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Brownlow Blake Jason Blake receives his first ever Brownlow votes
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Jason Blake earned the first Brownlow Medal votes of his career last season


JASON Blake still laughs when he thinks about the moment he broke his Brownlow Medal vote duck in September last year.

The 31-year-old St Kilda veteran entered the count as owner of the questionable title – most games played without earning a single vote.

But for his 194th home and away game, against Gold Coast in round 11, a proclamation was earned: "St Kilda, J.Blake – two votes."

Blake wasn't at the count – he was watching it at a friend's place – and could only laugh as his teammates present were captured cheering and fist pumping in his honour.

"It was very strange. It was good and funny … I was at a friend's place and they all certainly got around me," Blake told AFL.com.au.

"It was a bit of fun and it's good to have the monkey off the back.

"To hear I was trending on Twitter was hilarious.

"I didn't really take much out of the whole thing personally but it is certainly nice to get some recognition after all these years."

Blake admitted he felt he might have been a chance for the votes in that game, where he went up against then-Gold Coast now-St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey in the absence of Ben McEvoy and Rhys Stanley.

The Saints won by 95 points, and Blake had 28 hit-outs, 21 disposals and kicked a goal.

"Yeah I thought I might be a chance but there have been other games where I've thought I've been a chance as well," he said.

"I wasn't holding my breath at any stage."


Blake said it was nice to have broken the hoodoo but lamented the fact his season didn't go much longer than round 11, with an ankle injury in round 14 ending his year.

"I was hoping we'd make finals and the season would go a little bit longer but it didn't happen," he said.

"It's certainly given me a good lead into this pre-season and I'm feeling really good now and ready to go."


Jason Blake is a defender in NAB AFL Fantasy. He averaged 65.69 points in 2012. Register your team at our AFL Fantasy Hub.

Jennifer Phelan is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow her on Twitter @AFL_JenPhelan.