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Judd bolts to Brownlow win

By Adam Cooper 20/09/2004 11:21:15 PM Comments (0)

West Coast dynamo Chris Judd showed more of his trademark speed to bolt to the line and win the 2004 Brownlow Medal as the AFL's best and fairest player.

Less than a fortnight after celebrating his 21st birthday and in just his third season, Judd won in emphatic fashion to mark himself as a true AFL superstar.

Judd won on 30 votes to finish in front of Adelaide captain Mark Ricciuto (23 votes) and Port Adelaide defender Chad Cornes (22) and claim the Eagles' first Brownlow since the club's inception in 1987.

Judd and Ricciuto - one of last year's joint winners - were locked on 21 votes after round 17, but the Eagles star sealed victory in the penultimate round with a two-vote performance.

He then took the three votes in the final round against Melbourne to seal an emphatic victory.

Tonight's count was again a fine night for midfielders, as favourites Warren Tredrea (Port) and Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda) - both forwards - were well off the pace.

Judd started the night as second favourite behind Tredrea, but was rewarded for a sizzling season which reaped 534 disposals and an ability to rip games apart with searing runs through the middle.

He is the youngest winner of the award since Essendon's Gavin Wanganeen (then 20 years old) won in 1993.

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