selected in defensive positions in the 2012 All-Australian team combined polled only eight votes.
|1st||Jobe Watson (Essendon)||30|
|=2nd||Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
|=4th||Scott Thompson (Adelaide)
Dane Swan (Collingwood)
|6th||Gary Ablett Jr (Gold Coast)||24|
|7th||Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide)||23|
|=8th||Dayne Beams (Collingwood)
Lenny Hayes (St Kilda)
Josh Kennedy (Sydney)
The three field umpires (those umpires who control the flow of the game, as opposed to goal or boundary umpires) confer after each match and award three votes, two votes and one vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match, respectively. The votes are kept secret until the awards night, and are read and tallied on the evening.
As the medal is awarded to the fairest and best player in the league, those who have been suspended during the season by the AFL Tribunal are ineligible to win the award; however, they may still continue to poll votes. Notable players who were ineligible this season included, amongst others: former Brownlow Medallists Jimmy Bartel, Simon Black, Chris Judd and Adam Goodes, as well as Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich.
Watson's admission of injections
In June 2013, after many months of speculation and investigation into the Essendon Football Club supplements controversy, Jobe Watson admitted that he believed that he had been injected with a peptide-fragment, AOD-9604. The status of the drug under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) lists of prohibited drugs is in doubt, with conflicting reports that the drug is both banned and allowed. Despite some calls for Watson to have his Brownlow Medal stripped, the AFL will wait until any ASADA decide to issue any infraction notices and Watson is convicted of a doping offence before considering removing the medal.
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