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Judd tips Murphy for AFL's Brownlow Medal

Melissa Woods 08/08/2011 02:43:00 PM Comments (0)

Carlton captain Chris Judd believes teammate Marc Murphy is a better Brownlow Medal bet than him.

Last year's Brownlow winner, Judd is the raging favourite to take home a record-equalling third medal in 2011, with one bookmaker already paying out on the win.

But Judd believes gun midfielder Murphy is a worthy recipient this season after last year securing only five votes.

"I think Murph would be leading the Brownlow at the minute. He's had a huge year," Judd said.

"He's been incredibly consistent, probably him and Kade Simpson are the two hardest runners at the club.

"Their ability to carry the ball hurts opposition teams.

"He's had big numbers with his contested footy and his tackles. I think he's been great for us."

Judd agreed that there were similarities between himself and 24-year-old Murphy.

"He does remind me of when I had the long hair back in WA," Judd joked.

"Yes, perhaps a little bit. He's still got the serious leg speed which has drifted out of my game, he's had a wonderful year and it's been great watching it."

Carlton hammered Melbourne by 76 points at the MCG on Saturday in one of many one-sided results for the round, with Geelong running up their second successive triple-figure margin, this time against Gold Coast.

Collingwood also thumped Port Adelaide by 138 points.

Judd was concerned by the one-sided matches and believed the AFL should also be.

"There's probably a wider gap this year than there has been in years gone by, and I guess with more teams that will just increase," he said.

"It's one of the dangers we have.

"You look at the NBA and they play 70-odd games and a lot of those games are pretty average to watch.

"Then the play-offs come and it's a completely different game they're playing.

"It would be a shame if AFL got to that stage, and I'm not sure if it will, but it's certainly something that the league needs to be wary of."

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