Picked third in the 2001 draft by the West Coast Eagles, Chris Judd came into the AFL with a huge reputation to live up to and surpassed expectations with a fantastic first season in 2002.
Not only did Chris continue his good form, his game kept improving. In 2003, Judd was runner up to Ben Cousins as fairest and best for the Eagles. The following season not only saw Chris Judd take the club’s fairest and best award, he also won the Brownlow Medal.
Born: 8th September 1983
Played 134 games for West Coasat Eagles (jumper #3) 2002-2007, kicked 138 goals
Played 21 games for Carlton (jumper #5) in 2008, kicked 15 goals
NICKNAMED “THE MESSIAH”
In 2005, Judd continued to impress afl players and fans alike with his ability to gather the ball and find space where there seemed to be none. He averaged 22 possessions per game and once again came runner up to Ben Cousins in the Eagles fairest and best award. Chris Judd was awarded the Norm Smith medal in the West Coast Eagles clash against the Sydney Swans in the AFL Grand Final, where the Eagles lost by a mere 4 points.
2006 saw Judd take over as the Eagles captain after Cousins was stood down following an off-field controversy. Chris polled well for the Brownlow medal with 21 votes and once again took out the club’s fairest and best award. To top it all off, he captained the West Coast to a premiership flag and won the Leigh Matthews Trophy.
In the opening 8 games of the 2007 season, Judd averaged 29 possessions and had kicked 10 goals. Unfortunately, a groin injury saw him sidelined for several weeks and even when he returned to play, it was off the bench as his performance was restricted. When the West Coast Eagles were taken out of the semi-finals by Collingwood, Chris Judd announced that he would be requesting a trade to his native state of Victoria
THE MOVE TO CARLTON
After his contract with the Eagles expired, and amid huge media attention, Chris Judd opted to shift back to Victoria and play for Carlton in 2008. He was immediately appointed captain of the side and went on to win the club’s fairest and best award in his debut season. There is little doubt that Chris Judd is going to be one of the best afl players on the field for quite a few seasons to come.
- AFL Premiership with West Coast: 2006 (Captain)
- AFL McClelland Trophy With West Coast: 2006 (Captain)
- AFLPA Best First Year Player Award: 2002
- Brownlow Medal: 2004
- West Coast Club Champion Award: 2004, 2006
- All-Australian: 2004, 2006, 2008 (Captain)
- Norm Smith Medal: 2005
- Ross Glendinning Medal: 2005 (twice), 2006
- Leigh Matthews Trophy: 2006
- Victorian Team honours in AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match: 2008
- John Nicholls Medal: 2008
- AFL Goal of the Year: 2005
- Captain of West Coast Eagles: 2006–2007
- Captain of Carlton: 2008-present