Almanac Footy: Won A Brownlow Medal but not club Best and Fairest in the same year

Year  Winner B & F 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
1925
Watson Gambetta Watson
1930
Hopkins McAlphine Hopkins
1946
Cordner Mueller Cordner
1950
Ruthven Stephen Ruthven
1956
Box Ross Box J.Collins
1965
Stewart Baldock Stewart
1973
Greig Davis Rantall Feltham Goodingham Greig
1974
Greig Rantall 197 Greig 177 Schimma 176 Davis 159 Montgomery 154
1981
Quinlan Alexander 140 Quinlan 131 G.Wilson 90
1982
B.Wilson Icke 388 Flower 324 B.Wilson 271
1984
Moore Gerard Healy 362 Moore 306 Jarrott 292
1985
Hardie Hawkins 233 Wallis 207 Royal 199 Hardie 168 Beasley
1986
Dipper Ayres 42 Buckenara 41 Platten 35 Langford 32 Loveridge 26 Dunstall 25 Wallace 25 Tuck 23 Dipper 23 Dear 22
1986
Williams Gerard Healy Williams
1990
Libba Foster 132 McGuinness 127 Wallace 126 Atkins 119 Liberatore 115 Eppelstun 115
1993
Wanganeen O’Donnell Harvey Wanganeen
1995
Kelly Lockett Kelly
2001
Akermanis Black 65 Voss 65 Lappin 61 Akermanis 57 Ashcroft 55
2007
Bartel Ablett 691 Bartel 513 Ling 502
2008
Cooney Cross 191 Cooney 167 Boyd 163
2011
Swan Pendlebury 65 Swan 54 T.Cloke 53
2014
Priddis MacKenzie 201 Priddis 190 Shuey 148
2015
Fyfe Sandilands 282 Mundy 277 S.Hill 261 Fyfe 260 Walters 244
2005
Brownlow Cousins 20 Kerr 19
2005
WCE B & F Cousins 1st Kerr 8th

 

From my research, the worst club B & F placings for a Brownlow Medalist from that year were:

 

8th (equal)  – Dipper 1986
5th (equal)  – Libba 1990
4th                – Greig 1973
4th                – Hardie 1985
4th                – Akermanis 2001
4th                – Fyfe 2015
3rd                – B.Wilson 1982
3rd                – Wanganeen 1993

 

Daniel Kerr finished 2nd in the 2005 Brownlow Medal with 19 votes.

Cousins won the 2005 Brownlow with 20 votes.

Kerr finished 8th in the WCE 2005 B & F.

He was 201-1 to win the Brownlow and would have been the winner with the longest odds if he had won it.

Priddis was 41-1 but Dipper, Libba, Brian Wilson and Keith Greig would of had longer odds.

 

Robert DiPierdomenico

 

Dipper wins the 1986 Brownlow but finishes 8th in the 1986 Hawks B & F, the lowest in history of any Brownlow winner.

Ayres didn’t poll a Brownlow vote in 1986

 

1986 Hawthorn B & F votes:

 

42  – Ayres

41  – Buckenara

35  – Platten

32  – Langford

26  – Loveridge

25  – Dunstall

25  – Wallace

23  – Tuck

23  – DiPierdomenico (1986 Brownlow Medalist)

22  – G.Dear

 

Footscray Best and Fairest’s and votes:

 

1985 B & F:

 

233   – Doug Hawkins

207   – Stephen Wallis

199   – Brian Royal

168   – Brad Hardie (1985 Brownlow Medalist)

 

1990 B & F:

 

132   – Peter Foster

127   – Tony McGuinness

126   – Terry Wallace

119   – Simon Atkins

115   – Greg Eppelstun

115   – Tony Liberatore (1990 Brownlow Medalist)

 

 

Tony Liberatore

 

1983 – 4th in Morrish Medal (VFL Under 19’s B & F) as a 17 year old for Nth Melb Under 19’s – 14 votes

 

1984 – Wins Morrish Medal (VFL Under 19’s B & F) playing for Nth Melb Under 19’s- 22 votes. 1984 Under 19’s Premiership player for Nth Melb alongside Peter German, Darren Crocker, Mick Gayfer & Lazor Vidovic.

 

1985 – Plays for Nth Melb in U19’s Grand Final loss to Richmond. Plays under Denis Pagan (Nth Melb Under 19’s coach) for 1983-85.

 

1986 – Crosses to Footscray. Plays 4 senior games and wins the Gardiner Medal (VFL Reserves B & F) with 22 votes.

 

1987 – Plays 12 senior games, the rest in the Footscray reserves.

 

1988 – Plays 1 senior game. Wins the Gardiner Medal (VFL Reserves B & F) with 19 votes. 1988 Reserves Premiership player for Footscray alongside Scott Wynd, Simon Atkins, Stephen Macpherson, Ron James, Stuart Wigney, Brian Cordy, Phil Cronan & Mark Athorn.

 

1989 – Plays 1 senior game. Footscray reserves captain. 3rd in the Gardiner Medal with 15 votes. Plays 18 senior games for Footscray over 4 years under coach Mick Malthouse. Malthouse is replaced by Wheeler in the 1989/1990 off season.

 

1990 – Left out of Footscray pre season night series squad. New coach Terry Wheeler plays him in Round 1. Libba wins Brownlow Medal 6 months later although he misses the last 3 games of the season. Finishes equal 5th in the 1990 Footscray B & F.

 

Two flags, three Grand Finals, three comp B & Fs and five top 4 finishes for 2 clubs over 7 seasons before he wins his Brownlow! Remarkable.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. This was fascinating. I guess the umpires and coaches do see the game quite differently. I may be corrected on this, but I don’t think Bernie Quinlan won any club Best and Fairest awards in his brilliant career. As an old Royboy, it still galls me that Dipper has Paul Roos’s 86 Brownlow – even more so now that he had seven Hawks ahead of him in their B&F!

  2. The Brownlow upsets seem to be less common now..
    Some good players seem to not win the umpires votes
    (Geoff Raines in 1980, Wayne Carey, Craig Bradley). I was a boundary umpire and the field umpires have a hard task officiating and judging who had the most influence on the game. Generally, they get it right. Its like the Norm Smith Medal voting. (Very subjective). Maybe in club B & F’s the no-frills players eg the Cameron Lings, the David Teagues (Carlton B & F) garner more votes. Dipper was a good player in a great team. No doubt he was lucky, so were others. I remember a slightly inebriated Brad Hardie declaring that he had only attended the Brownlow for the free feed!

  3. Players that won a Brownlow Medal but never a club B & F:

    1981 Bernie Quinlan (best 2nd in 1979)
    1982 Brian Wilson (best 2nd in 1987, 3rd in 1982)
    1986 Robert DiPierdomenico (3rd in 1984)

    Paul Roos was the favourite for the 1986 Brownlow Medal and finished 2nd with 16 votes behind Dipper and Diesel on 17.

    Some Fitzroy fans still say that little Mark Dwyer ‘stole’ some votes away from Roos. Dwyer polled in 6 of his first 7 games (as a 21 year old) and finished with 10 votes.

    Dwyer was awarded 3 votes in Round 18, 1986 with 4 kicks and 10 handballs. Roos was BOG in all of the papers with 28 touches and 4 marks but didn’t poll a vote in Fitzroy’s 9 point win over Richmond.

    In Round 21, Fitzroy beat Essendon by 35pts with Dwyer getting 3 votes for his 21 touches to Roos 2 votes for 28 touches and 12 marks (BOG in all papers).

  4. It is very easy to understand how a player can win a Brownlow but not his club’s best and fairest.

  5. Brownlow Medal long-shots:

    61-1 – Tony Liberatore (1990)
    41-1 – Matt Priddis (2014)
    41-1 – Brad Hardie (1985)
    33-1 – Robert Dipierdomenico (1986)
    33-1 – Brian Wilson (1982)
    33-1 – Keith Greig (1973)
    26-1 – Paul Kelly (1995)
    21-1 – Graham Teasdale (1977)
    17-1 – Gavin Wanganeen (1993)
    15-1 – Kelvin Templeton (1980)
    15-1 – Chris Judd (2010)
    15-1 – Jason Akermanis (2001)
    13-1 – Shane Woewodin (2000)
    13-1 – Adam Cooney (2008)
    11-1 – Jimmy Bartel (2007)
    10-1 – Simon Black (2002

  6. That lot would make a decent team but who would play Full Back Big Kev? Backman don’t traditionally poll votes.
    I recall a Richmond halfback flanker in our glory years, Merv Keane was hugely valued by the Tigers but didnt feature in the 3,2 ,1 votes in his 200 game career..

  7. Don’t want to upset the Rucking fraternity, but Ron Alexander ahead of the great Bernie Quinlan in ’81, you’ve got to be kidding me.

  8. Thanks BigKev as a v experienced maggot I have always thought it’s ridiculous how a umpires award is valued so highly there are games coming off the ground I had no idea what so ever in that regard and in general especially the one vote.I value club b and fs and the player awards far higher personally

  9. Fullback Fred Goldsmith won it, David Dench, Harvey Merrigan, Stephen Silvangi, Danny Southern, Darren Gaspar and Ben Graham all finished top 10 in the Brownlow.

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