2008 Brownlow Medal

The 2008 Brownlow Medal was the 81st year the award was presented to the player adjudged the fairest and best player during the Australian Football League (AFL) home and away season.[1] Adam Cooney of the Western Bulldogs won the medal by polling twenty-four votes during the 2008 AFL season.[2] Pre-vote favourite, Gary Ablett and sentimental favourite, Matthew Richardson finished equal third on twenty-two votes.[3] Cooney polled twenty-four votes, one ahead of Brisbane's Simon Black, who won the award in 2002 and was equal second in 2007.

2008 Brownlow Medal
2008 Brownlow Medallist, Adam Cooney
Date22 September
LocationCrown Palladium
Hosted byStephen Quartermain
WinnerAdam Cooney (Western Bulldogs)
24 votes
Television/radio coverage
NetworkNetwork Ten

Leading votegetters

1stAdam Cooney (Western Bulldogs)24
2ndSimon Black (Brisbane)23
=3rdGary Ablett (Geelong)22
Matthew Richardson (Richmond)
Adam Goodes (Sydney)*21
Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)*20
5thJoel Selwood (Geelong)19
=6thBrent Harvey (North Melbourne)17
Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle)
=8thChris Judd (Carlton)16
Brad Sewell (Hawthorn)
=10thJoel Corey (Geelong)15
Lenny Hayes (St Kilda)
Scott Thompson (Adelaide)
Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)*15
* The player was ineligible to win the medal due to suspension by the AFL Tribunal during the year.

Voting procedure

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.

Ineligible players

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 (or, who avoided suspension only because of a discount for a good record or an early guilty plea) are ineligible to win the award; however, they may still continue to poll votes. In 2008 many of the leading contenders including Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin, Sam Mitchell, Adam Goodes, Brett Burton and Daniel Kerr all were found guilty of an offence and were ineligible to win the medal.[4]

Pre-count betting

Despite changing clubs after the 2007 season, Chris Judd was installed as the early favourite when betting opened,[5] but as the season progressed Gary Ablett became a short-priced favourite. When Ablett injured his ankle and missed three matches, Brent Harvey moved to outright favourite. By the end of the season however, Ablett had returned to favouritism, with 2007 winner Jimmy Bartel, Harvey and Adam Cooney close behind.[6]


  1. Lovett, Michael (ed.). AFL Record Season Guide 2009. Docklands, Victoria: Slattery Media Group. p. 496. ISBN 978-0-9805162-6-5.
  2. "2008 Brownlow Medal". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  3. "Cooney a shock Brownlow winner". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  4. Johnson, Lyall (17 June 2008). "Medal favourites fall like flies". The Age. Fairfax Media.
  5. "Judd Favourite for 2008 Brownlow". Racing & Wagering Western Australia. 19 December 2007. Archived from the original on 2 October 2008. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  6. Connolly, Rohan (19 August 2008). "Harvey, Ablett head-to-head in a medal-defining match". The Age. Fairfax Media.
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