Amateurs, sacrifice and the Brownlow

“Sport was a matter of survival in those days…”

Lou Richards

So which VFL/AFL teams have never had a Brownlow medalist? After Ollie Wines success, the answer is GWS and University. In 1859, Melbourne University Football Club was the second official Aussie Rules team after Melbourne Football Club. In 1907 University became the ninth team of the VFL. It’s home was the MCG. It competed until 1914, playing 126 games. Success was limited with only 27 wins and no finals appearances. The club struggled as all players were required to be the tertiary educated and true amateurs. The closest to a Brownlow was probably Ben Hurrey who kicked over 100 goals in his 100 game career, including a league best of 53 in 1913. Sadly, of the 112 VFL players for University, 20 were killed in WW1 active service. #nicknamethestudents #letsmakelemonade

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