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Greenberg’s Grabs from the 2014 Jack Dyer Medal

JDM 2014: Trent Cotchin's Speech Watch as Trent Cotchin accepts the 2014 Jack Dyer Medal.
Shane Edwards of the Tigers in action during the 2014 AFL Round 19 match between the Richmond Tigers and the GWS Giants at the MCG, Melbourne on August 02, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Shane Edwards polled more votes during Richmond’s nine-game winning streak in the second half of the 2014 season than any other Tiger player.

Trent Cotchin is the 10th player to win Richmond’s Best and Fairest during his time as the Club’s captain.
Cotchin, who won his third Jack Dyer Medal in his second year as the Tigers’ skipper, joins Kane Johnson (2006), Wayne Campbell (2002), Royce Hart (1972), Neville Crowe (1963, 1964, 1966), Ron Branton (1960, 1961, 1962), Des Rowe (1955), Bill Morris (1950), Jack Dyer (1946) and Dan Minogue (1920).

Shane Edwards polled more votes during Richmond’s nine-game winning streak in the second half of the 2014 season than any other Tiger player.
Edwards received 143 votes in those nine games, which was two more than Cotchin, on 141.  Then followed Brett Deledio 139, Brandon Ellis 137, Alex Rance 136, Ivan Maric 131 and Anthony Miles.
And, Edwards was the only Tiger to pick up 20 votes or more twice throughout the season.  He was awarded 20 votes for his performance against Brisbane at the MCG in Round 16 and another 20 votes in the final round victory over Sydney at ANZ Stadium.
It also was Edwards’ best overall result in a Jack Dyer Medal count.  He finished fourth, bettering his sixth placing in the 2010 Jack Dyer Medal.

Richmond’s ‘ball-magnet’ midfield recruit from GWS, Anthony Miles, topped the votes per game average in the 2014 Jack Dyer Medal count.
Miles was No. 1 with an average of 13.69 votes in his 13 games.
Then followed Alex Rance (12.78), Trent Cotchin (12.70), Ivan Maric (12.43), Brandon Ellis (12.30), Brett Deledio (12.11), Dustin Martin (12.09), David Astbury (11.38), Shane Edwards (11.22), with Jack Riewoldt (11.00) rounding out the top 10.

David Astbury’s emergence as a key defender early in the season, before suffering his second kneecap dislocation, was confirmed with his Jack Dyer Medal voting.
Astbury polled 91 votes in the eight games he played.
Cotchin was the only player to collect more votes up to that stage of the season (94 votes).

Although Dustin Martin finished slightly lower in the 2014 Jack Dyer Medal compared to last year’s Best and Fairest, he actually polled more votes this year.
Martin, who was runner-up in 2013 with 255 votes, finished third in 2014 with 266 votes.  And, he played one game less this season, too (22 games compared to 23 last year).

Alex Rance played five fewer games this season (due to a broken foot) than he did last year, but received just one less vote in finishing equal seventh.
The star key defender polled 230 votes in 2014, compared to 231 in 2013, when he played every game and finished in sixth place.
He also didn’t miss a match in 2012 and was sixth then, with 192 votes.

It was Jack Riewoldt’s best Jack Dyer Medal performance since he took out the prestigious Richmond individual award in 2010.
Riewoldt finished equal seventh in 2013, ninth in 2012 and ninth in 2011.

Bachar Houli made it four top-10 Jack Dyer Medal finishes in his four seasons at Tigerland . . .
Houli, who joined Richmond from Essendon in late 2010, was ninth this year, after being 10th in 2013, equal 10th in 2012 and fourth in 2011.

Steve Morris had his third top-10 Jack Dyer Medal result in three seasons with the Club.
Morris was 10th this year, following on from his equal-seventh placing in 2013, and finishing seventh in 2012.

Brandon Ellis underlined his impressive improvement throughout the 2014 season with his Jack Dyer Medal voting.
The talented 21-year-old was runner-up this year, following his 13th placing in 2013 and 16th-placed finish in his 2012 debut season of league football.

Only two Richmond players managed double-figure votes in the disappointing elimination final loss to Port Adelaide . . .
Brett Deledio was awarded 15 votes and Nathan Gordon received 10 votes.
The Tiger team’s combined vote tally that day was just 135, compared to the previous week’s total of 302 in the stirring final-round win against Sydney.

Sam Lloyd’s eye-catching Round 4 league debut this year against Collingwood at the MCG year earned him 15 votes in the Jack Dyer Medal.
Lloyd picked up 22 disposals and booted three goals for the Tigers in their 38-point loss to the Magpies.
The mature-age forward recruit also polled 15 votes for his lively three-goal display in Richmond’s 20-point victory over Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium.