2010 Brownlow Medal

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2010 Brownlow Medal
Date 20 September
Location Crown Palladium
Hosted by Stephen Quartermain
Winner Chris Judd (Carlton)
30 votes
Television/Radio coverage
Network Network Ten, One HD

The Brownlow Medal is the most prestigious individual award in Australian rules football and was awarded in 2010 to Chris Judd from the Carlton Football Club for being voted as the fairest and best during the 2010 Australian Football League home and away season. The vote counting ceremony was held at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne, Victoria on 20 September 2010. It was broadcast on Channel Ten and, for the first time, simultaneously on One HD live and nationally.[1]

Leading votegetters[edit]

Player Votes
1st Chris Judd (Carlton) 30
2nd Gary Ablett (Geelong) 26
3rd Dane Swan (Collingwood) 24
=4th Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
Joel Selwood (Geelong)
=6th Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs)
Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle)
8th Lenny Hayes (St Kilda) 19
=9th Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)
Luke Hodge (Hawthorn)
Leigh Montagna (St Kilda)
Jobe Watson (Essendon)

Voting Procedure[edit]

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 3 votes, 2 votes and 1 vote to the players they regard as the best, second best and third best in the match respectively.

Ineligible players[edit]

As the award is for the Fairest and Best player in the league, players found guilty of a suspendable offence by the AFL Tribunal are ineligible to win the award.

Some Australian rules football journalists have argued that Judd was lucky to escape any AFL Tribunal action following an incident involving Fremantle's Matthew Pavlich in Round 13, where Judd elbowed Pavlich in the face.[2][3] Additionally, Judd served a three-match suspension during the 2010 season, but because the incident for which he was suspended took place in the 2009 finals, this did not affect his eligibility.[4]


  1. ^ 2010 Brownlow Medal broadcast guide
  2. ^ Sheehan, Mike (22 June 2010). "Match review panel got it wrong on Chris Judd: Mike Sheahan". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Fair, Mike (21 September 2010). "Fortune smiles on Brownlow winner Chris Judd". The Examiner (Tasmania). Fairfax Media. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Matthews, Bruce (8 September 2009) No Brownlow blues for Chris Judd; Herald Sun