Chris Judd

Chris Judd
Chris Judd

Chris Judd at the 2005 Grand Final parade
Personal information
Full name Christopher Dylan Judd
Date of birth 8 September 1983 (1983-09-08) (age 28)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Original team Sandringham (VFL)
Draft #3 (PP), 2001 National Draft, West Coast
Height/Weight 189cm / 88kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 5
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
West Coast
134 (138)
88 (55)
222 (193)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Victoria 1 (0)
International team honours
2002 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics to end of 2011 season .
Career highlights

Christopher Dylan "Chris" Judd (born 8 September 1983) is a professional Australian rules footballer and current captain of the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Widely regarded as one of the best footballers currently in the AFL,[citation needed] Judd has twice won the league's highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal, and is a dual Leigh Matthews Trophy winner as the AFL Players Association most valuable player. He has achieved another of the league's highest honours by captaining the West Coast Eagles to the 2006 AFL Premiership. Consistently recognised as one of the game's premier midfielders,[citation needed] Judd has been selected in the All-Australian team six times, including as captain in 2008. At a representative level, he played for Australia in the 2002 International Rules Series and for Victoria in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match in 2008.

Judd is recognised as a great at two clubs, West Coast and his current club Carlton. During his 134 games with West Coast he captained the club for two seasons and won two Club Champion Awards. After returning to Melbourne to captain the Carlton Football Club, Judd won the John Nicholls Medal as the club's Best and Fairest three times, and become just one of four players in AFL history to win a Brownlow Medal at more than one club.[1]


Early life

Chris Judd was born in Melbourne to Andrew Judd and Lisa Engel.[2]

Raised in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs, where he played for the East Sandringham Junior Football Club[3] before he attended Caulfield Grammar School.[4] Judd was an all round sportsman and junior track and field star and solid cricket player. At Caulfield Grammar he began to focus on Australian rules football and later captained the school's First team. He began playing with Sandringham in the Victorian Football League as a bottom-age recruit.

Judd attained an ENTER score of 96.20 on his Victorian Certificate of Education.[5]

Judd was a graduate of the 2000 AIS/AFL Academy and participated in the 2000 AFL National Under 18 Championships, although due to his young age at 17, he was too young to be drafted by an AFL club.

At the 2001 Under-18 Championships Judd was named captain of the Vic Metro team, despite chronic shoulder problems.[6] Although he missed the 2001 AFL Draft Camp, his performances at the state championships made him an obvious standout to recruiters and was tipped to be picked high in the 2001 AFL Draft. Judd was taken by West Coast at pick #3 in what was later to be called the "super draft" due to the standout quality of the players to have developed from that draft year.

Australian Football League career

West Coast Eagles


Judd made an early debut in Round 2 of the 2002 season. He had an impressive debut season, winning the AFLPA Best First Year Player Award.


In his second season, Judd alternated between the midfield and forward line. In the Eagles' round 12 match against Brisbane, Judd kicked five goals in the first half. Three weeks later against Carlton he gathered 33 disposals and kicked a further three goals. Judd finished the seasons with 29 goals, averaged 18 disposals per game and was runner up in the club best and fairest. Judd was appointed as one of the Eagles' four vice-captains, prior to the commencement of the 2004 season.

2004: First Brownlow

2004 was Judd's breakthrough season, in which he successfully combined with captain Ben Cousins, Daniel Kerr and ruckman Dean Cox. Judd averaged 22 disposals and kicked 24 goals for the season and, was named to his first All Australian Team as a wingman, and won the Eagles' Club Champion award for the first time. Judd became the West Coast's first Brownlow medallist, polling 30 votes to defeat Mark Ricciuto from Adelaide.


He once again averaged 22 disposals and was runner-up to Cousins as Club Champion; he also kicked the Goal of the Year. The Eagles made it to the 2005 AFL Grand Final where they were defeated by Sydney by four points. Judd was awarded the Norm Smith Medal as the best player afield on Grand Final day for his 29 disposals.

2006: Premiership

Judd on the field during the 2006 AFL Season

On 1 March 2006, Judd was named captain of the club, succeeding Ben Cousins. Judd won his second club best and fairest award, his second All-Australian selection and the Leigh Matthews Trophy as the AFL's Most Valuable Player. He averaged 26 disposals, kicked 29 goals and continued to win contested possessions like few players in history. He captained the Eagles to a one-point victory over Sydney in the 2006 AFL Grand Final, winning his first AFL Premiership medallion.


After 8 rounds Judd was averaging 29 disposals and had kicked 10 goals. At seasons end it was revealed that he had polled Brownlow votes in each of his first eight games. As the year progressed, however, Judd's chronic groin injury sidelined him for several weeks. When he returned to the game, his performance was restricted, and he was forced to play off the bench and in the forward line often. He was also rested for several games in anticipation of playing in the finals series. Judd's future at West Coast was the subject of much speculation after his declaration that he would not enter into contract discussions with the club until the completion of the season.

Departure from West Coast Eagles

On 16 September 2007, two days after West Coast's semi-final elimination by Collingwood, it was announced that Judd had quit West Coast and would be requesting a trade to his native state of Victoria, despite earlier hinting that he would stay in Perth during an interview with Shane Crawford.[7] He notified West Coast coach John Worsfold and CEO Trevor Nisbett of his intentions earlier that day.[8][9] As arguably the most talented player in the competition, his departure created much attention and speculation among the Melbourne-based clubs, the media and the football community.

In the weeks following the announcement of his departure, Chris Judd met with four sides: Essendon, Melbourne, Collingwood and Carlton.[10] Judd's management informed Melbourne that Judd was surprised with their presentation, but felt that their Junction Oval training facilities were "an issue".

On 2 October 2007 Judd announced that his preferred club was Carlton. Carlton was initially favoured as the club most likely to secure the services of Judd, because they held two early draft picks which could be used in negotiations with West Coast.[11] On 11 October 2007 Judd was officially traded to Carlton along with a third round selection in the 2007 AFL Draft (#46 overall) for Carlton's first and second round selections (#3 and #20) and Josh Kennedy, who was reluctant to leave Carlton.[12] Judd was subsequently given the #5 guernsey vacated by the trade of Kennedy.[13]


Chris Judd at Carlton training in 2008


After much deliberation over the off-season, Judd was awarded the captaincy of the club entering into his first season with the Blues. His first game in navy blue was a Friday afternoon practice match on 7 March 2008 against the Western Bulldogs at MC Labour Park, with his presence attracting 12,000 fans; Judd scored a goal and had 20 touches.[14]

Judd began playing with Carlton from the first round. Initially below full fitness due to a groin surgery, his ground time was limited, but in Round 3 he had 32 disposals and kicked 2 goals. His return match against West Coast at Subiaco Oval in Round 7 was widely anticipated in the media, and Carlton won by 37 points.[15] He was selected in the Victorian team the following week for the Hall of Fame Tribute Match. Judd played 21 of the 22 home-and-away games through the season, finished 5th in the Leigh Matthews Trophy, and won the John Nicholls Medal for the best and fairest of the Carlton Football Club. Through the course of the year, Judd gradually regained the explosive speed he is renowned for and played a more inside role than in previous seasons, recording the most contested possessions in the AFL.

He capped off his season when he was named All-Australian captain and ruck rover – his third All-Australian selection, and first as captain.


In 2009 he again led the AFL in contested possessions, as well as clearances and inside 50s, and was second in goal assists. He also led the Blues in tackles and averaged 26.5 disposals per game. He was named as a midfielder in the 2009 All-Australian team making it his fourth nomination and was appointed vice captain. Judd polled 22 votes in the Brownlow Medal to finish second behind winner Gary Ablett Jnr. He won his second consecutive John Nicholls Medal as the club’s best and fairest ahead of his young teammates Marc Murphy and Bryce Gibbs. He received 558 votes to win by a margin of 107; he became the first player in the short history of the medal's new voting structure to poll the maximum 50 votes (ten out of ten from each of the five judges) in Carlton's Round 8 victory over Collingwood.

In Carlton's elimination final loss to Brisbane, Judd was cited by the Match Review Panel for misconduct against Michael Rischitelli, after Judd made unnecessary contact near Rischitelli's eyes. The media initially reported the case as eye-gouging, and Judd created a bigger controversy when he stated that his intention was not to eye-gouge, but to push a pressure point behind Rischitelli's ear. Judd later said that his comment was intended as dry humor, but it was misinterpreted as genuine and prompted condemnation from many sources, from sports commentators to martial arts experts. After contesting the charge and appealing the penalty at the AFL Tribunal, Judd was suspended for three weeks. In another deadpan statement after the hearing, he stated "I've since watched a couple of Steven Seagal movies and realised that pressure points are no laughing matter," but he also acknowledged his own "stupidity" in the controversy.[16][17]

After the Blues season came to an end, Judd's leadership ability was brought into question by a number of incidents involving the Carlton playing group. First, some were led to question Judd's inability to control teammate Brendan Fevola and his drunken antics on Brownlow night, which ultimately saw Fevola traded to Brisbane. Then, eyebrows were raised by an organised preseason "booze cruise" which saw suspensions to teammates Andrew Walker, Eddie Betts and Ryan Houlihan.[18]

2010: Second Brownlow

After missing the opening three rounds of the 2010 season due to the "pressure point" incident, Judd played the remaining twenty games for the season, and played his 50th match for Carlton in Round 9 against Hawthorn. As he did in 2009, on a per game basis, Judd led the AFL in contested possessions, clearances and inside 50s. He also led Carlton with 27.0 disposals per game (12th in the AFL) and 5.25 tackles per game (17th in the AFL). On 13 September, Judd was rewarded for another fantastic season with his fifth All-Australian selection, being named on the interchange bench.

On 20 September 2010, Judd won the Brownlow Medal for the second time, finishing with 30 votes, four ahead of 2009 Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett, Jr.. Though he missed the first three games of the season, Judd was voted best-on-ground in each of the first five games he played. From there, he maintained the lead until the conclusion of counting. He became the thirteenth VFL/AFL player to win the Brownlow more than once, the fourth VFL/AFL player to win the Brownlow at two different clubs (West Coast and Carlton), and the first VFL/AFL player to twice poll thirty or more votes in a season.[19]

Judd also won his third consecutive John Nicholls Medal, becoming the only player other than Nicholls to win the Carlton best and fairest award three times in a row.[20]


After another strong season, Judd was awarded the Leigh Matthews Trophy for the second time in his career, as well as the AFLPA's Best Captain Award for the first time.[21] He was named vice-captain and ruck-rover of the All-Australian team.[22][23] He had entered the Brownlow Medal count as an unbackable favourite, with TAB Sportsbet electing to pay out early after Round 20, but he ultimately finished fifth.[24]

Footballing recognition

Judd's has been praised by AFL journalists and past players, in addition to formal awards he has received.


I'm continually amazed the way he plays his game... You hear him interviewed and you think what an unbelievably together, mature, young guy he is. He's a fantastic guy to have.

Leigh Matthews, VFL/AFL Player of the Century[26]

He is the hardest opponent I've ever played on. I remember watching him when he first burst on to the scene, I actually would look at him as someone I wanted to base my game around. His speed, his accuracy with his skills, his contested football. It's just fantastic.

Adam Goodes, Dual Brownlow Medallist[27]

I played with magnificent players. Nicholls, Doull, Jesaulenko, but Judd is by far the best I've ever seen. He is just so consistently good, week after week - the way he's going he will win another Brownlow.

Ted Hopkins, 1970 Carlton premiership player, speaking in May 2011[28]

It is almost super human, the way that he shrugs tackles and wins clearances and shimmies and shakes and sets up scoring opportunities and his consistency.

—Peter Bell, Former Fremantle Captain, [29]


Statistics are correct as of end of 2011 season. (1 October 2011)[30]
Season Team No. Games Goals Behinds Kicks Marks Handballs Disposals
2002 West Coast Eagles 3 22 21 12 222 48 109 331
2003 West Coast Eagles 3 23 29 15 268 52 150 418
2004 West Coast Eagles 3 23 24 15 330 51 171 501
2005 West Coast Eagles 3 24 15 24 336 77 200 536
2006 West Coast Eagles 3 23 29 20 332 61 263 595
2007 West Coast Eagles 3 19 20 14 240 37 197 437
2008 Carlton Blues 5 21 15 9 250 41 258 508
2009 Carlton Blues 5 23 12 19 319 54 290 609
2010 Carlton Blues 5 20 14 11 291 61 248 539
2011 Carlton Blues 5 24 14 16 301 69 332 633
Totals 222 193 155 2889 551 2218 5107
Averages per game 0.9 0.7 13.0 2.5 10.0 23.0

     Brownlow Medallist & Club Champion.      Club Champion.


  • Team
    • AFL Premiership with West Coast: 2006 (Captain)
    • AFL McClelland Trophy With West Coast: 2006 (Captain)
  • Individual
    • Brownlow Medal: 2004, 2010
    • Runner-Up Brownlow Medal: 2009
    • Leigh Matthews Trophy: 2006, 2011
    • All-Australian: 2004, 2006, 2008 (Captain), 2009 (Vice-Captain), 2010, 2011 (Vice-Captain)
    • Norm Smith Medal: 2005
    • Victorian Team representative honours in AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match: 2008
    • International Rules Series representative honours: 2002
    • AFLPA Best First Year Player Award: 2002
  • Carlton
    • John Nicholls Medal: 2008, 2009, 2010
    • Captain of Carlton: 2008–present
  • West Coast
    • West Coast Club Champion Award: 2004, 2006
    • Ross Glendinning Medal: 2005 (twice), 2006
    • Captain of West Coast Eagles: 2006–2007
  • Other achievements
    • AFL Goal of the Year: 2005
    • The Age Player of the Year: 2009

Media appearances

Towards the end of 2003, Judd began writing a column on the West Coast Eagles official website called "Juddy's Jibe". Some of his opinions presented in these columns prompted extensive media commentary, such as his view that footballers should not be role models. Throughout the 2006 season, the column was also published in Melbourne newspaper The Age, where Judd spoke about issues such as global warming, terrorism, superficiality in the mass media, world peace and James Surowiecki's book The Wisdom of Crowds.

In 2009, he featured in the official advertisement for the AFL, receiving a mark from Aaron Davey on a Basketball court and then sprinting in front of a stampede of horses on a horse racing track before handballing to Adam Goodes.

Personal life

Judd is currently studying for a Master of Business Administration degree, and has previously completed university courses in media studies and corporate governance.[31] Judd owned a Toyota Prius hybrid car and switched to "green power" at his former Perth house.[32] He is also a registered organ donor.[33] He is currently an environmental ambassador for Visy[34] and drives the Hyundai i30.[35]

On 31 December 2010, Judd married speech pathologist and model Rebecca Twigley.[36] They have a son, Oscar Dylan, born 26 July 2011.[37] On the night of Judd's 2004 Brownlow win, Twigley wore a very revealing red dress which caused national comment.[38]


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  19. ^ Excluding the 1976-77 medals, which did not follow the traditional 3-2-1 voting system
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  34. ^ Chris Judd: Environmental Ambassador
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  37. ^ Rebecca Judd gives birth to a baby boy
  38. ^ Hellard, Peter (24 September 2005). "Bec steals the show". Herald Sun: p. 9. 

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