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Cotchin sets Tiger Brownlow record

Trent Cotchin, Richmond and partner Brooke Kennedy are sen during 2013 AFL Brownlow Medal red carpet arrivals at Crown Palladium, Melbourne on September 23, 2013. (Photo: Darrian Taynor/AFL Media)
Trent Cotchin, Richmond and partner Brooke Kennedy are sen during 2013 AFL Brownlow Medal red carpet arrivals at Crown Palladium, Melbourne on September 23, 2013. (Photo: Darrian Taynor/AFL Media)

Brilliant midfielder Trent Cotchin has become the first player in Richmond’s history to poll 15 votes or more in the Brownlow Medal three seasons in-a-row.

The first-year Tiger captain polled 19 votes in last night’s (Monday’s) Brownlow count, to finish equal ninth behind the winner, Gary Ablett.

That followed his 26 votes in 2012, when he was equal runner-up to Jobe Watson, and the 15 votes he received in 2011.

Only five other Tigers have polled 15 Brownlow votes or more three times all-up – Bill Morris, Roy Wright, Francis Bourke, Kevin Bartlett and Matthew Knights.

See the best photos from the 2013 Brownlow Medal.

Here’s a rundown of their triple Brownlow best efforts . . .

Bill Morris

19 votes in 1946

24 votes in 1948 (the winner)

17 votes in 1950

Roy Wright

21 votes in 1952 (the winner)

29 votes in 1954 (the winner)

20 votes in 1957

Francis Bourke

16 votes in 1970

15 votes in 1974

36 votes in 1976 (when both field umpires awarded the votes individually)

Kevin Bartlett

22 votes in 1974

45 in 1977 (when both field umpires awarded the votes individually)

19 votes in 1978

Matthew Knights

17 votes in 1991

16 votes in 1995

18 votes in 1998