2016 Brownlow Medal | UBET


The Brownlow Medal recognises the AFL’s best player according to match officials throughout the regular home and away season. The Brownlow is the most coveted individual award in the AFL and is named after Australian Rules great Charlie Brownlow who represented Geelong in the 19th century when the competition was known as the VFL.

With the defending winner, Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe, ruled out for the season the 2016 prize has become somewhat of a one horse race with new Cats recruit Patrick Dangerfield favoured to collect his maiden ‘Charlie’. Players who have previously collected the Brownlow in the past include some AFL royalty like Gary Ablett, Dane Swan, Jimmy Bartel, Simon Black, Ben Cousins, Robert Harvey, Shane Crawford and Tony Lockett.

The Brownlow Medal is commonly dominated by midfielders and this year is expected to be no different with the likes of top contenders Dangerfield, Dustin Martin, Luke Parker and Joel Selwood all representing from the midfield.

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PATRICK DANGERFIELD

Geelong’s superstar signing, Patrick Dangerfield, is the clear favourite to win his first Brownlow Medal on the back of some unexpectedly brilliant performances for the Cats in the midfield alongside fellow contender Joel Selwood and Jimmy Bartel. Paddy has been a huge reason why the Cats have re-established themselves as premiership heavyweights under the guidance of championship-winning coach Chris Scott.

DUSTIN MARTIN

Dustin Martin has been criticised by some commentators for playing to increase his stats and make himself look good compared to everyone else on the ground, but there is no doubting the Richmond midfielder’s unbridled talent. The season (and career) high of 43 disposals in the Tigers’ July victory over the Bombers underlines just how important his contributions are for a team that is no chance of playing finals footy in 2016.

LUKE PARKER

Prior to the first bounce of his team’s round 22 match, gun Swans midfielder Luke Parker has been on fire for the Harbour City club. In his last match for the Swans, which came against the Kangaroos, Parker was among his team’s best players in producing 31 disposals in the nine-point win. The week before, Parker managed an incredible 33 disposals and three goals and he has now firmed into $11 from last week's $13.

JOEL SELWOOD

Selwood is considered the most unlikely of the top five contenders, probably due to the insatiable form of his new teammate Patrick Dangerfield. The star Cats captain has rediscovered his 2011 mojo that saw him guide the Cats to the flag; in fact this year has been one of the Bendigo boy’s best in his decorated 10-year career with Geelong. The 28-year-old midfielder has gradually firmed throughout the year from his mid-season price of $34 into his current $17 billing heading into round 23.



PREVIOUS BROWNLOW MEDAL WINNERS

YEAR WINNER TEAM POSITION POINTS
2015 NAT FYFE FREMANTLE DOCKERS MIDFIELDER 31
2014 MATT PRIDDIS WEST COAST EAGLES MIDFIELDER 26
2013 GARY ABLETT JR GOLD COAST SUNS MIDFIELDER/FORWARD 28
2012 JOBE WATSON ESSENDON BOMBERS MIDFIELDER 30
2011 DANE SWAN COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES MIDFIELDER 34
2010 CHRIS JUDD CARLTON BLUES MIDFIELDER 30
2009 GARY ABLETT JR GEELONG CATS MIDFIELDER/FORWARD 30
2008 ADAM COONEY WESTERN BULLDOGS FORWARD/MIDFIELDER 24
2007 JIMMY BARTEL GEELONG CATS UTILITY 29
2006 ADAM GOODES SYDNEY SWANS UTILITY 26