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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Brownlow Medal 2018: All you need to know


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The AFL's most coveted award, the Brownlow Medal, will be decided at a glittering ceremony on Monday night. You can expect all the traditional glitz and glamour from the red carpet with Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell the overwhelming favourite to take home the gong. However, the night has produced more than its fair share of upsets so stay on top of everything with Wide World of Sports' ultimate guide.

 

What is the Brownlow Medal?

The Brownlow Medal is awarded to the best and fairest player in the AFL

Where is the Brownlow Medal held?

The Brownlow Medal will be held at the Palladium at Crown in Melbourne.

What day is the Brownlow Medal?

The Brownlow Medal will be awarded on Monday, September 24, with the count to start around 8.30pm.

Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell is the hot favourite for the 2018 Brownlow Medal. 

How is the Brownlow Medal decided?

Umpires vote on a 3-2-1 basis after every match and the player with the most votes at the end of the regular season is crowned the winner.

Players who are suspended during the season are ineligible for the award, and players who finish on the same number of votes are declared joint winners.

Who are the favourites?

Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell is the short-priced favourite to win this year’s Brownlow Medal, particularly after Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe was ruled out of contention earlier in the season after being suspended for striking. Mitchell has averaged a whopping 35 disposals this season and started the season in whirlwind fashion.

Melbourne's Max Gawn could strike a blow for ruckmen on Brownlow Medal night.

Last year’s winner and Richmond superstar Dustin Martin is expected to be in the running again but is expected to come up short from the 36 votes he polled to win it in 2017. His charge was hampered by a calf problem midway through the season before he finished with a wet sail.

Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn might have suffered an inglorious exit from the finals against the West Coast Eagles but his work throughout the season should see him in contention. He led the AFL for hit-outs with an average of just over 45 a game and was second in the competition for contested marks.

Carlton might have had a season to forget but Patrick Cripps was a clear standout as far as the Blues’ best goes. If he manages to win, he would become only the third player from the last-placed side in history to do so.

Collingwood had no shortage of star players this season but midfielder Brodie Grundy is tipped to be their best. Comes in under Gawn for hit-outs but has had plenty of influence on games this season with an average of 21 disposals and 12 contested possessions a game.

Richmond superstar Dustin Martin will be hoping to win back-to-back Brownlow Medals.

Brownlow Medal Odds

Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn) $1.53

Dustin Martin (Richmond) $9

Max Gawn (Melbourne) $9

Patrick Cripps (Carlton) $16

Brodie Grundy (Collingwood) $18

Clayton Oliver (Melbourne) $21

Jackson Macrae (Bulldogs) $21

Dayne Beams (Brisbane) $21

Others $34 or longer

Geelong's Gary Ablett already has two Brownlow Medals in his trophy cabinet.

Last five winners

2017: Dustin Martin (Richmond)

2016: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

2015: Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)

2014: Matt Priddis (West Coast)

2013: Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)

There have been only three players in history to win the Brownlow Medal four times - Haydn Bunton Sr, Dick Reynolds, Bob Skilton and Ian Stewart. Gary Ablett Jr has two to his name but is unlikely to add to that tally this season. There have been eight players who have won the award twice.

The AFL's most coveted award, the Brownlow Medal, will be decided at a glittering ceremony on Monday night. You can expect all the traditional glitz and glamour from the red carpet with Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell the overwhelming favourite to take home the gong. However, the night has produced more than its fair share of upsets so stay on top of everything with Wide World of Sports' ultimate guide.

 

What is the Brownlow Medal?

The Brownlow Medal is awarded to the best and fairest player in the AFL

Where is the Brownlow Medal held?

The Brownlow Medal will be held at the Palladium at Crown in Melbourne.

What day is the Brownlow Medal?

The Brownlow Medal will be awarded on Monday, September 24, with the count to start around 8.30pm.

Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell is the hot favourite for the 2018 Brownlow Medal. 

How is the Brownlow Medal decided?

Umpires vote on a 3-2-1 basis after every match and the player with the most votes at the end of the regular season is crowned the winner.

Players who are suspended during the season are ineligible for the award, and players who finish on the same number of votes are declared joint winners.

Who are the favourites?

Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell is the short-priced favourite to win this year’s Brownlow Medal, particularly after Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe was ruled out of contention earlier in the season after being suspended for striking. Mitchell has averaged a whopping 35 disposals this season and started the season in whirlwind fashion.

Melbourne's Max Gawn could strike a blow for ruckmen on Brownlow Medal night.

Last year’s winner and Richmond superstar Dustin Martin is expected to be in the running again but is expected to come up short from the 36 votes he polled to win it in 2017. His charge was hampered by a calf problem midway through the season before he finished with a wet sail.

Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn might have suffered an inglorious exit from the finals against the West Coast Eagles but his work throughout the season should see him in contention. He led the AFL for hit-outs with an average of just over 45 a game and was second in the competition for contested marks.

Carlton might have had a season to forget but Patrick Cripps was a clear standout as far as the Blues’ best goes. If he manages to win, he would become only the third player from the last-placed side in history to do so.

Collingwood had no shortage of star players this season but midfielder Brodie Grundy is tipped to be their best. Comes in under Gawn for hit-outs but has had plenty of influence on games this season with an average of 21 disposals and 12 contested possessions a game.

Richmond superstar Dustin Martin will be hoping to win back-to-back Brownlow Medals.

Brownlow Medal Odds

Tom Mitchell (Hawthorn) $1.53

Dustin Martin (Richmond) $9

Max Gawn (Melbourne) $9

Patrick Cripps (Carlton) $16

Brodie Grundy (Collingwood) $18

Clayton Oliver (Melbourne) $21

Jackson Macrae (Bulldogs) $21

Dayne Beams (Brisbane) $21

Others $34 or longer

Geelong's Gary Ablett already has two Brownlow Medals in his trophy cabinet.

Last five winners

2017: Dustin Martin (Richmond)

2016: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)

2015: Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)

2014: Matt Priddis (West Coast)

2013: Gary Ablett (Gold Coast)

There have been only three players in history to win the Brownlow Medal four times - Haydn Bunton Sr, Dick Reynolds, Bob Skilton and Ian Stewart. Gary Ablett Jr has two to his name but is unlikely to add to that tally this season. There have been eight players who have won the award twice.

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