Carji Greeves

Edward Goderich "Carji" Greeves, Junior (1 November 1903 – 15 April 1963) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL), now known as he Australian Football League (AFL). He won the inaugural Brownlow Medal in 1924, awarded to the VFL/AFL player adjudged fairest and best during the home and away season.

Carji Greeves
Carji Greeves
Personal information
Full name Edward Goderich Greeves, Junior
Nickname(s) Carji
Date of birth (1903-11-01)1 November 1903
Place of birth Warragul, Victoria, Australia
Date of death 15 April 1963(1963-04-15) (aged 59)
Place of death Ararat, Victoria, Australia
Original team(s) Geelong College
Height 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Position(s) Midfield
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1923–33 Geelong 124 (17)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1933.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Greeves is the namesake of the Carji Greeves Medal, the Geelong Football Club's best and fairest award.

Family and personal life

In the 1860s, Greeves' grandmother Julie (née Anderson) was briefly engaged to Tom Wills, the famed cricketer and founder of Australian rules football. Historian Col Hutchinson noted that "If Tom Wills had married Julie, we wouldn't have had Carji Greeves".[1]

Greeves was given the nickname "Carji" as a baby by a friend of the family, the New South Wales golfer Michael Scott,[2] most likely after a character in A Country Girl, a popular musical play of the day.[3]

Greeves also attended The Geelong College.


Greeves played with the Geelong Football Club from 1923–31 and wore jumper number 20.

Greeves was honoured with having the Geelong Football Club's best and fairest award named after him, the Carji Greeves Medal. In 1996 Greeves was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. He also won the first Brownlow medal, the most prestigious award for a player in the vfl/afl

Greeves represented Victoria in interstate matches seven times.


  1. Critchley, Cheryl (12 June 2013). "The mad catter" Archived 13 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine, The Weekly Review. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  2. Ross, John (1999). The Australian Football Hall of Fame. Australia: HarperCollinsPublishers. p. 71. ISBN 0-7322-6426-X.
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